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The Canadian Rockies (8900)

13 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver

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Canada’s national parks highlight this wonderful Canadian Rockies vacation. Begin your trip in Vancouver with a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s major sites and time to explore on your own. Then, travel to the resort city of Kelowna for a winery tour and overnight. Journey through the Okanagan Valley to Canada’s Glacier National Park for panoramic vistas and to Yoho National Park with its Natural Bridge. Enter Alberta and Banff National Park, the scenic heart of the Canadian Rockies. In Banff, one of Canada’s favorite resorts, you have time to hike, relax, and much more. Then, it’s on to Jasper National Park. But first, stop in Lake Louise and travel north to Columbia Icefield for a highlight of your vacation—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada, for two nights and an orientation tour in Jasper.

Head back into British Columbia via the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy leisure time in Sun Peaks and the alpine resort of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Then, travel to the Pacific Coast, where you’ll sail across the Strait of Georgia to Victoria for a sightseeing tour, two overnights, free time to discover some of Victoria’s most popular attractions, and a visit to Butchart Gardens, rated as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Your Canadian Rockies vacation ends in Vancouver—an unforgettable vacation not to be missed.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Vancouver and Victoria; orientation tour in Jasper, Stanley Park, included winery tour, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), and Butchart Gardens. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
Lake Okanagan, Okanagan Valley, Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park, Kicking Horse Pass, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Fraser River, Mount Robson, Seton & Duffey Lakes, Whistler, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Vancouver

This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbor, beaches, and more. The rest of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director can suggest ways to further explore the city. Maybe take a water taxi to Granville Island with outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, and art galleries.

Day 3 Vancouver–Kelowna

Our journey begins in British Columbia’s fertile valleys and continues through rich mountain forests to Lake Okanagan. Travel along the lake to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the lake shore and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Sample local wines on the included WINERY TOUR.

Day 4 Kelowna–Glacier National Park–Yoho National Park–Banff National Park

Motor north through the Okanagan Valley, famous for its peaches and vineyards. Climb up 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass in GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Take a break at the pass, perfect for photos of the rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Enter YOHO NATIONAL PARK and scale Kicking Horse Pass at 5,421 feet. By early evening, reach BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Day 5 Banff National Park

Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, and your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Day 6 Banff National Park–Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper National Park

First, to Lake Louise, its turquoise waters a perfect natural mirror that reflects the mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach continues northward into JASPER NATIONAL PARK. A highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to ride the Ice Explorer that travels on ice that’s 1,200 feet thick. This afternoon, join our optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper townsite upon arrival.

Day 7 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 8 Jasper National Park–Mount Robson–Sun Peaks

Leave Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, peaking at 12,972 feet. Continue following the Yellowhead Highway south along the North Thompson River—a route pioneered by fur trappers a century ago. Overnight at the mountain resort of Sun Peaks.

Day 9 Sun Peaks–Lillooet–Whistler

Head south, following the once treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. Via Lillooet, ”Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route,” your motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes with a late-afternoon arrival in Whistler.

Day 10 Whistler

Spend the day in the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Free time to explore many sites from the 2010 Winter Olympics or to join one of the many optional excursions, including flightseeing by floatplane over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Day 11 Whistler–Ferry Crossing–Victoria

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Afternoon arrival in Victoria. Sightseeing includes Marine Drive, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. Then, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, rated among the most beautiful gardens in the world. Stroll through the colorful Sunken Garden, the Japanese and Italian Gardens, the English Rose Garden, and the magnificent Ross Fountain.

Day 12 Victoria

Today is at leisure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, an IMAX presentation at the National Geographic Theatre, whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.

Day 13 Victoria–Ferry Crossing–Vancouver

Early this morning, enjoy a scenic ferry crossing to the mainland, where the trip ends with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included. Please schedule flights after 1:30 pm.

 Tour Director

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.

SERENA CAMPBELL

Years of Experience: 16

As a small child I was fascinated when hearing my grandparents' travel adventures. I would listen to their stories for hours! Here I am, years later, taking passengers around, sharing stories and showcasing my beautiful country! Combining my love for working with people and traveling is a perfect fit. Seeing the fascination in passengers' eyes as they witness Western Canada's stunning and ever changing scenery is the part I love best. Bringing the world alive through stories is a privilege.

