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This Self Drive (OR Independent Non Self Drive) tour for the active traveller starts in Calgary and takes you to the iconic resort towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains. You will enjoy gondola rides to mountains, walk on a glacier, experience Canadian wilderness on horseback, do bear watching while floating down the Blue River and enjoy an ATV tour in Canada’s rainforest. T...

This Self Drive (OR Independent Non Self Drive) tour for the active traveller starts in Calgary and takes you to the iconic resort towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains. You will enjoy gondola rides to mountains, walk on a glacier, experience Canadian wilderness on horseback, do bear watching while floating down the Blue River and enjoy an ATV tour in Canada’s rainforest. There are activities to keep both adults and children occupied as you learn and experience the true nature of western Canada. The tour ends on a high note in Vancouver, one of the world’s most scenic cities. The tour can be reversed and amended to suit your interests, time frame and budget.

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: ​Arrive in Calgary and visit Calgary Tower

Upon arrival in Calgary, you will check into your hotel and pick up your rental car. There is free time to explore the pedestrian friendly city centre including attractive Stephen Avenue. A short walking distance away is Calgary Tower from where you get an excellent 360° overview of the city located in shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

Activity : Calgary Tower

Visited:
Calgary
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Sandman Calgary Airport (Calgary)

Day 2: Exploring Kananaskis: the Province of Alberta's foothills country

The scenic Kananaskis country is a place of rolling hills, forested slopes and landscape dotted with lakes. On this activite day, you will travel to the southwest of Calgary and explore Kananaskis on a horseback trail ride with delicious BBQ lunch served in rustic surrounding. Later, you join a professional guide for a river rafting experience down the Kananaskis River.

Activityies of the day:

Trail ride on horseback
River rafting experience

Distance (km) : 100 kms one way / Length (hours): 1 hour

Visited:
Kananaskis Park
Accomodation
Night at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge (Kananaskis Park)

Day 3: Drive to world famous mountain resort town of Banff

As you drive from Kananaskis to Banff, the mountains get taller, the scenery more rugged and viewpoints for those memorable photographs more frequent. After this short day’s drive, you will have the day to explore the region’s highlights on your own, including a gondola ride to Banff’s Sulphur Mountain for those grand views.


Distance (km) : 80 kms/ Length (hours) : 1.5 hrs

Visited:
Banff
Accomodation
Night at Elk et Avenue  (Banff)

Day 4: Drive to the famous Emerald Lake in Yoho national Park

Drive along the Bow Valley Parkway to Emerald Lake Lodge which is a place that one dreams about - a place of pristine wilderness, snow-capped mountains, glaciers and turquoise lakes. You will have the full day to soak in the ambience of this iconic hotel and awe inspiring surroundings.


Distance (km) : 95 kms/ Length (hours) :  1.5 hrs

Visited:
Banff Emerald Lake Lodge
Accomodation
Night at Emerald Lake Lodge (Banff)

Day 5: Drive on the famous Icefield Parkway to Jasper

After visiting iconic Lake Louise site, you will have epic day driving on the Icefields Parkway with outstanding viewpoints and possible wildlife sightings along the way. At the world class Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, an Ice Explorer ride and Glacier Sky Walk experience is included.

Activities of the day:

Columbia Icefield Explorer ride
Glacier Sky Walk

Distance (km) : 265 kms / Length (hours) :  4 hrs

Visited:
Emerald Lake Lodge Lake Louise Icefield Ranges Jasper
Accomodation
Lobstick Lodge (Jasper)

Day 6: World famous Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is located amidst the most beautiful wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. On this eventful day, you will visit Maligne Canyon and see glacier-fed Maligne Lake. Later, take a ride on the SkyTram to the top of Jasper Mountain gaze at six mountain ranges, turquoise lakes, glacial fed rivers and the town of Jasper. Snow activities in winter.

Activities of the day:

Visit Maligne Canyon
Jasper National Park
Visit Maligne Lake
Jasper Skytram
Maligne Lake cruise

Distance (km) : 100 kms / Length (hours) :  2.5 hrs

Visited:
Jasper National Park of Canada Maligne Canyon Maligne Lake Jasper
Accomodation
Lobstick Lodge (Jasper)

Day 7: Drive to British Columbia with wildlife viewing and river safari en-route

Travel the Yellowhead route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson to Blue River where you will board a specially designed jet boat for a smooth but exciting one hour river safari. Enjoy a possible meal on a floating restaurant (optional extra) before continuing your drive to the resort village of Sun Peaks in British Columbia.

