Western Canada Explorer (CJ)

16 days from Vancouver to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

Stunning lakes, towering peaks, breathtaking landscapes, and thrilling experiences describe this Canadian Rockies tour. You’ll overnight in Vancouver, Penticton, located in British Columbia’s acclaimed vineyard and orchard region; Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Whistler, and Victoria.

Tour highlights include a ride on the Ice Explorer on the 750-foot Athabasca Glacier and a river safari on the Blue River, where you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife such as bears, eagles, moose, and more. These exciting adventures, along with breakfast with the bears at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver and a salmon barbecue in Lillooet, are special experiences Globus includes to make your Canadian Rockies tour a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Other tour highlights include a cruise on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies; a trip to Moraine Lake, where 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the lake’s tranquil waters; a walk in Maligne Canyon to see unique rock formations and waterfalls; and a visit to Emerald Lake, where you’ll witness turquoise waters and amazing scenery.

Enjoy free time to explore Jasper National Park and Banff National Park during your 3-night stays at both the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, the embodiment of tranquility and natural beauty, and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known internationally as the "Castle of the Rockies." Perhaps enjoy Afternoon Tea during your two nights at Victoria’s historic Fairmont Empress.

This is just a small sampling of the many experiences and stunning scenery included on this Canadian Rockies tour. Let Globus handle all of the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing, [LF] Breakfast with the Bears

PENTICTON
Sightseeing; [LF] visit Summerland Sweets and indulge in a sweet tasting

KELOWNA
Orientation tour

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

LAKE LOUISE
Sightseeing including visit to Moraine Lake, Natural Bridge, and Emerald Lake

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Maligne Lake cruise and visit to Maligne Canyon

BLUE RIVER
[LF] Scenic wildlife river safari

LILLOOET
Xwisten archaeological site with [LF] salmon barbecue

VICTORIA
Orientation tour; farewell dinner

Notes:

  • The Canadian Rockies are blessed with stunning scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Victoria

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER. Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2

VANCOUVER. This morning, enjoy [LF] BREAKFAST WITH THE BEARS at Grouse Mountain to learn about grizzly bear habits and conservation. Next, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The rest of the day is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

VANCOUVER–PENTICTON. This morning, depart Vancouver and travel into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the undiscovered city of Penticton with its long stretches of sandy beaches, vineyards, and orchards. Arrive at your lakeside resort where your evening is free to explore this adventure mecca.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

PENTICTON. EXCURSION TO KELOWNA. Today, drive along the shores of Okanagan Lake and learn of the region’s rich agricultural history with a special visit and treat at the historic family-owned [LF] SUMMERLAND SWEETS. Then, continue north to the resort community of Kelowna for an orientation tour and free time to explore at leisure. You may wish to take a stroll on the lakefront boardwalk, enjoy lunch at one of the many alfresco restaurants, or sample a glass of local wine.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

PENTICTON–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Today, drive west and enjoy the panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Next travel through Yoho National Park and cross the Continental Divide into Alberta before descending Kicking Horse Pass into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Your home for the next three nights is the amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, the hotel is internationally recognized as the “Castle of the Rockies.”
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

BANFF NATIONAL PARK. A full day at leisure to enjoy Banff. You may wish to take a ride on the Banff Gondola, shop for souvenirs on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Take advantage of an additional day to explore Banff. Your Tour Director recommends a visit to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies or a relaxing soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Take the opportunity to walk to Surprise Corner, for spectacular views of your majestic hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE. This morning, travel to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Next, off to Natural Bridge, where the Kicking Horse River disappears before re-emerging through a natural span of rock. Then, visit Emerald Lake to enjoy views of the turquoise-colored water and spectacular scenery. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

NOTE:
The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.

Day 9

LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 750 foot Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a 3-night stay at the alluring Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled on beautiful Beauvert Lake.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

JASPER NATIONAL PARK. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE. This morning, CRUISE on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy clear azure water, lofty snow-capped peaks, and learn the history of Spirit Island. Before returning to Jasper, a stop is made at MALIGNE CANYON, where a short walk reveals unique rock formations and waterfalls. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Why not explore one of the many hiking trails in Jasper National Park?
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 11

JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Enjoy a full free day to explore more of Jasper. You may want to join in on an exciting float trip down the Athabasca River, shop for a favorite souvenir, sample a world-famous scone from Bear’s Paw Bakery, or just kick back and relax at your resort.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

JASPER NATIONAL PARK–BLUE RIVER–KAMLOOPS. Depart Jasper and travel to Blue River, British Columbia. Here, board a specially designed boat for a [LF] RIVER SAFARI. As you travel up small rivers, keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, which could include bears, eagles, moose, elk, and more. Make sure to have your camera handy! We finish the day in Kamloops.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

KAMLOOPS–LILLOOET–WHISTLER. Continue through British Columbia to Lillooet and visit the XWISTEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, which contains over 80 identified pit houses—the traditional winter homes of the First Nations people. Afterward, enjoy a [LF] SALMON BARBECUE along with traditional dishes, such as bannock (flatbread) and whipped berries. Arrive in Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. (B,L)

Day 14

WHISTLER–VICTORIA. Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British city of Victoria. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing including Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening is at your leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

VICTORIA. Today, a free day to explore the capital city of British Columbia. You may wish to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip, visit nearby Butchart Gardens, or sample local ales at one of the city’s local craft brew pubs. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 16

VICTORIA–VANCOUVER. This morning, travel via BC FERRY through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland for a transfer to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

BRAD NOYES

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"Brad began his career in tourism as part of a very small team of passionate guides onboard the fledgling Rocky Mountaineer. Over the next 15 years, he moved his way up in the company, eventually running the Guest Services Department and helping to shape the train into a world-class experience. Twenty years later, he has owned his own travel agencies, tour companies and also written marketing materials, with a flair for working with tourism based companies. In 2007, he decided to start motorcoach touring, beginning as an international guide in China and Italy before finally deciding to focus on Canada's West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, his own backyard. He has escorted thousands of inspired guests through one of the most beautiful areas of the world."

Tour Director -  BRAD NOYES

 Accommodations

BANFF

FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

JASPER

FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

KAMLOOPS

SOUTH THOMPSON INN GUEST RANCH & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LAKE LOUISE

FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PENTICTON

PENTICTON LAKESIDE RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VANCOUVER

GEORGIAN COURT HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VICTORIA

FAIRMONT EMPRESS

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

WHISTLER

FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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