Tour details

Sasquatch (11 Day Tour)

Want to experience the best of Vancouver Island, Whistler, and the Rockies on a one-way trip from Vancouver to Banff? The 11 day Sasquatch tour is your chance to escape to the wilds of Western Canada! With snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, you’ll have stunning views to enjoy while hiking, swimming, or trying one of the many optional adventure activities available. Experience Indigenous cultures and learn about Canadian history. Come explore with Moose!

Note: The Sasquatch is a combination of our Island Explorer, Sea to Sky and Coho tours. Some ofyour fellow travellers will be continuing back to Vancouver after you finish.

Basics

Start:                   Vancouver/ End Banff

ITINERARY

11 days | Departing Vancouver

Highlights

? Have a campfire on the beach near Tofino
? Discover Indigenous cultures at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
? Marvel at the aqua blue Moraine Lake (seasonal)
? Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon
? See the powerful Athabasca Falls
? Hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield

Itinerary: 

Today’s a day for history! We will begin our day with a walking tour starting in Victoria’s Chinatown, then make our way along the Inner Harbour to see the Empress Hotel, Parliament Buildings and learn about the Black Pioneers that arrived from San Francisco in 1858. Then we’ll head to Beacon Hill Park – known as the crowning jewel in Victoria’s park system, to gaze at the Terry Fox Memorial, and the world’s tallest free-standing totem pole. After that, the day is yours to explore Victoria as you wish, although we highly recommend checking out the vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf. We’ll then congregate to take another scenic ferry through the Gulf Islands, across the Salish Sea and back to Vancouver.

Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver - Jericho Beach

DAY 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: BANFF TO RAMPART CREEK

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 10: 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 11: 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.

DEPARTURE DATES

 
May 4 to May 31 Tuesdays, Fridays Low Season  
June 01 to 30 Tuesdays, Fridays Mid Season  
July 01 to September 14 Tuesdays, Fridays Peak Season  
 

2391 AUD

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