The Canadian Rockies
This is an escorted road trip through astonishing terrain, from the Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean, via some of the planet’s most sublime scenery in the form of the Rockies.
You’ll witness the ice-capped peaks, vast glaciers and valley floors of Alberta and British Columbia. You’ll pass pristine, blue lakes, alpine meadows, beautiful resorts like Banff, Jasper and Whistler, as well as Vancouver, a true world city. And you can hope to see a huge range of indigenous wildlife, including bears, wolves, moose and coyotes. Over 25 days your experienced, local tour guides will ensure you enjoy a thrilling trip and return home with memories to last a lifetime.
- Calgary – Home of the Calgary Stampede
- Banff and Lake Minnewanka
- Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway
- Jasper and Maligne Lake
- Wells Gray Provincial Park with its waterfalls
- Cache Creek – an original ’fur town’
- The Sea-to-Sky Highway to Vancouver
- Whistler with its Peak 2 Peak Gondola
- The Okanagan Valley – Famous for its wines
- Radium Hot Springs and the Glacier National Park
UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
- International flights to Canada
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
- Transfers to and from the motorhome depot
- 2 nights in a centrally located hotel in Calgary including breakfast
- 21 nights pre-booked campsites
- Locally guided by professional and experienced Canadian guides
- Welcome Dinner
- BBQ Dinner
- Fraserway C-Small RV hire for 22 days, including:
- Full Inclusive Package including Convenience Kits, Preparation Fee, CDR and unlimited km’s
- Collision Damage Waiver
- Kitchen Equipment, linen and bedding
- Reversing camera
- Camping chairs
- Road maps
- Personalised road book with travel tips and day-to-day driving itinerary with local area information
- Mobile itinerary app with offline maps and real time itinerary updates
- National Park Fees
Kananaskis Conservation Pass CAD$15 plus 5% GST per day per vehicle.
You have the choice of 2 types of motorhome for this tour. The prices displayed are based on the Fraserway 3 berth C-Small model or you can upgrade to the Fraserway 4 berth C-Medium - please enquire for upgrade prices. Click on the images for more details and specifications of each motorhome.
Our hosts for this tour all live in Canada and can't wait to share their passion for their home country with you. Each tour departure is led by one couple and you can click on their photos below to find out more about them.
- Days 1 - 2: Calgary
The trip starts in Calgary, a modern, breezy city with great eateries, a vibrant music scene and a rich western heritage as Canada’s ‘Cowtown’ and home to the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’: the annual 10 day Calgary Stampede.
Get to know the bustling downtown with its western stores and amazing views from the 191 metre high Calgary Tower Observation Deck. At the Heritage Park Historical Village the buildings date from 1915 or earlier. Ride a steam train, visit the old shops, post office, church and school and get a real feel for frontier life in times past.
- Days 3 - 5: Banff
Distance: 150km (93miles)
Today you’ll pick up your RV and head to Banff in the heart of the Rockies.
Take time to get to know Banff, Lake Minnewanka, the Vermillion Lakes, Johnston Canyon and Sulphur Mountain – enjoy a dip in the hot pools and take the leisurely gondola to the top of the mountain for breath taking wraparound vistas.
- Days 6 - 7: Jasper
Distance: 290km (180miles)
Prepare for a truly memorable day. The Icefields Parkway is often considered the world’s most spectacular road. Running 230km from Lake Louise to Jasper, it features the best of Rocky Mountain scenery, with cascading rivers, high mountain passes, alpine glaciers, snowy peaks and crystal clear turquoise lakes.
Along the way keep an eye open for black bears, deer and coyotes. Stop whenever you can and drink in the views – highlights include the Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake and Lake Louise. Maybe find time to take a glacier tour at the Columbia Icefields?
Jasper National Park is jaw droppingly wild and beautiful. More rugged than its utterly beautiful southerly sister Banff, it is immense in every sense, with unique wildlife, vast icefields and desolate expanses. Cruise along the Maligne Lake, admire the alpine meadows and Mount Edith Cavell glacier, a carpet of colourful wildflowers in spring. Follow hiking trails on Mount Whistler or even slip into the warm embrace of the waters at historic Miette Hot springs.Available Excursions:
- Days 8 - 9: Wells Gray National Park
Distance: 320km (199miles)
The Yellowhead Highway leads you through Mount Robson Provincial Park, home of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. From there you’ll continue through the high jagged peaks and glaciers of Cariboo Mountains to Clearwater and on to Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Wells Gray Provincial Park is a true wilderness, certainly one of Canada’s most beautiful parks. Immerse yourself in natural surroundings, with pounding waterfalls, guided walks, hiking trails, white water rafting and kayaking.
The wildlife is exceptional: black bears, grizzlies, moose, mountain goats, caribou, wolves and cougars. Don’t miss Dawson and Spahats Falls and especially Helmcken Falls, which plunge 140 metres down into a mist-filled abyss and which, in winter, freeze into a pinnacle of ice.
- Day 10: Sun Peaks
Distance: 130km (80miles)
Continue south along Highway 5 following the North Thompson River.
