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Self-Drive Adventure in Western Canada
“This self-drive adventure doesn’t just offer scenic drives; you’ll stay in some amazing locations in the Canadian Rockies. Relaxing in a log cabin next to Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park is a real highlight of this trip.”
Arrival Vancouver – Whistler – Gold Bridge
Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll pick up your rental car and start your drive towards Whistler.
The first part of your drive takes you along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, passing Shannon Falls and the Stewamus Chief Rock, before stopping at Whistler for a break.
Continue along the Duffey Lake Road, past the Joffre Glacier, to your accommodation in Gold Bridge, where you can check in and relax.
Enjoy a day at leisure exploring the Chilcotin Mountains, just outside Gold Bridge.
There’s an array of activities available, including horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, watersports, and even flightseeing.
Gold Bridge – Lac Le Jeune
After breakfast, continue your drive to Lac Le Jeune. The route takes you through Lillooet, an important location in Canada’s gold rush history. Upon arrival in Lac Le Jeune, check into your accommodation and explore
your new surroundings.
Lac Le Jeune – Jasper
Today’s drive will take you along the Thompson River to the Monashee Mountains. Stop to admire the Pyramid Creek Falls and Albreda Icefields as you make your way to Jasper and your next accommodation.
Enjoy a day at leisure exploring Jasper and the Jasper National Park.
Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities that suit your interests prior to departure, including riding a tram up Whistler Mountain, a boat cruise on Maligne Lake, a soak in hot springs, or a rafting adventure on the Athabasca River.
Jasper – Moraine Lake
After breakfast you’ll continue your journey to Moraine Lake. This scenic drive takes you through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, past snow-tipped mountains and glacial lakes. Stop at the Athabasca Glacier for an Ice Explorer adventure, before continuing to your next accommodation.
Moraine Lake – Yoho National Park
This morning you’ll have a short drive to your next accommodation at Emerald Lake in the heart of the Yoho National Park. Settle in and relax by the lake.
Yoho National Park
Enjoy a day at leisure exploring the Yoho National Park. Activities include hiking, biking, canoeing on Emerald Lake, horseback riding, white-water rafting, and gondola rides in the mountains.
Yoho National Park – Banff
Start today with a leisurely drive to Banff along the Bow Valley Parkway. En route, stop at Johnston Canyon to see the waterfalls, before checking into your next accommodation. In the afternoon, there’s plenty to explore in the town of Banff.
Spend a day exploring the area around Banff. You might wish to visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, ride the Banff Gondola, or bathe in the Upper Hot Springs.
Today you’ll drive to the airport where you’ll drop off your rental car and catch your onward flight.
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- Wind along scenic driving routes through the Canadian Rockies
- Stay in luxury lodges in the Canadian wilderness
- Enjoy an Ice Explorer adventure on the Athabasca Glacier
- Explore nature in some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks
- Unwind in natural hot springs while enjoying panoramic views
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