Tour details

Caribou (8 Day Tour)

Canada West, Vancouver to Banff, Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountains, adventure travel, group tours,

The 8 day Caribou Tour is the best way to see the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the highlights of southern British Columbia. Starting and finishing in Vancouver, you will visit the top destinations of Kelowna, Banff, and beautiful Jasper with many adventure stops along the way! Travel the world famous Icefields Parkway and visit Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks on our most popular pass.

Itinerary

Start/End Vancouver (8 days/7 nights minimum)

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Highlights

  • Explore Western Canada's wilderness stopping at stunning viewpoints along the way, and for hiking and swimming
  • Tour through Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks
  • Visit Rocky Mountain landmarks such as Lake Louise, Johnston Canyon, and Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • Travel the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper to see Peyto Lake and the Athabasca Glacier
  • See majestic waterfalls including Bridal Veil Falls, Athabasca Falls, and 381m Takakkaw Falls (seasonal)
  • Paddleboard on a lake in the Okanagan Valley (included)
  • Enjoy the wicked nightlife and adventure activities in Banff
  • Travel through Canada's desert region and party on Lake Okanagan

ITINERARY

Leaving the city behind, we’ll head east through the Fraser Valley. At our first stop, we’ll take a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls. Crossing through the Coastal Mountains, we’ll stop in Manning Park for lunch at Lightning Lake. Afterwards, we arrive in the semi-arid grasslands of the Okanagan where we’ll go for a paddleboard on Skaha Lake in Penticton. Then it’s onto Kelowna on Lake Okanagan, our destination for the night.

Activity & Meal Inclusions: Paddleboarding, Dinner
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

We’ll be in two provinces, completely cross three mountain ranges, and travel through four National Parks today as we continue east to Banff. Leaving the Okanagan, we’ll stop en route in Revelstoke, where you’ll have the option to go lake kayaking surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Continuing onwards, we’ll finally enter the Rocky Mountains and cross over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta and Banff National Park. Tonight, we’ll settle in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the mountains.

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna
Moose Accommodation: HI Banff

Our day begins with visits to the stunning Moraine Lake (seasonal), and one of the world’s most famous lakes, Lake Louise! Then it’s onto the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We’ll make stops to see the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon, before arriving at our rustic, wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. Why not take a dip in the creek, then relax in the wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a campfire under the stars tonight?

Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek. This is a rustic, wilderness hostel and there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this truly Canadian experience!

Tick another National Park off your list today because we’re entering Jasper NP! We’ll stop to look for mountain goats at the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint. Our next stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. Then it’s on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. Afterwards, we’ll roll into the Jasper townsite where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.

Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper

It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas along the Icefields Parkway as we make our way back south. Our main attraction today is the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres. You’ll have the chance to get up close to the Athabasca Glacier, either on a hike to the toe of the glacier, or on board a massive Ice Explorer vehicle. After a group dinner back in Banff, enjoy the great nightlife, or relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Banff

Today is a free day and is yours to enjoy as you like in the heart of the Rocky Mountains! Enjoy the sites in the Banff area, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, canoeing, or mountain biking.

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Banff

We leave the Rockies today, but not before stopping at the towering Takakkaw Falls (seasonal), the pristine Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge. We’ll also stop for a photo at the stunning Kalamalka Lake viewpoint after reaching the Okanagan Valley. This area is known for sandy beaches on crystal clear lakes, and lots of fun in the sun. Relax at the lake, or rock out in Kelowna tonight - it’s a university city with plenty of bars and nightclubs!

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

Today we cross the beautiful Okanagan Lake and climb over high mountain passes as we make our way to the west coast. We’ll explore the Othello Tunnels, before entering the Fraser Valley, and making a stop for lunch in the town of Hope. Then it’s onto Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends.

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna
Moose Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight.

What's Included

  • 7 nights mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation
  • Moose Bus transportation
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • Paddleboarding on Skaha Lake
  • 2 group dinners
  • 4 breakfasts (at the Samesun hostels)
  • National Park fees
  • Moose travellers also receive discounts on optional activities!

NB: If you prefer to stay in private rooms or in alternative accommodation, there is a non-accommodated version of this tour

Departures 2020

April 23 to May 31 Mondays, Thursdays Low Season
June 01 to 30 Mondays, Thursdays Mid Season
July 01 to August 31 Mondays, Thursdays Peak Season
September 01 to September 30 Mondays, Thursdays Mid Season
October 01 to October 12 Mondays, Thursdays Low Season

Pick up

ITINERARY DAY PICK-UP TIME PICK-UP LOCATION
VANCOUVER > KELOWNA
HI Jericho 7:30am 1515 Discovery St, Vancouver
HI Downtown 7:50am 1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver
Cambie - Seymour St 8:00am 515 Seymour St, Vancouver
HI Central 8:10am 1025 Granville St, Vancouver
SameSun Vancouver 8:10am 1018 Granville St, Vancouver
KELOWNA > BANFF
SameSun Kelowna 8:00am 245 Harvey Ave, Kelowna
BANFF > RAMPART CREEK
HI Banff 8:00am 801 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff
Y Mountain Lodge 8:10am 102 Spray Ave, Banff
SameSun Banff 8:15am 433 Banff Ave, Banff
RAMPART CREEK > JASPER
HI Rampart Creek 9:00am Highway 93 N, Banff National Park
JASPER > BANFF
Jasper Train Station 8:15am 607 Connaught Dr, Jasper
New HI Jasper 8:30am 708 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Jasper
BANFF > KELOWNA
HI Banff 8:00am 801 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff
Y  Mountain Lodge 8:10am 102 Spray Ave, Banff
SameSun Banff 8:15am 433 Banff Ave, Banff
KELOWNA > VANCOUVER
SameSun Kelowna 8:00am 245 Harvey Ave, Kelowna

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