Days 1 & 2 Vancouver
The Canadian Rocky Mountain experience begins with 2 days to explore the cosmopolitan west coast city of Vancouver. Combining beaches, mountains and forests, Vancouver is one of the most desirable destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. Be sure to visit Stanley Park, a world-class, 400-hectare evergreen oasis located just steps away from downtown Vancouver and head to Granville Island, the bustling heart of Vancouver’s cultural scene and a foodie’s paradise.
Day 3 Kamloops
Board the famous Rocky Mountaineer train in their luxurious GoldLeaf service from Vancouver to Kamloops. You will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like plains of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake for an overnight stay in Kamloops itself.
Day 4 Banff
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends with an evening stay in the resort town of Banff.
Days 5 & 6 Calgary
Enjoy a full-day journey concluding in Calgary. Begin with a sightseeing tour of Banff, including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. A trip on the Banff Gondola is included. Continue to Kananaskis for a Summit Helicopter Tour before an overnight stay in Calgary.
Spend the following day exploring the city of Calgary, you’ll find abundant shopping, dining and nightlife.
Climb Sulphur Mountain in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin in just eight minutes and get a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. If you're feeling adventurous, try the 1-kilometre self-guided walk along the summit ridge and keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep and various bird species.
Summit Helicopter Tour
Take to the skies with a Summit Helicopter Tour. This 12-minute adventure will have you soaring 2,300 metres above sea level, giving you a totally incredible view of glaciers, mountain vistas, lakes, and waterfalls. This is the Rockies as you've never seen them.
Days 7 & 8 Banff National Park
Collect your motorhome in Calgary and head to Canada’s first national park, Banff. Established way back in 1885 Banff continues to be the flagship national park for the country, attracting nearly 4 million visitors per year. Experience the spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery, history and the wildlife.
Banff National Park boasts great hiking trails, leading you to the most amazing views of mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes. Lookout for some of the Rockies wildlife. Elk are often seen in the Banff area, plus mountain goats and grizzly bears.
Pop in for afternoon tea at the beautiful Banff Springs Hotel, one of the country’s top hotels or go for a warming dip in the world famous hot springs.
Days 9, 10 & 11 Jasper National Park
Experience jaw-dropping scenery as you travel on the iconic Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park. Stretching through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, this world-class journey offers access to a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys.
Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and offers abundant recreational activities. Highlights include Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, the second largest glacier-fed lake in the world, it is a great place for guided fishing, hiking or horseback riding.
Maligne Canyon is one of the most amazing canyons in the Canadian Rockies, with sheer limestone cliffs that plunge to depths of over 50 metres, traverse the bridges over the Canyon for views of water falls below.
Jasper National Park also offers amazing stargazing and is the world’s second-largest dark sky preserve.
Days 12 & 13 Lake Louise
The ‘Jewel of the Rockies’ - Lake Louise is world famous for its turquoise lakes, the Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop, palatial hotel, and incredible hiking and skiing. The hanging Victoria Glacier and an amphitheatre of rugged peaks provide an imposing backdrop to the lake. During the summer the lakes intense shade of turquoise is the result of light refracting off the ‘rock flour’ (glacier silt) deposited in the lake by glacier run off. Rent a canoe or paddleboard to get up close with the lake. The hiking in the Lake Louise area is some of the most scenic and spectacular in the world. You can walk around the Lake Louise Shoreline Trail to the Victoria Glacier or hike up to the famous Lake Agnes Teahouse. Lake Louise is a rare place that must be experienced to be believed.