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CANADIAN FAMILY DISCOVERY

10 days departing VANCOUVER Jul-Aug from £1053

Canada | Camping

 

This Canadian family holiday is the perfect outdoor adventure with a chance to raft, canoe, hike and bike amongst some of the most breath-taking scenery that Canada has to offer. Float upon the brilliant turquoise water of Lake Louise, spot the diverse wildlife of Wells Gray, hike in Whistler or discover Athabasca Glacier on an included guided walk. After busy days, relax by the campfire and share stories from the trail. From glacier walking to soaking in natural hot springs, each new day will be even more exciting than the last.

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Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler

After a scenic drive, set up camp near Whistler in the heart of British Columbia. Perhaps better known as a winter resort, Whistler has plenty of wonderful vistas all year-round. Why not make the most of the available activities by renting a bicycle, zip-lining or even take a scenic glacier flight? Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, foodie or someone who likes to be at one with nature, there's something for everyone in Whistler, especially for the kids. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 2: Wells Gray Provincial Park

Next up is the Wells Gray Provincial Park - the fourth largest in British Columbia covering the highest regions of the Cariboo Mountains. If you ever wanted to try dining on a bison burger, this is the place for it! Another option is to hop onto a horse for an optional afternoon ride or take a walk to check out the impressive Helmcken Falls, one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1939. Tonight, stay in a guest ranch and after a BBQ dinner sit back kick back and experience authentic ranch hospitality. Accommodation: Guest ranch included with meals included

 

Day 3-4: Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square kilometres (4200 square miles) where you camp for the next two nights. It is much less developed than other areas of western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. There are several options on offer in Jasper. You may want to start your visit by taking the cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's eye view of this splendid park. There are also opportunities for mountain biking or hiking amidst glorious lakeside scenery, or visit Mount Edith Cavell for tremendous views of Angel Glacier and various other hiking options. Take part in a BBQ cookout, where you'll create a hearty meal of fresh meat and fish for everyone to feast on after a busy day exploring. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 5-6: Icefields Parkway & Yoho National Park

The Icefields Parkway, cuts through the heart of the Rockies and is surely one of the world's ultimate scenic drives, travelling for 230 miles past hanging glaciers, sheer rock walls and broad sweeping valleys. Be amazed by Peyto Lake's incredible glacial turquoise hues, before traversing a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier on an included guided hike. Continuing by road you make your way to Golden and Yoho National Park. 'Yoho' is a native word for 'awe'. Overshadowed by the neighbouring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho National Park is the hidden gem of the Canada national parks system. It is a photographer's dream with several hiking opportunities that take you amongst Yoho's pristine alpine landscape which includes mountains, lakes and waterfalls. In your free time you can experience the raging Kicking Horse River first-hand with an optional exhilarating half-day white water rafting excursion or choose to canoe and hike at magnificent Emerald Lake. An excellent alternative option is walking the challenging trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 7: Lake Louise

With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is 'the gem of the Canadian Rockies'. Lake Louise has always been a popular tourist destination, so it is no surprise that it is the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies! There are also many walking trails to enjoy, you either wander around the lake and be mesmerised by the turquoise waters or hike to a nearby teahouse to be rewarded with some of the best chocolate cake in Canada! Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 8-9: Banff National Park

Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada's oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers. It is the veritable outdoor enthusiast's paradise with opportunities for hiking, or a ride up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to take in a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. Another exciting optional activity is to view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and, with an abundance of wildlife, there is always a good chance of seeing bears from a safe distance. There is nothing better after a hard day of fun than a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs to rest those weary legs. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 10: Calgary

After a free morning to absorb the last flavours of the Canadian wilderness, you make the short journey to Calgary! This one-time Mountie outpost is situated at the meeting of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province and with the epic Rocky Mountain Range as the cities backdrop, Calgary is a pretty awesome place to finish your Canadian adventure. This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Included Highlights

Fantastic hiking trails in the majestic Canadian Rockies

Two nights in Yoho National Park

Two nights in Banff National Park

Panoramic Lake Louise views

Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway

Guided walk on the Athabasca Glacier

Sulphur Mountain hot springs

Wells Gray Provincial Park waterfalls

Abundant bird and wildlife viewing opportunities

Stay the night on a traditional ranch

Swim in mountain lakes

Two nights in Jasper National Park

Fresh fish and meat BBQ cookout

Hit the trails in stunning Whistler

 

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  8 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) + 1 night ranch stay

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle

Meals:  All meals whilst camping included

Guided:  Services of a professional tour leader

Group size:  Maximum 13

Age range:  8+ (10% Child discount 8-16 years)

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$8-$75

Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$40

Extreme zipline course in Whistler CAD$110-$130

Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River CAD$85-$130

Scenic glacier flight, Banff CAD$125-$290

Canoeing on Lake Louise CAD$45 per hour

Horseback riding in Wells Gray CAD$55

Jasper Tramway cable car CAD$32

A GBP£150 / US$260 deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

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