Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 12 Days | Calgary to Vancouver
  • Group Size: Max 12

Trip Details


Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in Western Canada. This 12-day adventure hits crisp Jasper and serene Lake Louise, a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley, and a drive along the jaw-dropping Icefields Parkway. Whether you’re walking atop a glacier or meandering the gorgeous streets of Whistler Village, you’re sure to feel that Rocky Mountain high.

Trip Highlights

    • Embark on a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world’s only inland temperate rain forest in search of grizzly bears, moose, and eagles.
    • Drive the scenic Icefields Parkway, and walk atop the Lower Athabasca Glacier.
    • Join a historian on a walking tour of Banff.

Itinerary - 12 Days

Day 1 — Calgary

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 — Calgary/Banff

Drive to Banff where we step back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring this historic town. (1B)

Day 3 — Banff/Lake Louise

Enjoy the morning in Banff before continuing to Lake Louise. Relax along the lake’s stunning shores, or embark on an option hike to Lake Agnes Tea House. (1B)

Day 4 — Lake Louise/Jasper National Park

Travel the Icefields Parkway—considered one of the most scenic drives in the world—to the astoundingly blue Peyto Lake. Embark on a walk with a local guide atop the Lower Athabasca Glacier. Continue to Jasper National Park. (1B)

Days 5 & 6 — Jasper National Park

Spend the day at leisure, with options to hike at Maligne Canyon, take a cruise, or go white-water rafting. Later, soak in the hot springs at Miette. The next day, take an amazing river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world’s only inland temperate rain forest. Seek out wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, and eagles. View the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. (2B, 1D)

Days 7 & 8 — Whistler

Travel into the Cariboo Mountains, with stops at emerald-colored Lower Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon. Arrive at the village of Whistler, host of the 2010 Olympics. Enjoy a free day to explore the village or go hiking. Or embark on an optional gondola ride, rafting excursion, or zip-line adventure. (2B)

Days 9 & 10 — Victoria

Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center on a G Adventures for Good experience. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with bannock and explore the grounds and museum with an indigenous guide. After, drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway en route to Vancouver. Board a scenic ferry to Victoria, where we’ll take an orientation walk. Enjoy a free day for optional activities, including a Zodiac whale-watching cruise, high tea at a historic hotel, or a visit to a museum or Butchart Gardens. (2B)

Day 11 — Vancouver

Return to Vancouver to see the beautiful Stanley Park and Gastown, the city’s oldest neighborhood. (1B)

Day 12 — Vancouver

Depart at any time.

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,539

What's Included

Transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in Victoria, Whistler, Jasper, and Calgary are at an additional cost.

Comfortable, mid-range hotel/lodges (11 nights)

Meals Included
11 breakfasts, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $470–615 for meals not included.

PPrivate touring van, hiking, ferry, boat

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.