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Car rental round trip - Canada

The National Parks of Western Canada

Highlights

  • Visit the beautiful Banff and Jasper national parks

  • Get to know the colorful city of Vancouver and its many attractions

  • In Whistler, ride the Peak2Peak gondola and marvel at the landscape

  • Drive through the Rocky Mountains in a rental car

  • Flexible daily itinerary and route planning

Description

If you want to get to know the west of Canada, experience all its natural wonders and flexibly arrange the course of your trip, then our exciting rental car round trip is perfect for you. Starting in vibrant Vancouver, you will set off to explore national parks. The striking, diverse landscape, full of high mountains and crystal clear lakes, will stop you in your tracks.

Destination

North America

Vancouver - Whistler - Sun Peaks- Jasper - Banff - Revelstoke - Kelowna - Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! Upon arrival at the airport, you will pick up your rental car and drive to your first hotel. Use the drive to get a first impression of the city and to start getting your bearings.

Vancouver is located between the blue Pacific Ocean and the snow-white peaks of the Rocky Mountains (which you can actually see from the plane). Many consider Vancouver the crown jewel of Canada. Its incomparable location bordering the emerald Canadian forests makes for a striking landscape wherever you look. Vancouver is a modern cosmopolitan city with stylish boutiques, roadside cafes and seaside markets. Make the most of your first day and to take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. Tour the harbor and observe the hustle and bustle of the city. How about a trip to Granville Island, with its public market and numerous shops? Or you can also stroll through Stanley Park or ride a bike as the sun slowly sets.

Robson Street is a true mecca for those already in search of memorabilia. This street is one of the most popular shopping streets in all of Vancouver. Here you will find well-known brands alongside little souvenir shops and local stores.

From the airport to the hotel: approx. 20 km / 30 minutes

2 nights with breakfast included at the Executive Vintage Hotel*** (or similar), in a standard room, Vancouver.

When you wake up in the morning, enjoy a nice breakfast to get you in the mood for the day.

Start your day at the West End of Vancouver. Here you will find the most popular destinations of this city in close proximity. The small water taxis will take you from the harbor to Yaletown in no time. Yaletown is a district that is becoming increasingly popular due to its restaurant and bar scene. It is developing more and more into a hip neighborhood that invites you to party in the evenings.

From here, it's just a few meters to Vancouver Lookout, an observation tower that will give you a view from a new perspective. Pull out your camera and capture the incomparable panorama with the Rocky Mountains in the background forever.

Could you already see what else there is to discover from high above? How about Canada Place as your next destination? Considered a symbol of national pride, the pedestrian plaza is a multi-functional space with cruise ship docking, a convention center, and the FlyOver Canada 4D cinema that takes you on a visual journey through Canada.

If you are more interested in the nature of Canada, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is for you. Follow the lead of millions of visitors who have walked across this bridge since 1889, suspended a dizzying 70 meters above the Capilano River.

Return to the hotel in the evening and reflect on today’s experiences.

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive your rental car to Whistler, 125 kilometers away. It’s time to go out into nature. Enjoy the drive along the coast and through the mountains that will amaze you. The straight roads make their way through the forests and seem almost endless. After two hours you will reach Whistler, located in the middle of the spectacular coastal mountains of British Columbia. The region was named after the two mountains, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Peak. Once known as the trade route, the area gained worldwide popularity since the 1968 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Today, the ski resort has earned a reputation for its snow reliability and as the largest ski area in North America.

In the summer, visitors indulge in numerous outdoor activities such as golfing and hiking. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola, an aerial tramway between the two mountains, currently has the largest span of any aerial tramway. Experience the 360-degree view of the valley and marvel at the incomparable nature. If you are lucky, you can board one of the two silver gondolas with glass messengers and hover above a grizzly bear roaming the woods several feet below you.

Experience nature while hiking and enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley and the horizon, where more mountains seem to line up endlessly.

In the evening, relax at the hotel from the exhausting day and exchange ideas with other guests.

