The Sip And Soak Tour

The Sip And Soak Tour

Travel One-Way East or West between Vancouver and Calgary

  • The Ultimate Sip & Soak Experience (19+)
  • 7 Days | 6 Nights

From CA$1,899pp
Based on Double Occupancy
All taxes included
Excluding 6% online booking fee

Departures in Sep. & Oct.

From CA$2,099pp
Based on Double Occupancy
All taxes and booking fees included

Overview

Journey along the road less travelled. This small intimate tour will have you explore some of the most stunning and less crowded areas Western Canada has to offer. This route runs both East and West Bound. The inclusions are the same for both tours, but the days they occur on will differ. You can see the exact itineraries below. This description describes the west/east journey 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. This is known from the pictograms in some of the hot spring caves. Here is the Soak part of the adventure. You will have the chance to experience a few of the region's hot springs and relax. 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. The adventure will end in either Calgary or Vancouver. We will drop you downtown after a city tour by coach.

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. And to top it all off, you will be with an experienced and friendly tour guide how will guide you through the heritage and traditions to Canada.

Photo Credit: Destination Canada, Destination BC | Andrew Strain, Kari Medig, Dave Heath, Ryan Creary, and Shayd Johnson

Price Includes

  • 6-night hotel accommodation including 2 nights in downtown Banff
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner 
  • Nk’Mip Desert & Heritage Centre
  • Wine tastings in the Okanagan Valley
  • Beer tasting in Banff
  • Deluxe mini-coach transportation
  • Friendly experienced Driver Guide to make sure you have the best trip ever
  • All taxes and park fees
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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.

Experienced Tour Guide

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

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.

