8 Day Mountain Express Self Drive
This itinerary is ideal for travellers who have limited vacation time, but want to see as many of western Canada’s highlights as possible. In just a week, this tour itinerary takes passengers through Calgary, Banff National Park, the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park, along the Yellowhead Highway by Mount Robson National Park and into the BC interior. The journey then continues west via the imposing Fraser Canyon, before reaching the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver, where you will conclude your stay.
- 8 Day Mountain Express Self Drive including:
- 1 night at Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown ★★★ or similar
- 2 nights at Elk + Avenue hotel, Banff ★★★✩ or similar
- 1 night at Lobstick Lodge, Jasper ★★★✩ or similar
- 1 night at Sun Peaks Lodge ★★★ or similar
- 2 nights at Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre ★★★ or similar
- Hop on hop off trolley tour
- 8 days Hyundai Elantra or similar car hire+
DAY 1: ARRIVE CALGARY
Arrive at Calgary’s International Airport and transfer independently to your centrally-located hotel. The Jonview Roadbook you received will have all the information needed for your holiday/trip/journey. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to create your own urban adventure in the Stampede City and form your first impressions of Western Canada. Overnight in Calgary.
DAY 2: CALGARY TO BANFF (127 KM)
Leaving Calgary behind, you will set your sights today on the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Feel the majesty of these mountains as you first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park where the craggy peaks loom larger the closer you get. fter you have arrived in the bustling
town of Banff, the remainder of the day is free to explore its charms.
Overnight in Banff.
DAY 3: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
The entire day is free to tour Banff and the surrounding area. We suggest a visit to the Luxton Museum, a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain or a stroll through town admiring the many shops. You may also try river rafting on the Bow River or take a boat tour on beautiful Lake Minnewanka. Overnight in Banff.
DAY 4: BANFF TO JASPER (288 KM)
Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway, said to be one of the most scenic routes in all the world. We suggest stops at Lake Louise and Peyto Lake en route. A visit to Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park should also not be missed. Return to the road for the final stretch to the resort town of Jasper. Overnight in Jasper.
DAY 5: JASPER TO SUN PEAKS (430 KM)
The Yellowhead Highway will take you on a route first explored by trappers and traders. You will see Mount Terry Fox as well as Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. If time permits, we suggest exploring Wells Gray Provincial Park, a nature reserve priding itself on the untamed and pristine state of its wilderness. Continue to Sun Peaks, a year-round resort catering to families as well as sports enthusiasts. Overnight in Sun Peaks.
DAY 6: SUN PEAKS TO VANCOUVER (411 KM)
Driving past Kamloops, you’ll traverse the stunning, sagebrush-covered ranch lands along the South Thompson River. This is still the land of vast herds of cattle and cowboys on horseback. Entering between the towering rock walls of the Fraser Canyon, you’ll be amazed at the whitewater rapids of the Fraser River gushing far below. Over 750,000 litres of water surge through the 34-metre Hell’s Gate gorge every minute and a gondola ride over this part of the canyon is sure to impress. Further downstream, the lush Fraser Valley opens up into the maritime basin characteristic of the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia as you approach Vancouver, Canada’s Gateway to the Pacific. Overnight in Vancouver.
DAY 7: VANCOUVER
Full day in Vancouver and the surrounding area. Climb aboard a San Francisco-style trolley for a fully-commented Vancouver city tour. Sightsee at your own pace as you hop-on and hop-off for any length of time at many premier attractions, parks, gardens, galleries and restaurants (pass valid for 2 days). Overnight in Vancouver.
DAY 8: VANCOUVER
Check-in at Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight.
19 May - 12 Jun, 17 - 30 Jun 22. Add on an extra $116* per person for travel 18 Jul - 7 Oct 22.
31 Mar 23,
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
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