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About your Trip

Hold onto your toques for the Big West tour, a 10 day expedition into some of the most beautiful scenery in Western Canada! We’ll explore the stunning Canadian Rockies and the alpine beauty of Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains, hiking and swimming at lakes, rivers, and waterfalls and much more! Of course, there’s plenty of wildlife around  for animal lovers, and some great activities for thrill seekers on the way!  Experience Banff and Jasper National Parks as we travel the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in the world.

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS

Looking for Summer 2020 departures? Click here!

May 04 to 31

LOW SEASON

TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $1389

June 01 to 30

MID SEASON

TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $1499

July 01 to August 31

PEAK SEASON

TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $1569

September 01 to 30

MID SEASON

TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $1499

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $1899

10 days/9 nights

Season: May – September

Start: 08:15 Vancouver

End: ~18:30 Vancouver

Max Group Size: 24

ITINERARY SUMMARY

  • Day 1 Vancouver to Whistler
    Shannon Falls
  • Day 2 Whistler to Vancouver
    Free time/hiking/activities
  • Day 3 Vancouver to Kelowna
    Paddleboard on Skaha Lake
  • Day 4 Kelowna to Banff
    Rogers Pass National Historic Site
  • Day 5 Banff to Rampart Creek
    Banff National Park/Lake Louise
  • Day 6 Rampart Creek to Jasper
    Jasper National Park/Athabasca Falls
  • Day 7 Jasper to Banff
    Columbia Icefield/Athabasca Glacier
  • Day 8 Banff Free Day
    Free time/hiking/activities
  • Day 9 Banff to Kelowna
    Yoho National Park/Emerald Lake
  • Day 10 Kelowna to Vancouver
    Othello Tunnels

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Hear the story of why they’re called Brandywine Falls

Explore the pedestrian-friendly, Disney-esque Whistler Village

Go for a paddle on Skaha Lake in the Okanagan Valley

Peyto Lake is our hands down favourite!

Hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield

We’re also wondering why it’s called Emerald Lake 😉

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Vancouver to Whistler

Let’s start at the top! From Cypress Mountain lookout, you’ll get a unique view of Vancouver from above. Then, heading north on the Sea to Sky Highway, take in the views of jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and peaceful lakes. Alice Lake Provincial Park next, for a spot of lunch where we’ll head on to two magnificent waterfalls: Shannon Falls (one of the highest in BC!) and Brandywine Falls. At the end of an exciting day of exploring, we’ll settle in Whistler for a great night enjoying its pubs, restaurants and nightclubs.

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler

DAY 2

Whistler to Vancouver

We don’t leave until the afternoon today, which gives you plenty of time to get your thrill on by zip-lining, bungee jumping, downhill mountain biking, or hiking on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. Alternatively, you might like to find a quiet spot to relax, in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please! After departing Whistler, we’ll make another picturesque stop en route before finishing the day back in Vancouver.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver – Jericho Beach

DAY 3

Vancouver to Kelowna

Fraser Valley is on our itinerary today as we say goodbye to the city.  At our first stop, we’ll we’ll head out for a short hike in the West Coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls. Crossing through the Coastal Mountains, we’ll stop in Manning Park for lunch at Lightning Lake. Moving onwards, we stop in the semi-arid grasslands of the Okanagan for a fun paddleboarding session on Skaha Lake in Penticton. Then it’s onto Kelowna on Lake Okanagan, where we’ll settle for the night – but not before trying out the buzzing nightlife of this university city!

 

Activity & Meal Inclusions: Paddleboarding, Dinner

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

DAY 4

Kelowna to Banff

Imagine crossing three mountain ranges in a day!  That’s what we’re doing on Day 4 as we travel through four National Parks en route to Banff. Leaving the Okanagan, we’ll stop in Revelstoke, where you’ll have the option to go lake kayaking surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Continuing onwards, we’ll finally enter the Rocky Mountains and cross over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta and Banff National Park. Tonight, we’ll settle in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the mountains.

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

Moose Accommodation: HI Banff

DAY 5

Banff to Rampart Creek Via Lake Louise

Today is pretty special as we visit some of the most beautiful locations of our trip!  Our first stop is Moraine Lake (seasonal), followed by the famous Lake Louise. Then it’s onto the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We’ll make stops to see the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon, before arriving at our rustic, wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. Immerse yourself in your surroundings with a dip in the creek, and some down-time in the wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a sing-song by the campfire under the stars. Idyllic!

