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  • Vancouver
  • Penticton
  • Revelstoke
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • 100 Mile House
  • Whistler
  • Vancouver

This selfdrive leads you through the most beautiful national parks of the Rocky Mountains. The welcoming city of Vancouver is your starting point of a wonderful adventure in which you will acquaint yourself with the Okanagan Valley - also known as "the garden of Canada ', the Glaciers, Banff & Jasper national parks. Just before reaching Vancouver the stunning Yellowhead Pass and the Wells Grey & Garibalden Parks are bound to steal your heart.



Days 1 - 2 - Vancouver

Arrive Vancouver International Airport, transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick up your roadbook (itinerary) at the hotel front desk and check in. The rest of the day is yours to create your own urban adventure amid the stores, parks, restaurants, theatres and other attractions of downtown Vancouver. Hop aboard a San Francisco-style trolley for a fully narrated city tour and discover its premier attractions.


Standard Hotel:  Holiday Inn Downtown
Superior Hotel:  The Fairmont Hotel

Day 3 - Vancouver > Pentiction (395 km)

Travel through the Coastal Mountains and Manning Provincial Park. In the park, you can take a walk on the remnants of the Dewdney Trail or the Rhododendron Flats. The town of Penticton lies at the lower end of Okanagan Lake and the lush orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan Valley. The region is also renowned for its beaches and hot, dry climate.


Standard Hotel:  Ramada Inn & Suites
Superior Hotel:  Penticton Lake Side Resort

Day 4 - Penticton > Revelstoke (260 km)

Morning is at leisure to enjoy the Okanagan Valley. Enroute to revelstoke, you drive past spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes.


Standard Hotel:  The Sutton Place Hotel
Superior Hotel:  The Sutton Place Hotel

Days 5 - 6 - Revelstoke > Banff (280 km)

Take a slow and scenic drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass on your way to Canada's oldest national park and the bustling resort town of Banff. Visit to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or Bow Falls or ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. Why not try river rafting or a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka.


Standard Hotel:  Tunnel Mountain Resort
Superior Hotel:  The Fairmont Banff Springs

Days 7 - 8 - Banff > Jasper (285 km)

You reach Jasper via the scenic Icefields Parkway. Pauze at Peyto Lake and board the Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefield. Overnight in Jasper. Tour Jasper and the surrounding area. Why not take a ride on the Jasper Tramway or visit Miette Hot Springs. If time permits, the Athabasca River can offer exciting whitewater rafting excursions. 


Standard Hotel:  Lobstick Lodge
Superior Hotel:  The Fairmont Park Lodge

Days 9 - 10 - Jasper > 100 Mile House (465 km)

Drive through the Yellowhead Pass, near Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, and continue on the banks of the Thompson River bordering Wells Gray Provincial Park. We suggest stops in Blue River and Clearwater en route to 100 Mile House. 100 Mile House was founded during the days of the Cariboo Gold Rush, when a roadhouse was built here to service gold seekers who travelled along the Cariboo Wagon Road; hence its name: the 100 Mile House. Today the area is renowned for prime cattle ranching and leisure activities.


Standard Hotel:  The 108 Golf Resort
Superior Hotel:  Spruce Hill Resort & Spa

Days 11 - 12 - 100 Mile House > Whistler (300 km)

Today the spectacular Cariboo Highway and Duffey Lake Road to the edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park and the popular year-round resort of Whistler. Today and tomorrow your options are to either take some time off and relax or enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, windsurfing, golfing, tennis and boating, as well as shopping in Whistler Village.


Standard Hotel:  Crystal Lodge
Superior Hotel:  Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort

Day 13 - Whistler > Vancouver (123 km)

Morning at leisure to visit the village followed by a scenic 2-hour return to Vancouver in time for some last-minute shopping or a fine meal or dance at one of the trendy restaurants or nightclubs. 


Standard Hotel:  Pacific Gateway Vancouver Airport
Superior Hotel:  Pacific Gateway Vancouver Airport

Day 14 - Vancouver

End of your selfdrive.


Jasper Walk the Athabasca Glacier


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


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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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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Cruise Lake Maligne


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


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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?

  • 13 nights in Standard/Superior hotels 
  • Meals as programmed 
  • Hop on - Hop off city tour in Vancouver (day 2) 
  • Your roadbook (day-to-day itinerary)

What's not included?

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


Good to Know

There is a discount for kids (aged 2-11) who share the room with 2 adults. Your accommodation during this selfdrive is based on a 'room only' stay, unless mentionned otherwise.


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