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Take the ultimate self-drive road trip through western Canada.

This superb route winds it way through the celebrated Rocky Mountains and into the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island, famed for its whale watching.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Days 1-2 : Fly to Calgary. Drive to Banff, 2-nights

  2. Day 3: Drive to Colden, 1-night; visit Northern Lights Wolf Centre

  3. Days 4-5 : Drive Icefields Parkway to Jasper, 2-nights. Explore Jasper area

  4. Day 6: Drive to Clearwater, 1-night

  5. Days 7-8 : Drive to Whistler, 2-nights. Explore Whistler area

  6. Days 9-11 : Drive and ferry to Tofino, on Vancouver Island, 3-nights. Whale watching in Pacific Rim National Park

  7. Day 12: Drive and ferry to Vancouver, 1-night

  8. Day 13: Depart Vancouver

  9. Day 14: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 14 days from £2,845 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 13 days from £1,795 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,050
  • When to go: May-Sep: Tuesdays, twice monthly
  • Activities available:
    • Photography
Featured locations:

Vancouver Island

The healthy black bear population and whale-watching opportunities make this a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Separated from the mainland by a long strait, the island’s west coast overlooks the Pacific Ocean, while the mountainous interior is heavily forested with big conifers.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: American black bear, puma, grey whale, orca, sea otter
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Self-drive, Whale watching, Bear watching, Dolphin watching


British Columbia’s largest city stands in a fine coastal setting, against a backdrop of lofty tree-covered peaks - a great starting point to any wildlife holiday in the province. There is plenty to see in this lively, multi-cultural city, such as exploring Stanley Park on foot or by bike.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Excellent for: Activity & adventure, City stopover, History & culture

Pacific Rim National Park

Facing the Pacific Ocean, backed by Vancouver Island’s mountainous spine, this park preserves the natural heritage of Canada’s west coast, whose cool maritime climate generates an abundance of life on land and in the water. Interwoven with these natural wonders is the history of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

  • Where: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, humpback whale, orca, bald eagle, wolf
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Whale watching, Bear watching


This small town of ies on the west coast of Vancouver Island, at the southern edge of Clayoquot Sound. It is a popular destination for anyone wanting to enjoy whale watching, particularly in March when the migration of thousands of grey whales is celebrated at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: otter, bald eagle, orca, humpback whale, American black bear
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Bear watching, Dolphin watching