Tomahawk (7 Day Tour)
This amazing 7 day adventure trip from Canada’s West Coast rainforest to the Rocky Mountains will leave you breathless! We travel from Vancouver to the alpine playground of Whistler and on to the glacial peaks in Banff and Jasper National Parks, stopping at incredible sights, for hiking and swimming, and to introduce you to our Indigenous cultures along the way. By the time you’ve finished in Banff, you’ll have adventure stories of a lifetime to take home with you!
Note: the Tomahawk is a combination of our Sea to Sky and Coho Tours. Some of your fellow travellers will have already travelled together on one of our longer combination tours, and some will be continuing back to Vancouver after you finish.
? Hear the story of Brandywine Falls
? Discover Indigenous cultures at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
? Go for a paddle on Skaha Lake in the Okanagan Valley
? See the majestic Peyto Lake (our hands down favourite)!
? Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon
? Hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield
DAY 1: VANCOUVER TO WHISTLER
Have your camera ready for an amazing journey today! We’ll travel the breath-taking Sea to Sky Highway, past mountain peaks, glaciers, and stunning lakes, stopping off at two waterfalls, Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls. Upon our arrival in Whistler, we’ll take a guided tour of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre including a forest walk with a Cultural Ambassador, to learn about the Indigenous cultures of the Whistler Valley. We bet you’ll be hungry after this jam-packed day, so we’ll be dining together this evening. After that, check out Whistler’s nightlife scene or give axe throwing a go! (And yes, Canada hosts a World Axe Throwing League.)
Activity Inclusions: Guided tour of Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Meal Inclusions: Dinner
Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler
DAY 2: WHISTLER TO VANCOUVER
Ziplining, bungee jumping, mountain biking and hiking; these are just some of the things you could be doing today! We don’t leave until the afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore Whistler village or the mountains. Alternatively, find a quiet spot in one of the beautiful parks and take in some raw unadulterated nature, before we head back to Vancouver, stopping en route for another photo opportunity!
Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver - Jericho Beach
DAY 3: VANCOUVER TO KELOWNA
The desert is calling! Today we’re going east through the Fraser Valley, where we’ll take a short walk through a West Coast rainforest to Bridal Veil Falls. Then, we’ll traverse the Coastal Mountains, stopping at Lightning Lake in Manning Park at lunchtime. The semi-arid desert grasslands of the Okanagan are next on our itinerary, where we’ll go paddle boarding on the beautiful Skaha Lake. We’ll be replenishing ourselves with a special dinner at Kekuli Café in Westbank, where you’ll get to try Indigenous cuisine, before settling in for the night on Lake Okanagan in Kelowna.
Activity Inclusions: Paddle boarding on Skaha Lake
Meal inclusions: Indigenous cuisine dinner
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna
DAY 4: KELOWNA TO BANFF
Being a little greedy with mountain ranges today, crossing not one, not two - but three of them, as we travel through four National Parks towards Banff! We’ll stop in Revelstoke where you can go lake kayaking or simply enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. Finally we’ll enter the Rocky Mountains and cross over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta and Banff National Park, spending the night in the historic town of Banff itself, right in the heart of the mountains.
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna (Accommodated Option only)
Moose Accommodation: HI Banff
DAY 5: BANFF TO RAMPART CREEK VIA LAKE LOUISE
It’s time to visit those famous blue lakes! Lake Louise is calling, as is Moraine Lake (seasonal) before heading onto the Icefields Parkway for breath-taking views of jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers and more turquoise lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for large furry animals as we make stops at the Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake (our favourite) and Mistaya Canyon before arriving at our rustic wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. We invite you to really take in your surroundings with a dip and a sauna, and perhaps a campfire under the stars.
Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek. (Rampart Creek offers a truly rustic wilderness experience and is the only accommodation available - we’re sure you’ll love it!)
DAY 6: RAMPART CREEK TO JASPER
Jasper National Park today! But first we’ll stop at Big Bend lookout for a great view of the U-shaped North Saskatchewan River Valley. Get your legs ready because next up is the Columbia Icefield, the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres, where we’ll hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier (conditions permitting.) Then on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, for a hike that crosses several bridges over the canyon with jaw-dropping views. Jasper townsite is our destination, and if you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, there is an option to take a guided mountain bike tour on arrival.
Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper
DAY 7: JASPER TO BANFF
Our first stop: Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque in the Rockies! This is followed by a bit of mountain goat spotting (we’re still amazed at how they hold on) at the Goats and Glaciers viewpoint. Then on to Waterfowl Lakes to soak in the backdrop of Mount Chephren, which was named after the 4th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh. Our tour ends after a group dinner back in Banff.
Meal inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation: There is no accommodation included tonight. You will need to make your own arrangements. We recommend that you do not book onward travel on this day in case of traffic or weather delays.
? 6 nights mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation (Accommodated Option only)
? 1 night mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation at Rampart Creek Wilderness
Hostel (Non-Accommodated Option only)
? Moose Bus transportation
? Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
? Guided tour of Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
? Paddleboarding on Skaha Lake
? 3 dinners, including an Indigenous cuisine meal
? 1 breakfast (at the Samesun hostel - Accommodated Option only)
? National Park fees
NB: If you prefer to stay in private rooms or in alternative accommodation, there is a non-accommodated version of this tour
|May 04 to 31||Tuesdays, Saturdays||Low Season|
|June 01 to 30||Tuesdays, Saturdays||Mid Season|
|July 01 to September 18||Tuesdays, Saturdays||Peak Season|
|ITINERARY DAY||PICK-UP TIME||PICK-UP LOCATION|
|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|