British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies Escorted Tour
16 May – 4 June and 6 June – 25 June 2013
15 May – 3 June and 5 Junes – 24 June 2014
Prices range from £2,695 to £2,950.
Get a breath of fresh air in one of the world’s greatest mountain ranges.
City tour of Vancouver, with free time afterwards to explore the cosmopolitan city.
- Welcome meal in a panoramic restaurant in Vancouver.
- Farewell meal in Banff.
- Ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, via the lovely straits of the beautiful Gulf Islands.
- Springtime in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
- SnoCoach trip on the stunning Athabasca Glacier.
An overview of our British Columbia and Canadian Rockies escorted tour’s 20 day schedule. Tour is subject to a minimum of 15 motorhomes and 30 people participating.
Depart London Heathrow, flying with Air Canada to Vancouver. You are met on arrival and transferred to a Vancouver city centre hotel. Overnight Vancouver hotel.
Breakfast followed by guided coach tour of Vancouver. Afternoon spent at leisure to explore Vancouver. Enjoy a panoramic welcome meal in the evening with your fellow campers. Overnight Vancouver hotel.
Day 3 - 5
Breakfast, then transfer to motorhome depot to pick up vehicles. Cross to Vancouver Island by ferry to first campsite in Victoria, capital of British Columbia (BC) (42 miles driving). Group get together for a campground barbecue.
Two full days to explore this very ‘British’ city – complete with double-decker buses and traditional flower-filled parks, as well as the Royal British Columbia Museum and Parliament Building – and the surrounding area, including the lovely Butchart Gardens. Start collecting souvenirs, or catch a sea plane to go whale-watching. 3 Nights Victoria campsite.
Travel from Victoria to Nanaimo (72 miles), second largest town on Vancouver Island, to take the ferry to Horseshoe Bay. Drive through Garibaldi Provincial Park to Whistler (69 miles), the famous ski resort. There is a number of good restaurants in the town.
Overnight Whistler campsite.
Leave behind the Garibaldi Provincial Park, to enjoy some splendid lakeside roads. Stop off at Joffre and Duffey Lakes, before heading east towards Kamloops (126 miles).
Overnight Kamloops campsite.
Day 8 - 10
Drive along the Yellowhead Highway into the Wells Gray Provincial Park (162 miles), one of BC’s largest at 540,000 hectares. There is plenty of time to explore the park, a vast wilderness of alpine meadows, mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, rivers, extinct volcanoes and waterfalls. Be sure also to visit Helmcken Falls, at 142m high one of the most amazing natural features in the Wells Gray Provincial Park.
3 Nights Wells Gray Provincial Park campsite.
Travel to Mt Robson Provincial Park (173 miles), home to 3,954m Mt Robson, the highest
peak in the BC Rockies. From here on you may spot moose, mountain goats, mule, grizzly and black bears, deer, elk, marmots, chipmunks, caribou, squirrels, muskrats, beavers and up to 170 bird species.
Overnight Mount Robson Provincial Park campsite.
Day 12 - 14
Mt Robson to Jasper (53 miles) with time to visit Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed lake in the Rockies. Two full days to explore Jasper and to get out into Jasper National Park – keep your eyes peeled for roaming wildlife up here! Take a gondola trip up to Whistler’s Mountain for views back to Mt Robson and south to the Columbia Icefield. Be sure to visit Miette Hot Springs and the Athabasca Falls. The lakes, mountains and glaciers of this region are truly awe-inspiring.
3 Nights Jasper campsite.
Time to move on, down the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway to Kootenay Plains (113 miles). Included is a trip on the SnoCoach onto the Athabasca Glacier, the largest icecap south of the Arctic Circle and north of the equator. Overnight Kootenay Plains campsite.
Day 16 - 18
Explore the Yoho National Park. En route to Banff (113 miles) take in Lake Louise too – a stunning lake with a world-famous hotel. Enjoy Banff National Park, where helicopter trips, gondola rides and horse riding are all possible. On the final day you can explore Banff National Park; alternatively the great shopping in Banff provides a good opportunity to stock up with souvenirs. Enjoy a farewell dinner in Banff.
3 Nights Banff campsite.
Day 19 - 20
Return your motorhome to the depot in Calgary (94 miles). Transfer from motorhome depot to Calgary airport.
Overnight Evening flight from Calgary to London Heathrow, arriving in the morning.
This ends the tour travel arrangements.
