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Big West

10 Days

Start:
Vancouver
Ends:
Vancouver
Runs:
May–September
Price:
From $929 CAD
Western Canada, Whilster, Rockies, Canada, Tour, Travel

Overview

Explore the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains and the alpine beauty of Whistler in the 10 day Big West Flexi-Pass. Starting in Vancouver, we tour from Vancouver to Whistler and then into the Canadian Rockies. Covering over 2500kms through beautiful British Columbia we’ll pass by mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife and much more. Exploring Banff and Jasper National Parks we’ll tour along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in the world!

DEPARTURE DAYS – from Vancouver

May 8 to September 22: Tuesdays and Saturdays

What’s included

  • Moose bus transportation
  • Services of professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • Stand Up Paddleboard
  • 3 group dinners
  • 4 breakfasts at the Samesun hostels
  • National Park Pass fees

Find out about our Hop on/Hop Flexibility.

Get more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

 

Moose bus pass holders receive discounts on activities, attractions and accommodation.

*Please note that accommodation is not included in the tour price. Accommodation in hostels is pre-booked for those that want it, or you can purchase our accommodation package.

Itinerary

10 days/ 9 nights | Flexi-Trip | Departing Vancouver

Highlights

    Highlights
  • See lush coastal islands and snow-capped mountains along the Sea to Sky Highway
  • Try activities like mountain biking, bungee jumping, zip lining in Whistler (optional extras)
  • Hop off the bus along the route for swimming, daily hikes, and incredible picnic spots
  • Marvel at the aqua blue waters of Emerald Lake, Lake Louise and Peyto Lake
  • View the thundering waterfalls of 355m high Shannon Falls & 384 m high Takakkaw Falls
  • Enjoy the night life in the exciting party towns of Whistler and Banff
  • Visit the Athabasca glacier and see millions of years of mountain range formation
  • Travel two of the world's most scenic drives: The Icefield Parkway and The Sea to Sky Highway

Head north along the Sea to Sky highway, you’ll get a unique view of Vancouver at the Cypress lookout. We’ll make stops at Shannon Falls (taller than Niagara!), and Brandywine falls. Jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and peaceful lakes line our route. We’ll arrive in Whistler in the afternoon with time for relaxing, activities, or to explore the village. Enjoy dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs! Dinner included

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the HI Whistler
  • We don’t leave until the afternoon today, so you will have plenty of time to get your thrill on by ziplining, bungee jumping, downhill mountain biking, hiking up Whistler Mountain. If you’re looking to relax, find a spot in one of the beautiful parks, the day is yours to enjoy as you please! We stop along the scenic Sea to Sky highway for more picturesque waterfalls and historic sights before finishing the day in Vancouver.

  • Reservations for tonight are made at the HI Jericho
  • Leaving the city behind, we travel east into the mountains. For our first stop we’ll take a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls. Following this, we’ll take lunch in the town of Hope. Making our way through the Coastal Mountains, we then stop for a paddle board at Skaha Lake in Penticton. The night is spent in Kelowna at the Samesun hostel. Stand Up Paddleboard and Dinner included.

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the Samesun Kelowna
  • Today we cross into the province of Alberta, hitting up four National Parks on our way into Banff. Our first stop of the day is in Revelstoke, where you have the option to kayak in hand crafted wooden boats. The Rocky Mountains and aqua blue glacier lakes await us. Tonight we settle in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the Rockies. Breakfast included at Samesun Kelowna

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the HI Banff
  • We start today exploring Banff’s surrounding lakes - Minniwanka, Johnson, and Two Jack Lake. Soak up the awe inspiring Banff and Yoho National Parks, with visits to Johnston Canyon, Emerald Lake, Natural Bridges, Moraine Lake (seasonal), and Lake Louise. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! Enjoy a real Canadian campfire tonight, and look for the Milky Way.

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the HI Lake Louise
  • Take in the jagged mountain peaks, raging rivers and explore the Icefields Parkway, named one of the most scenic drives in the world by National Geographic. Today we see the Columbia Icefields, Maligne Canyon and Athabasca Falls. Look out for wildlife as we explore the back roads around Jasper before heading back to the rustic Athabasca Falls hostel. It’s another great night by the campfire in a remote location with a star-filled sky, if you're lucky you may be able to see the Northern Lights!

