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Western Bike Explorer Self-Guided Tour

Our 20-day Western Bike Explorer is our longest self-guided tour of the Canadian West giving you more time to experience the magnificent Rockies and 4 full days to explore the highlights of Vancouver Island. Our tour starts in Vancouver, from where our route takes you north and east across the Cascade and Columbia mountains to Alberta. Then its into the fabulous National Parks, magnificent snow-capped Rocky Mountains and north on the world famous Icefields Parkway.   A break in Jasper before returning to British Columbia with rides to Mt Robson and Wells Gray Provincial Park. Then north and west all the way to the ocean at Prince Rupert. The Inside Passage ferry will take you through the scenic, and protected, waters of the Pacific Coast where whales are often visible, to Vancouver Island. Then its west again to the scenic coastal resort of Tofino and down to Victoria, your last stop before you head back to Vancouver by another scenic ferry.

The scenery was spectacular, the Canadians incredibly helpful and cuisine amazingly varied and very good.  All the accommodation bookings went well and the hotels were excellent.  I can certainly recommend the BMW and your team over there couldn’t have been more helpful.

Geoff Edwardson, UK, 2007

…..Fantastic. Went up the Wells Grey provincial park to see all the waterfalls u recommended. Stunning!  Jasper was another brilliant stop. Went white water rafting after the lake cruise & saw a bear on the 93 on the way back to Jasper + white mountain goats! Loads more of stunning sights. Thanks once again. & I am really enjoying the information u provide each day in the booklet. Brilliant!

Karen & Roger Payne, UK, July 2014

 

 

“It was truly a wonderful adventure - if you're thinking of it then our advice is Just Do It”

Jill, Nick and Helen UK July 2016

 

 

Highlights

  • Vibrant Vancouver
  • Sea to Sky Highway
  • Banff National Park
  • Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Wells Gray National Park
  • Goldrush Trail
  • Inside Passage ferry
  • Historic Victoria

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Vancouver. We will transfer you by private limousine to our tour hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city highlights.

DAY 2 Vancouver – Cache Creek (350km). After breakfast you collect your motorcycle and the adventure starts. Head for the Capilano Suspension Bridge on the North Shore. Then ride the famous ‘Sea to Sky’ highway to the alpine resort of Whistler. The quiet Duffey Lake Road then leads across the scenic Coastal Mountains to the warm and dry high sierra. Lillooet is a small native community set on the banks of the Fraser River and an interesting place to stop before your overnight stay in Cache Creek.

DAY 3 Cache Creek – Revelstoke (300-440km). The Trans-Canada Highway gives you two riding options into the BC interior, east along the South Thompson Valley or south to the scenic ‘cowboy country’ of the Nicola Valley and the vineyards of the Okanagan. Both routes take you to Kamloops, a large regional centre with an interesting native museum. We love the quieter highways that take you away from the traffic along quieter valleys and lakes. Then ride along Shushwap Lake into the rugged Monashee Mountains, where the friendly town of Revelstoke awaits.

DAY 4 Revelstoke (50km). Free day: Start with a scenic 26-km hairpin ride to the top of Mt Revelstoke National Park, and explore the glaciers, mountain roads and cedar forests of Glacier National Park. You can also hire an ATV, go canoeing, white water rafting, hiking or flightseeing.

Day 5 Revelstoke – Lake Louise (260km). A ride along the Trans-Canada Highway brings you through the amazing Glacier National Park and the unspoilt wilderness of Yoho and Banff National Parks. Along the way, visit historic Golden, beautiful Emerald Lake, Takkakaw Falls, Lake Louise and picture perfect Moraine Lake before settling into your hotel.

CAN - WBE1Day 6 Lake Louise - Banff (50km). No need for an early start. Banff is just 45 minutes away but there’s plenty to see and do in Banff National Park. Ride the twisty Bow Valley Parkway, walk into Johnson Canyon or paddle a canoe on Lake Louise. Banff is beautiful and always buzzing with plenty of attractions, shopping and a huge selection of bars and restaurants to tempt you.

Day 7 Banff National Park (100km). Free day: Banff offers plenty of options. You can explore Lake Minnewanka, the hoodoos and Bow Falls. Take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain and soak in the hot springs. Or try your hand at horse riding, canoeing, hiking or mountain biking, perhaps finishing the day with a tasty western dinner at Wild Bill's.

