SASQUATCH ACCOMMODATED SASQUATCH
ACCOMMODATED

About your Trip

Want to experience the best of Vancouver Island, Whistler, and the Rockies on a one-way trip from Vancouver to Banff? The 11 day Sasquatch tour is your chance to escape to the wilds of Western Canada! With snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, you’ll have stunning views to enjoy while hiking, swimming, or trying one of the many optional adventure activities available. Come explore with Moose!

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS

Looking for Summer 2020 departures? Click here!

May 04 to 31

LOW SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $1539

June 01 to 30

MID SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $1639

July 01 to August 31

PEAK SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $1719

September 01 to 14

MID SEASON

TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS

FROM CAD $1639

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $1539

11 days/10 nights

Season: May – September

Start: 07:45 Vancouver

End: ~17:00 Banff

Max Group Size: 24

ITINERARY SUMMARY

  • Day 1 Vancouver to Tofino
    Sproat Lake petroglyphs
  • Day 2 Tofino Free Day
    Free time/activities
  • Day 3 Tofino to Victoria
    Victoria Inner Harbour at Night
  • Day 4 Victoria to Vancouver
    Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands
  • Day 5 Vancouver to Whistler
    Shannon Falls
  • Day 6 Whistler to Vancouver
    Free time/hiking/activities
  • Day 7 Vancouver to Kelowna
    Paddleboard on Skaha Lake
  • Day 8 Kelowna to Banff
    Rogers Pass National Historic Site
  • Day 9 Banff to Rampart Creek
    Banff National Park/Lake Louise
  • Day 10 Rampart Creek to Jasper
    Jasper National Park/Athabasca Falls
  • Day 11 Jasper to Banff
    Columbia Icefield/Athabasca Glacier

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Have a campfire on the beach near Tofino

Explore the pedestrian-friendly, Disney-esque Whistler Village

Marvel at the aqua blue Moraine Lake (seasonal)

Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon

See the powerful Athabasca Falls!

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

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Vancouver to Tofino

Seen an Orca lately? Let’s begin our adventure with a little marine life spotting as we take a scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  From there we will explore the lush rainforests, gushing waterfalls and 800 year-old giant Douglas fir trees of Vancouver Island.  Then we’re off to Pacific Rim National Park to take some of the most magnificent coastlines and island scenery before settling down in the quaint little fishing village of Tofino for the next 2 nights.  And relax…

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino – Whalers on the Point

DAY 2

Tofino Free Day

Whether you choose to kick back with a soak in Tofino’s natural hot springs, or jump right into the kayaking or surfing, today is yours to do as you please!  Explore on foot, by bike or go hiking – Tofino has lots on offer for your free day!

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino – Whalers on the Point

DAY 3

Tofino to Victoria

Today we’ll stop off in the village of Coombs for a chance to spot the famous goats on the roof of the Old Country Market.  Then, it’s the East Coast for us as we head down to Chemainus with its 39 giant outdoor murals for a little Al Fresco art appreciation.  Nice! And who would miss the world’s largest (ice) hockey stick?  Not us! This evening we’ll be staying in the BC provincial capital, Victoria, where you can enjoy the buzzing Inner Harbour night scene.  No early-to-bed tonight!

 

Moose Accommodation (Tue departures from Vancouver) Ocean Island Inn

Moose Accommodation (Fri Departures from Vancouver) HI Victoria

DAY 4

Victoria to Vancouver

You will have some free time to go exploring today, and there’s plenty to see in Victoria! Check out the Royal BC Museum, Parliament Buildings and the impressive Empress Hotel, or take in the sights of Canada’s oldest Chinatown, remembering to put Fan Tan Alley on your list.  We recommend a little wander along the waterfront boardwalk to Fisherman’s Wharf before joining us again for another scenic ferry back to the mainland and Vancouver.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver – Jericho Beach

DAY 5

Vancouver to Whistler

Have your camera ready for an amazing journey today! We start at the Cypress Mountain Lookout with its stunning views of Vancouver as you’d never seen it before, and then onward past mountain peaks, glaciers and stunning lakes before taking in a bite to eat at Alice Lake Provincial Park. We just have to stop at Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls before heading toward Whistler where you can let your hair down and enjoy its trendy night scene!

