Canada Guided Tours - Cosmos® Affordable Travel Package

Western Canada with Inside Passage (8380)

13 Day Tour from Vancouver to Calgary

2018 Tour Details

Fun experiences and stunning scenery by land, boat, and train—these are what you’ll experience on this western Canada tour. You’ll spend two nights in Vancouver, Victoria, Prince Rupert, Jasper National Park, and Banff National Park, and one night in both Port Hardy and Prince George.

A tour highlight is the Inside Passage cruise from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. One of the world’s most beautiful ocean voyages, you’ll witness towering mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands, and virgin rainforest. Keep your eyes open for sea lions, eagles, porpoises, and maybe even a killer whale! Another highlight of this western Canada tour is the train ride on Via Rail’s Jasper-Prince Rupert, an all-daylight journey that winds its way through the majestic Coast Mountains, follows the mighty Skeena River (often called the “River of Mists”), and concludes in the Pacific Coast rainforest. From the glassed-in observation dome, watch for soaring bald eagles, inquisitive black bears, moose, and other wildlife.

In Jasper National Park, free time gives you the chance to take a guided hike, explore the quaint shops, and take an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island. You’ll also have plenty of free time in Banff National Park to hike, boat, or take an optional excursion. In between Jasper National Park and Banff National Park, you’ll witness some of the Canadian Rockies’ most breathtaking scenery. You’ll stop at Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria, and visit the Columbia Icefield to ride the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Other stunning scenery includes steep gorges, snowcapped mountains, and exquisite lakes.

This tour through western Canada also includes time and sightseeing in Vancouver and Victoria. For the value-minded traveler, it’s a dream vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

In Vancouver and Victoria; Stanley Park, Butchart Gardens, orientation tour of Prince Rupert, guided visit to the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village, and Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride).

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:

Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, coastline of Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Skeena River, Pacific Coast rainforest, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise, and Banff National Park.

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

  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Ferry crossing from the mainland to Vancouver Island; full-day cruise through the Inside Passage; VIA Rail’s Jasper—Prince Rupert train with seating in Touring class or Economy class on departures June 17, July 15, August 26, September 5 & 9; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

On VIA Rail - 1 continental breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (except on departures June 17, July 15, August 26 & September 9 when meals are available for purchase)

 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 and beaches, and more. The rest of the day is at leisure, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.

Day 3 VANCOUVER–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an area known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles.

Day 4 VICTORIA

Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.

Day 5 VICTORIA–CHEMAINUS–PORT HARDY

An early departure from Victoria follows the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, stopping at Chemainus, the unique village with more than 30 murals depicting pioneer settlement of the area. Then, it’s through the port of Campbell River, the “Salmon Capital of the World.”

Day 6 PORT HARDY–INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE–PRINCE RUPERT

Early this morning, embark on one of the world’s most beautiful ocean voyages. The scenery is spectacular, with towering mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands, and virgin rainforest. Marine life abounds, often with sightings of sea lions, eagles, and porpoises—you may even spot a killer whale! Late-evening arrival in Prince Rupert.

NOTE:
Cruising time through the Inside Passage is approximately 16 hours. Please come prepared with all medications, eyeglasses, and any other items you will need.

Day 7 PRINCE RUPERT

Depart for an orientation tour of Prince Rupert, then visit the NORTH PACIFIC HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE, a National Historic Site, for a guided tour of British Columbia’s oldest cannery village. Learn of the canning process and what life was like in the village during peak production in the last century.

Day 8 PRINCE RUPERT–VIA RAIL TRAIN–PRINCE GEORGE

This morning, board VIA Rail’s Jasper—Prince Rupert train for the trip of a lifetime. Sit back and enjoy an all-daylight journey that winds its way through the majestic Coast Mountains, follows the mighty Skeena River—often referred to as the “River of Mists”—and concludes in the Pacific Coast rainforest. You’ll retrace ancient First Nations trading routes and follow the paths of the earliest fur traders. Soaring bald eagles, inquisitive black bears, browsing moose, and other wildlife may be spotted from the glassed-in observation dome that provides 360-degree views. (CB,L,D)

NOTE:
On departures June 17, July 15, August 26, and September 9, there are no included meals or dome-car access. However, meals are available for purchase.

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Day 9 PRINCE GEORGE–MOUNT ROBSON–JASPER NATIONAL PARK

As we continue onward to JASPER NATIONAL PARK the peak elevations grow, culminating with Mount Robson, the highest of Canada’s Rockies at almost 13,000 feet. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 10 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 11 JASPER NATIONAL PARK–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Winding our way down the western fringe of Alberta, our journey takes us through some of the Canadian Rockies’ most breathtaking wilderness. Our first highlight on today’s agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Next, Lake Louise, its cold waters perfectly mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as we continue the journey south to BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Day 12 BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with summer activities including hiking, boating, horseback riding, and fishing. Cosmos has arranged for an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies.

Day 13 BANFF NATIONAL PARK–CALGARY

The final leg of your journey takes you to Calgary International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 2 pm. For those wanting to extend their time in the Canadian Rockies, consider the Banff extension or extra nights in Calgary.

 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

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

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

VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)
PORT HARDY Kwa'lilas Hotel (TC)
PRINCE RUPERT Pacific Inn (F)
PRINCE GEORGE Sandman Hotel Prince George (ST)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Chateau Jasper (F)

 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).

Price Ranges

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


Vancouver
Victoria
Jasper National Park
Banff

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: $$

Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge

Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge

From suspension bridges and treetop viewing platforms, to fish ladders and mountain gondolas, this sightseeing tour to VAncouver's North Shore is the ultimate tour for thrill-seekers and nature lovers.

Price Range: $$$

FlyOver Canada

FlyOver Canada

Buckle up your seatbelt and prepare for the 'flight' of your life as you enjoy this thrilling movie that lets you discover Canada's most thrilling sites!

Price Range: $

Victoria

Zipline Adventure

Zipline Adventure

Experience the exhilaration of zip lining through a coastal temperate rainforest with magnificent mountain and ocean views.

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: $$

Jasper National Park

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: $$

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: $$

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: $$

Banff

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: $$$

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, where you'll have a wonderful 360 degree view of the Bow Valley and surrounding mountain peaks.

Price Range: $

Sundown Dinner & Horse Drawn Wagon Ride

Sundown Dinner & Horse Drawn Wagon Ride

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: $$

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