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Overview

Take your time and really explore Western Canada. Stay at the most quaint Bed & Breakfast accommodations. Don’t forget the enjoy the scenery along the way!

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Day 1

Fly to Calgary
Upon arrival at the Calgary International Airport, pick up your rental car and proceed to downtown Calgary and your selected hotel. Calgary, a city of 1,000,000 people, is renowned for its Western hospitality; first-rate attractions to visit include Fort Calgary. This attraction brings history to life by telling the stories of the Northwest Mounted Police site, the settlement and the people of Calgary through dynamic interpretation and exciting exhibits. Interactive and hands-on opportunities are found around every corner! (Admission to Fort Calgary included). Also included is admission to the Calgary Tower observation level and revolving restaurant which afford great views of the city and the mountains to the west.
Overnight in Calgary

Day 2

Calgary to Canmore (65 miles)
Travel to Banff, located at the centre of Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Canadian Rockies. The park is a year-round protected wilderness area offering rugged alpine beauty and first-class amenities. Banff offers vacation possibilities as diverse as the Canadian Rocky Mountain landscape.
Overnight in Canmore

Day 3

Canmore & Banff
Take advantage of all that Canmore & Banff have to offer today & tomorrow. Banff is only a 15 minute drive west of Canmore. Be sure to take a ride on the Banff Gondola, which rises 700 metres (2,310 feet) to the summit of Sulphur Mountain (2,286 metres/7,544 feet) for panoramic views of the Bow Valley, Banff town site and surrounding mountain peaks (Gondola ride included).
Overnight in Canmore

Day 4

Canmore & Banff
You have another day to explore the area. Walk along the nature trails, hike into the backcountry or climb peaks made famous by earlier tourist-explorers. Or you can golf, tour glaciers, river raft, cycle or fish.
Overnight in Canmore

Day 5

Canmore to Cranbrook (173 miles)
It’s time to move on to the largest community in the Kootenay Rockies region, Cranbrook. Nearby you’ll find everything from the region’s warmest swimming lake to outstanding hot springs. Cranbrook is home to the remarkable Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. Unwind in the area’s two famous mineral hot springs (admission to Radium Hot Springs is included). You’ll also find invigorating hiking and biking trails nearby as well as river rafting - all guaranteed to enrich your stay. Visit Fort Steele on the way (admission included). Travel back in time to an authentically restored boom town of the 1890’s. There are over 60 restored and reconstructed homes and buildings at Fort Steele. You can participate in living history by riding a steam train, making old fashioned ice cream or joining a horse drawn wagon ride down Main Street.
Overnight in Cranbrook

Day 6

Cranbrook to Nelson (144 miles)
Continue on today, through the Kootenay Rockies; a vast wilderness of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains. Outdoor water pursuits could include canoeing, boating, cycling, windsurfing, waterskiing and whitewater rafting. The area is also internationally renowned for its abundant fishing locales. On land, this region is one of Canada’s pre-eminent destinations for mountain biking, while the many dude and guest ranches offer authentic cattle rides. This is also your chance to visit wonderfully restored heritage towns, thriving arts communities and gold rush boomtowns.
Overnight in Nelson

Day 7

Nelson
Explore Nelson, as it is one Canada’s finest heritage towns, with over 350 Victorian-style buildings. This acclaimed, small-town arts community delights visitors with its rich history, creative energy and mild climate. Summer brings ideal conditions for golfing, hiking, sailing, paddling, climbing, and bird watching. Nearby Kootenay Lake is the largest inland lake in BC. Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is renowned for its old-growth forests and glorious wildlife in the Selkirk Mountains.
Overnight in Nelson

Day 8

Nelson to Revelstoke (155 miles)
Continue on to this little town, nestled between the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains. Revelstoke’s natural charms await you in the friendly downtown core. Quaint boutiques, casual coffee bars and restaurants are all within an easy stroll. Both Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks offer a variety of hiking options. Blanket Creek and Martha Creek Provincial Parks offer swimming, and more. Endless hiking trails near Revelstoke range from easy, well maintained trails to magnificent heli-hiking in remote alpine.
Overnight in Revelstoke

