VANCOUVER, KAMLOOPS, JASPER NATIONAL PARK, BANFF & CALGARY
Experience the natural beauty of western Canada on this 9-day escorted tour from Vancouver to Calgary. We’ll begin in the “jewel” of North America’s Pacific Coast – Vancouver where we’ll explore city highlights like Stanley Park, Robson Street, Gastown, and more. We’ll continue to the “Cowboy Country” ranch land of Kamloops and the Canadian Rockies largest park – Jasper National Park – where we’ll take in the crystal blue-green lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks, and visit the Columbia Icefield. We’ll visit iconic Banff and Lake Louise which offer breathtaking beauty and enjoy an excursion to Yoho National Park which offers spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks. Our tour comes to an end in Calgary where we’ll explore the city’s downtown area, the Stampede Grounds, and more!
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- 2 nights in Vancouver
- 1 night in Kamloops
- 2 nights in Hinton (near Jasper National Park)
- 2 nights in Banff
- 1 night in Calgary
- Vancouver, the jewel of the west coast of Canada
- Travel along Sea-to-Sky Highway, and stop in Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics
- Cowboy Country around Kamloops in central B.C.
- The incomparable Canadian Rocky Mountains
- Journey along the Icefields Parkway Drive – step onto a glacier at the Columbia Icefields
- Lake Louise – a turquoise, glacier-fed lake surrounded by Valley of Ten Peaks
- Calgary, home to the famous Calgary Stampede
- Meet a Mountie
Your Tour Includes
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- Porterage (1 bag per person)
- 12 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional Tour Director
Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to Canada! After your independent arrival in Vancouver, make your way to our centrally-located hotel where you'll meet our Western Canada Tour Director in the lobby. Depending on your arrival time, our guide can provide suggestions for how to fill the afternoon! This evening, we'll meet our fellow travelers during our welcome dinner.Accommodations: Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites
Day 2: Vancouver
Vancouver is known as the "jewel" of North America's Pacific Coast with the magnificent sea, beaches, harbor and steep Coast Mountains. This morning, we'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver with highlights including Stanley Park to see the collection of totem poles, popular English Bay with its little beach, and trendy Robson Street filled with shopping, cafes, restaurants making it perfect for window shopping! We'll also see iconic Canada Place with its fabric roofs that resemble sails, Cruise Ship Pier, Granville Island with its many shops and boutiques, Gastown known for its Steam Clock and historic charm, Chinatown, and many other points of interest. After our tour, we'll have time to explore Vancouver independently.Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Vancouver/Whistler/Kamloops
Today we'll travel via the Sea to Sky Highway, Shannon Falls and the lumber town of Squamish to Whistler Village Resort. This resort, an internationally acclaimed ski station, is equally popular in the summer months. We'll spend some time at the Village Square, a carefully constructed pedestrian village, located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. With many restaurants, gift shops, and specialty clothing stores scattered throughout, Whistler offers something for all ages! Later today, we'll follow a breathtaking route through the wilderness mapped by the gold-seekers. We'll pass the supply center for the Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1860's, Lillooet, and continue to the "Cowboy Country" ranch land of Kamloops, which is the anglicized version of the Shuswap word for "where the rivers meet". Founded as a fur trading depot in 1812, this later became a supply center for the Cariboo Gold Rush. The city today serves as the transportation, retail and service center for the cattle and sheep ranching industries in the southern interior of British Columbia and also as the northern gateway to the Okanagan vacation region.Accommodations: Ramada by Wyndham Kamloops
Day 4: Kamloops/Jasper National Park
This morning we leave Kamloops and travel north via the Yellowhead Highway and Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rocky Mountains onward to Jasper. We'll stop in Wells Gray Park to view the 135 meter high Helmcken Falls. This afternoon, we'll reach Jasper National Park, the largest park in the Canadian Rockies!Accommodations: Marmot Lodge
Day 5: Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is a sweeping expanse of scenic beauty from its awesome mountain peaks to centuries old glacial ice to flower carpeted meadows to mirror-like lakes. Today's sightseeing highlights include a walk at Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, and visits to Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lakes. After lunch, enjoy some leisure time this afternoon in the village of Jasper.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Jasper National Park/Icefields Parkway Drive/Banff