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the HI Athabasca Falls
  • There’s no wifi in the forest but we promise you’ll make great connections

    It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas and scenic hikes as we make our way along the Icefields Parkway. Stops today include Tangle Falls, Mistaya Canyon and Peyto Lake. The tour returns to Banff, where you get a chance to explore the great nightlife, or relax at the Banff hot springs. Dinner included at Samesun Banff

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the Samesun Banff
  • Today is a free day and is yours to enjoy as you like in the heart of the Rocky Mountains! Enjoy the sites in the Banff area, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. Breakfast included at Samesun Banff

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the Samesun Banff
  • We leave the Rockies today with stops at Takakkaw Falls (seasonal), Giant Cedars Boardwalk and the quirky Log Barn. The Okanagan Valley is known for sandy beaches on crystal clear lakes, and lots of fun in the sun. Relax at the lake, or rock out in Kelowna tonight - it’s a university city with plenty of bars and nightclubs! Breakfast included at the Samesun Banff

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the Samesun Kelowna
  • Today we cross the beautiful Okanagan Lake and climb over high mountain passes before entering the Fraser Valley, and making a stop in the town of Hope. Then it’s back to Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends. Breakfast included at Samesun Kelowna

  • You will need to make your own reservations for tonight’s accommodation
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    Details

    The Big West Flexi-Pass offers adrenaline seekers every adventure activity you chould imagine: bungee jumping, zip-lining, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and more. There are dozens of options to maximize your tour experience in Western Canada - you choose how extreme you want to go. Choose from the adventure activities below.

    ACTIVITY

    Approx. $CAD

    Location

    Whistler Bungee

    $115

    Whistler

    Whistler Zip-line

    From $135

    Whistler

    Whistler Mountain Bike Park 101

    (Lesson, rental & sampler ticket, 2hrs)

    $167

    Whistler

    Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola

    $61

    Whistler

    Sea to Sky Sightseeing Flight

    (15 min flight over Squamish)

    $50

    Squamish (near Whistler)

    Parasailing

    $50

    Kelowna

    Paddleboarding

    Included

    Penticton (Kelowna)

    Lake Kayaking (2 hrs)

    $60

    Revelstoke

    Banff Gondola

    $67

    Banff

    White Water Rafting

    From $130

    Kicking Horse (near Banff)

    Hot Springs

    $8

    Banff

    Horseback Riding (1-3 hrs)

    $72 - $174

    Banff

    Helicopter Ride (12-30mins)

    $121 - $291

    Banff

    Banff Mountain Bike Rental

    From $36

    Banff

    Icefield Snowcoach

    From $90

    Icefields (near Jasper)

    Glacier SkyWalk

    From $31

    Icefields (near Jasper)

    Hiking/Swimming

    Free

    Various Locations

    Wildlife Spotting

    Free

    Various Locations

    Moose books your accommodation for each night of the tour so all you need to worry about is having fun! We always choose top rated hostels with high quality accommodation and a fun atmosphere. Moose reserves a single bed per passenger in shared hostel dorm rooms. You simply pay for your bed when you arrive at the hostel or you can purchase the optional Accommodation Package.

    You must make your own reservation if a) you would like to upgrade to a private room, b) you choose to stay in a different hostel/hotel, and always c) for the final night of the tour in Vancouver.

    Listed here are our preferred hostels in Western Canada. Prices range from CAD$25 to $75 plus tax per person per night. Pre-paid accommodation package is available. Find out more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    TOUR

    DESTINATION

    HOSTEL

    WEBSITE

    DAY 1

    Vancouver > Whistler

    HI Whistler

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 2

    Whistler > Vancouver

    HI Jericho Beach

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 3

    Vancouver > Kelowna

    Samesun Kelowna

    www.samesun.com

    DAY 4

    Kelowna > Banff

    HI Banff

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 5

    Banff > Lake Louise

    HI Lake Louise

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 6

    Lake Louise > Jasper

    HI Athabasca Falls

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 7

    Jasper > Banff

    Samesun Banff

    www.samesun.com

    DAY 8

    Banff Free Day

    Samesun Banff

    www.samesun.com

    DAY 9

    Banff > Kelowna

    Samesun Kelowna

    www.samesun.com

    DAY 10

    Kelowna > Vancouver

    N/A

    *Bed not reserved

      Pick Up Time Pick Up Location
    VANCOUVER > WHISTLER    
    HI Jericho 8:15am 1515 Discovery St, Vancouver
    HI Downtown 8:35am