- Prices indicated are per person for two adults sharing a motorhome. Single supplement, extra adult sharing a vehicle and child supplement – available on request.
- Return Economy Class flights with Air Canada from London to Vancouver, return Calgary to London (including airport taxes).
- 16 nights fully equipped motorhome hire
- 16 May tour: 19ft 3-berth motorhome with over-cab bed, including 2,500kms (1,560 miles) with extra kilometres charged at 44 cents per kilometre; CDR vehicle insurance with zero excess
- 6 June tour: 22-28ft 2-berth van conversion motorhome with lower twin beds, including 3,000kms (1,875 miles) with extra kilometres charged at 41.5 cents per kilometre; VIP vehicle insurance with a maximum CDN$1,500 excess (drivers over 24 years)
- Preparation fee and convenience kit; full propane tank; 16 nights site fees including hook-up where available.
- Services of experienced Tour Escorts
- Vancouver island return ferry crossing
- Vancouver hotel accommodation for two nights (bed and breakfast based on two adults sharing a room, taxes included)
- Transfers as stated
- Half day guided city tour of Vancouver
- Welcome Meal in Vancouver
- Campground barbeque in Victoria
- SnoCoach trip on Athabasca Glacier
- Farewell Meal in Banff
- Touring map/information
- Tour daybook - gives you a full tour itinerary, including suggested excursions en route. A useful guidebook but also a lasting memento!
What’s not included
- Personal insurance – please ask for a quote for Worldwide insurance at the time of booking
- Motorhome fuel or refills of propane gas
- Meals other than those listed
- Drinks with listed meals
- Excursions or entrance fees other than those listed
- Expenditure of a personal nature, tips etc; tolls
- Entry to national and other parks (you should budget about £86 for two people in park entry fees).
Upgrades and extras
A number of upgrades and extras (do book early to get the best prices) can be added to the package prices. Please ask our Worldwide Travel Specialists about:
- Upgrades to 4-berth or 6-berth motorhomes – we can then check availability of these vehicles for you.
- Extensions to your trip, either before or after the tour. The Inside Passage cruise described below can also be booked on an individual basis to fit around the dates of our June tour – just ask us for prices – but it is only one of the extra options we can offer. How about visiting the world’s largest waterfall at Niagara? Sampling the French flavour of Québec? A classic rail journey, either right across Canada, or aboard the Rocky Mountaineer? Something else in mind? Whatever your fancy, ask for details.
7-day Inside Passage Cruise
You can choose just a motorhome tour, or combine our May tour with this fantastic cruise. The Inside Passage bisects the mainland and the islands, a rarity in that large vessels can sail close to the steep mountain walls, forests and glaciers that grace the route to historic frontier towns on the way. Fly to Vancouver for a night in a hotel, then seven nights’ amazing cruising aboard the cruise ship Vollendam, then another night in Vancouver before joining the May motorhome tour group.
May motorhome tour plus Inside Passage cruise from £3,595 per person.
- A whole day at sea cruising the lovely inside passage, on both the outward and return legs.
- The Tracy Arm fjord.
- Juneau, a town with no roads to any other.
- Skagway, historic provisioning boom town from the Klondike gold rush.
- Glacier Bay, where you might see the glaciers calving huge chunks of ice into the tidewater.
- Ketchikan, to many the world’s salmon capital.
- Excursions such as dog sledding, glacier helicopter trips, float plane trips over the Misty Fjords National Monument, or perhaps whale watching followed by a salmon feast, may be booked and paid for along the way.
What’s included in the cruise option
Price indicated is per person based on two adults sharing a two-berth (twin/double) inside cabin, with full board, and includes:
- The May motorhome tour described
- Flights with Air Canada, outward on 7 May, returning with May tour group
- Mid-range hotel in Vancouver for two additional nights, on a room-only basis.
What’s not included in the cruise option
- Personal insurance, any applicable supplements for flights other than those stated, transfers between airport, hotel and harbour, upgrades to other cabin types – all these we can arrange to suit your budget and taste
- Meals in Vancouver
- Drinks, tips (allow roughly £10 per person per day) and excursions on the cruise.
Tour Gallery - 7 photos
British Columbia and Rockies Mount Robson
British Columbia and Rockies Helmken Falls
British Columbia and Rockies Columbia Icefield group
British Columbia and Rockies Vancouver Steam Clock
British Columbia and Rockies Totem polls
British Columbia and Rockies Bear crossing road
British Columbia and Rockies Mountain range reflection