Western Canada Family Road Trip
Our Western Canada family road trip has been specially designed by our experts for 'kids' aged 5 to 75 years.
The ultimate driving itinerary for curious and adventurous personalities, you'll encounter Canada's rugged west coast, Whistler and the Canadian Rocky Mountains with plenty of time to take in the sights and relax in wonderful wilderness lodges.
Enjoy the cosmopolitan delights of Vancouver and Calgary, the small-town resorts of Banff, Jasper, Whistler and Tofino and take your choice of included tours and activities along the way.
Itinerary at a Glance
The below itinerary reflects our recommendations for this specific trip. This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction.
Day 1 Vancouver to Victoria | 69 km/43 mi + Ferry Leaving Vancouver drive south to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for a 90 min ferry ride to Swartz Bay. On-board BC Ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Swartz Bay continue on to the charming city of Victoria.
Day 2 Victoria | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 2 Excursions Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of two excursions Option 1. Whale Watching is search of Orca’s This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of Orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife Option 2. Eat like a Canadian Food Tour Not many people can define exactly what Canadian food is. From local ingredients to historic dishes, this tour is the best way to experience Canadian culinary culture. Sip and savour local cuisine, explore the iconic Inner Harbour, and meet the chefs and owners that make Victoria such an exciting culinary hot spot
Day 3 Victoria to Tofino/Ucluelet | 313 km/195mi Travel to the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island and head to Pacific Rim National Park. En route stops should be made at Duncan the ‘City of Totems’, where you may visit the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village, which will provide you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (admission not included). Make a stop in the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town. Drive through majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Tofino around mid-afternoon.
Day 4 Tofino | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 2 Excursions Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of two excursions Option 1. Coastal Bear Watch Cruise Search for foraging bears from the comfort and safety of a 24’ Zodiac vessel. Abundant on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, black bears roam the shores at low tide in search of their favorite delicacy, the Rock Crab. Option 2. Whale Watching Cruise Cruise through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound to view beautiful scenery and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.
Day 5 Tofino/Ucluelet to Whistler | 329 km/206 mi + Ferry Depart Tofino for your return journey to the East Coast. En route, picture stops should be made at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of 800-year-old Douglas Fir and Cedar trees, as well as the Mars Water Bombers at Sproat Lake, the world’s two largest water-bombers used for the sole purpose of putting out forest fires. From Departure Bay sail on BC Ferries to Horseshoe Bay. and continue along the scenic Sea-to Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along 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.
Day 6 Whistler | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of three excursions Option 1. TreeTrek Canopy Walk Explore the magnificent old-growth rainforest and enjoy stunning vistas on this unique adventure. Perfect for all ages with no ziplining required. Option 2. River of Golden Dreams Twilight Wildlife Viewing Canoe Trip Enjoy a gentle evening paddle in search of wildlife along a slow moving, crystal clear river. Bears are a regular sight on the River of Golden Dreams, as are beaver, otter, eagles, osprey, fish, bats, birds, mink, raccoons and other wildlife Option 3. Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride the mountain’s network of chair lifts and gondolas to access trails that wind through a volcanic landscape. Enjoy jaw-dropping vistas ancient glaciers, alpine lakes, wildflower-filled slopes and an abundance of wildlife
Day 7 Whistler to Sun Peaks | 293 km/183 mi Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail to Sun Peaks.
Day 8 Sun Peaks to Jasper | 444 km/277 mi Follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson at 3954 metres, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper late afternoon.
Day 9 Jasper | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of three excursions Option 1. Maligne Lake Cruise Cruise Maligne Lake, where you can marvel at the magnificent shoreline and Spirit Island. Option 2. Jasper River Float Enjoy a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. Option 3. Jasper Nature Walk A guided nature walk featuring a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes.
Day 10 Jasper to Banff | Ice Explorer + Skywalk | 292 km/182 mi Today, travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the amazing Icefields Parkway and encompass the ultimate glacier exploration. From walking on ancient ice with the Ice Explorer ride, to standing on a glass platform almost one thousand feet in the air at the Glacier Skywalk (included), today’s experiences will leave you with a special appreciation for this treasured region of the Rockies
Day 11 Banff | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of three excursions Option 1. Banff Gondola Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion on a round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Option 2. Cowboy Cookout Lunch or Dinner Wagon or Horseback Enjoy a leisurely one-hour trail ride along the banks of the Bow River to the BBQ site, where your cook prepares your steak to order. Option 3. River Explorer Canoe Tour Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings. A fun & interactive way with your guide to explore the waterways of Banff National Park. Perfect for families. No paddling experience necessary.
Day 12 Banff to Calgary | 115 km/72 mi It is time to say goodbye to Banff and your Canada adventure. Drive to Calgary to drop off your rental car and begin your journey home
- 2 nights accommodation in Victoria
- 2 nights accommodation in Tofino
- 2 nights accommodation in Whistler
- 1 night accommodation in Sun Peaks
- 2 nights accommodation in Jasper
- 2 nights accommodation in Banff
- Return BC Ferries toll for vehicle & passengers, between Vancouver and Vancouver Island with reserved sailing time
Victoria | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 2 Excursions
- Whale Watching is search of Orca’s
- Eat like a Canadian Food Tour
Tofino | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 2 Excursions
- Coastal Bear Watch Cruise
- Whale Watching Cruise
Whistler | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions
- TreeTrek Canopy Walk
- River of Golden Dreams Twilight Wildlife Viewing Canoe Trip
- Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Jasper | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions
- Maligne Lake Cruise
- Jasper River Float
- Jasper Nature Walk
- Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier + Glacier Skywalk
Banff | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions
- Banff Gondola
- Cowboy Cookout Lunch or Dinner Wagon or Horseback
- River Explorer Canoe Tour
Hotel Information | Moderate Family Grade
- Victoria - The Oswego Hotel | Two Bedroom Suite
- Tofino/Ucluelet - Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites | Two Bedroom Suite
- Whistler - Delta Whistler | Two Bedroom Suite
- Sun Peaks – Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Hotel | Family Suite
- Jasper – Jasper Inn and Suites | Two Bedroom Suite
- Banff – Banff Rocky Mountain Resort | Two Bedroom Wolf Condo
- Rental Car
- Road Tolls
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DATES & PRICING
Departs from Vancouver(Tour Code: SD170)Departs from Calgary(Tour Code: SD171)
01 May - 10 May, 2021
11 May - 19 May, 2021
20 May - 04 Jun, 2021
05 Jun - 03 Jul, 2021
04 Jul - 20 Jul, 2021
21 Jul - 09 Aug, 2021
10 Aug - 13 Sep, 2021
14 Sep - 25 Sep, 2021
Western Canada Family Road Trip
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