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The Big West Pass: Vancouver-Whistler-Banff-Jasper-Kelowna

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Tour Operator: Moose Travel Network
Trip Type: Jump on/off
Tour Cost: $589 Cn
Departs From: Vancouver
Duration: minimum 10 days

The Big West Pass offers an excellent opportunity to see the major highlights of the Canadian Rockies and majestic Whistler. The 2500 km packed route takes you to the Canadian Rocky Mountains through the wild recreational paradise of British Columbia as you pass by mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and much more. You get a chance to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks along the Icefields Parkway! In addition, travel along the Sea to Sky highway where you follow the jade green waters of Howe Sound and then climb toward one of the world's great ski and summer resorts - Whistler! This trip is a jump on, jump off adventure bus transportation pass meaning you can get off the bus between overnight destinations for sightseeing, activities, and other adventures and then catch the next bus coming through when you are ready to move on. While on the tour route, service is door to door, and pass holders receive discounts on activities, attractions and accommodation. Hostel accomodation is pre-booked for those that want it.

Day: 1 | Location: VANCOUVER TO WHISTLER

Leaving Vancouver, we head north along the Sea to Sky highway, stopping to check out an impressive waterfall, jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and for lunch at a peaceful lake. We’ll arrive in Whistler in the afternoon with time for relaxing, swimming in the nearby lake, or exploring the village. Enjoy an included dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs! (Dinner included)

Day: 2 | Location: WHISTLER TO VANCOUVER

We don’t leave until the afternoon today, so get your thrill on by zip lining, bungee jumping or downhill mountain biking, go for a hike up Whistler Mountain, or relax in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please! When we do leave, we'll stop to check out another picturesque waterfall and the old mining centre at Britannia Beach before returning to Vancouver in the evening.

Day: 3 | Location: VANCOUVER TO KELOWNA

Leaving the city behind, we travel east through the Fraser Valley, stopping for a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls, and for lunch at an idyllic lake. We’ll then pass through the Coastal Mountains and into the much drier interior of British Columbia. The night is spent in the Kelowna, where we will go on a houseboat and jet boat tour of Okanagan Lake and have a barbeque at the hostel. (Dinner, jet boat, and houseboat tour included)

Day: 4 | Location: KELOWNA TO BANFF

We cross into the province of Alberta and will be in four National Parks today, including Canada’s oldest and most famous – Banff! We make a stop in Revelstoke to enjoy the lake and maybe take a kayaking lesson/tour. The Rocky Mountains await us, as does Emerald Lake, the first of many aqua blue glacier lakes we’ll see. We’ll settle for the night in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the Rockies.

Day: 5 | Location: BANFF TO LAKE LOUISE

Today, we’ll soak up the awe inspiring in the Banff National Park Area– Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, jagged mountain peaks, raging rivers, Johnston Canyon, wildlife, the massive Takkakaw Falls ( seasonal, but 2nd highest in Canada) and more. Enjoy a campfire and look for the Milky Way!

Day: 6 | Location: LAKE LOUISE TO JASPER

Explore the Icefields Parkway, including Columbia Icefields, Maligne Canyon, and Maligne Lake. Look for wildlife as we explore the backroads around Jasper.

Day: 7 | Location: JASPER TO BANFF

It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas, and scenic hikes as we make our way along the Icefields Park Way Highlights include Parker Ridge (seasonal), and Peyto Lake. Tonight we explore the great nightlife in the pubs, bar and clubs of Banff! (Dinner included)

Day: 8 | Location: FREE DAY IN BANFF

Take an included tour of the sites in the Banff area, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, horse riding or mountain biking.

Day: 9 | Location: BANFF TO KELOWNA

We leave the Rockies today, but not without first stopping to visit Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada (seasonal). Then it’s on to the Okanagan, a Summer recreational area. (Dinner included)

Day: 10 | Location: KELOWNA TO VANCOUVER

Today we cruise past lakes, climb over high mountain passes and through the beautiful Manning Park before returning to the coast. Then it’s back to Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends.

Departure Period Departure Days
May 8, 2014 - September 27, 2014 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

 

Pick Up Times

Vancouver
Hostel Time
HI Jericho 08:15 AM
HI Downtown 08:35 AM
Cambie - Seymour 08:50 AM
HI Central 09:00 AM
SameSun Vancouver 09:00 AM

What's Included

  • transportation
  • services of the tour guide/driver
  • 4 dinners
  • houseboat and jet boat tour
  • all park entrance fees
  • Moose t-shirt
  • taxes

Please note there is a mandatory local payment of $90 for this tour. This covers taxes, fuel surcharges, some meals and activities. Local payment must be made in person at the Moose Travel Network office in Vancouver (1022 Granville Street) on any date prior to departing. Please call or contact the Moose office by email at vancouver@moosenetwork.com for further instructions if you will not have time to visit our office prior to starting this trip.

Trip Options

  • whitewater rafting in Banff
  • horseback riding or canoeing and kayaking in Banff
  • go-karting near Shuswap Lake
  • tandem skydiving near Vancouver
  • bungee jumping or zip lining in Whistler
  • mountain biking in Whistler
Moose Travel Network provides adventure travel for backpackers and independent travellers. Our trips are 2-19 days and offer jump-on jump-off flexibility allowing you the chance to create your own itinerary and explore Canada at your own pace, while taking advantage of amazing scenery, great nightlife, and awesome adventure activities! Moose Travel Network also offers tours to Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Algonquin Park and more. Tours start at $55 CAD per day.

10% off all Moose West Passes with discount code "Bakpak"

Book online, by phone 1-604-297-0255 OR by email vancouver@moosenetwork.com


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Tour Highlights

  • The Natural Bridge and the aqua blue waters of Emerald Lake
  • The hotsprings, shopping and rockin' nightlife in Banff!
  • The beauty of Lake Louise, Moraine Lake (seasonal) and Peyto Lake
  • The amazing vistas along the Icefields Parkway
  • Hiking down Maligne Canyon
  • The amazing 384 m high Takakkaw Falls
  • Walking the Othello tunnels near Hope
  • The snowcapped mountains, waterfalls, and green valleys on the Sea to Sky highway
  • Mountain biking, zip lining or bungee jumping in Whistler (optional extra cost)

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