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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Maligne Lake cruise
Distance (km) : 100 kms / Length (hours) : 2.5 hrs
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:
Mount Robson – highest peak of the Rockies
Distance (km) : 450 kms/ Length (hours) : 5 hrs
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
|Price per person||£2,240|