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Ultimate Western Canada

Private Travel | General interest | Self-drive 20 Days & 19 Nights Lead-in price: £3595 Current prices from: £3595

Discover the breathtaking scenery
of Western Canada on this self-drive
itinerary that combines the best sights
of Alberta and British Columbia. Sample
the wine of the Okanagan region, view
the turquoise waters of Lake Louise,
discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the
Rocky Mountains and go in search of
whales along Vancouver Island’s rugged
Pacific coast.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Sample wines in Canada's second largest wine producing region
  • Spend 2 nights on the tranquil shores of Emerald lake
  • Join a Zodiac tour in search of whales in the waters of Clayoquot Sound
  • Discover the stunning scenery of Banff & Jasper National Parks
  • Stay at a wilderness resort in British Columbia's backcountry
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Vancouver

Arrive into Vancouver and transfer to the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre for a 2-night stay. (N)

Day 2: Vancouver

Collect your hire car and spend the day at leisure. Tickets for the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain Skyride are included. (N)

Day 3: Kelowna

Travel to the Okanagan region, famous for its vineyards, orchards and varied landscapes. On arrival in Kelowna, check in to The Cove Lakeside for 2 nights. (N)

Day 4: Kelowna

Full-day tour of the local wineries, with the opportunity to visit up to six wineries. See how each one differs and sample a selection of wines with lunch at Mission Hill Winery. (L)

Day 5: Emerald lake

Take the scenic drive to Emerald lake via Revelstoke, passing waterfalls, towering peaks and glittering lakes. Stop at Craigellachie, where the ‘last spike’ was driven to complete the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Stay 2 nights at Emerald Lake Lodge. (N)

Day 6: Emerald Lake

Today is at leisure to enjoy the peaceful setting of Emerald Lake. Gaze across the pristine waters, with some of the Rockies’ most impressive peaks as a backdrop. (N)

Day 7: Banff

Travel alongside the Bow Valley Parkway and stop at Johnston canyon to view the waterfalls. Continue to the alpine town of Banff and stay at Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa for 2 nights. (N)

Day 8: Banff

Today is at leisure to explore Banff. A ticket to ride on the Banff gondola is included; ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding landscapes. (N)

Day 9: Lake Louise • Jasper

Drive along the Icefields Parkway, passing alpine meadows, snow-capped peaks and waterfalls. Take time to view the turquoise waters at Lake Louise and join an Ice Explorer excursion on the Athabasca glacier. Spend 2 nights at Sawridge Inn, Jasper. (N)

Day 10: Jasper

Today is free to explore the spectacular scenery of Jasper National Park, with its serene lakes, gentle meadows and jagged peaks. (N)

Day 11: Lac Le Jeune

Depart Jasper National Park and travel to Lac Le Jeune National Park. On this drive you will see Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and the snowy peaks of the Caribou Mountains. Stay overnight at Lac Le Jeune Resort and enjoy the tranquil wilderness of this rustic property. (N)

Day 12: Gold Bridge

Discover the gold rush town of Cache Creek on the way to Gold Bridge. Stay 3 nights at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa, set on the shores of Tyaughton lake. (N)

Days 13-14: Gold Bridge

Days at leisure to take in the fresh mountain air, look over alpine lakes, hike along trails and relax at your resort. (N)

Day 15: Whistler

Make your way from British Columbia’s backcountry to the town of Whistler. Spend 2 nights at Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa. (N)

Day 16: Whistler

Day at leisure. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola and rise up to 2,181 metres above sea level for stunning views of glaciers, snow-capped mountains and extinct volcanoes. (N)

Day 17: Ucluelet

Travel along the Sea to Sky Highway and board a car ferry across the strait to Georgia, towards Vancouver Island. On arrival, drive to the Pacific coast through ancient rainforests and provincial parks to the Pacific Rim National Park. Stay at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort for 2 nights. (N)

Day 18: Ucluelet

Morning at leisure to hike along the rugged coastline or wander along Long beach. This afternoon, join a cruise through Clayoquot Sound in search of the rich marine life found in these waters such as orcas, sea lions, grey whales and porpoises. (N)

