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Bucket List Western Canada – 12 Days

Western Canada offers plenty of Bucket List Items: stand on a glass-bottomed observation platform in the Glacier Icefields, take a 7-minute ride on an aerial tramway that promises an unforgettable view, discover why Vancouver is a top-five worldwide city for quality of life, and maybe even see a bear!

 

Day 1: Travel To Calgary

Make your way to Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

Meet your group and Prométour Tour Director.

Board your bus and depart for Banff, part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

With your Prométour Tour Director discover some of the natural wonders found in the surroundings of Banff: Bow River Waterfall, the Hoodoos, Mountain Drive Tunnel, as well as Minnewanka Lake and Two Jack Lake At the Banff Upper Hot Springs experience the rejuvenating and therapeutic properties of thermal waters naturally heated by the geothermal energy of the earth while enjoying the view across the valley to Mount Rundle.

Dinner in a local restaurant with your group.

Overnight accommodation in Banff.

Day 2: Banff

Breakfast at the hotel.

Discover Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site; it’s where turquoise glacial lakes, abundant wildlife, natural wonders, and some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery come together.

Have lunch on your own.

Make a photo stop at Moraine Lake, this glacially fed lake never fails for providing the perfect backdrop Enjoy some leisure time to discover the Town of Banff at your own pace.

Have dinner on your own.

Overnight accommodation in Banff.

Day 3: Jasper

Breakfast at the hotel.

Board your bus and head to Jasper.

Stop at Maligne Lake, the biggest in the region of the Canadian Rockies.

Enjoy lunch with your group at Maligne Lake.

Embark on an interpretive cruise of Maligne Lake that includes Spirit Island, the icon of the Canadian Rockies.

Continue towards Jasper; the National Park is home to caribou, elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, bears and wolves.

Enjoy some leisure time to explore the Town of Jasper at your own pace.

Have dinner on your own.

Overnight accommodation in Jasper.

Day 4: Jasper

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit Jasper National Park, the largest of the Alberta Rockies; from the mountain vistas to the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, and its numerous natural springs, lakes, and waterfalls, it offers plenty of picture perfect moments.

Take the Columbia Icefield Skywalk and admire the Canadian Rockies in a completely unique way; follow a 1-km cliff-edge walkway that leads to a glass-bottomed observation platform where you’ll see glaciers above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below.

Enjoy lunch with your group at the Athabasca Glacier.

Take the Jasper Tramway, Canada’s highest and longest aerial tramway; it takes only 7 minutes to reach an altitude of 2,263 metres and the spectacular view of six mountain ranges, turquoise lakes, glacial fed rivers and the Town of Jasper.

Have dinner on your own.

Overnight accommodation in Jasper.

Day 5: Kamloops

Breakfast at the hotel.

Continue your journey towards Kamloops; it is the first city in British Columbia to become a Bee City with its community actively protecting and creating bumble bee habitats in the city.

Have lunch on your own (en route).

Embark on a self-guided heritage walk of downtown Kamloops and learn about the history behind the cultural buildings such as the Federal Building, the George Ellis House, and City Hall.

Enjoy some leisure time on Victoria Street in Kamloops, a picturesque street where you’ll find shops and restaurants.

Have dinner on your own.

Overnight accommodation in Kamloops.

Day 6: Kamloops

Breakfast at the hotel.

For an introduction to the Secwépemc First Nations people, explore the 4 galleries of The Secwépemc Museum, and see a life-size replica of a traditional Secwépemc winter home at Heritage Park.

Have lunch on your own.

British Columbia is renowned for its Canadian ciders and wine, learn about (and taste!) this region’s production with a tour of a local cidery or winery.

Enjoy a meal with your group at the Frick & Frack Tap House, it’s as much a feast for the spirit as it is for the appetite.

Overnight accommodation in Kamloops.

Day 7: Whistler

Breakfast at the hotel.

Continue your journey towards Whistler (Squamish language: Sḵwiḵw), it’s where nature lovers come to feed their soul.

Have lunch on your own (en route).

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Whistler region which includes the Creekside and Nita Lake viewpoints, Function Junction’s local market district, Green Lake, Rainbow Park, and the Olympic Park venues…you may even see a bear during the tour!

Dinner in a local restaurant with your group.

Discover Vallea Lumina, an immersive multimedia night walk set in the forested surrounds of Cougar Mountain; legends say there’s a hidden valley in Whistler where stardust falls from the sky, filling all living things with its pure light, this experience is the proof the legends are true.

Overnight accommodation in Whistler.

Day 8: Whistler

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today’s adventures will highlight the beauty of Whistler! Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for a 360-degree view of the spectacular scenery, stop at The Raven’s Eye viewing platform, and walk across the 130-metre Cloudraker Suspension Skybridge that spans from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge over Whistler Bowl.

Have lunch on your own.

Enjoy some leisure time to discover the Whistler Village, it helped host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Have dinner on your own.

Overnight accommodation in Whistler.

Day 9: Vancouver

Breakfast at the hotel.

Continue your journey towards Vancouver, it is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life.

Have lunch on your own.

With your Prométour Tour Director discover Granville Island, Vancouver’s artistic and cultural hub; spend time at the always busy Public Market, watch the buskers, explore the shops, or discover a Canadian artists at one of the numerous galleries.

Dinner in a local restaurant with your group.

Overnight accommodation in Vancouver.

Day 10: Vancouver

Breakfast at the hotel.

See some the highlights on a guided bus tour of Vancouver; Canada Place, Robson Street, Stanley Park, Chinatown, and Gastown to name a few.

Have lunch on your own.

Have some time to explore Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood; discover its whistling Steam Clock, its Victorian architecture houses, and its souvenir shops.

Have dinner on your own.

Overnight accommodation in Vancouver.

Day 11: Whistler

Breakfast at the hotel.

Board your bus and transfer to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen.

Board the BC Ferry to Vancouver Island; keep you cameras handy, the scenery is spectacular!

Have time for lunch at the Blue Poppy Restaurant, located in a transformed greenhouse of Butchart Garden (not included).

The Butchart Gardens Discovery Walk will guide through four key areas: The Sunken Garden, the Totems, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden.

Board your bus and continue your trip to Victoria, the city’s British colonial past shows in its Victorian architecture.

Stroll along the Inner Harbour Historic Walkway, it played a strategic role in the development of Victoria’s urban environment.

Enjoy some free time to discover Victoria on your own.

Enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant with your group.

Overnight accommodation in Victoria.

Day 12: Travel back Home

Breakfast at the hotel.

Say a fond goodbye to your Prométour Tour Director.

Ask your Tour Consultant for information regarding airport transfers + flight arrangements.