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Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Vancouver

10 days Nature & Wildlife Tours
Explore Canada’s Rocky Mountains as you take in the jewel-colored lakes and snowy summits of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Just when you think the scenery can’t get any more spectacular, climb aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to ride the rails through the soaring peaks and twisting valleys of the Coastal Range to Vancouver. With endless dazzling landscapes, this tour will open your eyes to western Canada’s gems.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Calgary 1 night Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Calgary

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Canada! Arrive in Calgary and settle into your hotel before getting to know your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Banff 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Calgary

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head out on a guided sightseeing tour of Calgary, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

• Stroll down Steven Avenue, Calgary’s most famous shopping destination

• Pass the Olympic Park and enjoy sweeping views of the city from atop the Calgary Tower

Later, transfer to Banff National Park, one of the natural wonders of the world.

Day 3: Gondola ride in Banff National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

With your guide, drive into the park for a ride on the Sulphur Mountain gondola. 

• Pass by Bow Falls, the Banff Springs Hotel and Lake Minnewanka

• Board a Sulphur Mountain gondola ride and marvel at Banff’s gorgeous mountain peaks and glacial valleys from above

• Discover a landscape rich in wildlife and history

Lake Louise 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Louise via Moraine Lake

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the glittering Lake Louise, stopping to marvel at Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks on the way.

• Arrive at the glacial Lake Louise, known for its sloping alpine shores

• Visit Chateau Lake Louise

• Enter Yoho National Park and see the famous natural bridge, spiral tunnels and Emerald Lake, named for its dazzling waters

Jasper 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Jasper

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the turquoise waters of Peyto Lake (weather permitting) en route to Jasper, a picturesque town nestled in the midst of Jasper National Park.

• Visit the Columbia Icefield, one of the world’s most spectacular mountain glaciers

• Take a guided drive across Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer (seasonal, mid-May through September) 

• Stop at Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park

Continue on to downtown Jasper or join an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion - Athabasca River Raft Tour $65*pp Details

Fall in love with the Canadian wilderness on a leisurely journey down the Athabasca River, tracing the same route that early fur traders once followed. Along the way, your river guide will teach you the river’s natural and human history. Your tour passes through a calm stretch of the river, but some splashing is to be expected and waterproof ponchos are recommended. Please note: This optional excursion is seasonal and runs mid-May through September only.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Day 6: Maligne Lake

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out into Jasper National Park to explore the secluded Maligne Lake, famed for its azure hue.

• Visit the steep walls of Maligne Canyon and beautiful shores of Medicine lake for photo opportunities

• Take in the stunning scenery at Maligne Lake

Enjoy free time to explore the lake or join an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Maligne Lake Cruise $69*pp Details

This midday cruise is your opportunity to experience one of the gems of the Canadian Rockies. You’ll travel down Maligne Lake, through Samson Narrows and on to Spirit Island, where you are free to disembark for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. The cruise is enhanced by a licensed crew member who will provide narration for the duration of the excursion. Please note: This excursion is offered mid-May through early October and is weather dependent.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Kamloops 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Kamloops

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Board a vintage Rocky Mountaineer train for a ride through the untamed beauty of the Rockies to Kamloops, taking in glacial lakes, towering mountain peaks and raging rivers on your day-long journey.

Vancouver 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to Vancouver

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy another scenic ride on the Rocky Mountaineer as you make your way south to Vancouver.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Vancouver

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, tour the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with your guide before enjoying a free afternoon for exploration of your own. 

• Visit Granville Island and Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre public space 

• See the historic Gastown district

Tonight, celebrate your trip over a farewell dinner with your group.

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not extending your stay in Vancouver, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Add Vancouver $269 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Delve deeper into the diversity and vibrancy of British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Many cultures meet in the seaport of Vancouver, which boasts thriving Chinese and Indian neighborhoods. Spend your days wandering around the original settlement in Gastown or enjoying the great outdoors. Then, spend your evenings feasting on Chinese food and checking out the lively music scene. Opt to spend a day taking in the beauty and refinement of Victoria or the fresh air and adventurous spirit at Whistler.

Vancouver 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Free day in Vancouver

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Vancouver on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Vancouver: Scenic Landscapes & Gondola Ride $89*pp Details

With an underground train ride at the Britannia Mine Museum and a breathtaking ascent on the Sea to Sky Gondola, this adventurous excursion takes you from the depths of the earth to the heights of the mountains. Today, you’ll visit the charming town of Horseshoe Bay; view the impressive Stawamus Chief, the world’s second largest granite monolith; cross the 210 foot-high Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge; and see Canada’s southernmost glacier fjord. Please note: Warm layers and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This excursion is seasonal from the end of May through September.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 11: Free day in Vancouver

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day in Vancouver at your leisure or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Victoria Sightseeing $189*pp Details

Board a ferry for a scenic ride to Victoria, where a local guide will introduce you to downtown Victoria. Next, take in a passing view of the Parliament Buildings, the city’s Inner Harbor and the iconic Empress Hotel. After a few hours to eat lunch and explore on your own, travel through the countryside for a guided tour of the famed Butchart Gardens, home to 55 acres of stunning floral displays. Your evening comes to a close as you head back to the docks to catch your return ferry to Vancouver.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $199)

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Calgary, Canada
  • Banff, Canada
  • Lake Louise, Canada
  • Jasper, Canada
  • Kamloops, Canada
  • Vancouver, Canada
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Passport & Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). Please note, you’ll need a small carry-on bag for your overnight in Kamloops. There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. Hiking boots might come in handy, if you plan to do any extensive walking or hiking. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Restaurants are typically informal in this region of Canada. Remember to bring a small carry-on bag for your overnight in Kamloops.

