Caribou

8 Days

Start:
Vancouver
Ends:
Vancouver
Runs:
April–October
Price:
From $869 CAD
Canada West, Vancouver to Banff, Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountains, adventure travel, group tours,

Overview

The 8 day Caribou Pass 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.

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

2019 DEPARTURE DAYS – from Vancouver

April 25 to June 06:    Mondays, Thursdays

June 08 to September 07:    Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays

September 09 to October 10:    Mondays, Thursdays

What’s included

  • Moose Bus transportation
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • Paddleboarding on Skaha Lake
  • 2 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

8 days | Flexi-Trip | 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, Johnston Canyon, and Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • Travel the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper to see Peyto 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 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 Caribou Flexi-Pass through Western Canada offers many adventure activity so you can make the most of your trip. Go mountain biking, glacier hiking, 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 incredble mountain vistas.

    ACTIVITY

    $CAD

    Location

    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 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 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 > Kelowna

    Samesun Kelowna

    www.samesun.com

    DAY 2

    Kelowna > Banff

    HI Banff

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 3

    Banff > Rampart Creek

    HI Rampart Creek*

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 4

    Rampart Creek > Jasper

    New HI Jasper

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 5

    Jasper > Banff

    Samesun Banff

    www.samesun.com

    DAY 6

    Banff Free Day

    Samesun Banff

    www.samesun.com

    DAY 7

    Banff > Kelowna

    Samesun Kelowna

    www.samesun.com

    DAY 8

    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 > 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! 
    6. If you have any other questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our office.

    Reviews

    16 reviews of “Caribou

    Reviews

    1. Caribou
      Josh Wright

      Male, 29, Australia
      Wonderful experience. Tour provides the perfect snapshot of the Rockies. Will definitely recommend to others.


      Rating: 5/5

    2. Caribou
      Abigail Stevenson

      female, 28, Scotland
      Very excellent, will be coming back again and recommending tours 😀


      Rating: 5/5

    3. Caribou
      Karen Lowe

      female, 52, Australia
      So glad we choose this tour. As a fifty something, I was unsure how we’d fit in with the younger set. And it was awesome!!!


      Rating: 5/5

    4. Caribou
      Caz Marshall

      Male, 27, Australia
      Absolutely loved this tour, had a blast and wish it could have gone on for longer. Met some great fun people and saw the most amazing places. Krista was the best driver/guide – thanks so much!


      Rating: 4/5

    5. Caribou
      Hazel Nickelson

      female, 36, England
      Dave the guide – couldn’t ask for a better guy to spend 8 days with!


      Rating: 5/5

    6. Caribou
      Anna Bliz

      female, 22, Germany
      Awesome trip, well organized, cool guide!


      Rating: 5/5

    7. Caribou
      Samuel Johnston

      Male, 26, England
      Cody the driver was a good guy, very friendly as well as laid back but also organized. Great guide with good local knowledge!


      Rating: 4/5

    8. Caribou
      Fergal O'Boyle

      Male, 21-25, Ireland
      This trip falls into the top 3 experiences I have had in Canada!


      Rating: 5/5

    9. Caribou
      Amy Quinn

      female, 27, England
      Great trip, would highly recommend to anyone travelling Canada


      Rating: 4/5

    10. Caribou
      Miho Imamura

      Male, 40+, Taiwan
      Remy our Guide was great, very nice and helpful. We just loved him!


      Rating: 5/5

    11. Caribou
      Rebecca Stamp

      female, 30-35, United Kingdom
      A fantastic trip! Authentic Canadian experience, wonderful guides and well thought out. Loved it! Ryan was so much fun. Awesome vibe. Star! John was a good laugh and considerate. Hayley is knowledgeable, fun and bundles of energy. Smaller buses made for a better atmosphere on the trip and made it easy to make friends. The guides all tried hard to consider everyone and made sure we had a good time – great enthusiasm too! Rafting and parasailing weren’t offered and I would have done them. Jet boat was too short .


      Rating: 5/5

    12. Caribou
      Nadia Mospan

      female, 18-20, Denmark
      I really like all drivers. They are funny and easygoing, and I especially like Ryan. I really like the Moose Tour!


      Rating: 4/5

    13. Caribou
      LailaRiemann

      female, 21-25, Germany
      I would go on the Moose tour again.


      Rating: 4/5

    14. Caribou
      Shauna Moore

      female, 30-35, United Kingdom
      The drivers had great knowledge of the local area and took us on lots of hikes – saved tons of money.


      Rating: 5/5

    15. Caribou
      Female, UK

      I can’t believe how awesome the Rockies are! We saw 4 bears, elk, big horned sheep and so many other cool things. Loved Peyto Lake and Morraine Lake the best!


      Rating: 5/5

    16. Caribou
      Leni Koen

      This tour was amazing! Fell in love with the Canadian Rockies and extended my stay in Banff.
      Loved my stay at Samesun Hostel and never wanted to leave.
      Thanks Moose!


      Rating: 5/5

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