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  • Calgary
  • Banff
  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper
  • Sun Peaks or Clearwater
  • Whistler
  • Parksville
  • Victoria
  • Vancouver

Can you feel a mad desire to browse the breathtaking scenery offered by the Rockies but you always seem to be short of time? Then this selfdrive is custom-made for you! Glacier national parks, Banff & Jasper, turquoise blue lakes, snow-capped peaks, fjords and the ocean, they are all there. And as icing on the cake, you visit Victoria, a charming town with Victorian accents and the fascinating city of Vancouver. A very complete itinerary that will dazzle you!

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Days 1 - 2 - Calgary > Banff (145 km)

Today you will be enthralled by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you travel along its foothills towards the bustling town of Banff. Here the glorious peaks of the Banff National Park masterfully enclose the parklands.  Take your time and stop to enjoy and marvel at the natural beauty along your route.

Tomorrow Banff National Park, one of Canada’s most captivating parks, is yours to explore!  Whether you wish to board the cable car to the top of Mt. Suphur; go hiking or mountain bike or prefer to enjoy a day of horse-riding or rafting., the easy to advanced level trails offer the best opportunity to experience the natural wonders of the area and the charming setting of the town.

Standard Hotel:  Banff Inn
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Superior Hotel:  Juniper Hotel and Bistro
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Lodge Hotel:  Brewster Mountain Lodge (Continental Breakfast)
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Day 3 - Banff > Jasper (285 km)

Via the spectacular Icefields Parkway you drive to Jasper. A walk to the viewpoint of Peyto Lake and a snow coach ride to the Columbia Icefield for some cool snow fun come highly recommended. This Parkway and its stunning setting is considered to be the most beautiful in the world.

Standard Hotel:  Marmot Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  The Crimson
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Lodge Hotel:  Pyramid Lake Resort
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Day 4 - Jasper > Sun Peaks / Clearwater (450 km)

Today you follow the Yellowhead Pass once used by fur traders as a main route across the mountains.  Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies can be viewed from here. Then you continue along the Thompson River and the Wells Gray Provincial Park. We suggest a stop at Blue River.


 

Standard Hotel:  Coast Sundance Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  Alpine Meadows Resort (Continental Breakfast)
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Lodge Hotel:  Helmcken Falls Resort
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Day 5 - Sun Peaks / Clearwater > Whistler (425 km)

A rather long but interesting drive will take you to Whistler. En route you will discover the Cariboo-Chilcotin region rich in its diversity of natural settings. Part of your route leads through the semi-desert region along the banks of the Fraser Canyon. The village of Lillooet was once the starting point of the 'gold rush' route.

Standard Hotel:  Peak Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  Hilton Resort and Spa
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Lodge Hotel:  Nita Lake Resort
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Day 6 - Whistler

A day to just unwind is always welcome, even more so in this beautiful setting with abundant number of outdoor activities: hiking, sailing, windsurfing, golf, tennis, boating or just a blissful shopping experience in the village.

 

Standard Hotel:  Peak Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  Hilton Resort and Spa
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Lodge Hotel:  Nita Lake Resort
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Day 7 - Whistler > Parksville (105 km + 1h40 by ferry)

Via the scenic route 'from the sky to the ocean' and the majestic cliffs of Howe fjord you reach Horseshoe Bay. En route a stop at Shannon Falls and Brandywine comes highly recommended. By ferry you will reach Vancouver Island.

Standard Hotel:  Tigh-na-mara Seaside
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Superior Hotel:  Tigh-na-mara Seaside
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Lodge Hotel:  Tigh-na-mara Seaside
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Day 8 - Parksville > Tofino > Parksville

On today's programme the focus is on pristine nature scenes and sea air as you have the day at leisure to explore Vancouver Island. Stroll among the giant trees of Cathedral Grove and cruise the winding roads towards the Pacific Ocean as far as Tofino. If you have the time the 3-day extension 'Tofino Stay & Play' is an absolutely unforgettable addition which raises the experience level of your selfdrive to the top. 

 

Standard Hotel:  Tigh-na-mara Seaside
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Superior Hotel:  Tigh-na-mara Seaside
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Lodge Hotel:  Tigh-na-mara Seaside
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Day 9 - Parksville > Victoria (150km)

Departure for Victoria. Along the way you'll pass the small town of Chemainus which is renouned for its excellent wall paintings. The best approach of Victoria takes you down Mahalat Drive, a scenic route with views of the ocean and the islands of the Gulf.


