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British Columbia

Vancouver Coast and Mountains, The Vancouver and Gulf Islands, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Thompson Okanagan, Kootenay Rockies and Northern British Columbia…six distinct regions, six distinct characteristics, one incredible province. Immense diversity sets British Columbia as an ever-popular tourist destination for visitors of all ages and all interests. With thousands of miles of coastline, soaring mountains, lush landscape and multitude of islands it’s an outdoor destination experience. Take to the water for kayaking, sailing, fishing white water rafting and whale watching or explore the land on a biking, hiking, bird watching, golfing or skiing adventure.

A vibrant urban playground, Vancouver combines a lively downtown district with lush parks, fabulous shopping opportunities from Robson Street to Granville Market, historical attractions and a distinctive range of global influenced communities. Stanley Park, the Gastowm District, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Burnaby Village and the bustling harbour are all must- see’s on any itinerary.

Take a ferry or float plane across the Strait to Vancouver Island, home to the very British capital and beautiful harbour town of Victoria. Although only 300 miles from tip to tip, this is an island of unspoilt natural beauty and wilderness, alive with wildlife on land as well as at sea. Marvel at the floral beauty of Stanley Park, the coastal magnificence of Pacific Rim National Park and remote wilderness of Strathcona Provincial Park.

Escape the cities to explore the depths of British Columbia. Go back in time and visit the Gold Rush Trail or ride the range in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. Experience some of the best whitewater rafting in Canada on the Thompson and Fraser Rivers or taste the exemplary wines produced from the renowned fruit orchards of the Okanagan Valley. British Columbia is also home to a wide range of ski resorts, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Mount Mckenzie and Big White are just a few of the snow rich winter destinations.

Enjoy a scenic rail journey aboard VIA Rail or Rocky Mountaineer and experience the landscapes and sights that British Columbia has to offer.

 

Average Max/Min temperatures °c
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Vancouver 6/1 8/1 11/3 15/6 18/8 21/11 24/13 24/12 20/10 15/7 10/4 7/2
Victoria 6/2 8/3 10/4 13/6 16/7 18/10 20/11 20/11 18/10 14/8 10/5 7/3
Flight duration from the UK: Vancouver 10 hours
British Columbia time zone: GMT minus(-)8 hours

 

 

Grand Canadian Rockies


10 Days/9 Nights

Begins in Vancouver and ends in Calgary.

Departures

May, June, July, August and September

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 9 nights as specified
• 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 7 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director

DAY 1 ARRIVE VANCOUVER

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival, transfer to The Fairmont Waterfront, directly facing the harbour. This evening meet your Tauck Director and travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
Hotel: The Fairmont Waterfront
Dinner included

DAY 2 VANCOUVER & VICTORIA

This morning’s sightseeing tour of Vancouver includes Stanley Park and Chinatown, two of the city's best loved attractions. This afternoon, take the ferry to Vancouver Island where you spend the next two nights in the quaint town of Victoria. Vancouver Island is simply charming, with lots to see and do just a short walk from the hotel, and you're always guaranteed a warm and friendly greeting.
Hotel: Grand Pacific
Breakfast  and dinner included

DAY 3 VANCOUVER ISLAND

Today you journey north and visit famed Butchart Gardens; with its themed displays, it is a horticulturist's dream! The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the sights of Victoria.
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Pacific
Breakfast included

DAY 4 VICTORIA & FLIGHTSEEING

Following breakfast you will enjoy a visit to Victoria's Royal BC Museum. This afternoon fly by floatplane over the Gulf Islands and back to Vancouver, then it's all aboard 'The Canadian' as you journey by rail into the Rockies.
Hotel:  The Canadian VIA Rail
Breakfast included

DAY 5 CANADIAN ROCKIES BY RAIL

Experience a nostalgic rail journey aboard ‘The Canadian’. Enjoy the sights from Tauck’s private domed observation lounge. Arrive for two nights at The Jasper Park Lodge in the heart of Jasper National Park.
Hotel: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6 JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy your day at leisure – biking, golfing, swimming or simply absorbing the stunning mountain views. For the more adventurous, try rafting on the Athabasca River.
Hotel: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 7 ICEFIELD PARKWAY

The Icefield Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise winds between snow-domed peaks and immense hanging glaciers. Ride in a specially designed ‘Ice Explorer’ on the Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefields, the largest mass of ice outside the Arctic Circle. Arrive in Lake Louise late afternoon.
Hotel: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 8 YOHO NATIONAL PARK & BANFF

Yoho translates to ‘awe and wonder’, and, when you visit this fabulous National Park you will see that it was aptly named. View the National Bridge, Spiral Tunnels and the Continental Divide. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Lake Louise and Banff National Park en route to The Fairmont Banff Springs. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, the Fairmont reflects the magnificence of the park and provides exemplary service.
Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 9 BOW RIVER VALLEY

This morning you may choose to enjoy a float trip along the river at Bow River Valley. This afternoon is yours to explore Banff National Park with 2,500sq miles of valley's, mountains, glaciers, meadows and forests, it is simply stunning! This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new friends as your vacation comes to an end.
Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 10 JOURNEY HOME

This morning, following breakfast, you can make the final journey from Banff to Calgary Airport where you check-in for your flight back to the UK.
Breakfast included

Prices

From £3940 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard room. Other room categories available on request.

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