Inside Passage And Rocky Mountain Explorer

Inside Passage And Rocky Mountain Explorer

  • Ultimate Western Canada Experience
  • 12 Days | 11 Nights
  • Guaranteed Dates: July 19th | August 16th | September 15th
Price Per Person

From CA$2,189pp
Based on double occupancy (ex GST)

Price Per Family

From CA$4,276
Family price based on 2 adults and 2 children (5-11 years) (ex GST)

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Overview

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. Starting and finishing in Vancouver, this self-drive tour provides a journey of a lifetime through one of the wildest, diverse and unbelievably beautiful parts of the world. You will not regret taking part in this adventure. You will navigate routes that are embedded in Canadian History. The Inside Passage is a unique trip through the Salish Sea and the Pacific Ocean as you weave through Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Most cruise liners cannot make this trip due to the narrow straits that you will be going through. You will have the opportunity to see a diverse and beautiful landscape. You will also have the chance to view some fantastic wildlife along the way. Look out for the Kermode Bear (also known as the Spirit Bear). Seeing a Kermode Bear will be a rare sighting, but you can then tell everyone that you have seen this national wonder. Once you are through the straits, you will travel east towards the Rocky Mountains across some of the most remote areas of British Columbia before entering Alberta. You will follow the Skeena River as you make your way to the Continental Divide before arriving in the Rockies. Here you will be greeted by the imposing peaks and unbelievable natural beauty of the region. There are several activities included in this package that you will be able to take part in. You will then stop for two nights in the Town of Banff, possibly the most iconic town of the Rocky Mountains. Here you will have a large amount of free time to explore the area, either by walking your way through the town or partaking in one of the fantastic optional activities in the area such as the Banff Gondola. Finally, you will follow the Fraser River back to Vancouver, where the journey began. In this time, you will stop at wine farms in the famous desert region of Canada and have a chance to walk the beautiful shores of Lake Okanagan in Kelowna. Along the way, you will experience distinctly Canadian activities that will deepen your understanding of Canadian culture, nature and landscape. Be sure to pack your binoculars for this tour! 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.

Price Includes
  • 11-nights hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Ferry fees from Vancouver to Victoria, (one-way) for 1 standard-sized vehicle and passengers
  • Cabin accommodations on BC Ferries Inside Passage for July / August departures and overnight in Port Hardy for September departure only (4th night of the Itinerary)
  • Inside Passage cruise (BC Ferries) from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert for 1 standard-sized vehicle and passengers
  • Admission to the following attractions:
    • Museum of Northern BC
  • Self-drive itinerary with all of the suggested stops and map
  • Certain set departure dates with guaranteed availability
Price Excludes
  • Sales tax
  • Transportation – we can arrange a car rental for you at a discounted rate
  • Parking charges
  • National Park Pass
  • Insurance – we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance and can book this for you
  • All other meals not indicated as being included in the package
  • Note, Ferry service does not offer any meal options. You’ll need to purchase food in advance to bring on all sailings. We highly recommend a cooler for food storage. You will be able to access your vehicle periodically on the inside passage sailing. 
Do you want the ultimate Western Canada experience?
Iconic Canadian Scenery

Cruise the Inside Passage before crossing into the Rocky Mountains. This is the most complete Western Canada package we have on offer.

Deluxe Accommodation

As part of this experience, you will get to stay in some beautiful hotels across Western Canada.

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.

Optional Activities

In addition to the included activities, there are a number of optional activities as well in all our overnight stays. Make this journey an experience never to be forgotten.

