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Rockies & Waterton Hidden Gems

From Vancouver to Calgary (1-way)

ROCKIES & WATERTON HIDDEN GEMS

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Osoyoos Lake | ©Destination Osoyoos
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Overview

Travel the road less traveled and explore some of the hidden Gems Western Canada has to offer. This tour will guide you from Vancouver through the Okanagan Valley, the Kootenay Rockies before entering the rolling prairies of Southern Alberta and the magnificent views of Waterton Lakes National Park. After this you will spend two nights in the iconic town of Banff before finishing this trip off in Calgary.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

This unique itinerary is a 1-way tour from Vancouver to Calgary.  A tour combo is available for guests to select a return trip via Rocky Mountaineer’s “First Passage to the West” route on a 2-day 1-night package that we can arrange at an additional cost. Special rates are available when booking a Rocky Mountaineer package directly with us.

Additionally, we can arrange pre-tour accommodation in Vancouver and make additional post-tour arrangements in Calgary. 

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Vancouver to Osoyoos

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Manning Provincial Park
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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre
  • Depart Vancouver from Canada Place at 9:00am
  • Enjoy incredible sights traveling through the Fraser Valley and Manning Park, a road less traveled
  • Visit the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) to learn more about the stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people
  • Enjoy a wine tasting at Nk’Mip Cellars
  • Check into your beautiful accommodation at Watermark Resort
  • Evening at leisure to enjoy the hotel pools, the lake, and explore the town of Osoyoos
Sightseeing
Osoyoos
Indigenous
Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre
Winery
Wine tasting at Nk'Mip Cellars
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Osoyoos

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Wineries in Osoyoos
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Okanagan Lake
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the lake or participate in optional activities
  • In the afternoon you will enjoy a visit to a few of the wineries to sample award-winning wine. Situated at the very southern tip of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, in one of the warmest areas of Western Canada, the region’s wineries have won more accolades than any other wine region in Canada
  • Evening at leisure
Winery
Wine tasting at Nk'Mip Cellars
Scenic
Okanagan Valley & Lake
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Osoyoos to Nelson

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Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
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Downtown Nelson
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Visit Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, bordering the West arm of Kootenay Lake
  • Explore the charming town of Nelson on a tour of the city
  • The remainder of the day is at your leisure in Nelson
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Nelson to Waterton

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Purcell Mountains
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Waterton
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Travel through the Purcell Mountains before entering the vast landscape of the rolling prairies
  • Arrive in Waterton Lakes National Park where you check in to your hotel
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Waterton

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Waterton Lake
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Waterton
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on Upper Waterton Lake through the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
  • This afternoon, join your guide for a short hike of the area
Cruise
Scenic Cruise at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
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Waterton to Banff

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Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump
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Banff Avenue
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site that preserves and interprets over 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo culture
  • Visit Eau Claire Distillery and experience the Prohibition tour
  • Enjoy a tour of Banff townsite including Bow Falls, HooDoos, Banff Springs Hotel 
  • Check in to your hotel on Banff Avenue
  • Evening at leisure
Sightseeing
UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site
See
Walking tour of Banff townsite
See
Prohibition tour at Eau Claire Distillery
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Banff

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Banff Mountain Gondola
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Canoing at Lake Louise
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Take the Banff Mountain Gondola and enjoy amazing views of the Rockies (included)
  • Explore Lake Louise & Moraine Lake with the option to rent a canoe
  • Evening at leisure in Banff
Gondola
Banff Mountain Gondola & Summit lookout
Canoe
Canoeing at Lake Louise or Moraine Lake (optional)
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Banff - Calgary

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Calgary Tower
  • Breakfast is included at your hotel
  • Option to take the Rocky Mountaineer First Passage to the West* or continue on to the city of Calgary
  • Upon arrival in Calgary receive a city tour and admission to the Calgary Tower
  • Check into your hotel and evening at leisure to explore the vibrant city
See
City walking tour
Admission
Calgary Tower
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Calgary

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Calagary
  • Breakfast is included at your hotel
  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight home (on your own and at additional cost) or choose to extend your stay in Calgary. We can assist you with post-tour planning.
Meal
Breakfast

This tour will be available exclusively as a private group tour in 2025. Please contact us for more information.

Last chance to book in 2024!

duration

Duration

9 Days | 8 Nights
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Size

GUIDED (Max. 22 pax)
duration

Quad

From* CA$2,944/pp | US$2,296/pp

Triple

From* CA$3,144/pp | US$2,452/pp

Double

From* CA$3,494/pp | US$2,725/pp

Single

From* CA$4,794/pp | US$3,739/pp
*Prices may vary during peak season. Special rates available. Online booking fee excluded. Transactions are processed in Canadian dollars (CA$). Prices displayed in U.S. dollars (US$) are indicative rates only for information purposes. We recommend confirming current exchange rates prior to making any transactions.
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Highlights

  • Take the road less traveled
  • Explore Canada’s only desert
  • Wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley
  • Marvel at the magnificent landscape of Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Immerse yourself in the heritage and culture of the First Nations people of southern Alberta
  • Spend 2-nights in the iconic town of Banff
  • Option to take the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver

Inclusions

  • BusMini-Coach transportation
  • GuideExperienced, fun & friendly driver guide
  • MealDaily Breakfast
  • Bed8 Nights Hotel Accommodations
  • Luggage handling in each hotel
  • OSOYOOS - 2 nights
  • NELSON - 1 night
  • WATERTON - 2 nights
  • BANFF - 2 nights
  • CALGARY - 1 night
  • IndigenousAdmission to the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre
  • CruiseAdmission to Waterton Lake Cruise
  • SeeVisit of Head-smashed-In Buffalo Jump National Historic Site
  • AdmissionAdmission to the Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff
  • WineryWine tastings in Osoyoos
  • BeerCraft beer tasting in Nelson
  • WinerySpirit tasting and special prohibition tour at Eau Claire Distillery
  • All taxes and park fees

Travel one-way from Vancouver to Calgary

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