Standard Hotel:  Sandman Hotel & Suites
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Superior Hotel:  Coast Victoria Harbourside
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Lodge Hotel:  Inn at Laurel Point
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Days 10 - 11 - Victoria > Vancouver (65 km - 1h34 by ferry)

Victoria oozes with colonial charm. Do not miss a glimpse of the parliament, the beautiful Victorian buildings and the romantic port. You sail to Vancouver by ferry. Tomorrow you embark on your personal city exploration of Vancouver. Highlights you may wish to take into account are The Macmillan planetarium, Chinatown, historic Gastown, Granville Island, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park. You may have to choose, as to see them all in one day would be an olympic feat.

Standard Hotel:  Holiday Inn Downtown
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Superior Hotel:  Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by Apa
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Lodge Hotel:  The Georgian Court
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Day 12 - Vancouver

This morning at leisure is the ideal time for some last-minute shopping.

 

Banff Horseriding in Sundance

 2 hours

Enjoy the fresh mountain air of the Rockies during your horseback ride. You ride along the banks of the river Bow and cross over Sulfur mountain. A unique opportunity to enjoy nature with all your 5 senses and make beautiful photos as lifelong souvenirs. 

Season:  operates 24 APR - 05 OCT. Min. 8 years; max 113 kg / 250 pounds

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Banff Gondola

 2 hours

From the cable car that takes you to the summit of the Sulfur Mountain you can admire breathtaking panoramas. Follow the marked walk on top of the mountain. Super instructive and stunning views guaranteed.

Season:  operates 1 APR > 31 OCT. Child rate: age 6 > 15

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Jasper On top of the Athabasca Glacier & Skywalk

 1/2 day

Besides exploring the Athabasca Glacier, you also get the chance to walk the brand new glass suspension bridge. Perched above a cliff over the Sunwapta Canyon,280 metres high, you will be awe-struck by the unlikely stunning panoramic views and the feeling to be on top of the world. A unique experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Season: Operates 19 APR > 14 OCT (weather-permitting). Childfare: age 6 > 15.

  • The excursion to Athabasca Glacier lasts 1h20, of which 90 min. are spend on the glacier
  • The time at skywalk is unlimited
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Jasper Walk the Athabasca Glacier

 1h20

Travel to the heart of the Rockies and board the Ice Explorer, a specially designed 4x4 vehicle, to the 6 km large Athabasca glacier. You will feel the ice crack underneath your shoes. An exceptional experience, especially in summer! 

  • The excursion to Athabasca Glacier lasts 1h20, of which 90 min. are spend on the glacier
  • Season: Operates 19 APR > 14 OCT (weather-permitting). Childfare: age 6 > 15.
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Jasper Rafting the Athabasca River

 2h30

What is the best way to experience Canada like real Canadians and explore nature up close?
Thanks to your experienced guide you see the landscapes and the wilderness like never before. This excursion does not need you to be experienced; the rafting is suitable for the whole family!

  • Season: Operates 10 MAY > 06 OCT (weather-permitting).
  • Childfare: age 2>5 and 6>17.
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Cruise Lake Maligne

 1h30

You sail on one of the most famous lakes in Western Canada. An enthusiastic guide showers you with an abundance of information and it is easy to take that perfect shot that oozes with charm which will make the home front wish they were there. Super photogenic is also your stop on Spirit Island.

Season:  operates 25 MAY - 07 OCT. Child rate: age 6 > 15

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Vancouver by Bike

 3 hours

In the company of your guide, you will discover Vancouver, a city of impressive contrasts. The skyscrapers of downtown, the waterfront and the forest of Stanley Park, everything is there. For all ages and levels. E-bikes are available for adults at surcharge (10% off for all bookings prior to 31 DEC)

Season: operates 01 MAY > 31 OCT.  Child rate bike: age 10 > 17

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Vancouver Whalewatching

 +/- 4 hours

Board the Explorathor for a cruise unlike any other!  Aboard a half-boot, half-zodiac you set out in search of killer whales, porpoises of, sea lions, seals ... 4 hours of observation of marine wildlife awaits you, pure bliss. You can pre-book your transfer at surcharge (WHASGT)

Season: operates 01 APR > 31 OCT.  Child and Youth rates are available under 18 years of age.

