ITINERARY (Meals as indicated: (B) Breakfast, (S) Social)
Day 1, April 23rd, SK – CALGARY AB: Join our tour from Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina, Swift Current, Medicine Hat, and Calgary. If time allows places in between. Overnight Calgary.
Day 2, April 24th, CALGARY – RADIUM HOT SPRINGS BC (B): This morning we visit Banff National Park. Spend time in Banff, strolling, shopping and viewing Bow Falls. After lunch visit Castle Mountain Internment Camp Monument, the largest internment facility in the Canadian Rockies. Then off to Radium Hot Springs in the East Kootenay region for sightseeing, shopping and soaking in mineral water surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Overnight Radium.
Day 3, April 25th, RADIUM HOT SPRINGS – VERNON BC (B): Stop in Golden at Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada. Lunch on your own in Revelstoke before visiting the Last Spike Gift Shop. The final spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven into the ground at Craigellachie on Nov. 7, 1885. Just off the #1 in beautiful Sicamous we visit D Dutchmen Dairy store that sells handmade ice cream, milk and cheese made on-site. Next you’ll visit the Planet Bee Honey Farm & Honeymoon Meadery. Learn about the amazing world of the honeybee and sample some numerous floral varieties of honey. Right next door is Davison Orchards Country Village. This is a family owned farm and country village nestled in a beautiful orchard setting, overlooking the city of Vernon and surrounding valley. The village consists of a farm bakery, café, gift shop, gourmet food shop, cannery and produce barn stocked full of delicious fruit, veggies, fresh pressed apple juice, preserves and much more. Overnight in Vernon.
Day 4, April 26th, VERNON – PENTICTON BC (B): Quick drive-by Kelowna Waterfront, picturesque city park with cascading falls, green expanses, and scenic views. Stroll through Kasugai Gardens, one of the most unique parks in Kelowna, built to demonstrate the friendship and union between Kelowna and its sister city in Kasugai, Japan. The park integrates traditional elements notable in Japanese gardens - stone lanterns, pine trees, waterfalls and a pond stocked with Koi. Continue drive-by sightseeing in Summerland, including the ornamental gardens. Check out Granny’s Fruit Stand & Bakery. Fresh BC orchard produce, specialty bakery and coffee shop. Lunch on your own before touring Summerland’s Trout Hatchery, the oldest continuously running trout hatchery in B.C. This hatchery stocks one million fish in lakes from Grand Forks to Revelstoke and Kamloops. Tour the beached and preserved SS Sicamous in Penticton. The largest surviving stern wheeler in BC was once a luxury vessel that was used to transport passengers and cargo to remote communities along the shores of Okanagan Lake consuming an average of fifteen to seventeen tons of coal each day. We will take you to Munson Mountain that overlooks Penticton, the lake and the vineyards, a 1 kilometre, round-trip gentle hike. Overnight in a Penticton Lakeside Resort.
Day 5, April 27th, PENTICTON – VANCOVER BC (B): Scenic drive from Penticton to Vancouver, traveling along Okanagan Hwy – Okanagan Connector – Princeton-Kamloops Hwy – Coquihalla Hwy. Stops along the way in Merritt and Hope. This afternoon spend time at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Take a mini-guided tour to learn of the flora, fauna and eco system. Walk the bridges and take in the scenic views of the rainforest below, from a viewing platform. Be sure to check out the shops, cafes, restaurants, souvenirs and ice cream shop. The Trading Post has just about everything. 2 nights in Vancouver.
Day 6, April 28th, VANCOUVER GUIDED CITY TOUR (B): Some of the highlights: Orientation Downtown, Chinatown, Gastown, The Steam Clock & visit First Nations and/or Inuit Gallery. Stroll up and down Water Street, the "4th Chic Area" in the world. Visit Canada Place & New Convention Centre, Robson Street, the West End, Stanley Park, Totem Poles and English Bay. Have a snack/coffee and enjoy the ambiance of Granville Island’s Public Market & Local Artists’ Studios. Visit Queen Elizabeth Park with its Sunken Gardens.
Day 7, April 29th, VANCOUVER FERRY – VICTORIA GUIDED CITY TOUR (B): Board Tsawwassen ferry to Swartz Bay. Sailing time: 1 hour 35 minutes. Meet your guide by Sidney by the Sea. Tour this beautiful, thriving town before heading to Victoria. Travel through the Inner Harbour with time for lunch on your own at Fisherman’s Wharf. Enjoy extraordinary scenic drive along Juan de Fuca Strait, view the U.S. Olympic Mountains and see Victoria’s beautiful seaside communities. Learn some fascinating history about the region, nature, and culture. Visit the oldest China Town in Canada, Beacon Hill Park, Oak Bay Marina, Government House with photo stops along the way.