Duration of the trip: approx. 130 km / 90 minutes

1 night at Listel Hotel Whistler*** (or similar), (excl. breakfast) in a standard room, Whistler

The rest of the drive will take you past crystal blue lakes and through the rugged mountains of Canada to Sun Peaks. Sun Peaks is located in central British Columbia, 45 minutes away from Kamloops. This location offers optimal conditions for a stay and to get to know the area.

In the summer, Sun Peaks is a popular destination for numerous activities. Whether it's stand-up paddling on the lakes, hiking in the mountains, or daredevil mountain biking from the mountain plateaus back down to the valley on 39 trails, Sun Peaks has something exciting for young and old.

Winter attracts countless visitors from all over the world to the region because of its predominant lack of artificial snow, making it one of the most naturally beautiful ski areas. From Tod Mountain, the highest ski mountain in the resort, you have a view over the nature of British Columbia. Enjoy the peace and seclusion that lets you escape from your everyday life. Typical Canada - typical Sun Peaks.

Check into your hotel in the evening and relax.

Duration of the trip: approx. 360 km / 4.5 hours

1 night at Sun Peaks Lodge*** (excl. breakfast) in a standard room, Sun Peaks.

Today you will travel to Alberta’s largest national park. Say goodbye to Sun Peaks: Jasper is already waiting for you. Established in 1907, this national park sits in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. It is home to pristine mountain wilderness. Jasper is the wildest of all mountain parks and lures its guests with backcountry hiking trails. Combined, these characteristics give you the perfect recipe for an adventurous stay in the Canadian wilderness and an unforgettable vacation.

What the Statue of Liberty is to New York and the Eiffel Tower to Paris, the Columbia Icefield is to Jasper. This glacier, which runs through the Canadian Rockies, is the only one in the world that is directly accessible by road.

Hike through the Canadian countryside and if you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of native animals such as moose, wapitis, cougars, black bears and grizzly bears. Numerous rivers have cut their way through the Rockies over the last centuries. The thunderous water in the midst of the otherwise quiet nature will surely give you goose bumps.

Jasper National Park is one of the most visited parks in Canada and attracts more than two million visitors a year with its nature. Still, you won't have the feeling of a crowded park, as the crowds here dissipate quickly. Most of the time you will discover the park alone, without meeting anyone.

Drive: approx. 452 km / approx. 5 hours

2 nights at the Marmot Lodge*** (or similar) with breakfast in standard room, Jasper.

Today you can organize and spend the day according to your wishes. Put on your hiking boots, don't forget your camera, pack a backpack with enough provisions and swimming gear and go on your personal discovery tour through this national park. Start at the Yellowhead Museum & Archives and learn more about the history and what secrets the park holds. The numerous lakes that lie shallow amidst the mountains tempt you to take a quick dip during your hikes. Experience the mountains from a different perspective on a kayak tour across the still waters.

For those who don't want to hike much, the Jasper SkyTram is a great option. The gondola will take you up Whistler Mountain in no time, offering unforgettable views during the ride to the top. Once at the top, you will be at the best starting point for exciting tours through the mountains or to simply enjoy the mountain panorama.

After so many new experiences, it's time to move on to the next national park. About 300 kilometers away from Jasper, Banff welcomes you. If you think you have seen everything when it comes to Canadian nature, just wait until you get to Banff National Park. Established in 1885, it is the oldest national park in Canada, the second oldest in North America and the third oldest in the world. Due to its 6641 km² area, it is one of the largest national parks in Canada.

The park is one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in North America, attracting numerous visitors every year - partially due to its magnificent views of the mountains under the blue skies of Alberta. Take advantage of your two-day stay to discover what else makes this national park so popular.

You will spend the rest of the day checking out a few of the sights. Moraine Lake, a glacier-fed lake, astounds visitors with its emerald hues - believe your eyes, the lake is actually that color. You can easily walk around the lake on the hiking trails and take photos from many angles.

Another lake that looks man-made because of its sheer perfection is Peyto Lake. Take unforgettable photos from a wooden platform high above, and enjoy this natural spectacle.

Drive: 288 km / 3,5 hours

2 nights at Spruce Grove Inn with breakfast in standard room, Banff.

Banff National Park holds countless attractions - you'll have a hard time deciding what to do first today.