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Vancouver by Seaplane

 30 min.

In Vancouver, travelling by sea plane is an (extra-)ordinary means of transport. The coming and going of planes and boats at the jetty resemble a water ballet. Discover the magic of Vancouver, located between the mountains and the sea, from up above. A camera is an absolute must as these sights are some of the finest you will wish to share...

Season: operates 01 MAY > 30 SEP.  Child fare: age 2 > 12

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Vancouver Fly over Canada

 30 min.

Discover Canada in 4D. Perched in the air under a huge dome, you fly over the fabulous cities and landscapes of Canada from east to west. The whole is enhanced by special multi-sensory effects such as wind and fog. A magical experience that you will not forget any time soon.

Season: operates 01 APR > 31 OCT.  Child rate: age 3- 12. (Mininum height requirements: Children: min 102cm tall)

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Vancouver Fly over Alpine Lakes and Glaciers

 85 min.

Aboard the hydroplane you do not know where to look first as you overfly the snowcapped peak of Mount Mamquan (2600m) and if weather conditions allow you will land on the crystal clear waters of the alpine lake.

Season: Operates 01MAY > 30SEP (weather-permitting). Childfare: age 2 > 11.

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Hotels & Meals

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 1 day after their return home. All travellers to Canada must purchase an eTA or electronic Travel Authorisation online via the official website cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp prior to entering canadian territory via its airports. Price: 7 CAD or +/- 5 Euros. Your eTA is valid for 5 years and linked to your passport number. This implies that as soon as your passport expires, so does your eTA.

  • To save time at Customs and Immigration in Canada, you can downmload the CanBorder eDeclaration app before your arrival. You will then receive a QR-code that remains valid for 24 hours. Thanks to the scanning of the QR code, you do not have to re-enter your data on the screen at the Customs counters. You can download via the Apple Store app or Google Play app.

  • Please note: A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. All cross-border travellers with the USA must on top be in possession of an international passport and an ESTA. The digital passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the set date of your return flight. The electronic travel authorization must be purchased online by means of a personal credit card via the official link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ (14 USD on 20JAN2015). Your ESTA is valid for max. 2 years. Should your international passport expire within that period, so does your ESTA as it is linked to your passport number. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.

  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.

Time Zones

  • In The East (Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa): - 6 h.
  • Alberta (Banff, Jasper, Calgary): - 8 h.
  • British Colombia (Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops): - 9 h.
Daylight saving time 2015: In Canada the clock is set forward in the night of Saturday 7 March to Sunday 8 March. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on the night of Saturday March, 28 to Sunday, March 29th. This entails that between 8 and 29 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th.  Canada turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Currency

Currency

Canadian Dollars (CAD); 10 CAD = 6.62€ / 1€ = 1.50 CAD (16/08/2018)

Methods of Payment

A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Credit cards are very convenient and widely accepted and ATMs are readily available.

Climate

The climate is comparable to ours. In spring, days are nice and nights are fresh.

In summer temperatures can reach peaks, especially in the East. In the West, there is more chance of precipitation and it is cooler than in the East.

On the coast and around the lakes it is usually a lot cooler.

Average Temperatures (in °C):
DESTINATION  J  F  M  A  M  J  J  A  S  O  N  D
Montreal -10 -09 -03 06 13 18 21 20 15 09 02 -07
Toronto -04 -03  01 08 14 19 22 21 17 11 05 -01
Vancouver  03  05  07 10 14 17 19 19 14 11 07  05

What's included?

  • 11 nights in the listed hotels or equivalent
  • The ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo (1h35) on day 7
  • The ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen (1h35) on day 10
  • Your customized roadbook

What's not included?

Your intercontinental return flights and car rental, non-listed meals and beverages, tipping and personal expenses.

 

Good to Know

Your accommodation during this selfdrive is based on a 'room only' stay, unless mentionned otherwise. 
No arrival possible on 25  -30 jJUL  as there are no hotel vacancies due to the Iron Man competion in Whistler.

Standard Price per person


FBLDOS11/Child aged 0-11 : €39


Lodge Price per person


FBLDOS11/Code FBLDOL11 - Child aged 0-11 : €39


Superior Price per person


FBLDOS11/Code FBLDOSUP11 - Child aged 0-11 : €79


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