Day 9

Revelstoke
Today take a look at Revelstoke Dam which is one of North America’s largest and most modern hydroelectric developments. Take a tour, which includes an elevator ride to the dam crest lookout located atop the massive 175-m (574-ft) high structure. From the two-storey Visitor Centre you can enjoy views of the main powerhouse gallery, the circuit breaker gallery, the tailrace area and the control room. Or stop in at the Revelstoke Railway Museum, a tribute to the railway workers and machines that tamed the most treacherous section of terrain on Canada’s first transcontinental railway.
Overnight in Revelstoke

Day 10

Revelstoke to Penticton or Summerland (162 miles)
The history and culture of the Thompson Okanagan region is tied to the land. Aboriginal peoples led a semi-nomadic life moving between hunting and fishing grounds in the summers and settling into pit houses for the winter. Europeans came at first to trade for furs and then to establish cattle ranches, farms and mining operations. The region is full of museums and heritage sites that bring this colourful past to life for visitors.
Overnight in Penticton or Summerland

Day 11

Penticton or Summerland
Today, the Thompson Okanagan region is famous for its orchards and vineyards as well as the wildly varied landscape. To the north of the central wine-and-fruit producing valley are vast boreal forests and to the south the desert of the Great Basin. We suggest taking a tour at a local winery or two. Overnight in Penticton or Summerland

Day 12

Penticton or Summerland to Vancouver (258 miles)
Leave Penticton and travel to Vancouver. On your way, be sure to stop at Minter Gardens (admission included) a spectacular botanical acreage. Upon arrival into Vancouver, travel to downtown Vancouver. Nestled between the timeless coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver attracts travelers from around the world year round enjoying historic Gastown, world famous 400 hectare Stanley Park, and Granville Island’s market and galleries.
Overnight in Vancouver

Day 13

Vancouver
Take this opportunity to explore some of the sights of Vancouver, including Stanley Park, Gastown and Chinatown. Included today are admissions to the Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain Skytram.
Overnight in Vancouver

Day 14

Vancouver to Victoria (68 miles including ferry)
Your destination today is the city of Victoria located on Vancouver Island. Travel south to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and board a B.C. Ferry for a ninety-minute ferry ride through the scenic Gulf Islands (ferry fare included). On arrival at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal on Vancouver Island, travel south along the Saanich Peninsula to Butchart Gardens (admission included). This 20-hectare (50–acre) botanical showcase is renowned for its skillful blending of rare and exotic plants and trees mixed with native flora in a colourful and authentic series of formal gardens joined by several paths. After a visit at the gardens, continue to Victoria, travelling through the scenic Uplands and Oak Bay residential areas with spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Upon arrival in Victoria, check in to your selected hotel.
Overnight in Victoria

Day 15

Victoria
Today, take a drive around the local area. A popular scenic drive is along Dallas Road and Beach Drive with a stop at Cattle Point to stretch your legs and watch the sailboats race, then to Cadboro Bay - keep an eye out for "Caddy", short for Cadborosaurus, the local, friendly prehistoric sea serpent who is spotted from time to time in the bay. Included today is a whale watching excursion. Victoria offers many opportunities to see Orca. This trip will take you on a round trip in search of killer whales, porpoises, harbour seals, and other marine wildlife. The boat will slow or stop allowing passengers to observe wildlife, take photographs, and ask questions.  Admission to the Royal BC Museum located in downtown Victoria is also included
Overnight in Victoria

Day 16

Victoria to Whistler (146 miles including ferry)
Today, depart Victoria and head to Whistler (ferry fares included). North of Vancouver via the Sea to Sky Highway is Whistler. This world class resort is a 4 season adventure with an amazing variety of summer activities for all ages. Ride a chairlift or gondola for breathtaking mountain and village views. Mountain bike down a mountain, jet boat a river, golf a world class course, or relax at any number of fine dining establishments.
Overnight in Whistler

