Caribou 2020 Accommodated

8 Days

Start:
Vancouver
Ends:
Vancouver
Runs:
April–October
Price:
From $1229 CAD
Canada West, Vancouver to Banff, Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountains, adventure travel, group tours,

Overview

The 8 day Caribou Tour is the best way to see the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the highlights of southern British Columbia. Starting and finishing in Vancouver, you will visit the top destinations of Kelowna, Banff, and beautiful Jasper with many adventure stops along the way! Travel the world famous Icefields Parkway and visit Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks on our most popular pass.

2020 DEPARTURE DAYS & PRICING
April 23 to May 31 Mondays, Thursdays Low Season from $1229
June 01 to 30 Mondays, Thursdays Mid Season from $1329
July 01 to August 31 Mondays, Thursdays Peak Season from $1389
September 01 to September 30 Mondays, Thursdays Mid Season from $1329
October 01 to October 12 Mondays, Thursdays Low Season from $1229

What’s included

  • 7 nights mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation
  • Moose Bus transportation
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • Paddleboarding on Skaha Lake
  • 2 group dinners
  • 4 breakfasts (at the Samesun hostels)
  • National Park fees
  • Moose travellers also receive discounts on optional activities!

Not Interested in Staying in Shared Hostel Dorm Accommodation?

If you prefer to stay in private rooms or in alternative accommodation, check out the non-accommodated version of this tour by clicking here.

Itinerary

8 days/7 nights | Departing Vancouver

Highlights

  • Explore Western Canada's wilderness stopping at stunning viewpoints along the way, and for hiking and swimming
  • Tour through Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks
  • Visit Rocky Mountain landmarks such as Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • Travel the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper to see Bow Lake and the Athabasca Glacier
  • See majestic waterfalls including Bridal Veil Falls, Athabasca Falls, and 381m Takakkaw Falls (seasonal)
  • Paddleboard on a lake in the Okanagan Valley (included)
  • Enjoy the wicked nightlife and adventure activities in Banff
  • Travel through Canada's desert region and party on Lake Okanagan

Leaving the city behind, we’ll head east through the Fraser Valley. At our first stop, we’ll take a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls. Crossing through the Coastal Mountains, we’ll stop in Manning Park for lunch at Lightning Lake. Afterwards, we arrive in the semi-arid grasslands of the Okanagan where we’ll go for a paddleboard on Skaha Lake in Penticton. Then it’s onto Kelowna on Lake Okanagan, our destination for the night.

Activity & Meal Inclusions: Paddleboarding, Dinner
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

We’ll be in two provinces, completely cross three mountain ranges, and travel through four National Parks today as we continue east to Banff. Leaving the Okanagan, we’ll stop en route in Revelstoke, where you’ll have the option to go lake kayaking surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Continuing onwards, we’ll finally enter the Rocky Mountains and cross over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta and Banff National Park. Tonight, we’ll settle in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the mountains.

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna
Moose Accommodation: HI Banff

Our day begins with visits to the stunning Moraine Lake (seasonal), and one of the world’s most famous lakes, Lake Louise! Then it’s onto the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We’ll make stops to see the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon, before arriving at our rustic, wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. Why not take a dip in the creek, then relax in the wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a campfire under the stars tonight?

Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek. This is a rustic, wilderness hostel and there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this truly Canadian experience!

Tick another National Park off your list today because we’re entering Jasper NP! We’ll stop to look for mountain goats at the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint. Our next stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. Then it’s on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. Afterwards, we’ll roll into the Jasper townsite where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.

Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper

It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas along the Icefields Parkway as we make our way back south. Our main attraction today is the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres. You’ll have the chance to get up close to the Athabasca Glacier, either on a hike to the toe of the glacier, or on board a massive Ice Explorer vehicle. After a group dinner back in Banff, enjoy the great nightlife, or relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation: 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, canoeing, or mountain biking.

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Banff

We leave the Rockies today, but not before stopping at the towering Takakkaw Falls (seasonal), the pristine Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge. We’ll also stop for a photo at the stunning Kalamalka Lake viewpoint after reaching the Okanagan Valley. This area 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!

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

Today we cross the beautiful Okanagan Lake and climb over high mountain passes as we make our way to the west coast. We’ll explore the Othello Tunnels, before entering the Fraser Valley, and making a stop for lunch in the town of Hope. Then it’s onto Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends.

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna
Moose Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight.

