The Rocky Mountains of Canada, also known as Canadian Rockies, span a vast land from Alberta to British Columbia. This Canadian tour package allows you to explore the towns and cities around the Canadian Rockies, as well as discover the cities of Victoria and Vancouver or Seattle. You also get to visit specialty spots such as a bee farm, ginseng farm and winery.
Upon arrival at Vancouver or Seattle airport, our local representative will meet and welcome you. The sightseeing tour of Vancouver city will showcase Vancouver Chinatown, the largest in Canada, Gastown’s Steam Whistle Clock, one of the few working ones in the world, Canada Place, an iconic national landmark housing world-class events and uniquely Canadian experiences, Stanley Park, a beautiful public park that attracts about 8 million visitors annually, and 2010 Olympics cauldron site among other highlights. As for the half-day sightseeing tour at Seattle city, you will view landmarks such as Seattle Chinatown and Space Needle (optional entry fee at own expense), an observation tower that has become the symbol of Seattle, before arriving in Vancouver in late afternoon.
Lake Okanagan and Honey Tasting Tour
Have an early start from Vancouver and travel through Fraser Valley before enjoying lunch at Merritt and a tour of Lake Okanagan where monster watchers have claimed sightings of Ogopogo, the monster said to lurk in the waters of Lake Okanagan in Kelowna. End your day on a sweet note with a honey tasting session at a bee farm at Vernon.
Proceed to Lake Louise Ski Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in North America, and board the optional fully- enclosed gondola to a height of 2,088 meters where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Banff National Park. After lunch at Lake Louise’s downtown area, head to Lake Louise and Bow River before staying at Banff, a picturesque resort town with the Rocky Mountains in the backdrop.
After breakfast, depart from Banff via Rogers Pass, a gap between the Hermit and Sir Donald ranges of the Selkirk Mountains. En route to Salmon Arm, drop by the Last Spike, a historic site where the last railway spike was driven into the ground to mark the completion of 3,000 miles of railroad tracks that connect the western and eastern Canada.
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of a ginseng farm and winery. Ending your tour of the Rocky Mountains, you will return to Vancouver in the early evening.
Set off in the early morning to take a BC Ferries’ ferry across Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island. Visit Butchart Gardens, ranked by USA Today, CNN and National Geographic as one of the top floral display gardens in the world. Enjoy a tour of Victoria city where you will see Victoria Chinatown, the oldest in Canada, Victoria Inner Harbour, one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, Centennial Square, a plaza built in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Victoria city, Mile Zero, the starting point of Trans-Canada Highway, the world’s longest national highway, British Columbia Parliament Buildings and Beacon Hill Park.
Free till departure transfer to Vancouver or Seattle airport for homebound flight.
Vancouver and Seattle have a warm and temperate climate with Vancouver having an average temperature of 9.9 °C and annual rainfall of 1283 mm, and Seattle having a temperature of 10.9 °C and rainfall of 969 mm, while Kamloops has a steppe climate with average temperature of 8.6 °C and annual rainfall of 305 mm.
Banff, Vernon and Salmon Arm have a cold and temperate climate with Banff having an average temperature of 1.8 °C and annual rainfall of 511 mm, while Vernon have a temperature of 6.1 °C and rainfall of 882 mm, and Salmon Arm’s temperature is 7.4 °C and rainfall 569 mm.
The seasons in Banff, Vernon and Salmon Arm are as follow:
- Spring –April to May are months when there is an abundance of wildflowers at Vernon and Salmon Arm. Banff’s weather is unpredictable and everything from blizzards to warm weather can be experienced during this season.
Summer –June to August is the period when the mountain lakes at Banff look their most brilliant.July is the hottest month of the year at Banff, Vernon and Salmon Arm.
- Autumn –September to October is when temperatures cool and beautiful fall colours arrive. Do pack warm layers to protect you from the cooling weather. Blizzards are common in Banff in October as it can quickly turn bitterly cold within the month.
- Winter –November to March are months when the temperatures become freezing. Do pack more layers and a winter jacket. January is the coldest month of the year.
The seasons in Kamloops and Vancouver are as follow:
- Spring – March to May are months when temperatures are mild with a mix of sunshine and rain.
- Summer – June to August is the peak tourist season, with July being the hottest month of the year. Kamloops may experience the occasional rainstorm with relatively low humidity.
Autumn –September to November is a period of mild to cool temperatures. Early autumn may still be warm, but it can get rather cold by the end of autumn. It is recommended to pack more layers.
- Winter –December to February may be cold and snowy months, but Kamloops, Vancouver and Seattle differ in that Kamloops enjoy mainly sunny yet windy days, while Vancouver and Seattle have frequent rain showers which may hinder sightseeing plans. Do pack more layers and a winter jacket. January is the coldest month of the year.