RRIP: 12 Day Spectacular British Columbia & Alberta

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Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, located on Canada’s Pacific coast is spectacular by nature! Surrounded by ocean and a backdrop of lush rainforest, snow-capped mountains and fjords, this “city of nature” is an ethnically diverse, modern and laid-back metropolis renowned for its mix of urban, outdoor and wildlife adventures. There is no easy way to describe Vancouver, rated as one of the world’s topmost live-able cities; you’ll just have to see for yourself.

Overnight: Vancouver
Hotel: Coast Coal Harbour
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Vancouver, BC

Today we embark on a full day of sightseeing in Vancouver as we explore the culture, art and history that comes together to define the city. Our city tour includes the neighbourhoods of Gastown, Chinatown, English Bay, Robson Street and Stanley Park, a National Historic Site of Canada featuring 400 hectares of coastal rainforest in the heart of Vancouver.Capilano Suspension Park, most well known for the famed Capilano Suspension Bridge also features history and culture of the Salish First Nation. Take a walk across the famed Capilano Suspension Bridge, surrounded by towering forest hanging high above the Capilano River; the bridge was originally built in 1889.Next we take in Granville Island at the Granville Island Public Market featuring an incredible assortment of food and produce, unique gifts and handcrafted gifts that has all been locally sourced and produced.Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure to explore Vancouver how you choose.

Overnight: Vancouver
Hotel: Coast Coal Harbour
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Vancouver - Kelowna, BC

Leaving behind the urban metropolis of Vancouver, we travel north to Kelowna. Travelling through the Fraser Valley, a valley created during the last ice age, it was once consumed with glacier stretching across the valley between the surrounding mountains.This afternoon we arrive in Kelowna, located on the shores of Okanagan Lake, in the heart of the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Kelowna is surrounded not only by forest and mountains, but also numerous orchards and vineyards that produce the fresh fruit and wine that makes the region so famous.Indulge tonight as we take in a tour and wine tasting followed by a locally sourced dinner at winery.

Overnight: Kelowna
Hotel: Grand Okanagan Resort
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Kelowna - Banff, AB

Today our journey continues west today as we venture in to the Great Canadian Rockies. Along the way we make a stop at ‘The Last Spike’, where the ceremonial last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway train line was driven in, in 1885. The Railway line joining British Columbia to the rest of Canada was a necessity in order to get British Columbia to join the Canadian Confederation as a province of Canada.Early this afternoon we arrive in Yoho National Park and explore Takkakaw Falls, the pristine nature and beauty of emerald lake and the Spiral Tunnels, another piece of Canadian Railway history. The Kicking Horse Pass, where the rail line was intended to travel through was far too steep for trains of the time to safely navigate. In 1909, the Spiral Tunnels were completed and have successfully allowed trains to ascend and descend Kicking Horse Pass safely.Late this afternoon, we arrive in the town of Banff, the heartbeat of Banff National Park. Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada’s oldest National Park earning a UNESCO World Heritage designation is 1984.

Overnight: Banff
Hotel: Caribou Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Banff, AB

Banff is a resort town and one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations. Known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs, it is a destination for outdoor sports. We begin our tour of Banff today with a Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain offering a spectacular view of the surrounding Bow Valley. Our tour continues to Bow Falls, Cascade Gardens, the Mysterious hoodoos and Lake Minnewanka.Lake Minnewanka is a glacial lake fed by the Castle River located just outside of Banff town. Indigenous people inhabited areas surrounding the lake as far back as 10 000 years ago according to archaeologists who have discovered tools and speaks around the lake. We join an interpretive cruise of Lake Minnewanka and delve deeper in to the history of this beautiful lake.

Overnight: Banff
Hotel: Caribou Lodge
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: Banff - Jasper, AB

Departing Banff today, we travel the historic Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise, the Jewell of the Rockies. Spend some time at leisure to enjoy the view and explore the area around this iconic lake.We continue to the Icefield Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in the world and the main highway connecting the resort towns of Banff and Jasper. Rich with wildlife, ancient glaciers and pristine lakes, keep your cameras handy as there is a photo opportunity at along every curve in the road.This afternoon we arrive at the Columbia Icefields Discovery Centre where we board the Ice Explorer, a specially designed vehicle which travels right on to the Athabasca Glacier, the largest non-polar icefield in the world. You can walk, feel and even drink from the Athabasca Glacier, it is truly the opportunity of a lifetime!At the conclusion of our spectacular day on the Icefield Parkway, we arrive in Jasper National Park and the quaint mountain town of Jasper.

