Grand Western Canada Vacation (CG)

13 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

On this Canadian Rockies tour, enjoy time in many of Canada’s most scenic areas as you travel through some of its national parks and mountain towns. Spend time in beautiful Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna, located in British Columbia’s popular wine and orchard region. Ferry through the Gulf Islands between Vancouver and Victoria. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield, and marvel at the stunning scenery, including alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers.

Admire the beauty of Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Travel to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake and one of the most picturesque spots in the Canadian Rockies, for a cruise to Spirit Island. Be sure to have your camera ready, so you can capture photos of the beautiful lake and towering peaks. Witness panoramic views of Banff from the Banff gondola, and in British Columbia, enjoy a visit to spectacular Shannon Falls, the third highest falls in the province.

In addition to taking you to some of Western Canada’s most scenic spots, on this Canadian Rockies tour Globus has also arranged some special experiences for you. On Victoria, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens, with 55 acres of impressive floral displays, followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. In British Columbia, learn the history of the First Nation’s People, Globus has included a tour and private breakfast at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre showcasing the art, history, and culture of these great people.

This is just a sampling of the highlights offered on this Canadian Rockies tour. Let Globus handle the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the tranquil beauty and fun experiences on this marvelous vacation.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; farewell dinner
VICTORIA
Orientation tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit and dinner at Butchart Gardens
WHISTLER
Visit Shannon Falls; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite breakfast at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; cruise Maligne Lake
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Gondola ride up Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Banff’s Sulphur Mountain with breakfast; sightseeing
Notes:

  • The Canadian Rockies are blessed with stunning scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER, BC

Welcome to Vancouver, your gateway to the Canadian Rockies! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2 VANCOUVER–VICTORIA

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Catch the BC FERRY over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Visit world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUTCHART GARDENS, followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. See major attractions on your city orientation tour, including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 VICTORIA

This day is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 VICTORIA–WHISTLER

Today, board a BC FERRY and cross the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Stop at SHANNON FALLS, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. On to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. There’s time today to explore many of the 2010 Winter Olympics’ sites.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 WHISTLER

Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. You might enjoy a trip on Whistler’s Peak2Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities by exploring the village on foot, including a walk to beautiful Alta Lake. Other options include a walk in the tree tops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 WHISTLER–SUN PEAKS

This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Then, journey north through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. Spectacular scenery abounds as you pass by rolling hills, deeply incised rivers, and sparkling lakes. Afternoon arrival in Sun Peaks, with the balance of the day at leisure. You may take advantage of an optional canoe trip on Lake McGillivray, where, surrounded by beautiful scenery, you learn about Canada’s fur trade.

NOTE:
Operation of the canoe trip is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 SUN PEAKS–JASPER

Continue north, following the Yellowhead Highway and hugging the mighty North Thompson River into the province of Alberta. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Marvel at the precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens in this wild mountain wilderness. Perhaps take an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River, where your experienced guide will navigate as you absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 JASPER. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE

Enjoy a short sightseeing tour to see Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Afterward, travel to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 JASPER–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF

This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

NOTE:
The May 3 & 17, and July 26 departures will enjoy overnights at the luxurious Rimrock Resort Hotel, nestled in the mountains 750 feet above Banff, offering exceptional views, fine dining, and an enjoyable location near the Upper Hot Springs and the Banff Gondola.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 BANFF

Breakfast this morning is served on top of Sulphur Mountain. Take a scenic ride on the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BANFF GONDOLA to the top of the mountain and then enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savor a flavorful meal. Additional sightseeing in Banff includes a visit to Bow Falls. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 11 BANFF–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–KELOWNA

This morning, depart Banff and scale Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into British Columbia and Yoho National Park. Next, enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Descend into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the resort city of Kelowna. Tonight, why not enjoy a wine tasting or dinner at one of Kelowna’s many restaurants.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 KELOWNA–VANCOUVER

Today, continue through the fertile Fraser Valley, with grand vistas of vineyards and orchards, before traveling over the towering Cascade Mountains into Vancouver. Upon arrival, enjoy some time at leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 13 VANCOUVER

The tour ends after breakfast this morning with guests departing on individual schedules.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TAREK SABET

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

I have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry and have been leading tours in Canada since 1999. I speak English, Spanish, Arabic, and French. My passion for my work is fueled by the opportunity to meet amazing people , my fellow travelers! In my free time, I enjoy stamp collecting, chess, reading, opera, classical music, and teaching at a private college in Vancouver in the winter.

Tour Director - TAREK SABET

 Accommodations

Vancouver
Victoria
Whistler
Sun Peaks
Jasper National Park
Banff National Park
Kelowna

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Victoria
Whistler
Sun Peaks
Jasper National Park
Banff National Park

Victoria

Marine and Wildlife Whale Watching

Marine and Wildlife Whale Watching

Given Southern Vancouver Island is world renowned for the rich marine wildlife, including home to resident pods of orca whales, no trip to Victoria is complete without a cruise experience.

Price Range: $$

Victoria Panorama

Victoria Panorama

This flightseeing excursion is an ideal introduction to seaplane aviation and includes spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Price Range: $$

Whistler

Spectacular Glacier Seaplane Tour

Spectacular Glacier Seaplane Tour

Experience a memorable seaplane flight over the majestic glaciers, rugged peaks, unique volcanic formations and lush alpine meadows that surround the turquoise waters of mile-high, 1000 foot deep Garibaldi Lake.

Price Range: $$$

Tree Trek Canopy Walk

Tree Trek Canopy Walk

Journey high among the treetops on this guided interpretive adventure through a spectacular network of suspension bridges, suspended stairways, boardwalks and trails on this TreeTrek Canopy Walk.

Price Range: $

Peak to Peak Experience

Peak to Peak Experience

Whistler's pinnacle summer experience is a ride on the Guinness World Record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Price Range: $

Ziptrek Adventure

Ziptrek Adventure

Operating in a true old-growth temperate rainforest, your Whistler zipline journey takes you through the forest via suspension bridges, treetop observation platforms, ground based trails and ziplines. Choose from three different zipline excursions.

Price Range: $$$

Sun Peaks

Canoeing In Sun Peaks With Fur Traders Feast

Canoeing In Sun Peaks With Fur Traders Feast

Enjoy a guided voyageur canoe trip on Lake McGillivray followed by a 4-course Fur Traders Feast.

Price Range: $$

Jasper National Park

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper's best rafting scenic float trips take you down the Athabasca River for a unique perspective for Jasper National Park.

Price Range: $$

Magical Mystical Maligne Canyon Walk

Magical Mystical Maligne Canyon Walk

Join us on a walk along the edge of the Maligne Canyon, the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park.

Price Range: $$

Wild Meadows, Lakes and Dinner

Wild Meadows, Lakes and Dinner

Jasper is well known for its wildlife viewing opportunities and this tour will provide the best chance to see and photograph Rocky Mountain wildlife in the evening when animal sightings are more frequent.

Price Range: $$

Banff National Park

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Discover unparalleled views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies region by helicopter. There are several options to choose from, but all deliver spectacular opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience in the Rockies.

Price Range: $$$

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