Calgary to Vancouver

12 days from 3,179pp

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.
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12 days Calgary to Vancouver

From 3,179 per person

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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: Calgary

Arrive at any time.

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

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.

Optional Activities – Day 1

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)

Day 2: Calgary/Banff

Drive to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town.

Private Vehicle
Calgary – Banff2h-3h

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

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Banff Historical Walking Tour

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.

Free Time
Banff

Explore the town of Banff in your free time.

Optional Activities – Day 2

Banff Gondola Ride to Sulphur Mountain
Banff National Park of Canada2h-3h 0-2km

42CAD per person

Take a gondola to the famous Sulphur Mountain and enjoy the spectacular view of the whole mountain range and the village below.

Canoeing
Banff2h-3h

18-36CAD per person

Rent a canoe and leisurely enjoy the scenery from a calm section of the Bow River.

Hot Springs Soak
Banff

7.30CAD per person

Tunnel Mountain Hike
Tunnel Mountain2h-3h 1-5km

Free

Hike up the well marked trail for a central view of the town of Banff and the surrounding mountains.

Johnston Canyon Hike
Johnston Canyon1h30m-2h30m 1-5km

Free

Johnston Canyon is certainly an area that shows the power of nature and time; rushing water carves a path through the limestone canyon and potholes form over the years from plunging waterfalls.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Banff/Lake Louise

Continue to Lake Louise. View the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake and opt to hike to the Tea House.

Private Vehicle
Banff – Lake Louise1h30m90km

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

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.

Optional Activities – Day 3

Lake Agnes Tea House Hike
Lake Louise2h30m-5h 6-7km

5-10CAD per person

Originally built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Lake Agnes Tea House has been serving fine loose-leaf teas to visitors for over one hundred years. Hike along a forested trail as you make your way past Mirror Lake and cascading waterfalls, to the shores of Lake Agnes. This lovely log building serves up a great cup (over 100 loose-leaf teas!) as well as finger food.

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 4: Lake Louise/Jasper National Park

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 on to Jasper National Park.

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
Lake Louise – Jasper National Park10h290km

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.

Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk
Athabasca Glacier3h-4h 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.

Accommodation

Tonquin Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: 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

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.

Optional Activities – Day 5

Maligne Canyon Hike
Maligne Canyon30m-1h30m 1-4km

Free

Malinge Canyon follows an interpretive trail with several bridges. Hover over the Malinge River that, over thousands of years, has eroded the canyon to over 60m (197 ft) in some spots.

Boat Cruise to Spirit Island
Maligne Lake

65CAD per person

Glide across the beautiful blue waters of Maligne Lake, the Canadian Rockies’ largest glacial fed lake, on your way to the famous Spirit Island.

Whitewater Rafting on Athabasca River
Jasper National Park

65-110CAD per person

Pass through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allow your National Park Licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. The Athabasca River is the same route that was used by the fur traders many years ago.

Bald Hills Hike
Jasper National Park 13km

Free

The Bald Hills hike has a fairly steep incline. The 10km (6.2 mi) round trip will showcase the best panoramas of Maligne Lake and numerous mountains surrounding the lake.

Maligne Lake Cruise
Jasper National Park

65CAD per person

Canoe Ride
Maligne Lake1h-3h 1-4km

30-90CAD per person

Rent a canoe from the longstanding Boathouse on Maligne Lake.

Accommodation

Tonquin Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Jasper National Park/Blue River

View the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre before crossing the Rockies to reach Blue River. Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Look out for wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles.

Private Vehicle
Jasper National Park – Blue River7h230km

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

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.

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.

Accommodation

Mike Wiegele Heliskiing Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Blue River/Whistler

Pass through the Caribou Mountains into the Coastal Mountains, and enjoy stops at the emerald coloured Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon before arriving to the village of Whistler, host to some of the events of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region into the Coastal Mountain Range. We drive through the region where 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.

Private Vehicle
Blue River – Whistler9h

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

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.

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: 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.

Free Time
Whistler

Enjoy this stunning mountain town.

Optional Activities – Day 8

Rafting
Whistler4h-5h

150CAD per person

Get your adrenalin fix on on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, and keep your eyes peeled for bears.

Ziplining and Treetop Adventures
Whistler1h-4h

129CAD per person

Spend the day in the sky, floating through Whistler’s rainforest on one of Canada’s longest ziplines.

Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride
Whistler1h30m-3h

53CAD per person

Soak up the scenery with 360-degree views of mountains, lakes, and glaciers. Hop out at the top and take a short hike or grab a coffee and snack at the mountaintop restaurant. Catch a glass bottom gondola to get an even better view.

Hiking
Whistler

Free

Hike one of the many beautiful trails in the Whistler area. The scenery here is stunning. Head to Shannon Falls or the Stawamus Chief and enjoy the sight of the waterfall. Opt to Hike to Brandywine Falls for incredible views of Daisy Lake, the mountains, and of course the waterfall. Or set off for Chekamus Lake for an easier route. Ask your CEO to point you in the right direction.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9: Whistler/Victoria

Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on a G Adventures for Good experience. 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. After, drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and catch the ferry to Vancouver Island to reach Victoria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO.

G Adventures for Good: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Visit

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. 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.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Indigenous Cultural Experience

Explore the beautiful grounds of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre during this National Geographic Exclusive experience and discover the museum with an indigenous guide who has graduated from the training program here. Take an interpretive walk through the forest to understand how the Indigenous ancestors lived, while learning about plant species used for food and medicine. After, join a tea ceremony to sample traditional teas and bannock while listening to ancestral stories and legends.

Private Vehicle
Whistler – Horseshoe Bay

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

Ferry
Horseshoe Bay – Nanaimo1h45m-2h

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

Private Vehicle
Nanaimo – Victoria1h30m-1h45m

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 10: Victoria

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

Free Time
Victoria

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

Optional Activities – Day 10

Zodiac Whale Watching Cruise
Victoria

115CAD per person

Cruise the sea in a Zodiac boat in search of marine wildlife such as gray whales, sea lions, otters, seals, porpoises, and killer whales.

Butchart Gardens Visit
Victoria

32CAD per person

Visit this famous National Historic Site of Canada. The Butchart Gardens are absolutely stunning floral show gardens.

Royal British Columbia Museum Visit
Victoria1h-3h

16-26CAD per person

Filled with local human and natural British Columbian history, the BC Royal Museum always has a unique cultural and artistic exhibit on showcase.

Miniature World Visit
Victoria1h-3h

20CAD per person

Described as the “greatest little show on earth,” this place is filled with miniatures of train sets, movie sets, and fairy tales.

Accommodation

Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbor (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11: Victoria/Vancouver

Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver. Here, discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown.

Private Vehicle
Victoria – Swartz Bay30m-45m

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

Ferry
Swartz Bay – Tsawwassen2h

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

Private Vehicle
Tsawwassen – Vancouver1h

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

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.

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.

Accommodation

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12: Vancouver

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: Banff Historical Walking Tour, Banff
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Indigenous Cultural Experience, Whistler
  • G Adventures for Good: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Visit, Whistler
  • 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
  • River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley
  • Stops at Joffree Lake and Marble Canyon
  • Mount Robson Visitor Centre stop
  • 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

Private vehicle, hiking, walking, ferry, boat.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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