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 Park, stopping at incredible sights, hiking and swimming 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


Looking for Summer 2020 departures? Click here!

May 04 to 31



FROM CAD $1019

June 01 to 30



FROM CAD $1099

July 01 to August 31



FROM CAD $1149

September 01 to 18



FROM CAD $1099


FROM CAD $1019

7 days/6 nights

Season: May – September

Start: 08:15 Vancouver

End: ~17 :00 Vancouver

Max Group Size: 24


  • 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


Hear the story of why they are 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!

Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon

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



Vancouver to Whistler

First stop on day 1 is the Cypress Mountain lookout, where we’ll get a unique view of Vancouver from above. Heading north on the Sea to Sky Highway, enjoy the views of jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and peaceful lakes. We’ll stop for lunch en route at Alice Lake Provincial Park, in addition to stops at not one, but two waterfalls: Shannon Falls (one of the highest in BC!) and Brandywine Falls. After arriving in Whistler in the afternoon, enjoy a meal with your new bus buddies and head out to sample Whistler  nightlife!


Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler


Whistler to Vancouver

As we will not be leaving until the afternoon on day 2, you’ll have plenty of time to get your Adrenaline rush by ziplining, bungee jumping, downhill mountain biking, or hiking on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. If you’re looking to relax, find a quiet spot in one of the beautiful parks and enjoy all the nature has to offer. Today is yours to do with 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


Vancouver to Kelowna

With the city behind us, we’ll head through the Fraser Valley, taking a short walk in a 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. Afterwards, we arrive in the semi-arid grasslands of the Okanagan where we’ll go for a paddleboard on Skaha Lake in Penticton. Then it’s onto Kelowna on Lake Okanagan, where we’ll settle for the night. As a university city, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs for you to enjoy, but make sure you get enough sleep for the day ahead!


Activity & Meal Inclusions: Paddleboarding, Dinner

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna


Kelowna to Banff

Imagine crossing two provinces, three mountain ranges, and four National Parks in a day! That’s exactly what we’ll be doing 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, crossing over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta and Banff National Park. Nestled in the heart of the mountains, the historic town of Banff is our final destination for the evening.


Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

Moose Accommodation: HI Banff


Banff to Rampart Creek via Lake Louise

You haven’t seen a lake until you’ve seen the stunning Moraine Lake (seasonal), and world famous Lake Louise! This is where we head on Day 5, before travelling the Icefields Parkway to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes – all the while looking out for large furry animals! 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. Settle in for the night with some time in the wood-burning sauna, followed by a campfire sing-song under the stars…


Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek.

Please note: there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we know you’ll love having a taste of true Canada with us in this rustic, wilderness hostel!


Rampart Creek to Jasper

Today we’re entering Jasper National Park! We’ll stop to look for mountain goats at the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint, and then head on to Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. Next we’ll visit the 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.


Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper


Jasper to Banff

Our final day provides an amazing conclusion to our adventures, taking in breath-taking 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 and personal 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 where you will say goodbye to your bus buddies …and plan your next trip with Moose Tours!


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.


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:


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.


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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