Over winter Sun Peaks is Canada’s second largest ski area, with 135 ski runs, but during summer lifts transport you up to spectacular views and stunning hiking and biking trails. In addition there are festivals, golf courses, spas and riding stables to keep you busy.
- Day 11: Cache Creek
Distance: 140km (87miles)
The craggy peaks give way to desert-like terrain as you approach Kamloops, once a stopping point for fur traders and frontiersmen. There’s a walkable heritage centre and plenty of shops and cafés along its bustling downtown streets.
On to Cache Creek, also built on the fur trade and gold digging. Some say the town took its name when travellers hid their gold ‘cache’ along the river banks, others say it was merely a storage facility for furs and supplies. The Historic Hat Creek Ranch is a popular visit, allowing an insight into life during the Gold Rush days with stage coach rides, gold panning, original farm equipment and buildings.
- Days 12 - 13: Whistler
Distance: 216km (134miles)
From Cache Creek climb up through the stunning Coastal Mountains heading to Whistler. Be sure to pause for sensational views, none more so than at Duffey and Joffre Lakes.
Whistler is known for world class skiing but summer is a great time to visit this gorgeous town amid its mountainous alpine surroundings. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for a bird’s eye view of the amazing mountain scenery with magnificent hiking and biking trails laced across the slopes. There are even options for a seaplane flight over the mountains and glaciers or perhaps an off-road 4WD tour in search of bears.Available Excursions:
- Days 14 - 16: Vancouver
Distance: 170km (106miles)
A day for unforgettable, spectacular views along the cliff-hugging Highway 99, leading down to Vancouver. The scenic Sea to Sky Highway runs along the shores of the Pacific Ocean and there are plenty of sights along the way. Aside from the Sea to Sky Gondola at Squamish, a cable car which takes you 7.5 km up for wraparound views, there are beautiful waterfalls, hiking trails, a copper mine, craft breweries and amazing seascapes. The Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, both just outside Vancouver, are amazing.
Take a full day to get to know Vancouver, taking in Chinatown, Gastown and Granville Island Public Market. Hire bikes and cycle around Stanley Park temperate rain forest, fringed by its 8 km seawall.Available Excursions:
- Days 17 - 18: Okanagan Valley
Distance: 383km (238miles)
Leaving Vancouver behind, cruise along the Crowsnest Pass (Highway 3) running from Hope at the east end of the Fraser Valley all the way east to the British Columbia-Alberta border in the Rockies. Near Hope, stop and explore the Othello Tunnels, an easy 3.5 km walk through four tunnels on the old railway track, cut through sheer granite between 1911 and 1916.
A little further on, 30 km south east of Hope pause and stroll among the tree cloaked hills and valleys of beautiful Manning Park with its crashing rivers and serene meadows.
Visit Oliver, the wine capital of Canada, to take a winery tour on the Golden Mile and Black Sage Road. Discover the best of Canadian wines and, of course, enjoy a tasting or pick up a sample of two.
- Days 19 - 20: Revelstoke
Distance: 290km (181miles)
Today you’ll head north along the shores of the picturesque Okanagan Lake where you can enjoy the scenic views of the Okanagan Valley. There are pine forests, parks, vineyards and orchards all around, as well as the ever present mountains.
Stop in Kelowna and explore the attractive centre beside the lake, before proceeding to Vernon and stepping back in time at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch. There is no shortage of tempting stops today, with a range of wineries, orchards and fruit stands along the way.
At Revelstoke, venture into the Monashee and Selkirk Mountains for excellent alpine walking and biking trails. Visit the Revelstoke Dam, paddle a canoe or SUP on the lake or simply cruise along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway up to the summit of Mount Revelstoke for unforgettable views.
- Days 21 - 22: Radium Hot Springs
Distance: 253km (157miles)
Passing through the sublime Mount Revelstoke National Park, you’ll continue along the Trans-Canada Highway that skirts around towering mountains and glaciers to Glacier National Park. Wildlife is plentiful, if shy, so keep an eye out for bears and other animals on the road.
Radium Hot Springs offers soothing thermal spring water, naturally heated underground to 44 degrees Celsius and with different temperatures in different pools. It’s a great place to soak and relax. The town itself offers good bars and restaurants, a golf course and extraordinarily beautiful scenery.
- Day 23: Kananaskis
Distance: 158km (99miles)
Passing through Kootenay National Park you’ll come across many easy hiking trails, viewpoints, hot springs and handy picnic areas. You’ll also cross the Continental Divide. So take it easy today and enjoy the drive.
Kananaskis is comprised of over ten provincial parks and wildlife reserves and is a wildlife haven for bear, moose, elk, mountain goats and sheep. From here you’ll descend from the Rockies and re-enter the Great Plains.
- Days 24 - 25: Calgary
Distance: 85km (53miles)
It’s time to return your RV at the depot and transfer on the shuttle back to Calgary airport, ready to head home at the end of a truly memorable trip.
Price per person is based on two people sharing, prices for solo travellers are available on request.