Tour Director - SERENA CAMPBELL

 Accommodations

VANCOUVER Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver City Center (F)
KELOWNA Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre (F)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Mount Royal Hotel (F)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Marmot Lodge (F)
SUN PEAKS Sun Peaks Lodge (ST)
WHISTLER Listel Hotel Whistler (MF)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)

 Optional Excursions

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.

Vancouver
Banff National Park
Jasper National Park
Sun Peaks
Whistler
Victoria

Vancouver

Departure Transfer for Post Nights

Departure Transfer for Post Nights

Departure Transfer to Airport

Approximate value: $42 CAD per person

FlyOver Canada - General Admission Ticket

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

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

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

Banff National Park

Banff Gondola

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 meters above sea level.

Approximate value: $44 CAD per person

Mount Assiniboine Glacier Helicopter Tour

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: $314 CAD per person

Royal Canadian Helicopter Tour

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: $261 CAD per person

Three Sisters Peaks Tour - 12 Minute Helicopter Tour

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: $130 CAD per person

Jasper National Park

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

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

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

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

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: $67 CAD per person

Sun Peaks

Canoeing In Sun Peaks With Fur Traders Feast

Canoeing In Sun Peaks With Fur Traders Feast

Join the Northwest Voyageur Company for a trip into Canada's storied past. A qualified Voyageur will be your guide in a replica Voyageur Canoe where you will calmly glide across the waters of McGillvray Lake and hear the tales of how the NWC & Hudson Bay Company erected this country. During the trip you may see some of our local residents such as eagles, osprey, loons, beavers, deer, mouse, bears, and other wildlife. Through this completely non-strenuous trip you will receive great insight into how this nation was explored, discovered and eventually established. Finish your guided Voyageur Canoe trip off with a traditional 4 course Fur Trader's Feast prepared for you at the McGillvray Lake Outpost. While on the journey to the Rockies the Voyageurs mostly ate pemmican 3 times a day, but when they were at their main posts voyageurs would enjoy only the finest delicacies. Come and relive the majesty of the fur trade through a unique culinary experience. (Canoe Trip 1.5 hours plus dinner afterward) No previous canoeing experience necessary.

Approximate value: $102 CAD per person

Fur Traders Feast

Fur Traders Feast

We are pleased to offer a rustic 4 course Dinner on the shores of historic McGillvray Lake. While on the journey to the Rockies the Voyageurs mostly ate pemmican 3 times a day, but when they were at their main posts voyageurs would enjoy only the finest delicacies. Come and relive the majesty of the fur trade through a unique culinary experience.

Approximate value: $53 CAD per person

Guided Voyageur Canoe Tour

Guided Voyageur Canoe Tour

Join the Northwest Voyageur Company for a trip into Canada's storied past. A qualified Voyageur will be your guide in a 30' replica Voyageur Canoe where you will calmly glide across the waters of McGillvray Lake and hear the tales of how the NWC & Hudson Bay Company erected this country. During the trip you may see some of our local residents such as eagles, osprey, loons, beavers, deer, mouse, bears, and other wildlife. Through this completely non-strenuous trip you will receive great insight into how Canada was explored, discovered and eventually established. You will also have the opportunity to view artifacts from the Fur Trade Era such as an original map made by David Thompson, Beaver Pelts, Traps, and other antiquities from this era.

Approximate value: $53 CAD per person

Whistler

BBQ Dinner & Tour of the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

BBQ Dinner & Tour of the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Complete your trip to Whistler with a First Nations BBQ dinner and tour of the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre for a truly First Nations experience.

Approximate value: $60 CAD per person

Peak to Peak Experience

Peak to Peak Experience

The journey between the two Mountains provides a 360-degree window into Whistler Blackcomb's alpine environment, its surrounding peaks, and changing seasons, but sightseeing is just the start of your adventure. There are sightseeing, hiking and restaurant options available overlooking the Whistler Village and surrounding peaks.

