Stanley Park Totem Pole, Vancouver

15 day self drive itinerary

Totem Peaks

Explore Canada's gigantic forests and majestic mountains

Snow capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, unexplored forests; welcome to Western Canada! This 14 night tour, starting and ending in Vancouver, takes in some of the most picturesque sights in the west including the National Parks of Banff and Jasper. 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Discover the natural beauty of Okanagan Valley
  • Explore the vibrant city of Vancouver
  • Lose yourself within the natural beauty of Banff and Jasper national parks
  • Venture from Port Hardy to the stunning Vancouver Island

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
15 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private basis, Self-Guided
Included
  • International Flights
  • Accommodation for 14 nights
  • Ferry Crossings on Day 11 and Day 14
  • A personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information
  • Car Hire
Not included
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Park entrance fees

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive at Vancouver International Airport, collect your car and head into Vancouver to your hotel. Pick-up your Canada road book at the front desk and check-in. Remainder of the day is at leisure. To beat the jet lag, take a leisurely stroll around the Seawall to Stanley Park and visit the famous Totem Poles. On you way back head to Canada Place and grab a bite to eat whilst you watch the seaplanes landing and taking off. 

On your second day you will have the entire day to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area. We recommend heading to Grouse Mountain which is just over 30 minutes drive from Vancouver, take the Skyride to The Observatory taking in the spectacular views of the city of Vancouver from North America's largest aerial tramway. For the adventurous why not try the Mountain Ziplines, this two hour tour combines thrills with exploring the forests of Grouse Mountain from a completely different perspective. 

Points of Interest

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Granville Island market
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Canada FlyOver

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn and Suites Vancouver Downtown or similar

A Scenic drive to Penticton in the Okanagan Valley,known for its lush orchards, beaches and hot, dry climate.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ramada Inn and Suites Penticton or similar

Morning at leisure to enjoy the Okanagan Valley.Then drive past spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes en route to the Revelstoke area.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke or similar

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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Elk + Avenue Hotel or similar

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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Elk + Avenue Hotel or similar

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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Lobstick Lodge or similar

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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ramada Plaza Prince George or similar

Travel the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge or similar

Follow the scenic Skeena River Valley to the active port city of Prince Rupert.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Crest Hotel or similar

Enjoy a full-day ocean cruise on board BC Ferries along the British Columbia coastline. The famous Inside Passage cruise terminates in Port Hardy.

*For departures with the Inside Passage sailings before June 7 and after
September 6, 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

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Kwa'Lilas Hotel or similar

Travel the eastern shore of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, a focal point for sport salmon fishing.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Coast Discovery Inn or similar

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’scapital, you will travel along the scenic Malahat Drive, which affords
generous vistas of the water and the Gulf Islands beyond.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites or similar

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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport or similar

Check in at Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight.

Points of Interest