morning sun lights up the top of a snow capped mountain in the Canadian Rockies
Morning light on the mountains

I knew when planning my Canada trip that I had to visit the Canadian Rockies. More than basically anything else, I needed to see those mountains in person.

(Sidenote: I’m more of a coastal/beach person and mountains haven’t really been on my radar. But maybe it was the photographer side of me that knew the landscape photography opportunities would be UNREAL? Whatever the case, ‘the mountains were calling and I had to go.’)

But how to visit the Canadian Rockies? πŸ€” Vancouver was my base and there was a very small window of time available for a trip up into the mountains.

Considering when I was travelling (I arrived in Vancouver right at the end of September) there weren’t a LOT of tour operators that:

a) were still running trips to the Canadian Rocky Mountains – a lot of them had started their short hiatus for the change over between summer and winter tours, and

b) would get me back to Vancouver for the other event I had booked.

I’m pretty sure Discover Canada Tours was the only one available and I’m actually incredibly glad I went with that one because it was a FANTASTIC tour.

The tour involved five very FULL days (we covered a LOT of kilometres!) – I’ve listed the towns/spots we hit below. I’ve started blogging about the trip – it’s not something I want to forget!! – and I’ve split it so each day has it’s own blog post. Those are also linked below.

So come with me on my trip down memory lane as I RE-visit the Canadian Rockies…

Visit the Canadian Rockies with
Discover Canada Tours' Rockies Premium Tour (5 Days)

Note: BC = British Columbia; AB = Alberta

kelowna waterfront with a local sculpture of Ogopogo (water monster)

Day 1: Vancouver to Revelstoke

Vancouver BC > Hope BC > Kelowna BC > Craigellachie BC > Revelstoke BC

mirror-like reflections on Emerald Lake in the Canadian Rockies

Day 2: Revelstoke to Banff

Revelstoke BC > Golden BC > Field BC > Emerald Lake BC > Takkakaw Falls BC > Lake Louise AB > Moraine Lake AB > Banff AB

snow covered mountains around Banff in the Canadian Rockies

Day 3: Banff and surrounds

Banff Gondola and Sulphur Mountain > Fairmont Banff Springs > Bow River and Bow Falls > Surprise Corner > Sunshine Village, Lake Minnewanka, Mt Norquay

waterfall over boulders with Canadian Rocky Mountains in the background

Day 4: Banff to Blue River

Banff AB > Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield AB > Athabasca Falls AB > Icefields Parkway AB > Jasper AB > Mt Robson Visitor Centre BC > Blue River BC

a lake and mirror reflections with a swimming pontoon

Day 5: Blue River to Vancouver

Blue River BC > Clearwater BC > Spahats Creek Falls BC > Kamloops BC > Othello Tunnels BC > Vancouver BC

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