2020 Tour Pricing

Double Occupancy
Two Persons per Room
CA$2,295pp

Trip Itinerary

Day One – Vancouver - Sooke
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. 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.
Day Two – Sooke - Campbell River
Upon leaving, you will make your way along the scenic Island Highway to the seaside community of Comox for lunch. After lunch, depart to Campbell River where you’ll spend the next two nights. You’ll have plenty of time to discover the best activities in Campbell River. Options include: waterfall hike, Bear viewing tour by water, Whale Watching or Kayaking Tour.
Day Three – Campbell River
Enjoy this day at leisure and discover the best outdoor adventures in Campbell River. Ask us for recommendations.
Day Four – Campbell River - Port Hardy - Inside Passage
Depart Campbell River. You will have plenty of time today to travel 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 this small coastal village. You will then depart for Port Hardy.
July and August Departures: You will board the Ferry this evening at 5:15pm.
September Departures: You will board the Ferry this evening at 6pm.
You’re required to check in no later than 90 minutes prior so give yourself lots of extra time today. There is limited food service on board at this time. You will have access to your vehicle periodically during the overnight passage. 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. 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.
Day Five & Six – Prince Rupert
July / August departures: You will arrive in Prince Rupert at 11:00am this morning. Check in time at your hotel is 4pm. You’ll have time to explore Cow’s Bay this afternoon, a great area with a wide variety of restaurants serving lunch and dinner. September departures: You will arrive in Prince Rupert at 4pm this morning. Check in time at your hotel is 4pm. You’ll have time to explore Cow’s Bay this afternoon, a great area with a wide variety of restaurants serving lunch and dinner.
Day Seven – Prince Rupert - Prince George
Today you will 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 time for 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 to your hotel. You will then have the evening free for dinner.
Day Eight – George - Jasper
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 have the option to 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. 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 Nine – Jasper - Banff
Today you will head further into the Rocky Mountains. Depending on how you are planning out your day, you can visit Maligne Lake, about 45 minutes north of Jasper, for a stroll or lake Cruise, before driving along the famous Icefield Parkway. This majestic route welcomes you with stunning views around every corner and ample opportunity to see some local wildlife. You will then travel on to the turquoise beauty of the Athabasca Falls and Bow Lake. Your accommodation will be in the Town of Banff for the next two nights. You will have leisure time this evening to explore the town and indulge in one of the many dining opportunities that Banff offers.
Day Ten – Explore Banff
You have the day free to explore Banff your way. Suggested sites include a stop for a stunning photo opportunity at Bow Falls before heading to the magical spires of the Banff HooDoos, a self-guided tour of the famous Banff Springs Hotel or shopping along Banff Avenue. 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.
Day Eleven – Banff - Kelowna
Get ready for the day! Today is lake day. Check out of your hotel and depart for the Okanagan. Along the way, you will be able to see Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, definitely two of the most beautiful lakes in the area. Make sure you plan on enough time to take leisurely strolls at both lakes, as they are just too beautiful. From the lakes, your journey will take you 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 may wish to stop at one of the local wineries for a tasting. Check into your hotel located in Kelowna. It is here that you will find a myriad of restaurants to satisfy your palate.
Day Twelve – End of trip
And so we enter the final day of this fantastic adventure. Take the morning 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, before you head home. We hope you enjoyed your trip!

Presell Options

Optional activities are available 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. 

Victoria

  • Royal BC Museum
  • Butchart Gardens

Campbell River: (all options must be pre-booked)

  • Sunset Kayak Tour through an estuary on shores of Campbell River. This tour includes an intimate pizza dinner & glass of wine. Trips operate rain or shine. Limited space available (minimum of six pax, max twelve) *advanced bookings only
  • Whale Watching
  • Bear Watching Tour *seasonal

Prince Rupert

  • Cannery Museum 

Rocky Mountains Inclusions

  • Snocoach Glacier Adventure
  • Banff Gondola
  • Horseback Riding in Banff
  • Via Ferrata in Banff (must be pre-booked) *advanced bookings only

Vancouver

  • Optional– Pre or Post Night in Vancouver, BC from $175 pp all taxes included  based on double occupancy *advanced bookings only
  • Half-Day Vancouver City Highlights (minimum of six pax required) *advanced bookings only
  • Sightseeing tickets to Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Fly Over Canada and Vancouver Lookout Tower. 
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