Overnight: Jasper
Hotel: Crimson Jasper
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7: Jasper - Prince George, BC

This morning we discover Jasper and the Maligne Valley, a journey abundant in wildlife viewing opportunities and history of the surrounding natural landscapes. A short walk in to Maligne canyon allows for fantastic views of waterfalls carving in to the ancient limestone. Next up is Medicine Lake, a mysterious disappearing lake whose waters change seasonally as flow rates from surrounding glaciers fill the empty lake basin.This afternoon we board the VIA Rail train and begin our journey along the Skeena line to Prince Rupert. Sit back, relax and enjoy the panoramic view afforded by the glass domes car in touring class. The departure from Jasper takes the train past Moose Lake, before traversing Mount Robson Provincial Park with a view of Mount Robson. Take a moment to contemplate a landscape dotted with sparkling lakes, rustic hamlets along the way.Tonight we disembark the train in Prince George for a comfortable overnight in a local hotel.

Overnight: Prince George
Hotel: Coast Inn of the North
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8: Prince George - Prince Rupert, BC

Early this morning we once again board the VIA Rail train and continue our journey along the famed Skeena Rail line. The section between Smithers and Terrace is said to be the most picturesque part of the journey along with the approach into Prince Rupert.This evening we arrive in Prince Rupert, a remote port town in Northwest British Columbia, with a rich history and culture surrounded by dense forest that offers a gateway to the Inside Passage.

Overnight: Prince Rupert
Hotel: Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9: Prince Rupert, BC

Today we discover this beautiful coastal city and the rich history it possesses. We visit the North Pacific Cannery, the longest running cannery in British Columbia’s history for an in depth guided tour.The North Pacific Cannery was formed in 1889 and operated as a premier salmon production and canning facility for almost 90 years until the late 1970’s. No operating as a museum to preserve the history of the Cannery, we will explore the site with a guided tour and finish with a historically inspired lunch at the Cannery.This afternoon enjoy some time at leisure to explore Cow Bay and the many shops and restaurants along Prince Rupert’s pristine waterfront.

Overnight: Prince Rupert
Hotel: Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Prince Rupert - Port Hardy, BC

This morning we board a BC Ferries vessel to begin our journey through the Inside Passage. The Inside Passage is a heavily used route for all types of sea faring vessels – container ships, cruise ships and fishing craft. This Inside Passage spans the distance from southeastern Alaska through Western British Columbia and in addition to being a scenic route for passenger vessels, offers a calmer sailing and protection to large freight vessels from the often rough and unpredictable waters of the open ocean.The full day sailing allows for unobstructed views of British Columbia’s spectacular coast rainforest, mountains, beaches and waterfalls that dot the islands and mainland coast.

Overnight: Inside Passage
Hotel: Onboard BC Ferry in Comfortable Cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Port Hardy - Nanaimo, BC

Our Inside Passage cruise comes to an end this morning as we disembark in Port Hardy, a small town located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island.Vancouver Island is a paradise on the pacific coast, known for spectacular scenery, a thriving arts community, pristine wilderness and is home to Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia.Early this afternoon we arrive at Horne Lakes Provincial Park, home to over 1000 protected caves, filled with crystal formations and fossils to explore. We’ll go in to the caves with a park interpreter that will expertly guide us through these spectacular caves.Early this evening we arrive in Nanaimo, a wonderful harbour-side town that is a gateway to natural adventure on Vancouver Island and famous of a specialty cake aptly named Nanaimo Bar.

Overnight: Nanaimo
Hotel: Coast Bastion Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12: Nanaimo - Vancouver, BC

We take a relatively short, but scenic cruise to Vancouver where your journey comes to an end.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.


 

Start Date
End Date
Price
Single Supplement
Thu 4 Jul 2019
Mon 15 Jul 2019
$4,245 USD
$1,310 USD
Thu 15 Aug 2019
Mon 26 Aug 2019
$4,245 USD
$1,310 USD
Sat 11 Jul 2020
Wed 22 Jul 2020
$4,875 USD
$1,755 USD
Sat 8 Aug 2020
Wed 19 Aug 2020
$4,875 USD
$1,755 USD

 

 


 

CAD (does not include 5% tax)
Flights can be booked to arrive at any time on Day 1. Please do not book flights departing Vancouver before 4:00pm on last day. Valid Government Issued Photo ID is required for BC Ferries and VIA Rail. A mandatory single surcharge may apply to this tour if you have selected our TwinShare program and we are unable to match you with another TwinShare passenger.

