Discover the Canadian Rockies - Eastbound

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 12 Days | Vancouver to Calgary
  • 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 — Vancouver

Arrive at any time.

Days 2 & 3 — Victoria

Enjoy a stop at beautiful Stanley Park and Gastown—Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood—before boarding a scenic ferry to Victoria, where we’ll take an orientation walk. The next day is free 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)

Days 4 & 5 — Whistler

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to the village of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here we 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. (2B)

Day 6 — Blue River

Travel into the Cariboo Mountains, with stops at Marble Canyon and the emerald-colored Lower Joffre Lake before arriving at the stunning Blue River community (1B, 1D)

Days 7 & 8 — Jasper National Park

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. Then head to Jasper National Park and view the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. During free time the next day, hike at Maligne Canyon, or opt to take a cruise or go white-water rafting. Later, soak in the hot springs at Miette. (2B)

Day 9 — Icefield Parkway/Lake Louise

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 picturesque Lake Louise. (1B)

Day 10 — Banff

Spend the morning at Lake Louise with an option to hike to Lake Agnes Tea House. Continue to Banff and step back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring this historic town. (1B)

Day 11 — Calgary

Drive to Calgary for a short tour. Opt to visit museums, cowboy bars, or Canada Olympic Park. (1B)

Day 12 — Calgary

Depart at any time. (1B)

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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.

Private 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.