A classic route, featuring breathtaking scenery in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. From Vancouver, travel east through the Okanagan Valley and Glacier National Park to the world-renowned resort regions of Banff and Jasper. Via Mount Robson, Wells Gray Provincial Park and the Cariboo Region, head north to the Pacific Coast and sail the spectacular Inside Passage on BC Ferries to Vancouver Island. Ahead lies charming Victoria and then a return ferry ride to Vancouver.
- Penticton & BC's wine region
- Banff & Jasper National Parks
- Northern BC
- Vancouver Island
Arrive Vancouver International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. You will have the rest of the day and tomorrow to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area. Some suggestions: Stanley Park, the MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park.
Scenic drive to Penticton in the Okanagan Valley, known for its lush orchards, beaches and hot, dry climate.
Morning at leisure to enjoy the Okanagan Valley. Then drive past spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes en route to the Revelstoke area.
Banff National Park
Drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass en route to the Canadian Rockies. Yoho National Park marks the provincial border and meets Canada’s first national park here. Kicking Horse Pass is sure to be a scenic highlight of the park. Before you continue on to the bustling resort town of Banff, we suggest a visit to Lake Louise. In Banff, we suggest a visit to Banff Natural History Museum. You may also try river rafting or take a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka.
Jasper National Park
Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake en route. Enjoy glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel this route considered one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The Yellowhead Highway meanders past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, and descends into the vast forests of northern British Columbia. Follow the northern arm of the Fraser River through the Cariboo Region.
Travel the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges.
Follow the scenic Skeena River Valley to the active port city of Prince Rupert.
"321 miles with ferry"
Enjoy a full-day ocean cruise on board BC Ferries along the British Columbia coastline. The famous Inside Passage cruise terminates in Port Hardy.
Travel the eastern shore of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, a focal point for sport salmon fishing.
Continue along the coast, past quaint seaside towns such as 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. As you approach Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, you will travel along the scenic Malahat Drive, which affords generous vistas of the water and the Gulf Islands beyond.
"76 miles with ferry"
Before you leave Victoria’s charms and the beauty of the Inner Harbour, we recommend you visit Butchart Gardens, a magnificent display of flowers and shrubs set in an old stone quarry. Enjoy a mini-cruise on BC Ferries guiding you around the many Gulf Islands, through the Strait of Georgia to mainland British Columbia for some last-minute shopping.
- 14 nights' accommodation and room tax.
- International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required).
- Ferries as detailed.
- Fully insured compact car hire (larger vehicles are available).
- A detailed and comprehensive travel pack with driving directions and maps.
Regular departures from May to October.