Big West

10 Days

Start:
Vancouver
Ends:
Vancouver
Runs:
May–September
Price:
From $959 CAD

Overview

Explore the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains and the alpine beauty of Whistler on the 10 day Big West Pass. Starting and finishing in Vancouver, this tour covers over 2500 kms in beautiful British Columbia and Alberta. We’ll stop for viewpoints, hiking, and swimming amongst the mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, and much more. Experience Banff and Jasper National Parks as we travel the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in the world!

Note: the Big West is a combination of our Sea to Sky and Caribou Passes.

This Flexi-Pass allows you to extend your stay at our hub destinations, Vancouver & Banff, so you can explore at your own pace! You can choose to spend longer in Vancouver or Banff, or stick to the minimum schedule. Simply select your desired dates when you book online.

2019 DEPARTURE DAYS – from Vancouver

May 04 to September 21:    Tuesdays, Saturdays

What’s included

  • Moose Bus transportation
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • Paddleboarding on Skaha Lake
  • 3 group dinners
  • 4 breakfasts
  • National Park fees

Find out about our Hop on/Hop Flexibility.

Get more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

*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.

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

Itinerary

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

Highlights

  • Travel two of the world's most scenic drives: Icefields Parkway & Sea to Sky Highway
  • 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, Athabasca Glacier, and Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • See majestic waterfalls including 335m Shannon Falls, Athabasca Falls, and 381m Takakkaw Falls (seasonal)
  • Go mountain biking, bungee jumping, zip lining, rafting & more (optional extras)
  • Check out the Olympic sites in Whistler village
  • Enjoy the cafes, shopping and nightlife in the exciting party towns of Whistler & Banff

Our trip begins at the Cypress Mountain lookout, where we’ll get a unique view of Vancouver from above. Heading north on the Sea to Sky Highway, enjoy the views of jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and peaceful lakes. We’ll make stops en route at not one, but two waterfalls: Shannon Falls (one of the highest in BC!) and Brandywine Falls. Then, arriving in Whistler in the afternoon, there’s time for relaxing, activities, or exploring the village. Enjoy dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs!

  • Meal Inclusions: Dinner at HI Whistler
  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: HI Whistler
  • We don’t leave until the afternoon today, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your thrill on by ziplining, bungee jumping, downhill mountain biking, or hiking on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. If you’re looking to relax, find a spot in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please! After departing Whistler, we’ll make a few more picturesque stops en route before finishing the day back in Vancouver.

  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: HI Vancouver - Jericho Beach
  • 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 before stopping for lunch in the quaint town of Hope. After crossing through the Coastal Mountains, 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 Reservations: 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 in beautiful, hand crafted wooden boats. 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 Reservations: 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, our favourite Peyto 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 Reservations: 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!
  • Our journey continues north along the Icefields Parkway, named one of the most scenic drives in the world by National Geographic. Tick another National Park off your list today because we’re entering Jasper NP! Our first stop in the park is at 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, or just enjoy the views from the Discovery Centre. 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 Reservations: New HI Jasper
  • It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas and scenic hikes as we make our way back south. Our first stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. We’ll also stop for a photo opportunity at Tangle Falls, and for an energizing hike at Johnston Canyon, before arriving back in Banff. Tonight, enjoy the great nightlife, or relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

  • Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: 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 Reservations: 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 make a fun stop at the quirky Log Barn 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 Reservations: 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 Reservations: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight.
  • Dates & Prices

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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

    We know that a good night’s sleep is important, especially after a busy day of travelling with lots of fun activities. We choose hostels and backpacker properties that offer budget value, as well as great facilities, and a welcoming atmosphere.

    As part of our included service, we pre-book your accommodation so all you need to worry about is having fun! We reserve single beds in mixed gender hostel dorm rooms for every passenger, on every night of the tour. By staying in shared rooms you get a chance to meet more people, hang out with other Moose travellers, and pay less than you would booking a private room or hotel.

    How To Pay For Your Accommodation

    You simply pay for your pre-reserved Moose bed when you arrive at the hostel. Dorm bed prices range from CAD$29 to $75 plus tax. Alternatively, you can purchase our optional Pre-Paid Accommodation Package.

    Pre-Paid Accommodation Package

    To make life on your Moose tour as simple as possible, we recommend purchasing our Pre-Paid Accommodation Package. The package covers your accommodation costs for the standard nights of the trip, in mixed gender dorm beds, so you’re already paid up when you check in. This means you’ll be in your room faster, and therefore have more time to enjoy your epic adventure! Important Note: do not purchase the Accommodation Package if you wish to stay in private rooms or alternative accommodation on any night (or multiple nights) of the tour. We do not offer an accommodation upgrade service, nor we do we offer partial refunds of any unused dorm bed nights.

