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Exploring West Coast, Travel by Land & Sea

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If you’re looking for a scenic drive trip in British Columbia & Alberta, perhaps this will be the best way for you to choose: from the energetic city of Vancouver, the historic capital Victoria, ancient rainforests, untamed shorelines to the drama-filled Rockies, visit the unique towns or explore aborigine culture; a must-go journey in a lifetime on Inside passage ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert; driving through forests along Skeena river to Jasper and the incredible scenery of Icefield Parkway. From experience whale watching, birding, bear viewing and wildlife to feast local gourmet and glass of wine from the world-class wine Okanagan region. Let this trip bring you to the beautiful Canada West Coast life.

 

  • Product ID BC1402021
  • Vacation Style Scenery cruise, Self-Drive, Wild Life & Natural
  • Activity Level Medium
    2/8
  • Duration 14 days
All about the Exploring West Coast, Travel by Land & Sea.

Highlight

Vancouver | Victoria | Campbell River

Port Hardy | Inside Passage Ferry Ride | Prince Rupert

Smither | Prince George | Jasper | Icefield Parkway

Banff | Lake Louise | Yoho National Park

Okanagan Region – Kelowna

  1. Day 1 Arrive Vancouver

    Pick up your rental car from Vancouver International Airport or within the city location upon arrival, and head to your designated hotel. Start your journey by visiting some iconic places, such as Queen Elizabeth Park, Granville Island, Gas Town, Canada Place and Stanley Park, etc. If your time more flexing, please coming to Richmond, visit Golden Village, soak Asia culture fully, or biking at Steveston Village, then follow the Dumpling trail feast gourmet. If you like wandering in the forest, don’t miss Capilano Suspension Park, Grouse Mountain or Pacific Spirit Park!

      Accommodation suggestion
      Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport (4 ) or more selective

  2. Day 2 Vancouver - Victoria

    Today, you will be driving to take the BC ferry, sailing through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Victoria, the Provincial Capital on Vancouver Island, where there are many attractions and unique shops to wander around and feel the charm of this historic city. Browsing the exquisite shops along Government Street, tasting Hong Kong-style tea in Chinatown, or enjoying English refreshments at The Empress Hotel at your own expense. You may also rent a bicycle to roam around the beautiful harbor and Fisherman’s Wharf. If you are interested in marine life, it is recommended that you take a whale watching tour.

      Accommodation suggestion
      Hotel Grand Pacific (4 ) or more selective

  3. Day 3 Victoria – Duncan – Nanaimo - Campbell River

    Start your morning by visiting the famous Butchart Gardens permeate the beautiful landscape with fully in-season flowers and plants. Later, start your Aboriginal and cultural tour. First, visit bald eagle and salmon Reserve Golden Creek Provincial Park to observe the Pacific salmon migratory Reserve and bald eagle habitat ecology. Then head to the Totem Town ”Duncan” and admire the different ethnic cultures, history, commemorative Indian totem column and go to the “Mural town” –Cheminus and admire the huge murals, experience the art of history through painting; later reach the coastal garden city of Nanaimo stopover for delicious ”Nanaimo bar” dessert bite, continue heading north to the “salmon capital of the world”- Campbell River.

      Accommodation suggestion
      Coast Campbell River (3 ) or more selective

  4. Day 4 Campbell River

    Today, you can take part in the most famous fishing trip in the area. Indulge yourself in the fun of catching salmon or halibut, and they will package your fish or make canned let you can bring home with full memory, or Try a unique tour of “Snorkel with Salmon” (from July to September); the crystal-clear water allows for easy viewing of the salmon in the river environment. Wearing a wet suit snorkelling on the Campbell river to view amounts of migrating salmon swimming toward you is a wonderful experience, afternoon hiking to Elk Falls Suspension Bridge sees the beautiful and natural.

  5. Day 5 Campbell River - Port Hardy

    In the morning, you will continue north along the coast road to the forested Northern Vancouver Island, drive into Telegraph Cove, a fishing village. You can take a whale watching tour of the Johnstone Strait, which is internationally known for having the world’s largest number of killer whales; if you are an adventurer, taking a sea kayaking tour, experience the whales, wildlife and Island passages of Johnstone Strait, tonight stay town of Port Hardy.

      Accommodation suggestion
      Glen Lyon Inn (3 ) or more selective

  6. Day 6 Port Hardy - Prince Rupert

    Today, drive to the ferry terminal and take the BC Ferry north along the famous Inside passage waterway to the wonderful Prince Rupert. Enjoy yourself with the breathtaking scenery along the gorgeous coast. Prepare yourself for the grand dolphins, whales and bald eagles spontaneously greeting you along the way. Although it is a very long day but a fantastic way of seeing the scenery and have a chance to get a spectacular sunset, with the sun dropping below the horizon before docking in Prince Rupert.

