Sasquatch Accommodated

11 Days

Start:
Vancouver
Ends:
Banff
Runs:
May–September
Price:
From $1539 CAD

Overview

Want to experience the best of Vancouver Island, Whistler, and the Rockies on a one-way trip from Vancouver to Banff? The 11 day Sasquatch tour is your chance to escape to the wilds of Western Canada! With snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, you’ll have stunning views to enjoy while hiking, swimming, or trying one of the many optional adventure activities available. Come explore with Moose!

Note: the Sasquatch is a combination of our Island Explorer, Sea to Sky and Coho Passes.

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS & PRICING
May 04 to 31 Tuesdays, Fridays Low Season from $1539
June 01 to 30 Tuesdays, Fridays Mid Season from $1639
July 01 to August 31 Tuesdays, Fridays Peak Season from $1719
September 01 to September 14 Tuesdays, Fridays Mid Season from $1639

What’s included

  • 10 nights mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation
  • Moose Bus transportation
  • 2 scenic ferry rides to and from Vancouver Island
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • Paddleboarding on Skaha Lake
  • 4 group dinners
  • 1 breakfast (at the Samesun hostels)
  • National Park fees
  • Moose travellers also receive discounts on optional activities!

*Note: Due to uncertainty regarding longer term impacts of COVID-19 on our suppliers, 2021 itineraries and inclusions are currently subject to change.

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

11 days/12 nights | Departing Vancouver

Highlights

  • Explore Western Canada's wilderness stopping at stunning viewpoints along the way, and for hiking and swimming
  • Tour through Pacific Rim, Banff, and Jasper National Parks
  • Visit Rocky Mountain landmarks such as Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, and Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • See majestic waterfalls including 335m Shannon Falls, and Athabasca Falls
  • Go whale watching, mountain biking, zip lining, whitewater rafting & more (optional extras)
  • Cruise across Georgia Strait on two scenic ferry rides
  • Enjoy a free day exploring the quaint little fishing village of Tofino
  • Check out the Olympic sites in Whistler village & the historic inner harbour of Victoria
  • Enjoy the cafes, shopping and nightlife in the exciting party towns of Whistler & Banff

Our adventure begins this morning with a scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Walk around the ship decks and keep an eye out for seals and orcas! We’ll then head into the lush rainforests of Vancouver Island where you get great views of waterfalls, lakes, and 800-year old giant Douglas-fir trees. Continuing westward, we’ll make our way into Pacific Rim National Park for our first glimpse of the pristine beaches, battered coastlines, and hundreds of islands. Then it’s on to Tofino, a quaint little fishing village on the West Coast, and our home for the next two nights.

Meal Inclusions: Dinner
Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point

Take this free day to do whatever you please! With so many optional activities on offer, such as whale watching, soaking in natural hot springs, sea kayaking, and surfing to choose from, your stay in Tofino will be nothing short of amazing. If you're not seeking adrenaline, simply unplug and find a beach, or go for a hike to relax.

Moose Accommodation: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point

We’ll drive back across the island today, stopping in the village of Coombs for a chance to spot the famous goats on the roof of the Old Country Market. From there, we’ll head south along the east coast, passing through Chemainus, with its 39 giant outdoor murals, and Duncan, home of the world’s largest (ice) hockey stick! Our destination for the night is the BC provincial capital, Victoria, named after Queen Victoria of Britain. Check out the bright lights and vibrant scene in the Inner Harbour after sunset!

Moose Accommodation (Tue departures from Vancouver): Ocean Island Inn
Moose Accommodation (Fri departures from Vancouver): HI Victoria

Spend your free time during the day exploring the city sights around the Inner Harbour, including the Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel, and Royal BC Museum. We recommend walking the waterfront boardwalk to Fisherman’s Wharf, and exploring Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Canada. In the afternoon, we’ll take another scenic ferry cruise back to the mainland and Vancouver, to rest up for the next part of our adventure.

Moose Accommodation: HI Vancouver - Jericho Beach

Our day 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 stop for lunch en route at Alice Lake Provincial Park, in addition to stops at not one, but two waterfalls: Shannon Falls (one of the highest in BC!) and Brandywine Falls. After arriving in Whistler in the afternoon, enjoy dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs!

Meal Inclusions: Dinner
Moose Accommodation: 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 another picturesque stop en route before finishing the day back in Vancouver.

Moose Accommodation: 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. 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. Our tour ends after a group dinner back in Banff.

Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Accommodation: 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

Tours run from May to September each year.
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Details

The Sasquatch tour through Western Canada offers adrenaline seekers every adventure activity you chould imagine: bungee jumping, ziplining, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and more. Moose offers dozens of options to soak in the scenery in a more relaxed way, like whale watching, hot springs or riding the Peak to Peak gondola for incredible mountain vistas.

Note: Pricing below is from Summer 2019. Check back for updated pricing for 2021 tour departures.

ACTIVITY PRICE
(CAD $)
LOCATION
Whale Watching Tour (2.5- 3 hrs) $103 Tofino
Bear Watching Tour (2 - 2.5 hrs) $103 Tofino
Sea Kayaking Tour (from 2.5 - 4 hrs) from $65 Tofino
Natural Hot Springs & Whale Watching Tour (6.5 hrs) $139 Tofino
Surfing (Lessons & rentals included, 3 hrs) $68 Tofino
Sea to Sky Sightseeing Flight (15 min flight over Squamish) $50 Squamish (near Whistler)
Whistler Bungee Jump $115 Whistler
Whistler Ziplining from $116 Whistler
Whistler TreeTrek Canopy Walk $53 Whistler
Whistler Mountain Biking (Lesson, rental & lift pass, 3hrs) $185 Whistler
Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola $64 Whistler
Paddleboarding Included Penticton (near Kelowna)
Lake Kayaking (2 hrs) $60 Revelstoke
Ice Explorer Glacier Tour (Snowcoach) $75 Icefields (near Jasper)
Hiking/Swimming Free Various Locations
Wildlife Spotting Free Various Locations
Available in Banff after your tour ends:
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

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 and Banff yourself. For your convenience, we recommend staying at one of our hostel pick up locations.

Moose Accommodation Listings

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

START > DESTINATION HOSTEL WEBSITE
Vancouver > Tofino HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point www.hihostels.ca
Tofino Free Day HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point www.hihostels.ca
Tofino > Victoria

Ocean Island* (Tue departures from Vancouver)

HI Victoria* (Fri departures from Vancouver)

www.oceanisland.com www.hihostels.ca
Victoria > Vancouver HI Jericho Beach www.hihostels.ca
Vancouver > Whistler HI Whistler www.hihostels.ca
Whistler > Vancouver HI Jericho Beach www.hihostels.ca
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 N/A *Bed not included

NOTES:

*Sasquatch tours departing Vancouver on Tuesdays stay at the Ocean Island Backpackers. Friday departures from Vancouver stay at the HI Victoria.

**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 > TOFINO    
HI Jericho 7:45am 1515 Discovery St, Vancouver
HI Downtown 8:05am 1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver
Cambie - Seymour 8:20am 515 Seymour St, Vancouver
HI Central 8:30am 1025 Granville St, Vancouver
SameSun Vancouver 8:30am 1018 Granville St, Vancouver
TOFINO > VICTORIA    
HI Tofino 8:30am 81 West St, Tofino
VICTORIA > VANCOUVER    
HI Victoria 3:00pm 516 Yates St, Victoria
Ocean Island 3:15pm 791 Pandora Ave, Victoria
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 Gateway Bus/Taxi Loop 3:30pm 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

  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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