Day 8 Banff - Jasper (285km). Today you ride what many consider to be the world's most scenic highway, the Icefields Parkway, flanked by snow-capped peaks, glaciers, alpine lakes and forested valleys. Marvel at the views across Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, the blue of Peyto Lake. Cross the Bow and Sunwapta Passes and top at the Columbia Icefields Centre to take a ride or walk on a Glacier. Always keep an eye open for some of the diverse wildlife that frequently shows up on the roadside. You have a two night stay in Jasper to further enjoy the amazing national park scenery.

CAN - WBE2Day 9 Jasper (50km). Free day: A full day to explore the Rockies and Jasper. We include a 90 minute morning cruise on Maligne Lake in our itinerary, allowing you plenty of time take the mountain road to Mount Edith Cavell, hike the Maligne Canyon, ride the Sky Tram or have lunch on top of Whistler Mountain.

Day 10 Jasper - Clearwater (310-360km). The Yellowhead Highway takes you to the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. Then through the Columbia Mountains to Clearwater and Wells Gray Park, where you will find Dawson Falls and the spectacular Helmcken Falls which are three times higher than Niagara Falls .

Day 11 Clearwater – Prince George (470km). You head west again today through the area of 1000 lakes, famous for its great fishing. Then follow the Fraser River and historic Goldrush Trail north on the Caribou Highway. There is an optional 160km side trip to the goldfields of Barkerville before staying overnight in the northern city of Prince George.

Day 12 Prince George – Smithers (370km). Another day of empty roads and great riding, continue onward through Vanderhoof in the beautiful Nenchako Valley. Visit picturesque Fort St James and see the historic buildings of Telkwa, set at the confluence of two pristine mountain rivers.

Day 13 Smithers – Prince Rupert (350km). The ride west from Smithers to the Pacific Ocean follows the winding Skeena River where River boats once serviced the mining ‘port’ of Hazelton, where several native tribes also lived, and provided transport to the port of Prince Rupert. Discover the traditions of the Tsimshians natives and the colourful history of this little town and Prince Rupert.

CAN - WBE3Day 14 Prince Rupert – Port Hardy (ferry + 40km). Thousands of years ago the Ice Age sculptured the many fjords of the Inside Passage. Today is a day to let the world pass by slowly and take in the breath-taking mountain views and marine life of the Pacific as you relax on the scenic ferry ride to Vancouver Island

Day 15 Port Hardy – Campbell River (230km). Explore the beautiful northern end of Vancouver Island. Port Hardy is a bustling port and offers wildlife viewing excursions for Bear, Elk, Moose, Birdlife and, of course, Whales. Ride south, passing quiet little inlet communities to Port McNeil and Campbell River, the self-proclaimed ‘Salmon Capital of the world’.

Day 16 Campbell RiverFree Day. Stroll in the sea breeze on Discovery Pier. You might see salmon, eagles, or whales very close by. Take in views over Discovery Passage, Quadra Island and the Coastal Mountain range of mainland British Columbia. Explore the trails along the Campbell River. Campbell River is the gateway to Strathcona Park, the Discovery Islands, and West Vancouver Island. In these renowned wilderness destinations, you'll find a world of mountains, beautiful coastlines and islands.

CAN - WBE4Day 17 Campbell River – Tofino (270km). Hug the coast along the Strait of Georgia for great views as you head south. Qualicum Beach has a 4km stretch of sand and a seaside promenade. Visit Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park before riding west to the wild and unspoilt Pacific Coast and the Pacific Rim National Park. Visit Port Alberni and take a ride on a restored 1920s train before you reach the 200ft rainforest trees and raging rivers of the far west. Tofino lies at the end of the road and offers tranquillity in a breath-taking landscape. Charter a boat, take a bear or whale watching tour or visit the local Micro Brewery.

Day 18 Tofino – Victoria (310km). You won’t be disappointed to ride the Pacific Rim Highway a second time. Some say the views are better going east. Enjoy Canadian culture with the murals on the buildings in Chemainus and totem poles in Duncan. Explore Victoria’s Parliament, historic buildings and the Royal British Columbia Museum with its superb native art. Visit Fisgard lighthouse, or go whale watching on the protected Pacific coastline.

