Take in the scenic highlights of Alberta and British Columbia on this self-drive private journey. Start in the vibrant cities of Victoria and Vancouver before heading up the Pacific coast for an unforgettable ferry cruise through the Inside Passage. Stop off at the less-frequented locations of Smithers and Prince George, before ending in the alpine towns of Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
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Collect your hire car and drive to Tsawwassen
ferry terminal for the 90-minute crossing to
Vancouver Island. Enjoy the scenic drive with a
stop at Butchart gardens before checking in to
Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria for 1 night. (N)
Drive north to Campbell River via Duncan,
a small city known for its totem poles. Then
board a short ferry ride to Quadra Island and
stay 2 nights at April Point Resort. (N)
Join a shared cruise on a Zodiac through
Desolation Sound, with the chance to see sea
lions, dolphins, timber wolves and black bears
in their natural habitat. (N)
Head back to Vancouver Island before
travelling north up to the town of Port Hardy
for a 1-night stay at Quarterdeck Inn. (N)
Travel through the sheltered waters of
Canada’s spectacular Inside Passage on
board a car ferry to Prince Rupert. You will
have a private cabin for the duration of this
15-hour journey, which passes snow-capped
mountains, dense forests and dramatic fjords.
On arrival in Prince Rupert, make your way to
Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel for 1 night. (B)
Follow the Yellowhead Highway to Smithers,
hugging the Skeena river. En route we recommend stopping at the Ksan Historic
Indian Village for an insight into the culture and
history of the First Nations people of Gitxsan.
Stay 1 night at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge. (B)
Drive to Prince George, passing through
spectacular scenery with possible wildlife
sightings. Overnight at Sandman Signature
Prince George Hotel. (N)
Drive east today, through mountain scenery
and over the Continental Divide to Jasper.
Stay 2 nights at the Sawridge Inn. Day 9 is at
leisure to explore picturesque Maligne lake
or take a tram ride up Whistler Mountain. (N)
Drive to Banff, travelling along one of North
America’s most scenic highways, the Icefields
Parkway. En route, join a shared Ice Explorer
excursion on the Athabasca glacier. Stay 2
nights at Banff Caribou Lodge. (N)
At leisure in Banff. A ride on Banff gondola to
the summit of Sulphur Mountain and a dip
in the hot pools at the Upper Hot Springs are
Drive to Calgary and return your hire car.
Fly home or continue your holiday in
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
International flights are not included
with this itinerary. For flight options and prices,
please call your Cox & Kings tour consultant.
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
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YVI2019: 11 Nights
The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria was established in 1843 by James Douglas...