Road Trips

 

Canadian Road Trip Vacations

What is it they say about the journey being just as important as the destination? In the case of road trips, anyway, the journey is certainly a good part of the fun—especially if you’re someone who likes to travel at your own pace and have plenty of flexibility. Whether you’re an active traveller who wants to get out of the car to hike or see the sights several times a day, or someone who enjoys the open road—flanked by idyllic scenery—for hours at a time, there’s a Canadian road trip for you. We can build an itinerary that includes the finest accommodations or rustic wilderness lodges. Move every day, or settle in for four nights at each of two fabulous resorts. Focus on wildlife, emphasize culture, or go high adrenaline. We’ll build in plenty of activity, or keep things very free flow—it’s up to you.

Western Canada Road Trips

If you want to see it all, consider the West Coast Explorer, which combines city time in Vancouver and Victoria with wilderness escapes in Whistler and Pacific Rim National Park. Seaside scenery, ancient rainforests, whale- and bear-viewing are complemented by urban highlights and top-notch accommodations—including the exquisite Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino. On Pacific Country Inns, time at the “Wick” and in Vancouver and Victoria is complemented by a two-night stay at the charming Hastings House on Salt Spring Island. Arriving from Vancouver via ferry, you’ll experience all the charms—including an art safari and local food tastings—of the largest of the idyllic Gulf Islands.

Exploring the Rockies

Flying into Calgary and out of Vancouver, Peaks to Pacific might just be the ultimate western road trip. Stops in Banff and Jasper—not to mention jaw-dropping drives—offer a solid introduction to the Rockies, after which it’s on to B.C.’s Sun Peaks and Whistler resorts, then down to Tofino, Victoria and Vancouver. If you prefer to focus on the Rockies—and enjoy a slightly more leisurely pace—the Heart of the Rockies includes stays in the popular destinations of Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff. There’s plenty of time to enjoy both the scenery and outdoor activities, and to explore the quaint mountain towns along the way. Chalets of the Rockies features stays at three different mountain lodges and lots of leisure time to enjoy Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks. Of course, any combination of accommodations and activities are possible—ask us what’s best for your romantic holiday or family vacation.

Eastern Canada Road Trips

Ontario and Québec offer an entirely different kind of road trip—one where the stops are less about mountain vistas and more about history and culture, food and wine, art and architecture. In Ontario, the natural wonder of Niagara Falls awaits (best seen by helicopter)—an experience we think should be complemented by visits to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake and the increasingly well-known wineries of the Niagara Peninsula. On Eastern Canada Express, we combine all the Niagara highlights with a stay in exciting Toronto, after which it’s off to the twin treasures of Montréal and Québec City for great food, wine, history and shopping. If you prefer to focus on Exploring La Belle Province, consider driving from Montréal to Mont Tremblant before finishing in historic Québec City.

Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Maligne Lake Road, Banff National Park, Alberta

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

Snocoach at Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, Alberta

  • Chalets of the Rockies

    This 8-day/ 7-night trip is perfect for those seeking a grand Canadian lodge experience in some of the country’s most beautiful wilderness scenery. With two nights at Cathedral Mountain Lodge, three nights at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and a final two nights at Moraine Lake Lodge, you will be based out of luxury log cabins and other authentic-feeling accommodations that feature wood-burning fireplaces, top-quality regional cuisine, and access to the great national parks. Among the trip highlights is the drive from Jasper to Lake Louise along the famous Icefields Parkway. If you love the great outdoors, this trip is for you.

    Chalets of the Rockies
  • Eastern Canada Express

    This 8-day/ 7-night trip focuses on the great cities of eastern Canada—Toronto, Montréal, and Québec City. With the use of a rental car, you’ll make your own way from place to place, while within each city, private guided tours will ensure you learn about the history and see all the highlights. A separate, chauffeur-driven vehicle facilitates a day trip to Niagara Falls and Canada’s major wine-producing region, the Niagara Peninsula.

    Eastern Canada Express
  • Exploring La Belle Province

    This 10-day/ 9-night trip combines the two great cities of the province of Québec with two of its most spectacular outdoor destinations. In Montréal and Québec City, you’ll discover the urban highlights, with guided tours that take in chic streets, historic sites, and architectural wonders. In the resort town of Mont Tremblant, tucked away in the Laurentian Mountains, you’ll experience the great outdoors through such activities as hiking, mountain biking, swimming, or riding. Sacacomie, nestled between lake and mountains between Montréal and Québec City, offers an open door to nature.

    Exploring La Belle Province
  • Heart of the Rockies

    This 8-day/ 7-night leisurely driving tour explores the world-famous Canadian Rockies, taking a circular route with stays in the popular destinations of Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the many outdoor activities in the region or relax in the majestic splendour of the mountains. Private sightseeing inclusions feature hiking in Lake Louise and a Mount Edith Cavell Ecotour in Jasper.

    Heart of the Rockies
  • Peaks to Pacific

    This 16-day/ 15-night trip is a self-driving adventure that takes in the best of the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia. Beginning in Calgary and ending in Vancouver, you’ll also make stops at Banff, Jasper, Sun Peaks, Whistler, Tofino, and Victoria. Guided city tours ensure you make the most of each urban stay, while in the mountains and parks, you’ll discover wildlife and explore pristine wilderness on organized hikes, sea kayaking excursions, whale watching tours and more. Unscheduled time in most destinations lets you pick between literally dozens of activities, including river rafting, golfing, heli-hiking, fishing, ziplining, and sightseeing by floatplane or helicopter.

    Peaks to Pacific
  • West Coast Explorer

    This 10-day/ 9-night trip is a self-driving adventure that combines two nights each in Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria with three nights in Tofino. In each location, you’ll stay in exquisite hotels, and enjoy enough downtime to hit the spa or simply enjoy your surroundings. Guided tours in Victoria and Vancouver ensure you make the most of each city, while in Whistler and Tofino, you’ll discover wildlife on whale watching and bear viewing excursions, and explore pristine wilderness on zodiac tours and guided hikes. Optional activities include river rafting, golfing, heli-hiking, fishing, ziplining, and sightseeing by floatplane or helicopter.

    West Coast Explorer