Discover Vancouver, Whistler, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise and the Rocky Mountains on this spectacular holiday to Canada.
Just say the word Canada and it immediately conjures up evocative images of epic, unspoiled landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and distinctive wildlife. Discover it all on this escorted tour of Western Canada.
Over the course of your 11-day adventure, you'll stay in Vancouver, and have an opportunity to visit Victoria, on Vancouver Island. You'll see the mighty Rockies and spend time in the acclaimed resorts of Whistler and Sun Peaks. Plus, you'll stay in historic Jasper, before journeying to Banff via the truly beautiful Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise.
This is a tour that fits a lot in, but never forgets you're on holiday. See what else awaits you, then book today.
The Canadian Rockies Tour Highlights
What you can look forward to
- Discover Vancouver, frequently voted the world's best city to live in
- Visit the picturesque Vancouver Island on an optional excursion
- Journey from Vancouver to Whistler on the stunning Highway 99 Sea-to-Sky Highway
- Explore the world-famous resort of Whistler
- Look out for grizzlies in the Monashee Mountains*
- Enjoy a two-night stay in Jasper, considered the gem of the Canadian Rockies
- Journey down the Icefields Parkway from Jasper, via sparkling Lake Louise, to Banff, unofficial capital of the Rockies
*June and September departures
It's all included in the price
- Nine nights' room-only accommodation in a series of three-star hotels in Vancouver (three nights), Jasper and Banff (two nights each), Whistler and Sun Peaks (one night each)
- Return flights to Vancouver, returning from Calgary
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms available for a supplement
Must try: Poutine: French fries generously covered in gravy and cheese curds - a classic Canadian treat that is said to have originated in the 1950s.
Fascinating fact: Banff is the oldest National Park in Canada and encompasses 6,641 sq km (2,564 sq mi) of mountainous terrain. It has a subarctic climate with montane, subalpine, and alpine ecoregions, and is home to mammals such as the grizzly, cougar, wolverine, elk, moose, and hundreds of bird species.
Must bring back: Maple anything: from syrup to spreads, candies to cookies, it's all delicious.
You say: "My first escorted holiday with Newmarket and I was thoroughly impressed with every aspect of it, from the friendly and knowledgeable tour manager and tour driver to the standard and location of the hotels used. I really could not fault any part of the arrangements."
Canadian Rockies Tour Itinerary
Every day a new experience
Day One: Fly to Vancouver
Fly direct to the great city of Vancouver. Enjoy a three-night stay on the edge of the Pacific Rim, backed by the snow-capped Coast Mountains and fronted by the Georgia Strait.
Day Two: See the sights of Vancouver
Things to do in Vancouver? You're spoiled for choice. Today's optional city tour guides you to the restored Gastown, colourful Chinatown, and Burrard Inlet waterfront, before you cross the Lion's Gate Bridge into 'North Van'. You can also admire the scenery from a cable car that takes you to the summit of Grouse Mountain, towering to over 1,200 m (4,000 ft) in altitude at its peak. Got a head for heights? Then don't miss the chance to experience the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, which stretches over a vertiginous gorge. Following the tour, you're welcome to explore the area at your own pace.
Day Three: Take the opportunity to visit Vancouver Island and Victoria
On today's optional excursion, you can take a ferry ride across the Georgia Strait to visit beautiful Vancouver Island, and the unashamedly 'British' provincial capital of British Columbia, Victoria. You can explore the vast Parliament Buildings and grand Empress Hotel too, all set around the gorgeous Inner Harbour, or visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, where you'll find over a million plants including several hundred floral species.
Day Four: Head to Whistler and stay for a night
Travel, through the coastal ranges and along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway, to the British Columbian resort of Whistler. Here, you'll stay for one night in this world-class winter sports and summer hiking resort. In fact, you may remember seeing Whistler's dramatic scenery (and superb facilities) on TV a few years ago, as the city co-hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Day Five: Travel to the village of Sun Peaks
Head through dramatic scenery to Sun Peaks. This modern, alpine village, high in the British Columbia interior, is a renowned ski resort and popular year-round destination.
Day Six: Discover Jasper and its National Park
Continue north, past towering Mount Robson (the Rockies' highest peak), to Jasper, at the gateway to the vast wilderness of Jasper National Park. As well as glaciers, lakes and peaks, the park is home to elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bears. And, if you travel between June and September, your tour will include a special Grizzly Bear Valley river cruise and the chance to see some of the region's wildlife in its stunning natural habitat.
Day Seven: Take the option to ride the Jasper Tramway and see Maligne Lake
Spend today relaxing in Jasper, or make the most of your holiday by joining today's optional excursion, which includes a ride on the historic Jasper Skytram (Canada's longest) to the scenic heights above. You'll also journey to the Maligne Lake, which is famed for its intense blue waters and spectacular setting.
Day Eight: Travel the Icefields Parkway and stop at Lake Louise on the way to Banff
The Icefields Parkway is a Canadian national treasure, a route that stretches 232 km (144 miles) through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. After travelling along the Parkway, head to Lake Louise, where turquoise waters, frozen for much of the year, are set against the epic backdrop of Victoria Glacier. Afterwards, you'll continue to your next port of call and hotel in Banff.
Day Nine: Explore Banff and the surrounding area
Explore the the mountain community town of Banff, the unofficial capital of the Rockies. While you're there, make sure you join an optional sightseeing tour, taking in a cable-car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and a trip to scenic Surprise Corner viewpoint, which overlooks the famous Banff Springs Hotel. You'll also be able to sign up for a helicopter flight through the mountains: a truly unforgettable experience.
Day 10: Transfer to Calgary ready for your journey home
Today, you'll transfer to Calgary Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Day 11: Land back in the UK
Arrive back in the UK inspired by what you've seen, invigorated by what you've done and perhaps imagining your next big adventure.
| Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|London Gatwick||07 Sep 2017|| £1799.00|
|London Gatwick||21 Sep 2017|| £1729.00|
|Manchester||09 Jun 2017|| £1599.00|
|Manchester||08 Sep 2017|| £1659.00|
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling to Canada. Visas are not normally required for entry, but for travel from 15th March 2016 visitors to Canada must apply for an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.canada.ca/eta . The current charge is seven Canadian dollars for British Citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult the Canadian Embassy as a visa may be required.
Grizzly Bears excursion
Grizzly Bears excursion This excursion on Day Six will include an hour-long guided cruise into Grizzly Bear Valley, and will be available on all departures in June and September 2017, as well as June and September 2018.
May-October 2016 departures
For these departures, outbound flights to Vancouver are via Calgary.
26 April 2016
This departure will now fly from London Heathrow with Air Canada, instead of flying from London Gatwick on Air Transat.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flights home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
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