Activity (ies) of the day:

River safari
Mount Robson – highest peak of the Rockies

Distance (km) : 450 kms/ Length (hours) :  5 hrs

Visited:
Jasper Blue River Sun Peaks
Accomodation
Nancy Green Cahilty Lodge (Sun Peaks)

Day 8: Drive from Sun Peaks to stunning Whistler

Travel scenic highways to the gold rush town of Cache Creek, located on the central plateau of British Columbia before you journey south to Lillooet, once part of the Gold Rush trail. In 1860, Lillooet was the 2nd largest North American city west of Chicago, behind San Francisco. You will then travel on the spectacular Duffey Lake road to Whistler. 

Distance (km) : 360 kms/ Length (hours) :  4.5 hrs

Visited:
Sun Peaks Cache Creek Lillooet Whistler
Accomodation
night in Listel Whistler (Whistler)

Day 9: The Olympic Village of Whistler, one of North America's top mountain resorts

Whistler, a pedestrian only village, is filled with restaurants, shops, and galleries. You are just steps from the gondolas giving you the easy access to the slopes in all seasons Explore the diversity of the backcountry on an ATV tour. Climb high into the mountains and experience dramatic valley views. Snow activities in winter.

Activity of the day :

Whistler back country ATV tour

Visited:
Whistler
Accomodation
night in Listel Whistler (Whistler)

Day 10: The Sea to Sky route from Whistler to Vancouver

The Sea to Sky Highway and the awesome scenery of Canada’s west coast has to be experienced. On this activity packed day, you will see the highlights of this route, and you will appreciate why Vancouver and British Columbia remain one of the world’s most desirable places to live in. Your stay in Vancouver can be extended upon request.

Activities of the day:

Sea to Sky gondola
Britannia Mine Museum
Howe Sound Sea Safari

Distance (km) : 125 kms/ Length (hours) :  2 hrs

Visited:
Whistler Vancouver
Accomodation
Night at Sandman Vancouver Hotel (Vancouver)

Day 11: Free day in Vancouver, Canada

Experience Vancouver on your own today. A vibrant metropolitan city nestled between the mountains, sparking ocean, rainforests and beautiful forests, Vancouver is a walkable city where locals take pride in welcoming visitors with clean, safe and vibrant streets. 

Visited:
Vancouver
Accomodation
Night at Sandman Vancouver Hotel (Vancouver)

Day 12: Vancouver sightseeing

Included today is a Hop-on-Hop- Of Pass. Travel at your leisure on a turn of the century San Francisco style trolley bus with 23 stops including 16 of Vancouver's major downtown attractions. Take the entire tour in two hours or spend the whole day experiencing this beautiful city. Included is a Vancouver Harbour Cruise, Fly Over Canada experience,  and the Look-out viewing tower. 

Activities of the day:

Vancouver Hop On Hop Off Tour
Vancouver Harbour Cruise
Fly Over Canada Experience

Visited:
Vancouver
Accomodation
Night at Sandman Vancouver Hotel (Vancouver)

Day 13: Free day in Vancouver

Vancouver is one of the most captivating cities in Canada, with its multicultural fusion amidst a spectacular mountain and ocean setting. Take the day to explore Stanley Park, Chinatown, English Bay and Capilano Park where you can experience the suspension bridge, the tree top adventure and the cliff walk as well as see artifacts from the Salish First Nations culture. While exploring Stanley Park, do not miss Vancouver Aquarium, one of the best in North America. 

Visited:
Vancouver
Accomodation
Night at Sandman Vancouver Hotel (Vancouver)

Day 14: ​Departure from Vancouver

Depart from Vancouver. Vancouver International Airport, rated best in North America for several years running, is only a quick 20 minutes ride from the city centre by the local Skytrain.


Departure home to Sweden!

Visited:
Vancouver

Calgary Kananaskis Park Banff Emerald Lake Lodge Lake Louise Icefield Ranges Jasper Jasper National Park of Canada Maligne Canyon Maligne Lake Blue River Sun Peaks Cache Creek Lillooet Whistler Vancouver

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £2,210 / 14 days
Excluding international flights
02 pax
Price per person £2,240

Included in price:

  • Accommodation in twin/double room in mentioned hotels (or similar)
  • The excursions planned in the program
  • Visits to highlights as indicated specifically in itinerary
  • 24-hour agency support
  • 10 days intermediate group car rental

Not included in price:

  • Applicable taxes (usually 5% GST)
  • International flights
  • Meals and activities  not mentioned in the program
  • Beverages
  • Options and extensions
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Visa fees

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