Inside Passage And Rocky Mountain Adventure 2021
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- Ten night’s hotel accommodation
- Daily breakfast, one lunch and one buffet dinner aboard BC Ferries
- Admission to
- The Butchart Gardens
- Columbia Icefields Glacier Adventure
- U’mista Cultural Centre
- BC Ferries fee through the Inside Passage including a buffet breakfast
- BC Ferries to Alert Bay
- Winery tour and tasting
- Round-trip porterage for one suitcase per person
- Sightseeing as described in below itinerary
- Round-trip in deluxe mini-coach transportation
- Experienced, friendly and fun tour guide
- All taxes and park fees
Single Person per Room
- All taxes and booking fees included
Two People per Room
- All taxes and booking fees included
Three People per Room
- All taxes and booking fees included
Four People per Room
- All taxes and booking fees included
Day One – Vancouver to Sooke
It’s an early start today, but that is because we have quite the day planned for you. You will need to be at Canada place to meet your guide at 7 am. We will pack your bag into our deluxe mini-coach before heading to the ferry. Please don’t be late as we will not be able to wait. You will travel through the beautiful Gulf Islands on your way to Victoria, BC’s capital city. Look out for whales on the way to Victoria, sightings are not unheard of. Upon arriving in Victoria, you will have a chance to stroll through the gorgeous Butchart Gardens. Originally a quarry over 100 years ago, it has been transformed into a modern masterpiece featuring a sunken garden. There are several optional sightseeing choices around Victoria, including the Royal BC Museum, afternoon tea at the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, or shopping on Government Street. You will then depart for Sooke for your overnight accommodation at the Prestige Resort. The Resort is conveniently located on the Sooke harbourfront. You will have the opportunity to have a free evening to relax at the hotel.
Day Two – Sooke to Campbell River
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing Sooke. Upon leaving, you will make your way along the scenic Island Highway to the seaside community of Comox for lunch. After lunch, we will whisk you to Campbell River. Here you will have two options for an additional activities. You can take a leisurely walk along the Millenium Trail. This is a two-kilometre round walk where you will be greeted by the Elk Falls and the Suspension Bridge. If you don’t feel like the walk, you can spend time in the Interpretive Centre in Campbell River, learning all about the history of the area. You will then move onto Painter’s Lodge Resort, located in a natural, tranquil setting on the water’s edge. Tonight you have the opportunity to kayak through the estuary with an intimate, handmade pizza dinner. If you would prefer, you can also take a water taxi to Quadra Island for dinner on the water’s edge. Both of these activities carry an additional fee.
Day Three – Campbell River – Telegraph Cove - Alert Bay - Port Hardy
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing Campbell River. You will move onto Telegraph Cove, a quaint town that was once a fishing and cannery village. Stroll the boardwalk, grab a coffee and view the historical buildings of the of this small coastal village. Moving onto Port McNeill, located on the North Coast of Vancouver Island, you will board a local ferry as a foot passenger to Alert Bay. Alert Bay is located on Cormorant Island. Both Alert Bay and Cormorant Island were named after British warships. Admission is included to the U’mista Cultural Centre. Here you will be to view ceremonial regalia, masks, rattles and much more that were confiscated in 1922 and returned to the museum almost 60 years later. You won’t have to walk far along the main street to see many works of art by local artists, including totem poles present along the waterfront and throughout the town. You will then check into your hotel in Port Hardy, the beautiful Kwa’lilas Hotel. Be sure to get to bed early tonight as we have an early start in the morning as we board the ferry that will take you through the Inside Passage.
Day Four – Port Hardy to Prince Rupert via the Inside Passage aboard BC Ferries
Today is an early start, and by early we mean very early as we will need to make our departure time for the ferry. Once you are on board, you will enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the dining room. This 16-hour journey is definitely the highlight of this tour. You will be able to relax in the comfortable surroundings of the interior of the ferry. You will also be able to explore the outside deck. Be sure to bring a set of binoculars along as you will have an opportunity to see some amazing sights and some rare sightings on the wildlife along the way through the Inside Passage. There are several popular points of interest along the way, including Princess Royal Channel, Chatham Sound and Hecate Strait near Haida Gwaii. Haida Gwaii was formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Remember, we mentioned the rare wildlife sightings. You will have the opportunity to see some amazing sea life like whales and seals, majestic wildlife, including the possibility to see a Kermode Bear. The Kermode Bear is also sometimes referred to as the Spirit Bear. There is also an abundance of birdlife along the way. Another buffet meal will be provided for dinner. You will arrive in Prince Rupert late this evening, and we will transfer you to the Crest Hotel, where you will be staying for two nights.
Day Five – Prince Rupert
After the long day you had yesterday, today is all about relaxation and free time in the town of Prince Rupert. We will be providing you with a breakfast voucher. You can choose from a variety of breakfast options. Prince Rupert is a quaint town that includes Cow’s Bay . Today you will have the opportunity to explore the town or partake in some optional activities. These include canoe tours, whale watching or a guided tour of British Columbia Northern Museum. There is also an optional extra to view the bears in the region on the July 26th departure.. This is seasonal, so please confirm with us beforehand to ensure that we can book you on this activity. This evening there are several dining options in town that you can explore.
Day Six – Prince Rupert to Prince George
You will start the day by enjoying a buffet continental breakfast at your hotel. You will then depart on a beautifully scenic day of travel as you leave the Coastal Mountains behind. You will follow the Skeena River on your way to your nighttime destination of Prince George. There are many stops along the way where you will be able to see many beautiful sights of Northern British Columbia. Along the way, you will have lunch in the town of Smithers, often referred to as a “skiers paradise’ in the winter. Upon arriving in Prince George, you will check-in at the Sandman Signature Prince George Hotel. You will then have the evening free for dinner.
