Discover the Canadian Rockies – Eastbound

Vancouver to Calgary

12 days from 3,179 pp

Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in Western Canada. This 12-day adventure hits crisp Jasper and serene Lake Louise, a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley, and a drive along the jaw-dropping Icefields Parkway. Whether you’re walking atop a glacier or meandering the gorgeous streets of Whistler Village, you’re sure to feel that Rocky Mountain high.

Vancouver to Calgary

12 Days From 3,179 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 10.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Vancouver

Arrive at any time.
Please make your own way to the joining hotel.
If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

 

Accommodation:
Ramada Inn Downtown (or similar)
Day 2: Vancouver/Victoria

Enjoy a stop at Stanley Park and Gastown before boarding a scenic ferry to Victoria, where we’ll take an orientation walk with our CEO.
Take a stroll around the city with your CEO to get familiar with your surroundings before you can enjoy the evening on your own.

Gastown Visit:
Vancouver30m-1h

Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, filled with Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets, is one of the liveliest in the city. It’s rich in Canuck culture, food, and fashion.

Stanley Park Visit:
Vancouver

Often voted as one of the greatest city parks in the world, this 1,000-acre peninsula filled with luscious gardens, beaches, woodlands, and miles of trails is a highlight of Vancouver’s downtown.

Private Vehicle:
Vancouver – Tsawwassen1h-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Ferry:
Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay1h30m-1h45m

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Private Vehicle:
Swartz Bay – Victoria1h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

 

Accommodation:
Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbor (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Victoria

Today is free for optional activities, such as a zodiac whale watching cruise, visit to museums and Butchart Gardens, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel.

Free Time
Victoria Full Day

Enjoy some optional activities but also take time to just wander along the waterfront.

 

Accommodation:
Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbor (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4: Victoria/Whistler

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to the village of Whistler, host of some of the events of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here we visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on a G Adventures for Good experience, exclusive to Journeys travellers. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with bannock and explore the grounds and museum with an indigenous guide who has come through the centre’s training program.

Private Vehicle:
Victoria – Nanaimo1h30m-1h45m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Ferry:
Nanaimo – Horseshoe Bay1h45m-2h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Private Vehicle:
Horseshoe Bay – Whistler1h30m-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Indigenous Cultural Experience:

In the picturesque setting of Canada’s Coast Mountains, the First Nations people have come together to establish the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. This facility showcases unique customs, art, and music and provides opportunities for local youth to train in the tourism industry. Explore the beautiful grounds during this G Adventures for Good experience and discover the museum with an indigenous guide who has graduated from the training program here. As a non-profit organization, the centre relies on visitors to help fund their ongoing programs, meaning everyone who comes here helps make this important work possible.

 

Accommodation:
Whistler Village Inn and Suites (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Whistler

Today is at your leisure. Take a walk through the village with options to ride the gondola up the mountain, hike, or go ziplining.

Whistler and its surrounding provincial parks are places you must discover. It is also a great place to try one of the many optional mountain activities.

Carte Blanche:
Whistler Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Whistler, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like rafting, hiking, and ziplining. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:

Whistler Village Inn and Suites (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Whistler/Blue River

Pass through Coastal Mountains into the Caribou Mountains, and enjoy stops at the emerald coloured Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon before arriving in the small community of Blue River.
Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the Coastal Mountain Range and set foot into the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region. Aboriginal peoples led a semi-nomadic life moving between hunting and fishing grounds in the summer and settling into pit houses for the winter. Europeans came at first for fur trading and later on to establish cattle ranches, farms, and mining operations. The scenery changes dramatically and could even make you feel as if you were in a western movie.

Joffre Lakes Visit:
Joffre Lakes Park30m-2h 1km

The three Joffre lakes, Upper, Lower, and Middle, are emerald in colour and set against the backdrop of the Coastal Mountain Range.

Marble Canyon Visit:
Marble Canyon30m-1h 1km

The clear waters of Turquoise Lake in Marble Canyon PP make it an ideal spot to stop for a swim in the summer.

Private Vehicle:
Whistler – Blue River9h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Mike Wiegele Heliskiing Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Blue River/Jasper National Park

Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Search out wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles. Head to Jasper National Park, crossing the Rockies, and view the highest peak, Mount Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre.

River Safari Tour in Grizzly Bear Valley:
Blue River1h

Hop on a river safari tour for an unforgettable one hour adventure through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. On top of glimpsing grizzly bears in their natural habitat, we can observe moose, eagles, and many others wild animals.

