Tailor-Made Holiday

A First Time Visit to Canada

From the wildlife of Vancouver Island to the emerald lakes of Banff and the Rocky Mountaineer

15 days

from £4,695pp (excluding flights)

This holiday through the Canadian Rockies combined with the wildlife of Vancouver Island is perfect for first time travellers wishing to experience the very best of this extraordinarily picturesque destination. 

  • Travel with the locals by scenic seaplane on the mail run from Vancouver harbour
  • Search for bears and whales at Knight Inlet on Vancouver Island
  • Stay at spectacular Lake Louise and explore the surrounding beauty of Banff National Park
  • Two days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer – one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys
  • Drive the Icefields Parkway, voted one of the top drives in the world with more than 100 ancient glaciers, cascading waterfalls and emerald lakes

Vancouver

This holiday begins with a few nights in the heart of downtown Vancouver.  A wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants are all within striking distance and there are numerous sites of interest including Gastown and Chinatown, Stanley Park or the Capilano suspension bridge.

Vancouver Island

From Vancouver travel to Knight Inlet, a floating lodge accessible only by floatplane in a remote corner of Vancouver Island. Spend two days searching for bears, kayaking, whale watching and hiking in the lush rainforest surroundings.

The Rocky Mountaineer

Board the Rocky Mountaineer and travel through scenic valleys and dramatic landscape. The journey from Vancouver to Jasper follows the route of the Fraser River, home to the largest salmon run in British Columbia.  Pass by the Albreda Glacier with incredible views of the Pyramid Falls, however the highlight of this route is the majestic Mount Robson; the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

If budget allows we highly recommend upgrading to Gold-Leaf service which offers a glass dome coach, perfect for making the most of the incredible views. Also have access to a large open-air area at the back of the train and superior overnight accommodation. All meals beverages and snacks are complimentary throughout the trip.

Jasper & Banff National Parks

Once in Jasper take a boat trip on Maligne Lake and learn about the local history, geology, wildlife and glaciology of this stunning and dramatic area. Collect a hire car and journey along the Icefield Parkway, through the Rockies to Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Stretching over 140 miles, this spectacular route winds its way through the heart of the Rockies, via two national parks and some jaw dropping scenery. Arrive at the glittering green waters of Lake Louise where numerous outdoor activities are available to make the most of this striking landscape.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4695 £ 800
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Vancouver


Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains of British Columbia, Vancouver is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, bustling throughout the year. Renowned for its scenic beauty and endless outdoor activities, there is plenty of opportunity to get out and about. Get active and cycle through Stanley Park, explore the North Shore mountain trails, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge or head out on kayak to explore English Bay.


You will be staying at L’Hermitage Vancouver, room only

Day 2

Tour of Vancouver with private guide
Take in the best of Vancouver on this private tour. See the highlights of downtown and the unique neighbourhoods of Chinatown and historic Gastown. Immerse yourself in Stanley Park and its famous Totem Poles. Pass by English Bay and visit Granville Island Market.

Feel free to discuss with your driver if there is something in particular you would like to see.

Tour duration: four hours


You will be staying at L’Hermitage Vancouver, room only

Day 3

Victoria Flightseeing Tour - Mail Run
Ride along with the locals on this scenic flight from Vancouver Harbour. Travel over the tiny villages and anchorages of the beautiful islands that line the west coast, before landing in the heart of a seaside village on Saltspring Island. Hop off onto the island for an hour or the day and stroll through some of the quaint local shops before returning on an afternoon scenic flight to downtown Vancouver.


You will be staying at L’Hermitage Vancouver, room only

Day 4

Fly Vancouver to Campbell River


Set on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Campbell River is renowned for its rich fishing waters that not only draw keen fishermen to the area, but also wildlife enthusiasts. With all five species of Pacific salmon, the waters here are key feeding grounds with prime orca and grizzly bear habitats found in the Johnstone Strait. This region boasts incredible scenery with a scattering of small islands creating many hidden areas that are perfect for wildlife to thrive. From spring through to autumn this area thrives.


You will be staying at Comfort Inn & Suites, full board

Day 5

Travel from Campbell River to Knight Inlet (Air Transfer Journey)


Knight Inlet Three Night Package
Touring at Knight Inlet Lodge

Days at Knight Inlet are spent exploring the wilderness and viewing the wildlife including the grizzly bears that can be seen in high numbers in this area (in season). Excursions are either by boat or at one of the strategically placed viewing stands. Enjoy a scenic boat tour of Glendale Cove to explore the scattered islands and the prolific wildlife.

Set admist the snow-capped peaks of Canada's rugged coastline, Knight Inlet is a wild and remote area of British Columbia set between the mainland and Vancouver Island, home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly (brown) bears in western Canada.


