Coho

5 Days

Start:
Vancouver
Ends:
Banff
Runs:
April–October
Price:
From $629 CAD
adventure tour, British Columbia, Alebrta, Canada, Western Canada, trip, tour

Overview

Explore the breathtaking Canadian Rocky Mountains on this one-way trip from Vancouver to Banff. The 5 day Coho Pass travels through British Columbia’s desert region along Lake Okanagan, then climbs into the glacial valleys of Banff and Jasper National Parks before finishing in Banff. We stop along the way to experience incredible highlights like crashing waterfalls, turquoise lakes, and stunning mountain ranges on this unforgettable Rocky Mountain tour.

Note: the Coho is the first 5 days of the 8 day Caribou tour. Some of your fellow travellers will be continuing back to Vancouver after you finish.

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
  • 1 breakfast
  • 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

5 days | Flexi-pass | Departing Vancouver

Highlights
  • Explore Western Canada's wilderness stopping at stunning viewpoints along the way, and for hiking and swimming
  • Tour through Banff and Jasper 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 and Athabasca Falls
  • 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 where our tour ends.

  • Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight. We recommend booking at the Samesun Banff where your fellow travellers doing a longer pass will be staying.
  • Dates & Prices

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    Details

    The Coho Flexi-Pass through The Canadian Rocky Mountains offers incredible experiences for nature lovers and adrenaline seekers. Go kayaking on a brilliant blue lake, mountain biking through the alpine forests, or whitewater rafting through the gushing valleys. There are plenty of options to experience the incredible mountain vistas no matter what your activity level and budget - from hiking and hot springs to rafting.

    ACTIVITY

    $CAD

    Location

    Paddleboarding included Penticton 

    Lake Kayaking (2 hrs)

    $60

    Revelstoke

    Icefield Snowcoach

    From $90

    Icefields (near Jasper)

    Glacier SkyWalk

    From $31

    Icefields (near Jasper)

    Hiking/Swimming

    Free

    Various Locations

    Wildlife Spotting

    Free

    Various Locations

     

    Activities that are available after your tour finishes in Banff *

    $CAD

    Location

    Banff Gandola

    $68

    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

    *All activities must be booked while on tour with your Moose guide in order to receive the discounted Moose rate

     

    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 tour nights in Vancouver,
    • for your post tour nights in Banff, 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 tour nights in Vancouver,
    • for your post tour nights in Banff,
    • 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

    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

    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

    10 reviews of “Coho

    Reviews

    1. Coho
      Georgina Trudgill

      female, 36, Australia
      Cameron is a great tour guide! He provides lot of background and knowledge about the tourist spots. Overall, a very enjoyable trip.


      Rating: 5/5

    2. Coho
      Andrea Gordon

      female, 20, United Kingdom
      The whole experience was laid back and easy.


      Rating: 5/5

    3. Coho
      Karen Fitzpatrick

      female, 29, Ireland
      Krista who was our guide was very passionate about the job and took time to explain facts about each tourist attraction.


      Rating: 5/5

    4. Coho
      Simon Robertson

      Male, 40, Australia
      A very good trip with some of the Hostels being better than others.


      Rating: 4/5

    5. Coho
      Amanda Lock

      female, 22, Wales
      Dave was an excellent driver, knowledgable, fun, passionate which is everything you need in a guide!


      Rating: 4/5

    6. Coho
      Itoh Haruo

      Male, 30-39, Taiwan
      The activities were great, fun and well organized/led. The accommodation was great at all locations. It was very easy to check- in at each place. Athabasca Falls Hostel was a fun experience.


      Rating: 5/5

    7. Coho
      Ashleigh Hill

      female, 18-20, Australia
      Our guide Krista took us on great walks/stops and made it all fun! Joined in as part of the group quite easily. Tour is very knowledgeable and flexible.


      Rating: 5/5

    8. Coho
      Luke Manera

      Male, 21-25, Australia
      Frank was amazing and fantastic as our guide, would do tour again!


      Rating: 4/5

    9. Coho
      Ines Luu

      Male, 21-25, Switzerland
      Cody was the best tour guide! Friendly, relaxed & funny. Kayaking was amazing – 100% worth it. Great hikes, amazing lunch places everyday, beautiful lakes to go swimming.


      Rating: 5/5

    10. Coho
      Amy Fitzgerald

      female, 30-35, Australia
      Cody is the best guide in North America.


      Rating: 5/5

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