Western Canada Explorer (CJ)

16 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

Stunning lakes, towering peaks, breathtaking landscapes, and thrilling experiences describe this Canadian Rockies tour. You’ll overnight in Vancouver, Penticton, located in British Columbia’s acclaimed vineyard and orchard region; Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Whistler, and Victoria.

Tour highlights include a ride on the Ice Explorer on the 750-foot Athabasca Glacier and a river safari on the Blue River, where you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife such as bears, eagles, moose, and more. These exciting adventures, along with breakfast with the bears at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver and a salmon barbecue in Lillooet, are special experiences Globus includes to make your Canadian Rockies tour a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Other tour highlights include a cruise on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies; a trip to Moraine Lake, where 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the lake’s tranquil waters; a walk in Maligne Canyon to see unique rock formations and waterfalls; and a visit to Emerald Lake, where you’ll witness turquoise waters and amazing scenery.

Enjoy free time to explore Jasper National Park and Banff National Park during your 3-night stays at both the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, the embodiment of tranquility and natural beauty, and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known internationally as the "Castle of the Rockies." Perhaps enjoy Afternoon Tea during your two nights at Victoria’s historic Fairmont Empress.

This is just a small sampling of the many experiences and stunning scenery included on this Canadian Rockies tour. Let Globus handle all of the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Breakfast with the Bears
PENTICTON
Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit Summerland Sweets and indulge in a sweet tasting
KELOWNA
Orientation tour
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
LAKE LOUISE
Sightseeing including visit to Moraine Lake, Natural Bridge, and Emerald Lake
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Maligne Lake cruise and visit to Maligne Canyon
BLUE RIVER
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Scenic wildlife river safari
LILLOOET
Xwisten archaeological site with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite salmon barbecue
VICTORIA
Orientation tour; farewell dinner

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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park
  • Kootenay National Park
  • Yoho National Park

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Victoria

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER

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

Day 2 VANCOUVER

This morning, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BREAKFAST WITH THE BEARS at Grouse Mountain to learn about grizzly bear habits and conservation. Next, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The rest of the day is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 VANCOUVER–PENTICTON

This morning, depart Vancouver and travel into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the undiscovered city of Penticton with its long stretches of sandy beaches, vineyards, and orchards. Arrive at your lakeside resort where your evening is free to explore this adventure mecca.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 PENTICTON. EXCURSION TO KELOWNA

Today, drive along the shores of Okanagan Lake and learn of the region’s rich agricultural history with a special visit and treat at the historic family-owned Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SUMMERLAND SWEETS. Then, continue north to the resort community of Kelowna for an orientation tour and free time to explore at leisure. You may wish to take a stroll on the lakefront boardwalk, enjoy lunch at one of the many alfresco restaurants, or sample a glass of local wine.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 PENTICTON–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Today, drive west and enjoy the panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Next travel through Yoho National Park and cross the Continental Divide into Alberta before descending Kicking Horse Pass into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Your home for the next three nights is the amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, the hotel is internationally recognized as the “Castle of the Rockies.”

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Day 6 BANFF NATIONAL PARK

A full day at leisure to enjoy Banff. You may wish to take a ride on the Banff Gondola, shop for souvenirs on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Take advantage of an additional day to explore Banff. Your Tour Director recommends a visit to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies or a relaxing soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Take the opportunity to walk to Surprise Corner, for spectacular views of your majestic hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE

This morning, travel to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Next, off to Natural Bridge, where the Kicking Horse River disappears before re-emerging through a natural span of rock. Then, visit Emerald Lake to enjoy views of the turquoise-colored water and spectacular scenery. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location.

NOTE:
The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.

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Day 9 LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 750 foot Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a 3-night stay at the alluring Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled on beautiful Beauvert Lake.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 JASPER NATIONAL PARK. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE

This morning, CRUISE on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy clear azure water, lofty snow-capped peaks, and learn the history of Spirit Island. Before returning to Jasper, a stop is made at MALIGNE CANYON, where a short walk reveals unique rock formations and waterfalls. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Why not explore one of the many hiking trails in Jasper National Park?

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Day 11 JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy a full free day to explore more of Jasper. You may want to join in on an exciting float trip down the Athabasca River, shop for a favorite souvenir, sample a world-famous scone from Bear’s Paw Bakery, or just kick back and relax at your resort.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 JASPER NATIONAL PARK–BLUE RIVER–KAMLOOPS

Depart Jasper and travel to Blue River, British Columbia. Here, board a specially designed boat for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite RIVER SAFARI. As you travel up small rivers, keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, which could include bears, eagles, moose, elk, and more. Make sure to have your camera handy! We finish the day in Kamloops.

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Day 13 KAMLOOPS–LILLOOET–WHISTLER

Continue through British Columbia to Lillooet and visit the XWISTEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, which contains over 80 identified pit houses—the traditional winter homes of the First Nations people. Afterward, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SALMON BARBECUE along with traditional dishes, such as bannock (flatbread) and whipped berries. Arrive in Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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Day 14 WHISTLER–VICTORIA

Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British city of Victoria. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing including Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 VICTORIA

Today, a free day to explore the capital city of British Columbia. You may wish to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip, visit nearby Butchart Gardens, or sample local ales at one of the city’s local craft brew pubs. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 16 VICTORIA–VANCOUVER

This morning, travel via BC FERRY through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland for a transfer to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.

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. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

BRAD NOYES

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Escorting tours for more than 10

Brad began his career in tourism as part of a very small team of passionate guides onboard the fledgling Rocky Mountaineer. Over the next 15 years, he moved his way up in the company, eventually running the Guest Services Department and helping to shape the train into a world-class experience. Twenty years later, he has owned his own travel agencies, tour companies and also written marketing materials, with a flair for working with tourism based companies. In 2007, he decided to start motorcoach touring, beginning as an international guide in China and Italy before finally deciding to focus on Canada's West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, his own backyard. He has escorted thousands of inspired guests through one of the most beautiful areas of the world.

Tour Director - BRAD NOYES

 Accommodations

Vancouver
Penticton
Banff
Lake Louise
Jasper
Kamloops
Whistler
Victoria

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Vancouver
Banff
Jasper
Whistler
Victoria

Vancouver

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Take in the sights and sounds of the city while cruising past the magnificent Vancouver skyline at night while enjoying live music and delicious West Coast-themed cuisine.

Price Range: $$

Banff

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: $$$$

Jasper

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: $$

Whistler

Seaplane Tour

Seaplane Tour

There¿s no place quite like Whistler, and there¿s simply no better way to explore it than from the air!

Price Range: $$$

Victoria

Zipline Adventure

Zipline Adventure

Experience the exhilaration of zip lining through a coastal temperate rainforest with magnificent mountain and ocean views.

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: $$

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: $$

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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