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Discovery Passage Ferry British Columbia, 4x4 Rocky Mountains Self Drive Tours, Alberta Forestry Trunk Road System, Waterton Lakes Sightseeing, Off-Road Touring West Canada, Tofino Sightseeing Packages from Vancouver, Rental Car Self Drive Packages from Vancouver
SDR#33 West Canada Backroads (Ferry Cruise Discovery Passage Included)
Canada’s West Coast Provinces are offering some of the most dramatic and changing scenery in the world - it’s yours to discover with a rugged 4x4 on remote backroads and very scenic highways. Travel north to Powell River and along Vancouver Islands east coast to Port Hardy. Take the BC ferry and cruise through the scenic Discovery Passage to the remote settlement of Bella Coola. Explore a part of the Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and the Chilcotin Plateau with large western ranches and stunning mountain scenery. Continue your journey to the Rocky Mountains on both side of the US/Canadian border and explore the area on an excellent Forestry Trunk Road system off the beaten tracks. Banff, Waterton and Glacier National Parks are world-class destinations for all outdoor enthusiasts. Follow the BC borderline to the artist community of Nelson and from here on a variety of challenging gravel roads via the Okanagan Valley back to Vancouver. This is off-roading at its best combined with first class lodging.
Surrounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is home to spectacular natural scenery and many attractions. Visit Stanley Park, Granville Island or the historic Gastown area. Try some of the excellent prepared seafood specialities in one of the many restaurants in the evening.
Vancouver – Powell River
Leave Vancouver and drive along the beautiful Sunshine Coast. You need to cross various Ocean Inlets – using small inter-island ferry connections. Arrive in Powell River during the afternoon. The area provides some excellent backroads for offroading. Overnight at the historic oceanfront Lund Hotel.
Powell River
Explore the area: Enjoy various hiking and kayaking opportunities, visit waterfalls or take a boat ride into the remote fjords and inlets. The area boosts also excellent saltwater fishing on salmon. Try some delicious fresh oysters – harvested in the area. Overnight Powell River.
Powell River – Port Hardy
On your way to Port Hardy, make sure to stop-by at Telegraph Cove. The picturesque "boardwalk village" with the whole community raised on wooden stilts over the waters offers great whale watching tours. Arrive at Port Hardy. The important ferry terminal is serving remote coastal communities and the famous Inside Passage.
Port Hardy - Bella Coola
Discovery Passage Ferry
The ferry follows BC's rugged coastline to remote native or fishing settlements. During layovers get to know the way of living in the First Nation Communities of McLoughlin Bay and Shearwater. Depends on the ferry schedule you may overnight onboard the ferry or in Bella Coola.
Bella Coola - Tweedsmuir Park
Continue your journey on the rugged Bella Coola Gravel Highway into Tweedsmuir Park. Still virtually undiscovered, a land of mystery where wild nature, ancient cultures and everyday adventure co-exist. Arrive at your lodge near Big Creek. Dinner is included.
Tweedsmuir Park Area
Tweedsmuir Park provides unparalleled outdoor activities. Capture its stunning natural beauty during a hiking trip, ATV tour or in wilderness photography. Unique horseback riding adventures - trail ride, ranch riding or a cattle drive take you to remote places seldom visited. Maybe you wish to even try your luck and pan for gold. All meals are included today.
Tweedsmuir - Wells Gray
After breakfast, your journey continues through the Cariboo & Chilcotin region to Clearwater. Wells Gray is known as the waterfall park as there are over 250 waterfalls located within the area. Take a day trip into the pristine beauty of Wells Gray Park and hike to Dawson Falls and the spectacular Helmcken Falls - Canada's fourth highest waterfall. If you are here in July/August don’t miss the flower meadows of the Trophy Mountain region.
Wells Gray - Jasper Nat'l Park
Travel towards the Canadian Rockies, past Blue River and Valemount. Stopover at Mount Robson Park with the highest peak in West Canada. After a short drive you’ll arrive in Jasper. Time to visit the area attractions or to attend a leisurely rafting trip on the Athabasca River.
Jasper Nat’l Park
Jasper is located amidst the most beautiful wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. In the morning visit Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and glacier-fed Maligne Lake. From here you may take a scenic cruise to Spirit Island. Don’t miss with the Jasper tramway to the top of Whistler Mountain (Elevation 2277 meters) with a spectacular 360-degree view of Jasper National Park.
