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GREAT GAY DRIVES

Alberta, Canada

Year-round-Alberta +British Columbia

Year-round-Alberta +British Columbia

10 days/9 nights SELF DRIVE  |  Available: Year-Round!

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 9 Nights Accommodation
  • Entrance to Calgary Zoo
  • Entrance to Heritage Park
  • White-water rafting down Kananaskis River
  • BBQ Lunch
  • Half-day Horseback Riding
  • Summit Helicopter Ride
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola Pass
  • Ice Explorer Sno-Coach Ride
  • Jasper Tramway Elevation Pass with Breakfast
  • Maligne Lake Cruise
  • ATV Wilderness Ride in Whistler
  • Sea Safari on Howe Sound
  • Entrance to Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Grouse Mountain Gondola Pass

 

Optional:        Avis/Budget Car Rental
                        Extend your stay with our Vancouver High-Lites Package (3 or 4 nights)
                        Extend your stay with our Vancouver Couples Package (2 or 3 nights)
                        Extend your stay with our A Taste of Vancouver Package (3 nights)
                        Extend your stay with our Victoria High-Lites Package (2 nights)

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From prairies to rockies, to the B.C. interior and all the way to the West Coast, this flexible self-drive in truly spectacular! If you've been pining for the great outdoors, this is the place for you; Calgary sits just east of the beautiful Canadian Rockies and it was here that Ang Lee filmed Brokeback Mountain. While you are here, you might even want to visit some of the locations where they shot.  While in Calgary you might want to check out The Twisted Element Nightclub to see some go-go boys or drag shows!

Then you’re off on an adventure through rugged Alberta and British Columbia and the Great Canadian Rocky Mountains to finally end your stay in Vancouver.

Arrive Vancouver and check into your centrally located gay-friendly hotel accommodation.  Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Canada is known for our people's friendly nature, and Vancouver's citizens take great pride in our welcoming, clean, safe streets - day or night, all year round.  The largest gay population in Western Canada lives in this ocean-wrapped and snow-capped city. Its gay community is centered on two distinctly different neighbourhoods - the West End (mostly gay) and Commercial Drive (a popular neighbourhood for Vancouver’s thriving lesbian community), both of which enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and boutiques catering to the LGBT market.  Be sure to extend your Vancouver stay with one of our Rainbow High Vancouver packages to complete your memories of Vancouver!

 

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Great Canadian Gay Drives 5 Nights
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01 Nov 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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01 May 2014 - 31 Oct 2014

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Photo: Destination British Columbia

Itinerary

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GREAT GAY DRIVES

ITINERARY

From Calgary to Vancouver or in reverse

10 Day/9 Night – 1 Way Great Gay Drive

Day 1 

Calgary 
Our convenient downtown location is within walking distance to many of Calgary's trademark attractions and corporate offices. The Business, Entertainment and Theater districts are all just minutes away.  Calgary's LRT (light rail transit) is just two blocks away, allowing easy access to all areas of the city.  Guests stay in a luxurious one-bedroom suite, with bedroom separate from living room. All suites have river or city views from private balcony. Unwind in our relaxing tri-level lounge, enjoy our elaborate menu in the 4th Avenue Cafe, or have room service deliver a feast. 

Calgary Zoo 
From the splendor of our Canadian Wilds exhibit to the heart of Destination Africa, visit over 900 animals from around the world! Trek through a rain forest with lowland gorillas, safari over the African Savannah to watch hippos swimming, hike through Eurasia with the tigers or go up to the Rocky Mountains to find the grizzly bears. Complete your world tour with a trip through time in our Prehistoric Park or soothe your senses in nearly six acres of our beautiful Botanical Gardens. 
Open Daily from 9:00am-5:00pm 
 

Heritage Park (Including Unlimited Train Rides) 

Discover How the West was once at Canada’s largest living history museum. Our costumed interpreters, authentic heritage buildings and unique transportation rides bring history to life. As you explore our village you will feel like you’ve stepped back in time — and are a guest among the townsfolk in an old western town. And don’t miss the year-round Gasoline Alley Museum with its impressive collection of vintage vehicles and gasoline pumps. You are back in the old west — you are at Heritage Park. 

Day 2 
Calgary – Kananaskis 
Stay at an exclusive year round, world-class, mountain resort with picturesque scenery in a spectacular setting.  With tales of a ghost town, travelling Stoney Indians, a former POW camp and the long-forgotten tunnels of a coal mine, Alberta's Kananaskis Country has a storied heritage to rival its many spectacular outdoor and recreational pursuits. 

Icefield & Kananaskis Helicopter Tours - Summit Tour 
To really appreciate the natural beauty of these majestic mountains and glaciers we highly recommend a helicopter tour. You will soar over the most spectacular scenery that cannot be viewed from the road. 

Day 3 
Kananaskis - Banff 
Stay at a traditional Banff Lodge with 35 person jetted hot pool, a steam room, exercise equipment and the Red Earth Spa, a full service spa with six treatment rooms including one dedicated to hydrotherapy. 

Downtown shops and restaurants are accessible via a pleasant 10-minute walk or by the Banff Transit (please see your front desk for complimentary passes). The friendly and outgoing staff is always happy to provide information or suggestions on any of Banff's many exciting activities. 

Kananaskis - Surf and Saddle (Full Day Adventure) 
Two-hour guided trail ride on the scenic backcountry trails, followed by a delicious BBQ lunch. After lunch, travel down to the Kananaskis River to enjoy a “White Water Experience”. Rafters travel about 12 kms through Class 1-111 rapids and fast moving watee. All necessary river equipment and safety gear is supplied along with professional river guides, wetsuits, helmets, paddling jackets and trousers. You will need to bring a pair of running shoes that you don’t mind getting wet! Bring along your bathing suit and towel. It’s a fun-filled exciting way to spend a day in Kananaskis Country! 