      Accommodation suggestion
      Prestige Hotel Prince Rupert (3 ) or more selective

  7. Day 7 Prince Rupert - Smither

    Spend time exploring The Museum of Northern British Columbia, its large cedarwood longhouse houses collections and exhibits highlighting the Indigenous peoples’ culture and history in the Pacific Northwest. For wildlife lovers, don’t miss an opportunity to take a short boat ride and travel North through Chatham Sound into Khutzeymateen Province Park area; here is home to one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears in North America. After, drive along the Skeena River on scenic Highway 16 to the east. The drive is equally spectacular, with glimpses of tall waterfalls trickling down the mountains; if you have time, stopover at Hazelton’s visit Ksan Historical Village and Museum to learn about First Nations culture. Later on, we arrive at the Smithers.

      Accommodation suggestion
      Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge (3 ) or more selective

  8. Day 8 Smither - Fort St. James - Prince George

    Here in Smithers, the Main Street was adorned with alpine-style rooflines, red brick sidewalks, and a wood sculpture, fully with the alpine environment. Today you will pass through countless memorable areas dominated by the bustling forestry industry. At the same time, there are various crystal lakes to enjoy fishing, and You can take a detour to sightsee north of Fort St. James which is a former fur trading post in north-central British Columbia; the National Historic Site is the largest collection of wooden buildings faithfully restored to the fur trade era. Overnight in the lively city of Prince George.

      Accommodation suggestion
      Coast Prince George (4 ) or more selective

  9. Day 9 Prince George - Jasper

    Head east to Alberta along the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16), covered by the mountains full of snow, through Mount Robertson Provincial Park, you can stop over and taking short trail hiking at Overlander Falls, continue the journey on Highway 16 overlooks Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and is a glorious sight to see. Afternoon arrive Jasper National Park.

      Accommodation suggestion
      Marmot Lodge (3 ) or more selective

  10. Day 10 Jasper

    Morning starting Jasper sightseeing. Originally a railway town, Jasper’s unpretentious small-town charm has a timeless appeal. Surrounded by towering mountains, crystalline lakes, and abundant wildlife, visit Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island; the lake is famed for the colour of its azure water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake, continue visiting Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake and will have the opportunity to ride on Jasper Tramway to descry the majestic Whistler Mountain. Or spend your time at lovely Jasper Park Lodge or rated #1 Golf course Jasper Park Lodge Golf course experience real resort Vacation.

  11. Day 11 Jasper - Icefield Parkway - Banff

    Today, heading south into Icefield Parkway, we first stop at Athabasca Falls to see one of the most powerful waters fed by Columbia Icefield flowing into the gorge from the Athabasca River. Later will reaching Icefield Centre, you will have a chance to experience a lifetime to ride on the Ice Explorer vehicle for a close-up look and walk on the Athabasca Glacier; ride a newer attraction: Glacier Skywalk, step out on a cliff-edge walkway where giant glaciers perch above you. After lunch, continues on the journey; the high altitude makes glaciers and mountains view even more scenery; first, stop at Peyto Lake, the glacier rock flour flows into the lake, which gives the water its breathtaking colour; then short strolling at Bow Lake, when in the calm day, you will see the light reflected in its aquamarine waters; today journey will finish when arriving at charming Banff town.

      Accommodation suggestion
      Banff Caribou Lodge (3 ) or more selective

  12. Day 12 Banff / Lake Louise

    Today, we start the morning with a ride Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain enjoy a panoramic view of the valley below, discover the Cave and Basin are in this splendid natural park surrounded by the towering mountains, continue to visit Surprise Corner, Bow Falls. after driving into the most beautiful treasure, also called “Diamond of the Wilderness,” Lake Louise. Well known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. You might hike up to The Lake Agnes Tea House or kayak on the lake enjoy the breath-taking views; the picturesque Moraine Lake nearby, which is setting in the Ten Peaks’ rugged Valley surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a scene so stunning it almost seems unreal. Moraine Lake was once printed on the back of the Canadian $20 bill.

  13. Day 13 Banff/Lake Louise - Yoho National Park - Kelowna

    Today leave Banff National Park driving to west, first stop at unique “Spiral Tunnels” don’t forget to photo when train passing the tunnels, continue to a stunning emerald-colored beautiful Emerald Lake with an impressive natural rock formation call Natural Bridge. Along the way, you will see several glacier cirques and small waterfalls following on the mountain wall of highway, after through “The Roger’s Pass” and Revelstoke, don’t miss the historical place of Canadian Pacific Railway “Last Spike”, pass Shuswap Lake area turn to Highway 97 south into the beautiful Okanagan Lake region.

      Accommodation suggestion
      Prestige Beach House Hotel (3 ) or more selective

  14. Day 14 Kelowna - Vancouver

    Wander at Lake Okanagan searching for a lake monster legend” Ogopogo”, or going to u-pick up fruits’ orchards bite a fresh cherry, peach, apple…you can visit vineyards trail explore more winery and roaming at the romantic lavender garden or explore some organic farm, restaurant to feast local gourmet, all easy for you to make another unforgettable memory. Later through Fraser Valley back to Vancouver, your journey concludes today.

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