Summer Rockies Explorer Tour

  • Our Most Adventurous Rockies Tour
  • 4 Days | 3 Nights
  • 54 People Max

From CA$877pp
Based on Double Occupancy in Peak Season
All taxes and booking fees included

Overview

Are you an adventurous, outdoors traveller? Do you want to experience the trails of Western Canada by day and the best bars and restaurants by night? Well, this trip is perfectly tailored to you! On this adventure, we will be stopping at some of the most famous sites of Western Canada, and you will have the option to partake in numerous hikes at these locations. There are various hikes in the Lake Louise area, including the famous Lake Agnes hike to the quaint European-style tea house. If you are not up for a hike, there is also the option to take the chairlift at Lake Louise Ski Resort for lunch. You will also have a free night to experience the Town of Banff, one of the most famous mountain towns in Canada. Framed by mountains, the photo opportunities in Banff are endless. In addition to the hiking and nature sightseeing, you have the option to go walk on a glacier! The Columbia Icefields Ice Explorer will drive you up onto the glacier. Here you will genuinely realize just how fragile our planet is. We have created this tour specifically for you, the adventurer, the explorer. All prices are quoted at double occupancy. There is a supplement if you wish to upgrade to a single room or a discount for a triple or quad occupancy room.

Price Includes
  • Three nights hotel accommodation including one night in downtown Banff!
  • Three breakfasts and one dinner 
  • Tons of amazing sightseeing
  • Free entrance to a pub in Banff
  • Discount on optional activities
  • Traditional Canadian campfire: roast marshmallows and learn how to make s’mores! (weather and fire restrictions permitting)
  • Full-size highway coach transportation with onboard entertainment
  • Experienced, friendly and fun tour guide  
  • All taxes and park fees
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Iconic Canadian Scenery

You cannot get more authentic than the Canadian Rockies. You will be treated to some of the most wonderful natural panoramas in the world!

Unrivalled Wildlife Sightings

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

Experienced Tour Guide

All of our guides and drivers have many years of experience running trips into the Rocky Mountains. Our guides are knowledgable, fun and friendly. We love them and we know you will too.

Optional Activities

On all our Rocky Mountain tours we offer a wide range of optional activities including the amazing glacier walk on the Columbia Icefields. This activity should not be missed.

Tour Dates
May 15th, 22nd, 29th
June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
July 3rd, 4th (reverse route), 10th, 11th (reverse route), 17th, 18th (reverse route), 24th, 25th(reverse route), 31st
August 1st (reverse route), 8th (reverse route), 14th, 21st, 28th
September 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

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Tour Dates
April 24th
May 8th
Oct 2nd, 9th, 10th (reverse route), 16th

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2020 Peak Season Tour Pricing

Single Occupancy
Single Person per Room
CA$1,279pp
  • All taxes and booking fees included
Double Occupancy
Two People per Room
CA$877pp
  • All taxes and booking fees included
Triple Occupancy
Three People per Room
CA$750pp
  • All taxes and booking fees included
Quad Occupancy
Four People per Room
CA$687pp
  • All taxes and booking fees included

2020 Shoulder Season Tour Pricing

Single Occupancy
Single Person per Room
CA$1,136pp
  • All taxes and booking fees included
Double Occupancy
Two People per Room
CA$792pp
  • All taxes and booking fees included
Triple Occupancy
Three People per Room
CA$687pp
  • All taxes and booking fees included
Quad Occupancy
Four People per Room
CA$634pp
  • All taxes and booking fees included

