Western Canada with Inside Passage & Calgary Stampede


  • 15 days

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

tour : 8385

From

£2,449pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

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Take a fantastic adventure on this affordable guided vacation in Canada. Begin in Vancouver with a tour of the city, including Stanley Park, Chinatown, the harbor, beaches, and more. Cross the Strait of Georgia by ferry to Vancouver Island for sightseeing, including Butchart Gardens. Spend a free day in Victoria as you please—from whale watching to afternoon tea. Embark on your Inside Passage cruise from Port Hardy at the northern end of the island. Cruise through spectacular scenery to see mountains, waterfalls, islands, and rainforests. Watch for sea lions, eagles, porpoises, and orcas!

Disembark your ship for two overnights in the historic fishing village of Prince Rupert. Take a tour of British Columbia’s oldest cannery village. Board your VIA Rail train through the mountains, following the mighty Skeena River to the Pacific Coast Rainforest. Retrace the ancient steps of the First Nations and fur trading routes while keeping watch for eagles, bears, and moose. Ascend the Canadian Rockies to its highest, 13,000-foot Mount Robson. In Jasper, take in the unspoiled beauty with an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, or to hike, shop, or relax. Coming down the western slopes of Alberta, you’ll roam the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield in the all-terrain Ice Explorer. Take in the crystal blue waters of Lake Louise reflecting the surrounding peaks and glaciers. Explore Banff National Park with hiking, boating, horseback riding, or fishing—or join us for an optional helicopter tour of the Canadian Rockies.

Combine this vacation with our Calgary Stampede special departure. Enjoy daily passes to the Stampede grounds, rodeo admission, Chuckwagon races, and the Grandstand Show. This amazing value tour is jam-packed with beauty and adventure that’s not to be missed.

Highlights

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park VICTORIA Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens
INSIDE PASSAGE
Scenic Inside Passage sailing
PRINCE RUPERT
Orientation tour; Guided visit to the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village
VIA RAIL
Journey aboard VIA Rail’s the Skeena in Economy class
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Jasper National Park
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
LAKE LOUISE
Visit the lake
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Banff National Park
CALGARYSightseeing; Daily passes to the Stampede Grounds, Rodeo admission, Chuckwagon Races, Grandstand Show

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

No meals included

VANCOUVER AREA

Day
1

. Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

VANCOUVER AREA

Day
2

. This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbor and beaches, and more. The rest of the day is at leisure, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes’. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.

VANCOUVER AREA–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA

Day
3

. This morning set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an area known for its Mediterranean like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of Totem Poles.

VICTORIA

Day
4

. Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum. Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.

VICTORIA–CHEMAINUS–PORT HARDY

Day
5

. An early departure from Victoria follows the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, stopping in Chemainus, the unique village with more than 30 murals depicting pioneer settlement of the area. Then, it’s through the port of Campbell River, the “Salmon Capital of the World”.

PORT HARDY–INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE–PRINCE RUPERT

Day
6

. Early this morning, embark on one of the world’s most beautiful ocean voyages. The scenery is spectacular, with towering mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands, and virgin rainforests. Marine life abounds, often with sightings of sea lions, eagles, and porpoises— you may even spot a killer whale! Late-evening arrival in Prince Rupert.
NOTE:
Cruising time through the Inside Passage is approximately 16 hours. Please come prepared with all medications, eyeglasses, and any other items you will need.

PRINCE RUPERT

Day
7

. Enjoy an orientation tour of Prince Rupert, and visit the NORTH PACIFIC HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE, a National Historic Site, for a guided tour of British Columbia’s oldest cannery village. Learn of the canning process and what life was like in the village during peak production in the last century.

PRINCE RUPERT–VIA RAIL THE SKEENA–PRINCE GEORGE

Day
8

. This morning, board VIA Rail’s Skeena train for the trip of a lifetime. Sit back and enjoy an all-daylight journey that winds its way through the majestic Coast Mountains, follows the mighty Skeena River-often referred to as the “River of Mists”-and concludes in the Pacific Coast Rainforest. You’ll retrace ancient First Nations trading routes and follow the paths of the earliest fur traders. Soaring bald eagles, inquisitive black bears, browsing moose and other wildlife may be spotted from the glassed-in observation dome that provides 360-degree views.

PRINCE GEORGE–MOUNT ROBSON–JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Day
9

. As we continue onward to JASPER NATIONAL PARK the peak elevations grow, culminating with Mount Robson, the highest of Canada’s Rockies at almost 13,000 feet. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Overnight in Jasper National Park.

JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Day
10

. Today, join the optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer, from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.

JASPER NATIONAL PARK–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE-BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Day
11

. Winding our way down the western fringe of Alberta, our journey takes us through some of the Canadian Rockies’ most breathtaking wilderness. Our first highlight is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick. Next, Lake Louise, its cold waters perfectly mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as we continue the journey south to BANFF NATIONAL PARK. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Day
12

. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with summer activities including hiking, boating, horseback riding, and fishing. Cosmos has arranged an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK–CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS

Day
13

. Welcome to Calgary and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Dressed in your best Cowboy fashion from belt buckles, boots to chaps, explore the CALGARY STAMPEDE grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian Village or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping CHUCKWAGON RACES in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. You’ll be out of your seats cheering on your favorite driver during each heat. Afterward, get ready for an outdoor STAGE SHOW featuring hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular.

CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS AND RODEO

Day
14

. Fuel up for the day’s activities by visiting Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for a pancake breakfast. Return to the Stampede grounds this morning to see anything you missed yesterday, and cheer on your favorite rodeo contenders. If you haven’t already, get suited with a cowboy hat, threads, and boots at one of the many stalls before heading to the Grandstand for the Calgary Stampede RODEO this afternoon. See the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class rodeo action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! You will be in awe of the talent as you sit on the edge of your seat. Make the most of your time here and discover Canada’s country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see.

CALGARY

Day
15

. Your vacation ends this morning.

Things to note

This special departure includes all activities on our regular departures with two additional days in Calgary plus Calgary Stampede 2-day admission.

Available only on the June 28 departure date.

Maximum elevation on tour: 7,500 ft.

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