You can spend this day according to your preferences and experience the picture-perfect landscape: high mountains, glaciers, deep gorges, vast forests, turquoise lakes, impressive waterfalls and rivers.

You can, for instance, visit Lake Minnewanka, located in the eastern part of the national park. With a length of 28 kilometers, it is the longest lake in the Rocky Mountains. Take a boat tour and admire the panorama that presents itself. A dam holds back the water and helps generate electricity for the town of Banff.

Tunnel Mountain Drive is another sight worth checking out: From here, you will experience a spectacular view of the Bow Valley. The wind-formed hoodoos, unusual rock formations with characteristic stone lids, are yet another attraction. For those who prefer to explore the landscape on horseback instead of on foot, we recommend a horseback ride along the Bow River.

For the evening, we recommend the Hot Springs, where you can relax after a hard day and give your body necessary rest. The water is rich in sulfates, calcium and bicarbonates and, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, offers you an unforgettable experience in a dreamy landscape.

Today takes you to Revelstoke, not far from Glacier National Park. Strategically located on the Columbia River and framed by the impressive towering Selkirk and Monashee mountains, the town is a popular, year-round destination.

On the way there, it's a good idea to stop at Lake Louise - a familiar landscape from countless photos of Canada. Its rounded shores, blue waters and snow-capped peaks are world famous. Enjoy the picture-perfect surroundings and stroll along the shallow water.

The closer you get to Revelstoke, the more humidity you will experience. Oftentimes, wisps of fog hang in the forests here, obscuring the view of the peaks. This happens because Revelstoke is home to the only inland temperate rainforest in the world.

Hiking and mountain biking in summer, skiing, heli-skiing and cross-country skiing in winter - your fun vacation is guaranteed here, whatever the season. If you’re interested in more cultural experiences, this former mountain community has a long history that it proudly displays at the Revelstoke Museum.

Whatever you choose, you're sure to find something exciting in Revelstoke and the surrounding area.

Time spent traveling: approx. 283 km / 3 hours

1 night at Coast Hillcrest Hotel*** with breakfast in a standard room, Revelstoke.

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and get back into your rental car. The jaw-dropping surroundings will make your drive to Kelowna fly by.

Did you know that Kelowna is known for its easy-going, pleasant way of life? You can feel the carefree charm already on the beach of Okanagan Lake, at the entrance of the town. In summer, the terraces are well filled and numerous boats sail on the lake. Kelowna's parks are great for outdoor activities for all ages and in all seasons. Sailing, golfing and mountain biking are particularly popular activities here.

The region is also known for its wine country, one of the largest in Canada. How about a wine tasting?

Time spent traveling: approx. 198 km / 2,5 hours

1 night at Prestige Inn Kelowna*** with breakfast in a standard room, Kelowna.

Today you will pack your bags and get into the car for the last time on this trip. You will drive almost 400 kilometers back from Kelowna to Vancouver. Make the most of your breathtaking surroundings as the route takes you past small villages and remote regions of Canada before the big city of Vancouver welcomes you.

You will spend one last day in Vancouver. This way, you can visit everything you missed during the first days of this trip or just stroll through the city, put your feet up at the harbor and watch the hustle and bustle of the city.

Time spent traveling: approx. 390 km / 4 hours.

1 night at the Executive Vintage Hotel*** (or similar) with breakfast in standard room, Vancouver.

Today is your last day of the round trip. How did the last few days go by so quickly? What did you like most? What did you remember most?

Drop off your rental car at Vancouver International Airport and say goodbye to Canada.

Executive Vintage Hotel***, Vancouver (3 nights)

The Executive Vintage Hotel in Vancouver boasts a central location. It's just a few minutes away from the beach and the main shopping street, Robson Street, on foot. Wine lovers will be in their element in this hotel, since wine is a theme present everywhere. Every evening from Monday to Saturday, the Executive Hotel Vintage Park hosts a complimentary wine tasting with samples from wineries in the area.

The elegant La Vallee restaurant is open for breakfast.

Each room offers a minibar, a refrigerator and a Keurig coffeemaker. They're decorated in warm colors and offer an iPod docking station and a desk. High-speed internet access is also available. Look forward to free Wi-Fi in all areas and a 42-inch LCD TV in each room.