Day 17

Whistler to Clearwater (263 miles)
Clearwater and Wells Gray Park is your destination today. Known as a mecca for heli-skiing, the lakes and forest draw people from around the world to experience the great outdoors. Make a stop of beautiful Helmcken Falls before stopping for the evening.
Overnight in Clearwater

Day 18

Clearwater
Enjoy your stay in the area. There are many outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding or canoeing. Wildlife watching is also a favourite activity. Don’t forget your camera!
Overnight in Clearwater

Day 19

Clearwater to Jasper (198 miles)
On your journey today, perhaps you will get a glimpse of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Leaving British Columbia you enter Alberta and Jasper National Park. Jasper was originally a tent city serving the railway, and now a quaint mountain village.
Overnight in Jasper (Breakfast is not included in Jasper)

Day 20

Jasper
Experience the beauty of Maligne Lake with an interpretive boat excursion.  The cruise includes a stop at Spirit Island, where time allows for a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the southern shores of Maligne Lake.  Learn about the local history, geology, wildlife and glaciology of Mailgne Lake and Jasper National Park on this 1.5 hour fully narrated cruise.  Later on today, visit the Jasper Tramway.  From the top of Whistler's Mountain, see the town from a unique mountain top perspective (ride included)
Overnight in Jasper (Breakfast is not included in Jasper)

Day 21

Jasper to Calgary (257 miles)
Today travel the scenic Icefields Parkway. The Icefields Parkway is Canada’s second highest paved highway and is among the country’s most scenic drives. A kaleidoscope of new experiences is yours to discover amidst the waterfalls, mountain lakes and awesome glaciers, which dominate the landscape. Be sure to visit the Columbia Icefield, featuring a Parks Canada Interpretive Centre and Brewster’s famous Ice Explorer excursion of the Athabasca Glacier (Ice Explorer included). The Athabasca is part of the Columbia Icefield, the greatest mass of ice outside the Arctic Circle. The ice is 365 metres (1,200 feet) thick -about the height of the Empire State Building. Leaving the Athabasca Glacier travel to the “Jewel of the Rockies,” Lake Louise. Lake Louise is the most famous glacial lake in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the most beautiful in the Western Hemisphere. Depart Lake Louise and travel along the lovely Bow Valley Parkway for a casual drive that winds along the Bow Valley. The Bow Valley Parkway between Lake Louise and Banff is a low-speed, two-lane undivided roadway with numerous scenic outlooks and pullouts. Be sure to stop for a quick nature walk at Johnston Canyon where you can stand in the spray of a roaring mountain waterfall. The area encompassed by Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks is not only vast, but very special too - this combined protected area is a World Heritage Site. Arrive into Calgary for your overnight.
Overnight in Calgary

Day 22

Calgary
A morning checkout from your overnight Calgary accommodation ends your Western Canada Bed & Breakfast Loop.

Day 23

Arrive back home

What's Included

  • Transatlantic schedule flights
  • Car hire (economy size)
  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation for 21 nights, accommodation names will be supplied once booking is confirmed (no breakfast for the 2 nights in Jasper)
  • BC Ferry fare from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay & Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay
  • Luggage handling at accommodation
  • National Park fees
  • Self-drive routing, maps, itinerary and general information package
  • Admission to the following: Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary, Banff Gondola, Radium Hot Springs Pool, Fort Steele Heritage Town (seasonal from 08May'14-06Oct'14), Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain Skyride, Butchart Gardens, Whale Watching in Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Maligne Lake Cruise (seasonal 18May'14-06Oct'14), Jasper Tramway (seasonal 18Apr'14-13Oct'14), Glacier Adventure, Glacier Skywalk, Souvenir hotograph at either the Columbia Icefield or the Banff Gondola.

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