Western Canada Culinary Delights
Your 16 night adventure will allow you to visit all of the main cities in Canada. Dine out in style at Buffalo Mountain in Banff, tour the wine region in Okanagan before experiencing one of the best Gondola ride’s in the world on Sulphur Mountain.
Available from May - September 2016. Flights available from your local airport. Why not extend your stay with an Alaska Cruise. Call our specialists today!
Upon arrival into Vancouver transfer (included) to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure. Overnight : Vancouver
Today, experience Grouse Mountain Skyride (included) and Capilano Suspension Bridge (included) at your own leisure. Be sure to see such sights as Chinatown, Historical Gastown, the markets of Granville Island, and the famous shopping district of Robson Street. Overnight : Vancouver
The Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour showcases over 5 of downtown Vancouver’s award-winning restaurants and food shops on a three-hour food tasting and educational walking tour. Guests sample gourmet food paired with wines and beer, meet award-winning chefs and food artisans and learn about Vancouver’s food trends, gourmet events, culture and architecture. Guests also receive a Vancouver Gourmet Guide with special discounts. Some of the guilty pleasures featured on this gastronomic adventure include the best dim sum in Vancouver at Kirin Chinese Restaurant; mouthwatering Italian meatballs and burrata served with a local BC wine; a spicy pulled pork sandwich paired with local craft beer; and North America’s best gelato from world-famous Bella Gelateria. Guests will also taste award-winning cheese, chocolate and wine at Vancouver’s gourmet specialty grocer and stroll along the city’s gourmet restaurant street and trendy shopping neighborhood (tour included). Overnight : Vancouver
This morning collect your hire car and begin your tour traveling into the Thompson Okanagan region; this region is famous for its orchards and vineyards as well as the wildly varied landscape. To the north of the central wine-and-fruit producing valley are vast boreal forests and to the south the desert of the Great Basin. Overnight : Kelowna
Leave the city behind and take a relaxing tour into the countryside where we combine the best of the Lake, the Valley and the Vines. You’ll experience the wineries we call hidden treasures and sample a selection of the Okanagan’s finest wines. Featured wineries will include four of the following: Sumac Ridge, Thornhaven, Dirty Laundry, Greata Ranch, Hijas Bonitas and Rollingdale. This tour includes: Tastings at a minimum of four wineries, Gourmet vineyard or lakeside lunch,and a full tour of one of the wineries plus hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Continue East towards the Shuswap area of British Columbia. With one thousand kilometres (600 miles) of shoreline possessing 25 marine parks, sandy beaches, private coves and narrow channels, this area deserves its distinction of being ”The Houseboating Capital of Canada.” Be sure to stop at Craigellachie, where the ‘last spike’ was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. The mountains that were the curse of railway workers are responsible for the park’s many waterfalls including Laughing Falls, Wapta Falls, Twin Falls and one of Canada’s highest (254 metres / 833 feet), Takakkaw Falls. Overnight: Moraine Lake
Enjoy the leisurely drive to Banff. 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. (breakfast included) Overnight : Banff
A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley. This evening dinner at your hotel is included.
Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake en-route. Enjoy glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel this route considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. We have included an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier enroute to Jasper. Overnight: Jasper
Today is at your leisure to explore this uniquely beautiful landscape.
Drive the scenic Yellowhead Highway to Wells Gray Park. Before leaving the Rocky Mountains you will encounter one of its most spectacular sights, the mist-shrouded peak of Mount Robson. The highest peak in the Rockies can be seen for miles as you wind your way south through a vast unspoiled landscape. A visit to the volcano-shaped wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park is worth the detour. Not to be missed are the towering Helmcken Falls near the entrance to the park. Overnight : Clearwater
Explore the park’s mineral springs, serene lakes, dormant volcanoes and rushing falls. (Continental breakfast included)
Begin the day traveling via 100 Mile House to the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek, where you stop to visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch (included), which literally takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush. Continue the journey south to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant Ginseng. Departing Lillooet travel the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler. On the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road enjoy breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2,596 meters. Overnight: Whistler
Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak2Peak Gondola (included) to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to 2181m via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: mid-May - Sep 30, Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack, if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued. This evening try 4 delicious courses at four award winning Whistler restaurants: Bearfoot Bistro, Hy’s Steakhouse, Quattro, Rogers Chocolates and FireRock Lounge or Mix Lounge. Included is a visit to an impressive 15,000-bottle wine cellar where guests learn to saber champagne. Dinner is accompained by wine pairings. We first serve a 3oz glass of sparkling wine after one of the guests chops open the bottle with a sword at the first restaurant. The next two restaurants serve a 3oz glass of your choice between a red or white wine and we finish with a 1oz glass of BC’s famous icewine at the last restaurant (tour included).
Depart Whistler at your own leisure along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Horseshoe Bay. 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. At Horseshoe Bay and sail for 1 hr 45 min on BC Ferries (ferry toll included) to Vancouver Island. Continue south to Victoria. Overnight: Victoria
This morning depart from Victoria Harbour on an exhilarating trip in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. This afternoon is free to explore on your own.
Leaving Victoria, drive the short and richly scenic route to Butchart Gardens (admission included) - fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display. Continue driving north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 min Ferry ride (ferry toll included) to Tsawwassen. On-board BC Ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Tsawwassen continue on to Vancouver where your Tour ends.