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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: $519 Cn
Departs From: Vancouver
Duration: minimum 9 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 SHUSWAP LAKE

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 at Scotch Creek in the Shuswap, a summer recreational region. (Dinner included)

Day: 4 | Location: SHUSWAP LAKE 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! 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. (Dinner included)

Day: 5 | Location: BANFF TO JASPER

Today, we’ll soak up the awe inspiring scenery along the Icefields Parkway – Lake Louise, jagged mountain peaks, raging rivers, the Columbia Icefields, waterfalls, wildlife and more. The Jasper townsite is Banff’s little cousin, but Jasper National Park is the definition of great Canadian wilderness! Enjoy a campfire and look for the Northern Lights.

Day: 6 | Location: JASPER TO BANFF

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

Day: 7 | 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: 8 | 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 Valley for wine tasting, sandy beaches on crystal clear lakes, and lots of fun in the sun. Rock out in Kelowna tonight - it’s a university city with plenty of bars and nightclubs!

Day: 9 | Location: KELOWNA TO VANCOUVER

Today we climb over high mountain passes and through the beautiful grasslands of the Nicola Valley before returning to the coast. Pump yourself up because once we hit Abbotsford, it’s time for tandem skydiving from up to 14,000 feet (optional extra cost)! Then it’s back to Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends.

Departure Period Departure Days
March 26, 2013 - May 14, 2013 Tuesday, Saturday
May 16, 2013 - July 20, 2013 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
July 22, 2013 - August 19, 2013 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
August 20, 2013 - September 28, 2013 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
October 1, 2013 - November 16, 2013 Tuesday, Saturday

Pick Up Times

Vancouver
Hostel Time
HI Jericho 07:30 AM
HI Downtown 07:50 AM
HI Central 08:00 AM
SameSun Vancouver 08:00 AM
Banff
Hostel Time
HI Banff Alpine Centre 08:00 AM
Y Mountain Lodge Banff 08:10 AM
SameSun Banff 08:15 AM
HI Lake Louise (westbound) 09:15 AM
HI Lake Louise (northbound) 11:00 AM

What's Included

  • transportation
  • services of the tour guide/driver
  • 4 dinners
  • winery tasting fee
  • 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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