13 nights in Canada
The Rockies are a great reason to explore the Canadian West, but why stop there? We asked that question, then answered it with this trip – a sprawling, nature-rich mini-epic that melds some of Canada’s best national parks with time on the mist-shrouded shores of Vancouver Island. Find yourself face-to-face with moose, deer and maybe even a bear on this trip loaded with diverse experiences – whale-watching, glacier hikes, hot springs, and much, much more – and bookend nights in Calgary and Vancouver, you’ll stuff a lifetime’s worth of adventure into the space of a mere two weeks.
|Hotels/hostels (2 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (12 nts)|
|12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
Optional activity prices are subject to change and can fluctuate in relation to the high/low season and the number of people on a specific excursion. Not all excursions listed here may be available, due to season or weather conditions. As generally not a lot of time is spent in start/end cities, you may want to arrange to arrive early, or stay longer after the trip in order to allow sufficient time to participate in optional activities there. All prices are per person, are in Canadian dollar amounts. Lake Louise/Yoho NP: Rafting (Kicking Horse River) CAD$92.40 Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - Grizzly Bear Refuge CAD$25 Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center CAD$14 Icefield Parkway: Snowcoach Ice Explorer CAD$53
We use 15-passenger vans for up to 13 people plus the CEO/Driver for all our of our trips in North America. For groups of 8 and more travellers, we also use a trailer to carry luggage and camping equipment. These vans are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each. No standing is permitted in these vehicles, but there is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days and mandatory seat belts to us secure and safe. This is not a physically demanding journey. However, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and limited space in the van. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most clients feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience!
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Discover the beautiful town of Banff; view wildlife, take a gondola ride, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Gaze at the beauty of Lake Louise, and hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House or along the Six Glaciers Trail. Included Activities: Lake Agnes Tea House Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 90km)
Head into Yoho National Park and visit the mighty Tekakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Opt to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon. Included Activities: Takkakaw Falls Visit Emerald Lake Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
To travel the icefield parkway is to experience one of Canada's national treasures and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 230km (155 mi) between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper, the parkway offers easy access to one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes on Earth. This is a wonderful journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, pristine mountain lakes, and broad sweeping valleys. Stop at Columbia Icefield for an unforgettable experience. Continue on to Jasper. In the evening, set up your camp and enjoy a nice warm campfire. Included Activities: Peyto Lake Visit Columbia Icefields Center Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours)
Stroll through Maligne Canyon and explore the surrounding area of Jasper. In the afternoon, head back to check out the lively mountain town. Included Activities: Maligne Canyon Hike
Stop at Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Rockies, en route to Wells Gray PP. Included Activities: Mount Robson Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 380km)
Head out for an exciting day of canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Stop at some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the park, including the world famous Helmcken Falls. Included Activities: Canoeing in Wells Gray PP Dawson Falls Visit Helmcken Falls Visit
Drive through dense woods into the Canadian desert and finally to the beautiful coastal mountains. Included Activities: Marble Canyon Visit Transport: Estimated Travel Time to Whistler: 10 hrs (including lunch stop in Marble Canyon Provincial Park) Private Vehicle
Wake up in one of Canada's greatest natural playgrounds. Go for a hike in the morning, then enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore more of Whistler and its surroundings. Additional Notes: You can opt out of today's hike if you'd prefer to spend the whole day exploring other parts of Whistler. Included Activities: Hiking
In the morning, drive a short distance to Vancouver. Taking a ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is an exciting part of the adventure of getting here. BC Ferries offers an outstanding service that travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. In the afternoon, continue to drive to Tofino, just in time for sunset. Included Activities: The Old Country Market MacMillan Provincial Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Ferry (1.50-2.50 hours) Private Vehicle
Search for orca whales in the morning on a Zodiac tour. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and take in Tofino's unique blend of fisher-meets-surfer vibe. Included Activities: Whale Watching Zodiac Tour
Travel south down Vancouver Island to British Columbia's capital, Victoria. Take a stroll around the city and take in the West Coast vibe. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 325km)
Take a ferry back onto the mainland. Spend the afternoon exploring beautiful, easy-going Vancouver. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Ferry (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
If you are interested in exploring Vancouver and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional post-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Departure Day
This trip includes a few nights in hostels and hotels in cities, but most of the nights on tour are spent camping in tents in public and private campgrounds. The hostels we use are multi-share on a single-sex basis. Couples will likely be split into separate rooms at multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses, which are warm and comfortable. We supply dome tents that take only 5 minutes to assemble/disassemble. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard 2-person pop-up tents, each with 2 separate and convenient zip-up doors and vestibules, so that each person has his/her own entrance. We use 2 types of campgrounds in North America: 1. Private campgrounds: These are privately run sites, usually with all services such as fire pits, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets & shower buildings. Some have small outdoor swimming pools and laundry facilities. These campgrounds are typically located near national park entrances or towns. 2. Public campgrounds: These are park-run sites, usually with basic facilities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and drinking water. In some cases, this type of campground doesn’t have showers, only pit toilets and a lake! In other locations, toilet and shower facilities may be located outside the campground, or at times in another location a drive away. Some may have shower fees for onsite facilities ($2-6/shower). For our nights in Tofino, BC we will be staying at a campground that does not have showers. The campsite offers amazing access to the beach and surrounding areas. Showers are available in town for a fee For our nights camping in Banff there may not be a shower at the campground. If this is the case the CEO will arrange for a trip to town for showers.
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