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The Grand Canadian West Self Drive Holiday

Ferry/Cruise, Nature Enthusiast
From £1195 per person
01 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

The Grand Canadian West Tour Highlights

  • Take a hike in the impressive Revelstoke mountain ranges
  • Travel by Rogers Pass, the early route of the Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Get back to nature in the Glacier National Park
  • View the fossilized remains in Yoho National Park
  • See where Kicking Horse River has carved a natural bridge through solid rock
  • Watch trains pass through the Spiral Tunnels
  • Discover Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park
  • Drive right up to an icefield and touch it on the Icefields Parkway
  • Stand on ancient ice at Columbia Icefield
  • Enjoy the magic of Jasper, the gentle giant of the Rockies
  • Explore the largest city in Northern B.C, Prince George
  • Sit back and unwind in Smithers, an outdoor oasis
  • Travel the Yellowhead Highway, once a secret trail
  • Delight in wildlife in the port town of Prince Rupert
  • Sail through the iconic Inside Passage on BC Ferries
  • Partake in salmon fishing in the paradise known as Campbell River
  • Stroll along Rainforest Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
  • Submerge in floral splendour at Victoria’s Butchart Gardens
  • Hike the rugged oceanfront wilderness of Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Holiday Quick facts
Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights
Holiday Type: Ferry + Self Drive
Grade: Standard
Start / Finish: Vancouver
Flights: Additional Cost

The Grand Canadian West Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary


Day 01:
Vancouver arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and pick up your rental car. Proceed independently to your hotel.


Day 02: Driving Distance: 347 mi / 559 km
Vancouver – Revelstoke
Leave the bustling metropolis of Vancouver and drive to Revelstoke. Situated on the Columbia River between the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain Ranges, Revelstoke enjoys a spectacular setting.


Day 03: Driving Distance: 175 mi / 282 km
Revelstoke – Banff – Canmore
Upon leaving town, pass through the spectacular Rogers Pass, the section of the Trans-Canada Highway that traverses Glacier National Park. See a jagged profile of angular mountains and narrow steep walled valleys. Pass through Yoho National Park, with its sparkling lakes, natural bridges, and prehistoric fossil beds. See one of the spiral tunnels that had been built for the US Pacific Railway on the way to Banff. Overnight in Canmore.


Day 04:
Banff National Park
Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies is the charming town of Banff. The glacial-green Bow River flows through the mountain-ringed valley, which is the setting for Banff, gateway to Canada’s oldest national park of the same name.


Day 05: Driving Distance: 173 mi / 279 km
Canmore – Jasper
Travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park and see the Athabasca Glacier, part of the massive Columbia Icefields. Arrive in Jasper at the end of the day.


Day 06: Driving Distance: 469 mi / 755 km
Jasper – Prince George
Travel to the pastoral town of Prince George for your overnight stay.


Day 07: Driving Distance: 231 mi / 371 km
Prince George – Smithers
Travel the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges. Overnight in Smithers and take in its fine shopping and dining.


Day 08: Driving Distance: 220 mi / 350 km
Smithers – Prince Rupert
Follow the Yellowhead Highway across the wilderness of British Columbia through forests and past glistening lakes. Continue west across the Hazelton Mountains to the seaport town of Prince Rupert. Spend the night in Prince Rupert.


Day 09:
Prince Rupert – Port Hardy (Inside Passage)
Enjoy a scenic 15-hour car ferry trip through the Inside Passage with breath-taking vistas. Arrive in Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island.


Day 10: Driving Distance: 320 mi / 515 km
Port Hardy – Campbell River
Travel the eastern shores of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, a focal point for sport salmon fishing.


Day 11: Driving Distance: 299 mi / 482 km
Campbell River – Port Alberni – Ucuelet – Tofino
This morning, travel to Port Alberni where you can take a stroll around the harbour. Continue across the pristine Pacific Rim National Park to the village of Tofino.


Day 12: Driving Distance: 61 mi / 99 km
Tofino – Butchart Gardens – Victoria
Travel back across Vancouver Island, see the village of Nanaimo featuring The Bastion, a small fort that was built in 1853. Continue to historic Victoria where great shopping, dining and scenery await. Enjoy an optional visit to Butchart Gardens, regarded by many as the most spectacular gardens in all of North America.


Day 13: Driving Distance: 175 mi / 282 km
Victoria – Port Renfrew – Sooke – Victoria – Vancouver
Leave Victoria to the west and drive along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. When the shoreline ends at Port Renfrew, turn around and head back to the charming village of Sooke. Continue on to the city of Victoria, which has a very distinct British feel to it. Ivy-covered hotels and inns accentuate the downtown area in the shadows of the majestic old-world Parliament buildings. Travel to Swartz Bay for the ferry trip to Tsawwassen, and your return to the city of Vancouver.


Day 14:
Vancouver departure
Return your rental car to Vancouver International Airport prior to your return flight.

Accommodation


Day City Standard
01 Vancouver Hotel Belmont
02 Revelstoke Coast Hillcrest Hotel
03-04 Canmore Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Center
05 Jasper Mount Robson Inn
06 Prince George Coast Inn of the North
07 Smithers Sandman Inn Smithers
08 Prince Rupert Crest Hotel
09 Port Hardy Providence Place
10 Campbell River Coast Discovery Inn
11 Tofino Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge
12 Victoria Accent Inns Victoria
13 Vancouver Pacific Gateway Hotel
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.

Contact Us for Tailormade options.

Tour Operates & Prices


Standard Hotels
From £1195.00 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.
  • Ferry from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy and Victoria to Vancouver.
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 & parking fees.

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