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Canadian Gold Rush Self Guided Motorcycle Tour

Cruise the calm Strait of Georgia, walk on a glacier, kayak on a serene lake, spend a day on a warm, sunny lakeside beach, wander through a real ghost town and ride the best roads in Western Canada. This tour has everything and is the latest addition to our self-guided tours of the Canadian West. We take you further east into Alberta and give even you a glimpse of Vancouver Island all in one tour, following the old Gold Rush routes. After visiting ‘the island’ we take you north and east across the Coastal and Columbia mountain ranges to Jasper and the best of the Canadian Rockies. Then its south on the fabulous Icefields Parkway and through the unspoilt wilderness of Jasper and Banff National Parks. Next, we take you into southern Alberta and Waterton Lakes before riding over the continental divide and following the Crowsnest highway west through more beautiful scenery in the warmest part of Canada.


This tour can also start/finish in Calgary on our Authorised Harley-Davidson rental motorcycles – please ask for prices.


Total distance c. 3200 km

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  • Vibrant Vancouver
  • Vancouver Island
  • Sea to Sky Highway
  • Jasper and Banff National Parks
  • Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Waterton Lakes
  • Historic Mining Towns
  • The warm Southern Okanagan


  • Day 1: Arrive Vancouver.

    We will transfer you by private taxi to our tour hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the highlights of this beautiful city.

  • Day 2: Vancouver – Victoria (110km).

    After breakfast you collect your motorcycle and the adventure starts. Take the ferry through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island, keeping your eyes peeled for the pods of Orcas that ply the waters here. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the Capital of British Columbia, Victoria’s Parliament and its historic buildings, the Royal British Columbia Museum with its superb native art, Fisgard lighthouse, or go whale and sea lion watching on the protected Pacific coastline.

  • Day 3: Victoria – Parksville (150-225km).

    Enjoy Canadian culture with the totem poles in Duncan and the murals on the buildings in Chemainus. The short ride to Parksville allows you plenty of time to explore. Take a wonderfully scenic detour along the Pacific Marine Circle Route. The route winds 74km along scenic coastline, with white sand beaches, kilometres of unspoilt coastal rainforest and the picturesque communities of Sooke, Jordan River and Port Renfrew before returning on the highway 14 loop to the Trans-Canada Highway heading north.

  • Day 4: Parksville – Whistler (200km).

    This morning, the Horseshoe Bay ferry takes you back across the Strait of Georgia to the mainland. Then ride the famous ‘Sea to Sky’ Highway to the alpine resort of Whistler. Check out Squamish, the town where sea meets sky. The Sea to Sky Gondola and the West Coast Railway Heritage Park are two notable attractions. For a high alpine experience take the magnificent Peak to Peak Gondola at Whistler, Enjoy this ride if you dare!

  • Day 5: Whistler – 108 Mile Ranch (320km).

    The quiet Duffey Lake Road 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 is an interesting place to stop for a coffee. Head north on the Gold Rush Trail to your overnight stay at a Guest Ranch where you can choose to get closer to nature with a hike or on horseback, or you can just enjoy the spa before dinning and settling in for the night.

  • Day 6: 108 Mile Ranch - Clearwater (155km).

    No need for an early start. Today, Clearwater is not too far away but there is plenty to see if you tire of ‘ranch life’. Your ride through the highlands will have you in Clearwater by lunch, with plenty of time visit Wells Gray Park and see the cascading Dawson and Helmcken Falls, which are three times higher than Niagara Falls.

  • Day 7: Clearwater – Jasper (325km).

    The Yellowhead Highway takes you along the North Thompson River between the Columbia Mountains and the Monashees to the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. The Mount Robson Provincial Park is a world heritage site and the visitor centre is well worth a visit. Then it’s over the Yellowhead Pass and into the stunning wilderness of Jasper National Park, your home for the next two nights.

  • Day 8: Jasper (100km).

    Free day: A full day to explore the Rockies and Jasper. We include a 90 minute morning cruise on Maligne Lake, allowing you plenty of time take the mountain road to Mount Edith Cavell, hike the Maligne Canyon, take the Sky Tram or have lunch on top of Whistler Mountain.

  • Day 9: Jasper – Banff (285km).

