Canadian Rockies: Banff to Vancouver
Know Before You Go
For an epic trip with zero stress and infinite holy s#!t moments, get familiar with the information below. Seeing the world should be fun, not stressful, which is why we’ve written this guide for you so all you have to do is travel. Now, it’s time to do a happy dance and make this trip ULTIMATE.
If you have any questions, chat in, or give us a call at 617-619-1411. We’re available to make sure you have the Best. Trip. Ever.
Travel Documents & Tour Preparation
- Identification: A valid I.D. (driver's license) or passport is required for this trip in order to board your inbound and outbound flights
- Insurance: All travelers should bring their insurance cards with them
Talk with your doctor: Although there are no health entry requirements for travelers visiting Canada it is highly recommended that you talk with your doctor about your travel plans. If you are taking any medications, be certain to bring enough to last throughout your trip.
Travelling with allergies? Let your Trip Consultant and Tour Director know of any dietary restrictions/allergies and we will do what we can to accommodate for any included meals.
Cellular Data & WiFi: Cellular data may be intermittent while in the national parks and/or on some of the drives. Free Wi-Fi may be available in your accommodations, but it may vary by strength according to your accommodations on tour.
Get the EF Ultimate Break app: Your trip's group will be able to connect on the app before you meet IRL. Don't miss out! Meet other travelers, get updates from your Tour Director, see flights and accommodations, and more. If you're having trouble, give us a call at 617-619-1411.
Complete you pre-tour checklist: this can be found in your account.
Fun fact about Canada: the country spans 7 time zones!
Health & Safety
Staying Healthy while Traveling
Fact: Travel is exhilarating. And FOMO is real. We understand why you don’t want to miss a second of the action, but there’s a difference between maximizing your time and spreading yourself too thin. Here are some tips to stay healthy and happy on tour:
- Sleep: Flying across the country (even if it's just one border), changing time zones, and being active and on the move can take a toll on your body. Make sure you get the rest your body needs.
- Stay hydrated: During this trip, you’ll traverse through deserts, canyons, arches and more! With so much to see and do, it’s important to drink plenty of water each day; Don’t forget to pack that reusable water bottle and hydrate
- Take time for yourself: Group travel is an amazing experience. That said, it’s okay to take time for yourself to relax and reflect on your experience. Try one of these mindfulness apps while you're on the road:
- Insight Timer: 80,000 free daily meditations to help with sleep, anxiety, and stress
- What’s Up: What’s Up can help you manage feelings of anxiety, depression, or stress with interactive games, forums, and a thought tracking diary.
- Talkspace: Talkspace gives you 24/7 access to real, licensed therapists. You can talk, text, or video chat with them right from your phone.
With a global presence of more than 46,000 people in over 115 countries and regions, we’re fully committed to your safety. From your first flight all the way through to your farewell dinner don’t hesitate to reach out to your Tour Director or your Trip Consultant if you need a helping hand. Keep these extra tips in mind so you can #travelsmart:
- Keep your bag/purse in front of you and your phone zipped inside when you’re not using it. Leave your laptop at home, store valuables at the hotel in locked luggage or the safe deposit box. Refrain from carrying large sums of money or wearing valuable jewelry.
- Use the buddy system. Stay in groups and watch out for each other, especially at night—no one gets left behind!
- Be smart about alcohol consumption. Watch your drinks and don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know. Don’t leave the bar alone with someone you just met.
- Before you go out, grab a business card at your hotel so that you always have the address handy for getting back later.
- At the end of a night out, use trusted transportation like a licensed taxi or Uber, and always have cash on hand.
- Save our 24/7 number in your phone: +1–617–619–1411
Money & Tipping
We at EF will help facilitate any testing requirements while on tour, however it is the travelers responsibility to pay for these tests and it is our recommendation that you budget roughly 150 USD total. Please note that non-boosted travelers may be required to do additional testing to enter places such as restaurants, and/or major attractions.
Remember that you know your spending habits best and not everyone’s spending habits are the same. These recommendations are based on a traveler who says yes to any and all activities while on tour
We recommend budgeting $60-$80 per day for meals, gratuities, shopping, and free time activities. For this trip, that means roughly $600-$800 but you know your spending habits best. If you’re looking to #treatyourself to the max, you may want to budget a little more.