Dates & Prices

Tours run from April to October each year.
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Details

The Caribou tour through Western Canada offers many adventure activity so you can make the most of your trip. Go mountain biking, lake kayaking, whitewater rafting and more. Moose offers dozens of options to soak in the scenery in a more relaxed way like enjoying the hot springs or riding the Banff gondola for incredible mountain vistas.

Note: Pricing below is from Summer 2019. Check back in April 2020 for updated pricing for 2020 tour departures.

ACTIVITY PRICE
(CAD $)
LOCATION
Paddleboarding Included Penticton (near Kelowna)
Lake Kayaking (2 hrs) $60 Revelstoke
Ice Explorer Glacier Tour (Snowcoach) $75 Icefields (near Jasper)
White Water Rafting (incl. BBQ lunch) From $135 Kicking Horse (near Banff)
Banff Gondola from $64 Banff
Banff Upper Hot Springs $8 Banff
Horseback Riding (1-3 hrs) from $61 Banff
Helicopter Ride (12-30mins) from $143 Banff
Big Canoe Tour (1.5 hrs) $46 Banff
Via Ferrata (from 2.5 - 6 hrs) from $161 Banff
Banff Mountain Bike Rental from $28 Banff
Hiking/Swimming Free Various Locations
Wildlife Spotting Free Various Locations

Please note:

  • Some activities are seasonal and weather dependent
  • Many activities can only be paid for in cash
  • Most activities are offered by a third party and may require specific travel insurance
  • Moose can not guarantee that all activities will run on every tour
  • Taxes and surcharges not included.

 

Accommodated Tours

If you book an accommodated tour, your accommodation is included for all nights of the tour, in mixed gender, hostel dormitory rooms. The majority of our travellers book an accommodated tour because it provides the best value for your money since we receive discounts from our accommodation providers that aren't available to the general public. Please note that you can request female only dorm rooms, and this is usually possible to accommodate, but we CANNOT guarantee it. We choose hostels and backpacker properties for their budget value, as well as properties that offer great facilities while always providing a warm, friendly atmosphere. By staying in shared dorm rooms you get a chance to meet more people, hang out with other tour guests, and keep the price as low as possible. The hostel staff are often travellers too, and they're great for helping plan your time in each destination, and for giving great local recommendations on where to eat, play and party!

Note: DO NOT purchase an accommodated tour/package if you want to stay in hostel private rooms on any or multiple nights of the tour. We DO NOT offer an upgrade package from dorm rooms to private rooms. If you want private rooms, you MUST book the non-accommodated option, and then book ALL nights of accommodation yourself.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation is NEVER Included

Regardless of whether or not you purchase an accommodated tour, you must ALWAYS book your pre and post tour nights in Vancouver yourself. For your convenience, we recommend staying at one of our hostel pick up locations, noting that we also drop off at these same locations.

Moose Accommodation Listings

Here is a list of the hostels we stay at on this accommodated tour.

START > DESTINATION HOSTEL WEBSITE
Vancouver > Kelowna Samesun Kelowna www.samesun.com
Kelowna > Banff HI Banff www.hihostels.ca
Banff > Rampart Creek HI Rampart Creek** www.hihostels.ca
Rampart Creek > Jasper HI Jasper www.hihostels.ca
Jasper > Banff Samesun Banff www.samesun.com
Banff Free Day Samesun Banff www.samesun.com
Banff > Kelowna Samesun Kelowna www.samesun.com
Kelowna > Vancouver N/A *Bed not included

NOTES:

**HI Rampart Creek is a rustic, wilderness hostel with no running water, and solar & propane generated power. It features a cozy fireplace, outdoor fire pit, and a wood-burning sauna! Please note there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this truly Canadian experience! Moose groups will stay at HI Athabasca Falls (also a rustic, wilderness hostel), instead of HI Rampart Creek, on the following dates: 16-May-2020, 23-May-2020

ITINERARY DAY PICK-UP TIME PICK-UP LOCATION
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 > RAMPART CREEK    
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
RAMPART CREEK > JASPER    
HI Rampart Creek 9:00am Highway 93 N, Banff National Park
JASPER > BANFF    
Jasper Train Station 8:15am 607 Connaught Dr, Jasper
New HI Jasper 8:30am 708 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Jasper
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 8:00am 245 Harvey Ave, Kelowna

  1. Bring proper clothing for the tour. The weather in Canada can be unpredictable, and 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 and post departure accommodation in advance. Moose tours pick up and drop off 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! 
  6. If you have any other questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our office.

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