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Moose: Big West Tour (Non-Accommodated)

North America
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: YVRBIG/201116
  • Starts: Vancouver, Canada
  • Finishes: Vancouver, Canada
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Vancouver

Itinerary

01

Day 1

Vancouver to Whistler
Our trip begins at the Cypress Mountain lookout, where we’ll get a unique view of Vancouver from above. Heading north on the Sea to Sky Highway, enjoy the views of jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and peaceful lakes. We’ll make stops en route at not one, but two waterfalls: Shannon Falls (one of the highest in BC!) and Brandywine Falls. Then, arriving in Whistler in the afternoon, there’s time for relaxing, activities, or exploring the village. Enjoy dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs!
Meal Inclusions: Dinner at HI Whistler
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): HI Whistler

02

Day 2

Whistler to Vancouver
We don’t leave until the afternoon today, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your thrill on by ziplining, bungee jumping, downhill mountain biking, or hiking on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. If you’re looking to relax, find a spot in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please! After departing Whistler, we’ll make a few more picturesque stops en route before finishing the day back in Vancouver.
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): HI Vancouver - Jericho Beach

03

Day 3

Vancouver to Kelowna
Leaving the city behind, we’ll head east through the Fraser Valley. At our first stop, we’ll take a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls before stopping for lunch in the quaint town of Hope. After crossing through the Coastal Mountains, we arrive in the semi-arid grasslands of the Okanagan where we’ll go for a paddleboard on Skaha Lake in Penticton. Then it’s onto Kelowna on Lake Okanagan, our destination for the night.
Activity & Meal Inclusions: Paddleboarding, Dinner
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): Samesun Kelowna

04

Day 4

Kelowna to Banff
We’ll be in two provinces, completely cross three mountain ranges, and travel through four National Parks today as we continue east to Banff. Leaving the Okanagan, we’ll stop en route in Revelstoke, where you’ll have the option to go lake kayaking in beautiful, hand crafted wooden boats. Continuing onwards, we’ll finally enter the Rocky Mountains and cross over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta and Banff National Park. Tonight, we’ll settle in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the mountains.
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): HI Banff

05

Day 5

Banff to Rampart Creek via Lake Louise
Our day begins with visits to the stunning Moraine Lake (seasonal), and one of the world’s most famous lakes, Lake Louise! Then it’s onto the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We’ll make stops to see the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, our favourite Peyto Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon, before arriving at our rustic, wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. Why not take a dip in the creek, then relax in the wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a campfire under the stars tonight?
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): HI Rampart Creek. This is a rustic, wilderness hostel and there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this truly Canadian experience!

06

Day 6

Rampart Creek to Jasper
Our journey continues north along the Icefields Parkway, named one of the most scenic drives in the world by National Geographic. Tick another National Park off your list today because we’re entering Jasper NP! Our first stop in the park is at the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres. You’ll have the chance to get up close to the Athabasca Glacier, or just enjoy the views from the Discovery Centre. Then it’s on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. Afterwards, we’ll roll into the Jasper townsite where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): New HI Jasper

07

Day 7

Jasper to Banff
It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas and scenic hikes as we make our way back south. Our first stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. We’ll also stop for a photo opportunity at Tangle Falls, and for an energizing hike at Johnston Canyon, before arriving back in Banff. Tonight, enjoy the great nightlife, or relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.
Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): Samesun Banff

08

Day 8

Banff
Today is a free day and is yours to enjoy as you like in the heart of the Rocky Mountains! Enjoy the sites in the Banff area, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, canoeing, or mountain biking.
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): Samesun Banff

09

Day 9

Banff to Kelowna
We leave the Rockies today, but not before stopping at the towering Takakkaw Falls (seasonal), the pristine Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge. We’ll also make a fun stop at the quirky Log Barn after reaching the Okanagan Valley. This area is known for sandy beaches on crystal clear lakes, and lots of fun in the sun. Relax at the lake, or rock out in Kelowna tonight - it’s a university city with plenty of bars and nightclubs!
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): Samesun Kelowna

10

Day 10

Kelowna to Vancouver
Today we cross the beautiful Okanagan Lake and climb over high mountain passes as we make our way to the west coast. We’ll explore the Othello Tunnels, before entering the Fraser Valley, and making a stop for lunch in the town of Hope. Then it’s onto Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your
new friends.
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight.

Inclusions:
    • Moose Bus transportation
    • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
    • Paddleboarding on Skaha Lake
    • 3 group dinners
    • 4 breakfasts
    • National Park fees
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