The Canadian Rockies

Tour highlights

  • Discover the scenery and wildlife of Banff and Jasper National Parks
  • Drive the stunning Icefield Parkway
  • See Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies
  • Drive the Yellowhead South Highway with its scenic views
  • Opportunities to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat
  • See Whistler with its stunning mountain scenery

Days 1 - 7: Calgary to Jasper

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Days 1 - 2: UK to Calgary

On arrival in Calgary, you'll spend two nights in a centrally-located hotel. Here, you can explore lively downtown which is full of western boutiques, great restaurants and live music venues playing everything from country to jazz. 

You'll have plenty of time to spend exploring the city, so we recommend taking in the views from the Calgary Tower Observation Deck or stepping back in time at the Heritage Park Historical Village.

Day 3 - 5: Banff

Distance: 150 km / 93 miles

On day three, you'll pick up your RV from the depot and begin your journey with the drive to Banff. Located at the heart of the Rocky Mountains, you'll be able to explore Banff and its surroundings at your leisure. You'll have plenty of time to see the sights, including Lake Minnewanka, the Vermilion Lakes and Johnston Canyon. Sulphur Mountain is worth a visit, and here you can dip in the hot pools or take the gondola to the top of the mountain.

Days 6 - 7: Jasper

Distance: 289 km / 180 miles

Today you’ll drive the famous Icefields Parkway as you head from Banff to Jasper. Whilst it’s possible to drive the Parkway in three hours, we suggest a more leisurely pace to enjoy the scenery. Crystal blue lakes, glaciers and impressive waterfalls await, and be sure to look out for wildlife as you'll frequently spot everything from deer to black bears from the road. Make sure you see the Crowfoot Glacier and famous Peyto Lake, do a glacier tour at the Columbia Icefields and marvel at the beauty of Lake Louise.

On day seven you're free to explore Jasper National Park. Perhaps take a cruise on Maligne Lake, take a raft trip along the canyon or visit the flowered alpine meadows and glacier of Mount Edith Cavell. You could also hike on top of Whistler Mountain or take a dip in the historic Miette Hot Springs.

Days 8 - 14: Wells Gray Provincial Park to Whistler

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Days 8 - 9: Wells Gray Provincial Park

Distance: 320 km / 199 miles

Follow the Yellowhead Highway through Mount Robson Provincial Park, continuing through the Cariboo Mountains to Clearwater and on to Wells Gray Provincial Park.

Wells Gray Provincial Park is famous for wildlife, waterfalls and wilderness. You'll find everything from black bears to mountain goats here, and we recommend visits to Dawson Falls and Helmcken Falls, both of which plunge down into beautiful mist-filled gorges.

Days 10 - 11: Sun Peaks

Distance: 130 km / 81 miles

Today you’ll be following Highway 5 along the North Thompson River; the valley stretches over 200 miles from its southern tip close to Kamloops all the way to Mount Robson and the Canadian Rockies.

During the winter Sun Peaks is Canada’s second largest ski area but you won't be short of things to do in the summer months. If you're feeling adventurous, try downhill go carting or explore the mountain by horseback, Segway or mountain bike. Alternatively, take things easy with a spot of golf or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment.

Day 12: Cache Creek

Distance: 140 km / 87 miles

Drive through the desert-like climate via Kamloops to Cache Creek, a town that was built from the fur trade. You'll find it hard to believe that this was once the largest town between Vancouver and Kamloops. A visit to the Historic Hat Creek Ranch is recommended as here you can experience life as it was during the Gold Rush days.

Days 13 - 14: Whistler

Distance: 215 km / 134 miles

Head through the scenic Coastal Mountains on today’s journey to Whistler and stop at Duffey and Joffre Lakes for some stunning views.

Whistler is another stunning ski resort that also offers plenty of activities in the summer months. We recommend taking the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for amazing mountain scenery. You could also take a seaplane for a flight over the mountains and glaciers or try a 4WD tour across the mountains in search of bears.

Days 15 - 20: Vancouver to Revelstoke

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Days 15 - 16: Vancouver

Distance: 170 km / 106 miles

Today you’ll be driving the scenic Sea to Sky Highway along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. There’s so much to see along this route including waterfalls and a copper mine. We recommend a visit to see the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain both of which are located just outside of Vancouver.

You’ll have a full day to explore the seaside city of Vancouver and its stunning surrounds. A visit to Stanley Park is a must, but you should also try and head to Chinatown, Gastown and Granville Island too.

Days 17 - 18: Okanagan Valley

Distance: 383 km / 238 miles

From Vancouver you’ll be driving along the Crowsnest Pass (Highway 3) which runs from Hope at the east end of the Fraser Valley all the way east to the British Columbia-Alberta border in the Rockies. As well as taking in the spectacular scenery we suggest visiting the Othello Tunnels near Hope and exploring the beautiful Manning Park.

Take a trip into Oliver which is known as the wine capital of Canada. Here you can tour the wineries of the Golden Mile and Black Sage Road.

Days 19 - 20: Revelstoke

Distance: 291 km / 181 miles

Today you’ll be driving along the scenic Okanagan Lake where you can enjoy the views of the Okanagan Valley as you make your way to Revelstoke. Explore the beautiful downtown area of Kelowna, step back in time at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon and stop by some of the many wineries, orchards and fruit stands along the way.

There’s plenty to see around Revelstoke. You could explore the Monashee and Selkirk Mountains, visit the Revelstoke Dam, try canoeing or take a drive along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to the top of Mount Revelstoke for some great views.

Days 21 - 25: Radium Hot Springs to Calgary

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Days 21 - 22: Radium Hot Springs

Distance: 252 km / 157 miles

Head through the Mount Revelstoke National Park before continuing via the Trans-Canada Highway to Glacier National Park. Make sure that you watch out for mountain goats and bears as they are often seen along the roadside.

Radium Hot Springs has it all, from the natural hot springs to skiing, golf and fine dining, you'll be spoiled for a choice of things to do. Plus, it’s surrounded by the most beautiful scenery you can imagine.

Days 23: Kananaskis

Distance: 159 km / 99 miles

As you drive through Kootenay National Park you’ll find many easy interpretive hikes, scenic viewpoints, hot springs, picnic areas, and roadside interpretive exhibits. From here you'll head to Kananaskis, which is made up of over 10 provincial parks and wildlife reserves. It's a haven for all kinds of wildlife, including bear, moose, elk, mountain goats and sheep, so make sure you've got your camera at the ready.

Days 24 - 25: Calgary to UK

Distance: 85 km / 53 miles

Once in Calgary, it's time to return your motorhome to the depot and take the shuttle to Calgary airport ready for your return flight to the UK.

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