Day 19 Victoria - Vancouver (ferry + 100km). The return to the mainland is by a scenic ferry trip across the Strait of Georgia from Swartz Bay to Vancouver. It’s a short ride from the ferry terminal into Vancouver giving you plenty of time to explore Victoria or Vancouver.

Day 20 Vancouver. Return your motorcycle early and give yourself time to sightsee in this beautiful city. Take a city highlights tour, visit Stanley Park, Chinatown, Granville Island, Gastown and of course famous Robson St, before returning to the airport for your flight home.

CAN - WBE5Total distance   c. 4200 km

Start dates Date of travel for this tour must coincide with the Inside Passage ferry’s scheduled departures from Prince Rupert. First possible start date (Day 1) is 9th June, last possible start date is 30th Aug. Sailings are not daily so please enquire for specific dates during this period.

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Price includes:

  • 19 nights’ accommodation in 2, 3 and 4*hotels or motels (see table)
  • 18 days motorcycle rental, incl. unlimited mileage, C$5 million 3rd party liability insurance, LDW insurance (excess C$2000-3000)
  • Maligne Lake cruise (for arrivals after 10 Jun. We include Jasper Tramway prior to this date)
  • Inside Passage ferry southbound (inc any fuel surcharges)
  • Victoria to Vancouver ferry
  • Taxes
  • Personalised roadbook with detailed tour description, maps and vouchers
  • Private transfer on arrival
  • Vancouver trolley pass
  • Toll-free phone assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Some breakfasts

Price excludes:

  • National parks entrance fees
  • Local inland ferries (These are not pre-bookable)
  • Meals unless shown
  • Fuel
  • Riding gear
  • Hotel-airport transfers - See our Pre-bookable extras table
  • Flights and travel insurance can be arranged by H-C Travel

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Western Bike Explorer self-guided tour

 

 

 

Kawas KLR650  Honda CB500 FA Honda CB500 X

BMW F700GS Honda VT750 Kawas Versys  Suzuki DL650

BMW F800 GS/GT
Suzuki DL1000
Honda VFR800
Honda Africa Twin    Yamaha FJ09
H-D Superlow 1200T

BMW S1000XR
BMW R1200RS 
KTM 1190 Adv Yamaha FJR1300      

BMW R1200RT LC
BMW R1200GS
LC
H-D Road King           

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

3,775.00

3,925.00

4,175.00

4,425.00

4,575.00

2,045.00

1,525.00

 

Pre-bookable extras

Basis

Price

Flights

Per person

POA

Travel insurance (UK residents only)

Per person

POA

UK Airport/hotel parking (UK only)

Per room per night

POA

End of tour airport transfer

Per taxi (max 3 people)

POA

Vancouver hotel extra nights pre-tour

Per room per night

135

Vancouver hotel extra nights post-tour

Per room per night

205

Upgrade to Superior hotels on 15 nights (Twin/Double)

Per Person

325

Upgrade to Superior hotels on 15 nights (Single)

Per person

565

 

Western Bike Explorer Tour Accommodation

Location

Nts

Standard

Notes

Superior

Notes

Vancouver

1

Ramada Inn & Suites Downtown

3*

Georgian Court Hotel

4*

Cache Creek

1

Sandman Inn

2*

Sandman Inn

2*

Revelstoke

2

Sandman Inn

2*

Sutton Place Hotel

4*, B+B

Lake Louise

1

Lake Louise Inn

3*

Deer Lodge

3*

Banff

2

Mount Royal Hotel

3*

The Fox Hotel & Suites

3*, B+B

Jasper

2

Lobstick Lodge

3*

Crimson Hotel

3*

Clearwater

1

Ace Western Motel

 

Clearwater Lodge

3*, B+B

Prince George

1

Sandman Hotel

2*

Sandman Signature Hotel

3*

Smithers

1

Sandman Hotel

2*

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

3*

Prince Rupert

1

Crest Hotel

4*

Crest Hotel

4*

Port Hardy

1

Glen Lyon Inn & Suites

3*

Glen Lyon Inn & Suites

3*

Campbell River

2

Painter’s Lodge

3*

Painter’s Lodge

3*

Tofino

1

Best Western Tin Wis

3*

Long Beach Lodge Resort

4*

Victoria

1

Embassy Inn

3* B+B

Royal Scot Hotel

3*

Vancouver

1

Sylvia Hotel

3*

Georgian Court Hotel

4*

 

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