Explore the hundreds of kilometres of gigantic forests, crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains of Western Canada, plus the highlights of Vancouver and Victoria. In the middle of the fascinating landscape runs the Inside Passage, a legacy of the Ice Age. The grandiose corridor of cliffs, foliage and glaciers opens up over Vancouver Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the Pacific coast in North America.
May 2015: 5*, 12*, 19*,26*
June 2015: 2*, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
July 2015: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
August 2015: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21,23,25, 27, 29, 31
September 2015: 2, 4, 6, 8*, 15*
* For departures that include the “Inside Passage” route before June 3 and after August 30, the cruise will depart in the afternoon and overnight passengers will spend the night in the type of accommodation chosen. The ferry will end in the morning in Port Hardy, from there passengers will transfer independently to the airport for their flight to Vancouver.
Arrival at Vancouver International Airport. Transfer on your own to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal. Overnight in Vancouver.
Pick up of motorhome in the morning.
You will have the whole day to visit Vancouver and its surroundings. We propose the MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park. Overnight in Vancouver.
Insider Tip: COASTAL RAINFOREST ADVENTURE (supplemental price)
Pacific salmon begin their journey into the Pacific Coast Rainforests hundreds of miles out to sea, braving predators, powerful currents and soaring the waters to reach the open areas of this pristine area of British Columbia’s coast. Luckily, with the Rainforest Adventure Tour, your travels won’t be so arduous. An experienced guide will lead you from your nature hotel to natural cathedrals, with 500-year-old trees standing as translucent pillars and canopies hundreds of feet above your head. Marvel at the dizzying heights of Capilano Canyon on your way to share a well-prepared snack and drink something below the dancing green of the trees.
Scenic drive to Penticton through the Okanagan Valley, known for its lush ponds, beaches, and hot, dry weather. Overnight in Penticton.
The morning is free for you to enjoy the Okanagan Valley. Afterwards, on your way to the Revelstoke region, you pass spectacular waterfalls, very high peaks and beautiful lakes. Overnight in nearby Revelstoke.
Traverse Glacier National Park and Roger Pass en route to the Canadian Rockies. Yoho National Park marks the provincial border and joins in this same place with the first national park in Canada. The Kicking Horse Gorge is surely one of the most scenic points of interest in the park. Before continuing to the bustling little resort town of Banff, we suggest a visit to Lake Louise. Overnight in Banff / Canmore.
The full day is free to explore Banff and its surroundings. We suggest a visit to the Banff Museum of Natural History. You can also try river rafting or take a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka. Overnight in Banff.
Insider Tip: KANANASKIS RIVER WHITEWATER FUN (rafting) (extra price)
This 4-hour exciting rafting tour of the Kananaskis River rapids is a wonderful introduction to rafting and fun for the whole family. The Canadian Rockies provide extraordinary backdrop while a professional guide helps you navigate through the area’s beautiful mountain panorama and natural history. Classified as level 2-3 of rapids. River equipment, tents for change and drinks are included
Head to Jasper via the stunning Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake during the route. Take advantage of wonderful opportunities to photograph snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel along this route, considered one of the most scenic rides in the world. Jasper accommodation
Insider Tip: ICE EXPLORER RIDE ON THE ATHABASCA GLACIER (OPTIONAL)
Reach the Rocky Mountains on your own for one of the world’s most spectacular trips to the Colombian Icefield. At the Athabasca Glacier, a Brewster all-terrain Ice Explorer vehicle will take you on a 90-minute adventure to learn about the ice age and a moving glacier.
The curves of the Yellowhead Highway passing Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, and down to the vast forests of northern British Columbia. Continue north of the Fraser River through the Cariboo region. Prince George accommodation
Tour the rugged wilderness of the inland mountain range. Overnight in Smithers.
Follow the scenic Skeena River Valley to the bustling port city of Prince Rupert. Overnight in Prince Rupert.
Enjoy a full-day ocean cruise aboard B.C Ferries along British Columbia’s coastline. The famous Inside Passage cruise ends in Port Hardy. Overnight in Port Hardy.
Travel along the east coast of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, a focal point for salmon sport fishing. Overnight in Campbell River.
Continue along the coast, passing quaint seaside towns like Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, and Nanaimo. In Duncan, visit the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre and in Chemainus you can see the famous murals. Approaching Victoria, capital of British Columbia, you will travel along the scenic Malahat Route that offers splendid views of the waters and the Gulf Islands ahead. Overnight in Victoria.
Before leaving behind the charms of Victoria and the beauty of the Inner Harbour, we recommend that you visit Butchard Gardens, a wonderful display of flowers and shrubs in an excavation of ancient stones. Enjoy a short cruise on the BC Ferries that will take you around the many Gulf Islands, across the Strait of Georgia to mainland British Columbia where you’ll have time for some last-minute shopping. Accommodation in the vicinity of Vancouver International Airport.
Insider Tip: VICTORIA WHALEWATCHING (supplementary price)
This sea excursion is an exciting 50 to 80 kilometer ride in search of orcas, dwarf whales, gray whales, porpoises, seals and other marine mammals. The ride will be aboard a 14-meter cruise ship or a Zodiac boat specially designed to offer a high-speed ride with great stability so you can live an exciting safe and endearing whale watching experience. A certified biologist and naturalist will provide commentary during the tour.
Return of the motorhome. Check in at Vancouver International Airport for your return flight