Discover Whistler and the Rockies

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Discover Whistler and the Rockies

from £827 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • May-Oct

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Highlights

In pictures
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Take an unforgettable scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway

Views from Sulphur Mountain, Banff

View mountains, forests and lakes from the top of Sulphur Mountain

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Try river rafting, horse-riding, or a gentle cruise on Maligne Lake

Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefields

Set foot on the Athabasca Glacier with an Ice Explorer excursion

Peak to Peak Gondola

Take in superb views from Whistler's Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Why this trip...

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Activities included

This itinerary features a range of included activities

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

This compact self-drive itinerary focuses on two of Canada's most beautiful areas – the charming alpine resort of Whistler, nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and the spectacular Rocky Mountain National Parks, with their turquoise lakes, rugged peaks and glittering glaciers. With a number of excursions already included in the price, this compact itinerary is both enjoyable and affordable, for couples and families alike.

Enjoy a 2-night stay in the alpine resort town of Whistler, with its extensive range of summer activities from hiking, golfing and mountain biking to water sports on any of the nearby lakes or rivers. Continue east to the majestic Rocky Mountains, where time is included in both Jasper and Banff National Parks. This itinerary allows for an easy exploration of the surrounding mountain landscapes, as well as the opportunity to take the ultimate scenic drive along the stunning Icefields Parkway, known for its many sparkling glaciers, towering peaks and thunderous waterfalls.

Included excursions along the way will ensure you take in the very best views, and a choice of activities in Jasper and Banff will allow you to experience these stunning national parks in a way that suits you, whether you prefer a relaxing cruise or more energetic horse-ride or rafting adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1 Vancouver - Whistler (122 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 world migrate to climb the granite cliffs. A stop at Squamish to ride the Sea to Sky Gondola is highly recommended - at the summit enjoy interpretive hiking trails, the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, and sweeping views over Howe Sound.

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 world migrate to climb the granite cliffs. A stop at Squamish to ride the Sea to Sky Gondola is highly recommended - at the summit enjoy interpretive hiking trails, the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, and sweeping views over Howe Sound.

Howe Sound
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Whistler Village

Day 2 Whistler

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities or just relax and enjoy some of the many fine restaurants in this European inspired alpine village. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (included) where you will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes and snow-capped peaks.

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities or just relax and enjoy some of the many fine restaurants in this European inspired alpine village. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (included) where you will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes and snow-capped peaks.

Canoeing on Alta Lake, Whistler
Hiking near Whistler
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Day 3 Whistler - Sun Peaks (293 km)

Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and onto Cache Creek where you stop to visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch (included). From here travel a short distance to your overnight accommodation located in a stunning resort of Sun Peaks.

Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and onto Cache Creek where you stop to visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch (included). From here travel a short distance to your overnight accommodation located in a stunning resort of Sun Peaks.

Day 4 Sun Peaks - Jasper (444 km)

Today follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, at 3954 metres (12,972 feet), which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, to arrive in Jasper late afternoon.

Today follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, at 3954 metres (12,972 feet), which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, to arrive in Jasper late afternoon.

Spirit Island and Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park
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Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park

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.

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 - Banff (292 km)

Set off on the famous Icefields Parkway, flanked by a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Included today is the opportunity to brave the Glacier Skywalk, a glass platform suspended almost 1000 feet high over the valley, and to set foot on ancient ice with an Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier itself. Other scenic attractions along the Parkway include Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and Bow Glacier, and the dazzling Lake Louise. From Lake Louise continue south on the Bow Valley Parkway to Banff, with an optional stop at Johnston Canyon for a scenic walk to the waterfall.

Set off on the famous Icefields Parkway, flanked by a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Included today is the opportunity to brave the Glacier Skywalk, a glass platform suspended almost 1000 feet high over the valley, and to set foot on ancient ice with an Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier itself. Other scenic attractions along the Parkway include Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and Bow Glacier, and the dazzling Lake Louise. From Lake Louise continue south on the Bow Valley Parkway to Banff, with an optional stop at Johnston Canyon for a scenic walk to the waterfall.

Lake Louise
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Chipmunk at Peyto Lake

Day 7 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.

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.

Lake Minnewanka
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Views over Banff from Sulphur Mountain

Day 8 Banff - Calgary (115 km)

Make your way to Calgary, enroute you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch before returning your rental car in Calgary.

Make your way to Calgary, enroute you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch before returning your rental car in Calgary.

Accommodation Options

With a wide choice of accommodation in Canada, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from motels and hotels to design properties and wilderness lodges in stunning locations.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £827 excluding flights

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 with GPS
  • Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride
  • 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 £827 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.

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nordic team doug kington bw
One of our specialists
Meet Doug

8 Canada provinces visited

30 Grizzlies seen in the wild

7 Continents set foot in

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