    Today you ride what many consider to be the world's most scenic highway, the Icefields Parkway, flanked by snow-capped peaks, glaciers, pristine alpine rivers, lakes and forested valleys. Cross thundering rivers, the Bow and Sunwapta Passes, and stop 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. Marvel at the unbelievably blue waters of Peyto Lake and sheer beauty of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Banff is a beautiful mountain setting and has plenty to tempt you so we give you three nights to relax and take in the town and National Park.

  • Day 10: 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 the famous Wild Bill's. Banff has plenty of shopping and a huge selection of bars and restaurants.

  • Day 11: Banff – Waterton (385km).

    This morning you head south on scenic Highways 40 and 22, with great views of the impressive Rocky Mountains all around as you travel through beautiful Kananaskis Country. Visit the Pioneer Heritage Centre in Pincher Creek and walk the restored wooden sidewalks to the buildings of the 1890s. Waterton Lakes National Park is a lovely setting for the next two nights.

  • Day 12: Waterton (30km).

    Free day. Waterton Lakes National Park borders Glacier National Park in Montana USA to the south, together making up the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the first of its kind in the world. The Park offers a blend of unusual geology, mild climate, rare wild flowers, and an abundance of wildlife. Spend time hiking or paddling, or ride the Akamina Parkway, to Cameron Lake, one of many serene sub-alpine lakes that make up the National Park. Cameron Lake is a great place to rent a canoe and watch out for Grizzly bears on the far slopes.

  • Day 13: Waterton Lakes – Cranbrook (275km).

    Follow the historic Crowsnest Pass west. Back in British Columbia, visit the mining town of Sparwood and ‘the world’s biggest truck – almost’. The Truck is a 350 tonne, 3300 horse powered monster of the mining industry and well worth a photo – if you can fit it in the frame that is. Fernie is encircled by magnificent peaks of the Rockies and has a high street dating from the early 1900s. Fort Steele is a heritage town restored to all its1890s glory with some 60 historical shops and houses while Cranbrook is home to a Railway Museum.

  • Day 14: Cranbrook - Nelson (230 -270km).

    There’s time to take a look around Cranbrook or visit the historic heritage town of Fort Steele before riding southwest to Creston, with its great views and warm climate. Ride the 1774 metre Kootenay Pass to Salmo, a small former mining town nestled in the Selkirk Mountains from where a twisty 70km ride then takes you to the lovely lakeside town of Nelson. A longer ride with many curves to Kootenay Bay for a 45-minute free ferry ride across the Kootenay Lake will also bring you back to Nelson. Nelson is popular with artists and has a rich gold-mining and film making history. See if you can spot the town’s old fire house that featured in the Steve Martin film ‘Roxanne’.

  • Day 15: Nelson – Osoyoos (270km).

    Go west to Castlegar and the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers. Today you can visit Canada’s highest town and its warmest town in the same day. Rossland is the highest and a worthwhile stop. The Crowsnest Highway winds along Canada’s border with the USA until you descend Anarchist Mountain (no, we don’t make up these names!) to Osoyoos, the warmest town in Canada.

  • Day 16: Osoyoos (100km).

    With its warm, dry climate you’ll find Canada’s only desert around Osoyoos. This area of the Southern Okanagan teems with rare flora and fauna alongside miles of fruit orchards and vineyards. The warm clear lakes are ideal for swimming with beaches to rest on. If gets too warm, then you can take a ride north to Penticton and Kelowna on Okanagan Lake.

  • Day 17: Osoyoos - Vancouver (400km).

    Today’s ride winds along the Similkameen River and deep into the forests of the Cascade Mountains. Keremeos is a centre for horse breeding and Princeton offers a glimpse into the history of Southern BC with no less than 6 Ghost Towns in the area. Travel through the Cascade Provincial Park before visiting Hope, where Stallone's hit First Blood was filmed. See the historic Othello Tunnels and Fort Langley National Heritage Site then ride on down the Fraser Valley to Vancouver and return your motorcycle.

  • Day 18: Vancouver

    Spend time sightseeing in this beautiful city. Take a city highlights tour using your Vancouver Trolley pass, visit Stanley Park, Chinatown, Granville Island, Gastown and of course famous Robson St, before returning to the airport for your flight home. Total distance c. 3200 km

Our motorcycles

For our selection of motorcycles please see the Vancouver and Victoria Motorcycle rentals section of our Canada Motorcycles Rentals page.

