Join us and see why this Canadian Rockies Golf Tour is a regular sell out with our last in July 2015 tour being no exception.
Here the colours are nothing less than luminous-snow white, spruce green and glacial blue. It is a land of pristine beauty. This tour takes in the internationally acclaimed tourist destinations of Calgary, Banff, Kelowna, Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver. While the sightseeing is unforgettable, the golf courses are rated among the most spectacular in the world. As a sightseeing tour, the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies is unforgettable; as a golfing tour it is simply sensational.
The most difficult part of arranging this Canadian golf holiday has been to choose between the tremendous array of spectacular golf courses on offer throughout this region. We’re confident you will find each course both challenging and visually stimulating. Along the way you’ll find the scenery absolutely breathtaking.
Go Golfing’s affable tour host will add to the enjoyment, fun and friendship on tour.
Start your Canadian Rockies golf tour in Calgary where you’ll check in at the majestic Fairmont Palliser Hotel. Some of you have made their way to Calgary after travelling along the scenic Canadian Mountaineer Rockies route (See “Come Early” tab at the top for more information). Today, you can make yourself comfortable and rest before we meet in the morning.
You have time to settle into the day before we meet for a gourmet brunch and get to know each other. Your tour host will provide you with a tour update and explain our unique Go Golfing scoring system. We’ll then transfer to the colourful Calgary Stampede. The city comes to life during this festival! Today the Rodeo takes centre stage. Spend the afternoon immersing yourself in the Spirit of Stampede. (Br)
Following breakfast, we’ll transfer to the Valley Ridge Golf Club and kick start our golfing decadence. A stunning course, awesome layout and immaculately maintained– thoroughly enjoyable. Surrounded by rushing waters and tall timber, there’s all of the expected trappings of an exclusive course. Back to the Stampede and our platinum seats will ensure we are right amongst the action featuring live performances and all the excitement of the chuckwagon races and evening show spectacular. (B/L/D)
This morning, we travel along the scenic drive to Banff taking in the breathtaking Lake Louise, Victoria Glacier and Lake Minnewanka. Make sure you bring your camera – this is postcard perfect! A treat for all travellers will be our stay at the Banff Springs Fairmont Hotel, styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle. Few hotels in the world rival the majesty, hospitality and grandeur of this hotel. Set within a UNESCO world heritage site and built in the late 1800’s, you’ll really feel like you’re in another world. (B)
Today you tee it up at Banff Springs Golf Course. The course presents an exciting layout that makes the most of the natural terrain and surrounding mountains, creating incredible optical illusions. With remarkable views in every direction, it is easy to understand why golfers get distracted. (B)
Time to head off to Kelowna in the heart of the Rockies. Kelowna is in the Okanagan Valley – the ‘fruit basket’ of Western Canada and regarded as Canada’s premier wine growing district. A wonderful drive through some of the most picturesque scenery in the region including Yoho National Park and Glacier National Park. Check in this afternoon at Delta Grand Okanagan, located lakeside. (B)
Following breakfast, we play Predator Ridge Golf Course, known internationally for its impressive test of golf and spectacular scenery. Rolling hills, long grasses and undulating greens make for an unforgettable golfing challenge. Golfers will find this course as challenging as it is scenic with views overlooking Lake Okanagan. A highlight of the tour will be our visit to the palatial Quails Gate Winery for a guided tour followed by a gourmet dinner and wine pairing experience that is second to none. (B/D).