Highlights



  • Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
  • BC Ferries Inside Passage Journey
  • Jasper National Park
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Ice Explorer Ride on Athabasca Glacier
  • Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Banff National Park
  • The Last Spike
  • Okanagan Wine Tasting and Tour
  • Yoho National Park
  • Granville Island Public Market
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Stanley Park
  • Maligne Canyon
  • Vancouver City Tour
  • VIA Rail Skeena Train
  • North Pacific Cannery
  • Cow Bay

 

 

Inclusions



  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Transportation on deluxe motorcoach
  • 11 nights of accommodation (3.5–4 star)
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

 

 

Hotel List



Coast Coal Harbour

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation

A 3-minute walk from Harbour Green Park's waterfront dining and seaplane base, this modern hotel in a high-rise is a...
... A 3-minute walk from Harbour Green Park's waterfront dining and seaplane base, this modern hotel in a high-rise is a 9-minute walk from Canada Place's convention centre and ferry terminal.

Rooms, 1- and 2- bedroom suites featuring modern decor and furnishings include 36-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, coffeemakers and free WiFi. Some rooms have balconies or outdoor terraces.

A sleek restaurant offers seating at communal tables, serves Canadian-inspired comfort food, and features a lounge and outdoor patio. Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and a fitness centre.

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Grand Okanagan Resort

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation

Overlooking Okanagan Lake, this sprawling conference hotel with city, lake and mountain views is 14.9 km from Kelowna International Airport....
... Overlooking Okanagan Lake, this sprawling conference hotel with city, lake and mountain views is 14.9 km from Kelowna International Airport.

Slick rooms have free WiFi, flat-screens and work desks, plus microwaves and minifridges. Upgraded rooms add whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers, while club rooms offer lounge access, turndown service and breakfast. Suites come with wet bars and balconies, and condos are fully equipped. There's 24/7 in-room dining.

A full-service spa includes a gym, a pool and a sauna. In addition, there's a casino, plus a liquor store and dining options.

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Caribou Lodge

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation

This lodge-style hotel and spa is a 10-minute walk from Downtown and 5.4 km from Banff Upper Hot Springs. ... This lodge-style hotel and spa is a 10-minute walk from Downtown and 5.4 km from Banff Upper Hot Springs.

The unfussy rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Suites add sleeping lofts, gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and mountain views.

Other amenities include an informal steakhouse/bar, a full-service spa with 6 treatment rooms, a hot tub, a steam room and an exercise room.

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Crimson Jasper

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation

A 10-minute walk from restaurants in Downtown, this casual hotel is 8 km from the Jasper Skytram and 14 km...
... A 10-minute walk from restaurants in Downtown, this casual hotel is 8 km from the Jasper Skytram and 14 km from the Marmot Basin ski resort.

The low-key rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges, microwaves and Keurig coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms have kitchenettes. Suites add full kitchens and dining tables, and 1 features a fireplace, and 2 balconies with mountain views.

Amenities include a contemporary restaurant, an indoor pool, a hot tub and an exercise room.

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Coast Inn of the North

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation

This modern downtown conference hotel is 2.1 km from Fort George Park, 3.5 km from the Pine Centre Mall and...
... This modern downtown conference hotel is 2.1 km from Fort George Park, 3.5 km from the Pine Centre Mall and 9.5 km from Forests for the World park.

The contemporary rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Suites add seating areas with sofabeds and balconies, while upgraded suites also have dining tables, soaking tubs, extra bathrooms and/or fireplaces.

There's a Japanese-style steakhouse and a casual restaurant. Other amenities include a spa, an indoor pool, a sauna and a hot tub, plus a gym.

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Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation

A 13-minute walk from Rotary Waterfront Park, this modern hotel is also 3.1 km from the Prince Rupert VIA Rail...
... A 13-minute walk from Rotary Waterfront Park, this modern hotel is also 3.1 km from the Prince Rupert VIA Rail station.

The quarters range in style from straightforward to sophisticated, with all featuring work desks, free Wi-Fi and TVs. Upgraded rooms include minifridges and microwaves, as well as flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Suites add kitchenettes, and living spaces with pull-out sofas and fireplaces.

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Onboard BC Ferry in Comfortable Cabin

Rating: 1 Star Accommodation

Northern Adventure cabins have four berths, shower, washbasin, and toilet.


Coast Bastion Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation

Off the Trans-Canada Highway, this upscale, contemporary hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Vancouver Island Military Museum.

Featuring...
... Off the Trans-Canada Highway, this upscale, contemporary hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Vancouver Island Military Museum.

Featuring hip furnishings and balconies with harbour or city views, the colourful rooms offer free Wi-Fi, 47-inch flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add minibars and/or Jacuzzis overlooking the ocean. Room service is available 24/7.

Amenities include a casual steak-and-seafood restaurant and a sleek cocktail lounge with bay windows. There's also a gym and a business centre, as well as a beauty salon and a spa with an oxygen bar. Parking is available for a fee.

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