Western Canada National Parks Tour (Hotel or Camp) 7 Days from Seattle

Why We Love This Tour

“The photos you see of these incredible mountains and lakes are impressive – seeing them in person is unparalleled!”

– Lauren C.

Tour Highlights

  • Kamloops
  • Yoho National park
  • Lake Louise Canoeing
  • Banff National park
  • Ice Fields Parkway
  • Jasper National Park
  • Mount Robson
  • Clearwater
  • Whistler
  • Vancouver
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Retail Price: $1395

Web Price: $1295

*CAMPING rate. See booking page for hotel pricing. Adult rate is 7+ years old. Accommodations are same-sex or couple share unless single-supplement is paid. Additional food kitty (required) payable direct to your guide. Posted rates are subject to annual changes – please see booking page for exact pricing for your desired date.

Lake Moraine in Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Visit Lake Moraine in Banff National Park
Wildlife viewing opportunities abound on our Western Canada National Parks Tour
See bears and other wildlife in their natural habitat!
Start and end your Canada National Parks tour in beautiful Seattle, Washington
Start and end your tour in beautiful Seattle, Washington
camp out in the Rockies on our Canada National Parks Tour!
Camp out in the heart of the Canadian Rockies
Visit Athabasca Glacier in Icefields Parkway on our Western Canada National Park Tour
Get up close and personal with Athabasca Glacier in the Icefields Parkway

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Overview

Western Canada National Parks Tour

Seattle – Kamloops – Yoho National Park – Banff – Lake Louise – Ice Fields Parkway – Jasper National Park – Whistler –
Vancouver – Seattle

Enjoy a fantastic 7 day tour of the Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks. Canoe Lake Louise, explore Banff, Jasper, Yoho national parks and get a glimpse of Mt Robson. Visit Whistler, Vancouver, and Clearwater on this tour through Western Canada’s awe-inspiring scenery. Marvel at the stunning scenery, including alpine lakes, waterfalls, giant glaciers, and jagged Rocky Mountains towering above you at every turn. This Canada National Parks tour offers fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities.

Weather permitting. Some activities are not accessible in extreme weather or due to road closures. Every attempt will be made to find comparable activities if these options are not available during your trip.

This tour runs select days, June-September (you can also check out our 4-Day Pacific Northwest Tour of Seattle and Portland, our 7-Day Yellowstone and Rocky Mountains Camping Tour,and our 7-day Southwest Highlights tour ).

Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 1

Seattle to Kamloops

Today takes us to Kamloops British Columbia where the North and South Thompson rivers meet. Kamloops is abundant with stunning scenery and great wildlife viewing. Cougars, bears elk, and more inhabit the Thomson River Valley. En route, stop for a short walk and picnic at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park. The landscape encompassing the park is characterized by low elevation valleys and lush, rounded mountains. Bridal Veil Falls, which tumbles 197ft. over a smooth rock face, creates a “veil-like” effect.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 2

Yoho National Park

The word Yoho comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder, and it soon becomes apparent why. Explore trials around the magnificent Emerald Lake where you can take a walk around the lake or simply relax in the lakeshore cafe and enjoy the views. This afternoon we drive the Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into Alberta. Enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park en route to Banff, our night stop. Banff is a fun mountain town offering some alpine nightlife and numerous cafes and restaurants.

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 3

Banff National Park and Lake Louise

Lake Louise is an alpine lake known for its stunning turquoise glacier fed waters ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Multiple hiking trails lead up to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird’s-eye views of the lake. Take a hike to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers, take it easy exploring the lake shore or choose to canoe on these pristine waters. This afternoon, visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet for some epic photos.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 4

Ice Fields Parkway and Jasper National Park

You are in for a real treat today. Spend the day driving and exploring the Ice fields Parkway. This drive offers endless vistas, jagged mountains, glaciers, and wildlife viewing opportunities – truly one of the world’s most spectacular drives. Enjoy short walks, views of Bow Glacier, and Peyto lake, take an optional helicopter flight over the Columbia Ice field or strap on some crampons and step out on the Athabasca glacier – this day just keeps on giving.