The Listel Hotel Whistler***, Whistler (1 night)

Located in the heart of Whistler and at the foot of Whistler Mountain, this hotel offers direct access to lifts and gondolas. You can relax at the end of the day in 98 comfortable rooms and in the communal hot tub. A continental breakfast is served near the lobby in the morning. Look forward to fruit, cereal, pastries, coffee and juice. You can have your dinner at the Bearfoot Bistro Restaurant.

Sun Peaks Lodge***, Sun Peaks (1 night)

This family-run hotel in the heart of Sun Peaks offers good access to all things outdoor. Hiking trails, ski lifts, golf courses, as well as a shopping area and restaurants are just outside the door. All three room types feature a king-size bed or two queen-size beds, a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and a coffeemaker. Wi-Fi use is available to all guests free of charge. (Note: breakfast is not served at the lodge).

Marmot Lodge***, Jasper (2 nights)

Surrounded by evergreen vegetation, this hotel is located on the main road in the middle of Jasper National Park. Look forward to an award-winning steakhouse, an indoor pool and free Wi-Fi throughout. Air-conditioned rooms feature cable TV, coffee and tea facilities, and a small refrigerator. Recreational amenities include a sauna and outdoor and indoor hot tubs. Embers Steakhouse serves local beef, lamb chops and grilled seafood with an extensive wine selection and views of the Canadian Rockies. The Fireside Lounge invites you to spend a cozy evening by the fireplace.

Spruce Grove Inn, Banff (2 nights)

Spruce Grove Inn welcomes you a 5-minute-long drive from downtown Banff, offering access to an outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna. Wi-Fi is available free of charge. Each air-conditioned room has a seating area and cable TV. A bathtub or shower and a hairdryer await you in the bathroom. As a guest, you can use the underground garage free of charge.

Coast Hillcrest Hotel***, Revelstoke (1 night)

Quaint interior, a spa area to recharge your batteries, family-friendly service and an incomparable setting. The Coast Hillcrest Hotel in Revelstoke is a true retreat for those seeking peace and quiet. Rooms are comfortably furnished and include a TV and free Wi-Fi.

Prestige Inn Kelowna***, Kelowna (1 night)

A few yards away from popular Hot Sands Beach, this hotel boasts a perfect location. Prospera Place, Lake City Casino and the cultural center are not far away. Featuring a pool, hot tub and comfortable rooms, the Prestige Inn is a pleasant place to stay. In the rooms, you'll find a granite bathroom, an enclosed balcony and free Wi-Fi, a cable TV and a refrigerator. Concierge and valet parking services add to the convenience.

Duration of the trip: 12 days /11 nights

Included

  • 11 nights in middle class accommodations
  • 10x breakfast
  • Taxes and service charges

Rental car

  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Reimbursement of accident management costs
  • Comprehensive cover (CDW) without deductible
  • Damage to tires, glass, underbody and roof included
  • Reimbursement of damage to glass, roof, tires, underbody (including oil pan) and clutch
  • Reimbursement of towing costs in the event of an accident and reimbursement of the cost of loss/damage to vehicle keys and documents
  • Reimbursement of damage to car radio and navigation system in connection with burglary damage
  • Vehicle theft insurance (TP) without deductible
  • Liability insurance: according to the conditions of the country of rental
  • Additional liability insurance in the amount of min. EUR 7.5 million in case the usual coverage in the country is not sufficient
  • Local taxes on the rental price as well as on all listed inclusive services
  • Airport fees, provisioning and taxes
  • CFC (Customer Facility Charge)
  • Additional driver
  • First tank of gas free of charge: The car will be returned empty. If the vehicle is returned with a full tank of gas, no refund of the gasoline cost will be possible.

Not included

  • Flights, airport taxes
  • Parking fees
  • Excess baggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
  • Guide or driver
  • Access to attractions
  • National park fees for Banff and Jasper
  • Breakfast at Sun Peaks Lodge

Services & Notes

Recommended season to travel:

From May to October, as outside this period roads can be closed due to weather conditions.

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