Day Seven – Prince George to Jasper
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before leaving. You will travel further east today as you make your way into the majestic Rocky Mountains with the overnight destination being Jasper, a quintessential Rockies town. Along the way, you will stop at the Ancient Forest, where you will be treated to an interpretive walk to an absolutely spectacular waterfall. You will then stop at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, topping out at an altitude of 3,954m. On a clear day, this is one of the more impressive sights of the tour. That being said, even if there is some cloud around, it makes that photograph all the more mysterious. As you cross into Alberta, you will carry onto the town of Jasper, where you will overnight at the downtown hotel, Mount Robson Hotel. You will have plenty of free time this evening to explore the town and indulge in one of the many dining options in town.
Day Eight – Jasper & Icefields Parkway to Banff National Park
Today you will have another earlyish start as we have so much in store for you. After you enjoy breakfast in the hotel, you will depart and drive to Maligne Lake. You have the option to either stroll the lake edge, enjoy the beautiful views, or take an optional boat tour to one of the most photographed spots in Canada, Spirit Island. On leaving the lake, you will be taken down the famous Icefields Parkway, where you will have the chance to glimpse hundreds of glaciers. You will then travel on the turquoise beauty of the Athabasca Falls and Bow Lake. This will be your first taste of the unique colours that the lakes and rivers have in the Rocky Mountains. Your accommodation will be in the Town of Banff for the next two nights at the Elk + Avenue Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Banff. You will have leisure time this evening to explore the town and indulge in one of the many dining opportunities that Banff offers.
Day Nine – Banff
Following breakfast at your hotel, we will do a tour through the townsite of Banff. You will stop for a stunning photo opportunity at Bow Falls before heading to the magical spires of the Banff HooDoos. You will then circle around to the Banff Springs Hotel, a site with many tales of ghosts, including the mystery of room 873. You will then have the rest of the day to navigate your way around this quintessential Rockies town. There are some fantastic shops for those needing retail therapy along Banff Avenue as well as well-marked paths running beside the turquoise Bow River, both on the town side and the golf course side. If you would like, you can take the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain. You will be greeted by panoramic views of the valley and the majestic Rocky Mountains that frame the town in this small valley. This is an excursion that should be added to your itinerary. Again, you will have the option to choose from one of the many dining options the town offers this evening.
Day Ten – Banff, Lake Louise to Kelowna
Get ready for the day! Today is lake day. Start the day with a continental breakfast at your hotel. You will then check out and head to the Rockies lakes. You will get to see Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, definitely two of the most beautiful lakes in the area. You will have plenty of free time to walk around the lakes or to rent a canoe and head out across the lakes to see parts that are not accessible by foot. From the lakes, you will travel through Roger’s Pass, a pass steeped in history. You will move from the Rocky Mountains into the Selkirk range and finally into the Okanagan Valley. As you drive towards Kelowna, your overnight stop, you will be stopping at one of the region’s famous wineries for a complimentary tasting. You will check into the Royal Anne Hotel for the evening, a few blocks from the lakeside waterfront. It is here that you will find a myriad of restaurants to satisfy your palate.
Day Eleven – Kelowna to Vancouver
And so we enter the final day of this fantastic adventure. You will be hosted for breakfast at your hotel before having the opportunity to explore downtown Kelowna. You will be able to walk the beautiful boardwalk along Lake Okanagan or walk through the cute shops that line the streets of this desert town. You will leave Kelowna and travel along the Coquihalla Highway towards Vancouver. Along the way, you will come across the tiny village of Hope. You will finish up the last stop of the adventure with a stop at Othello Tunnels. These tunnels were cut from the granite cliffs in 1914 by the Canadian Pacific Railway connecting the Kootenays to the Coast. A total of five tunnels were cut out as part of the Kettle Valley Railway grade. The engineering effort it took to build this route was impressive, especially considering the limited infrastructure of the time. You will have the opportunity to walk through the tunnels and cross the cascading Coquihalla River. This area is also rich in film history, with several blockbuster film scenes shot at Othello Tunnels. You will arrive back in Vancouver at 6:00 pm. We look forward to hosting you on this adventure. We know that you have memories that will last a lifetime and be richer for the experiences you have encountered over the past 11 days.
Presell Optional Activities
We highly recommend booking optional activities at the time of booking your tour as availability for some activities is limited. We offer the following optional activities on this tour for a discounted price. Please note that these prices are based on advance bookings, the price will be more if booked on tour. Some activities are available for advance purchase only as indicated.
- Tea at the Empress Hotel *advanced bookings only
- Royal BC Museum
- Sunset Kayak Tour through an estuary on shores of Campbell River. This tour includes an intimate pizza dinner & glass of wine. Trips operate come rain or shine. Limited space available (minimum of six pax, max twelve) *advanced bookings only
- Travel by boat to Quadra Island for a Sunset Dinner on the Island. Limited space open, pre-booking required. Choose this option to reserve your spot on the water taxi and dinner reservation only. Dinner is not included *advanced bookings only
- Northern BC Museum – featuring First Nations Artefacts
- Whale Watching – Prince Rupert Adventure Tours – Available on all departures.
- Grizzly Bear watching experience in Khutzeymateen – by Seaplane & boat – Available July 30, Aug 21 (minimum six passengers required to operate this excursion, eight passengers maximum. If minimum numbers are not met this activity will be fully refundable at 30 days prior) *advanced bookings only
- Glacier Adventure
- Banff Gondola
- Horseback Riding in Banff
- Via Ferrata in Banff (must be pre-booked) *advanced bookings only
- Sandman Hotel – Pre or Post Night add on $185 pp based on double occupancy *advanced bookings only
- Half-Day Vancouver City Highlights (minimum of six pax required) *advanced bookings only