Rainforest to Gold Rush Discovery Self-Drive - Westbound 2019

Tour code DRHW

  • Highlights:
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Ice Explorer (Westbound)
  • Calgary Tower
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches (Eastbound)
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 afternoon snack (Westbound)
  • 3 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 5 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charge and unlimited kilometres
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, and Quesnel (Eastbound)
  • Rail station transfers in  Jasper, Quesnel, and Whistler (Westbound)
  • Luggage handling
  • 8 nights hotel
  • from $2,627.27 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 Banff

Depart Calgary this morning with your rental car for a two-hour drive to Banff. Highlights include Lake Minnewanka, the Banff Gondola, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Banff. Overnight in Banff.

Day 3: Banff to Lake Louise

Enjoy the short drive to Lake Louise into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 4: Lake Louise to Jasper

Travel to Jasper via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights along the way including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake, and Crowfoot Glacier. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an Ice Explorer (admission included) to the middle of Athabasca Glacier. With sightseeing stops, we recommend allowing at least eight hours for today's drive. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 5: Jasper to Jasper

Today is free to explore Jasper National Park with your rental car. Among the highlights are Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, Maligne Canyon, Miette Hot Springs, Maligne Lake and Whistlers Mountain. This afternoon return your rental vehicle in Jasper. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 6: Jasper to Quesnel

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia's Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel. Please note that all accommodation in Quesnel is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch included onboard.

Day 7: Quesnel to Whistler

Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey today ends on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. Overnight in Whistler. Breakfast and lunch included onboard.

Day 8: Whistler to Vancouver

The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canapé style. Your rail journey ends upon your arrival in Vancouver.

Day 9: Vancouver

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

Departure Dates:

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