You will be staying at Knight Inlet Lodge, full board

Day 6

Take part in the activities and excursions on offer at Knight Inlet Lodge


You will be staying at Knight Inlet Lodge, full board

Day 7

Travel from Knight Inlet to Campbell River (Air Transfer Journey)

Fly Campbell River to Vancouver


You will be staying at L’Hermitage Vancouver, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Rocky Mountaineer Journey Day 1 - Vancouver to Kamloops


Today board the Rocky Mountaineer at Vancouver Station.

Pass through the fertile Fraser Valley and the Fraser Canyon. At Hell's Gate watch water pass through the walls of the canyon at its narrowest point, this is one of the canyon's true natural treasures. Upon leaving the Fraser canyon, the train will follow the South Thompson River to the city of Kamloops.

Upon arrival to Kamloops you will be transferred by coach to your accommodation.


You will be staying at accommodation arranged by Rocky Mountaineer, full board

Day 9

Rocky Mountaineer Day 2 - Kamloops to Jasper


Rejoin your train this morning to continue your trans-mountain rail journey.

Leaving Kamloops travel through the rolling hills of the Thompson River valley to the snowy peaks of the Monashees. Enjoy a breath taking view of Pyramid Falls and experience the vast expanses of the Albreda Icefield glaciers. Shortly before arriving in Jasper National Park you will have the opprtunity to view Mount Robson that reaches 12,972 feet at its peak. This is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.


You will be staying at Park Place Inn, room only

Day 10

Half day tour with private guide
Half day (5 hour) private sightseeing tour, starting and ending in Jasper.

Explore the largest national park in the UNESCO Canadian Rockies marked by dramatic mountains, thick forests, glaciers and vast valleys. Home to nearly 70 species of mammals including black bear, moose, bighorn sheep and mounain goats the park often offers good wildlife sightings. Explore the 615 miles of hiking trails that offer access throughout the park or travel by road on one of the spectacular mountain drives.

This day is flexible so you can create a tour program that will move at your pace and on your schedule or just sit back and let your driver guide you for the day. (Please call Sun Dog Tours at 780 852 4056 to reconfirm your pick-up time and be in the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to present your voucher to the driver.)


Maligne Lake Cruise
The 90-minute interpretive cruise travels 14 km down the lake through Sampson Narrows and onto Spirit Island. The vessels are staffed by recognised Heritage Tourism Guides and Coast Guard licensed pilots. 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. At Spirit Island the boat lands to allow for a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the mountain ringed southern shores of Maligne Lake.

Departs daily on the hour from the Maligne Lake Dock:

Mid-May to early October: between 10:00am and 4:00pm

July - August: additional departure at 5:00pm

Schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.


You will be staying at Park Place Inn, room only

Day 11

Pick up your hire car.

Self Drive from Jasper to Lake Louise along the Icefields Parkway


Drive from Jasper to Lake Louise in Banff National Park, travelling along the famous Icefield Parkway. Stretching over 140 miles with a journey time of approximately three and a half hours, this route is one of the most spectacular in the world. Winding through the Rockies, surrounded by dramatic mountains, emerald lakes, ancient glaciers and cascading waterfalls, there are many spots to pull over and soak up the magical scenery.


You will be staying at Moraine Lake Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 12

Private Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls
Half Day tour visiting Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This is a great opportunity for photographing the Canadian Rockies. Cross the Great Divide into Yoho National Park via the scenic Kicking Horse Pass. Take in Takakkaw Falls, in the magnificent Yoho Valley before returning to Lake Louise.


You will be staying at Moraine Lake Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 13

Time to Yourself at Moraine Lake
Set in the heart of the UNESCO Candian Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site, Moraine Lake Lodge is perfectly placed for exploring the national parks of this region. Spend time exploring the parks of Yoho and Banff that are easily accessible by car and the Valley of the Ten Peaks that offers hundreds of breathtaking trails each providing a truly unique experience.

There are a selection of tours that can be pre-arranged from the lodge:

- Guided Nature Hikes

- Canoeing on Moraine Lake

- Icefield Helicopter Tours

- River Rafting

- Horse Riding

- Snow Coach Tours


You will be staying at Moraine Lake Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 14

Self Drive from Lake Louise to Calgary Airport


Drive from Lake Louise to Calgary airport, a scenic journey of approximately two and a half hours.

Fly Calgary to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Knight Inlet Lodge

Knight Inlet Lodge

The Knight Inlet Lodge is located 180 kilometres northwest of the city of Vancouver....

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L' Hermitage Vancouver

L' Hermitage Vancouver

L'Hermitage Hotel Vancouver is a 60-room, high-end boutique property, located on the corner of Richards and Robson Street, in the very heart of Vancouver's shopping and entertainment district....

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Moraine Lake Lodge

Moraine Lake Lodge

Nestled in a spectacular valley, Moraine Lake Lodge is the ultimate getaway for those seeking a luxurious escape in the midst of the beautiful Banff National Park....

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Park Place Inn

Park Place Inn

Park Place Inn is a charming boutique hotel within easy walking distance of the bars and restaurants of Jasper....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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