Spot Humpback and Killer Whales off Vancouver Island, watch grizzly bears in the wild as they gather for the annual salmon migration & enjoy a substantial steak in popular, chic Vancouver
Day 1: Delta Calgary Airport, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Upon arrival at Calgary Airport you will collect your hire car and drive to your accommodation next door, Delta Calgary Airport. The rest of the day can be spent sightseeing, visiting Au Claire Market and Calgary Tower.
Info: Delta Calgary & Calgary
The hotel is only a short drive away from the centre and provides spacious, luxurious rooms with all the amenities, such as Cable TV and Wi-Fi. There is a large indoor pool and a wide range of restaurants, including a steakhouse. The hotel is connected to the airport by walkway, making your arrival as easy and comfortable as possible.
Situated on the banks of the Bow River, among the rolling foothills of Alberta, Calgary is a great place to relax and do some shopping before heading off on your road trip. There are endless golf courses around the city, endless shops in the centre and a large number of internationally renowned steakhouses to enjoy some famed Alberta beef.
Day 2-5: Fox Hotel, Banff, Alberta, Calgary
The morning will be at leisure, allowing you to shop, relax or sight-see. After lunch in town you will drive to Banff (1.30hrs), where you will check-into Fox Hotel.
On your first full day you will be taken on a tour of the Rocky Mountains, Columbia Icefields and Lake Louise. On your final full day you can enjoy a gondola ride up the mountain overlooking Banff, a visit to the hote springs, a cruise on Lake Minnewanka or a half-day white-water rafting Class III-IV rapids on Kicking Horse River, an exciting day out for beginners and very experienced rafters.
Info: Fox Hotel & Banff
Fox Hotel’s design incorporates the area’s natural elements in a unique way, with the hotel’s centerpiece being a pool formed by the original rocks and hot spring waters of Banff. The hotel offers quality accommodation designed in the traditional mountain manner and has a hot pool, sauna and steam room, as well as an excellent restaurant boasting the best margaritas in Banff.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains and within Banff National Park, the town itself provides a jumping-off point for visiting Lake Louise, mountaineering, hiking and enjoying countless activities. The Northern Lights are visible here in winter- a real, once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.
Day 5-8: Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
After breakfast you will depart Banff and drive back to Calgary Airport to drop-off your hire car and to check-in for your flight to Vancouver (alternatively, you can take the luxury ‘Rocky Mountaineer’ train through the Rockies, taking 2 days and 1 night). Upon arrival in the early afternoon you will collect your new hire car at the airport and drive to your accommodation, Renaissance Vancouver.
You will be able to spend the next two days at leisure sightseeing in the city and relaxing, or enjoying one of the following activities: a walk over the Capilano Suspension bridge, a sea-kayaking trip or a sea safari.
Info: Renaissance Vancouver & Vancouver
Located on the waterfront in British Columbia, the Renaissance Vancouver is in the heart of it all and is within walking distance of the Cruise Ship Terminal and the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as being just steps away from shopping, Historic Gastown and the 1,000 acre Stanley Park. Enjoy the scenic attractions of downtown Vancouver whilst staying in one of the hotel’s spacious, luxurious rooms, with sweeping views of Coal Harbour and the beautiful coastal mountains.
Vancouver consistently tops surveys as being voted ‘The Most Liveable City in the World’ and has great charm. Stanley Park, West End, Downtown and Gastown or all worth a visit and there is a huge array of shops and restaurants in town, as well as an aquarium.
Day 8 & 9: Ocean Village Resort, Tofino, BC, Canada
After breakfast you will drive to Horse Shoe Bay ferry terminal for your crossing to Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. You will then continue on to your accommodation, Ocean Village Resort, Tofino, or the more luxurious Fairmount Empress Hotel, Victoria.
Tofino is Canada’s top surfing beach and and there is a wide range of places to rent boards from in and around town. It is also a place of great beauty, with vast, unspoilt beaches and virgin forest all around the resort. There is also a golf course near the resort and excellent hiking trails through the forest.
Day 10 & 11: Telegraph Cove Resort, Telegraph Cove, BC, Canada
In the morning you will drive to Telegraph Cove via Port Alberni, Parksville and Campbell River. Upon arrival you will check-into Telegraph Cove Resort for 2 nights.
After a restful first night you will depart after breakfast into the wilderness at Knight Inlet, where you can see Grizzly Bears in the wild accompanied by experienced guides. In the afternoon you will be taken whale watching, hopefully spotting grey, humpback and killer whales. Afterwards you will return to the resort for dinner.
Info: Telegraph Cove Resort & Telegraph Cove
The lodges are all quaint and cosy, with warm fires and comfy beds. There is a pub and café on the harbour, which both serve typical Canadian food.
Telegraph Cove is a delightful old harbour which will remind you of a Cornish fishing village, with killer whales pass through the Johnston Straits just off shore.
Day 12-15: Summit Lodge and Spa, Whistler, BC, Canada
After breakfast you will depart for Whistler, an extremely scenic drive with a few short ferry rides on the way, giving you excellent views of Vancouver Island.
Over the next few days in Whistler you can enjoy the Skyline Eco-Tour, where you zip-wire through the forest at speeds up to 80km/h, horse-riding, The Nairn Falls Nature Walk or mountain-biking on the ski-slopes, which cater for both beginners and experienced riders. After check-out on your final morning drive down to the airport for your evening departure home.
Info: Summit Lodge & Whistler
Located on the edge of Village North, Summit Lodge and Spa is an intimate retreat with the luxuries of a first class hotel. Take a stroll through the Whistler Village, or enjoy the local fine dining. The convenient location puts you next door to the Marketplace’s shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and Whistler’s favourite entertainment spots. All of this is within ten minutes walking of both mountain gondolas. Also, you can enjoy the brand new Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa now open in the hotel.
The world-renowned resort of Whistler needs no introduction. World-class ski slopes are converted into mountain bike trails in the summer, with endless hiking trails around the area. Some lovely waterfalls and lakes provide good day-trips from Whistler, with some excellent restaurants and bars in town in which to relax after an action-packed day around the resort.