Today's journey might just be the highlight of our trip! We'll travel south today along the Icefields Parkway to experience a wealth of breathtaking scenery. Crystal blue-green lakes, fresh mountain streams, deep forests, and snow-capped mountain peaks are the order of the day. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, we will depart on a specially constructed snocoach that will take us to the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. We've also included admission to one of the area's newest attractions - the Glacier Skywalk! We'll continue to Banff, one of Canada's top mountain resorts. During our orientation tour, we'll visit the landmark Banff Springs Hotel, Tunnel Mountain, Bow Falls, and much more before we check into our hotel.Accommodations: Elk + Avenue Hotel
Day 7: Banff/Lake Louise/Yoho/Banff
Banff is the first and most famous of Canada's national parks and is an incomparable combination of towering peaks, high meadows, emerald lakes, and keen mountain air. These - and the sulphur hot springs - have made Banff National Park one of North America's most spectacular scenic and recreational areas. Early today we'll travel to Lake Louise - one of the most photographed scenes in Canada. If accessible, we'll also visit Moraine Lake which is surrounded by mountains in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. We'll make a brief excursion to nearby Yoho National Park, which represents the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains region, and is also a Cree expression of awe and wonder for this place of rock walls, spectacular waterfalls, and soaring peaks. In the shadow of the Great Divide, Yoho holds the secrets of ancient ocean life, the power of ice and water, and unique plant and animal communities that continue to evolve today. Highlights include Natural Bridge, Emerald Lake, and lower spiral Tunnel Viewpoint. Other highlights include a scenic drive along the Bow Valley Parkway with a stop at Johnston Canyon for a nice walk. We'll enjoy a farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Banff National Park/Calgary
This morning, meet with a retired Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in a traditional, red uniform. Learn about the history of the RCMP and hear about his experiences as a Mountie. Afterward, we'll leave behind the majestic Canadian Rockies and follow the Trans-Canada Highway to Calgary - home of the famous Calgary Stampede. We'll stop at Calgary Olympic Park, the site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, and then enjoy the highlights of Calgary with a sightseeing tour including the downtown core, Chinatown, a view of Calgary Tower, the Stampede Grounds, the Pengrowth Saddle Dome, the financial and shopping districts, and many other points of interest before we reach out downtown hotel.Accommodations: Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
Day 9: Depart Calgary
Today, we bid farewell to Canada. After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and make your way home.Meals: Breakfast
We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below and we will notify you once dates are available.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
Maligne Lake Cruise
- $60 per person
Enjoy a 90-minute cruise on one of the most picturesque lakes in the Rockies. Halfway there is a photo stop at Spirit Island, where the passengers disembark for a short walk to the lookout.
Note: This tour is very weather dependent and is not available in April and May.
This tour prior to final payment as it is not available to book in-destination.
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED!
This tour must be pre-booked prior to final payment as it is not available to book in-destination.
Banff Gondola Ride to Sulphur Mountain
- $46 per person
After ascending to the top of Sulphur Mountain, you'll find a 360° breathtaking view of the majestic mountains. Enjoy hiking trails that run along the ridges.
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED!
This tour must be pre-booked prior to final payment as it is not available to book in-destination.
Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites
550 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1L6 Canada
Ramada by Wyndham Kamloops
555 West Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 1K7
86 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Elk + Avenue Hotel
333 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B1, Canada
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
888 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3J3, Canada
Traveling with smarTours: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
- Travelers arriving in Canada from the U.S. are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated travelers must still meet all other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing
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TRANSPORTATION & ACCOMMODATIONS
Airfare is not included on this tour. Upon independent arrival in the destination, please make your own way to the hotel.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid at the time of entry, and your passport must contain at least one blank page. For U.S. passport holders, a tourist visa is not required for stays less than 180 days however you must carry proper identification and meet basic eligibility requirements. Some people are inadmissible under Canada’s immigration law. For more information about what it means to be inadmissible, please click here and here. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.
Please make sure you arrive in Vancouver by the afternoon in order to attend the orientation meeting and Welcome Dinner at approximately 7pm. The smarTours Tour Director will be available in the hotel lobby during the afternoon of Day 1 to assist with local sightseeing or answer any questions. Further details will be provided on the final travel documents.