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Discover the Canadian Rockies - Eastbound

Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in Western Canada. This 12-day adventure offers the Rocky Mountain highs of 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 youre walking atop a glacier or meandering the gorgeous streets of Whistler Village, you're discovering some of the most iconic parts of Canada.

North America
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NCRNG/155216
  • Starts: Vancouver, Canada
  • Finishes: Calgary, Canada
You will Visit
  • Vancouver
  • Calgary

Itinerary

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Day 1: Vancouver

Arrive at any time.
Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

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Day 2: Vancouver/Victoria

Enjoy a stop at Stanley Park and Gastown before boarding a scenic ferry to Victoria, where we'll take an orientation walk with our CEO.
Take a stroll around the city with your CEO to get familiar with your surroundings before you can enjoy the evening on your own.

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Day 3: Victoria

Today is free for optional activities, such as a zodiac whale watching cruise, visit to museums and Butchart gardens, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel.

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Day 4: Victoria/Whistler

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to the village of Whistler, host of some of the events of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here we visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre on a G Adventures for Good experience, exclusive to Journeys travellers. 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.

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Day 5: 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.

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Day 6: Whistler/Blue River

Pass through Coastal Mountains into the Caribou Mountains, and enjoy stops at the emerald coloured Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon before arriving in the small community of Blue River.
Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the Coastal Mountain Range and set foot into the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region. 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.

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Day 7: Blue River/Jasper National Park

Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world's only inland temperate rainforest. Search out wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles. Head to Jasper National Park, crossing the Rockies, and view the highest peak, Mount Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre.

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Day 8: 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.

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Day 9: Jasper National Park/Lake Louise

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 to Lake Louise to view its emerald blue waters and Victoria Glacier.
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.


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Day 10: Lake Louise/Banff

Enjoy the morning in Lake Louise with the option to hike to the Tea House. Continue to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town of Banff.

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Day 11: Banff/Calgary

Enjoy the morning in Banff, then drive to Calgary for a short orientation walk and opt to visit museums, cowboy bars, or the Olympic Park.
Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, Calgary prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honouring its cowboy heritage.

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Day 12: Calgary

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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Indigenous Cultural Experience, Whistler National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Banff Historical Walking Tour, Banff 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
    • Stops at Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon
    • River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley
    • Mount Robson Visitor Centre visit
    • Excursion to the Columbia Icefields and ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/lodges (11 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking, walking, ferry, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the popular resort town of Whistler
  • Enjoy a historical tour through Banff with an expert from the Whyte Museum
  • Search for grizzly and black bears on a float trip at Blue River
  • Soak in natural hot springs
  • Take an ice walk on an active glacier