Cosmos

Western Canada & Rocky Mountaineer (8930) - 2014 / 2015

9 Day Tour from Calgary to Vancouver


Western Canada & Rocky Mountaineer
Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta
Beautiful view of downtown Calgary at sunset
The floral displays in the Butchart Gardens
Visit metropolitan Calgary
The Vancouver Harbour at dusk
Calgary skyline
View of downtown Vancouver
Ice Explorer
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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Banff Gondola The adventure begins with an eight minute journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern, fully-enclosed four passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb 698m (2,292 ft) to an elevation of 2,281m (7,486 ft) at the Summit Upper Terminal. Stay on the look out for wildlife and birds that frequent the Banff Gondola. This is nature's wild playground, so a camera is a must! You can encounter the local wildlife including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Golden mantled ground squirrels, Hoary marmots, Clark's nutcracker and the Canada (Gray) jay. Afterwards, we'll visit thundering Bow Falls where plenty of great photo opportunities await you. Be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket as the wind can become quite cool at 2,285 metres above sea level.

Approximate value: $36 CAD per person


Canyons and Peaks - Moraine Lake Tour This interpretive tour takes you on a journey along the the scenic 1A highway where we make a 1 hour stop at picturesque Johnston Canyon and meander up to the first set of waterfalls (Distance 2.2 kms return, approx 1 hr easy walking, washroom facilities as well as coffee shop on hand). From Johnston Canyon we go through Castle Mountain Junction past breathtaking Castle Mountain. From Castle Junction we join the Trans Canada highway and continue directly to magnificent Morraine Lake with it's majestic "Ten Peaks" as a back drop. Morraine Lake is truly one of the most spectacular sights in the Rockies and worthy of an extended visit. Our stop here allows our guests the time to appreciate this wonderful setting. From Morraine Lake we steer our guests directly back to their hotel in Banff.

Approximate value: $35 CAD per person


Canyons and Peaks - Moraine Lake with Dinner This interpretive tour takes you on a journey along the the scenic 1A highway where we make a 1 hour stop at picturesque Johnston Canyon and meander up to the first set of waterfalls (Distance 2.2 kms return, approx 1 hr easy walking, washroom facilities as well as coffee shop on hand). From Johnston Canyon we go through Castle Mountain Junction past breathtaking Castle Mountain. From Castle Junction we join the Trans Canada highway and continue directly to magnificent Morraine Lake with it's majestic "Ten Peaks" as a back drop. Morraine Lake is truly one of the most spectacular sights in the Rockies and worthy of an extended visit. Our stop here allows our guests the time to appreciate this wonderful setting. From Morraine Lake we steer our guests directly back to Banff to join us for a delicious 3-course meal at Le Beaujolais.

Approximate value: $68 CAD per person


Interpretive Nature Walk at Johnson Lake Join a professional Interpretive guide for a stimulating and educational walk around Johnson Lake. This local lake is well known for its abundance of wildlife from loons to beavers, to elk, deer, coyotes and even wolves. While the chances of seeing wildlife while actually walking are usually slim, (we usually see more wildlife driving to and from the lake), you'll learn all about their variety, see lots of evidence of their passing by and enjoy your walk through the various habitats in which they live. Along the way, you'll also have some magnificent views of the Rundle Range and Bow Valley with the lake in the foreground and you can stop by a historic cabin hidden deep in the woods, home, in days gone by, to a hermit trapper. Total distance: 2 miles, Elevation gain: minimal. Time: 1.5 hours.

Approximate value: $55 CAD per person


Mount Assiniboine Glacier Helicopter Tour Your adventure will take you past the Three Sisters Peaks as you spectacularly escape to the Spray Valley. You will see the magnificent Goat Range where you will observe the radiant aqua blue/green colors of the Spray Lakes. Next, your journey will take you to new heights through the Goat Range Pass and along the Sundance Range of Banff National Park where you will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows and pristine lakes. Finally, you will be transported to the "Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies" which rises majestically to 3,611 meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The surrounding glaciers and icefalls will astound you and capture your imagination where you will get up close and personal with the Gloria Glacier as it tumbles off of Mount Assiniboine. This is an experience you will not forget! (30 minute flight) Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions and minimum of 2 passengers.

Approximate value: $293 CAD per person


Royal Canadian Helicopter Tour Your adventure will take you past the Three Sisters Peaks as you spectacularly escape to the Spray Valley. You will see the magnificent Goat Range where you will observe the radiant aqua blue/green colors of the Spray Lakes. Next, your journey will take you to new heights through the Goat Range Pass and along the Sundance Range of Banff National Park where you will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows and pristine lakes. An extraordinary adventure not to be missed! (25 minute flight) Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions and minimum of 2 passengers.