Day 19: Victoria

Drive to the east side of Vancouver Island and travel along the coastal road towards Victoria, British Columbia’s capital. Stay overnight at the Inn at Laurel Point. (N)

Day 20: Vancouver • Onward travel

This morning, board a ferry back to the mainland and drop your hire car at Vancouver airport. Fly home or continue your holiday in Canada. (N)

Meal basis

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Flights:

International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please speak to your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Tyax Lodge
    Tyax Lodge

    The Tyax Lodge is located on the shores of Tyaughton close to Gold Bridge, situated a 6-hour drive from Vancouver. There are many activities available, from wildlife trips with trained naturalists to lake fishing (payable locally). The property has a restaurant that offers a lake view and has a spa with three treatment rooms.

  • The Cove Lakeside Resort
    The Cove Lakeside Resort

    The Cove Lakeside Resort is an all-suite resort with a peaceful waterfront setting offering dramatic views of Okanagan lake. The suites are spacious and have fully equipped five-piece kitchens, and living and dining areas with a large balcony or terrace. The Cove Lakeside's restaurant has waterfront views and serves local, farm-to-table cuisine.

  • Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
    Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

    Located in the city centre, the 4-star Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre is within walking distance of attractions, shops and restaurants on the renowned Robson Street. The hotel's restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers a relaxed atmosphere specialising in hearty Canadian cuisine, particularly west coast dishes. The rooms and suites are spacious and have floor-to-ceiling windows that create a lot of natural light.

  • Lac Le Jeune Wilderness Resort
    Lac Le Jeune Wilderness Resort

    Lac Le Jeune Resort is situated just outside Kamloops and offers well-appointed accommodation in an area renowned for its superb birdwatching opportunities. Rooms are comfortable, with modern shower rooms and most feature balconies. Cabins have views of Little Lac Le Jeune and include a full-sized oven, fridge freezer, microwave, and kettle. The chalets also have cooking facilities, as well as large decks with spectacular views of Lac Le Jeune and its remarkable sunrises. Features: 40 rooms, cabins & chalets; dining room; canoe, kayak & boat rental; parking. Room amenities: Satellite television, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Inn at Laurel Point
    Inn at Laurel Point

  • Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
    Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

    The 4-star Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is located in the heart of Whistler Village, surrounded by restaurants and just a few steps from the gondolas. Rooms and suites are spacious with modern decor and amenities. The stylish restaurant offers a selection of excellent cuisine and the hotel's bar offers a great place to relax around the fireplace or on the sunny terrace.

  • Emerald Lake Lodge
    Emerald Lake Lodge

    The Emerald Lake Lodge is located on a 5-hectare property on the shores of Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. There is no shortage of history in the lodge, with century-old fireplaces and an oak bar salvaged from an 1890s Yukon saloon. The lodge includes a stylish dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms and a games room. The upper and lower verandas offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

  • Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
    Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

    Located between the rugged shores of the Pacific Ocean and a forest, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort offers dramatic ocean views from the restaurant, bar and many of the rooms. Accommodation comprises 70 lodge suites and 62 cottages, each with modern amenities and views of either the ocean or forest. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge, bar, spa and fitness centre.

  • Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
    Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

    Located just a short walk from the centre of town, Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa is a comfortable 3.5-star property. The 184 rooms and suites have modern amenities. Facilities include a fitness centre, complimentary wireless internet access, a spa, restaurant and bar.

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Dates & prices

WWC2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £3595 per person

High season from £4195 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • 4-star accommodation
    • 19 days’ car hire based on an Intermediate Automatic (Volkswagen Golf or similar, including GPS)
    • Guided excursions as specified

Destinations on this tour

  • Vancouver

    Located on the south west of British Colombia, Vancouver is named after British Captain George Vancouver...

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  • Banff

    High in the Canadian Rockies, the small town of Banff was established in the...

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  • Whistler

    Located just 2 hours’ drive from Vancouver, in the Coast Mountains of British...

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  • Victoria

    The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria was established in 1843 by James Douglas...

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  • Jasper

    Located beside Jasper National Park, the small town of Jasper is surrounded by...

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