(Editor’s Note – This original post from April 2010 has been updated to reflect current Canadian Rockies tour details.)
The western provinces of Canada, including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, are mostly land locked. The exceptions include a small portion of northeastern Manitoba that borders the Hudson Bay (home to the Port of Churchill) and of course the Pacific Coast on the west side of British Columbia.
Western Canada offers visiting tourists some of the best sightseeing opportunities in the world. Canada is a very big country and the western Canadian provinces are a wonder to behold.
Visitors can explore everything from endless prairie landscapes and freshwater lakes, to badlands, glaciers, national parks, World Heritage sites, whale watching on the Pacific coast and hiking through the magnificent Rocky Mountains.
Canada West Tours of the Prairie Provinces
Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta are all considered “Prairie Provinces” and take up most of central and western Canada. At one time the vast majority of the three provinces that make up the “Prairies” consisted of flat grasslands. Today, the majority of the grasslands have been converted for farm use.
Western Canada tours featuring Manitoba may include such tourist destinations as Winnipeg (the capital of Manitoba) and Lake Winnipeg, Canada’s sixth largest freshwater lake. Visitors also come to Manitoba to enjoy the parks and wildlife plus fishing and other water activities on Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipegosis in the Manitoba lowlands.
Western Canada tours featuring Saskatchewan may include visits to the capital Regina plus places like Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Swift Current and North Battleford.
Alberta is a very unique and interesting province consisting of flat prairies to the south, badlands in central Alberta plus foothills, and the eastern part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the southwestern part of Alberta.
Other common attractions for Western Canada tours of Alberta may include:
- Annual Calgary Stampede in Calgary
- World Heritage site of Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump near Fort MacLeod
- The dinosaur excavations in the Drumheller badlands
- Columbia Ice Fields in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Popular Canadian Rockies tours through Alberta’s Rocky Mountains may also include visits to Lake Louise, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.
Western Canadian Tours of British Columbia
BC is Canada’s most westerly province and home to the Canadian Rockies. BC offers visitors on Canada west tours of British Columbia plenty to enjoy including lush green forests, coastal mountains covered with gleaming glaciers, beautiful alpine lakes and of course the city of Vancouver (often voted one of the best places in the world to live).
British Columbia Attractions
Vancouver is a major sea port and a stunningly beautiful city nestled in the lower mainland where the coastal mountains swoop down to meet the Pacific Ocean. Other BC attractions include Victoria on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, wine country in BC’s Okanagan region and world class year round resorts like Whistler BC.
All Inclusive Canadian Rockies Tours by Caravan
Caravan Tours offers All Inclusive Tours including fully escorted Canadian Rockies Vacation with visits to Waterton Lakes National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and the Columbia Ice Fields glacier.
Other Canada west attractions on Caravan’s current 9-day all-inclusive tour include Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Maligne Lake and a Banff Gondola Ride.
Visit the Canadian Rockies tour reviews page to see what others have said about Caravan’s Canada west tour of the Canadian Rockies.
To check availability or to book your own vacation call Caravan Tours toll-free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).