Lakes & Lodges

Lakes & Lodges

11 Days/10 Nights Vancouver to Calgary or vice versa

Price from$2,545

A self drive itinerary from Vancouver to Calgary including stops at some beautiful lakeside lodges.

Highlights will be travelling along the Sea to Sky Highway, the charming alpine resort of Whistler, a ride on the Ice Explorer on Athabasca Glacier and seeing some of Canada's highest waterfalls!

After your days of exploring, relax in some of Canada's finest lakeside lodges. Stay at Jasper Park Lodge with cedar chalets and luxury cabins, all connected by picturesque paths, offering guests unique access to explore the Jasper National Park surrounding the resort. You'll also have a chance to see the 'Jewel of the Rockies' with a stay at Moraine Lake Lodge, on the shores of Moraine Lake, known for its iridescent turquoise colour,

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Day 1: Vancouver > Gold Bridge (233 km) After picking up your rental car this morning, depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Continue onto Whistler where a stop is a must for a short stroll through this charming alpine resort before continuing on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffee Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet for 2 hours along a well maintained gravel road to Tyax Mountain Lake Resort, nestled on the shores of Tyaughton Lake.

Overnight at: Tyax Mountain Lake Resort - Forest View Room

Day 2: Tyax Mountain Resort Tyax offers a wide array of optional activities for all ages including western horseback riding, guided fly fishing tours, fly casting and gold panning lessons, mountain biking on gentle rolling or challenging single track, floatplane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness and drop off's at remote alpine lakes; as well as ATV safaris along old mining trails leading to the wildflower carpeted alpine meadows.

Overnight at: Tyax Mountain Lake Resort - Forest View Room

Day 3: Gold Bridge > Lac Le Jeune (327 km) Return through Lillooet known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and 'Mile Zero' of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Departing Lillooet, turn east along Highway 99 toward Cache Creek. From here travel a short distance to your overnight accommodation at Lac Le Jeune Resort. Located in a stunning wilderness setting where fish jump from the glassy surface of the lake and ospreys soar overhead. Please note this rustic lodge offer peace and relaxation without having phones or televisions in the room.

Overnight at: Lac Le Jeune Resort - Cabin

Day 4: Lac Le Jeune > Jasper (478 km) Today, follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 metres (12,972 feet); then on to the resort town of Jasper, for a 2 night stay at Jasper Park Lodge. Set deep in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper Park Lodge embodies the peace, tranquillity and natural beauty that make these parks so famous. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day by the pool or a beautiful horse back ride into the mountains, this deluxe lodge is the place to stay.

Overnight at: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 5: Jasper Today, explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistler Mountain or a boat cruise on Maligne Lake (not included). In the evening soak in the pools at Miette Hog Springs and watch the sunset over Pyramid and Patricia Lakes.

Overnight at: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 6: Jasper > Moraine Lake (237 km) This morning depart on the scenic Icefields Parkway that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival at Moraine Lake Lodge. The lodge is situated on the shore of Moraine Lake, known for its iridescent turquoise colour, Moraine Lake has become known as The Jewel of the Rockies. (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June).

Overnight at: Moraine Lake Lodge - Lodge Double Room

Day 7: Moraine Lake > Emerald Lake (36 km) (B,D) A short drive today through majestic mountain passes into Yoho National Park. The word Yoho is the Cree word expressing awe. This 1313 sq. km (507 sq. miles) national park is filled with gem-coloured glacial lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and dense forests of western red cedar and western hemlock. Historic railroads, spiral tunnels within mountain sides and steep rock faces where mountain goats roam are just some of the sights to be seen. Other Yoho marvels include a natural rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River, Hoodoos, some of Canada's highest waterfalls and the Burgess Shale fossil find where over 120 marine animal species dating back as far as 530 million years were discovered.

Overnight at: Emerald Lake Lodge - Lake View King Room

Day 8: Emerald Lake Lodge (B, D) Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms. From the upper or lower large verandahs, enjoy the serene views of this wilderness landscape.

Overnight at: Emerald Lake Lodge - Lake View King Room

Day 9: Emerald Lake > Banff (93 km) (B) Enjoy the leisurely drive to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River, with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff. This afternoon explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you will find lots of excitement - shopping, cafe's, nightlife and museums.

Overnight at: Buffalo Mountain Lodge - Lodge Double Room

Day 10: Banff A full day to explore Banff and area. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs.

Overnight at: Buffalo Mountain Lodge - Lodge Double Room

Day 11: Banff > Calgary (115 km / 72 mi) Drive to Calgary today, along the 1A Highway. Enroute, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch (not included) before dropping off your rental car at Calgary Airport or downtown.

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary > Banff (115km) Upon arrival into Calgary, pick up your rental car (not included) and begin your Rockies adventure. Take the short (2-hour) drive from Calgary to Banff on either the Trans-Canada Highway or the more scenic 1A Highway. Once in Banff proceed to your selected hotel to check in, and the remainder of the day is yours to explore at your own leisure.

Overnight at: Buffalo Mountain Lodge - Lodge Double Room

Day 2: Banff A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you'll find lots of excitement - shopping, cafes, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs

Overnight at: Buffalo Mountain Lodge - Lodge Double Room

Day 3: Banff > Emerald Lake (93km) (D) Enjoy the leisurely drive from Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River, with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to into Yoho National Park and Emerald Lake Lodge for a 2-night stay. The word Yoho is the Cree word expressing awe. This 1313 sq. km (507 sq. miles) national park is filled with gem coloured glacial lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and dense forests of western red cedar and western hemlock. Historic railroads, spiral tunnels within mountain sides and steep rock faces where mountain goats roam are just some of the sights to be seen. Other Yoho marvels include a natural rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River, Hoodoos, some of Canada's highest waterfalls and the Burgess Shale fossil find where over 120 marine animal species dating back as far as 530 million years were discovered.

Overnight at: Emerald Lake Lodge - Lake View King Room

Day 4: Emerald Lake Lodge (B,D) Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room and quiet reading and sitting rooms. From the upper or lower large verandahs, enjoy the serene views of this wilderness landscape.

Overnight at: Emerald Lake Lodge - Lake View King Room

Day 5: Emerald Lake > Moraine Lake (36 km) (B) Return back through scenic mountain passes to Moraine Lake Lodge, located on the shores of Moraine Lake and known for its iridescent turquoise colour, Moraine Lake has become known as The Jewel of the Rockies. Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid- June.

Overnight at: Moraine Lake Lodge - Lodge Double Room

Day 6: Moraine Lake > Jasper (237 km) (B) Today, travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the amazing Icefields Parkway. You're sure to be enthralled by the scenery, wildlife, incredible blue lakes and sparkling waterfalls en-route (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June). A stop at Peyto Lake along the way is a must. Don't miss the Columbia Icefield for a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier on board an Ice Explorer (included) before continuing your journey to Jasper.

Overnight at: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 7: Jasper Today, explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain or a boat cruise on Maligne Lake (not included), in the evening soak in the pools at Miette Hot Springs, and watch the sunset over Pyramid and Patricia Lakes.

Overnight at: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 8: Jasper > Lac Le Jeune (478 km) Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the 'Yellowhead' Route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Beyond Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highway follows the Thompson River through the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Caribou Mountains to Lac Le Jeune Resort Located in a stunning wilderness setting where fish jump from the glassy surface of the lake and ospreys soar overhead. Please note this rustic lodge offer peace and relaxation without having phones or televisions in the rooms.

Overnight at: Lac Le Jeune Resort -Cabin

Day 9: Lac Le Jeune > Gold Bridge (327 km) Begin the day travelling along the Logan Lake Route to the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek. Continue the journey south to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and 'Mile Zero' of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Departing Lillooet, travel for 2 hours along a well maintained gravel road to Tyax Mountain Lake Resort nestled on the shores on Tyaughton Lake.

Overnight at: Tyax Mountain Lake Resort - Forest View Room

Day 10: Tyax Mountain Lake Resort Tyax offers a wide array of optional activities for all ages, including western horseback riding, guided fly fishing tours, fly casting and gold panning lessons, mountain biking on either gentle rolling or challenging single tracks, float plane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness, as well as ATV safaris along old mining trails leading to the wildflower-carpeted alpine meadows

Overnight at: Tyax Mountain Lake Resort - Forest View Room

Day 11: Gold Bridge > Vancouver (233 km) Departing Gold Bridge, travel back to Lillooet and onto the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler. On the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road enjoy breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2,596 meters (8,518 feet). Continue on through the mountain village of Whistler and along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Vancouver. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Drop off your rental car at the Vancouver International Airport or downtown location where your journey ends.

• 10 nights accommodation • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs, Jasper • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier • Sulphur Mountain Gondola • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

Rental Car Includes • Unlimited kilometres and a GPS • LDW (Loss Damage Waiver) (This may exclude a non-waivable amount for damage) • CAD $1 Million Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage • PST (Canadian Provincial Sales Tax), GST (Canadian Goods and Service Tax) and HST (Canadian Harmonized Sales Tax) • Airport contract fees

Please note • Vehicles are not allowed on any unmaintained gravel roads • All vehicles are 100% Non-smoking. Penalty is CAD 250.00 plus taxes • Specific car models are not guaranteed

Not Included • PAI Plus (Personal Accident Insurance Plus) • PEP (Personal Effects Protection) • Optional services such as refuelling service charges • One way drop off fees • Additional driver's fee • Child seat (mandatory for children 12 years and younger - these need to requested at time of booking) • Ski racks • Petrol

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE EXTRAS

2017

Flexi - Drive from Vancouver or Calgary

27 May - 12 Jun

13 Jun - 26 Jun

27 Jun - 10 Sep

11 Sep - 25 Sep

Rental Car Options

27 May - Jun 30

Category A Subcompact

Category B Compact

Category C Intermediate

Category D Full Size 2 Door

Category E Full Size 4 Door

Category F Intermediate SUV

1 Jul - 31 Aug

Category A Subcompact

Category B Compact

Category C Intermediate

Category D Full Size 2 Door

Category E Full Size 4 Door

Category F Intermediate SUV

1 Sep - 25 Sep

Category A Subcompact

Category B Compact

Category C Intermediate

Category D Full Size 2 Door

Category E Full Size 4 Door

Category F Intermediate SUV

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Departs

2017 Daily
27 May - 25 Sep

Booking conditions

• Rental car prices are per vehicle and are on top of the self drive itinerary prices which are per person. • Child rate: on application (age 8-10 years). Minimum age is 8 years. • The Lac Le Jeune Resort is only a 3 star property.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Road Tolls • One way drop fee (approx CAD$100 plus taxes to be paid direct) • National Park Entrance Fees • Petrol

Gratuity

Gratuities are not included