Day 4 
Banff – Emerald Lake Lodge 
Emerald Lake Lodge sits on a 13-Acre peninsula overlooking Emerald Lake, in Yoho National Park, just 20 minutes passed Lake Louise. The lodge features 85 rooms located in cabins surrounding the main lodge, some overlooking the lake. Each room features a wood-burning fireplace, a private balcony, down duvets and the peacefulness of having no televisions in the room. 

Day 5 
Emerald Lake Lodge - Jasper 
A day in Jasper for hiking, biking, and touring Jasper National Park or getting away from everything!  Enjoy the award-winning Walter’s Dining Room and the luxurious Mountain Wellness Day Spa, or sit in front of the unique three-story fireplace and sky lit atrium at its centre. 

Day 6 
Jasper Sightseeing 

Jasper - Tramway Lift & Breakfast 
The experience of riding Canada's longest and highest aerial tramway into Jasper's National Park's alpine tundra will captivate all ages. Discover views unsurpassed in the Canadian Rockies. Gaze over six mountain ranges, glacial-fed lakes, meandering rivers and the scenic Jasper Town site. By the time you reach the upper terminal of Whistler's Mountain you will have gained over 973 metres. At the top enjoy a fabulous breakfast in the Treeline Restaurant...A view with taste! Breakfast will be available from Apr 27 - Oct 8, 2012. 
You must ride the tram up during the following times to have the breakfast included rate. 
April 27 - May 18 10:00am – 10:45am 
May 18 until June 22 9:30am - 10:45am 
June 22 until Aug 29 9:00am - 10:45am 
Aug 30 until Oct 8 10:00am – 10:45am(Weather Permitting - opening and closing dates may vary) 
Local transportation is not included, please add to your package the Jasper Shuttle to Tramway, if required.
 

Maligne Lake - Cruise Only 
For over 70 years no trip to the Canadian Rockies has been complete without a cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. This diminutive Canadian icon, floating amid turquoise, glacial waters are accessed via glass enclosed and heated boats.  The 90 minute interpretive tours depart every hour on the hour throughout the summer season and are staffed by recognized Heritage Tourism Guides and Ministry of Transport licensed pilots. 
This cruise option does not include transportation to the lake - the transportation must be purchased separately. You can transfer by shuttle from Jasper or combine it with a commentated tour and cruise.  Learn of the local history, geology, wildlife and glaciology of Maligne Lake and of Jasper National Park as some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies drift past your window.  At Spirit Island the boat lands to allow for a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the mountain ringed southern shores of Maligne Lake; the equally famous backdrop of Spirit Island. 

Day 7 
Jasper – Sun Peaks Resort 
Located only 45 minutes from the city of Kamloops in British Columbia’s Thompson Okanagan region.  Enjoy all the comforts of home and more in our spacious rooms and superbly appointed suites with amenities ranging from wet bars to fireplaces and balconies. 

Day 8 
Sun Peaks Resort – Whistler 
A delightful retreat to escape the ordinary, your hotels is located among the many shops and restaurants in the main village, less than a 5 minute walk to the chair lifts. 

Whistler - Sunrise ATV Touring | Whistler ATV Adventure! 
Experience a magnificent morning adventure into the backcountry. Cooler temperatures provide the ideal opportunity to view resident black bears and other local wildlife. After enjoying a hot drink and cinnamon bun, wind your way along trails, through lush forests, around fresh mountain lakes and out to breathtaking viewpoints on this amazing tour. 
Suggested: Comfortable clothing for the day including a warm shirt or outer layer; no open-toe shoes or sandals 
Tour includes: helmet, outerwear, boots, gloves, glasses/goggles, dust masks if required 
Collision Coverage/Insurance: $15.00 per driver paid locally 
Duration: 2.5 hours with 2 hours ride time. 
Departure: 8:30 am. 

Day 9 
Whistler - Vancouver 
Your hotel is located in the midst of attractions, shopping and dining for an amazing Vancouver experience! 

Vancouver - Sewell's Marina Sea Safari 
Step aboard the Sea Safari for an unforgettable ride of Howe Sound; here you will find yourself racing beside steep cliffs, watching seals at play, observing the majestic bald eagles and other marine birds go about their daily activities and peaking into sea caves. Sit back and take in some city views and learn about this unique ecosystem of the Pacific North West, with an experienced guide at the helm you won’t miss a thing. 

Day 10 
Vancouver | Package Ends 

Capilano Suspension Bridge 
Cliffwalk juts out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River taking guests to previously unexplored areas of the park on a series of unobtrusive cantilevered and suspended walkways. Not for the faint of heart, it is high and narrow and, in some sections, glass (very strong glass) is all that separates guests from the canyon far below. 
Rates always include: complimentary “I Survived!” souvenir certificates site maps/passports in seven languages guided history and nature tours seasonal entertainment 

Grouse Mountain Gondola 
Admission includes complimentary: 
Skyride tram trip to the top of the mountain 
Year-round access to the Theatre in the Sky 
In the summer months, scenic chair rides, The World Famous Lumberjack Show, Birds in Motion Show, guided Eco-Walks through an Alpine forest, Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife (Grizzly Bear viewing) and much more. 
In the winter months, access to 10 KM of snowshoe trails, 8000 sq. ft outdoor ice-skating pond, sleigh rides and Peak of Christmas festivities.

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