Explore the lesser-travelled roads of Canada's west and discover marvels both prehistoric and contemporary. The dinosaur Badlands and visits to world-famous museums and paleontological sites of Alberta reveal natural treasures unique to this area. In the British Columbia Interior, traditional ski destinations are transformed in summer to placid retreats of lakes, valleys and outdoor recreation. The southern roads of Alberta and British Columbia offer new areas not featured on most itineraries, with accommodation in locations close to outdoor activities.
• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 10 nights accommodation
• 11 days Intermediate car hire with fully inclusive insurance
• Admission to Royal Tyrrell Museum and Dinosaur Provincial Park
• A personalised Roadbook containing essential information and day-by-day routing maps
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Day 1 Arrival in Calgary
Arrive Calgary International Airport and collect your car and head for your hotel downtown Calgary. Upon check in collect your Canada Roadbook at the front desk. As the gateway to the west, Calgary boasts fine dining downtown one night, and horseback riding just outside the city the next day. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 2 Calgary to Brooks (189 km)
A short drive just east of the city and the landscape is dramatically transformed. Drumheller is known world-wide for its massive fossil fields set amongst a dramatic landscape of wind-shaped rock formations. A visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum reveals the history of these creatures and the people that have spent their lives researching them. Overnight in Brooks.
Day 3 Brooks to Waterton (286 km)
In the morning, you are treated to a visit Dinosaur Provincial Park where prehistoric creatures once roamed and flourished. Active dig sites continue to reveal new fossils every year, and the interpretative displays and staff depict the prehistoric world where these mighty creatures once roamed. Continue on to Waterton set in the middle of Waterton Lakes Provincial Park - a spectacular and vast park that features some of the best hiking in the country, as well as many local suppliers for canoe, kayak and bike rentals and cruises. Overnight at Waterton.
Day 4 Waterton
We suggest planning to spend the day exploring the park. Day trails offer easy to moderate routes that take you incredible natural settings. Alternately, you may independently book a cruise on the lake that follows the shoreline southward across the international border with the United States. Overnight in Waterton.
Day 5 Waterton Lakes to Fernie (172 km)
Head west today over the provincial border to British Columbia, perhaps stopping in the high-altitude community of Crows Nest Pass. You may wish to independently visit the Frank Slide Interpretative Centre, depicting the massive landslide that covered the mining town. Arriving in Fernie, take some time to explore this outdoor adventure hub that boasts hiking, biking, a summer farmers’ markets and outdoor art displays. Overnight in Fernie.
Day 6 Fernie to Nelson (326 km)
Today travel farther into the British Columbia interior, and consider a stop in the small city of Cranbrook. Replete with local history, the fascinating Canadian Rail museum and the colonial period buildings of Fort Steele tell the story of the opening of the west. Continue on to the small city of Nelson on the west arm of Kootenay Lake, where outdoor bistros of the Victorian downtown serve up local delights amongst compelling scenery. Overnight in Nelson.
Day 7 Nelson to Osoyoos (261 km)
Today the road leads along the Canadian / United States border and the small towns that dot the highway. You may wish to stopover at Gladstone Provincial Park, and perhaps spend some time on the beaches of Christina Lake its clean, deep waters being one of the areas best kept secrets. Continue on to arrive in Ososyoos and relax for the evening in this pleasant lakefront community. Overnight in Osoyoos.
Day 8 Osoyoos
Beach-lovers rejoice a day at the waterside under the sun on the shores of Osoyoos Lake rivals any oceanfront destination. Tour-friendly winery estates are set astride lush vineyards next to the arid landscapes, providing a dramatic contrast of ecologies. Overnight in Osoyoos.
Day 9 Osoyoos to Vancouver
Heading over your last mountain range en route to the coast, you may wish to stop at the popular Harrison Hot Springs. The public springs offer mineral-enriched waters that soothe the muscles of weary travellers. Harrison Lake offers a pleasant place to relax, or rent a paddle boat and do some exploring on the calm waters. Continuing westward, arrive in the bustling metropolis of Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 10 Vancouver
In a metropolis that effortlessly fuses British heritage with vibrant International flair, Asian-influenced restaurants, spectacular urban parks and near-endless local attractions to enthral all guests of this unique coastal city. Take the day and explore the city independently at your own leisure and to your own tastes there is something for everyone! Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 11 Vancouver - End of Tour
Make your way to Vancouver International Airport for your return journey home.Want to alter anything?
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