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Canadas Western Discovery Self Drive Holiday

Classic Self Drive
From £649 per person
01 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

Canadas Western Discovery Tour Highlights

  • Experience breath taking scenery in and around Vancouver
  • Travel along the legendary Sea to Sky Highway
  • Feel the mist of spectacular Shannon Falls
  • Explore majestic Garibaldi Park
  • Travel the historic Cariboo Highway
  • Take in the scenery, forests, wildlife of Wells Gray Park
  • Appreciate the beauty of Helmcken Falls
  • Pass Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
  • Travel the Yellowhead Highway
  • Enjoy the magic of Jasper, the gentle giant of the Rockies
  • Touch ancient ice on the Icefields Parkway
  • Discover Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park
  • Experience the alpine wonders of Lake Louise
  • Celebrate the Olympic legacy at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park
Holiday Quick facts
Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights
Holiday Type: Classic Self Drive
Grade: Standard
Start / Finish: Vancouver / Calgary
Flights: Additional Cost

Canadas Western Discovery Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary


Day 01:
Vancouver arrival
Arrive in Vancouver, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel. The remainder of your evening is at leisure to create your own urban adventure amid the stores, parks, restaurants, theaters, and various other attractions of downtown Vancouver.


Day 02: Driving Distance: 76 mi / 125 km
Vancouver – Whistler
You depart Vancouver today and follow the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway to the resort of Whistler. En route, you will admire Shannon Falls and explore the dramatic canyons, ravines, and lofty peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Once in Whistler, located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, enjoy a hike along the endless trails and high alpine meadows.


Day 03: Driving Distance: 368 mi / 570 km
Whistler – Clearwater
As you follow the Cariboo Highway north, you will visit towns and villages that echo the past, as this route was travelled by gold seekers and traders during the famous Cariboo Gold Rush in the late 1800s. After driving through the region known as Lakes Country, the breath taking vistas and unspoiled wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park beckon. You won’t want to miss a visit to Clearwater’s Yellowhead Museum for a taste of frontier life or to Spahats Creek Park, where the volcanic origins of the area are still in evidence.


Day 04: Driving Distance: 235 mi / 378 km
Clearwater – Jasper National Park
Take the day to explore the park’s mineral springs, serene lakes and dormant volcanoes, and definitely do not miss towering Helmcken Falls, located near the entrance to the park and over twice as high as Niagara Falls. Then set out for Jasper, and follow the scenic Yellowhead Highway through the water and lava-shaped valley of North Thompson River. En route, you will enjoy panoramic views of Mount Terry Fox as well as Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and often shrouded by mist.


Day 05:
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park’s serene lakes and gentle meadows stand in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers. Take an early morning hike on one of the many trails for a chance to observe bears and deer. The wilderness of the park also offers wonderful opportunities for canoeing, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding. Great sites to visit include Miette Hot Springs, Medicine Lake, and Maligne Canyon.


Day 06: Driving Distance: 177 mi / 284 km
Jasper National Park – Banff National Park
You’ll proceed along the Icefields Parkway today, meandering through a landscape of peaks and glaciers before pausing to admire the picturesque alpine waters of Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake. The sparkling turquoise colours and the impressive glacier at Lake Louise are not to be missed. 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 07: Driving Distance: 77 mi / 123 km
Banff National Park – Lake Louise – Banff
Today, explore the region from the ground. You may begin by walking on the area’s numerous hiking trails. Keep your eyes open, you are bound to encounter a variety of wildlife along the way. Next, consider a thrilling helicopter ride that offers an unforgettable aerial view of the Rocky Mountains (not included). You might also visit the Sundance Range, the Bow and Spray river valleys, Hidden Glacier, and the indomitable peaks of the Three Sisters. Alternatively, travel North to see spectacular Lake Louise.


Day 08: Driving Distance: 351 mi / 565 km
Banff National Park – Calgary
You will leave the majesty of the Canadian Rockies behind and set your sights east. We suggest a visit to Canada Olympic Park, where the bobsled and luge events of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games were held. Enjoy an evening in Calgary.


Day 09:
Calgary departure
Enjoy your remaining time in Calgary before returning your rental car to the airport for your departure flight.

Accommodation


Day City Standard
01 Vancouver Hotel Belmont
02 Whistler Delta Whistler Village Suites
03 Clearwater Clearwater Lodge
04-05 Jasper Mount Robson Inn
06-07 Canmore Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Center
08 Calgary Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre
Standard Hotels

Standard hotels offer quality, style, comfortable accommodations, yet they are still considered “affordable”. Typically located in central areas.

National Parks Accommodations

Please be advised that accommodations near and in the National Parks are rustic in nature and not always of the same level of comfort as accommodations in metropolitan areas.

Holiday Info & Extras


Travel may be any day of the week, subject to availability of all components of the program. Package rates may not be applicable over special events and during Public Holidays – rates are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

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Tour Operates & Prices


Standard Hotels
From £649.00 Share Twin/Double

  • Lead prices per person based on a Twin/Double Room.
  • Single & Triple/Quad Rates on request.
  • Extensions of stay available, likewise Accommodation upgrades
Special Discounted airfares available if booked as part of this package – request a quote.

Inclusions
  • Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary.
  • Alamo Rent-A-Car “Inclusive” of insurance, taxes, and fees.
  • Accommodation inclusive of sales tax on a room only basis – as specified
Exclusions
  • Long-haul International Flights
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • Use of hotel rooms before / after normal check in / out times, porterage & resort fees if applicable.
  • Admissions &/or optional tours unless specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.
  • Tolls, ferries & parking fees.

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