2021 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
We start the day by meeting at Canada place. There are several options getting to the pick-up point, which your hotel concierge should be able to provide. If you are coming off a cruise ship, we are just a few hundred metres from the terminal. Your coach will depart promptly at 9:00 am, please arrive by 8:45 am. You will head along the road less travelled, Highway 3, through Manning Park and into the Southern Okanagan Valley. Along the way, you will stop for some little hikes and be greeted by the fascinating landscape and abundance of orchards. Much of British Columbia’s fruit is grown in this region. You will stop at Spotted Lake for a quick photo. This lake is not a high volume tourist destination, so your photos will not have the crowds that some other lakes in Canada have. You will check into your hotel in Osoyoos, the Holiday Inn & Suites. This lakeside hotel is the perfect location to unwind a little after the drive and allow you to enjoy the unique landscape of Canada’s only desert.
Day Two – Discover the Okanagan Valley
Today is the day that you will get to explore the Okanagan Valley and enjoy the Sip part of the adventure. After breakfast at your hotel, you will start the day by visiting the Nk’Mip (pronounced in-ka-meep) Desert Cultural Centre to learn more about the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people. Following this, you will sip your way through the Okanagan. You will be stopping at several wineries for tastings throughout the day and enjoy a delicious lunch along the way. This evening, you will have leisure time to enjoy the hotel and the lake.
Day Three – Osoyoos to Nelson
Again, this morning you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading into the Kootenay Region of British Columbia. There will be a stop at Anarchist Mountain Lookout to experience the fantastic farewell views over Osoyoos and the mountain ranges that surround the Valley. There are mountains, valleys and hot springs awaiting you. You will arrive in Nelson, a charming mountain town, in the early afternoon. For the rest of the afternoon, you will have the chance to explore Nelson and its little shops and boutiques. You will also have the opportunity to take part in the first Soak experience of the trip at the naturally heated waters of Ainsworth Hot Springs this afternoon. The views over Kootenay Lake are simply breathtaking! You will have the evening at leisure to eat in one of the many fabulous restaurants Nelson has to offer.
Day Four – Nelson to the Town of Fairmont Hot Springs
Start the day off with breakfast before boarding your coach as you head to your final destination of the day, the Town of Fairmont Hot Springs. You will have the opportunity to stroll through the dense forest of Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. This park is especially spectacular in early September as the salmon run is in full force. The area becomes a hotspot for bears feeding on the salmon as they run to their ancestral breed pools. No trip through the region would be complete without a quick selfie with Sasquatch at Creston. You will then come to a town with a slight identity crisis. Kimberly is a little town with german-bavarian heritage and Happy Hans. Who is Happy Hans, you may ask. He is famous for his yodelling for you from his giant cuckoo clock. Upon arriving in Fairmont Hot Springs, you will spend the evening soaking in the hot pools of the resort.
Day Five – Fairmont Hot Springs to Banff
You will have breakfast in your hotel this morning before we head towards the most famous town in the Rocky Mountains, Banff. You will explore Kootenay National Park, stopping at Radium Hot Springs, where you will be able to take part in the last Soak of the tour. You will then carry onto Paint Pots for a short hike and then onto Marble Canyon. Crossing the provincial border into Alberta, you will stop to take in the fantastic landscapes with the opportunity for stunning photo opportunities. Then for the truly special part of the day; Moraine Lake, possibly the bluest of all the lakes in the region, and one of the most photographed locations in Canada, Lake Louise. 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. Upon arriving in Banff, you will be taken on a tour of the town. You will stop for a remarkable photo opportunity at Bow Falls before heading to the magical spires of the Banff HooDoos. You will then circle to the Banff Springs Hotel, a site with many tales of ghosts, including the mystery of room 873. You will be spending two nights in Banff, so you can get a little more comfortable for the next two nights. Tonight you will have the opportunity to explore this gorgeous town and all the stunning dining options that there are.
Day Six – Explore Banff at Your Leisure
Today is a day of relaxation. After a leisurely breakfast, you will head up to the Banff Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the hot pool that is naturally heated by the tectonic activity of the area. The rest of the day is for you to explore Banff. We do offer an optional activity today, the famous Ice Explorer at the Columbia Icefields. You will have the opportunity to walk on the Athabasca Glacier. This is a truly magical experience and will really make you realize how fragile our planet is. Once in Banff, you will enjoy a complimentary beer tasting at one of Banff’s top breweries followed by a farewell dinner with the group.
Day Seven – Banff to Calgary
You will start the day again with a relaxed breakfast. Following this, our guide will take you on a short tour of Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake, two of the lakes just outside of Banff. There are a few fantastic photo opportunities at these lakes. There will be time for some last-minute souvenir shopping along Banff Avenue. That being said, you may find that perfect item off the main avenue, so don’t be afraid to explore. You will leave Banff and head towards Calgary. You will have a tour of downtown Calgary before the adventure ends between 4 – 5 pm.
Day One – Calgary to Banff
Depart Calgary in the afternoon and take a scenic drive to Banff, where you will enjoy a delicious beer tasting at a local brewery followed by a delicious dinner. The rest of the evening will be at your leisure.
Day Two – Explore Banff
Today is a day of relaxation. After a leisurely breakfast, you will head up to the Banff Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the hot pool that is naturally heated by the tectonic activity of the area. The rest of the day is for you to explore Banff. We do offer an optional activity today, the famous Ice Explorer at the Columbia Icefields. You will have the opportunity to walk on the Athabasca Glacier. This is a truly magical experience and will really make you realize how fragile our planet is. You will have the evening again to explore the delights of Banff.
Day Three – Banff to Fairmont Hot Springs
Start the day off with breakfast before boarding your coach as you head to your final destination of the day, the Town of Fairmont Hot Springs. You are in for a treat to start the day; Moraine Lake, possibly the bluest of all the lakes in the region, and one of the most photographed locations in Canada, Lake Louise. 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. As you leave Alberta behind you, you will have the chance to explore Kootenay National Park with a stop and little hike to the Paint Pots. Upon arriving in Fairmont Hot Springs, you will spend the evening soaking in the hot pools of the resort.
Day Four – Fairmont Hot Springs to Nelson
After a relaxed breakfast at your hotel, you will leave on your way to Nelson. Kimberly is a quaint town with German-Bavarian heritage and Happy Hans. Who is Happy Hans, you may ask. He is famous for his yodelling for you from his giant cuckoo clock. No trip through the region would be complete without a quick selfie with Sasquatch at Creston. You will then arrive in Nelson, a charming mountain town, in the early afternoon. For the rest of the afternoon, you will have the chance to explore Nelson and its little shops and boutiques. You will also have the opportunity to take part in the last Soak experience of the trip at the naturally heated waters of Ainsworth Hot Springs this afternoon. The views over Kootenay Lake are simply breathtaking! You will have the evening at leisure to eat in one of the many fabulous restaurants Nelson has to offer.
Day Five – Nelson to Osoyoos
Start the day off with breakfast. As you leave Nelson, you will have the opportunity to stroll through the dense forest of Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. This park is especially spectacular in early September as the salmon run is in full force. The area becomes a hotspot for bears feeding on the salmon as they run to their ancestral breed pools. You will continue west into the Okanagan Valley. There will be a stop at Anarchist Mountain Lookout to experience the fantastic farewell views over Osoyoos and the mountain ranges that surround the Valley. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the evening by the lake.
Day Six – Discover the Okanagan Valley
Today is the day that you will get to explore the Okanagan Valley and enjoy the Sip part of the adventure. After breakfast at your hotel, you will start the day by visiting the Nk’Mip (pronounced in-ka-meep) Desert Cultural Centre to learn more about the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people. The Okanagan Valley has an abundance of orchards. Much of British Columbia’s fruit is grown in this region. Following this, you will sip your way through the Okanagan. You will be stopping at several wineries for tastings throughout the day, with lunch at one of the wineries. This evening, you will have leisure time to enjoy the hotel and the lake.
Day Seven – Osoyoos to Vancouver
You will head along the road less travelled, Highway 3 today. This will take you through the Southern region of the Okanagan Valley. You will stop at Spotted Lake for a quick photo. This lake is not a high volume tourist destination, so your photos will not have the crowds that some other lakes in Canada have. You will stop at one last winery for the last sip of the adventure. You will continue through Manning Park and into the Fraser Valley. Along the way, you will stop for some little hikes and be greeted by the fascinating landscape. The last stop of the day, about two hours from Vancouver, is the tiny town 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 be arriving back in Vancouver at approximately 8:00 pm after a week of amazing sight, fantastic memories and friendships that will last far into the future.

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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