Approximate value: $251 CAD per person


Three Sisters Peaks Tour - 12 Minute Helicopter Tour This will be the most action packed 12 minutes of your life. Your adventure will take you past the Three Sisters Peaks as you spectacularly escape to the Spray Valley. You will see the magnificent Goat Range where you will observe the radiant aqua blue/green colors of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight will provide views of the Bow River as it meanders back towards the Town of Canmore. (12 minute flight) Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions and minimum of 2 passengers.

Approximate value: $125 CAD per person


Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River Bring the entire family and join us for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. Jasper's best rafting float trips take you down the Athabasca River for those in seek of a complete and fun filled Alberta wilderness adventure. Our 16 kilometer trip passes through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allows your National Park Licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. The Athabasca River is the same route that was used by the fur traders many years ago, (David Thompson 1811). Our specially designed rafts offer a safe, comfortable ride that any first time rafter will enjoy. This trip is for everyone from toddlers to seniors. The guides do all the rowing so you can sit back & enjoy the majestic scenery. Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $67 CAD per person


Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island Maligne Lake, a location that epitomizes the Canadian Rockies, is a 45-minute drive from Jasper. Departing from the Maligne Lake Day Lodge, you'll enjoy the 90-minute narrated cruise with a brief stop at Spirit Island for photos of the magnificent mountains that surround you. Learn of the local history, geology, wildlife, and glaciology of Maligne Lake and of Jasper National Park as some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies drift past your window.

Approximate value: $62 CAD per person


Mount Edith Cavell Nature Walk & Dinner After dinner at a local restaurant join your experienced guide on this two-hour hike on the "Path of the Glacier" walk with Mount Edith Cavell's snowcapped peak towering a mile overhead. Experience three kinds of glacier formations, icebergs, waterfalls and the emerald green of "Lake of Forgiveness." An exceptional "soft adventure" to one of Jasper's gems. You need to wear good walking shoes, but no previous hiking experience is necessary. This excursion operates mid June to the first week in October and is dependent on the weather.

Approximate value: $95 CAD per person


Victoria dinner at Milestones Restaruant Enjoy a farewell dinner with your new friends at Milestones Restaurant in Victoria.

Approximate value: $47 CAD per person


FlyOver Canada - General Admission Ticket Buckle up your seatbelt and prepare for the flight of your life! FlyOver Canada incorporates state-of-the-art technology to bring you some of Canada's most thrilling sights like you have never seen them before. Groups of up to 60 guests at a time will hang suspended, feet dangling, immersed in a huge 20m spherical screen while our film takes you on a thrilling 8 minute journey from east to west across Canada. It will be a fully immersive experience including wind, mist and even scents!

Approximate value: $21 CAD per person


Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Visit Vancouver's North Shore. Drive over Lion's Gate Bridge to world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of Vancouver's most popular attractions. Capilano Suspension Bridge offers a unique mix of adventure, history and culture making this Vancouver tourist attraction a complete British Columbia experience. Afterwards, board the gondola up to the 4,000-foot level of Grouse Mountain, the peak of Vancouver. Take in a World Famous Lumberjack Show, visit orphaned grizzly bears and grey wolves, or enjoy a leisurely walk through the many trails. This excursion is only available on multiple night stays in Vancouver. (Full Day Excursion)

Approximate value: $149 CAD per person


Sunset Dinner Cruise It's like dining in a restaurant which looks out onto all of Vancouver's finest views. Enjoy a leisurely cruise past the downtown skyline, the cruise ship terminal of Canada Place, the Mountains behind the North Shore, the West Vancouver shoreline and more. Take in the sights and sounds of the city as you enjoy live music and delicious West Coast-themed cuisine. You'll have the best spot in Vancouver to watch the sun slowly disappear into the Pacific Ocean. During the shoulder months (May & October) enjoy the evening under a star-lit sky as the moon reflects off the Pacific. Take in the sights and sounds of the city while cruising past the magnificent skyline at night while enjoying live music and delicious West Coast-themed cuisine. Treat yourself to Vancouver's favourite dining cruise experience, the Sunset Dinner Cruise. (2.5 hours) (Seasonal, May - October)

Approximate value: $106 CAD per person


Whistler Day Trip Take the scenic Sea to Sky Highway with wonderful views of Howe Sound and the Gulf Islands. Make a stop at Shannon Falls. You'll have free time in Whistler to explore this world famous resort and host of the 2010 Olympics. There are restaurants, shops, galleries and plenty of other options to enjoy your day. (10 hours)

Approximate value: $135 CAD per person


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