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Grand Western Canada Self-Drive
22 days from €7,890pp
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.
- Campbell River
- Port Hardy
- Prince Rupert
- Prince George
- Lake Louise
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Includes international flights from Ireland.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Day 10 Port Hardy
Day 11 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.
Day 12 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.
Day 13 Prince George
Day 14 Jasper
Day 15 Jasper
Collect your hire car from downtown Jasper. The day is yours to explore Jasper town and its surrounding national park.
Day 16 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!
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
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
Day 20 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
Day 22 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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