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Ranchland & Rockies

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This great 19 night Self Drive tour begins and ends in Vancouver and offers the very best that the Rocky Mountains can offer. You will have a typical ranch experience which includes Horseback riding. You will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump which has been continuously used by the aboriginal people of the plains for more than 5,500 years.

Contact one of our Canada specialists to check availability for your specific dates and to add flights from your local airport. We can also book additional nights either pre or post tour allowing you to extend your holiday. Contact us today and start to plan the trip of a lifetime.

Itinerary
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Day 1
Vancouver

Upon arrival into Vancouver transfer (own cost) to your downtown hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore.

Day 2
Vancouver

Today, experience Grouse Mountain Skyride (included) and Capilano Suspension Bridge (included) at your own leisure. Be sure to see Chinatown, Historical Gastown, Granville Island Public Market, and the famous shopping district of Robson Street.

Day 3
Ashcroft

This morning depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Continue on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. (Dinner included)

Day 4
Ashcroft

Located in British Columbia’s high country, with magnificent scenery and clear fresh air - a genuine bit of the Old West. A vast choice of horses are available from chestnuts, sorrels, bays, pintos and appaloosas - everything from gentle trail horses to lively, frisky mounts, all with good Western gear. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day 5
Clearwater

Today return back to Highway 97 following what was once the old Cariboo Wagon Road to 100 Mile House and see the original Barnard Express BX Stagecoach. Then onto Highway 24, renowned for the many lakes dotted along the highway. Highway 24 follows the historic Bridge Trail, originally used by the Shuswap people as a trade route and was later developed by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the early 1800s’ to bring furs from northern BC out to Fort Kamloops. (Breakfast included)

Day 6
Clearwater

Today is yours to explore the volcano-shaped wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Explore the park’s mineral springs, serene lakes, dormant volcanoes and rushing falls. Not to be missed are the towering Helmcken Falls near the entrance to the park. (Continental breakfast included)

Day 7
Jasper

Set out for Jasper along the scenic Yellowhead Highway and take in the breathtaking vistas of the steep-walled gorges and crashing falls of the North Thompson River. On your journey today, perhaps you will get a glimpse of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Leaving British Columbia you enter Alberta and Jasper National Park. Jasper was originally a tent city serving the railway, and is now a quaint mountain village. (Continental breakfast included)

Day 8
Jasper

Today, explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain or a boat cruise on Maligne Lake, in the evening soak in the pools at Miette Hot Springs, and watch the sunset over Pyramid and Patricia Lakes (not included).

Day 9
Banff

View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. From Lake Louise choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

Day 10
Banff

A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (not included).

Day 11
Waterloo

Travel south to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (included). Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, the site has been used continuously by aboriginal peoples of the plains for more than 5,500 year and is one of the world’s oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jump’s known to exist. Continue south to Cardston where the Remington Carriage Museum is located - North America’s largest museum of horse-drawn transportation. From Cardston, it’s a short 45 minute drive to Waterton Lakes National Park. This beautiful park is a nature enthusiast and photographer’s paradise.

Day 12
Cranbrook

Highway #6 north from Waterton Lakes will take you to Pincher Creek and the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village - a turn of the 19th century historic village. Be sure to stop at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre in the Crowsnest Pass where visitors can discover stories of the slide that destroyed the town of Frank, and explore ruins and displays related to the original coal mining industry, once the lifeblood of the valley.

Day 13
Nelson

On the way into Nelson today take a short detour over to Harrop and back to experience the Harrop-Proctor Cable Ferry. Surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains, set on the shores of Kootenay Lake and clustered with some 350 heritage buildings, Nelson’s storybook charm and stunning scenery create the quintessential small town setting. Perhaps enjoy an evening cruise on the S.S. Moyie paddle wheeler (not included).

Day 14
Nelson

Tucked into lush Selkirk Mountains is the soulful community of Nelson. There is plenty of tranquility here, and loads of action too. Nearly every restaurant and public center doubles as a gallery. Nelson’s live entertainment venues host first-rate performances year-round.

Day 15
Osoyoos

Today continue traveling westward to Osoyoos, Canada’s only desert town, with a unique interpretive centre to experience this phenomenon. With expanses of orchards and vineyards, lake swimming and boating, this area has all the amenities a visitor could ever want.

Day 16
Osoyoos

Today make time for a lunch stop at Nk’Mip Cellars, North America’s first aboriginal owned and operated winery. Overlooking vineyards and Osoyoos Lake, Nk’Mip Cellars is a perfect place for lunch on their outdoor patio. Also a must is the Nk’Mip Heritage Cultural Centre where you will be immersed in the Okanagan First Nation’s habitation with on-site tours of a traditional village and a performing arts theatre. You can also walk through the interpretive desert ecological zone located close by.

Day 17
Manning Park

Today return to Vancouver along the Hope - Princeton Highway past the famous Hope Slide and along the fertile farmland of the Fraser Valley. Along the way you can step back in time at Kilby Historic Store, where costumed staff introduces you to an original Fraser Valley family. The Fraser Valley winds along to Mission where view seekers drive up to Westminster Abbey, a working monastery open to visitors. Or a cooling, wet, fun stop at the Transcanada Waterslides located close to Bridal Falls on Highway 1 (not included).

Day 18
Vancouver

The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada’s thirdlargest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port with a multi-cultural ambiance. The spectacular setting invites you outdoors; explore the restaurants, shopping, galleries and museums, nightlife, entertainment and more.

Day 19
Vancouver

The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada’s thirdlargest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port with a multi-cultural ambiance. The spectacular setting invites you outdoors; explore the restaurants, shopping, galleries and museums, nightlife, entertainment and more.

Day 20
Vancouver

Upon check-out of your hotel your self drive ends.

Please Note all of our trips can be tailor-made to suit your requirements

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Trip Includes
  • Accommodation for 19 nights
  • Horseback riding
  • Use of Sundance Ranch facilities
  • Admission to Head-Smashed_in Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Sulpher Mountain Gondola
  • Grouse Mountain Admission
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Admission
Tailor-Make Your Holiday

You can swap out any part of this itinerary, add activities, tours or extend your stay and even upgrade your accommodation to build your dream holiday.

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