After breakfast, we make our way to the alpine village of Whistler with a very scenic drive along the Duffy Lake Road and through historic farming towns. Located in the Coastal Mountains, Whistler enjoys prestige for hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. Time for you to experience the atmosphere for yourself. This afternoon, why not take a cable car up to the top of Whistler and enjoy a BBQ Dinner (optional). Check in to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler .(B)
Breakfast at the magnificent Wildflower restaurant is followed by a round at the Nicklaus North Golf Course. Your surroundings today include a brilliant emerald-coloured lake, majestic fir trees and fresh, invigorating mountain air. All of this inspired the great Jack Nicklaus to create this sensational layout. Located only minutes from the cobblestone walkways and street side cafes of Whistler, Nicklaus North is regarded as one of the great courses in North America. (B)
This morning’s round is at the Fairmont Whistler Golf Course. Carved out of the Coast Mountain range with elevation changes of more than 400 feet, Whistler golf course will provide a unique challenge whilst maintaining its reputation for fun! Designer Robert Trent Jones Jr has allowed nature to dictate the path without commercial influence traversing creeks, ponds, stands of ancient Douglas fir and granite rock faces. The course is home to a variety of wildlife including black bear and deer. Take your camera, most of last year’s touring party were lucky enough to get photos of the black bears. (B)
Enjoy breakfast at our hotel before heading south along the Sea to Sky Highway which follows Howe Sound. We stop at the impressive Shannon Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in British Columbia. Board a ferry and cruise through the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island. This afternoon, we check in to the stunning Fairmont Empress Hotel. (B)
Following breakfast, we’ll transfer to golf at Westin Bear Mountain. Set in the foothills of Mount Finlayson and co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and son Steve, Bear Mountain is widely regarded as one of the finest courses Victoria has to offer. Take in panoramic mountain, city and ocean views as you play this course idyllically set within rolling fairways and lush forest. (B)
Golf today leads us to Olympic View Golf Club, surrounded by the magnificence of the Olympic Mountains, the roar of two spectacular waterfalls, and the tranquillity of twelve lakes. The 17th with its Chinese island garden and 60 foot waterfalls behind the green, is one of the most picturesque backdrops to any golf hole in the world. (B)
Following breakfast we tour the famous Butchart Gardens, a 22 hectare showpiece of magnificent colourful gardens. We then board the ferry to Vancouver and on arrival we’ll tour the city’s highlights including Gastown, Stanley Park, the waterfront and Chinatown. Evening at leisure. (B)
Today you play Northlands golf course. Les Furber, known for his skill with mountainous landscapes, designed the course to capture the beauty of the terrain. Natural hazards are strategically located throughout, especially on the back nine, which features water on several holes. Golfers will enjoy the challenges as they are balanced by large, inviting greens with gentle undulations. Evening at leisure. (B)
Relax this morning and take the day at your own pace. Time for some last minute shopping before our afternoon tour and presentation dinner. We’ll visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the world’s longest suspension foot bridge and experience the ‘Treetops Adventure’ forest canopy walkway. We’ll take the famous Grouse Mountain Sky ride above the Douglas Firs and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, sparkling Pacific Ocean, Gulf Islands and snowy peaks. At the top of Grouse Mountain see grizzly bears in the refuge for endangered wildlife, Lumberjack and Birds in motion shows. A fitting finale to celebrate our victors and relive the memories of a wonderful time is our presentation dinner on Grouse Mountain with fine regional fare and wines while taking in the glittering cityscape. (B/D)
After a hearty breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to Canada or continue with your onward journey. The post tour cruise to Alaska (Click on the “Stay On” tab above for more information) departing tomorrow from Vancouver on the MS Volendam is a popular and spectacular choice. Other options include an exclusive 3-day retreat in the mountains, a great bear watching spot. Simply ask our experienced travel team for a personalised quotation. (B)
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Centrally located in downtown Calgary, The Fairmont Palliser is conveniently situated near the city’s business and financial district and is within walking distance to the city’s most exciting retail shopping, arts, culture and entertainment venues.
Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta. Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies”, has been providing legendary hospitality to our guests for more than 125 years.
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Imagine soaking up Canada’s soul-stirring landscape from a bi-level, glass-dome luxury coach while nibbling on gourmet meals created by Executive Chefs.
A GoldLeaf Service journey means you’ll enjoy the best of the best from Rocky Mountaineer:
Board the Rocky Mountaineer at 7.30 am from Vancouver.
Travel to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green felds of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff.
Transfer to Calgary to join the Go Golfing Canada Tour.
The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure.
Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains on either side, and are often bathed in a light mist that amplifies the blue hue of the ice. The glaciers also are home to black and brown bears, wolves, deer and moose, and seals and whales make their home in the fjord’s icy waters.
No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. The vast Tongass National Forest stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee or fish. The adventures are as bountiful as the daylight.
Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway took a look at the 500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them and decided a change of profession was in order. So many of them set up shop as provisioners that Skagway was the largest city in Alaska by the end of the 19th century. Booms fade and dreams move on, but the glory days still reverberate through the town. Ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice. The glaciers practically terminate in your lap. A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park with Holland America Line will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape.
When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.
Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The stairways are weathered and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions – Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village – try a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. These deepwater fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.