    1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver

    Cambie - Seymour 8:50am 515 Seymour St, Vancouver
    HI Central 9:00am 1025 Granville St, Vancouver
    SameSun Vancouver 9:00am 1018 Granville St, Vancouver
    WHISTLER > VANCOUVER    
    Whistler Bus/Taxi Loop 3:50pm Whistler Village (near visitors center)
    HI Whistler 4:00pm 1035 Legacy Way, Whistler
    VANCOUVER > KELOWNA    
    HI Jericho 7:30am 1515 Discovery St, Vancouver
    HI Downtown 7:50am 1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver
    Cambie - Seymour St 8:00am 515 Seymour St, Vancouver
    HI Central 8:10am 1025 Granville St, Vancouver
    SameSun Vancouver 8:10am 1018 Granville St, Vancouver
    KELOWNA > BANFF    
    SameSun Kelowna 8:00am 245 Harvey Ave, Kelowna
    BANFF > LAKE LOUISE    
    HI Banff 8:00am 801 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff
    Y Mountain Lodge 8:10am 102 Spray Ave, Banff
    SameSun Banff 8:15am 433 Banff Ave, Banff
    LAKE LOUISE > JASPER    
    HI Lake Louise 8:30am 203 Village Rd, Lake Louise
    JASPER > BANFF    
    Jasper Train Station 8:15am 607 Connaught Dr, Jasper
    HI Jasper 8:30am 1 Skytram Rd, Jasper
    HI Athabasca Falls 9:00am Hwy 93, Jasper National Park
    BANFF > KELOWNA    
    HI Banff 8:00am 801 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff
    Y  Mountain Lodge 8:10am 102 Spray Ave, Banff
    SameSun Banff 8:15am 433 Banff Ave, Banff
    KELOWNA > VANCOUVER    
    SameSun Kelowna 9:00am 245 Harvey Ave, Kelowna

    1. Bring proper clothing for the tour. The weather in Canada is predictable, but changes in temperature can occur throughout the day depending on location (this is especially true in the mountains or during the spring and fall months elsewhere). Find out what else to bring on our FAQ page.
    2. If possible bring a credit card with you while traveling. Credit cards can be used as identification and for making deposits on rentals if needed.
    3. Don't forget your camera - we will guarantee that you will want to take photos of new friends, beautiful scenery and wild animals!
    4. Book your pre-departure accommodation in advance. Moose tours pick up at major hostels in Vancouver. Not sure where to stay? Contact our office for recommendations.
    5. Join our Facebook travel community and hook up with you future bus mates. If you have any questions we can surely answer them there. Possibly peruse some of the pics of passengers past! 

    Reviews

    19 reviews of “Big West

    Reviews

    1. Big West
      Michael

      Male, 30, Great Britain
      A brilliant tour. The tour guides connect to the groups well and make memorable times. Stunning locations to see. If like me you can’t get time for a longer tour, I strongly recommend the Big West.


      Rating: 4/5

    2. Big West
      Ashley Madison

      female, 25, Australia
      I had a great time on my tour and made some great life-long friends. Thanks Moose!


      Rating: 4/5

    3. Big West
      Kristoffer Andersson

      Male, 41, Switzerland
      Good amount of sightseeing and activities. Awesome tour guides who are able to meet travellers needs. Email correspondence with the office was quick and informative.


      Rating: 5/5

    4. Big West
      Ngan Nguyen

      female, 41, Indonesia
      Cam is an outstanding and very helpful guide. He made out trip interesting. Visits to several stops during the journey were interesting and included activities were fun. Email correspondence with the office was answered promptly and satisfactory.


      Rating: 4/5

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