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Wapiti Pass Trip from Vancouver - 9 days

Wilderness Tour in Vancouver

Wilderness Tour in Vancouver

Get an extensive look at the Rocky Mountains in Banff and Jasper National Parks, and check out the rugged BC interior with lots of hiking on this 9 Day Trip from Vancouver.

You'll explore the natural wonders of the Icefields Parkway in detail, including lakes, mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and wildlife and will do lots of hiking in Banff and Jasper National Parks. You'll also spend at least 2 nights in unique, rustic hostels in the Canadian Wilderness. Not only that, but you'll also enjoy the variable landscapes and rugged terrain of the BC interior.

This trip is a jump on, jump off adventure bus transportation pass. En route between overnight destinations, the bus stops for sightseeing, activities and other adventures. The service is door to door and pass holders receive discounts on activities, attractions and accommodation.

Important note:

There is a mandatory local payment of $125 CAD. This fee covers taxes, fuel surcharges, some meals and activities. This payment must be paid at the time of departure and information regarding this payment will be provided on your eticket. Rates include park fees for the 9 days of the tour only. If you jump off the bus and spend extra days in the parks, you must purchase a park pass for all additional days.

Pickup Locations:

  • HI Jericho - 8:00 am
  • HI Downtown - 8:20 am
  • Cambie - Seymour - 8:35 am
  • HI Central - 8:45 am
  • SameSun Vancouver - 8:45 am

Tour Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Services of the tour guide/driver
  • 3 dinners
  • Winery tasting fee
  • All park entrance fees
  • T-shirt

Tour does not include:

  • Accommodations
  • Meals (other than the 3 dinners mentioned above)
  • Mandatory local payment of $125 CAD
  • Trip options & activities (listed below)

Trip Options:

  • Canoeing or kayaking in Jasper
  • Scenic interpretive boat cruise in Jasper
  • Whitewater rafting near Banff (seasonal)
  • Horseback riding in Banff
  • Go-karting near Shuswap Lake
  • Tandem skydiving near Vancouver

Trip options are not included in the rates and must be pre-arranged. Information on making those arrangements will be included on your E-Ticket.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Vancouver to Shuswap Lake

Leaving the city behind, you will travel east through the Fraser Valley, stopping for a short walk in a west coast rain forest to check out Bridal Veil Falls and for lunch at an idyllic lake. You'll then pass through the Coastal Mountains and into the much drier interior of British Columbia. The night is spent at Scotch Creek in the Shuswap, a summer recreational region. (Dinner included)

Day 2: Shuswap Lake to Banff

You will cross into the province of Alberta and will be in four National Parks today, including Canada's oldest and most famous - Banff! The Rocky Mountains await us, as does Emerald Lake, the first of many aqua blue glacier lakes you'll see. You'll settle for the night in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the Rockies. (Dinner included)

Day 3: Banff to Rampart Creek

You spend most of the day exploring the area around the most photographed lake in the Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise, including a hike up the mountain beside the lake! You'll then head up the scenic Icefields Parkway to Rampart Creek and our rustic, wilderness hostel.

Day 4: Rampart Creek to Edith Cavell

Today you enter Jasper National Park where you'll experience the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier, as well as numerous lakes (go for a swim!), rivers, waterfalls and mountains. You'll spend another night in a rustic, wilderness hostel, enjoying a campfire in the shadow of the towering Mount Edith Cavell!

Day 5: Edith Cavell to Jasper

After a morning hike to the majestic Angel Glacier, you'll head out to Maligne Lake, where you'll have the opportunity to go canoeing, kayaking or on a boat cruise to Spirit Island (optional extra cost) or go for a hike. Then you'll head into the Jasper town site where you'll have time to explore on your own before an included dinner. (Dinner included)

Day 6: Jasper to Banff

It's yet another day of jaw dropping vistas and scenic hikes as you make your way back to Banff. Highlights include Parker Ridge, Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake (seasonal).

Day 7: Free Day in Banff

A free day to explore the Banff area sights, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, horse riding or mountain biking.

Day 8: Banff to Kelowna

You will leave the Rockies today, but not without first stopping to visit Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada (seasonal). Then it's on to the Okanagan Valley for wine tasting, sandy beaches on crystal clear lakes and lots of fun in the sun. Rock out in Kelowna tonight - it's a university city with plenty of bars and nightclubs!

Day 9: Kelowna to Vancouver

Today you climb over high mountain passes and through the beautiful grasslands of the Nicola Valley before returning to the coast. Pump yourself up because once you hit Abbotsford, it's time for tandem skydiving from up to 14,000 feet (optional extra cost)! Then it's back to Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there an age limit?

NO - most of the travelers are between 18-35 but anyone is welcome. Travelers should be adventurous, independent, and familiar with hostels and/or campgrounds.

Can I do my own cooking?

Yes! Most youth hostels have cooking facilities and you will make grocery stops along the way. Often meals will be organized for those interested - it makes cooking easy and cheap!

What should I bring?

Bring clothes for a variety of weather. Summer temperatures can range from a high of 35c to a cool 0C in the mountains in the evening. Good trainers or light hiking boots are also recommended. Sleeping bags are not essential. Bring your camera and a fun attitude!

How much money should I budget for my trip?

Most of your money will be spent in the following three areas:

  • ¬†Accommodations - budget approximately $14-$29 per night.
  • ¬†Food - budget approximately $12 - $27 per day depending on how much/where you eat.
  • ¬†Activities - anywhere from $40-$174.

What happens if I do not want to participate in an activity?

All activities are optional. You are guaranteed more than one option for paid activities and a free option every day.

What are the buses like?

The vehicles are safe, comfortable mini-coaches which seat 11-24 people. They are not wheelchair accessible, but assistance will be provided for people with special physical needs if you let us know in advance.

Is it okay if I travel alone?

Yes! Most of the passengers travel alone, but you'll find couples and small groups on the trip as well.

72 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Tour offers pick ups from specific Vancouver locations only. Cost of nightly accommodations is NOT included in tour price, but nightly hostel accommodations are available for each guest and can be arranged after you receive your eticket. Rates are per person and in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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