Travel to the heart of the Canadian Rockies on this spectacular vacation. Your trip begins in Calgary with a sightseeing tour of Calgary’s highlights. Be a part of the famous Calgary Stampede—a celebration of western values and heritage that boasts the richest outdoor rodeo in the world. Step into a world of wonder, fun, and Wild West excitement. Watch the heart-stopping chuckwagon races in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. Get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring nonstop entertainment by internationally acclaimed artists, and see some of the best professional riders perform a world-class rodeo display. Then, head west through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies into Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Spend two overnights at this popular year-round resort with time to explore Banff on your own or to take an optional excursion. On the way to Jasper National Park, stop in Lake Louise and discover this world-famous location with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Next, a highlight of your vacation: take a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle, on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies.</BR></BR>In Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada, enjoy two overnights and an orientation tour in Jasper. Depart Jasper, follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and overnight in Kamloops. Travel to the Pacific Coast and board a ferry for Victoria, where you’ll enjoy two overnights and a city tour plus time for optional activities, including a whale-watching cruise. Also visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of showcase floral exhibits.</BR></BR>Sail through the spectacular Gulf Islands back to Vancouver and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the famous landmarks. It’s a great way to wrap up your majestic Canadian Rockies vacation.
Sightseeing: In Calgary, Victoria, and Vancouver; Daily passes to the Stampede Ground, Rodeo admission, Chuckwagon Races, Grandstand Show, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), Butchart Gardens, and Stanley Park. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
CALGARY International Calgary (SF)BANFF NATIONAL PARK Bow View Lodge (ST)JASPER NATIONAL PARK Lobstick Lodge (F)KAMLOOPS The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre (F)VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)VANCOUVER Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown (F)
NOTE: This special departure includes all activities on our regular departures with two additional days in Calgary plus Calgary Stampede 2-day admission.
Transportation:Ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.