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Overview

Introducing a new itinerary that gives travellers the opportunity to experience a wide variety of quintessential western landscapes and lifestyles, unforgettable wildlife viewing and personal adventure. From the lush mountain parks of Banff and Jasper to the serene horizons of the Columbia Icefields, this journey takes travellers into the heart of the Rocky Mountains to Kleena Kleene for a stay at an authentic alpine ranch featuring hiking and horseback riding. Continuing through the Coastal Mountains to the temperate and sheltered valleys of Bella Coola, this wondrous experience comes to an end at the placid coastlands and dazzling cities of Victoria and Vancouver.

14 night Tour Begins Calgary, Ends Vancouver: 1 night Calgary; 2 nights Banff; 1 night Jasper; 1 night 108 Mile House; 2 nights Kleena Kleene; 1 night Bella Coola; 1 night Port Hardy; 1 night Campbell River; 2 nights Victoria; 2 nights Vancouver

Details

Day 1

FLY TO CALGARY
Arrive at Calgary International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick-up your Canada Roadbook at the front desk and check-in. Take the rest of the day to explore the modern family-friendly attractions of this urban cowboy city.
Overnight in Calgary at Sandman Hotel Downtown Calgary or Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary.

Day 2

CALGARY TO BANFF (81 Miles)
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. After you have arrived in the bustling town of Banff, the remainder of the day is free to explore its charms.
Overnight in Banff at Rundlestone Lodge or Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Ptarmigan Inn.

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 at Rundlestone Lodge or Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Ptarmigan Inn.

Day 4

BANFF TO JASPER (177 Miles)
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 at Lobstick Lodge or Amethyst Lodge.

Day 5

JASPER TO 108 MILE HOUSE (282 Miles)
Today you drive along the scenic Yellowhead Highway en route to 108 Mile House. We suggest a stop at Mount Robson Provincial Park, home of the highest peak in the Rockies. From the park,
you continue your journey into the dramatic cattle ranching country of the Cariboo Region. The nearby 100 Mile House was established in the 19th-century during the days of the Cariboo Gold Rush, when a roadhouse was built here to service gold seekers heading into the goldfields. Overnight in 108 Mile House at Hills Health Ranch.

Day 6

108 MILE HOUSE TO KLEENA KLEENE (197 Miles)
Today you continue westward through the pristine wilderness of the British Columbia interior. Travelling along the Bella Coola Highway you arrive at the Terra Nostra Guest Ranch, just west of the clear waters of Tatla Lake boasting some of the most stunning scenery in Canada. Set in the rugged wilderness of the Chilcotin plateau, the Terra Nostra offers stunning mountain views, adventurous horseback riding and hiking trails along a scenic lake.
Overnight in Kleena Kleene at Terra Nostra Guest Ranch.
Lunch and dinner included.

Day 7

KLEENA KLEENE
Today is yours to explore the trails and backwoods of the Terra Nostra Guest Ranch, set in the idyllic lands on the border of the majestic Coast Mountains. The ranch’s rustic setting gives an impression of what mountain village life is like. All your exquisite meals are prepared in and served in nicely appointed log cabin dining room.
Overnight in Kleena Kleene at Terra Nostra Guest Ranch.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8

KLEENA KLEENE TO BELLA COOLA (130 Miles)
Today after breakfast you depart Kleena Kleena and travel further north through the British Columbia mountain ranges before turning west and journeying into the southern arm of Tweedsmuir National Park. The largest protected park in the province, this area boasts a near untouched wilderness where visitors can observe the rugged landscape as it has been for hundreds of centuries. Leaving the park, you travel into the peaceful Bella Coola valley, home to the Nuxalt First Nations people and situated at the headwaters of a 100 km inlet leading to the Pacific Ocean.
Overnight in Bella Coola at Bella Coola Motel.
Breakfast included.

Day 9

BELLA COOLA TO PORT HARDY
Enjoy a full day ocean cruise on board B.C. Ferries through a long and winding inlet waterway carved into the mountainous landscape. This placid, meandering cruise comes to an end in Port Hardy.
Overnight in Port Hardy at Port Hardy Inn or Airport Inn.

Day 10

PORT HARDY TO CAMPBELL RIVER (146 Miles)
Today you travel south along the eastern shore of Vancouver Island. After following the shores of Nimpkish Lake the road turns inland, giving you a roadside view of the rugged landscape of the island’s interior. You arrive at Campbell River, known as a centre for some of the world’s best sport fishing.
Overnight in Campbell River at Painter’s Lodge.

Day 11

CAMPBELL RIVER TO VICTORIA (164 Miles)
Following the Strait of Georgia separating the island from the British Columbia mainland, you continue along the coast past quaint villages of Parksville, Nanaimo, and Chemainus. Proceeding along the scenic Malahat Drive, you arrive in beautiful colonial Victoria.
Overnight in Victoria at Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites or Executive House Hotel Victoria.

Day 12

VICTORIA
Today, explore this elegant capital city. We suggest a visit to Beacon Hill Park and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. You may decide to drop in for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and experience a taste of British charm.
Overnight in Victoria at Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites or Executive House Hotel Victoria.

Day 13

VICTORIA TO VANCOUVER (44 Miles land only)
Traverse the charming landscape of Victoria one last time before enjoying a mini-cruise on B.C. Ferries back to Vancouver through the Strait of Georgia. Arriving in Vancouver, take advantage of one of the many fine eateries available in this cosmopolitan jewel on the Pacific.
Overnight in Vancouver at Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver or Century Plaza Hotel.

Day 14

VANCOUVER
You will have the entire day to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area. Some suggestions: MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park.
Overnight in Vancouver at Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver or Century Plaza Hotel.

Day 15

END OF TOUR
Today is the end of your programme. Please make sure to depart your hotel and leave ample time to check in at Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight.

Day 16

ARRIVAL BACK HOME

What's Included

  • Transatlantic schedule flights
  • Car hire (economy size) from day 2
  • Accommodation for 14 nights
  • Ferry crossings: - Day 9, Bella Coola to Port Hardy/Discovery Coast (depart: 08:00, arrive: 21:00, 13 hours). Day 13, Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen (1 hour 35 minutes)
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners at Terra Nostra Guest Ranch
  • A personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes of the area of travel, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides, hotel vouchers and customised day-by-day routing maps


Not Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Park entrance fees

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