16 DAY ITINERARY
CALGARY TO WATERTON
After completing the 412km jaunt from Calgary, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, you’ll have officially made your way into the first Canadian National park of your trip!
Waterton Lakes National Park borders the United State’s Glacier National Park and is home to the Waterton Lakes, the deepest lakes in the Canadian Rockies. The park became a World Heritage site in 1995, and is home to a Canadian National Heritage Site, the Prince of Wales Hotel.
WATERTON TO CRESTON
Today will have another first. You’ll move through the first mountain Pass of the trip: the Crowsnest Pass. This will bring you West across the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies and into British Columbia.
You’ll get the chance to stop at Frank Slide, the 1903 site of Canada’s deadliest rockslide. From there, through the ski town Fernie, you’ll make your way to today’s destination for the night: Creston.
CRESTON TO NAKUSP
Continuing Northwest today, you’ll venture further into interior BC. Situated next to Upper Arrow Lake in the West Kootenay region of BC, the village of Nakusp is known for its picturesque mountain setting and natural hot springs; the epitome of a mountain getaway.
Other highlights today include your first ferry trip, a chance to ride on Canada’s 2nd-rated motorcycle road, in the beautiful Monashee Mountains!
NAKUSP TO PENTICTON
This leg of the journey will bring you to Penticton - only after your chance on Canadas number-1-rated motorcycle road -, in the heart of Canada’s Wine Country, the Okanagan. This region has more than 120 wineries and vineyards, producing a large array of award-winning varietals.
Visit one of the many nearby vineyards or partake in a guided wine tour today - you’ll have the day off tomorrow to recover!
PENTICTON (REST DAY)
Translated from the Okanagan language, Penticton means “a place to stay forever”, hence why this is where you’ll spend your day off.
On the Southern tip of the 135-kilometre-long Okanagan Lake, the city of Penticton will never leave you bored. Whether it’s a hike, bike, or searching for the mysterious Ogopogo lake monster, the beautiful views that the region has to offer are sure to make your stay memorable.
PENTICTON TO HARRISON HOT SPRINGS
After the opportunity of some early morning gravel roads, today will continue to be a scenic venture; we’ll move into the rainforest-like conditions of the West Coast.
As you move closer and closer to the Pacific Ocean you’ll be able to feel the humidity in the air increase and see the landscape change, as we move into yet another Canadian microclimate.
Nestled where the Harrison River meets Harrison Lake, your final destination is the quaint village of Harrison Hot Springs, known - you’ll never guess - for its natural Hot Springs.
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS TO SALT SPRING ISLAND
You’ll reach the Pacific Ocean today! After another ferry trip, you’ll arrive on your first island of the tour. Salt Spring Island is one of the Gulf Island in the Straight of Georgia, which separates mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
Originally dubbed Admiral Island by the settling pioneers in 1859, the renamed Salt Spring Island was the first of the Gulf Islands to be settled.
Take in the coastal views and enjoy the fresh cuisine that the area has to offer.
SALT SPRING ISLAND TO VICTORIA
Today, after yet another ferry trip, you’ll have the chance to visit a Canadian Provincial-Capital City: Victoria. Situated on the Southern-most tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is known for its parks and colonial architecture.
Take the opportunity today to learn about the Canadian Government at the British Columbia Parliament buildings, visit Craigdarroch Castle, or take your chance at spotting some dolphins or Orca Whales in the Pacific!
VICTORIA TO NANAIMO
You’ll travel back up the Island today, North to Nanaimo. Known as “The Harbour City”, Nanaimo is positioned on the Sallish Sea, and is structured around the bay, with it’s streets positioned like the spokes of a wheel.
Explore the Old City Quarter and learn about the indigenous peoples; if you’re lucky, you may hear the Cannons fire off of The Bastion, an 1853-built wooden tower, just off the Harbourfront Walkway.
NANAIMO TO WHISTLER
Named the fifth-best road trip worldwide by The Guardian, the Sea to Sky highway spans Canada’s West Coast; today you’ll get to see it first-hand.
Making your way across the waters of the Pacific Ocean, once we reach the mainland you’ll then pivot Northeast - and inland, into the Coastal Mountains.
Tonight you’ll get to experience the ski-life as you stay in Whistler, home to one of the largest ski resorts in North American. Try out a Zipline or take a bird’s eye view of the area from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (that’s right, go direct from one peak to the next!)
WHISTLER (REST DAY)
Your second rest day of the tour.
One recommended option for today is to explore your surroundings that are the world-renowned ski town of Whistler. There are an unlimited number of activities to keep you entertained.
Whether you want to relax, explore or learn today, Whistler has plenty to offer!
WHISTLER TO KAMLOOPS
Heading back East into the interior of British Columbia, today’s ride will take you to where the rivers meet, the North and South Thompson rivers, that is.
The city of Kamloops is home to a vibrant wildlife community, so keep your eyes out for both cougars and bears!
Another must-see is the 200-year-old Secwepemc winter village. Don’t forget that Canadian winters can mean temperatures of -50 degrees Celsius (or colder) - it’s fascinating to learn how the aboriginals coped with these conditions.
KAMLOOPS TO BLUE RIVER
It’s likely you’ll feel a weather change today, as you continue to head north - and nearly double your elevation.
Tonight’s stay in Blue River will let you experience a true Canadian pastime - staying in a log cabin (fully equipped with a wood-burning fireplace!).
This region is famous for winter heli-skiing, so in the summer months the wildlife is active - watch out for bears!
BLUE RIVER TO JASPER
Jasper National Park is home to the most Canadian-conditions you’ll find, including the breathtaking Mount Robson. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, the park is home to glaciers, glacier-fed lakes, alpine forests and some of the most protected environmental conditions in the country.
First settled in 1813 as a fur-trade outpost for the Hudson’s Bay Company, the Town of Jasper is now the eleventh Parks Canada Dark Sky Preserve. Lumens are monitored and regulated here, allowing for uninterrupted views of the Canadian Night Sky. Stargazing required.
JASPER TO BANFF
You’ll start early on Highway 93, better known as the Icefields Parkway, the road that will take you to Banff - it’s also known as one of the best roads to travel in the World.
On route, you’ll pass the Glacier Skywalk, a glass-floored platform that reaches out 918 feet over a mountain valley. Then, you’ll continue on and make a stop at the Athabasca Glacier, one of the ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefield, the largest in the Rocky Mountains.
Next is Lake Louise, the most photographed lake in the World. And finally, you’ll make your way to the tourism-hub of Canada: Banff. Explore the quaint town centre, indulge in the natural hot springs, or make your way up the side of Sulphur Mountain in a gondola and take a look at the Rockies from 2900ft above the town on a 360-degree-observation-deck.
BANFF TO CALGARY
Closing the loop on the full circle, you’ll make your way back through the foothills to Calgary today.
For those that are feeling extra-adventurous, there’s a little-known gem, Powderface Trail, to help get some off-road kilometres under your belt before we bid you farewell!