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CANADIAN PARK TRAILS

11 days departing VANCOUVER Jun-Sep from £1134

Canada | Camping

There is something magical about the Canadian wilderness; a veritable blend of wildlife, nature and breath-taking views. Showcasing the best that Jasper, Banff, and Yoho National Parks have to offer, this tour lets you experience the most magnificent scenery in the Canadian Rockies. Explore untouched vistas, stunning flora and fauna plus wildlife including moose, Big-horn sheep, and grizzly bear. Delve further off the beaten path with an overnight wilderness canoe trip and brave the rapids on the Kicking Horse River. This is a truly amazing Canadian holiday.

 

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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 & Clearwater

Heading northeast past the city of Kamloops to Clearwater, today you'll pass some incredibly dramatic scenery, giving you time to acclimatise and become acquainted with your fellow travelling companions. You stop at various points of interest along the way to stretch your legs and warm up for your Canadian adventure. Upon arrival to Clearwater you have free time to explore the town and perhaps stock up on any last minute supplies before you hit the trails. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 2: Wilderness Overnight Canoe Trip - Wells Gray Provincial Park

Today you venture out into the wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park for a unique overnight canoeing trip (no previous experience necessary). This is a wonderful chance to escape the confines of modern civilisation and delve deeper into the Canadian wilderness where wildlife and nature live in perfect harmony. Fall asleep with nothing but good company and a blanket full of stars, this unique experience is bound to impress. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 3-4: Jasper National Park

Continue to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada covering an area of 4200 square miles. It's much less developed than other areas of western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. There are several options on offer in Jasper, so it is easy to fill two days here with amazing hiking opportunities to places such as Maligne Canyon, