The classic Big West Pass offers an excellent opportunity to see the major highlights of the Canadian Rockies and the alpine beauty of Whistler. This 2500km route takes you to the Canadian Rocky Mountains through the wild recreational paradise of British Columbia as you pass by mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and much more. You get a chance to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in the world! In addition, you travel along the Sea to Sky highway where you follow the jade green waters of Howe Sound and then ascend toward one of the world's great ski and summer resorts - Whistler! This pass takes a minimum of 10 days.
This trip is a flexible adventure bus transportation pass allowing you to jump off, jump on in our hub destinations of Banff and Vancouver and create your own itinerary based on what you want to see and do. The pass is valid for the entire season (please refer to the timetable for details on when the season begins and ends).
The bus stops for sightseeing, activities and other adventures en-route and at overnight stop destinations. The service is door-to-door (we pick you up and drop you off at the hostel or hotel of your choice), and pass holders receive discounts on activities, attractions and accommodation. Accommodation in hostels can be pre-booked for those who want it.
Leaving Vancouver, we head north along the Sea to Sky highway, stopping to check out an impressive waterfall, jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and for lunch at a peaceful lake. We’ll arrive in Whistler in the afternoon with time for relaxing, swimming in the nearby lake, or exploring the village. Enjoy an included dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs!
Day 2: Whistler to Vanvoucer
We don’t leave until the afternoon today, so get your thrill on by zip lining, bungee jumping or downhill mountain biking, go for a hike up Whistler Mountain, or relax in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please! When we do leave, we'll stop to check out another picturesque waterfall and the old mining centre at Britannia Beach before returning to Vancouver in the evening.
Day 3: Vanvoucer to Kelowna
Leaving the city behind, we travel east through the Fraser Valley, stopping for a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls, and for lunch at an idyllic lake. We’ll then pass through the Coastal Mountains and into the much drier interior of British Columbia. We spend the night in Kelowna, where we will go on a jet boat tour of Okanagan Lake and have dinner at the hostel.
Day 4: Kelowna to Banff
We leave Okanagan and head out for Revelstoke for a lunch stop at a lake and optional lake kayaking tour/lesson. We then cross into the province of Alberta and will be in four national parks today, including Canada’s oldest and most famous - Banff! The Rocky Mountains await us, as does Emerald Lake/Natural Bridge, the first of many aqua blue glacier lakes we’ll see. We’ll settle for the night in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the Rockies.
Day 5: Banff to Lake Louise
Today, we’ll soak up and experience the awe-inspiring scenery around Banff National Park and Lake Louise - Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Johnston Canyon and the 2nd highest falls in Canada, Takakkaw Falls (seasonal). Lots of time to do walks and hikes today. Enjoy a campfire and look for the Milky Way.
Moose trips are all about the adventure, and Canada is one of the best countries in the world for adventure activities! There are both free and included activities as well as activities that require an extra payment. The Moose guides will help you book optional activities for you as well as make sure you get there and back. The approximate prices are in CAD and paid directly either to your Moose guide or the activity operator.
Optional activities for the Big West pass:
Wildlife spotting (free) - Horseback riding ($45) - Canoeing ($30) - Hot-tubbing (free) - Jetboating (included) - Kayaking ($35) - Hiking (free) - Glacier snow-coach ($42) - Mountain gondola ride ($25) - Hot springs ($8) - Swimming (free) - Mountain biking ($30) - Whitewater rafting ($125) - Historical sites (free to $15)
On our jump on, jump off passes accommodation is pre-reserved for you while en-route. You can simply pay for the cost of your overnights directly to the hostel upon checking in (unless you have purchased an optional accommodation package). This means that you are guaranteed a dormitory-style bed every night when arriving in a new destination. If there is a mandatory 2-night stop in any destination, you will have a bed reserved for 2 nights.
You can, of course, arrange your own accommodation if you wish. In any case we offer door-to-door transportation, as in picking you up and dropping you off at the hostel or hotel of your choice.
PLEASE NOTE: You must book your own accommodation under the following circumstances:
- All nights prior to your trip
- All nights in Vancouver after your trip (tours ending in Banff will have 1 night reserved)
- Any extra nights that the you spend in a destination, that is, if you jump off the bus
- If you want a private room or non-dormitory room
- If you wish to stay in a hotel or any other facility except where Moose has reserved beds.
Moose vehicles include modern 24-seat coaches and 11-seat passenger vans that provide safe and comfortable transportation through cities and wilderness alike.
Many of our trips include some meals which you can find listed in the introduction under "What's included". We also make regular stops at local grocery stores for you to purchase your own supplies (most hostels have cooking facilities), and our trip leaders often organise group meals, both of which save you money.
The accommodation in Jasper MAY be rustic with no running water, but there is electricity.
Seat reservations are subject to availability and are confirmed on a first come first served basis. Contact the Moose office at least 7 days prior to your preferred departure date to start your pass. To jump off the bus, you must contact Moose by 6pm at the latest the night before you are scheduled to depart on any sector to change your itinerary. Failure to do so may result in a CAD$50 reinstatement fee.
WHY TRAVEL WITH MOOSE?
Moose, with extensive experience since 1997, is your expert on Canada, the second largest country in the world.
- We offer great value compared to hiring a car or other transportation options. Our trips start at CAD $50/day.
- Our tours and the scenic and adventure stops are designed to show you all of Canada - from the bustling cities to quiet lakes and waterfalls in the wilderness. We get "off the beaten path" where other companies don’t venture.
- Loads of optional adventure activities, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, kayaking and whale watching to name just a few
- Pre-reserved accommodation en-route
- Jump on, jump off flexibility
- We have negotiated discounts on activities, attractions, accommodation and even meals en-route for you to save money.
- Small groups where clients will be travelling with like-minded people from around the globe
- Door-to-door service from many hostels and hostels for convenience
- Canadian drivers and guides who are passionate about this country and can offer you a local perspective.
- Will I have to reconfirm my departure date?
Seat reservations are subject to availability and are confirmed on a first come first served basis. Contact our office at least 7 days prior to your preferred departure date to start your pass. To jump off the bus, you must contact us by 6pm at the latest the night before you are scheduled to depart on any sector to change your itinerary. Failure to do so may result in a CAD $50 reinstatement fee.
- Can I hop on and off the bus for longer stopovers at the destinations?
On the jump on, jump off tours Moose offers you the flexibility to create your own itinerary based on what you want to see and do. You can even take up to six months to complete the route.
- Is there an age limit?
No. Most of our travellers are between 18-35, but anyone is welcome. Travellers should be adventurous, independent and accustomed to staying at hostels and/or campgrounds.
- What should I bring?
Bring clothes for a variety of weather. Summer temperatures can range from a high of 35'C to a cool 0'C in the mountains in the evening. Good trainers or light hiking boots are also recommended. Sleeping bags are not essential. Bring your camera and an attitude ready for fun and adventure!
- How much money should I budget for my trip?
Most of your budget will be spent on the following three areas: accommodation (approximately CAD $18-$35 per night), food (approximately CAD $15-$34 per day), activities (anywhere from CAD $50-$215).
- Is it ok if I travel alone?
Yes! Most of our passengers travel alone, but you’ll find couples and small groups on the trip as well. There is no single supplement on any Moose tour.
- If I jump off the bus at some point, when can I get back on?
We guarantee a minimum of two departures a week, and often daily in peak season. Please check the timetable for departures.