In Canada, the currency is the Canadian dollar. Although neighbors with the USA, it is considered a hassle for businesses to accept US cash instead of the national currency. You can exchange your US money for Canadian dollars at banks, shopping malls, American Express Offices in Canada, Train Stations, Post Offices and other convenient locations.
Make sure to talk with your bank and credit card companies to let them know where and when you are traveling to avoid any fraudulent charges or getting locked out of your account.
Currencies used: Canadian dollar
It’s standard to leave 15-20% tip in restaurants, and for taxis. As it is also customary to tip for services provided, we recommend the following for this tour:
- Local Guides: $1-$2
- Bus Driver: $20-$30 given at the end of the trip
- Tour Director: $40-$60 given at the end of the trip
Remember you will be enjoying the great outdoors on a majority of days on this trip, so layers are key!
Note: Your airline ticket does not include a checked bag; We recommend traveling with one small backpack or purse, and a smaller carry-on suitcase (22” x 14” x 9”) or bag, which is included in your ticket. See more packing tips below:
- 1 rain jacket or 1 warmer jacket
- 1 fleece or warm sweatshirt
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Water-resistant trail shoes or sneakers with good tread for days in the parks or glaciers
- Small backpack or daypack
- Hat and/or sunglasses, sunscreen
- 3-4 pairs long pants
- 1-2 pairs shorts for warmer weather
- 3-4 t-shirts
- 1-2 warmer shirts
- 1-2 nicer outfits for your Welcome & Farewell Dinners
- Underwear and socks
- Toiletries, medicine
- Reusable water bottle
- Phone or camera
- I.D. and/or Passport
- Debit / Credit cards and cash
- Chargers for electronics, no adapters needed on this trip
Arrival Information & Transportation
Check your online account 30 days prior to departure for your flight itinerary and confirmation number. Using your 6-digit reservation code, you can reserve your seat (this is typically available 30 days to 24 hours before departure) and check in to your flight 24 hours prior to departure. If you prefer to check in at the airport that’s okay, too. Regardless, plan to arrive 2.5 – 3 hours before departure.
Note: All flight information is online (e-ticket) via your account and the airline’s website. You will not receive a physical paper ticket from us.
- If your flight is cancelled or delayed: Don’t worry! We design the first day of tour as an arrival day in case of flight delays or cancellations. Work with the airline to get rebooked on the next available flight, then let your Tour Director know your new arrival time
- If you sleep in and miss your flight: You should still talk to the airline and see if they can get you on the next available option.
Arriving in Calgary
Your Tour Director will communicate through the EF Ultimate Break app, WhatsApp, or email about where to meet them at the airport. This is an important reason to make sure you have the EF Ultimate Break app!
Note: If you have booked your own flight arrangements or have extended your travels before or after the tour dates, you will need to make your own way to the first hotel. Accommodation details will be available in your online account 30 days prior to departure.
Getting from A to B
All transfers between cities are via private coach, adventure train, or boat and can take anywhere between 2-6 hours. Bring motion sickness medicine in case you’re prone to getting carsick/seasick.
It’s a good idea to download a few movies or shows to watch sans Wi-Fi/ Cellular Data, bring a great book with you to read, or listen to music to pass the time.
Optimize Your Free Time
If you’d like to plan something else during your free time, connect with your Tour Director before doing so; they sometimes arrange extra activities for the group during free time.
We’re so glad you chose to travel with us and are now part of the EF Ultimate Break family! We'll look for your post-card in the mail, and your #thisisultimate tags on Instagram. Cheers to the Best. Trip. Ever. Bon voyage!
This trip is designed for the great outdoors, which means lots of activity! Day 3 will consist of a long day of hiking including Johnston Canyon, Lake Agnes and Lake Louise, so bring your water bottle and get ready for an adventure.
- Johnston Canyon = 3.5 miles
- Lake Louise = 1.5 miles
- Lake Agnes = 4.5 miles
Total = 9.5 miles for the day
We’re so glad you chose to travel with us and are now part of the EF Ultimate Break family! We'll look for your post-card in the mail, and your #thisisultimate tags on Instagram. Cheers to the Best. Trip. Ever.