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Western Bike Explorer Self Guided Motorcycle 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 four 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 it’s 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.

“…..Fantastic. Went up to the Wells Grey provincial park…. 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!  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

 

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Highlights

  • Vibrant Vancouver
  • Sea to Sky Highway and the Gold Rush Trail
  • Banff National Park
  • Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Wells Gray National Park
  • Inside Passage ferry
  • The Pacific West Coast
  • Historic Victoria

Itinerary

  • 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 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.

  • Day 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

  • Day 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.

  • Day 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 River – Free 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.

  • Day 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: Depart 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. Total distance c. 4200 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
20 days from 7 Jun–2 Sep

Date of travel for this tour must coincide with the Inside Passage ferry’s scheduled departures from Prince Rupert. Departures in Jun, Jul and Sep are on odd dates.

 

Departures in Aug are on even dates.

  Kawa KLR650 Honda CB500FA Honda CB500X Kawasaki Versys Suzuki DL650 Yamaha FZ6R BMW F700GS Triumph America Triumph Bonneville BMW F800GS/GT H-D Superlo 1200T Honda Africa Twin Suzuki DL1000 Triumph Tiger 800 Yamaha FJ09 Yamaha FJ1300HM BMW S1000XR BMW R1200RS BMW R1200GSHM BMW R1200RTHM KTM 1190 Adv Yamaha FJR1300 BMW R1200RT BMW R1200GS H-D Road King
Rider £3,875 £3,995 £4,175 £4,295 £4,475 £4,595
Passenger £2,375 £2,375 £2,375 £2,375 £2,375 £2,375
Single room suppl. £1,875 £1,875 £1,875 £1,875 £1,875 £1,875
Superior upgrade pp £325 £325 £325 £325 £325 £325
Single room upgrade £552 £552 £552 £552 £552 £552
Optional CDW/SLI £280 £280 £308 £308 £350 £350
 Prebookable 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
Lite hotel pre/post tour Per room per night £153-£202
Superior hotel pre/post-tour Per room per night £233-£277
Hotel – airport transfer post-tour Per taxi (max 3 people) POA
Optional $0 CDW Per motorcycle £180

What's included and What's not?

Our tour price includes

  • 19 nights’ accommodation, 2* - 4*
  • 18 days motorcycle rental, incl. unlimited mileage, basic insurance, breakdown assistance package
  • Vancouver to Victoria ferry
  • Nanaimo to Vancouver 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

OUR TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • C$5 million 3rd party liability insurance, LDW insurance (excess C$2000-3000) – pre-bookable
  • $0 CDW - prebookable
  • 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 Ramada Inn Downtown Georgian Court Hotel
Cache Creek 1 Sandman Inn Sandman Inn
Revelstoke 2 Sandman Inn Sutton Place Hotel
Lake Louise 1 Lake Louise Inn Deer Lodge
Banff 2 Ptarmigan Hotel The Fox Hotel
Jasper 2 Lobstick Lodge Crimson Hotel
Clearwater 1 Clearwater Lodge Clearwater Lodge
Prince George 1 Sandman Hotel Sandman Signature Hotel
Smithers 1 Sandman Hotel Hudson Bay Lodge
Prince Rupert 1 Crest Hotel Crest Hotel
Port Hardy 1 Glen Lyon Inn Glen Lyon Inn
Campbell River 2 Painter’s Lodge Painter’s Lodge
Tofino 1 Jamie’s Rainforest Inn Middle Beach Lodge
Victoria 1 Embassy Inn Royal Scot Hotel
Vancouver 1 Sylvia Hotel Georgian Court Hotel

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