Rockies to the Ocean


Highlights

  • Accommodation for 7 nights.
  • Rental of a Mid-Sized car Volkswagen Jetta or similar.
  • Admission to Banff Gondola in Banff.
  • Admissions to Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk at Columbia Icefield.
  • Vancouver Hop on Hop off Tour – 48 hours
  • Admission to FlyOver Canada Experience in Vancouver.

This itinerary is designed for travellers limited on vacation time but desire to cover as many of the highlights as possible. This self-driving Rockies to Ocean combines Alberta's allure with BC 's beauty allowing you the opportunity to explore the best of the Canadian Rockies and the BC Coast. In a span of 8 days, this itinerary will take you from Calgary to Banff National Park, the Canadian Rockies and through the Jasper National Park to the town of Jasper. At Jasper, you will turn west to drive down the Yellowhead Highway past Mount Robson National Park and into the BC interior. Your route then continues west through the commanding Fraser Canyon, before arriving at the beautiful coastal town of Vancouver, where you will end your stay.

Itinerary

This afternoon arrive into Calgary. On arrival at Calgary International (YYC), pick up your bags and proceed to the Car Rental office at YYC Airport. You will present your confirmation voucher along with your valid Driver’s License and credit card to rent your pre-booked car.

Proceed to your hotel in downtown Calgary. Rest of the day free to explore Calgary on your own

Overnight in Calgary, AB.

Leaving Calgary behind, you will set your sights today on the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Feel the majesty of these mountains as you first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park where the craggy peaks loom larger the closer you get. After you have arrived in the bustling town of Banff, the remainder of the day is free to explore its charms.

Departing Calgary this morning, you will hit the Trans Canada HWY 1, drive west to the resort town of Banff. Leaving Calgary behind, you will drive through foothills and then as you pass the town of Canmore, into Banff National Park with its craggy peaks all along the highway.

Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains dominate the skyline of Banff. Boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops on Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare. The 6,500 square kilometres of parkland surrounding Banff is host to animals including elk and grizzly bears.

Overnight in Banff, AB.

Spend the day exploring Banff and the Banff National Park. Start your day with ride on the famous Banff Gondola to the peak of the Sulphur Mountain. The Gondola Ride is included in your Self-Drive package. Visit Lookout Point, Bow Falls, the Tunnel Mountains & the Hoodoos. Explore Johnston Canyon or spend your day in some of the interesting activities Banff offers. These include a cruise on Lake Minnewanka, hiking, Horseback Riding with a Cowboy Cookout, river rafting in Kicking Horse, Via Ferrata on Mount Norquay and much more.

Overnight in Banff, AB.

This morning, you will leave the town of Banff to drive north to Jasper at the top of the Icefield Park. This is 288 km drive and with the stops you will make enroute, it will take up your entire day, arriving into Jasper closer to dinner hour. Your first stop this morning will be at Lake Louise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The shimmering turquoise green waters of Lake Louise will leave you speechless.

You will find it hard to tear away from the stunning beauty of Lake Louise. But, north along Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), a wide stretch of breath-taking country awaits you. Renowned for the Columbia Icefield off this Hwy, the parkway winds through forested river valleys cradled by walls of dazzling peaks. You will frequently spot elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black and grizzly bears, wolf, or caribou.

Interesting viewing spots along the highway include Bow Lake with majestic views of the Crowfoot Glacier, Saskatchewan River Crossing, Sunwapta River and Athabasca Falls.

Your Self-drive Package includes a visit to the Columbia Icefield and admissions to the world-famous Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk Experience at the Columbia Icefield.

Overnight in Jasper, AB.

Today you will leave Jasper for Sun Peaks in British Columbia. Leaving Jasper National Park, you will drive along the 'Yellowhead Hwy', first explored by trappers and traders, past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Beyond Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highway follows the Thompson River through the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Caribou Mountains to the resort village of Sun Peaks where you will enjoy a night stay.

Overnight at Sun Peaks, BC.

Leaving Sun peaks this morning, your drive will take you past sagebrush-covered cowboy country and ranch lands strung along the South Thompson River. Drive into the Fraser Canyon with its towering rock walls, and the white-water rapids of the Fraser River. At Hell's Gate experience a gondola ride over the canyon as three fourth of a million liters of water gush through the Hell's Gate Gorge below. Driving further west, the lush Fraser Valley opens into the maritime basin of British Columbia's Lower Mainland region to arrive into Vancouver, Canada's gateway to Pacific.

