This 7-Days “Smooth” Gold Rush Tour takes us back to the gold fever times while following the Canadian Route 97 Gold-Rush Trail.
This wonderful 7-days Gold Rush Tour is a great fit for 50+ & senior travelers and also ideal as a Post Cruise Land Tour and has a lot of “extra’s” included. Starts in Vancouver and ends in Calgary. This Special Tour takes you from the sea to the desert and from the rockies into the prairies of West Canada. Flights out of Calgary YYC are easy to get and will take you to your next destination.
Route 97 is the longest continuous North – South Highway in North America, stretching from Northern California, USA clear through British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian part of Route 97 starts at the US border near Osoyoos, BC and leads you to Canada’s only desert and it’s warmest lake, lush temperate rainforest, top wineries and into the Majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains!
This tour can be best described as “Diverse” in terms of variety and for travellers that truly want to experience a destination they are visiting, this is the ideal way to explore beyond the coast of Vancouver. The various regions, landscapes, history, traditions, local cultures, nature & wildlife that we will drive through, show you the beauty and diversity of this most western part of Canada.
Day 1: Vancouver – Osoyoos
We departure from Vancouver in the early morning and drive via the beautiful Fraser Valley up to the one-and-only Canadian Desert, situated in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. We’ll drive into Osoyoos where we will visit the First Nation’s NK’Mip Cellars & Winery before we check into our accommodation for one night.
Day 2: Osyoos – Kamloops – (D-tour) Clearwater
Today we actually start our Route 97 here in Osoyoos and we’ll drive through the wonderful Okanagan Country via Kelowna to Kamloops. From there we are making a little D-tour to Clearwater. All for two very good reasons, stunning falls and a surprise luncheon, so just relax & enjoy the local life.
Day 3: Clearwater – Jasper
Today we will make our way into te Rockies. Before we leave BC behind us, we will change time zone from Pacific to Mountain time and enter Mount Robson Provincial Park where we’ll stop at the foot of Mount Robson that with 3954 m/12,972ft is the highest point in the North American Rocky Mountain Range. From there we drive straight into Alberta and into Jasper National Park, on our way to Jasper, the little mountain town named after this park. After check-in the rest of the afternoon/evening is at leisure.
Day 4: Jasper
In the morning we will do a sightseeing tour in, and around Jasper and drive up to Maligne Lake where you’ll embark on the wonderful “Maligne Lake & Spirit Island Cruise”. from there we drive to Maligne Canyon for a short walk along the canyon path, and/or visit the renewed Maligne Lodge for some refreshments or special gifts. Then it’s time to go back to Jasper where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 5: Jasper – Banff
After breakfast we drive from Jasper to Banff on the most iconic and scenic road in Canada, the Icefield Parkway. There will be a few stops along the way to visit some falls, lakes and your ride up to the famous Athabasca Glacier. Then we continue our journey while driving out of Jasper National Park and into Banff National Park which is the oldest National Park of Canada. We’re heading for Banff that just like Jasper is named after the Park.
Day 6: Banff
In the morning we drive up to the Gondola so you can enjoy a ride up to Sulphur Mountain. We show you the Banff Hot Springs that you might want to try in the evening (there’s a free shuttle that takes you there) before we drive you back to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in the vibrant little town of Banff
Day 7: Banff – Calgary
Today is the last day of this tour so we leave Banff after breakfast and drive to Calgary where we either drop you off downtown, at the Calgary YYC Airport or at your preferred accommodation. This is the end of this tour.
Vancouver Airport or Hotel Pickup & Drop-off
7-days transportation with luxury coach
6 nights accommodation
All baggage handling
Surprise luncheon in Clearwater
Maligne Lake Cruise
Icefield Explorer Tour
Gondola to Sulphur Mountain in Banff
All National Park entrance fees
Professional Tour Guiding throughout
Lunches, dinners and everything else that is not described as included in this itinerary
Personal expenses & insurance