Autotour: Mountain Country

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A classic route, featuring breathtaking scenery in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. From Vancouver, travel east through the Okanagan Valley and Glacier National Park to the world-renowned resort regions of Banff and Jasper. Via Mount Robson, Wells Gray Provincial Park and the Cariboo Region, head north to the Pacific Coast and sail the spectacular Inside Passage on BC Ferries to Vancouver Island. Ahead lies charming Victoria and then a return ferry ride to Vancouver. 

 

Day 1: Arrival in Vancouver

Arrive at Vancouver International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Canada Roadbook at the front desk as you check in. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Vancouver

Day 2: Vancouver

You will have the entire day to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area. Some of the city’s highlights include: the MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. You may wish to pay a visit to Klahowya Village in Stanley Park where you travel through the forest on the Spirit Catcher miniature train, watch cultural performances, shop the Artisan Marketplace, and much more.

Overnight in Vancouver

Activity

Breathtakingly suspended 230 feet above and 450 feet across Capilano River, Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to towering evergreens, serene trails and the award winning attraction, Treetops Adventure Seven suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet, take you high above the forest floor for a thrilling encounter within the heart of the forest.

The cliffwalk is a heart-stopping 700 foot (215m) long walkway taking guests along the granite cliffside of Capilano Canyon on a series of bridge, platforms and stairways cantilevered up to 30 storeys above Capilano River.

Guided eco-walks, a First Nations cultural experience and voices from the past at the Story Centre mingle with the sounds of live seasonal musical entertainment Unmatched shopping at the Trading Post and West Coast cuisine round out this entertaining West Coast experience

Day 3: Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs

Leaving the coast today, you will traverse a great maritime plain and at the end of today’s journey, arrive at the well-known vacation resort of Harrison Hot Springs.

Picturesquely situated at the foot of the 70 km long Harrison Lake and flanked by mountains, you can enjoy walking on the beach or exploring the two hot mineral springs for which the town is famous. Be sure to keep an eye out overhead for potential eagle sightings.

En route, we suggest a visit to Minter Gardens

Overnight in Harrison Hot Springs

Day 4: Harrison Hot Springs to Penticton

Enjoy the scenic drive to Penticton via the dense forests of Manning Provincial Park and approach your destination from the south In the park, you can take a walk on the remnants of the Dewdney Trail or the Rhododendron Flats.

The town of Penticton lies at the lower end of Okanagan Lake and the lush orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan Valley. The region is also renowned for its beaches and hot, dry climate

Overnight in Penticton

Day 5: Penticton to Revelstoke

Morning is at leisure to enjoy the Okanagan Valley. Drive past spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes en route to the Revelstoke area

Overnight in Revelstoke

Day 6: Revelstoke to Banff

Drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass en route to the bustling resort town of Banff. We suggest a visit to Lake Louise.

Overnight in Banff.

Day 7: Banff National Park Banff

Entire day to tour Banff and the surrounding area. We suggest a visit to Banff Natural History Museum. You may also try river rafting or a gondola ride.

Overnight in Banff.

Activity

This interpretive boat tour of magnificent Lake Minnewanka will immerse you in a rugged wilderness steeped in history, native folklore and geology. Nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies. For more than 10,000 years people have hunted and camped along these shores and now you too can discover its wild nature and hidden wonders.

Day 8: Banff to Jasper

Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake en route. Enjoy glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel this route considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Overnight in Jasper.

Prepare yourself for the experience of the Columbia Icefield, located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Covering an expanse of 325 sq. km and reaching depths of up to 320 m, this impressive icefield forms one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Venture directly onto the Athabasca glacier in a specially-designed Ice Explorer with guided commentary. A unique icy adventure!

Day 9: Jasper National Park

You will have the full day to relax and tour Jasper and surrounding area. We suggest a Maligne Lake boat cruise or a ride on the Jasper SkyTram.

Overnight in Jasper.

Activity

Explore the magnificent Maligne Valley and discover striking natural beauty, abundant wildlife and a genuine geological mystery. While searching for osprey, bald eagles, big horn sheep, elk, deer and bears, you’ll visit the longest natural lake in the

Canadian Rockies, view a spectacular 50-metre gorge created by 10,000 years of erosion and travel to “disappearing” Medicine Lake, the source of what is believed to be the largest underground river system in Canada. This tour delivers you to the heart of an unspoiled natural playground.

Day 10: Jasper to Clearwater

Drive the scenic Yellowhead Highway to Wells Gray Park. We suggest a stop at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies.

Overnight in Clearwater.

Day 11: Clearwater / Wells Gray Provincial Park

Many activities are available in the park including hiking, canoeing, horseback riding or river rafting.

Overnight in Clearwater.

Day 12: Clearwater to 100 Mile House

From the park, it is a short drive into the dramatic cattle ranching country of the Cariboo Region. 100 Mile House was born in the 19th-century during the days of the Cariboo Gold Rush, when a roadhouse was built here to service gold seekers heading into the goldfields. They travelled along the Cariboo Wagon Road, beginning in Lillooet and frequently stopped at the roadhouse that became known as 100 Mile House.

Overnight in 100 Mile House.

Day 13: 100 Mile House to Prince George

We suggest a visit to Barkerville, a restored pioneer settlement from the Gold Rush era.

Overnight in Prince George.

Day 14: Prince George to Smithers

Travel the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges. This is also a region with cultural and historical ties to many native bands.

Overnight in Smithers.

Day 15: Smithers to Prince Rupert

Follow the scenic Skeena River Valley to the active port city of Prince Rupert. In Hazelton, you may want to visit Ksan Native Village and its tribal houses, museum, carving shed and totem poles of the Gitksan First Nation. Situated on Kaien Island, Prince Rupert was home to the Tsimshian and Haida nations for 5000 years and their legacies can be seen in the totem poles of Service Park, Roosevelt Park and the Sunken Gardens.

Overnight in Prince Rupert.

Day 16: Prince Rupert to Port Hardy

Enjoy a full day ocean cruise on board BC Ferries along the British Columbia coastline. The famous Inside Passage cruise comes to an end in Port Hardy.

Overnight in Port Hardy.

Day 17: Port Hardy to Campbell River

Travel the eastern shore of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, a focal point for sport salmon fishing. Overnight in Campbell River.

Day 18: Campbell River to Victoria

Continue along the coast, past Nanaimo and Chemainus, and enjoy the scenic Malahat Drive.

Overnight in Victoria.

Day 19: Victoria

Today, explore this elegant capital city. We suggest a visit to Beacon Hill Park and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Drop in for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel or visit the famous Butchart Gardens

Overnight in Victoria.

Activity

This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a regular covered boat with commentary by a certified Marine biologist and naturalist.

Day 20: Victoria to Vancouver

The charming Saanich Peninsula before enjoying a mini-cruise on B C Ferries back to Vancouver through the Strait of Georgia Check in at Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight