National Geographic Journeys: Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound (NCCNG)
Countries Visited: Canada All the adventure you want, with a softer landing Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time More included meals, activities and transfers
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10.
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Explore Banff during a walk with an expert from the Whyte Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from a gondola headed to Sulphur Mountain, embark on a glacier walk with an expert guide, soak and unwind in natural hot springs, see Jasper from its highest peak
Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in Western Canada. This 12-day adventure hits crisp Jasper and serene Lake Louise, a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley, and a drive along the jaw-dropping Icefields Parkway. Whether you're walking atop a glacier or meandering the gorgeous streets of Whistler Village, you're sure to feel that Rocky Mountain high.
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|Day 1||Calgary||Day 1 Calgary|
Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, Calgary prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honouring its cowboy heritage. Additional Notes: Please make your own way to the joining hotel. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Banff||Day 2 Calgary/Banff (1B)|
Drive to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town. Included Activities: Banff Historical Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)
|Day 3||Lake Louise||Day 3 Banff/Lake Louise (1B)|
Continue to Lake Louise, view the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake, and opt to hike to the Tea House. Included Activities: Lake Louise Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
|Day 4||Jasper National Park||Day 4 Lake Louise/Jasper National Park (1B)|
Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. Numerous stops will be planned along the way for photos, observation, and wildlife encounters. Included Activities: Columbia Icefields Center Visit Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 290km)
|Day 5||Jasper National Park||Day 5 Jasper National Park (1B)|
Jaspers friendly mountain hospitality, peaceful atmosphere, and the promise of real adventure make any visit unforgettable. Included Activities: Miette Hot Springs Visit
|Day 6||Blue River||Day 6 Jasper National Park/Blue River (1B, 1D)|
View the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mount Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre before crossing the Rockies to reach Blue River. Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world's only inland temperate rainforest. Search out wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles. Included Activities: Mount Robson Visit River Safari Tour in Grizzly Bear Valley Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 230km)
|Day 7||Whistler||Day 7 Blue River/Whistler (1B)|
Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region into the Coastal Mountain Range. We drive through the region where aboriginal peoples led a semi-nomadic life moving between hunting and fishing grounds in the summer and settling into pit houses for the winter. Europeans came at first for fur trading and later on to establish cattle ranches, farms, and mining operations. The scenery changes dramatically and could even make you feel as if you were in a western movie. Included Activities: Joffre Lakes Visit Marble Canyon Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Whistler||Day 8 Whistler (1B)|
Whistler and its surrounding provincial parks are places you must discover. It is also a great place to try one of the many optional mountain activities.
|Day 9||Victoria||Day 9 Whistler/Victoria (1B)|
Visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre on a G Adventures for Good experience, exclusive to Journeys travellers. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with bannock and explore the grounds and museum with an indigenous guide who has come through the centre's training program. After, drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and catch the ferry to Vancouver Island to reach Victoria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO. Included Activities: Indigenous Cultural Experience Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Ferry (1.75-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-1.75 hours)
|Day 10||Victoria||Day 10 Victoria (1B)|
Today is free for optional activities such as zodiac whale watching cruise, museums and Butchart Gardens visits, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel.
|Day 11||Vancouver||Day 11 Victoria/Vancouver (1B)|
Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver, and discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown. Included Activities: Stanley Park Visit Gastown Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours) Ferry (1.50-1.75 hours) Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours)
|Day 12||Vancouver||Day 12 Vancouver (1B)|
If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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