Self-Drive – Discover the Hidden Gems of the West

Self-Drive - Discover the Hidden Gems of the West

  • Discover the Hidden Gems of the West (19+)
  • 7 Days | 6 Nights
Price Per Person

From CA$849pp
Based on double occupancy (ex GST)

Contact Us About Your Self-Drive Tour

Overview

Journey along the road less travelled. We are offering some of our Extraordinary Experiences as a self-drive adventure now. We will take care of your hotel bookings and attraction admissions. You will have the flexibility to take your time at each stop. We will also provide you with a sample itinerary written by our team of experts in order to experience this adventure to the fullest. Let us take care of the planning so that you can enjoy the adventure stress-free. This self-drive tour will have you explore some of the most stunning and less crowded areas Western Canada has to offer. After departing the Pearl of the Pacific, Vancouver, you will travel through the Fraser Valley and the Coastal Rainforests towards Canada's only desert, The Okanagan. Explore the Okanagan Valley with its orchards and vineyards and make several stops at some of the most famous wineries in the area. You will have an opportunity to sample some local cider made from apples that are famously grown in the area as well as the opportunity to see why the Canadian wine scene is fast becoming known around the world. After leaving the Okanagan Valley behind you, you will travel through the ever-changing landscapes into the land of mountains, valleys and hot springs when entering the Kootenays. The Kootenays has a long and rich archeological history. Signs show that man has been inhabiting the area for the past 10,000 with the Ktunaxa people residing there permanently for the past few hundred years. You will head through the Kootenays and into the Rocky Mountains. Sheer, imposing, impressive; these mountains will genuinely make you feel that nature is more significant than us, and we are a mere speck on the face of this earth. You will travel up a section of the Icefields Parkway and have the opportunity to go onto the Athabasca Glacier with the Ice Explorer. You will also have the chance to see the best glacial lakes in Canada, including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake. The greens, turquoise and blues will leave you with a memory you will never forget. You will also be based in the town of Banff for this part of the tour. Banff is arguably one of the most famous towns in the Rockies. It is quaint, with some spectacular dining and shopping options. All prices are quoted for double occupancy. There are concessions for triple and quad rooms and a supplement if you wish to upgrade to a single room. Discover Canada Tours is also able to assist you with car rental, travel insurance and flight bookings should you require them. You also have the option to book a professional driver/guide and private vehicle. We own a fleet of vehicles ranging from a sprinter van to deluxe mini-coaches. This is a great option for multigenerational family trips.

Top Highlights

There are many highlights on this tour, but there are a few that stand out above all others. You will have the opportunity to sightsee your way through the most beautiful parts of Western Canada. There are some areas on this adventure that are still considered hidden treasures! There will be many chances to see some of the wildlife that is native to Western Canada, including moose, elk, black and grizzly bears and bald eagles. Of course, with this experience being the Sip & Soak, you will be visiting several wineries, a cidery and the opportunity to taste some of Alberta’s best beers. From the soak aspect, you will be stopping at many natural hot springs in the Kootenays. This adventure will take your breath away with some of the incredible scenery, showing you just how diverse Canada truly is. 

Photo Credit: Destination Canada, Destination BC | Andrew Strain, Kari Medig, Dave Heath, Ryan Creary, and Shayd Johnson
Price Includes
  • 6-nights accommodation 
    • 2 nights in Osoyoos in a *** Hotel
    • 1 night in Nelson in a *** Hotel
    • 1 night in Fairmont Hot Springs in a *** Hotel
    • 2 nights in Banff in a *** Hotel
  • 5x breakfast
  • Self-drive itinerary with all of the suggested stops and map
  • Admission to:
    • Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Price Excludes
  • Sales tax
  • Additional nights (please ask us for an individual offer)
  • Transportation – we can arrange a car rental for you at a discounted rate
  • Insurance – we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance and can book this for you
  • Parking charges
  • National Park Pass
  • All other meals and attractions not indicated as being included in the package
Do you want to experience Western Canada in style?
Iconic Canadian Scenery

Western Canada offers unrivaled scenery. You will get to experience the best of the raw beauty our beautiful country has on offer. Let our natural spots charm you.

Wine Tasting

Sample the delights of the wineries of the Okanagan. Being Canada’s only desert, the Okanagan has the perfect weather for growing grapes and fruits.

Flexible Travel Times

With this being a self drive tour, you will have the flexibility in terms of time. You can spend as long or as short at any given location and you can stop and take in sights that are not on our itinerary.

Wildlife and Nature

Canada has an amazingly diverse ecosystem. There is a chance on every one of our tours to have some great wildlife sightings, from whales and seals to bears and elk.

Tour Pricing

Double Occupancy
Two Persons per Room
CA$849/pp

Tour Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen (weather) conditions. Departure times may vary by date, please see your confirmation email for exact departure times.

Day One – Vancouver to Osoyoos
At your leisure, depart Vancouver in the morning and start the road less travelled. We suggest leaving town along Highway 7, leading you through small towns, villages and past farmland and beautiful landscapes. On your way to Osoyoos, stop at the Othello Tunnels near Hope, go for a quick hike in Manning Park or pick up some delicious fruit at a fruit stand in Keremeos.
Day Two – Discover the Okanagan Valley
Today is at your leisure. You can spend the day exploring some of the many wineries between Osoyoos and Kelowna, have a relaxing day by the beach, go for a bike tour (not included) or visit the Nk’Mip Desert & Heritage Centre in Osoyoos and learn more about the indigenous people that call these lands their home (admission not included).
Day Three – Osoyoos to Nelson
Leaving the desert land behind, your trip will see you travelling further east. Slowly but surely you will head into the Kootenays. Before arriving at your hotel, we suggest you drive out to Ainsworth Hot Springs for a nice, relaxing soak in the warm waters and enjoy stunning views over Kootenay Lake (admission not included). Back in Nelson, make sure you enjoy one of the many fabulous restaurants this charming small town is known for.
Day Four – Nelson to the Town of Fairmont Hot Springs
Enjoy a leisurely drive from Nelson to Fairmont Hot Springs. Along the way, you can stop in Kimberly, a small mountain village that is known for a bit of old school german charm. We recommend arriving early at Fairmont Hot Springs to be able to enjoy a nice soak in the hot springs (included when staying at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort).
Day Five – Fairmont Hot Springs to Banff
Today will be a day of highlights. At your leisure, depart Fairmont Hot Springs and drive through Kootenay National Park offering many viewpoints and opportunities for small hikes. As you make your way towards Alberta, the magnificent Rocky Mountains will rise out of the landscape and your stay in the most famous mountain town of all, Banff, awaits you.
Day Six – Explore Banff at Your Leisure
Today is at your leisure to do whatever your heart desires. Whether you want to sleep in and go shopping along Banff Avenue or explore some of the nearby glacier-fed lakes – anything is possible. Admission to Banff Gondola is included in your package. Enjoy stunning views from atop Sulphur Mountain at your leisure.
Day Seven – Banff to Calgary
Today your journey ends. If you are planning on driving back to Vancouver, reach out to us for a customized itinerary, as there are many fantastic places to explore on various routes back to the Pacific Ocean.

Optional Activities

  • Ice Explorer
  • Banff Gondola
  • Horseback Riding in Banff
  • Fly Fishing on the Bow River (early bookings essential)
  • Via Ferrata in Banff
  • Whitewater rafting in Canmore

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