First Passage to the West Discovery Self-Drive - Westbound - 2019

Tour code DBEW

  • Highlights:
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Calgary Tower
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver and Kamloops (Eastbound)
  • Rail station transfers in Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver (Westbound)
  • Luggage handling
  • 3 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charges and unlimited kilometres
  • 5 nights hotel 
  • from $1,860.77 USD
route map

Day 1: Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and collect your rental car. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Calgary on your own. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2: Calgary to Lake Louise

Today's two and a half hour journey from Calgary to Lake Louise takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, Hoodoos, Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The day is yours at leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 3: Lake Louise to Banff

Today, drive the scenic one-hour journey from Lake Louise to Banff. Along the way, watch for deer and elk crossing the specially constructed wildlife bridges over the highway. Alternatively, take a more leisurely drive along the Bow Valley Parkway for views of Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon (requires a short walk). The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the shops, restaurants, pristine scenery and plentiful wildlife of magnificent Banff National Park. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4: Banff to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the BC Interior. Enjoy the spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Today's highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops. Please note that all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Day 5: Kamloops to Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today's journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Day 6: Vancouver

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

Departure Dates:

MonthDates
April: 14   18   21   25   28   
May: 2   5   6   9   12   13   16   19   20   23   26   27   30   
June: 2   6   9   13   16   20   23   27   30   
July: 1   4   7   8   11   14   15   18   21   22   25   28   29   
August: 1   4   5   8   11   12   15   18   19   22   25   26   29   
September: 1   2   5   8   9   12   15   16   19   22   23   26   29   
October: 3   6   10