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 5

Jasper National Park

This morning is yours to enjoy Jasper – the largest national park in Canada. Marvel at the snow capped summits and beautiful lakes in this true wild mountain wilderness. Jasper offers an abundance of wildlife sightings, jagged mountain peaks, alpine lakes and numerous hiking/biking opportunities. Choose to visit Miette hot springs, or hike/bike the famous trails around stunning lake shores. After a full day of activities, we follow the Yellowhead Highway, hugging the mighty North Thompson River to our night stop of Cleawater BC. See the base of 12,972 foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) and maybe catch a glimpse of the infamous peak en route.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 6

Whistler and Vancouver

On to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you explore this cute ski town and home of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Later this afternoon, drive the spectacular Sea to Sky highway for your evening in Vancouver.


SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 7

Vancouver to Seattle

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Gaslamp district, Chinatown, and Stanley Park. Head to Seattle for your evening downtown or drop off at the departure hotel. This epic Western Canada tour ends at approx. 8pm

 

 

 

**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to rapidly-changing conditions beyond our control (weather, crowds, traffic) and the small size of our vehicles/groups, we allow our guides the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. **

Tour Details

Western Canada National Parks Tour from Seattle

Departure: Select days June-August.
Departs at 7am at the Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport
18220 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188

Your Yosemite Tour on DAY 2 will pick up from most SF hotels between 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Transportation: Comfortable transport aboard a mini-coach (small groups; average 14 guests)

Includes:

  • Complimentary pick up/drop off from the Red Lion Seattle Airport
  • Experienced, fun, and knowledgeable Tour Guide
  • Transportation in a modern 14 passenger tour bus/ SUV or minivan (fully air conditioned)
  • Fabulous National Park hikes
  • Incredible wildlife viewing opportunities
  • 6 nights 3 star hotel accommodation OR
  • Camping accommodation – use of a two person tent and foam sleeping pad if camping option selected.
  • Park admissions
  • Incredible wildlife viewing opportunities

Not included:

  • HOTEL option: $50 local food/hotel kitty to cover 7 lunches – payable at tour pickup.
  • CAMP option: $100 local food/hotel kitty to cover 5 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 evening meals – payable at tour pickup.
  • Canoe on Lake Louise $110-$120 per canoe CAD* (*Book this option with your tour guide.)
  • Helicopter over the Columbia Ice field $200-$350pp CAD* (*Book this option with your tour guide.)
  • Hike or bike in Jasper national park $20-$40 per person CAD* (*Book this option with your tour guide.)
  • Gratuities not included (15% suggested)

 

More Information About Your Tour

 

  • If you choose the CAMPING option, you have booked a camping tour. (Yes this means tents!) With the help of you tour guide, you will put them up and take them down.
  • The following items are included with your tour cost:
    • CAMPING: Foam sleeping mat, use of a two person tent (if you are a solo traveler you will be paired with a tent partner of the same gender)
    • HOTEL: 6 night’s hotel accommodation in 3-star hotels
    • Upon payment of your local $50 food kitty we include 7 sandwich style lunches: you make your own from our pre-shopped fresh ingredients (vegetarians can be accommodated).
  • We suggest you bring the following items:
    • Flashlight, sunscreen, sunhat, rainproof jacket (just in case), walking shoes, a warm sweater for the evenings, swimsuit.
    • Additional for CAMPING: 3 season sleeping bag, travel pillow, travel towel)
  • We do not provide water on this tour, as a member of the International Eco Tourism Society we encourage our guests to bring a refillable container. This may be as simple as a plastic 1 liter bottle purchased from any convenience store. You may refill this every time we make a comfort stop and we will happily recycle it for you at the end of you tour if you wish.
  • There are many opportunities for walks and hikes on this tour. Not all walks are guided. Your Tour Leader will advise and make recommendations for walks to suit your ability and interest.
  • You are fully responsible for necessary visas for this tour to allow you to enter the USA and Canada.

 

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