After arriving at the Calgary Airport you pick up your rental car. This is the beginning of your holiday!
A short relaxing drive will take you to the gate of Banff National Park, Canmore. During the drive you will see the scenery change from wide open spaces to rolling hill sides that eventually change into high mountain peaks. Canmore is the gateway to Banff National Park and has been more than once the decor of famous Hollywood movies and TV series like Snow dogs and Northern Exposure.
We have selected a very authentic and high quality B&B for you for the next 2 nights.
This is a great day to explore the beauty of Banff National Park.
Of course you want to visit the town of Banff, where you will find a mixture of small shops and cafés on Main Street. Chateau Lake Louise, located at the edge of Lake Louise is a must. The emerald green lake is surrounded by snow covered mountain peaks and gets its flow from the glacier hanging high above the lake.
Besides these two icons there are many beautiful spots to go for a hike, learn about the history of the park or just relax and take in the beauty of the mountains.
Today the exploration of the National parks continues. The route to Jasper, also known as The Icefields Parkway, is considered one the most scenic drives in the world.
During the day you will see glaciers, wild rivers and waterfalls. Besides these natural wonders, the chance you might see a black bear, mountain goat or elk are very high.
The hiking possibilities are endless along the way. All hiking trails start with an interpretive sign that gives you information about the trail.
All trails are different in length. The day-to-day itinerary will give you some great tips for along the way.
You will stay at a Rustic Log cabin overlooking the Athabasca River.
The town of Jasper, located in beautiful Jasper national Park, is a typical small mountain community. Since the town has not been allowed to grow for many decades it still has that small town, turn of the century feeling. The surroundings of the town of Jasper give you many recreation possibilities. It does not matter if you want to stay close to town or wonder off into the wilderness, every experience you have will be a good one. To name a few of jasper’s national treasures: Maligne Canyon, Maligne lake, Mount Edith Cavell and not to forget the Athabasca Falls. Again, your day-to-day itinerary will give you some fantastic hints.
An other day of excitement awaits you. Although you might be sad to leave Jasper behind you, a new highlight awaits you: Mount Robson Provincial Park. The peak of Mount Robson is the highest in the Canadian Rockies, towering 12,972 feet (3954 m) over the western entrance to the park. The superb scenery in the park makes it an excellent site for hikers, climbers, and backcountry enthusiasts. Your final destination for the day, Clearwater will be reached by following the Yellowhead Highway 5 South, along the
North Thompson River as it flows south through the forested hillsides and grasslands of the Thompson Plateau. This is a quiet, lightly populated region, and you soon realize that you're sharing this part of British Columbia with relatively few people. It's easy to go with the flow here. Your accommodation for the next 2 nights is located at the Helmcken Falls.
Wells Gray has something to offer every outdoor interest: lush alpine meadows, excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities; hiking for every ability, boating, canoeing and kayaking. It is possible to go on a guided horseback ride, canoeing, river-rafting, fishing and hiking. History enthusiast can learn about the early homesteaders, trappers, and prospectors, or about the natural forces that produced Wells Gray’s many volcanoes, waterfalls, mineral springs and glaciers. This is a perfect spot to relax in the immense wilderness far away from the bustle and hassle of the big cities.
You will see a big change in scenery today. As you leave Wells Gray Provincial Park behind you, a winding mountain road will take you to one of the largest cities of the Thompson Okanagan, Kamloops. Kamloops is the centre of the famous cattle drive, which is held in July every year. The vegetation changes dramatically along the way. The lush green hill sides make place for semi-desert like around Kamloops, the warmest spot in Canada, and then change back into the lush green mountains again. Visit Kamloops and enjoy the upscale downtown area with its many shops and restaurants. The road will take you along the South Thompson River into the Shuswap and the Monashee Mountains. Revelstoke, located at the edge of Revelstoke Mountain National park, gives you a good glimpse of the way early 1900 towns looked like.
For the next 2 nights you will stay at a beautifully located Resort overlooking the valley and the town of Revelstoke.
Wake up to the sounds of a train whistle, a sign of the success story of the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway).
This area benefited immensely by the completion of the trans Canada railway system. A beautiful railway museum let you learn about the hardships people had to endure to lay the tracks through the mountains.
Besides the importance of the railway, Revelstoke is also responsible for a large part of clean energy as home to the BC Hydro's Revelstoke Dam, one of North America's largest and most modern hydro-electric developments. Take a free tour of the Dam.
An other jewel to visit is Mount Revelstoke National Park. Take a drive along the summit parkway through a variety of geographical zones. From dense old-growth rainforest of giant cedar and pine, travel up through sub alpine forest, and finally alpine meadows and tundra. Marvel at the spectacular view of the ice-clad peaks of the Monashee Mountains and, to the east, the Selkirk Mountains.
Although you have been travelling for over a week now you still will have a hunger for more excitement. Today is not going to disappoint you. The road from Revelstoke to Field is a beauty. It takes you through Glacier National Park end Yoho National Park. Along the way there are many stops to make for either a relaxing walk or just to take in the scenery. The Giant Cedars hiking trail takes you through a stand of ancient Western Red Cedars, and the Skunk Cabbage trail introduces you to jungle-like wetland, a birder's paradise. An other good place to stop is the summit at the Rogers Pass. This Historic site shows you how the railway had a very important impact on this area. The interpretive centre also gives a lot of interesting information about wildlife. We have selected a rustic but very charming accommodation for you amidst the beauty of Yoho national Park where you will stay for 2 nights.
A day to relax. Established in 1886, Yoho National Park is one of 41 national parks in Canada. Yoho represents the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains region, and is also a Cree expression of awe and wonder for this place of rock walls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks. In the shadow of the Great Divide, Yoho holds the secrets of ancient ocean life, the power of ice and water, and unique plant and animal communities that continue to evolve today. Enjoy Emerald lake or sit on the porch and read a book.
Driving east, leaving the high mountains for Calgary and take your time to explore some of the 'Secret Tips' in the documentation during the scenic drive. There are enough reasons to make several stops along the way. We have included a number of interesting tips to visit while in Calgary. Your stay is at a luxury historic hotel in downtown Calgary.
A short 20-minute drive will take you to the Calgary International
Airport where you return your rental car and say goodbye.
- 11 nights accommodation in good quality and unique 3/4/5 star lodges and resorts
- 12 days Hertz full size rental, inclusive of GST/PST, unlimited kms, LDW/CFR/VLF, AC surcharge
- 7 Full breakfasts
- All local taxes (Hotel Tax and Goods & Services Tax)
- Toll-free local contact number
- Full Travel Package*
*Full Travel Package, contains:
- a tour map of the area
- area background information, focusing on the package interest
- general description of the tour
- 'secret tips' for an optimal experience
- day-to-day description (driving time, directions, best points of interest to visit, date specific tips, such as festivals, interpretive hikes and concerts, lunch/dinner tips and Visitor Info addresses)