Canada’s Lakes and Lodges

from £2397
excluding flights *
10 nights May-Sep

Overview

Uncover some of Canada’s most picturesque lakes on this leisurely self-drive journey from Vancouver through the spine of the Canadian Rockies to Calgary. Along the way you’ll stay in lodge-style accommodation, positioned in areas of stunning natural beauty and tranquillity.

Highlights

  • Spend 2 nights at Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park
  • Enjoy an Ice Explorer Ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • View the mountain forests and lakes from the Banff Gondola

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Car rental throughout
  • Choice of excursion in Jasper: Maligne Lake Cruise / River Raft Float / Jasper Nature Walk
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Choice of excursion in Banff: Banff Gondola / Lake Minnewanka Cruise / River Explorer Canoe tour / Bow River Horseride
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Starting in Vancouver and travelling to Gold Bridge, this itinerary includes 2 nights at Tyax Lodge, nestled on the shores of Tyaughton Lake. Offering a wide array of optional activities from western horseback riding to floatplane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness this spot provides the perfect location to start your Canadian adventure.

Your journey includes 2 nights in both Jasper and Banff where you have a choice of activities included in the price of your holiday but also time at leisure to explore these charming mountain villages.

Travelling through the Rockies you will also enjoy a 1 night stay at the stunning Moraine Lake Lodge, situated on the shore of Moraine Lake, known for its iridescent turquoise colour, Moraine Lake has become known as The Jewel of the Rockies.

This self drive adventure takes in the very best scenery of British Columbia and Alberta, along the way you’ll encounter incredible blue lakes, sparkling waterfalls and glittering glaciers and at the end of each day you’ll enjoy comfortable lodge accommodation in truly stunning locations.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Choice of excursion in Jasper: Maligne Lake Cruise / River Raft Float / Jasper Nature Walk
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Choice of excursion in Banff: Banff Gondola / Lake Minnewanka Cruise / River Explorer Canoe tour / Bow River Horseride
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Prices

This itinerary starts from £2,397 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, and rental of an intermediate vehicle. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Vancouver - Gold Bridge (233 km)

This morning depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Continue on to Whistler where a stop is a must for a short stroll through this charming alpine resort before continuing on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on to Tyax Lodge, nestled on the shores on Tyaughton Lake.

Day 2 Tyax Lodge

Tyax offers a wide array of optional activities for all ages, including western horseback riding, floatplane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness, fishing, hiking, lawn games (including bocce, croquet, horseshoes, volleyball and badminton), complimentary use of canoes, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks, a disc golf course and interpretive nature trails.

Day 3 Gold Bridge - Clearwater (378 km)

Return through Lillooet and on to the Alpine Meadows Resort in Clearwater, perched on the shores of Hallamore Lake on the edge of beautiful Wells Gray Provincial Park.

Day 4 Clearwater - Jasper (338 km)

Today follow the Yellowhead Highway alongside the steep-walled gorges and crashing falls of the North Thompson River. You may get a glimpse of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 metres (12,972 feet). Continue onto the resort town of Jasper, for a 2 night stay at Jasper Park Lodge. Set deep in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper Park Lodge embodies the peace, tranquillity and natural beauty that make these parks so famous. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day by the pool or a beautiful horseback ride into the mountains, this deluxe lodge is the place to stay.

Day 5 Jasper

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Maligne Lake Cruise - enjoy a scenic boat trip on one of Canada's most spectacular lakes, home to the much-photographed Spirit Island.
Jasper River Raft Float - take a gentle raft trip on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.
Jasper Nature Walk - this guided walk offers spectacular views of jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes.

Day 6 Jasper - Moraine Lake (237 km)

This morning depart on the scenic Icefields Parkway that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass floored observation platform 918 ft (280 m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival at Moraine Lake Lodge. This lodge is situated on the shore of Moraine Lake, known for its iridescent turquoise colour, Moraine Lake has become known as The Jewel of the Rockies.
Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June.

Day 7 Moraine Lake - Emerald Lake (36 km)

Enjoy a short drive today through majestic mountain passes into Yoho National Park. The word Yoho is the Cree word expressing awe. This national park is filled with gem-coloured glacial lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and dense forests of western red cedar and western hemlock. Historic railroads, spiral tunnels within mountain sides and steep rock faces where mountain goats roam are just some of the sights to be seen. Other Yoho marvels include a natural rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River, Hoodoos, some of Canada’s highest waterfalls and the Burgess Shale fossil find where over 120 marine animal species dating back as far as 530 million years were discovered.
Breakfast & dinner included.

Day 8 Emerald Lake Lodge

Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, this lodge includes a formal dining room, a quiet reading and a sitting room. From the upper or lower large verandahs, enjoy the serene views of this wilderness landscape.
Breakfast & dinner included.

Day 9 Emerald Lake - Banff (93 km)

Enjoy the leisurely drive to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River, with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff. This afternoon, explore Banff and the surrounding area at leisure.
Breakfast included.

Day 10 Banff

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Banff Gondola - enjoy impressive views over Banff National Park with a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Lake Minnewanka Cruise - take a scenic cruise across the turquoise-hued Lake Minnewanka to Devil’s Gap.
River Explorer Canoe Tour - pick up a paddle for a gentle exploration on the Bow River.
Bow River Horseback Adventure - saddle up for a horse ride along the shores of Bow River.

Day 11 Banff - Calgary (115 km)

Make your way to Calgary today. En route, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch before dropping off your rental car in Calgary, where your Rockies adventure ends.

Moraine Lake Lodge

Canada

Grade: Standard

Type: Unique And Boutique

Hidden in a spectacular valley of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the 33 room Moraine Lake Lodge provides a rustic but comfortable escape for those seeking a special getaway.

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Tyax Lodge, nr Gold Bridge

Canada

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Overlooking a lake in the midst of the Chilcotin Mountains, this remote wooden lodge offers a quintessentially Canadian escape.

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Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park

Canada

Grade: Superior

Type: Luxury Lodge

Perched at the edge of beautiful Emerald Lake, this cosy lodge boasts a world-class location surrounded by mountains just 25 minutes west of Lake Louise.

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Canada

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Overlooking Lac Beauvert just outside the township of Jasper, the 446 room Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge offers luxury in the heart of the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

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