Duration: 10 – 14 days
As with all our tours, we will work with you to fully customize your itinerary. We can help book all your accommodations, plan your meals, make dinner reservations, act as your tour guide or arrange excursions such as gondola rides or local interpretive tours. Please give us a call anytime (1-604-849-0224) to discuss.
We can use the sample itinerary below to start planning your vacation. The easiest way for us to help you plan your vacation is for you to first tell us of anything in particular that you have heard of and would like to see. Based on your interests, we will make a few suggestions of other attractions and you will let us know if any of these are of interest to you. After we have a better idea of what you would like to see, we will put together a fully customized sightseeing itinerary for you.
If you don’t know what you would like to see, we can also take care of everything and do all the planning for you. This is the most stress free way of planning your vacation.
Meet & greet and pick-up at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). We will meet you at the airport with a sign with your name on it and help you with your luggage. The drive from the airport to downtown Vancouver is only a 30 minute drive. Your driver will help you with any of your needs and will drop you off at your hotel in downtown Vancouver. Depending what time your flight arrives, you can take some time to settle in to your room and your driver can help you find somewhere to eat. We also understand you might be tired from the time difference (jet-lag) and you might just want to relax in your room and get room service.
City tour of Vancouver. After breakfast, we will take you to the most popular attractions in Vancouver, such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, go shopping on Robson Street, take you to historic Chinatown and Gastown, take you to the farmer’s market at Granville Island or show you some of the sports venues such as the Vancouver Canucks arena (NHL Hockey Team) or the BC Lions stadium (CFL Football Team). Depending on your interests and the time of the year we can take you to some local events (click here for more information about Vancouver).
Vancouver is a great place to dine out, after freshening up in your hotel room, we can then take you to a nice restaurant in Yaletown or depending on your tastes to one of the many nice restaurants in downtown Vancouver.
Depending how much time you would like to spend on Vancouver Island (click here for more information about Vancouver Island), we can catch an early ferry to Victoria. Here we can visit the famous Butchart Gardens. After we will proceed along a scenic route to Victoria and inner harbour. You will have a quick view of the Empress Hotel, Legislative Buildings and nearby places.
One day on Vancouver Island will give you a taste of what it has to offer. To have a better feel you may want to spend up to 4 days, spending more time in Victoria and visiting Tofino in the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The drive there is unbelievable and you will get to see some real old-growth forest along the way.
Today we will leave your hotel in Vancouver and begin our drive to Whistler and beyond. The drive on Highway 99, also known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway, is absolutely beautiful and is one of the most picturesque drives in Canada. You will see waterfalls, wildlife such as deer and bears, drive through the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”, Squamish, and then on up to the world class ski resort of Whistler. Here you can take a Gondola ride up the mountain to the new Peak to Peak Gondola, which is the longest free-spanning gondola in the world. It goes from the peak of Whistler Mountain to the peak of Blackcomb Mountain. There are lots of other activities which you may do (click here for more information about Whistler). When you are finished playing, shopping, and eating, we will then finish the day with the drive to Kamloops.
We can visit the Ginseng factory in the morning, have a quick drive around, and then start heading to Jasper. It is a good 5.5 hour drive from Kamloops to Jasper. You will get a good feeling of just how vast Canada is and get to see wildlife, mountains, forest, and rivers. When we get to Jasper, we can stretch your legs and have a little walk around the village and then settle in to your hotel for the evening.
I think by now you will probably want to have a good sleep in and a nice relaxing breakfast in front of a pristine mountain lake. When you are ready, we can visit some of the attractions around Jasper, such as Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake, Maligne Lake, Miete Hot Springs, Pyramid Lakes, Lake Annette & Edith, take a ride up the Gondola, go for a walk or hike, or have a nice dinner in town. (click here for more information about Jasper).
When we are all rested we will start the drive south along the Icefields Parkway. Hopefully, we are nice and rested from your stay in Jasper, so you won’t fall asleep on this drive because you will not want to miss this. This is one of the most scenic drives in the world, where you will see Elk, Mountain Goats & Sheep, rugged mountains, and many glaciers. We will stop at a lodge at the Athabasca Glacier, where you have the opportunity to take a snocoach excursion and drive on the snow right on top of one of the glaciers. You will then have time to walk around on the snow and really experience their size from up close.
After you are finished we will continue south to Lake Louise for a view of this beautiful lake and the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
We will then finish our day with dinner in Banff and you will check in to your hotel.
The next two days will be filled with relaxing and enjoying the wonders that Banff has to offer. We will visit more natural hot springs, the landmark Banff Springs Hotel, Tunnel Mountain, and Bow Falls. A gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain will give you a good view of the area. Depending on the time of the year, you may have the opportunity to board a cruise on Minnewaka Lake (click here for more information about Banff).
In the morning we will start the 2 hour drive to Calgary. On the way you notice the terrain change from the rugged Rocky Mountains to the plains of the prairies. We will stop to visit the Canada Olympic Park, which was one of the premiere venues of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Calgary is known for the famous rodeo, called the Calgary Stampede. This event completely consumes the city and we will be able to drive around the main venue and you will have the chance to purchase some cowboy boots and a cowboy hat!
This is a good place to end this tour. We will have seen some of the main highlights of British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies. From Calgary you can fly anywhere in Canada or back to Vancouver where we started.
Alpine North Limousine provides private transportation between Vancouver Airport and Whistler, as well as private sightseeing tours.