    Do I Ever Need To Book My Own Accommodation?

    If you’ve booked our Pre-Paid Accommodation Package, you ONLY need to make your own reservation:

    • for your pre & post tour nights in Vancouver, and
    • if you choose to “hop off” the bus and spend extra nights in Vancouver or Banff.

    If you haven’t booked our Pre-Paid Accommodation Package, you ONLY need to make your own reservation:

    • for your pre & post tour nights in Vancouver,
    • if you would like to upgrade to a private room,
    • if you choose to stay in a different hostel/hotel, and/or
    • if you choose to “hop off” the bus and spend extra nights in Vancouver or Banff.

    NOTE: there is no alternative accommodation anywhere near HI Rampart Creek, therefore please DO NOT make your own reservation for this night (or it’ll be a long walk to rejoin the group!)

    BOOKING YOUR OWN ACCOMMODATION ANYWHERE?
    Please advise us if you book your own accommodation on any standard night of the tour, so that we can cancel the pre-reserved bed we are holding for you.
    Send us an email (include your Moose Confirmation Number): info@moosebus.travel

     

    Here are the hostel locations where we reserve beds on this tour:

    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 > Rampart Creek

    HI Rampart Creek*

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 6

    Rampart Creek > Jasper

    New HI Jasper

    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

    NOTES:

    * 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: 04-May-2019, 18-May-2019, 01-Jun-2019

      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 >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 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

    5. Big West
      Kylie Baker

      female, -, Australia
      Krista was an amazing guide. Fun, friendly and passionate. Dealt with some challenging personalities with patience and professionalism.


      Rating: 4/5

    6. Big West
      Michael Cook

      Male, 24, Australia
      Excellent tour, the breaks for food, meals, washrooms etc are very well planned. Loved the activities.


      Rating: 5/5

    7. Big West
      Chad Patten

      Male, 20, United States
      It has been a very fun and flexible trip


      Rating: 4/5

    8. Big West
      Samantha Leigh

      female, 19, United Kingdom
      I will heartily recommend you guys to anyone coming your way, many many thanks.


      Rating: 5/5

    9. Big West
      Cordula Kaelin

      female, 26, Switzerland
      Office staff were excellent, overall it was an amazing trip.


      Rating: 4/5

    10. Big West
      Emily Bensley

      female, 26, Australia
      Cody is super fun and has heaps of cool knowledge, goes above and beyond his duties.


      Rating: 4/5

    11. Big West
      Andrew Johnston

      Male, 23, Australia
      Great tour with heaps of flexibility!
      No complaints about any accommodation.
      Well run and delivered by Cody, couldn’t have had a better tour guide. The moose is surely the pick over contiki or anyone else!


      Rating: 5/5

    12. Big West
      Scott Kimber

      Male, 25, Australia
      This is how a real tour is done. Had a ball! Cheers mate!


      Rating: 4/5

    13. Big West
      George White

      Male, 30-35, United Kingdom
      All the activities I did were worth every cent and highly recommended. Skydiving in Banff (Golden) was the best experience ever!!!!


      Rating: 5/5

    14. Big West
      Rachel Stark

      female, 20-25, Australia
      Great value compared to other tour companies. Loved outdoor/active feel of the trip. Nice to have a group of 20 and not 50 people.


      Rating: 5/5

    15. Big West
      Gareth Williams

      Male, 21-25, United Kingdom
      The whole thing was very organized and the only thing I had to do was to let them know where to collect me!


      Rating: 5/5

    16. Big West
      Sam Stephens

      Male, 30-35, Australia
      Great Experience, both Drivers as well as hostel staff were fantastic, doing a great job at making us feel at home. Jolene was great, super flexible and laid back. Dave – awesome guide, made the experience amazing and super funny. Great selection of activities, perfect mix for everybody. Good selection of hostels too.


      Rating: 5/5

    17. Big West
      Male, Germany

      male, 22, Germany
      I took the Big West tour in July and really enjoyed it. The zipping and whitewater rafting were great and it was really cool to see a bear in the Rockies.
      Thanks Moose. Great tour!


      Rating: 5/5

    18. Big West
      Female, UK

      A fantastic trip! Authentic Canadian experience, wonderful guides and well thought out tour. Loved it!


      Rating: 4/5

    19. Big West
      Female, Germany

      The office staff are very flexible and helpful with changing itineraries


      Rating: 5/5

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