Day 8, April 30th, VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING (B): This morning you have an opportunity to experience the beauty and curiosity of a tropical jungle up close. Thousands of butterflies fly through the gardens. You’ll encounter poison dart frogs, tortoises, large iguanas, flamingos, ducks, free flying birds and more. Stroll through the lush gardens including flowers, carnivorous plants and fruits of the world. Enjoy their newest exhibit, the Insectarium with impressive insects & invertebrates from around the world. Next the Butchart Gardens for the afternoon. Enjoy their breathtaking 22 ha (55 acres) of gardens in Spring. Countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will give you a buffet of fragrances and colours. Later this afternoon enjoy a 45-minute harbour tour. Stop at Fisherman’s Wharf for some fish n chips or ice cream.
Day 9, May 1st, VICTORIA FREE DAY (B): Explore on your own, rest or relax.
Day 10, May 2nd, VICTORIA – NANAIMO (B) Drive-by sights begin with the Duncan Totem Poles. They represent and honor the native Cowichan Tribe. Erected in the 1980s and numbering around 80, these ornate, colorful wooden totem poles each represent an allegorical part of the tribe's traditions, including the chiefs, nature, wealth, and family. Next you will briefly stop in Chemainus. Known beyond B.C. for its outdoor gallery of murals. Walk among the giant Douglas-fir trees in Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park. Stop in Coombs at the World Famous Market… we may see Goats on the Roof! Overnight in Nanaimo.
Day 11, May 3rd, NANAIMO – KAMLOOPS (B): Ferry to mainland at Horseshoe Bay. Sailing time: 1 hour 40 minutes. Stop at Brandywine Falls, the iconic landmark along the Sea to Sky Highway. It is an easy walk on flat terrain to reach the spectacular 70 m waterfall. Lunch in Lillooet a beautiful community on the Fraser River surrounded by deep gorges. Off to Cache Creek, famous for Jade, a bustling oasis town amid cactus, tumbleweed and a desert-like climate. May not be time to treasure hunt but you can browse the Jade Shop. Overnight Kamloops.
Day 12, May 4th, KAMLOOPS – JASPER (B): First stop is in Clearwater at the Strawberry Moose Snackery. Head to Spahats Falls within Wells Gray Provincial Park. The main trail from the parking lot to the falls viewing platform is a 5-minute walk. Stop for a donair in Valemount before heading to Mount Robson Visitor Center. Do a little shopping and strolling in Jasper. Overnight Jasper.
Day 13, May 5th, JASPER – CALGARY (B/S): Stop at Athabasca Falls, a powerful, picturesque waterfall gorge. The falls can be safely viewed and photographed from various viewing platforms and walking trails around the falls. Visit Columbia Icefield Discovery Center, located opposite Columbia Icefield, to view a remnant of the last ice age. The Center also houses a small museum. Enjoy the scenic drive to Lake Louise with its spectacular views of forests and snow-capped mountains. Lunch near by then off to Calgary for a farewell social meeting with food and drinks.
Day 14, May 6th, CALGARY – PRINCE ALBERT (B): Homeward bound cherishing wonderful memories of your travels. Stops in Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
2019 TOUR INCLUDES:
PA Northern Bus Lines, driver, sound and entertainment system, lavatory, comfortable reclining seats and coach cleaned daily.
Hotel accommodations with luggage handling when available. 1 bag per person round-trip (weight 50lbs/23kg or less). Luggage heavier than requirements will be declined.
All breakfasts ranging from continental to full hot buffet.
1 social evening with food and beverages.
Attractions, admissions, guided tours and ferry transfers as listed in itinerary. All tips for drivers, step on guides and tour directors.
Two Professional Tour Directors to welcome you and look after details. Their care and attention ensure you have a worry free tour.
$2,799.00 DOUBLE / $2,499.00 TRIPLE / $3,699.00 SINGLE / $2,399.00 QUAD
TIPS, TAXES & FEES INCLUDED IN THESE PRICES. DEPOSIT: $300.00 PER PERSON TO SECURE SEAT.
BALANCE DUE: Feb 11, 2019. PAY BY CASH, CHEQUE OR CREDIT CARD.
PASSPORTS: Are not required for this tour, travel CANADA only.
MEDICAL: Passengers MUST HAVE adequate medical insurance.
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CANCELLATION POLICY: Applies the day you notify us.
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59 - 31 days prior to departure - 50% total cost.
30 days or less prior to departure - 100% total cost.