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler

DAY 6

Whistler to Vancouver

Ziplining, bungee jumping, mountain biking and hiking; these are just some of the things you could be doing today!  We don’t leave until the afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore Whistler village or the mountains.  Alternatively, find a quiet spot in one of the beautiful parks and take in some raw unadulterated nature, before we head back to Vancouver, stopping en route for another photo opportunity!

 

Moose Accommodation; HI Vancouver – Jericho Beach

DAY 7

Vancouver to Kelowna

No city for us today! We’re going East through the Fraser Valley, taking in a short walk through a west coast rainforest to Bridal Veil Falls.  After that, we’ll traverse (by bus, naturally:) the Coastal Mountains, rewarding our hard sight-seeing work with lunch at Lightning Lake in Manning Park.  The semi-arid grasslands of the Okanagan are next on our itinerary, where we’ll go paddle boarding on Skaha Lake, before settling in Kelowna on Lake Okanagan for the night.

 

Activity & Meal inclusions: Paddle boarding, Dinner

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

DAY 8

Kelowna to Banff

Being a little greedy with mountain ranges today, crossing not one, not two – but three of them, as we travel through four National Parks towards Banff!  We’ll stop in Revelstoke where you can go lake kayaking or simply enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.  Finally we’ll enter the Rocky Mountains and cross over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta and Banff National Park, spending the night in the historic town of Banff itself, right in the heart of the mountains.

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

Moose Accommodation: HI Banff

DAY 9

Banff to Rampart Creek

Lake Louise is calling on Day 9 as is Moraine Lake (seasonal) before heading onto the Icefields Parkway for breath-taking views of jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers and more turquoise lakes.  Keep your eyes peeled for large furry animals as we make stops at the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Mistaya Canyon before arriving at our rustic wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. We invite you to really take in your surroundings with a dip and a sauna, and perhaps a sing-song under the stars.

 

Moose Accommodation : HI Rampart Creek.

Rampart Creek offers a truly rustic wilderness experience and is the only accommodation available – we’re sure you’ll love it!

DAY 10

Rampart Creek to Jasper

Jasper today! We’ll start with a little mountain goat spotting at the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint, before stepping it up to waterfalls (not difficult to spot!) at Athabasca Falls – one of the most powerful and picturesque in the Rockies!  Then we’ll head on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest in Jasper, crossing several bridges on a scenic hike with views into the canyon.  We think you’ll need a rest after this, so will stop at Jasper townsite to explore and relax on your own.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper

DAY 11

Jasper to Banff

It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas along the Icefields Parkway as we make our way back south. Our main attraction today is 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. Our tour ends after a group dinner back in Banff.

Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight. We recommend booking at the Samesun Banff where your fellow travellers doing a longer pass will be staying.

ACTIVITIES

The Sasquatch tour through Western Canada offers adrenaline seekers every adventure activity you chould imagine: bungee jumping, ziplining, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and more. Moose offers dozens of options to soak in the scenery in a more relaxed way, like whale watching, hot springs or riding the Peak to Peak gondola for incredible mountain vistas. (Note: some of the activities below are only available after finishing the tour in Banff).

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 Sasquatch is a combination of our Island Explorer, Sea to Sky and Coho tours. There will be travellers joining and leaving your tour in Vancouver and Banff at various times. After you finish in Banff, many travellers will continue back to Vancouver.

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. If you want to visit this site, please choose a departure within the appropriate date range.

This tour finishes in Banff. The closest airport is in Calgary (YYC). Moose travellers receive a discount on the Banff Airporter shuttle, which offers door-to-door service between Banff and Calgary airport. You will receive details after booking your Moose tour.

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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