Dates & Prices
Prebookable Extras
10 May to 25 Sept

  Kawa KLR650 Honda CB500FA Honda Rebel Honda NC750X
Suzuki DL650
Suzuki SV650
Yamaha FZ6R
H-D Street
Triumph America
Triumph Bonneville
Triumph SS
H-D Classic
Honda Africa Twin Suzuki DL1000
Triumph Tiger 800 Yamaha Tracer
H-D Touring
Ducati MultiS 950
Triumph Tiger 1200
Yamaha S Tenere
Yamaha FJR1300    
Ducati MultiS 1260
Rider £2,845 – £3,445 £3,025 – £3,625 £3,145 – £3,745 £3,275 – £3,875 £3,425 – £3,995 £3,675 – £4,275
Passenger £1,495 – £2,095 £1,495 – £2,095 £1,495 – £2,095 £1,495 – £2,095 £1,495 – £2,095 £1,495 – £2,095
Single room suppl. £1,375 – £1,975 £1,375 – £1,975 £1,375 – £1,975 £1,375 – £1,975 £1,375 – £1,975 £1,375 – £1,975
Superior upgrade pp £525 – £625 £525 – £625 £525 – £625 £525 – £625 £525 – £625 £525 – £625
Single room upgrade £895 – £1,095 £895 – £1,095 £895 – £1,095 £895 – £1,095 £895 – £1,095 £895 – £1,095
Optional CDW/SLI £264 £264 £330 £330 £396 £396
Optional CDW/SLI, H-D only     £704 £704 £704  


 Pre-bookable extras Basis Price
Flights Per person POA
Travel insurance (EU residents only) Per person POA
Airport/hotel parking (UK only) Per room per night POA
Hotel pre/post tour with breakfast Per room per night £208-£284
Hotel – airport transfer post-tour Per taxi (max 3 people) POA
Optional $0 CDW Per motorcycle £160

What's included and What's not?

Our tour price includes

  • 17 nights’ accommodation, 2* - 4*
  • 16 days motorcycle rental, incl. unlimited mileage, basic insurance, breakdown assistance package
  • Vancouver to Victoria ferry (Tsawassen - Swarz Bay)
  • Nanaimo to Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) ferry
  • Taxes
  • Personalised roadbook with detailed tour description, maps and vouchers
  • Toll-free phone assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Breakfasts as indicated
  • Superior tour also includes: Private transfer on arrival
  • Superior tour also includes: Vancouver trolley pass
  • Superior tour also includes: Maligne Lake Cruise for arrivals after 10 Jun. We include Jasper Tramway prior to this date


  • C$5 million 3rd party liability insurance, LDW insurance (excess C$2000-3000) – pre-bookable
  • National parks entrance fees
  • Local inland ferries (these are not pre-bookable)
  • Meals unless shown
  • Fuel
  • Riding gear
  • Hotel-airport transfer - pre-bookable
  • Flights and specialist travel insurance can be arranged by H-C Travel

Pre-bookable options

  • Flights (we are an ATOL bonded, UK company)
  • Specialist Travel Insurance for motorcyclists (EU residents only)
  • Pre and post tour accommodation and tours
  • UK airport hotels and parking

Our Accommodation


Location Nts Lite Superior
Vancouver 1 Sandman Suites on Davie Wedgwood Hotel
Victoria 1 Royal Scot Hotel Coast Hotel & Marina
Parksville 1 Beach Club Resort Tigh-Na-Mara Resort
Whistler 1 Whistler Village Inn Hilton Whistler Resort
108 Mile Ranch 1 Spruce Hills Resort Spruce Hills Resort
Clearwater 1 Ace Western motel Clearwater Lodge
Jasper 2 Lobstick Lodge Chateau Jasper
Banff 2 Ptarmigan Inn Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Waterton Lakes 2 Aspen Village Inn Waterton Lakes Lodge
Cranbrook 1 Rocky Mountain Resort Rocky Mountain Resort
Nelson 1 Lakeside Resort Lakeside Resort
Osoyoos 2 Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel Walnut Beach Resort
Vancouver 1 Sandman Suites on Davie Wedgewood Hotel

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