Self-Drive Through Western Canada

Nothing beats a holiday where you admire enthralling sights at every turn. On this 11 day itinerary through Western Canada not only will you discover scenery like you’ve never seen before, but you will experience a true Canadian outback adventure.

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this trip through Canada’s glacier covered mountains and pristine lakes is bound to be a truly memorable experience.

Jump into your car, and enjoy the ride!

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival into Vancouver, retrieve your rental car and drive along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. On the way, stop by the Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock. A short stop in Whistler is a must, before continuing on the Duffey Lake Road for breath-taking views of Joffee Glacier. Once you arrive at Tyax Mountain Lake Resort, relax!

Stay: Tyax Mountain Lake Resort

Day 2: Enjoying the great outdoors

During your stay at Tyax Mountain Lake Resort, enjoy the array of activities available to you: horse-back riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, gold panning lessons, float-plane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness…

Stay: Tyax Mountain Lake Resort

Day 3: Gold Bridge to Lac Le Jeune Resort

Drive from Gold Bridge to your next destination, Lac le Jeune. On the way, stop by Lilloeet, the land of the Gold Rush Trail. Once you arrive at Lac Le Jeune Resort, be prepared for some intense relaxation and admire fish jumping from the glassy surface of the lake.

Stay: Lac Le Jeune Resort

Day 4: Lac Le Jeune to Jasper

Follow the Thompson River to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. Admire the Pyramid Falls and the Albreda Icefields glaciers, pass by Mount Robson then on to the resort town of Jasper and into the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, your next accommodation.

Stay: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 5: Exploring Jasper

Spend the day exploring this charming mountain village, in proximity to many terrific scenery. Ride a tram up Whistler Mountain, hop on a boat cruise on Maligne Lake, soak in the Miette Hot Springs pool and watch the sunset over Pyramid and Patricia lakes.

We can also organise a gentle 2 ½ hour rafting tour on the Athabasca River, perfect for admiring the beauty of Jasper National Park.

Stay: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 6: Jasper to Moraine Lake

Your next drive takes you on a journey through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. Mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, glaciers and pristine emerald colour lakes are omnipresent on your drive to Moraine Lake. On the way, stop as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier. After this amazing discovery, continue onwards to Moraine Lake Lodge.

Stay: Moraine Lake Lodge

Day 7: Moraine Lake to Emerald Lake

A short ride from Moraine Lake likes Emerald Lake, your next place of relaxation.

Stay: Emerald Lake Lodge

Day 8: Discovering the Yoho National Park

The Yoho National Park, in which sits the Emerald Lake Lodge, is filled with gem coloured glacial lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and dense forests of western red cedar.

Stay: Emerald Lake Lodge

Day 9: Emerald Lake to Banff

Enjoy the leisurely drive to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff and your next accommodation, the Buffalo Mountain Lodge. In the afternoon, explore Banff: shopping, cafes, nightlife, museums…

Stay: Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Day 10: Day at leisure in Banff

A full-day exploration of the Banff area. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola for a panoramic view of the Bow Valley and finish off the day with a dip in the Upper Hot Springs pools.

Stay: Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Day 11: Banff to Calgary

Make your way to Calgary International Airport for your return flight.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival Tyax Mountain Lake Resort
Day 2: Enjoying the great outdoors Tyax Mountain Lake Resort
Day 3: Gold Bridge to Lac Le Jeune Resort Lac Le Jeune Resort
Day 4: Lac Le Jeune to Jasper Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 5: Exploring Jasper Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 6: Jasper to Moraine Lake Moraine Lake Lodge
Day 7: Moraine Lake to Emerald Lake Emerald Lake Lodge
Day 8: Discovering the Yoho National Park Emerald Lake Lodge
Day 9: Emerald Lake to Banff Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Day 10: Day at leisure in Banff Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Day 11: Banff to Calgary

Map

1- Vancouver 2- Tyax Mountain Lake Resort 3- Lac Le Jeune Resort 4- Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 5- Moraine Lake Lodge 6- Emerald Lake Lodge 7- Buffalo Mountain Lodge 8- Calgary

From USD 1,738 per person based on two persons travelling (excluding flights and rental car)

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant