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Highlights

  • Fabulous day walks whilst spending 3 nights at the famous Lake Louise 
  • Walk on the Juan de Fuca trail on Vancouver Island, and stay in Victoria
  • Enjoy the incredible scenery & wildlife in the safe hands of our expert guides and drivers
  • Visit the winter Olympic mountain village of Whistler with its ‘alpine style’ walk options

Travelling across western Canada, from Calgary to Vancouver, this 2-week holiday takes us on an adventure of a lifetime to the most famous and fabulous locations in the Canadian Rockies. The scale of this part of the world is truly amazing, and can only really be appreciated first hand. The distances travelled are always surprising, and even more surprising is that you can drive for several hours and only see wilderness with countless 2000m snow capped mountains surrounded by endless forest. We start our adventure with 3 nights at the village of Lake Louise. The actual lake, a little further up the valley is an iridescent turquoise, and the source of a million photos of this area. We have 3 days walking here taking us over a 2600m pass and along the ‘Iceline trail’ at the edge of the glaciers. Heading north-west towards Jasper, we make the short ascent to Parker Ridge for some panoramic views across the amazing Columbia Icefield. It is likely that we will come across evidence of the bears in the area, and we will probably see one of the huge moose or caribou which roam these lands. Crossing into British Columbia, we walk up to flower-strewn Trophy Mountain Meadows and to the dramatic 140-metre Helmcken waterfalls. We have some time in the laid-back winter Olympic village of Whistler before a visit to Squamish, and then taking the ferry across to Vancouver Island to complete this magical holiday with an excellent coastal hike on the Juan de Fuca Trail. Our holiday ends in the buzzing, funky, metropolitan city of Vancouver. This is one of KE’s favourite holidays in Canada.

Is this holiday for you?

During the holiday there are 7 days of walking. These are mainly between 4-5 hours, but a couple of the walks are 6 hours. The walking is on good trails and because of the nature of the terrain there can be a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. They are all stunning walks, passing alpine lakes, through flower-filled meadows and along ridge lines (no exposure). It is possible to opt out of any of these walks if you fancy a free day. There are a two days which are mainly spent driving for 6-7 hours. The beauty of this holiday is that someone else is driving and navigating, allowing you to look out of the window as we pass through the wilderness, spotting wildlife, listen to music and generally relaxing in the comfortable vehicle. We have broken up the journey with stops at the best view points and short walks. Some of the others days there are transfers of 2-4hrs to the next destination where we then enjoy a walk. The accommodation is a mix of hotels, high end hostels, lodges and cabins. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Calgary.
  • Transfer to Lake Louise and hike the Big Beehive Trail.
  • Walk the Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass.
  • The Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park.
  • Drive the Icefields Parkway to Jasper.
  • Walk along Maligne Lake and into the Bald Hills.
  • Drive via Valemont to Clearwater, visit Helmken waterfalls.
  • Day walk in the Trophy Mountain Meadows.
  • Drive to Whistler. Walk at Kamloops Lake.
  • Climb 'The Chief' at Squamish and drive to North Vancouver.
  • Ferry to Vancouver Island and drive to Victoria.
  • Hike the Juan de Fuca trail on Vancouver Island spotting sea lions.
  • Return to Vancouver.
  • Departure day.
2016
Sun 17 Jul - Sat 30 Jul Code MCR /01/16/
Adult$2,900 Status Departed
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  • The Classic Canadian West - Calgary to Vancouver
  • The departure reference for this tour is MCR /01/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 17 Jul and departs on Sat 30 Jul
  • This trip has already departed
  • Single Supplement $285 - Single supplement available for 3 nights only (in Calgary & Vancouver)
2017
Sun 16 Jul - Sat 29 Jul Code MCR /01/17/
Adult$3,115 Status 2 more to guarantee Book now
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  • The Classic Canadian West - Calgary to Vancouver
  • The departure reference for this tour is MCR /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 16 Jul and departs on Sat 29 Jul
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $285 - Single supplement available for 3 nights only (in Calgary & Vancouver)
Sun 30 Jul - Sat 12 Aug Code MCR /02/17/
Adult$3,115 Status Available Book now
More information
  • The Classic Canadian West - Vancouver to Calgary
  • The departure reference for this tour is MCR /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 30 Jul and departs on Sat 12 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $285 - Single supplement available for 3 nights only (in Calgary & Vancouver)
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Canada. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' for further details. Note that the first departure of this holiday (MCR.1) joins in Calgary and ends in Vancouver, while the second departure (MCR.2) joins in Vancouver and ends in Calgary.


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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Calgary.

    Meet at the group hotel in Calgary. Airport shuttles are available. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel. If you arrive a couple of days early you can join in the festivities of the Calgary Stampede.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Transfer to Lake Louise and hike the Big Beehive Trail.

    At 7.30 we meet our guide and have a trip briefing over breakfast at the hotel. We then board our vehicle for the 2-hour scenic drive to Lake Louise where we hike the Big Beehive trail. The hike begins at 1731m elevation, below the famous resort hotel of Chateau Lake Louise. We start by walking along the shoreline before climbing steadily through thick pine forest to Mirror Lake (2027m) with the Big Beehive behind. From here we climb beside a waterfall to reach Lake Agnes (2134m), which sits in a hanging valley, hidden from below. This lake is named after Lady Susan Agnes MacDonald, the wife of Canada's first Prime Minister and there is a tea house here that offers a welcome refreshment stop. Beyond the tea house, the trail is quieter and we follow it around the north side of the lake before climbing on a zig-zag path up to a col between the Devil's Thumb (2458m) and the Big Beehive (2270m). We make a final climb of the Beehive's rocky spine to the viewpoint shelter at the top where we are treated to views over the Bow Valley and down to Lake Louise. From the tea house to the top of the Big Beehive is around 1½ km with approximately 150m of ascent and will take around 40 minutes. Anyone who does not wish to make this additional effort can chose to relax on the tea house balcony and admire the view. We then retrace our steps to Chateau Lake Louise and return to our accommodation for dinner.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs

  • Walk the Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass.

    We have a short drive to reach the trailhead for today's hike at Moraine Lake. From here we climb on a zig-zag trail up through a forest of spruce and pine with the blue-green waters of the lake glimpsed below through the trees. At the top of the trail we enter Larch Valley so-called for the abundance of larches here. There are simply spectacular views of the 'Valley of the Ten Peaks' as we continue our hike through Larch Valley to a pretty mountain tarn known as the Minnestimma Lakes. From here a good switch back trail makes somewhat easier work of the scree and turf slope leading to Sentinel Pass (2611m). From leaving the Minnestimma Lakes our walk to the top of the pass should take around 1hr. From here we can look down the other side of the pass into Paradise Valley and across to Mount Aberdeen and the nearby Pinnacle Mountain and Mount Temple (3543m). Having had our fill of the spectacular views, we return to Moraine Lake and then Lake Louise for our second night.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • The Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park.

    Our third and final hike from our Lake Louise base is the 'Iceline Trail'. We begin this morning with an hour's drive through highly scenic countryside into the heart of Yoho National Park. The trail head for today's hike is at the foot of the Takakkaw Falls. We hike along the Yoho river to Laughing waterfalls and then climb to reach the 'Iceline' trail, which follows a contour between glacier, and treeline before dropping to Little Yoho Valley and the Stanley Mitchel hut. At the foot of the Vice President Mountain and return to the start where we meet our vehicle and drive back to Lake Louise.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 725m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 725m

    • Time 5 hrs walking

  • Drive the Icefields Parkway to Jasper.

    A day full of spectacular scenery as we drive on the Icefields Parkway, which cuts a swathe through a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys to reach the town of Jasper. We will break the journey with a 2 hour walk, either up to Parker Ridge or on a section of the Willcox Pass trail for views of the Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Mountain and Glacier. Arriving in Jasper, we check into our accommodation. Drive time: 6 - 7 hrs / 240km

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

  • Walk along Maligne Lake and into the Bald Hills.

    After breakfast we drive for an hour to Maligne Lake a Canadian icon and one of the most photographed locations in the world. The lake has a beautiful colour and an almost perfect balance of surrounding snow-covered peaks and forested lake shore with a tiny tree-covered island. This is the view most people associate with the Canadian Rockies. The famous Skyline Trail begins here and goes all the way to Jasper. Our own hike today to Bald Hills is less ambitious but no less rewarding. We start the hike along an old forest fire road. Reaching 2170m elevation at the point where a fire lookout used to be stationed, we have a magnificent view of Maligne Lake and a panorama of high peaks including the triangular Samson Peak (3077m), Leah Peak (2810 m), the red Opal Peak (2740) and close by, the northernmost of the Bald Hills (2300m). We continue on a small path heading southward to the foot of this small, rounded mountain; the final ascent is short but steep. The view south is extensive over tundra meadows, which are a riot of blossom in late July and early August. This is the home of the caribou and we are quite likely to see some of these North American reindeer from our vantage; it is a good idea to bring binoculars. This hike will take around 5 - 6 hours for the return trip and involves approximately 550 metres of ascent and descent. If you wish, instead of hiking today, you can take a boat trip to Spirit Island on Lake Maligne (at an additional cost). We return to Jasper for the evening.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive via Valemont to Clearwater, visit Helmken waterfalls.

    Today we head for British Columbia, driving along the Yellowhead Highway through Valemont, the home of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at the watershed of the Fraser and Columbia basins, to Clearwater in the North Thompson River valley. Approx 4 hours driving in total. We stop at the mighty Helmken waterfalls on the Murtle River in Wells Gray Provincial Park. This has a vertical continuous drop of 141 metres and is the fourth highest waterfall in Canada. Arriving at our destination, we check into our accommodation at Clearwater Valley.

    • Accommodation Bungalow

    • Meals bld

  • Day walk in the Trophy Mountain Meadows.

    We have a 1 hour drive to the trail head in Wells Gray Provincial Park, where we start our hike to Trophy Mountain Meadows. The Trophy Mountains rise to a height of 2575 metres and consist of nine peaks. Their northern slopes are steep and glaciated while their southern slopes are gentle and dotted with alpine lakes and flower meadows. The Trophy Mountain meadows are one of the most easily accessible sub-alpine meadows in British Colombia and our hike today is a round trip of around 5 - 6 hours with approximately 900 metres ascent and descent. After our hike, we drive the hour back to Clearwater and our accommodation.

    • Accommodation Bungalow

    • Ascent 900m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 900m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Drive to Whistler. Walk at Kamloops Lake.

    Today we drive to Whistler. On our way, we have a lovely walk on Battle Bluff Trail at Kamloops Lake. This trail has everything. Not only do you get a little history by walking past two old abandoned cars and some old telegraph lines, there are also mountain sheep and other wildlife along the trail and three view points with breath taking views of Kamloops Lake. We then continue onto Whistler. Whistler is flanked by the mountains of the Garibaldi and Pacific Ranges and has been famed for its natural beauty from the early 20th century. It was originally a summer destination until the 1960s when its popularity as a ski resort began to wax and in 2010 it hosted the Winter Olympics. The town of Whistler (known as Whistler village) is very attractive with a pedestrian-only centre and lots of cafes and shops. Arriving here we check into our accommodation and the rest of the evening is free to enjoy the town's amenities. Drive time: 6hrs.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bl

  • Climb 'The Chief' at Squamish and drive to North Vancouver.

    After breakfast we drive for about an hour to Squamish located at the north end of Howe Sound on the Pacific coast. The granite dome of 'Stawamus Chief' towers above the town and is the most well known and most recognizable of the peaks around Squamish. The 'chief' has three distinct summits of glacier-polished rock each offering various difficulty of hiking trails and we will ascend the easiest 'First' peak. We pass the 330-metre Shannon Falls and begin a steady climb up a well worn trail including sections of wooden steps to a junction between the peaks where we turn left towards the South or 'First' Peak and finish with a scramble on rock protected with chains. From the top we have a superb view over Squamish and Howe Sound. We descend back to the town where we have lunch before driving south on the 'Sea to Sky' highway North Vancouver, where we overnight. The evening is free to explore the city.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

  • Ferry to Vancouver Island and drive to Victoria.

    We make an early start today and have a short transfer to Horseshoe Bay where we catch the ferry for the 1 hour and 40 minutes crossing of the Strait of Georgia to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The ferry journey is quite scenic as we leave the harbour, flanked by mountains and pass Point Atkinson Lighthouse and Lions Gate Bridge. We have good views of downtown Vancouver before heading out to open water for the 55km crossing to Vancouver Island. Arriving at Departure Bay, Nanaimo, we take the scenic route, about 1hr, to Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia at the southern tip of the island. The city which was named after Queen Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with the original British settlement being founded in 1841. Victoria has retained a large number of its historic buildings, most noticeably the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel, which opened in 1908. It is also known for its splendid gardens and its waterfront area. After checking in to our accommodation, we have a walking orientation tour of the city and the rest of the day is free to explore and enjoy Victoria's many charms.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals b

  • Hike the Juan de Fuca trail on Vancouver Island spotting sea lions.

    We have a day of spectacular hiking and wildlife viewing through beautiful mature forest as we walk a 10km circular section of the 47 kilometre Juan de Fuca trail from Botanical Beach to Providence Cove. Botanical Beach, so named because it was the site of a marine biology research station operated by the University of Minnesota from 1900 to 1906, is the northernmost end of the Juan de Fuca trail. Our transfer to the start is about 2hrs. From here we head south through shoreline vegetation and mixed woodland of cedar and hemlock on a generally flat trail which can be muddy in places with several boardwalk sections during the first 4 km. Crossing Tom Baird Creek we have terrific views out to sea and can sometimes spot sea lions basking on the rocks. We arrive at Providence Cove, once an important seasonal village for the Pacheenaht Indians, where there is access to a pebble beach and Payzant Creek where we can see a waterfall. We then return to Botanical Beach and our vehicle and return to Victoria.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

  • Return to Vancouver.

    Leaving Victoria we transfer to Swartz Bay at the northern tip of the Saanich peninsula. Here we catch a ferry over the Juan de Fuca Strait to Tsawwassen, Vancouver city's main ferry terminal. The scenery on this crossing is even more jaw-dropping than our ferry from Horseshoe Bay. The boat sails close to the rocky tree lined shore of numerous islands and islets before completing the crossing to Tsawwassen after approximately 1½ hours sailing. After checking into our hotel, we have a free afternoon to look around the city and perhaps do some shopping. This evening we will have a 'farewell' dinner with our guide.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bd

  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A complimentary airport shuttle is provided by the hotel.

    Please note that the second departure runs in reverse, starting in Vancouver and ending in Calgary.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Professional English-speaking driver/guide
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for parks and other sites which are part of the itinerary
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Tips to local staff
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Optional activities
  • Miscellaneous personal spending

For the majority of the holiday meals will be prepared in the hostel or lodge by the local guide using locally purchased ingredients. Group members are invited to participate with the meal preparations and usually this is a fun and sociable event. Occasionally, while on the road or occasionally when in towns, we may take our meals in restaurants. There are also several days where you are free to choose your own dining option. At these times there will be a wide variety of choice from fast food outlets to restaurants with a choice of cuisines.

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners are included in the holiday price. There are three evenings during the holiday, in Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver, as well as the evening of arrival, where clients have a free choice of where to eat. Similarly there are two days (in Victoria and Vancouver on the ferry) where the group will have free time over lunch and can opt to eat where they like. Clients will pay directly for these meals, a total of 4 dinners and 2 lunches. We would suggest you budget between $15 and $25 for each of these meals depending on the type of restaurant you choose.
The group will rendezvous at the first night's hotel. Note that airport transfers are not provided. For MCR.01 the first night's hotel is in Calgary. There is an airport shuttle which departs approximately every 45 minutes and will drop you at the hotel. The cost of this shuttle is approximately $18. Alternatively, a taxi will cost around $40. If you wish to be met at the airport by a KE representative this can be arranged at extra cost. For MCR.02, the first night's hotel is close to Vancouver Airport and provides a free airport shuttle. Full joining instructions along with hotel contact details and an emergency telephone number, are provided with your booking confirmation.
During the holiday the group will have one night in a hotel in downtown Calgary and one night in a hotel nearby Vancouver Airport. Accommodation here is in double or twin en-suite rooms. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single traveller to share hotel rooms. If you would like to request a single room for these two nights these are available at supplementary cost. Outside of these two cities we stay in a mix of hostels, lodges and small hotels. Accommodation here may be in twin rooms or dormitories with four to eight beds and shared facilities. Some of the dormitories are mixed male and female.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The group will be accompanied throughout the holiday by a professional local driver / guide.

We recommend you allow £200 - £300 for your personal expenses, including the above-mentioned non-included meals, bar bills etc. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Your money can be carried in the form of cash (Canadian Dollars) or it is possible to withdraw your money from ATMs using your debit and credit card. There are ATMs in all towns.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. In North America it is the norm to tip for most services and it is recommended that you set aside a few dollars each day to allow for this.

There is no strict weight limit on this holiday other than that imposed by your airline. We do ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag and a small daypack. Your main bag will be transported in the support vehicle or attached cargo trailer. For this holiday you may prefer to take luggage with wheels rather than the KE kit bag.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude.  During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres.  Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at high altitude.  You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should try to keep the weight of your luggage to a minimum. 

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Trainers for travelling etc

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers

  • Baselayer shirt(s)

  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottle

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small Towel

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, insect repellent, plasters and blister treatment.

The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Shorts

  • Travel clothes

  • Spare laces

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Pen-knife (always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Canada

As of March 2016 all citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Summer days are long, but the summer season is short. July is the warmest month with an average daily temperature of 22°C. We can expect to encounter temperatures during the day ranging from 18°C to 27°C. At night, the temperatures will typically drop to around 10°C. Although the weather is relatively stable at this time of year, we can expect some rainfall and mountains produce their own weather. The Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges have a strong effect on the climate of British Columbia. The climate here is generally mild (mild enough for palm trees to grow) with most of the precipitation falling during the winter months. The winter snows do not usually clear from the mountain passes and roads until well into June.

Banff and Jasper. Gem Trek Publishing

This map covers the majority of the terrain that we travel through in the Rockies section of the holiday.

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