Jasper - Lake Louise - Banff
One of the world's greatest mountain highways, the Icefields Parkway offers outstanding viewpoints and wildlife observation. At the mighty Columbia Icefield you can take a Snowcoach tour onto the Athabasca Glacier for an awe-inspiring experience.
Banff Nat’l Park
Banff National Park offers spectacular mountain scenery and many attractions. Visit today the Upper Hot Springs, Bow Falls, the Hoodoos or play golf in front of the Banff Springs Hotel. Well worth is the gondola ride to the Top of Sulphur Mountain.
Banff – Waterton Lakes
The Glacier/Waterton Lake National Park area borders the Canadian Provinces Alberta and British Columbia. Both parks are cooperatively managed and recognized as International Peace Parks between the two nations. Explore the many sights or attend a ranger guided naturalist program.
Waterton Lakes - Glacier Nat'l Park
The “Going-to-the-Sun Road” is a national historic narrow and winding road across the Continental Divide and one of the most scenic highways in North America. Grizzly Bear sightings are very common along the road. This afternoon you may enjoy a Waterton Lake cruise which includes a stop at Goat Haunt – the northern gateway to Glacier National Park.
West Glacier / Glacier Nat’l Park
A full day to explore Montana's Glacier National Park and area. Glacier National Park is a wildflower paradise with many scenic drives, hikes and strolls. Be sure to detour into the numerous turnoffs for awesome views of mountainsides and wildflower meadows.
West Glacier - Rossland
Today you leave the Glacier Park and drive back across the border to Canada. Your stop tonight is Rossland, built in the crater of an extinct volcano in the Monashee Range, seven miles north of the United States border. The mountain city proclaimes itself the Mountain Bike Capital of Canada.
Rossland - Penticton
The Okanagan Valley is the ideal destination for golfers, wine lovers and freshwater-sport enthusiasts. Penticton, located on the southern shore of the Okanagan Lake offers a variety of boating and outdoor recreation. Orchards and Vineyards are just a short drive from the downtown core.
With more than 2,000 hours of sunshine every year, the Okanagan offers the longest, sunniest and driest summer season in Canada. Spend some time to visit fruit orchards, vineyards or play a round of golf. To freshen up head out for a sailing trip or a swim in Okangan Lake.
Penticton - Vancouver
Drive past Fraser Canyon and stopover at Hell's Gate and Minter Gardens. Arrive in Vancouver in the afternoon and check in your downtown hotel. The cosmopolitan city of Vancouver is home to spectacular natural scenery and many sightseeing attractions.
Morning: optional 4 hr sightseeing tour including - Stanley Park and its Totem Poles, English Bay Beaches, the famous Robson Street shopping areas, Granville Island, Chinatown, The Lookout, historic Gastown, the Prestigious Shaughnessy and Queen Elizabeth Park.
Your tour ends with the check out of the hotel. Return your rental car at the airport.
Departure Dates
June - September
On Request – Please Inquire
Rates in CAD$ per Person
Category Single Double Triple Quad
May 01 – May 31
Superior $4590.00 $2660.00 $2070.00 $1540.00
June 01 – September 20
Superior $5030.00 $2840.00 $2230.00 $1760.00
September 21 – October 31
Superior $4590.00 $2660.00 $2070.00 $1540.00
May 01 – May 31
First Class $5390.00 $2820.00 $2240.00 $1850.00
June 01 – September 20
First Class $6070.00 $3180.00 $2460.00 $2050.00
September 21 – October 31
First Class $5390.00 $2820.00 $2240.00 $1850.00
Services included

- 20 Nights Hotel, Lodge & Ranch Accommodation (All rooms with private bathroom)
- Goods & Service Tax (GST)
- Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
- 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
- 21 Days Compact Rental Car (Dollar, National and/or Alamo Car Rental)
- Unlimited Free Km
- CDW Car Insurance
- LDW Car Insurance
- Airport Handling Fee, Licensing Fee, Road Tax
- Tour Documentation & Sightseeing Information
- BC Ferry Transportation Port Hardy – Bella Coola (Passengers)
- BC Ferry Transportation Port Hardy – Bella Coola (Rental Car)

Optional Charges

Car Rental Upgrade (Rates per Car):
Mid Size $210.00, Full Size $480.00, SUV Jeep $570.00, Standard SUV $990, Mini Van $690.00, Van (7 seats) $1020.00

Single Room Rate:                  
1 Adult – Room with 1 Queen Size Bed or 1 King Size Bed
Double Room Rate:
2 Adults – Rooms with 2 Queen Size Beds or 1 King Size Bed
Triple Room Rate:         
3 Adults – Rooms with 2 Queen Size Beds
Child Rate up to 12 Years:                         
Sharing Single, Double or Triple Rooms with Adults. Max 2 Children per Room