WAPITI ACCOMMODATED

About your Trip

If exploring the Canadian Rocky Mountains is on your must-see [bucket?] list, then our 6 day Wapiti Moose tour is for you!  Starting in Banff and finishing in Vancouver, you will travel the world famous Icefields Parkway through Banff and Jasper National Parks. You’ll also visit Yoho National Park, and explore Kelowna and the Okanagan desert region.

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS

Looking for Summer 2020 departures? Click here!

April 24 to May 31

LOW SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $839

June 01 to 30

MID SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $909

July 01 to August 31

PEAK SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $939

September 01 to 30

MID SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $909

October 01 to 13

LOW SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $839

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $839

6 days/5 nights

Season: April – October

Start: 08:00 Banff

End: ~18:30 Vancouver

Max Group Size: 24

ITINERARY SUMMARY

  • Day 1 Banff to Rampart Creek
    Banff National Park/Lake Louise
  • Day 2 Rampart Creek to Jasper
    Jasper National Park/Athabasca Falls
  • Day 3 Jasper to Banff
    Columbia Icefield/Athabasca Glacier
  • Day 4 Banff Free Day
    Free time/hiking/activities
  • Day 5 Banff to Kelowna
    Yoho National Park/Emerald Lake
  • Day 6 Kelowna to Vancouver
    Othelllo Tunnels

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Visit the famous Lake Louise, reportedly the most photographed lake in the world!

Marvel at the aqua blue Moraine Lake (seasonal)

Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon

Feel the power of Athabasca Falls!

Visit the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies

Witness the wonder of the Natural Bridge on the Kicking Horse River

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Banff to Rampart Creek Via Lake Louise

We begin our tour by visiting the stunning Moraine Lake (seasonal) and world famous Lake Louise. From there we head to the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes.  Keep a look out for elks, bears and other furry creatures as we head on to the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon.  After a day’s exploring, we’ll arrive at rustic, wilderness hostel Rampart Creek where we’ll settle for the night.  Enjoy a relaxing wood-burning sauna and a dip in the creek before enjoying a campfire, and perhaps a sing-song (if you’re feeling tuneful!) under the stars.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek.

Please note: there are no alternative accommodation options nearby on this night, but we know you’ll love Rampart Creek with its true Canadian wilderness experience!

DAY 2

Rampart Creek to Jasper

Today we reach Jasper National Park, and what a busy day it is! We’ll stop to 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 off 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.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper

DAY 3

Jasper to Banff

Hang on to your toques as we travel across Icefields Parkway on 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. After a group dinner back in Banff, it’s time to explore Banff with a night out on the town, or if you prefer, a relaxing evening at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Banff

DAY 4

Banff Free Day

It’s a free today, so why not head out for a day’s exploring?  Deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, there’s plenty to choose from; hike a local mountain, explore the town, or for you thrill seekers out there, try out some whitewater rafting, canoeing, or mountain biking for an additional cost.

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Banff

DAY 5

Banff to Kelowna

We leave the Rocky Mountains 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 camera opportunity at the stunning Kalamalka Lake viewpoint once we reach 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 head out to sample Kelowna’s nightlife, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs to choose from in this university city!

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

DAY 6

Kelowna to Vancouver

Our last day guys!  But we’ll make it up to you with a stunning finale to our 6 day tour!  We’ll visit the beautiful Okanagan Lake and climb over high mountain passes as we make our way to the West Coast, where we’ll explore the Othello Tunnels before entering the beautiful Fraser Valley.  Some lunch and leg-stretching in the town of Hope, then it’s onto Vancouver – and time to wave goodbye to your Moose Mates – but not before swapping insta handles!

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

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

We recommend that you do not book onward travel on this day in case of traffic or weather delays.

ACTIVITIES

The Wapiti tour through Western Canada offers many adventure activity so you can make the most of your trip. Go mountain biking, hiking, 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 Wapiti is the final 6 days of the 8 day Caribou tour, and is part of numerous combination tours we offer. Some of your fellow travellers will have started together in Vancouver before you join them.

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.

This tour starts 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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