Overnight in Vancouver, BC.

Park your car today. We have included this flexible 48-hour Hop on Hop Off Pass so you can let someone else do the driving and parking while you enjoy a tour of Vancouver. Our tour is a combination of the City and Park routes and offers all the highlights of downtown Vancouver including Chinatown, Stanley Park, and Gastown, major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Explore historic landmarks at your own pace, and shop along Robson Street.

Later this afternoon, experience FlyOver Canada. Experience Canada as never before, at the best attraction in Vancouver! Soar from the Atlantic to Pacific across some of Canada’s most spectacular sights. Wind, fragrances, and other effects can make you feel like you are really soaring! Take a dive through dark valleys roaring across wild rivers. Feel the breeze in your hair as you fly over magnificent prairies. Gaze at snow-capped mountains that tower above the land. Look for the thrill of buzzing over urban environments pulsating from morning till night.

The Vancouver Hop on Hop off Tour and FlyOver Canada experience is included in your Self-Drive Package

Overnight in Vancouver, BC.

This morning, check out of hotel, drive to Vancouver international Airport (YVR) and drop off your car.

End of your Self-Drive Canadian Holiday.

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Inclusions

  • 7 Nights’ accommodations.
  • Rental of a Mid-Sized car Volkswagen Jetta or similar. Upgrades to SUV or Minivan also available for an additional cost. Driver must be 21 years or older.
  • Unlimited Mileage.
  • One-way Car rental drop-off charges.
  • Admission to Banff Gondola in Banff.
  • Admissions to Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk at Columbia Icefield.
  • Vancouver Hop on Hop off Tour – 48 hours
  • Admission to FlyOver Canada Experience in Vancouver.
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST.

Please refer to Important Notes for additional information relating to your Car Rental.

Important Notes relating to your Car Rental

Exclusions

  • Airfare.
  • Canada Park Fees – approx. $ 10 per person x 3 days.
  • Meals.
  • Gratuities.
  • Travel Insurance - recommended. We request Tour Operator to secure a signed Waiver in the event client declines your offer to sell Travel Insurance.
  • Collision Damage Waiver & Theft Protection for the rented Car and Roadside Assistance not included in package cost. Same is available at an additional cost.
  • Gas for the vehicle.
  • GPS, Child Seats, Racks, etc.
  • Bottled Water
  • Early Check-in and Late Check-out charges. Charges will apply.
  • Optional Tours & Activities.

Accommodations Featured

# Destination Hotel Category
1 Calgary Sandman Calgary Downtown Standard
2 Banff Banff Centre Hotel Standard
3 Jasper Lobstick Lodge Standard
4 Sun Peaks Sun Peaks Lodge Standard
5 Vancouver Sandman City Centre Standard

Should one of the listed hotels not be available, it will be replaced with alternate accommodation of a similar quality.

Route Map

Route Map

Departure Dates

July to October 2020

Departures on demand.

Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for a quote.

Tariffs

Cost per person in CA $s from

Product Code
DM - SFRTO
01 Jul - 30 Sep 2020
7 Nights
01 - 31 Oct 2020
7 Nights
Beds Occupancy
TWIN CA$ 1,655 CA$ 1,369 or
SINGLE CA$ 3,042 CA$ 2,471 or
TRIPLE CA$ 1,255 CA$ 1,074
QUAD CA$ 1,055 CA$ 926
CHILD (12 to 16 Years) CA$ 688 CA$ 518
CHILD (2 to 11 Years) CA$ 569 CA$ 399

- Bed   | - Adult   | - Child

Tariff Notes:
Rates are inclusive of GST
Children rates apply where they are sharing a room with two adults. Should a single child share the room occupied by single adult, one Single and one Child rates will apply.
Rates include cost of Mid-size Car rental.

Pictures

Optional Tour

  • Lake Minnewanka Cruise Admission
  • Mount Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • Signature Hike Tour including Lunch
  • Alpine Helicopter Tour
  • Bow River Trail Ride
  • Kananaskis River Rafting
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Exciting Whale Watching Cruise.
  • See grizzlies Coola and Grinder at Grouse Mountain.
  • The Seaplane tour of Vancouver Harbor.

These optional tours can be booked with our package. Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for rates.

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