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Travel to the heart of the Canadian Rockies on this spectacular vacation. Your trip begins in Calgary with a sightseeing tour of Calgary’s highlights. Then, head west through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies into Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Spend two overnights at this popular year-round resort with time to explore Banff on your own or to take an optional excursion. On the way to Jasper National Park, stop in Lake Louise and discover this world-famous location with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Next, a highlight of your vacation: take a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle, on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies.In Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada, enjoy two overnights and an orientation tour in Jasper. Depart Jasper, follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and overnight in Kamloops. Travel to the Pacific Coast and board a ferry for Victoria, where you’ll enjoy two overnights and a city tour plus time for optional activities, including a whale-watching cruise. Also visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of showcase floral exhibits.Sail through the spectacular Gulf Islands back to Vancouver and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the famous landmarks. It’s a great way to wrap up your majestic Canadian Rockies vacation.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Sightseeing: In Calgary, Victoria, and Vancouver; Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), Butchart Gardens, and Stanley Park. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Services of a professional Tour Director.
Scenic Highlights:Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Mount Robson, Fraser River, Thompson River with spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains, British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Transportation:Ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Meals & Itinerary
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Calgary
Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2 Calgary–Banff National Park
The discovery of oil converted this ranching town into a sophisticated city. It is also home to the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Tour many of the city’s attractions, including Canada Olympic Park and the Saddledome. Motor west through the foothills and into BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Join the optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery.
Day 3 Banff National Park
Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with summer activities such as hiking, boating, and fishing. With a free day, your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
Day 4 Banff National Park–Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper National Park
Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. First stop is Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a perfect natural mirror that reflects the surroundings. Up next is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 1,200 feet thick. Next, journey north into JASPER NATIONAL PARK, where precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Later, your Tour Director suggests an optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper townsite upon arrival.
Day 5 Jasper National Park
Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer—from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.
Day 6 Jasper National Park–Mount Robson–Kamloops
Depart Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues south along the mighty Thompson River, with spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.
Day 7 Kamloops–Ferry Crossing–Victoria
As you travel through British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park, and world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively Waterfront Promenade.
Day 8 Victoria
Today is a free day for independent sightseeing. Your Tour Director will have ideas to enhance your enjoyment of this most British of Canadian cities. Take an optional whale-watching cruise and seek out pods of killer whales. A suggestion for this evening is an optional historic walk followed by dinner in Chinatown.
Day 9 Victoria–Ferry Crossing–Vancouver
This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes STANLEY PARK, Gastown, Chinatown, and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.
Day 10 Vancouver
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Vancouver further with a variety of exciting optional activities.
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Escorting tours for more than 2 years
Years of Experience: 2
“During my years as a tour director I have guided tours in the Western United States, the Maritime provinces, Eastern and Western Canada and Alaska. I enjoy all of the areas I have worked in but Western Canada has a special place in my heart as this has always been my home. I would love to show you the spectacular beauty of Canada and tell you stories about the interesting people who have lived here in the past as well as today. I invite you to come and experience Canada with me.”
CALGARY International Hotel Calgary (SF)BANFF NATIONAL PARK Bow View Lodge (ST)JASPER NATIONAL PARK Marmot Lodge (F)KAMLOOPS The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre (F)VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)VANCOUVER Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown (F)
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. 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.
Banff National Park
Canyons and Peaks - Moraine Lake Tour
This interpretive tour takes you on a journey along 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 Moraine Lake with it's majestic "Ten Peaks" as a back drop. Moraine 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.
Approximate value: $39 CAD per person
Country & Western Night
Enjoy a BBQ dinner at Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon then be entertained with live music by a local country & western band and take to the dance floor for a fun and casual line dancing lesson. Wild Bill's does not have an elevator. Guests must be able to walk up and down the stairs.
Approximate value: $80 CAD per person
Jasper National Park
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
Magical Mystical Maligne Canyon Walk
Join us on a walk along the edge of the Maligne Canyon, the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park. Your guide will transport you from Jasper to the top of the canyon and guide you from the first to the fifth (1st -5th) bridge, allowing for breath taking photographic opportunities. You will enjoy award winning interpretation about this limestone slot canyon, and the many mysteries that are contained within. The Maligne Canyon is a favorite haunt of the Big Horn Sheep and Mule Deer and is excellent habitat for Fairy Slipper and Rattlesnake Plantain Orchids. Upon reaching the sixth bridge, the confluence of the Maligne and Athabasca Rivers, the coach will be waiting to return you to the Jasper town site. This trip covers approximately 3.5 km and travels mostly downhill. Participants are requested to wear comfortable boots or shoes, bring rain/wind jacket, water, and a camera.
Approximate value: $69 CAD per person
Chinatown Dinner and Lantern Walk
A fascinating tour of Chinatown, one of the oldest in Canada. Your expert local guide will offer you the opportunity to learn about the "East meets West" portals. Themes range from Feng Shui and the Chinese Zodiac to Brave Pioneers and World Developments. Food sampling along the way with dinner in a first-class restaurant. Finally, at dusk you will be given lanterns and lead through the narrow alleys to Bastion Square. A very unique and memorable way to experience Victoria. (Approximately 3 hours)
Approximate value: $80 CAD per person
Marine And Wildlife Whale Watching
Whale watching is a an experience many say they will never forget. Whale Watching Excursions in Victoria and around beautiful Vancouver Island provide you with wonderful memories of British Columbia. Whale and Marine Wildlife watching expeditions have become one of Victoria's most popular activities. The rich marine wildlife of beautiful southern Vancouver Island is world renowned for its abundance and diversity. Killer Whales are magnificent and never fail to impress, but there are many other living treasures that share their waters. Bring your camera and your excitement because this is a trip you won't soon forget! (Excursion is approximately 3 hours)
Approximate value: $114 CAD per person
This is the most popular tour departing from Victoria harbour. This 20-minute flight is an ideal introduction to seaplane aviation. It includes spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Enjoy unique views of the buildings ringing the harbor and grand houses perched above the rugged coastline. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing.
Approximate value: $111 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: $23 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: $152 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 favorite dining cruise experience, the Sunset Dinner Cruise. (2.5 hours) (Seasonal, May - October)
Approximate value: $112 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: $140 CAD per person
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