Health

Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health problems with travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and lightheadedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Otherwise, there are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling far. Most of the cuisine on this tour is well-known, but look out for especially delicious French, Acadian and indigenous influences.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Calgary, where a Go Ahead representative escorts you to your hotel for check-in. Return flights depart from Vancouver. A train ride is included on the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Vancouver via Kamloops, where you’ll enjoy RedLeaf Service. SilverLeaf Service and GoldLeaf Service upgrades may be available upon request for an additional cost. All other included transportation on tour is by private motor coach.

Electricity

All regions operate on the Canadian standard 110 volts.

Time Zones

Most of your tour will fall on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). Vancouver is on Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is three hours behind EST. For most of your tour, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.

Currency

Canadian dollars will be the currency on your tour. You can find kiosks at the airport with good exchange rates, but the best way to change your money is simply by using an ATM.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

BEST TOUR DIRECTOR

Alan was the best. Very professional and personable.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

spectacular scenery

The scenery on this tour was unbeatable, and we enjoyed perfect weather for most of the trip. We loved the gondola ride up Sulfur Mountain, Lake Louise, Lake Moraine, the glacier, Vancouver, the excursion to Whistler, and so much more. Alan our tour director was excellent, and we had a good bus driver from Calgary through Jasper. The accommodations were good, especially in Calgary, except for the old hotel in Kamloops. The provided meals were generally fine, but breakfasts were tediously repetitive. (Does the Canadian tourist industry establish a set breakfast menu?) At 41 people, we thought the tour too large, although it was a congenial group and no one caused a problem. For my husband and me there were two major negatives. The first, which no one could help, was that a cold/flu bug got onto the bus and we and many others were sick for the last part of the trip, and a week after our return are still recovering. The second negative was the two-day train ride from Kamloops to Vancouver. Even though the scenery was impressive and Jamie, our attendant on the train, was excellent and did his best to entertain us, the trip became unbearable. On a future tour, a two-day train ride would be a deal breaker for me. In general, I would have liked more walking on the tour, less sitting. We weren't promised wildlife sightings, and there were almost none.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Super Tour Directot

Wonderful tour experience. Safe tour and filled with excitement. Super tour guide met all our needs and most helpful to all of us. Bus driver was super safe driver and filled with information about every mountain, lake and other points of interest. Good entertainment at the Ole Canada Aye show with super entertainers. Great value trip at a reasonable expense. Will travel again with Goaheadtours. Thanks also to your home office in making our trip enjoyable.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 8/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Too much train and needs to run in reverse

The Canadian Rockies were beautiful. Our tour director (David) was excellent, would love to have him on all my tours. The tour however, was a bit disappointing. The tour description said that we were to visit the Olympic Park in Calgary but we just drove right by it on the freeway, huge disappointment. Calgary was a total bust! From Banff to Jasper the trip was great but the train ride from Jasper to Vancouver was awful. The train was nice, the seats comfortable but it was very boring for two complete days on a slow moving train, most of the scenery was obscured by trees or freight trains. The trip should run in reverse, starting with the boring train and then finish with all the wow. There was not enough time Vancouver or Calgary and too much time in Lake Loise, we spent more time in Lake Loise than in Calgary and Vancouver.

 

Dear Jason, Thank you for taking the time to write this review of your tour to the Canadian Rockies. We’re sorry to hear that your experience didn’t meet your expectations. I understand how the description of the day in Calgary can be confusing, and I have passed along your feedback to our marketing department for further review. The Rocky Mountaineer train is usually a highlight of the tour for our customers and something that they look forward to very much. I’m sorry that your experience on the train wasn’t a highlight for you. We do appreciate your feedback and hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back on another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 28, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Relax and Enjoy

How much appreciation can one muster? This trip totally challenged our ability to take in the wonder of this spectacular western landscape ultimately feeling renewed by this hassle-free rich sensory experience.Our intuitive creative guide David was KEY... successfully adjusting schedules and routes within the basic GoAhead trip framework to make the most of our opportunities to see and understand the human and geological forces that shaped the lands and of course, the railroad. We were thankful that we upgraded our train travel to the "silver" level with the domed car, a must.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: IA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Must Trip!

This tour was excellent!! My husband and I had heard so much about this area and our tour certainly did not disappoint us. Beautiful scenery, fun and informative tour guide, David, and Roland was a great bus driver. Each time we saw a lake we didn't think there could be another one quite as beautiful, but to our surprise there were more to come. The scenic train ride was outstanding. We selected to upgrade to the Silver Leaf Level and were so pleased that we did - just like a first class plane ride - but with beautiful sites on either side of the train. We have traveled on many Go Ahead Tours and we will continue to plan future trips with you.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 8/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Tour

Spectacular vistas

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 8/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Awesome Tour

Spectacular scenery, wonderful sites, a great vacation!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

David was a great tour director and we really enjoyed his direction. The views were great and mountains were beautiful. We selected Gold Leaf for the train portion. Even though it was a great deal more expensive, we felt it was worthwhile since you were much higher in the train and could see over a great deal more than than the others. The bus driver was from the area and he was aware of all the places we should visit. They were surprised about the number of wild animals we saw along the way. The Go Ahead portion was great and we will return. The food at most of the hotels was good; however, there was some not so great and we mentioned it to the tour director.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Good Tour Director

Sandy was a very helpful director. He was particularly helpful to me because of my handicap and dealing with issues such as getting on and off the bus and walking in certain areas.

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