Totem Peaks Self Drive

From£2299 Per Person
Highlights
  • The Okanagan Valley
  • Yoho National Park
  • Banff National Park
  • Cruise from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy
  • Vancouver Island
  • Details
  • Itinerary
  • Review
  • Photos

Totem Peaks Self Drive

Totem Peaks Self Drive – a fantastic Canada holiday – featuring the Inside Passage & Vancouver Island. A Canada Self Drive Holiday from Glen Travel.

Explore hundreds of kilometres of gigantic forests, crystal-clear lakes and snow-capped mountains of Western Canada, taking in the highlights of Vancouver and Victoria. Amidst the stunning scenery runs the Inside Passage, a legacy from the glacier era. This grandiose corridor of cliffs, greenery and ice opens onto Vancouver Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the North American Pacific Coast.

Price Includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Intermediate Car Hire
  • Accommodation throughout
  • Full-day ocean cruise on board BC Ferries along the British Columbia coastline

 

 

 

Based on 16 May 2019 departure from London

Alternative dates and departure airports available

Itinerary

Totem Peaks - A Canada Self Drive Holiday
Arrive Vancouver International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick-up your Canada Roadbook at the front desk and check-in. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Vancouver.
You will have the entire day to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area. Some suggestions: Stanley Park, the MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park.
Overnight in Vancouver.
Another day to explore all that Vancouver has to offer
Scenic drive to Penticton in the Okanagan Valley, known for its lush orchards, beaches and hot, dry climate.
Overnight in Penticton.
Morning at leisure to enjoy the Okanagan Valley. Then drive past spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes en route to the Revelstoke area.
Overnight near Revelstoke.
Drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass en route to the Canadian Rockies. Yoho National Park marks the provincial border and meets Canada’s first national park here. Kicking Horse Pass is sure to be a scenic highlight of the park. Before you continue on to the bustling resort town of Banff, we suggest a visit to Lake Louise.
Overnight in Banff.
Entire day is free to tour Banff and the surrounding area. We suggest a visit to Banff Natural History Museum. You may also try river rafting or take a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka.
Overnight in Banff.
Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake en route. Enjoy glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel this route considered one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Overnight in Jasper.
Optional Extra – Highly recommended
Prepare yourself for the experience of the Columbia Icefield, located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Covering an expanse of 325 sq. km and reaching depths of up to 320 m, this impressive icefield forms one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Venture directly onto the Athabasca glacier in a specially-designed Ice Explorer with guided commentary. A unique icy adventure!
The Yellowhead Highway meanders past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, and descends into the vast forests of northern British Columbia. Follow the northern arm of the Fraser River through the Cariboo Region.
Overnight in Prince George.
Travel the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges.
Overnight in Smithers
Follow the scenic Skeena River Valley to the active port city of Prince Rupert.
Overnight in Prince Rupert.
Enjoy a full-day ocean cruise on board BC Ferries along the British Columbia coastline. The famous Inside Passage cruise terminates in Port Hardy. Overnight in Port Hardy. *For departures with the Inside Passage sailings before June 10 and after September 4, the cruise will depart in the afternoon and overnight will be on board the ferry in your selected accommodation type. The cruise will end in the morning at Port Hardy.
Travel the eastern shore of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, a focal point for sport salmon fishing.
Overnight in Campbell River.
Continue along the coast, past quaint seaside towns such as Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanaimo. In Duncan, visit the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre and in Chemainus, you can see the famous murals. As you approach Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, you will travel along the scenic Malahat Drive, which affords generous vistas of the water and the Gulf Islands beyond.
Overnight in Victoria.
Before you leave Victoria’s charms and the beauty of the Inner Harbour, we recommend you visit Butchart Gardens, a magnificent display of flowers and shrubs set in an old stone quarry. Enjoy a mini-cruise on BC Ferries guiding you around the many Gulf Islands, through the Strait of Georgia to mainland British Columbia for some last-minute shopping.
Overnight near Vancouver International Airport
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Optional Excursion – Victoria Whale Watching
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. You will ride aboard a regular covered boat with commentary by a certified marine biologist and naturalist.

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