Mount Robson Visit:
Mount Robson30m-1h 1-3km

Stop at the visitor centre and, if it’s a clear day, see the top of the Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Private Vehicle:
Blue River – Jasper National Park7h230km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Tonquin Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Jasper National Park

Spend the day at leisure with the option to hike at Maligne Canyon, enjoy a boat cruise, or check out some whitewater rafting. In the evening, we have an included visit to Miette hot springs.
Jasper’s friendly mountain hospitality, peaceful atmosphere, and the promise of real adventure make any visit unforgettable.

Free Time:
Jasper National Park Full Day

An exciting day ahead! Whatever you choose, the scenery will be stunning and the excitement of these optional activities will make this day unforgettable.

Recharge: Miette Hot Springs Visit:

Enjoy the stunning landscape of lakes and mountains as you drive to the hot springs. Soak in one of the four pools as you take in the peaceful panoramic views.

 

Accommodation:
Tonquin Inn (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9: Jasper National Park/Lake Louise

Considered one of the most scenic drives in the world, travel the Icefields Parkway to Peyto Lake with a stop at the Columbia Icefield. Walk with an expert guide on the lower Athabasca Glacier to explore and understand the life of this active glacier. Continue to Lake Louise to view its emerald blue waters and Victoria Glacier.
Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. Numerous stops will be planned along the way for photos, observation, and wildlife encounters.

Private Vehicle:
Jasper National Park – Lake Louise10h290km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Columbia Icefields Center Visit:
Columbia Icefield1h-2h

View one of the Rockies’ largest and most accessible active glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier recedes at a rate of nearly 5m (16.4 ft) a year. See this natural beauty while you still can.

Get Active: Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk:
2-5km

At the Columbia Icefields, enjoy a glacier walk with an expert guide on the lower Athabasca Glacier to explore and understand the life of this active glacier. Walking on this glacially carved landscape is an experience you won’t soon forget.

Lake Louise Visit:
Lake Louise30m-1h 1km

Visit postcard perfect Lake Louise and take time to savour the emerald blue waters and breathtaking scenery of the Victoria Glacier.

 

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Visit:
Lake Louise

Free

Visit one of the most iconic hotels in Canada. This beautiful hotel was rebuilt after a fire in 1924 and stands looking out at the breathtaking Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier.

 

Accommodation:
Lake Louise Inn (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10: Lake Louise/Banff

Enjoy the morning in Lake Louise with the option to hike to the Tea House. Continue to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town of Banff.

Private Vehicle:
Lake Louise – Banff1h-1h30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time:
Banff Morning

Explore the town of Banff in your free time.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Banff Historical Walking Tour:
Afternoon

Take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town of Banff. Retrace the history of the riverside site where Tom Wilson established one of the first outfitting operations in the area, then explore St Georges-in-the-Pines Anglican Church, and past the Luxton home and garden. These and many other intriguing stops reveal the fascinating history of this town and the Canadian Pacific railroad, and how it was the stepping stone of opening up western Canada.

 

Accommodation:
Rundlestone Lodge (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11: Banff/Calgary

Enjoy the morning in Banff, then drive to Calgary for a short orientation walk and opt to visit museums, cowboy bars, or the Olympic Park.

Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, Calgary prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honouring its cowboy heritage.

Private Vehicle:
Banff – Calgary2h-3h130km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time:
Calgary Afternoon

Enjoy this cowboy town, famed for its western spirit.

 

Canada Olympic Park Visit:
Calgary

65CAD per person

Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, meaning you can still ride in a four-man bobsleigh reaching speeds of 120kph (85 mph) here. Luge down the track on a wheeled cart or soar across the zipline.

 

Accommodation:
Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12: Calgary

Depart at any time.

If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Departure Day:

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Indigenous Cultural Experience, Whistler
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Banff Historical Walking Tour, Banff
  • Recharge: Miette Hot Springs Visit, Jasper National Park
  • All park fees in Jasper and Banff National Parks
  • Scenic ferry to Vancouver Island
  • Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, Whistler, and Banff orientation walks
  • Stops at Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon
  • River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley
  • Mount Robson Visitor Centre visit
  • Excursion to the Columbia Icefields and ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/lodges (11 nts).

Meals

11 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Allow USD470-615 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking, walking, ferry, boat.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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