Escape with the family on this wonderful adventure of Western Canada. With destinations and scenery to stimulate, motivate and rejuvenate both young and old there will be something for everyone to enjoy. From the western city of Calgary you will travel in the footsteps of dinosaurs across the ancient rockscape of Badlands at Drumheller to the spectacular Rocky Mountains and activity centres of Banff and Jasper.
Harrison Hot Springs brings a warm welcome amid the natural splendour of Manning Provincial Park, a recreational paradise. Further westward, your family adventure carries you to the Pacific in search of whales, before delivering you to the glittering urban spectacle of Vancouver.
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Arrive at Calgary International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Take the rest of the day to explore the modern family-friendly attractions of this urban cowboy city, perhaps visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Kensington for a delightful walking food tour or discover the icons of music at Studio Bell.
Today take an excursion to Dinosaur Badlands. Venture into 65 million years of history at Drumheller and visit the Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology, housing the world’s largest display of dinosaurs and the some of the most important fossils ever discovered. From Horseshoe canyon, you’ll survey the Badlands of Alberta before stepping back into prehistoric times.
Follow the 50-km Dinosaur Trail through rugged terrain marked with mysterious hoodoos, and spend hours exploring the vast dinosaur fossil digs in this region and host to many diverse plants and animals.
Distance: 86 miles
Today you’ll explore Canada's oldest national park. Banff National Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts making it great for families and offers a wide range of activities, including flightseeing and river rafting. Keep your eyes open, you are bound to encounter a variety of wildlife along the way. The charming mountain village of Banff offers a number of interesting attractions for you to discover.
You’ll have the next two days to discover Banff National Park at your leisure. Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site for its natural thermal springs, take a thrilling gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for a birds eye views of six stunning mountain ranges and the beautiful Bow Valley. Take a trip to the Banff National History Museum or pack a picnic and visit nearby Bow Falls to see the beautiful waterfall and take a float trip to the Hoodoos.
For those that have heard of Abraham Lake’s infamous ice bubbles a guided trip can be arranged for you. Have your cameras ready for the family selfie.
Or try heading underground and take the family caving on a guided adventure tour in nearby Canmore discovering underground tunnels and chambers.
Distance: 190 miles
Your drive today takes you along the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Jasper, one of North America's most spectacular highways. This route meanders in the shadow of towering mountains-revealing a panorama of peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and valleys.
Don't miss an unforgettable ride on a ice explorer buggy over the Columbia Icefield where you'll learn about the glaciology of the region and get to walk on the ancient glacier.
For more stunning views head to the Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway that leads to a glass-floored observation platform 280m above the Sunwapta Valley.
Today is your raft/float tour. Join the fun on this 16-kilometre raft/float trip while gaining a unique perspective of Jasper National Park from the Athabasca River. A National Park guide will provide commentary on the natural history of Jasper as you enjoy incomparable views of the park from the raft.
Following your float trip, we suggest a Maligne Lake boat cruise, a visit to Miette Hot Springs, or a ride on the Jasper Tramway. Take in the breathtaking panorama of Jasper National Park’s serene lakes and gentle meadows standing in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers. Whatever you decide wildlife is never far away. Elk are often seen grazing in town and, depending on the season you may even be lucky enough to spot a bear.
Distance: 293 miles
Drive the scenic Yellowhead Highway to Sun Peaks. Before leaving the Rocky Mountains 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 wilderness.
A visit to the volcano-shaped landscape of Wells Gray Provincial Park is worth the detour. Whatever the season this is a wonderful place to visit for all the family, Hike through the rugged beauty to see the amazing Helmcken Falls or Dawson Falls and a drive to Clearwater Lake offers boat trips with lunch included.
Distance: 266 miles
Driving past Kamloops, you’ll traverse the stunning, sagebrush-covered ranchlands along the South Thompson River. This is still the land of vast herds of cattle and cowboys on horseback. Entering between the towering rock walls of the Fraser Canyon, you’ll be amazed at the whitewater rapids of the Fraser River gushing far below. Over 750,000 litres of water surge through the 34-metre Hell’s Gate gorge every minute.
Further downstream in the Fraser Valley, you’ll encounter Harrison Hot Springs where you can unwind in the soothing waters of the mineral hot springs or enjoy time with the family on the beach.
Distance: 193 miles
Today your road leads to Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, on Vancouver Island . You’ll get there via a B .C. Ferry cruise across the Strait of Georgia, passing the rugged coastline and tranquil beaches of the Gulf Islands en route. You’ll also pass through Nanaimo and Chemainus - where the world-famous murals attract thousands of curious visitors every year and keep your eyes peeled for sea life.
Following your excursion we suggest a visit to Beacon Hill Park and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Drop in for an afternoon High Tea at the Empress Hotel, or visit the famous Butchart Gardens, these incredible family-owned gardens are world renowned for their beauty.
On a nice day, a carriage ride around Victoria is a great way to enjoy a guided tour of the city.
Distance: 46 miles
Back aboard B.C.Ferries, you’ll cruise across the Strait of Georgia, past the Gulf Islands to dock in the thriving port of Vancouver.
Take the rest of the day to explore this family friendly city with its many culturally rich neighbourhoods. Hire bikes and cycle Stanley Park, check out the unique totem poles, take a seafood walking tour or visit lively Granville Island where you’ll see plenty of street entertainment and performers.
Why not visit the trendy community of Gastown for your first evening meal. With its artistic flair and a great mix of restaurants there’s sure to be one that the whole family will enjoy.
Situated in a magnificent setting among the sea, the beaches, the harbour and the steep Coast Mountains, Vancouver is considered to be the Jewel of North America’s Pacific Coast. This cosmopolitan city is a real family affair with its diverse culture, a recreational playground for everyone to enjoy and an abundance of shopping and dining facilities that appeal to all tastes.
Take the entire day to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area, don’t miss a visit to the amazing Capilano Suspension Bridge, located in a living forest. Try out the new Cliffwalk or the tree top adventure and a complimentary guided history and nature tour.
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Western Canada Family Adventure.