Tour details

Wapiti (6 Day Tour)

If exploring the Canadian Rocky Mountains is on your must-see [bucket?] list, then our 6 day Wapiti tour is for you! Starting in Banff, you will travel the world famous Icefields Parkway through Banff and Jasper National Parks, stopping at stunning lakes and raging waterfalls, while hiking, swimming and spotting wildlife as you go. You’ll also visit the Okanagan desert region and will travel the Fraser Canyon where you’ll learn about Nlaka’pamux Indigenous history and culture before finishing in Vancouver. Come ride the Moose!

Note: the Wapiti is the final 6 days of the 8 day Caribou tour. Some of your fellow travellers will have started together in Vancouver before you join them.

Highlights

? Visit the famous Lake Louise, reportedly the most photographed lake in the world!
? Marvel at the aqua blue Moraine Lake (seasonal)
? Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon
? Feel the power of Athabasca Falls!
? Visit the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies
? Experience Indigenous history and culture at the Tuckkwiowhum Village heritage site

ITINERARY

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!)

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

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. After this, we’ll return to Banff for a group dinner, and once our bellies are full, the night is yours! See what Banff nightlife has to offer or take a relaxing dip in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Who doesn’t love a giant bathtub?

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

Today is yours to do as you please! And where better to have a free day than in the heart of the Rocky Mountains! Go hiking, enjoy the sites of Banff or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, canoeing or mountain biking. Enjoy!

Meal inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff (Accommodated Option only)
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Banff

Sadly, we leave the Rockies today, but we’ll go out with a bang, stopping at some of the most breathtaking scenic points in Western Canada. We will visit the Takakkaw Falls (seasonal), the pristine Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge, as well as stopping for a photo at the stunning Kalamalka Lake viewpoint once we reach the Okanagan Valley. Here you will find beautiful sandy beaches on crystal clear lakes and plenty of sun-filled activities! Night time it’s downtown Kelowna for a plethora of bars and nightclubs in this university city!

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff (Accommodated Option only)
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

On our final day, we’ll climb over a high mountain pass, travel along the Nicola Valley and enter the Fraser Canyon. Our main destination of the day is Tuckkwiowhum Village, an Indigenous heritage site, where we’ll enjoy a guided tour and interact with a Traditional Knowledge Keeper. We’ll then continue down the canyon to Hope, where we’ll explore the Othello Tunnels on a magical walk across bridges and through old train tunnels that cut through solid granite walls! The finale is near – we’ll finish in Vancouver where it’s all hugs and Insta handle swapping as you say goodbye to your Moose mates and head home – but armed with a whole bunch of amazing adventures to talk about!

Activity Inclusions: Guided tour of Tuckkwiowhum Village
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna (Accommodated Option only)

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.

What's Included

? 5 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 Tuckkwiowhum Village Indigenous heritage site
? 1 dinner
? 3 breakfasts (at the Samesun hostels - 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

DEPARTURE DATES

April 24 to May 31 Wednesdays, Saturdays Low Season
June 01 to 30 Wednesdays, Saturdays Mid Season
July 01 to September 30 Wednesdays, Saturdays Peak Season
October 01 to October 13 Wednesdays, Saturdays Low Season

Pick Up

ITINERARY DAY PICK-UP TIME PICK-UP LOCATION
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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