DC Tours - Rockies Winter Explorer Tour

When: Friday, Feb 16, 2024 - Monday, Feb 19, 2024, 7:15AM - 7:30PM PST
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Rockies Winter Explorer

This tour is the ultimate mountain experience! Stay overnight at three of the famous ski resort towns, Vernon, Banff & Golden and have plenty of time to participate in winter activities and see the most beautiful places in the Rockies. This tour is a Snow lover’s Dream and a Sightseer’s Paradise! 


4 Days, 3 Nights

Meeting/Pickup Location:

1025 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC - You will need to make arrangements to spend the Thursday night in Vancouver as the ferry will not get you there in time for the departure time of 7:15am, Friday morning. 


  • Adult (18+): from $608 (non student price)
  • Youth/Student with ID: from $519


  • 3-nights hotel accommodation in three different ski resort towns: Vernon, Banff and Golden
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Deluxe coach transportation, games, entertainment and prizes
  • Friendly Experienced Tour Guide to make sure you have the best trip ever!
  • Ice-skating and snow-tubing at Silverstar Mountain Resort
  • Bonfire & marshmallow roast (weather dependent)
  • VIP party night in Banff 
  • Park passes

Optional Add Ons:

  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola (Banff)
  • Johnston Canyon Ice Walk (Banff)
  • Mountain Resort Lift Ticket (Lake Louise)



This itinerary is  subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather. Departure times may vary by date, please see your confirmation email for exact departure times.

Day 1: Vancouver to Vernon

  • 7:15am – Depart Vancouver from Canada Place (please arrive at 7am)
  • The fun begins! Your friendly and experienced tour guide will start off the tour with introductions and games so you can meet the other passengers.
  • Hear interesting facts about Vancouver as you make your way out of the city and into the mountains!
  • Check into the hotel in Vernon and make your way to SilverStar Mountain Resort for FREE snow tubing & ice skating 
  • Upon return to the hotel, option to go to the adjoining casino or pub (19+ only)  or relax in the hotel pool and hot tub after an active day outside

Day 2: Vernon to Banff

  • Breakfast (included)
  • After breakfast depart hotel
  • Drive through the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Mount Revelstoke National Park & Glacier National Park
  • Visit Roger’s Pass National Historic Site
  • Arrive at the world renowned Lake Louise with the option to go ice skating or play hockey on the frozen lake! (seasonal)
  • Drive to Banff and enjoy a city tour including Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, and Banff Ave.
  • Check into your centrally located Banff hotel
  • Evening – Free time to go shopping on Banff Avenue or join your guide for a night out!

Day 3: Banff to Golden

  • Breakfast (included)
  • Option to go on the Banff Gondola 
    Skiers and Snowboarders depart for Lake Louise Mountain Resort. There is also the option for non-skiers to take the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola for amazing views of the surrounding mountains. *Please note transportation to Lake Louise is not included, skiers will take the free mountain shuttle.
  • For those not skiing/snowboarding, check out of the hotel and enjoy free time to explore the town of Banff. You also have the option to participate in another exciting winter activity like dog mushing, snowshoeing, ice walking, and more!
  • Afternoon: depart Banff and make your way to Golden!
  • Stop in Emerald Lake (weather and time permitting)
  • Free time to have dinner, and enjoy the pool, waterslide and hot tub
  • After dinner join your guide for an end of tour party including a campfire & marshmallow roast!

Day 4: Golden to Vancouver

  • Depart Golden after breakfast
  • Stop at Craigellachie (the Last Spike of the Canadian Railway) and learn about its importance in the Canadian history
  • Return to Vancouver at approximately 7:30pm

How to Sign Up

DC Tours are available to all current VIU Students and general public. Sign up with the Cultural Connections Team in person in Building 255.

You will need to have your:

  1. Student card,
  2. Proof of medical insurance (BC Care Card or Guard.me Insurance Policy)
  3. Payment (credit card is the only form of payment taken by DC Tours)

Hours & Location for Signing Up with us:

Sign up with us in person, next to the Front Reception Desk in the "Glassroom" on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm – 1:30pm in Building 255 - Second Floor.

Individually Online @ West Trek (additional fees may occur) 


Robin Lemmens, Activity Program Coordinator
phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2228
e-mail: Robin.lemmens@viu.ca