About your Trip

This amazing 7 day adventure trip from Canada’s West Coast rainforest to the Rocky Mountains will leave you breathless! We travel from Vancouver to the alpine playground of Whistler and on to the glacial peaks in Banff and Jasper National Parks, stopping at incredible sights, for hiking and swimming, and to introduce you to our Indigenous cultures along the way. By the time you’ve finished in Banff, you’ll have adventure stories of a lifetime to take home with you!

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS

We’re very sorry, but as a result of the impact of COVID-19, this tour will not operate in 2021. Check out the following tours as an alternative:

5 Day Coho (same as days 3 to 7 of the Tomahawk)
8 Day Caribou (same as days 3 to 10 of the Big West)

2022 DEPARTURE DAYS

May 3 to 31

LOW SEASON

TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS

CAD $1159

June 1 to 30

MID SEASON

TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS

CAD $1189

July 1 to September 17

PEAK SEASON

TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS

CAD $1219

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $1159

7 days/6 nights

Season: May – September

Start: 07:45 Vancouver

End: ~17:00 Vancouver

Max Group Size: 24

ITINERARY SUMMARY

  • Day 1 Vancouver to Whistler
    Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • 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 Glacier
  • Day 7 Jasper to Banff
    Athabasca Falls

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Hear the story of why they are called Brandywine Falls

Discover Indigenous cultures at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Go for a paddle on Skaha Lake in the Okanagan Valley

Peyto Lake is our hands down favourite!

Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon

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

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Vancouver to Whistler

Have your camera ready for an amazing journey today! We’ll travel the breath-taking Sea to Sky Highway, past mountain peaks, glaciers, and stunning lakes, stopping off at two waterfalls, Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls. Upon our arrival in Whistler, we’ll take a guided tour of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre including a forest walk with a Cultural Ambassador, to learn about the Indigenous cultures of the Whistler Valley. We bet you’ll be hungry after this jam-packed day, so we’ll be dining together this evening. After that, check out Whistler’s nightlife scene or give axe throwing a go! (And yes, Canada hosts a World Axe Throwing League.)

 

Activity Inclusions: Guided tour of Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

DAY 2

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!

DAY 3

Vancouver to Kelowna

The desert is calling! Today we’re going east through the Fraser Valley, where we’ll take a short walk through a West Coast rainforest to Bridal Veil Falls. Then, we’ll traverse the Coastal Mountains, stopping at Lightning Lake in Manning Park at lunchtime. The semi-arid desert grasslands of the Okanagan are next on our itinerary, where we’ll go paddle boarding on the beautiful Skaha Lake. We’ll be replenishing ourselves with a special dinner at Kekuli Café in Westbank, where you’ll get to try Indigenous cuisine, before settling in for the night on Lake Okanagan in Kelowna.

 

Activity Inclusions: Paddle boarding on Skaha Lake

Meal inclusions: Indigenous cuisine dinner

DAY 4

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.

Note: during May and from mid-September onwards, we will cross over the Vermillion Pass to enter Alberta and Banff National Park.

DAY 5

Banff to Rampart Creek via Lake Louise

It’s time to visit those famous blue lakes! Lake Louise is calling, 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, Peyto Lake (our favourite) 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 campfire under the stars.

 

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

Jasper National Park today! But first we’ll stop at Big Bend lookout for a great view of the U-shaped North Saskatchewan River Valley. Get your legs ready because next up is the Columbia Icefield, the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres, where we’ll hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier (conditions permitting.) Then on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, for a hike that crosses several bridges over the canyon with jaw-dropping views. Jasper townsite is our destination, and if you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, there is an option to take a guided mountain bike tour on arrival.

DAY 7

Jasper to Banff

Our first stop: Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque in the Rockies! This is followed by a bit of mountain goat spotting (we’re still amazed at how they hold on) at the Goats and Glaciers viewpoint. Then on to Waterfowl Lakes to soak in the backdrop of Mount Chephren, which was named after the 4th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh. Our tour ends after a group dinner back in Banff.

 

Meal inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff

ACTIVITIES

The Tomahawk tour through Western Canada offers amazing adventure activities like: bungee jumping and ziplining in Whistler, mountain biking and whitewater rafting in the Rockies and much more. There are also dozens of options to take in the scenery in a relaxed way, like kayaking on a pristine turquoise lake or soaking in some hot springs. You choose which activities suit your time, budget and level of adventure. (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 a non-accommodated tour package, you must book ALL your accommodation yourself (except at Rampart Creek – see below). Moose does NOT include nor hold any accommodation reservations on your behalf in the overnight locations on this package. The non-accommodated package is designed for travellers who wish to stay in private rooms or in alternative properties.

NOTE 1: The only exception is at Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel where one (1) night in a mixed gender, hostel dormitory bed is included with this package. There are no alternative accommodation properties nearby and no private rooms available at Rampart Creek, hence why this hostel overnight is included.

For the accommodated version of this tour, click here.

IMPORTANT NOTES

The Tomahawk is a combination of our Sea to Sky and Coho 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. 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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