The Canadian Rockies (8900)

13 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

Canada’s national parks and scenic drives highlight this wonderful Canadian Rockies tour that overnights in Vancouver, Kelowna, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Sun Peaks, Whistler, and Victoria. You’ll spend time in Banff National Park—Canada’s first national park—with its valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, rivers, and meadows, and Jasper National Park, with its majestic mountains and abundant wildlife. Other Canadian national parks on this tour include Glacier National Park, with its rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls, and Yoho National Park, with its vertical rockwalls, waterfalls, and beautiful peaks.

In addition to national parks, you’ll also visit some of Canada’s most popular resort towns on this Canadian Rockies tour. In the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Lake Okanagan and surrounded by orchards and vineyards, enjoy a winery tour. In the mountain resort of Sun Peaks, you’ll overnight after a beautiful drive that includes passing Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ highest mountain at 12,972 feet. You’ll also overnight and have a full day in Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here you can hike, explore the village, or take an optional excursion, including flightseeing by floatplane over the lakes and glaciated peaks.

A tour highlight is a stop at the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Here, you’ll ride the Ice Explorer that travels on ice that is 1,200 feet thick. You’ll also 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.

For the value-minded traveler, this tour exploring the Canadian Rockies is an unforgettable vacation not to be missed!
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 Tour Highlights

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park
KELOWNA
Winery tour & tasting; Okanagan Valley
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
VICTORIA
Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park
  • Yoho National Park

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, including admission charges where applicable.

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.

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. Reach BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies. An orientation tour includes Banff’s unspoiled beauty.

Day 5 BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, and home to 53 species of mammals. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzly, or wolves. Your Tour Director will also have suggestions for 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 750 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, and embark on a narrated cruise. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer—from 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. Overnight at the Sun Peaks mountain resort.

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. Enjoy free time to explore many sites of the 2010 Winter Olympics held here. You may decide to join one of many optional excursions, including a flightseeing excursion by floatplane over the glaciated peaks, or a gondola ride between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains—the perfect bear-spotting vantage point.

Day 11 WHISTLER–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia, known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles.

Day 12 VICTORIA

A day at leisure gives you the chance to discover this splendid city; including the Royal British Columbia Museum, shopping on Government Street, or a leisurely stroll around the harbor. Perhaps join the optional wildlife and whale-watching trip cruising the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, looking for whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles.

Day 13 VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER

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.

ALMA BERNASCONI

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Born and raised in Switzerland, I love my home in Western Canada. I have a zest for life, am always eager to share information and experiences, and enjoy creating lasting memories for travelers. As an avid hobby photographer, I revel in capturing the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the surprise appearance of the elusive grizzly bear, a majestic eagle soaring high above endless forests, and so much more.

Tour Director - ALMA BERNASCONI

 Accommodations

Vancouver
Kelowna
Banff National Park
Jasper National Park
Sun Peaks
Whistler
Victoria

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Vancouver
Banff National Park
Jasper National Park
Whistler
Victoria

Vancouver

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Take in the sights and sounds of the city while cruising past the magnificent Vancouver skyline at night while enjoying live music and delicious West Coast-themed cuisine.

Price Range: $$

Banff National Park

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Discover unparalleled views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies region by helicopter. There are several options to choose from, but all deliver spectacular opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience in the Rockies.

Price Range: $$$

Sundown Dinner & Horse Drawn Wagon Ride at Boundary  Ranch

Sundown Dinner & Horse Drawn Wagon Ride at Boundary Ranch

Join your group for a fun filled dinnertime experience. A horse drawn wagon ride will take the group on the scenic trails surrounding Boundary Ranch with a stop for viewing at the Buffalo Paddock. Upon returning to the ranch you will enjoy a BBQ Steak dinner.

Price Range: $$

Jasper National Park

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper's best rafting scenic float trips take you down the Athabasca River for a unique perspective for Jasper National Park.

Price Range: $$

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Soak in the amazing views of Jasper's Maligne Lake and land on Spirit Island, one of the most iconic places in the Canadian Rockies.

Price Range: $$

Maligne Valley, Canyon & Lake Tour

Maligne Valley, Canyon & Lake Tour

Join your local guide on a narrated scenic drive and discover the spectacular Maligne Valley - host to abundant wildlife.

Price Range: $

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.

Price Range: $$

Whistler

Spectacular Glacier Seaplane Tour

Spectacular Glacier Seaplane Tour

Experience a memorable seaplane 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.

Price Range: $$$

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish and Lil'wat people, proudly invite you to learn about the BC First Nations cultures at this award winning cultural center.

Price Range: $

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 this Tree Trek Canopy Walk.

Price Range: $

Ziptrek Adventure

Ziptrek Adventure

Operating in a true old-growth temperate rainforest, your Whistler zipline journey takes you through the forest via suspension bridges, treetop observation platforms, ground based trails and ziplines. Choose from three different zipline excursions.

Price Range: $$$

Victoria

Victoria by Night with Dinner

Victoria by Night with Dinner

Climb aboard one of the jaunty little harbour ferry boats for a unique perspective of the city, a tour from the waterside and capped off with dinner at a local restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Victoria Panorama

Victoria Panorama

This flightseeing excursion is an ideal introduction to seaplane aviation and includes spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Price Range: $$

Marine and Wildlife Whale Watching

Marine and Wildlife Whale Watching

Given Southern Vancouver Island is world renowned for the rich marine wildlife, including home to resident pods of orca whales, no trip to Victoria is complete without a cruise experience.

Price Range: $$

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