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Western Canada the Escorted Way

Independent travelling using a network of tourist trains and buses.

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Western Canada the Escorted Way

For those who prefer not to drive this is just one suggestion for an alternative way to explore the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. 

Day 1: Vancouver

Day 4: Whistler
Days 5: Jasper via Quesnel
Day 8: Lake Louise
Day 11: Banff
Day 14: Depart Calgary

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A self drive holiday is not for everyone – and many do not relish the idea of an escorted coach tour!   Escorted coach tours have their place, but do rely on the customer fitting with set tour dates and having little flexibility to plan their holiday as they would like it to be.   There is an alternative that is tailor-made to you using a network of regular tourist buses and trains. It is tried and tested by many Experience Holidays customers and it works well!

Day 1: Vancouver
Fly to Vancouver; visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the famous Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain. The all-day Trolley tour is a hop-on – hop-off tour of the city covering all the major attractions, spend as much or as little time on this as you please, it’s a great way to see the city at your own pace. Take the 90-minute ferry ride for a full-day excursion to Victoria on Vancouver Island. The tour includes a stop at the Butchart Gardens plus ample free time to explore the world famous Empress Hotel, the City Centre and attractions around the inner harbour.
Three nights Vancouver

Day 4: Whistler
Experience a trip on Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Sea to Sky Climb; a daily 3-hour service to the town of Whistler, nestled between the renowned Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. Not just a winter ski resort, it is also a hive of activity in the summer, with over 200 shops and restaurants and the ski lifts still operate for some great views over the mountains.
One night Whistler

Days 5: Jasper via Quesnel
Leave Whistler today on Rocky Mountaineer’s Fraser Discovery Route to Jasper, with an overnight stop in Quesnel, a quaint little town situated in the North Cariboo region of British Columbia. In Jasper take a tour including Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon and the incredible disappearing Medicine Lake.
One night Quesnel, two nights Jasper

Or as an alternative: Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Yellowhead Route from Vancouver to Jasper via Kamloops. Highlights on day 2 include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres as well as the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park.

Day 8: Lake Louise
Travel to your next destination on a day excursion via one of the most scenic drives in North America – The Icefields Parkway. En route time is also allowed for the Glacier Experience onboard an Ice Explorer. From Lake Louise take a full day excursion across the Great Divide into the Yoho National Park. Explore the scenic Yoho Valley, Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake.
Three nights Lake Louise.

Day 11: Banff
Take the Airporter shuttle transfer to the mountain town of Banff, right in the heart of the Rockies. Take an excursion through Banff and surrounding areas; including a stop at Tunnel Mountain Drive to view the beauty of the town, and the Banff Gondola at Sulphur Mountain (gondola ride not included).
Three nights Banff

Day 14: Depart Calgary
The Airporter service will take you to Calgary International airport for your return flight home.

Credit Banff Tourism

Credit Banff Tourism

 

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Little Gems

In 1886, the small mill town of Granville was renamed Vancouver and the city we see today was born.  Over the coming years, the rickety wooden Granville Street Bridge was replaced with a steel structure, False Creek was dredged and an island was created from the original two sand bars.  The Island soon took its name from the Bridge overhead and became known as Granville Island.  Today, Granville Island is a unique urban oasis and home to the Public Market, many trendy shops and eateries and if you are in Vancouver, you really should take time to visit.

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