• Polar Bear - Hudson Bay Canada  - credit Sue Holden
    Hudson Bay Canada - credit Sue Holden

Western Canada Fly Drive

Think of Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains will probably spring to mind, but take a self drive tour between Calgary and Vancouver, in either direction, and you’ll soon realise that there is a lot more than simply the Rocky Mountains. Explore the Canadian Rockies on this tailor made itinerary.

Summary

Western Canada Fly Drive

Think of Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains will probably spring to mind, but take a self drive tour between Calgary and Vancouver, in either direction, and you’ll soon realise that there is a lot more than simply the Rocky Mountains.  Western Canada has so much to offer, from its world class ski resorts for winter visitors to hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities in the many National Parks.  The Parks offer numerous walking trails for both keen hikers and those preferring a casual stroll and a quick call in to the Visitor Centre will provide you with maps and ideas and possibly the opportunity to join Ranger lead programmes.

Day 1: Calgary
Day 2: Banff
Day 5: Jasper
Day 8: Wells Gray Park
Day 10: Whistler
Day 11: Vancouver
Day 14: Depart Vancouver

Description

Description

This is just one idea for exploring the Canadian Rockies states of Alberta and British Columbia. As with all our itineraries this can be adapted to your exact requirements and to fit your budget.

Day 1: Calgary
Arrive at Calgary Airport and take either the Airport Shuttle bus or taxi into the city.
One night Calgary

Day 2: Banff
Pick up your hire car this morning and head west along the Bow Valley Parkway to Banff. Explore Banff National Park. You are now in the heart of the Rockies and for spectacular views of Banff and the surrounding area, take a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. Also visit Bow Falls and Johnston Canyon. Take a day trip across the Great Divide for a visit to the spectacular (and often overlooked) Yoho National Park.
Three nights Banff

Day 5: Jasper
Head north to Jasper along one of the most scenic drives in North America; The Icefields Parkway. Stop en route at the Columbia Icefield for a ride in the huge Ice Explorer on to the Athabasca Glacier. Jasper National Park offers a wide choice of stunning sightseeing drives, visit Maligne Canyon, take a cruise on Lake Maligne, one of the most photographed lakes in the world or enjoy a rafting trip down the Athabasca River.
Three nights in Jasper

Day 8: Wells Gray Park
Leave Jasper and take the scenic Yellowhead Highway past mighty Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Rockies. Follow the Thompson River to Wells Gray Provincial Park. A full day to explore this wonderful park where leaping salmon, bears and moose are often spotted. Visit Helmcken Falls; the drop is deeper drop than Niagara. Hire canoes or take a guided boat tour deep into the park.
Two nights Wells Gray Park

Day 10: Whistler
Drive to Whistler for an overnight stay. Whistler is a popular ski resort. The chair lifts are open year-round making this a popular summer destination for mountain bikers and hiker.
One night Whistler.

Day 11: Vancouver
Today take the scenic drive along the Cheekamus River by Mt Garibaldi and the logging town of Squamish and on to Vancouver. Before entering the city take a detour to Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge into the city through the famous Stanley Park. Drop your car at the downtown depot. You will have two full days to explore this vibrant and beautiful city. Take the all-day Trolley tour; a hop-on hop-off tour of the city covering all the major attractions, you can spend as much or as little time on this as you please! It’s a great way to see the city at your own pace. Take in some last minute shopping or a day trip across to Victoria; the Butchart Gardens are a must-see. Take a whale watching trip through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands; during the season you are almost guaranteed a sighting of the resident Orca whales.
Three nights Vancouver

Day 14: Depart Vancouver

Credit Jackie Appleton

Credit Jackie Appleton

 

bighorn

Credit Helen Wibley

Whale

credit Helen Wibley

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Well Gray Provincial Park is a true gem.  Visit in the early part of the season and you will be rewarded by carpets of Alpine flowers as the winter snows melt and the fresh young shoots appear.  This can also be a good time to spot black bear as they emerge from their winter hibernation and feed on the juicy young growth.

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