BC & Alberta Rockies Known & Unknown Rockies Fly Drive Holiday

14 nights

This fly-drive holiday takes you to all the high spots of Western Canada but then takes you off the beaten track into places where you will find few tourists and even less cars.

You will travel on the longest free ferry in the world across the beautiful Kootenay Lake, go over the Continental Divide and along the Columbia Valley. 

 Along the way you are almost sure to see some of the wildlife for which Canada is famous, be able to taste a glass or two of the Okanagan’s award winning wine, try one of the Whistler micro brews and drive the famous Icefield Parkway between Banff and Jasper.

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The Breakdown

Here's a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by adding them to your wishlist, so we can give you the best price.

Day 1-2


Arrival in Vancouver.  The next 2 days are yours to create your own urban adventure amid the stores, parks, restaurants, theatres and other attractions of downtown Vancouver.  Visit Gastown, Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain or take the step on/step off trolley tour.

2 nights in Vancouver.

Day 3-4

Vancouver to Whistler

125 kms.  Collect your car and drive the stunning Sea to Sky Highway to the alpine village of Whistler.  The ski resort transmogrifies into a summer village with every sort of activity.  With stunning golf courses, rafting, an exciting zipline adventure, mountain biking plus a selection of less physical activities such as relaxing spas and shops galore, you will easily fill the next 2 days. 

2 nights in Whistler.

Day 5

Whistler to 108 Mile House

304 kms.  Another beautiful drive as you travel up the Pemberton Valley past Duffy Lake and into the land of cowboys and ranches for an overnight stay.

1 night in 108 Mile House.

Day 6-7

108 Mile House to Jasper

450 kms.  Today you will finally reach the Rockies!  You will pass Mount Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies before arriving in Jasper where you will spend the next 2 nights.  Be sure to take the Maligne Lake cruise, ride the Jasper Tramway or ride the waves of the Athabasca River. 

2 nights in Jasper. 

Day 8-10

Jasper to Lake Louise

230 kms.  Today should be one of the highlights of your holiday as you traverse the Icefield Parkway.  You should certainly take a ride on the Snocoach as it lumbers over the Athabasca glacier and take a detour to Peyto Lake.  You will spend 3 nights in the hamlet of Lake Louise (or Banff) which will allow you plenty of time to explore this diverse region.  You should spend 1 day exploring the town of Banff with its many museums, shops and activities and the other perhaps walking around the lake or taking out a canoe.

3 nights in Lake Louise.

Day 11

Lake Louise to Cranbrook

275 kms.  Another beautiful drive as you cross the Continental Divide and into Kootenay National Park.  You might want to stop at the Radium Hot Springs before you start the drive along the Columbia River.  Your home for the night was originally an Indian reservational residential school and is now a comfortable hotel.

1 night in Cranbrook.

Day 12

Cranbrook to Nelson

210 kms (plus ferry).  A spectacular day again as you travel the narrow mountainous roads towards the Kokanee Glacier Park. We suggest you travel via Highway 3a and take the longest free ferry in the world across Kootenay Lake to then stay overnight in Nelson.

1 night in Nelson.

Day 13

Nelson to Kelowna

346 kms (plus ferry).  This will be your last day of windy mountain roads.  More wonderful scenery amongst the lakes as you cross the Monashee Mountains heading for Vernon and Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley.

2 nights in Kelowna.


Day 14


A day to relax and enjoy the wineries, fruit farms, the lake or perhaps a round of golf at one of the many excellent courses in the area.

Day 15

Kelowna to Vancouver

385 kms.  Your last day will be spent driving the Coquihalla Highway and down the Fraser Valley to Vancouver where you will drop your car and board the flight home.

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Possible add-ons: More time in the Okanagan for either a gourmet or golf tour.  A ranch stay or a 3 day heli-hiking trip. 

NB: Many of these routes can be undertaken by independent coach or rail tours.

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