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Grand Western Canada Self-Drive

22 days from £5,400pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the vibrant cities of Vancouver and Victoria.

  • Watch bears in the wild on Vancouver Island.

  • Cruise along the famed Inside Passage.

  • Travel through B.C.'s scenic wilderness by train.

  • Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Tofino
  • Campbell River
  • Port Hardy
  • Prince Rupert
  • Prince George
  • Jasper
  • Lake Louise
  • Banff

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Vancouver

International outbound flight , Vancouver

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Vancouver. On arrival in Vancouver make your own way to your accommodation and relax for the remainder of the day.

Day 2 Vancouver

Vancouver

Spend a day at leisure in Vancouver. There are plenty of sights to see in this cosmopolitan city including Stanley Park, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and the shops of Robson Street.

Day 3 Vancouver

Vancouver

You have most of the day to explore under your own steam, before taking a thrilling seaplane flight from Vancouver's seaplane terminal over the Gulf Islands to Bowen Island, where you'll take in sunset views and enjoy a delicious three course meal. You'll then be transferred by ferry to Horseshoe Bay, where a car will be waiting to take you back into downtown Vancouver.

Day 4 Victoria

Vancouver , Victoria

Today you take a coach transfer, via the Tsawwassen ferry, to Vancouver Island. Once in Swartz Bay it is just a short distance by coach to Victoria, capital of British Columbia.

Day 5 Victoria

Victoria

This morning enjoy a three hour whale watching trip. The afternoon is free to discover this lovely city with its harbour, grand Victorian buildings and nearby Butchart Gardens.

Day 6 Tofino

Victoria , Tofino

Collect your hire car and drive from Victoria to Tofino on Vancouver Island's rugged and spectacular west coast. Your drive will take you over the mountains that form the spine of Vancouver Island.

Day 7 Tofino

Tofino

Join a three hour boat trip to look for black bears as they forage on the shoreline looking for food. There is a good chance of getting close to these magnificent mammals.

Day 8 Tofino

Tofino

Enjoy a day exploring the little town of Tofino with its cafes and art galleries. A visit to Pacific Rim National Park is highly recommended - here you can walk through pristine temperate rainforest and admire superb ocean views.

Day 9 Campbell River

Tofino , Campbell River

Drive north from Tofino to Campbell River. You may wish to stop at Cathedral Grove to see some of Vancouver Island's most impressive old-growth trees.

Day 10 Port Hardy

Campbell River , Port Hardy

Continue your drive north to Part Hardy which lies almost at the tip of Vancouver Island. En route you may wish to visit Alert Bay, one of Vancouver Island's most prominent First Nations' interpretive sites.

Day 11 Prince Rupert

Port Hardy , Prince Rupert

Board the Inside Passage ferry for this full day journey to Prince Rupert. This 15 hour journey is on board a modern, comfortable ferry with a wide range of facilities. Entry to the Aurora Lounge is also included in your ticket, allowing additional comfort on this trip. The scenery is renowned and dolphins, whales and eagles are frequently seen.

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Day 12 Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert

The Khutzeymateen region is reknown for its thriving population of grizzly bears - and today you'll embark on a full day guided tour to view this majestic creatures. Your expert guide will take you to the best viewing areas, and explain more about the bear's habitat and behaviours. You'll then return to Prince Rupert late this afternoon.

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Day 13 Prince George

Prince Rupert , Prince George

This morning make your own way to the railway station in time for the departure of the Skeena train. Spend a full day on board enjoying the lovely scenery along the route. Make your own way to your hotel in Prince George on arrival.

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Day 14 Jasper

Prince George , Jasper

Make your own way back to the station for the departure of the Skeena to Jasper. Spend a second full day on board the train. On arrival in Jasper your hotel is just a short walk from the station.

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Day 15 Jasper

Jasper

Collect your hire car from downtown Jasper. The day is yours to explore Jasper town and its surrounding national park.

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Day 16 Jasper

Jasper

Explore Jasper National Park from a different perspective today - in the sidecar of a Harley Davidson motorcycle! On this two hour private tour you will see some of the national park's highlights, such as Medicine Lake and Maligne Canyon, stopping at the best viewpoints along the way. You are also likely to encounter plenty of wildlife so keep your camera close to hand!

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Day 17 Lake Louise

Jasper , Lake Louise

Drive for four hours (excluding stops) south along the spectacular Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise. You may see ptarmigans, wolves, mountain goats and bighorn sheep en route, and there are lots of viewing points to stop at for photographs. En route you'll stop at the Athabasca Glacier, don crampons and join a guided walk out onto the glacier itself. This is a fantastic opportunity to escape the crowds and learn more about the geography of this dramatic, frozen landscape from your expert guide.

Day 18 Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Spend a day enjoying the glorious scenery around Lake Louise. Nearby Moraine Lake is also well worth exploring and the area offers lots of opportunities for seeing wildlife.

Day 19 Banff

Lake Louise , Banff

Drive from Lake Louise to Banff where you have the afternoon free to explore this bustling town.

Day 20 Banff

Banff

Join a small group guided hike to one of Banff's scenic highlights - Sunshine Vistas. Consistently rated as one of Canada's best hikes, you'll pass through wildflower meadows and alpine lakes on this four hour hike. Returning to Banff this afternoon, you'll have time at leisure to continue exploring the area. You may wish to visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, take a horseback ride through the forests or take the gondola to the stunning summit of Sulphur Mountain.

Day 21 International return flight

Banff , International return flight

This morning drive to Calgary Airport to drop off your hire car prior to boarding your onward flight.

Day 22 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.


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