Canadas Cities and Glaciers Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary
Arrive in Calgary, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel. Tonight, you may want to head to the cosmopolitan Stephen Avenue walk, listed as a National Historic District. Enjoy dinner at an outdoor café and watch all the activity in this bustling part of town.
There are so many wonderful possibilities in Calgary, wonderful museums, great shopping, Stampede Park and Fort Calgary where you can learn about the history of the Mounties and Calgary. Don’t miss Canada Olympic Park, where the bobsled and luge events of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games were held.
Day 03: Driving Distance: 81 mi / 130 km
Calgary – Banff – Canmore
Travel north into the Canadian Rockies and into Banff National Park. Nestled in the heart of the Rockies is the charming hamlet of Banff. Many consider it the Switzerland of the America’s for its unique architecture. Overnight in Canmore.
Day 04: Driving Distance: 100 mi / 160 km
Canmore – Lake Louise – Canmore
Spend the day exploring Banff National Park, maybe taking tea at the Fairmont Hot Springs or go on a day excursion along the Bow River Parkway to explore some of the glacier lakes such as Moraine and Peyto Lakes. The most famous of these is Lake Louise known for its sparkling turquoise waters and beautiful Chateau.
Day 05: Driving Distance: 188 mi / 302 km
Canmore – Jasper National Park
Traveling north along the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies is a spectacular experience. The day is yours to stop and picnic, visit the lakes, take a gondola ride or explore the glaciers. Take a moment to stop at the inspiring Columbia Icefield, where you may even be moved to embark on an unforgettable ride by “snowcoach” over the glacier’s surface.
Day 06: Driving Distance: 206 mi / 331 km
Jasper – Clearwater
You may want to leave Jasper a little later today and explore some more of the area, trying your hand at whitewater rafting, horseback riding, canoeing or exploring Maligne Canyon. Afterwards, follow the scenic Yellowhead Highway where you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Mount Terry Fox as well as Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and often shrouded by mist. You won’t want to miss a visit to Clearwater’s Yellowhead Museum for a taste of frontier life.
Day 07: Driving Distance: 296 mi / 477 km
Clearwater – Vancouver
Traveling to Vancouver, you can choose the more direct route or travel along the very picturesque Thompson and Fraser Rivers to visit Hells Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Here you can take an aerial tram ride, see the salmon fisheries or pan for gold. Enjoy an evening in Vancouver tasting some of the culinary delights of this cosmopolitan town.
A full day to enjoy the beauty and diversity of Vancouver. You may want to consider a hop-on/hop-off guided city tour to see all the sights including Stanley Park, Chinatown, the Gaslamp Historical District and the Waterfront. You may want to consider a visit to the Museum of Anthropology which has an incredible collection of totem poles and Native People’s artifacts.
Day 09: Driving Distance: 68 mi / 109 km
Vancouver – Victoria
Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island for an overnight stay. Your stay is in Victoria which has a very British feel to it. Ivy-covered hotels and inns accentuate the downtown area in the shadows of the majestic old-world parliament buildings. You may want to consider a visit to the world famous Butchart Gardens, regarded by many as the most spectacular gardens in all of North America.
Day 10: Driving Distance: 68 mi / 109 km
Victoria – Vancouver
Travel to Swartz Bay for the return ferry trip to Tsawwassen, and your return to the city of Vancouver. As the icing on the cake of your fantastic journey, try dining with a view at one of Vancouver’s spectacular restaurants.
Return your rental car to the airport in time for your flight.