Patricia Lake, Jasper

14 day self drive itinerary

Great Parks of the West

The very best of Western Canada's National Parks

Vancouver is the starting point for this exciting journey through the best National Parks of the Canadian Rockies. See spectacular scenery from the stunning lakes in Banff to the soaring peaks at Whistler as you head through some of the most breath-taking scenery anywhere on the continent. Stop off for an inclusive trolley tour through Vancouver along the way and book payable activities including a glass-enclosed boat tour across a Jasper lake and a trail ride through Banff territory.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Vancouver Trolley tour
  • Glacier National Park
  • Mountain scenery
  • Banff Resort
  • Jasper Resort
  • Whistler activities and shopping

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
14 days
Guide Price
£2,919 per person
Price based on
Based on 11 July 19 departure from London Gatwick flying with Air Transat, meal basis as per itinerary.
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private basis
Included
  • Accommodation for 13 nights (room only basis)
  • Day 2, Vancouver, Hop on Hop off Trolley Tour
  • A personalised Jonview Canada Roadbook with attractions, daily itineraries, provincial maps, city guides, hotel vouchers and day to day mapping
Not included
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Car rental, taxes and insurance

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive in Vancouver for the first stop of your adventure. Pick up your Jonview Roadbook from your hotel reception and spend the remainder of your first day and the entirety of your second day exploring the historic streets of this exciting city. Enjoy an inclusive Trolley tour of the city with hop on/ hop off benefits so you can really make the most of your time.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver or Georgian Court Hotel or similar

Today is the first real day of your journey as you leave beautiful Vancouver behind and head to the mountains. Drive through the Coastal Mountains and Manning Provincial Park where you can stop off for a walk on the Dewdney Trail or Rhododendron Flats before heading onwards to Penticton for the afternoon and stopover. Set in the Okanagan Valley, this town is close to Okanagan Lake, local orchards and vineyards and the 560-acre Okanagan Game Farm.

Points of Interest

  • Dewdney Trail
  • Vineyard Tour
  • Okanagan Game Farm

Overnight Accommodation

  • Penticton Lakeside Resort or similar

Today you can spend the morning exploring the beautiful Okanagan Valley before heading onward to Revelstoke, passing waterfalls, peaks and lakes en-route.

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstokeor Coast Hillcrest Resort or similar

Leave Revelstoke behind as you head off once more, through the Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass on your journey to Canada's oldest national park - Banff. Spend you next two nights in Banff and enjoy exploring the area of this spectacular resort. There's the scenic Banff town to explore and plenty of activities to enjoy including a visit to Bow Falls, a trip on the Sulphur Mountain Gondola or a tour on Lake Minnewanka. If you are seeking a touch of luxury, do organize a visit to the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or Rimrock Resort or similar

Drive to Jasper via the stunning Icefields Parkway. Perhaps stop at Lake Peyto and the Columbia Icefield along the way before reaching Jasper and the Jasper National Park. Spend your next two days and two nights in Jasper exploring the beautiful natural landscape and making the most of the natural surroundings. Try a ride on the Jasper Tramway, visit Miette Hot Springs and perhaps book a lake tour or nature walk.

Points of Interest

  • Jasper Skytram
  • Columbia Icefield
  • Jasper Wildlife Tour

Overnight Accommodation

  • Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or similar

Drive through the Yellowhead Pass, passing Mount Robson - the highest peak in the Rockies as you head onwards to 100 Mile House. En-route you drive alongside the Thompson River, skirting the Wells Gray Provincial Park and stopping off at Blue River or Clearwater. 100 Mile House was founded during the Cariboo Gold Rush and is an ideal stop off location between Whistler and Jasper. There's plenty to do here too including nature walks and sporting attractions so your second day and night here can be spent doing as much or as little was you want.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Spruce Hill Resort & Spa or similar

You are back on the road again today. Look forward to a scenic drive south along the Cariboo Highway and Duffey Lake Road before reaching the year-round resort of Whistler, surrounded by soaring mountains and breathtaking landscapes. You can now enjoy two nights in this renowned resort, soaking up the ski atmosphere and maybe partaking in some sporting activities too. There's also Whistler Village for you to explore for shopping and more.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler or similar

Spend the morning at leisure in Whistler before taking the scenic two-hour drive back to Vancouver where you can complete some last-minute shopping, sample excellent cuisine or experience the nightlife of this vibrant city before heading back to your overnight stop near to Vancouver Airport.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport or Fairmont Vancouver Airport or similar

Today is the end of your tour so you will be checking in at Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight, having dropped off your vehicle at the airport.

  • Vancouver

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Head to the top of Grouse Mountain for outdoor adventure and incredible views of the city
    • Take a cruise out into the Strait of Georgia to spot breaching Whales
    • Enjoy a gourmet food tour for a fun and delicious way to get to know the city
    • Take some time out it hit the shops along Robson Street or in historic Gastown
    • Stroll through Stanley Park and visit the historic and colourful totem poles
  • Banff

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Head to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola and enjoy a dinner in the clouds
    • Take an evening wildlife excursion to view grizzly bears, bighorn sheep and eagles
    • Learn about cowboy culture and view the incredible scenery on a horseback riding tour
    • Journey to Lake Louise to view its breath taking turquoise waters
    • Relax in Banff town and enjoy the lively atmosphere of shops, bars and restaurants
  • Jasper

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Journey along the incredible Icefields Parkway - one of the world's most scenic drives
    • Take the Ice Explorer excursion out to the amazing Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier
    • View the breath-taking night skies full of stars, or even the Northern Lights
    • Take a scenic cruise out on the calm waters of Maligne Lake and visit Spirit Island
    • Tour some Jasper's fantastic breweries and sample some of the award-winning beers
  • Whistler

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Soar above the ground on a Treetop Adventure - perfect for all the family
    • Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola up to the top of Blackcomb Mountain
    • Try a gentle white water rafting cruise down the Cheakmus River
    • Hike along the Rainbow Trail along some of the highest lakes in Canada
    • Relax in Whistler Village and enjoy the lively atmosphere of shops, bars and restaurants