SEPTEMBER 14-24, 2025



An 11-day luxury motor coach through Western Canada. 

Vancouver to Calgary

Sugar, cream, or clouds in your coffee? On this majestic Globus Motor Coach  tour of the Canadian Rockies, you can relish all three. A sunny gondola ride to breakfast atop Banff’s Sulphur Mountain, a private breakfast at Whistler’s Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and a special dinner inside the original greenhouse at Victoria’s lush Butchart Gardens are just some of the ways to devour the elevating scenery on this motor coach tour through Alberta and British Columbia.

Bold and breathtaking views are served from Vancouver to Calgary as you savor cooling breezes of Sun Peaks Resort, the glacial wonder of the Columbia Icefield, the alluring blue hue of Lake Louise, and the magnificent canyons and gorges of Jasper National Park. A panoramic cruise along the crystal waters of Maligne Lake to remote Spirit Island – one of Canada’s most cherished and photographed places – is everyone’s favorite excursion on this journey through Western Canada.

Join the YMCA Alumni Travel Club as we journey with Globus, one of the world's finest tour operators on this eye-popping tour of the Majestic Canadian Rockies.

Globus Tours; Add "WOW" to your journey

Vancouver to Calgary
...with friends

Day 1: Vancouver

At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2:

Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Catch the BC Ferry over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. See major attractions on your city orientation tour including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Later, visit world-famous Globus Local Favorite Butchart Gardens, followed by a special dinner in the former historic greenhouse. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: Victoria

The day is free to explore on your own. Stroll in the quaint downtown area with its British colonial architecture to shop and admire its heritage buildings and stunning gardens, then relax over proper British afternoon tea. Your Tour Director may suggest an optional marine wildlife and whale-watching trip. Shoppers will love Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s specialty stores. (Breakfast)

Day 4:
Victoria to Whistler

Board a BC Ferry crossing the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. En route to Whistler, Visit Shannon Falls, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. On to the alpine resort of Whistler at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Time to explore the 2010 Winter Olympics’ sites. Enjoy a 2-night stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, with classic elegance in a modern alpine setting. (Breakfast)

Day 5: Whistler

Full free day to explore all that Whistler has to offer. You might enjoy a trip on Whistler’s famed Peak2Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you travel via the longest unsupported gondola span in the world. Other options include a walk in the treetops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort.

Day 6: 
Whistler to Sun Peaks

This morning, enjoy a visit and breakfast at the Globus Local Favorite Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Then, journey north through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. Spectacular scenery abounds as you pass by rolling hills, deeply incised rivers, and sparkling lakes. Afternoon arrival in Sun Peaks with the balance of the day at leisure. Free time this evening. (Breakfast)

Day 7:
Sun Peaks-Jasper

Continue north, following Yellowhead Highway and hugging the mighty North Thompson River, into the province of Alberta. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering Jasper National Park. Marvel at the precipitous gorges, snow-capped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens in this wild mountain wilderness. Before arriving at your hotel, you may wish to take an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River, where your experienced guide will navigate as you absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park. (Breakfast)

Day 8: Jasper

Travel through Jasper’s unspoiled beauty to glacial Maligne Canyon for lunch at the Wilderness Kitchen. Continue to stunning  Maligne Lake for a narrated scenic cruise to Spirit Island. Maligne Lake is a spectacular sight to behold as one of the most photographed locations in the world for its jaw-dropping beauty. Return to Jasper where the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own. Spanning nearly 4,250 square miles of spectacular natural beauty, Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.
(Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 9: Jasper-Banff

Head south through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier with a Glaciologist guide. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue on to Banff for a free evening. (Breakfast).

Day 10: Banff

Breakfast this morning is served on top of Sulphur Mountain. Take a scenic ride on the  Banff Gondola to the top of the mountain and then enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savor a flavorful meal. Additional sightseeing in Banff includes a visit to Bow Falls. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Consider an optional flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. This evening, join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11:
Banff to Calgary

Morning drive to Calgary. Your tour ends at Calgary International Airport. Schedule flights to depart from Calgary International Airport after 2 pm.

Some details...

About Globus Tours

Forget everything you think you know about “bus tours” and think “on tour” instead. Like your favorite rock stars, you’ll travel from city to city and village to village in the most modern of comforts. Aboard Globus private, first-class coaches, you'll enjoy large windows, plush seats, ample legroom, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and an emergency restroom. With nearly a hundred years of guided tours under its belt, Globus is a dependable leader among major tour companies

What will it cost?

Your cost for this deluxe 11-day Globus Motor Coach Tour is $4,393 per person including taxes, gratuities, 2 dinners, 11 breakfasts and 1 lunch and all luggage handling. Airfare to Vancouver and return from Calgary is additional, but Go Travel can find you the best routes and rates.

You'll stay along the way at all first class hotels including the Georgian Court in Vancouver; Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria;  Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort;  Sun Peaks Grand; Jasper Inn and Suites and Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa.

How to Register

The registration process is simple. Just click on the Go Travel button in the box below. Fill out the form and make your deposit. An expert Go Travel representative will contact you and answer all of your questions. They can also get you the best fares and airline routes. Several YMCA Alumni trips sell out quickly each year. Don't be left out. Go Travel Representatives will help you with pre and/or post visits as well. Go Travel's Bob Cook is the expert consultant to the YMCA Travel Club Committee and Go Travel is the booking agent for our trips.

Limited spaces available

YMCA Alumni motor coach tours sell out quickly. Our Scottish Dream in August 2024, for example, sold out in just days after it was announced. Don't be left out. Our trips are guaranteed to go regardless  of how many YMCA Alumni members and guests register.  We book popular destination tours with the best tour companies.  We join with others who have booked the tours and generally only about 48 sets or so are available in total. That's why it is important to book your spot right away. When the seats are gone, they're gone. 

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Your hosts: Bill and Teri Hooson

Bill and Teri are your YMCA Alumni Travel Club hosts for our Majestic Canadian Rockies tour. Bill is Chair of the Travel Club Committee and he and Teri have traveled extensively across the globe.

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