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About your Trip

The 8 day Caribou Tour is a fantastic way to experience the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the highlights of southern British Columbia! Starting and finishing in Vancouver, we explore the natural landmarks, towns and nightlife of Kelowna, Banff and beautiful Jasper with many adventure stops along the way! Travel the world famous Icefields Parkway and visit Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks on our most popular pass!

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS

Looking for Summer 2020 departures? Click here!

April 22 to May 31

LOW SEASON

MONDAYS, THURSDAYS

FROM CAD $1229

June 01 to 30

MID SEASON

MONDAYS, THURSDAYS

FROM CAD $1329

July 01 to August 31

PEAK SEASON

MONDAYS, THURSDAYS

FROM CAD $1389

September 01 to 30

MID SEASON

MONDAYS, THURSDAYS

FROM CAD $1329

October 01 to 11

LOW SEASON

MONDAYS, THURSDAYS

FROM CAD $1229

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $1229

8 days/7 nights

Season: April – October

Start: 07:30 Vancouver

End: ~18:30 Vancouver

Max Group Size: 24

ITINERARY SUMMARY

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

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Will you marry me at Bridal Veil Falls?

Marvel at the aqua blue Moraine Lake (seasonal)

Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon

We dare you to take a dip in Bow Lake!

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

At 380 m, Takakkaw Falls are Canada’s second highest waterfall (seasonal)

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Vancouver to Kelowna

From the city, we’ll head through the Fraser Valley, taking a peaceful rainforest walk along the West Coast to the stunning Bridal Veil Falls. Then how about a spot of lunch at Lightening Lake, once we’ve crossed through the rugged Coastal Mountains? Okanagan next, with a trip through the semi-arid grasslands for some paddleboarding at Skaha Lake.  All of this, before settling in to Kelowna on Lake Okanagan, where you can enjoy some superb nightlife!

 

Activity & Meal Inclusions: Paddleboarding, Dinner

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

DAY 2

Kelowna to Banff

Busy day today! We’ll rack up two provinces, three mountain ranges, and four National Parks as we continue east to Banff! Leaving the Okanagan, we’ll stop en route 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.  In the evening, we’ll reach our final destination in the historic town of Banff, nestled in the heart of the mountains.

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

Moose Accommodation: HI Banff

DAY 3

Banff to Rampart Creek Via Lake Louise

We’ll start the day with a visit to two stunning lakes – Moraine Lake (seasonal), and the world 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. Why not take a dip in the creek, then relax in the wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a campfire under the stars tonight?

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek.

Please note there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this rustic, wilderness hostel for a truly Canadian experience!

DAY 4

Rampart Creek To Jasper

Today is Jasper National Park day! We’ll stop to look for mountain goats at the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint, before heading to Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. Then it’s on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. 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 – or with new-found friends!

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper

DAY 5

Jasper to Banff

It’s off to the Icefields Parkway as we make our way back south today. Our main attraction on day 5 is the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres. Get up close and personal to the Athabasca Glacier, either on a hike to the toe of the glacier, or on board a massive Ice Explorer vehicle – pretty exciting!  After a group dinner back in Banff, enjoy the great nightlife, or relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Banff

DAY 6

Banff Free Day

Enjoy all that Banff has to offer on your free day today!  Set in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, there are many sites and activities to enjoy in the Banff area; hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, canoeing, or mountain biking.  You choose!

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Ban

DAY 7

Banff to Kelowna

We leave the Rockies today, but not before stopping at the towering Takakkaw Falls (seasonal), the pristine Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge! We’ll also pause for a photo at the stunning Kalamalka Lake viewpoint after reaching the Okanagan Valley. This area is known for sandy beaches on crystal clear lakes, and lots of fun in the sun. Relax at the lake, or glam up for a fantastic night in university city Kelowna.  It will be a late one!

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

DAY 8

Kelowna to Vancouver

Today we cross the beautiful Okanagan Lake and climb over high mountain passes as we make 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 say goodbye to your new friends.

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

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

ACTIVITIES

The Caribou tour through Western Canada offers many adventure activity so you can make the most of your trip. Go mountain biking, lake kayaking, whitewater rafting and more. Moose offers dozens of options to soak in the scenery in a more relaxed way like enjoying the hot springs or riding the Banff gondola for incredible mountain vistas.

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 Caribou is part of numerous combination tours we offer: the Pacific and Big West. Some of your fellow travellers will have already explored Vancouver Island and/or Whistler together. There will also be travellers joining and leaving your tour in 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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