Trip Itinerary

Please note: This itinerary is sometimes in reverse order (Golden – Banff – Valemount) but the hotels, sightseeing highlights and inclusions are the same. It is also 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 Valemount
It’s an early start this morning, but as they say, the early bird catches the worm! You will need to arrive at Canada Place at 7:00 am for a 7:15 am departure. Please don’t be late as we will not wait for you to arrive. As you leave Metro Vancouver and travel through the Fraser Valley, you will be greeted with some of the most beautiful sights of our coastal rainforest. The area is steeped in history; the history of Simon Fraser, the famous annual salmon runs up the Fraser River and the importance of the river and valley to the logging industry. Along the way, about two hours from Vancouver is the tiny town of Hope. It is in this region that you will find the 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 then cross from the coastal mountain range, up the Coquihalla Highway and into the Okanagan Valley, Canada’s desert region, famous for its wine and fruit farms. You will stop for lunch in downtown Kamloops. Your last sightseeing stop of the day is at Spahats Falls in Clearwater. This waterfall is an idyllic venue for a photo opportunity. The cut in the mountain that the water has created over millennia is the funnel point for this gushing waterfall as it cascades down into the bowl below. The adventure then carries onto Valemount, where you will be spending the night. You will have free time for dinner, and then we can organize some Hockey in the Rockies, or you can enjoy a scenic nature walk along the nearby river.
Day Two - Valemount to Banff
Day two begins with a continental breakfast at your hotel before we head towards the Rockies. You will get the opportunity to 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 then carry onto the town of Jasper, where you will stop for lunch. The second part of the day is possibly the highlight of the tour. You will travel down the Icefields Parkway with some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Rocky Mountains. Towards the end of the Parkway, we will come to the Columbia Icefields and the famous Athabasca Glacier. For an additional fee, you can choose to join the Ice Explorer and have the opportunity to walk on the glacier. We highly recommend this. You will be able to see just how fragile our planet is when you are up there. If you would prefer, there is a stunning hike, the Wilcox Pass Trail, that will offer some fantastic views over the Icefields. Upon leaving the Icefields, you will have a stop at Bow Lake, the first of many glacial lakes in the region. There is the famous Polar Bear Swim if you are brave enough! You will then carry onto the stunning Town of Banff, deep in the heart of the Rockies. You will be centrally located in Banff. There is an option this evening taking the famous Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, where you will be greeted by a 360° view of the Rocky Mountains in all their glory. If you time it right, you will arrive just as golden hour arrives, transforming the region into a magical haven of beauty. You will be able to take the Banff Gondola back down free of charge. You will have time for dinner in town, and then you can join your guide for a few drinks at one of the many local bars in town.
Day Three - Banff to Golden
So much to do, so little time. Today you will be having breakfast on the go. That is because today is lake day! We will do a drive through the highlights of the Town of Banff before heading to our first lake of the day, Lake Louise. It’s probably one of the most famous glacial lakes in the world, and for a good reason. Here you will have roughly four-hours to explore the area. There are several hikes in the area for adventurers of any skill. If you don’t want to hike, you also have the option to go to Lake Louise Mountain Resort and take the chairlift up with a buffet lunch at the top. This carries an extra fee. Once you have taken in the beauty of the area, you will be taken through to Moraine Lake, possibly the deepest turquoise of all the lakes in the region. Framed by steep, imposing cliffs, Moraine Lake is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Your overnight accommodation is in Golden tonight, an interesting roadside town. We will have our group dinner here, a Canadian BBQ, burgers, hotdogs and salads. After dinner, there will be a bonfire, and you will learn the art of making the perfect s’more, a Canadian classic.
Day Four - Golden to Vancouver
It’s the last day, but that doesn’t mean that we are going to leave you wanting. Start the day with a continental breakfast in your hotel. Then it is time for the final hike of this adventure; the stunning Cedar Trails Boardwalk. After the trek, it is the last leg of the trip as we head back to Vancouver. We will pass through the historic Roger’s Pass, a region steeped in history. Our first stop will be at Craigellachie and the Last Spike. This is the historic landmark of the Canadian Pacific Railway, where the east and west lines joined. After leaving Craigellachie, we will take a scenic drive along the shores of Shuswap Lake and through the Coquihalla Valley. We will have you safely back in Vancouver by 7:30 pm a little richer in experience from the memories you have of your exploration of the Rocky Mountains.
Optional Extras
  • Banff Gondola
  • Glacier Adventure
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