Approximate value: $57 CAD per person

Spectacular Glacier Seaplane Tour

Spectacular Glacier Seaplane Tour

Experience British Columbia's supernatural beauty with an eagle's eye flight over the majestic glaciers, rugged peaks, unique volcanic formations and lush alpine meadows that surround the turquoise waters of mile-high, 1000 foot deep Garibaldi Lake. Don't forget your camera! Rate includes fuel surcharge and taxes. (30 minutes) Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $165 CAD per person

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Complete your trip to Whistler with a First Nations experience at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. The Squamish and Lil'wat Nations built the Cultural Centre to house and showcase their art, history and culture. Admission includes a welcome song, guided tour, captivating film and a fun craft activity. Each of the Ambassador guides has a unique story to tell - learn the meaning behind our traditional regalia, legends, carvings, art, songs and ceremonies.

Approximate value: $18 CAD per person

Tree Trek Canopy Walk

Tree Trek Canopy Walk

Journey high among the treetops on this guided interpretive adventure through a spectacular network of suspension bridges, suspended stairways, boardwalks and trails on our TreeTrek Canopy Walk. You'll explore one of the last spectacular old-growth forest stands of magnificent cedar, hemlock and fir trees in Whistler. Stunning vistas of the river valley below will complete this unique adventure. Perfect for all ages. Gratuity is not included in the price but appreciated at your discretion.

Approximate value: $41 CAD per person

Ziptrek Bear Tour

Ziptrek Bear Tour

This is Ziptrek's legendary and original tour! Zip over the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains while experiencing stunning aerial vistas above Fitzsimmons Creek. The five incredible ziplines on this tour range from 200 - 1100 ft. and are joined by a network of suspension bridges, boardwalks and trails. In between ziplines guests will learn fun and interesting facts about the local natural environment. This tour is perfect for families, groups, and those who have never ziplined before. Gratuity is not included in the price but appreciated at your discretion.

Approximate value: $125 CAD per person

Ziptrek Eagle Tour

Ziptrek Eagle Tour

Ready to crank it up a notch? Take flight on our Eagle tour! Zip over the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains while experiencing stunning aerial vistas above Fitzsimmons Creek. The five incredible ziplines on this tour range from 400 - 2000 ft., the longest one descends 20-storeys! The ziplines are joined by a network of suspension bridges, boardwalks and trails, in between zips guests will learn fun and interesting facts about the local natural environment. The last zipline zips you right back into Whistler village! This tour is perfect if you've ziplined before or crave an adrenaline rush! Gratuity is not included in the price but appreciated at your discretion.

Approximate value: $145 CAD per person

Ziptrek Mammoth Tour

Ziptrek Mammoth Tour

Go big or go home! The ten-zipline Mammoth Tour combines both the Bear and Eagle Tours, with a delicious meal provided halfway through at our rustic A-frame cabin. Zip over the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains while experiencing stunning aerial vistas above Fitzsimmons Creek. The ten incredible ziplines on this tour range from 200 - 2000 ft., the longest one descends 20-storeys! The ziplines are joined by a network of suspension bridges, boardwalks and trails, in between zips guests will learn fun and interesting facts about the local natural environment. The last zipline zips you right back into Whistler village! Perfect for those who have an enlarged appetite for adventure and exhilaration. Gratuity is not included in the price but appreciated at your discretion.

Approximate value: $209 CAD per person

Victoria

Marine And Wildlife Whale Watching

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

Victoria By Night With Dinner At The Canoe Brewpub

Victoria By Night With Dinner At The Canoe Brewpub

Climb aboard one of the jaunty little boats for a unique perspective of the city, a tour from the waterside. After the harbour tour you will take a short walk to the Canoe Brewpub where you will take a brewery tour in this 1894 heritage landmark building on Victoria's downtown waterfront. You will have the opportunity to sample the award winning handcrafted beers that are renowned in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy local West Coast cuisine while soaking up the views of the sunset over the harbour.

Approximate value: $90 CAD per person

Victoria Panorama

Victoria Panorama

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

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