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At a glance…

A two-week road trip introducing you to the stunning lakes and comfortable lodges of Banff, Jasper and beyond

» 14 day tailor-made self-drive

» Accommodation: Superior A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)

» Price from: £2,620 pp incl. flights

Along the way, you'll encounter breathtaking scenery, as you scale the Rockies to Jasper and Banff National Parks. The route passes a number of impressive lakes including the famous Emerald Lake and Lake Louise in Alberta.

The lodges that you'll stay in on the trip are also carefully chosen and an undoubted highlight. Each offers a peaceful location along with traditional Canadian hospitality, comfortable furnishings and delicious cuisine.

Day by day itinerary

  • Day 1 » Arrive in Vancouver

    Fly to Vancouver and make your way to your hotel. The rest of your day is free to explore at leisure.

    Stay: The Loden

  • Day 2 » Vancouver

    Today is free to explore as you please. Perhaps take a walk along the Seawall, or cycle through the beautiful green of Stanley Park. A visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain will offer stunning, panoramic views of Vancouver whilst a trip over to Granville Island will enable you to indulge in the city's fabulous food scene. 

    Stay: The Loden

  • Day 3 » Vancouver to Gold Bridge (233 km/145 mi)

    After collecting your rental car depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights enroute the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Continue on to Whistler and take time to explore this charming alpine resort before con­tinuing along the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet for 2 hours along a well-maintained gravel road to Tyax Mountain Lake Resort, nestled on the shores on Tyaughton Lake.

    Stay: Tyax Mountain Lake Resort

  • Day 4 » Tyax Mountain Lake Resort

    Tyax offers a wide array of optional activities for all ages, including western horseback riding, guided fly fishing tours, fly casting and gold panning lessons, mountain biking on either gentle rolling or challenging single tracks, floatplane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness, as well as ATV safaris along old mining trails leading to the wildflower-carpeted alpine meadows.

    Stay: Tyax Mountain Lake Resort

  • Day 5 » Gold Bridge to Lac Le Jeune (327 km/203 mi)

    Return through Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail, and 'Mile Zero' of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. You'll head east along Highway 99 toward Cache Creek as you leave Lillooet and from here it's a short distance to Lac Le Jeune Resort. This rustic lodge is located in a stunning wilderness setting where fish jump from the glassy surface of the lake and ospreys soar overhead. Please note this lodge offers peace and relaxation without having phones or televisions in the rooms.

    Stay: Lac Le Jeune Resort

  • Day 6 » Lac Le Jeune to Jasper (478 km/297 mi)

    Continue towards Jasper following the Thompson River through rolling plateau to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 metres (12,972 feet); before arriving in Jasper for a 2 night stay. Set deep in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper Park Lodge embodies the peace, tranquillity and natural beauty that make these parks so famous. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day by the pool or a beautiful horse back ride into the mountains, this is the place to stay.

    Stay: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta

  • Day 7 » Jasper

    Today, explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain or a boat cruise on Maligne Lake (not included) or enjoy a visit to the Miette Hot Springs.

    Stay: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta

  • Day 8 » Jasper to Moraine Lake (237 km/148 mi)

    This morning depart on the scenic Icefields Parkway that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see sights such as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival at Moraine Lake Lodge. The lodge is situated on the shore of Moraine Lake, known for its iridescent turquoise colour, Moraine Lake has become known as The Jewel of the Rockies. (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June).

    Stay: Moraine Lake Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 9 » Moraine Lake to Emerald Lake (36 km/23 mi)

    A short drive today takes you through majestic mountain passes into the Yoho National Park. The word Yoho is the Cree word expressing awe. This 1313 sq. km (507 sq. miles) national park is filled with gem-coloured glacial lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and dense forests of western red cedar and western hemlock. Historic railroads, spiral tunnels within mountainsides and steep rock faces where mountain goats roam are just some of the sights to be seen. Other Yoho marvels include a natural rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River, Hoodoos, some of Canada's highest water­falls and the Burgess Shale fossil find where over 120 marine animal species dating back as far as 530 million years were discovered.

  • Day 10 » Emerald Lake Lodge

    Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms. From the upper or lower large verandahs, enjoy the serene views of this wilderness landscape.

    Stay: Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park

  • Day 11 » Emerald Lake to Banff (93 km/60 mi)

    Enjoy the leisurely drive to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River, with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper water­falls before continuing to Banff. This afternoon, explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you'll find lots of excitement - shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums.

    Stay: Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

  • Day 12 » Banff

    Today, you'll have a whole day to explore Banff. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, perhaps take a ride on the Banff Gondola for a panoramic view of the Bow Valley and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs.

    Stay: Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

  • Day 13 » Banff to Calgary (115 km/72 mi)

    Drive to Calgary today, along the 1A Highway. En route, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch (not included) before heading into Calgary for your final night in Canada. 

    Stay: The Fairmont Palliser, Calgary

  • Day 14 » Depart Calgary

    Return your car to the airport in time for your flight home.

To book call us on:

020 7590 0726

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At a glance…

A two-week road trip introducing you to the stunning lakes and comfortable lodges of Banff, Jasper and beyond

» 14 day tailor-made self-drive

» Accommodation: Superior A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)

» Price from: £2,620 pp incl. flights

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