These adventurous van tours between Banff and Vancouver provides an ideal mix of iconic Rocky Mountain sights combined with explorations that take you off-the-beaten path.
Banff to Vancouver route
This active holiday of the Rocky Mountains and BC starts in Banff by exploring the Rocky Mountains before crossing into BC and winding its way down to the west coast. Highlights of this small group trip include Banff, Chateau Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, the Icefield Parkway, Jasper, Helmcken Falls and Whistler, BC.
You explore four parks including Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Mt. Robson Provincial Park and Wells Gray Provincial Park. Examples of walks and hikes include Johnston Canyon, the Berg Lake Trail, Pyramid Lake and the Trail of Six Bridges. As always, the emphasis is on easy walking and hiking, with walks averaging 20 minutes to an hour. Our guests love taking secondary roads to isolated towns and this tour won’t disappoint - Lillooet is one of our personal favourites. From here we take a backroad through the Coastal Mountains to Whistler.
Vancouver to Banff route
This Rocky Mountain holiday explores the parks and rural areas of the southern Rockies of BC and Alberta. You visit six parks including Manning Provincial Park, followed by the national parks of Mt. Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho, Banff, Kootenay and Waterton Lakes. During our explorations, your guide will illustrate unique aspects of each park, including its wildlife, geography and natural history.
In between the parks, you head for small towns and villages - as you'll come to discover every town has it's own unique history. We stay at small scale properties and dine at local restaurants. During the day we often stop for picnic lunches, the ingredients of which we purchase from local fruit and vegetable stands. Led by your guide, our walks are easy, fascinating forays into front country wilderness. Wilderness at your doorstep, swapping stories will like-minded travellers ... a time when you can rejuvinate and relax.