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek. Please note: there are no alternative accommodation options at this location, but we know you’ll love having a true taste of Canada at Rampart Creek’s rustic wilderness hostel.

DAY 6

Rampart Creek to Jasper

We love Jasper! Which is just as well, as this is where we’re stopping today 🙂  We’ll look for mountain goats at the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint before heading on to Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. Then it’s on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. And we really mean amazing! Afterwards, we’ll roll into the Jasper townsite where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper

DAY 7

Jasper to Banff

The Icefields Parkway is next up today as we make our way back South, through the Columbia Icefield – the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres!You’ll have the chance to get up close to the Athabasca Glacier, either on a hike to the toe of the glacier, or on board a massive Ice Explorer vehicle. After a group dinner back in Banff, take time out to sample Banff’s pubs and nightclubs, or relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Banff

DAY 8

Banff Free Day

Today is a free day and is yours to enjoy as you like in the heart of the Rocky Mountains! Enjoy the sites in the Banff area, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, canoeing, or mountain biking. Whatever your day holds today, it’s sure to be a great one!

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Banff

DAY 9

Banff to Kelowna

Saying our goodbyes to the Rockies today, we’ll stop at the towering Takakkaw Falls (seasonal), the pristine Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge. We’ll have plenty of photo opportunities as we head to the Okanagan Valley and take some time at the stunning Kalamalka Lake viewpoint. This area is known for sandy beaches on crystal clear lakes, and lots of fun in the sun! Relax at the lake, or let your hair down at the many Kelowna bars and nightclubs.

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

DAY 10

Kelowna to Vancouver

What a beautiful send-off today as we cross Okanagan Lake and climb over high mountain passes on our way to the West Coast. We’ll explore the Othello Tunnels, before entering the Fraser Valley, and making a stop for lunch in the town of Hope. Then it’s onto Vancouver and time to bid your new bus buddies goodbye. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see them on your next Moose Tour…

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

Moose Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight.

ACTIVITIES

The Big West tour offers adrenaline seekers every adventure activity you chould imagine: bungee jumping, zip-lining, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and more. There are dozens of options to maximize your tour experience in Western Canada – you choose how extreme you want to go.

Optional activities are booked and paid through your Moose tour guide while on the tour. No need to pre-book! The following optional activities are available on this tour:

ACCOMMODATION

On the accommodated tour option, accommodation is included for all nights of the tour, in mixed gender, hostel dormitory rooms. Please note that you can request female only dorm rooms, and this is usually possible to accommodate, but we cannot guarantee it.

Most travellers book the accommodated tour option because it provides the best value for your money since we receive discounts from our accommodation providers that aren’t available to the general public. We choose hostels for their budget value, as well as offering great facilities and a warm, friendly atmosphere. By staying in shared dorm rooms you get a chance to meet more people, hang out with other tour guests, and keep the price as low as possible.

Not Interested in Staying in Shared Hostel Dorm Accommodation?

If you’d prefer to book your own accommodation, to stay in private rooms or in alternative properties, check out the non-accommodated version of this tour by clicking here.

IMPORTANT NOTES

The Big West is a combination of our Sea to Sky and Caribou tours. Some of your fellow travellers will have already explored Vancouver Island together on one of our longer combination tours. There will also be travellers joining and leaving your tour in Vancouver and Banff at various times.

All tour finish times are approximate. We strongly recommend that you DO NOT book onward travel on the final day of the tour, since traffic or other unexpected circumstances may cause delays.

Please note that our itineraries can change and/or activities can be cancelled without notice as a result of circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, traffic and unforeseen events. If this does occur, there may be alternatives available, or you may get to enjoy more free time to explore on your own!

Some sites on this tour are only available seasonally. In 2021, Moraine Lake is accessible from May 25th until October 12th. The road to Takakkaw Falls is open from mid-June until mid-October. If you want to visit these sites, please choose a departure within the appropriate date range.

If you’re flexible about when you can travel, consider the pros and cons of our travel seasons. In Low Season, you’ll get the BEST VALUE on our tours, there’s less traffic, and far fewer people at the most popular sites. The trade off is that the weather is typically more variable, cooler and wetter. Plus, a few sites may be closed, and the glacial lakes may still be frozen in the spring, although that’s also beautiful! In Peak Season, everything is open, the weather is more consistent, warmer and generally drier, and the glacial lakes are in their full glory. However, our tours cost more, traffic is busier, and the most popular locations on our itineraries can be very busy. Mid Season is somewhere in between.

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