10-day Rocky Mountains Whistler Big West Tour from Vancouver

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Hold onto your toques for the Big West tour, a 10 day journey into some of the most beautiful scenery in Western Canada! We’ll explore the stunning Canadian Rockies and the alpine beauty of Whistler, hiking and swimming at lakes, rivers, and waterfalls and much more! Of course, there’s plenty of wildlife around for animal lovers, some great activities for thrill seekers, and Indigenous cultures to learn about! Experience Banff and Jasper National Parks as we travel the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in the world. Note: The Big West is a combination of our Sea to Sky and Caribou tours. Some of your fellow travellers will have already travelled together on one of our longer combination tours. Moose tours are designed for 18 to 39 year olds, but we welcome all adventurous travellers that are 18+.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Moose Travel Network

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Vancouver - Whistler

Stop At: Cypress Mountain

Get a unique view of Vancouver from above (weather permitting).

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Shannon Falls Provincial Park

See the third highest waterfalls in BC, the 335 m Shannon Falls!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Alice Lake Provincial Park

We'll stop for a picnic lunch (not included) in this Provincial Park, where you can also go for a swim or walk the loop trail.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Brandywine Falls Provincial Park

Take a short walk through west coast rainforest to these picturesque falls and hear the story of how they were named.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

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.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 2 Whistler - Vancouver

Stop At: 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!

Duration: 8 hour

Stop At:

Enjoy views of the glacier-capped Tantalus Range of the Coast Mountains!

Duration: 15 minutes

Day 3 Vancouver - Kelowna

Stop At: Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park

At our first stop, we’ll take a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hope

We'll stop to pickup lunch supplies in the self-proclaimed "Chainsaw Carving Capital of Canada", the town of Hope, BC.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sudbury Beach

After crossing through the Coastal Mountains, we arrive in the semi-arid grasslands of the Okanagan where we’ll go for a paddleboard on Skaha Lake in Penticton.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kelowna

Then it’s onto Kelowna on Lake Okanagan, our destination for the night. We’ll be replenishing ourselves with a special dinner at Kekuli Café in Westbank, where you’ll get to try Indigenous cuisine.

Duration: 5 hour

Day 4 Kelowna - Banff

Stop At: Last Spike

See this historic site where the last railroad spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven in November 1885, connecting Canada from West to East.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Revelstoke

In Revelstoke, you'll have the option to go kayaking on a lake, in beautiful, hand crafted wooden kayaks, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery!

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Banff

Continuing onwards, we’ll finally enter the Rocky Mountains and cross over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta and Banff National Park. Our day finishes in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the mountains.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 5 Banff - Rampart Creek

Stop At: Moraine Lake

Our day begins at the stunning Moraine Lake, in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Please note that this is a seasonal stop.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lake Louise

We'll see one of the most famous and photographed lakes in the world, Lake Louise!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Crowfoot Glacier

See for yourself (sort of!) why it's called the Crowfoot Glacier.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mistaya Canyon

We'll take an easy walk down to the impressive Mistaya Canyon.

Duration: 30 minutes

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Tonight we stay in a 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?

Duration: 8 hour

Day 6 Rampart Creek - Jasper

Stop At: Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Our main attraction today is the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Maligne Canyon

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jasper

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.

Duration: 7 hour

Day 7 Jasper - Banff

Stop At: Athabasca Falls

Our first stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At:

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.

Duration: 30 minutes

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Then on to Waterfowl Lakes to soak in the backdrop of Mount Chephren, which was named after the 4th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh.

Duration: 15 minutes

Day 8 Banff Free Day

Stop At: Banff National Park

Spend the day as you wish in the heart of the Rocky Mountains! Hiking, exploring the town, or for an additional cost rafting the Kicking Horse River, taking the Sulphur Mountain gondola, relaxing in the Upper Hot Springs...you decide!

Duration: 10 hour

Day 9 Banff - Kelowna

Stop At: Takakkaw Falls

These magnificent falls in Yoho National Park are some of the highest in Canada at 381m! Note: this is a seasonal stop.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Emerald Lake

We'll stop for photos at the pristine Emerald Lake, also in Yoho NP. Note: this is a seasonal stop.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Natural Bridge

Not far from Emerald Lake, we'll check out this natural wonder, which spans the Kicking Horse River. Note: this is a seasonal stop.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Kalamalka Lake Lookout

We’ll also stop for a photo at the stunning Kalamalka Lake viewpoint after reaching the Okanagan Valley.

Duration: 15 minutes

Day 10 Kelowna - Vancouver

Stop At: Lake Okanagan

Today we cross the beautiful Okanagan Lake and climb over high mountain passes as we make our way to the west coast.

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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.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Othello Tunnels

We'll explore the Othello Tunnels, named after the Shakespearean character, and part of the now defunct Kettle Valley Railway system, before finishing the tour in Vancouver.

Duration: 45 minutes
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