Tour details

Pacific (14 Day Tour)

Enjoy the best of Western Canada with a 14 day/13 night adventure tour through Vancouver Island, Whistler, and the Canadian Rockies. With our Pacific Tour, you’ll go hiking and swimming, and enjoy stunning views of mountains, glacial lakes, rivers and waterfalls in the wilds of British Columbia and Alberta. And you’ll have lots of opportunities to try the adventure activities we have on offer! If you’re coming this far, why not do it all?

Note: the Pacific is a combination of our Island Explorer, Sea to Sky and Caribou Passes.

Highlights

  • Explore Western Canada's wilderness stopping at stunning viewpoints along the way, and for hiking and swimming
  • Tour through Pacific Rim, Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks
  • Visit Rocky Mountain landmarks such as Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, and Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • See majestic waterfalls including 335m Shannon Falls, Athabasca Falls, and 381m Takakkaw Falls (seasonal)
  • Go whale watching, mountain biking, zip lining, whitewater rafting & more (optional extras)
  • Cruise across Georgia Strait on two scenic ferry rides
  • Enjoy a free day exploring the quaint little fishing village of Tofino
  • Check out the Olympic sites in Whistler village & the historic inner harbour of Victoria
  • Enjoy the cafes, shopping and nightlife in the exciting party towns of Whistler & Banff

ITINERARY

Our adventure begins this morning with a scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Walk around the ship decks and keep an eye out for seals and orcas! We’ll then head into the lush rainforests of Vancouver Island where you get great views of waterfalls, lakes, and 800-year old giant Douglas-fir trees. Continuing westward, we’ll make our way into Pacific Rim National Park for our first glimpse of the pristine beaches, battered coastlines, and hundreds of islands. Then it’s on to Tofino, a quaint little fishing village on the West Coast, and our home for the next two nights.

Meal Inclusions: Dinner
Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point

Take this free day to do whatever you please! With so many optional activities on offer, such as whale watching, soaking in natural hot springs, sea kayaking, and surfing to choose from, your stay in Tofino will be nothing short of amazing. If you're not seeking adrenaline, simply unplug and find a beach, or go for a hike to relax.

Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point

We’ll drive back across the island today, stopping in the village of Coombs for a chance to spot the famous goats on the roof of the Old Country Market. From there, we’ll head south along the east coast, passing through Chemainus, with its 39 giant outdoor murals, and Duncan, home of the world’s largest (ice) hockey stick! Our destination for the night is the BC provincial capital, Victoria, named after Queen Victoria of Britain. Check out the bright lights and vibrant scene in the Inner Harbour after sunset!

Moose Accommodation (Tue departures from Vancouver): Ocean Island Inn
Moose Accommodation (Fri departures from Vancouver): HI Victoria

Spend your free time during the day exploring the city sights around the Inner Harbour, including the Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel, and Royal BC Museum. We recommend walking the waterfront boardwalk to Fisherman’s Wharf, and exploring Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Canada. In the afternoon, we’ll take another scenic ferry cruise back to the mainland and Vancouver, to rest up for the next part of our adventure.

Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver - Jericho Beach

Our day begins at the Cypress Mountain lookout, where we’ll get a unique view of Vancouver from above. Heading north on the Sea to Sky Highway, enjoy the views of jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and peaceful lakes. We’ll stop for lunch en route at Alice Lake Provincial Park, in addition to stops at not one, but two waterfalls: Shannon Falls (one of the highest in BC!) and Brandywine Falls. After arriving in Whistler in the afternoon, enjoy dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs!

Meal Inclusions: Dinner
Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler

We don’t leave until the afternoon today, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your thrill on by ziplining, bungee jumping, downhill mountain biking, or hiking on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. If you’re looking to relax, find a spot in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please! After departing Whistler, we’ll make another picturesque stop en route before finishing the day back in Vancouver.

Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver - Jericho Beach

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

  • 13 nights mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation
  • Moose Bus transportation
  • 2 scenic ferry rides to and from Vancouver Island
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • Paddleboarding on Skaha Lake
  • 4 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

May 01 to 31 Tuesdays, Fridays Low Season
June 01 to 30 Tuesdays, Fridays Mid Season
July 01 to August 31 Tuesdays, Fridays Peak Season
September 01 to September 15 Tuesdays, Fridays Mid Season

Pick up

ITINERARY DAY PICK-UP TIME PICK-UP LOCATION
VANCOUVER > TOFINO
HI Jericho 7:45am 1515 Discovery St, Vancouver
HI Downtown 8:05am 1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver
Cambie - Seymour 8:20am 515 Seymour St, Vancouver
HI Central 8:30am 1025 Granville St, Vancouver
SameSun Vancouver 8:30am 1018 Granville St, Vancouver
TOFINO > VICTORIA
HI Tofino 8:30am 81 West St, Tofino
VICTORIA > VANCOUVER
HI Victoria 3:00pm 516 Yates St, Victoria
Ocean Island 3:15pm 791 Pandora Ave, Victoria
VANCOUVER > WHISTLER
HI Jericho 8:15am 1515 Discovery St, Vancouver
HI Downtown 8:35am 1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver
Cambie - Seymour 8:50am 515 Seymour St, Vancouver
HI Central 9:00am 1025 Granville St, Vancouver
SameSun Vancouver 9:00am 1018 Granville St, Vancouver
WHISTLER > VANCOUVER
Whistler Gateway Bus/Taxi Loop 3:30pm Whistler Village (near visitors center)
HI Whistler 4:00pm 1035 Legacy Way, Whistler
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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