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  • Vancouver
  • Penticton
  • Revelstoke
  • Peyto Lake
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Lake Louise
  • Prince George
  • Smithers
  • Prince Rupert
  • Port Hardy
  • Campbell River
  • Victoria
  • Vancouver

Explore the immense vastness of the gi-normous forests, crystal-clear turquoise lakes and snow-capped mountains of Western Canada and relish at the sight of Vancouver and Victoria colonial and contemporary gems. Amidst the stunning scenery runs the Inside Passage, a legacy from the glacier era. This grandiose corridor of cliffs, greenery and ice opens onto Vancouver Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the North American Pacific Coast.

 

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Days 1 - 2 - Vancouver

You arrive at Vancouver, check in and time to unwind and adjust to the time zone here.

On day 2 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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Day 3 - Vancouver > Penticton (395 km)

The scenic drive to Penticton takes you through the Okanagan Valley, known for its lush orchards, splendid lake, beaches and hot, dry climate. 

Standard Hotel:  Ramada Inn & Suites
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Day 4 - Penticton > Revelstoke (260 km)

Spend your morning at leisure as you take in the joy and beauty of the Okanagan Valley. Then the road leads you to Revelstoke, an area famous for its spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes.

Standard Hotel:  The Sutton Place Hotel
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Day 5 - Revelstoke > Banff (259 km)

Today you head towards the Canadian Rockies via the stunning Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass. Yoho National Park marks the provincial border and is Canada’s first national park. Kicking Horse Pass is worth a stop, but before you reach Banff, make sure to make ample time for a visit to the picturesque lake Louise and its walking trails.

Standard Hotel:  Elk and Avenue Hotel
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Day 6 - Banff Naional Park

Your extra day in Banff allows you to explore this stunning region for an entire day.  A Heaven gift to spend in this natural paradise. Why not visit the Banff Natural History Museum, take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain, venture out on a raft or take a leisurely boat tour on Lake Minnewanka.

 

Standard Hotel:  Elk and Avenue Hotel
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Day 7 - Banff > Jasper (285 km)

Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake en route which has the silhouette of a bear! 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 and embark on a snowcoach ride to Columbia Glacier for a sno ball fight or the unique Canadian selfie! 

Standard Hotel:  Lobstick Lodge
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Day 8 - Jasper > Prince George (375 km)

The Yellowhead Highway meanders past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, and descends into the vast forests of northern British Columbia. Follow the northern arm of the Fraser River through the Cariboo Region.

Standard Hotel:  Ramada Plaza by Windham
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Day 9 - Prince George > Smithers (370 km)

Today you travel past and enjoy the pristine beauty of the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges.

Standard Hotel:  Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge
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Day 10 - Smithers > Prince Rupert (359 km)

Today you drive along the scenic Skeena River Valley to the port city of Prince Rupert, buzzing with activity.


Standard Hotel:  Crest Hotel
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Day 11 - Prince Rupert > Port Hardy (40 km + 16 h ferry trip)

The long ferry ocean cruise today constitutes a nice and relaxing breach from all the driving and gives you the opportunity to let your hair down. You sail along the coast of British Columbia and navigate through the famous Inside Passage to Port Hardy.

Standard Hotel:  Kwa'lilas Hotel
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Day 12 - Port Hardy > Campbell River (240 km)

You will follow the East coast of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, Mecca of sport salmon fishing.

Standard Hotel:  Coast Discovery Inn
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Day 13 - Campbell River > Victoria (270 km)

Your focus for today is Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. The coast line is dotted with charming seaside towns such as Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanaimo. Make sure you make some time to admire the famous murals of Chemainus.  You approach Victoria via the Mahalat Drive, a scenic road overlooking the ocean and the Gulf Islands.


Standard Hotel:  Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites
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Day 14 - Victoria > Vancouver (70 km + 1u35 ferrytocht)

Before you leave Victoria’s charms and the beauty of its Inner Harbour, we recommend you visit Butchart Gardens, a magnificent display of flowers and shrubs set in an old stone quarry. A mini ferry cruise on BC Ferries will guide you past many Gulf Islands and through the Strait of Georgia to mainland British Columbia and Vancouver for some last-minute shopping. 


Standard Hotel:  Pacific Gateway Vancouver Airport
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Day 15 - Vancouver

Departure to the airport unless you are amongst the lucky one who can extend their holidays with a citytrip or another selfdrive!

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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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 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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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?

  • 14 nights in the listed hotels or equivalent
  • The ferry cruise past the Interior Passage from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on day 11
  • The ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen on day 14
  • 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

The Totem Peaks itinerary features fixed departures. These dates access all sailings of BC Ferries from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy. If requesting changes prior to Day 11, days must be added or deleted to accommodate the days the ferry operates and must as such be two or  multiples of two. Your accommodation during this selfdrive is based on a 'room only' stay, unless mentionned otherwise.

- The cruise through the Inside Passage from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on the day lasts 11 16h (departure 7:30 am, arrival 11:30 p.m.). Note: In order to pre-book the Inside Passage, it is imperative that clients indicate the size of the vehicle and full passengers' names at time of booking.


 Departure dates 2017 :

June 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
July 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
August 1, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
September 2, 4

Departures Jul 29 - 31 and Aug 3 - 7 are not available due to Civic Holiday and Ironman competition in Penticton.

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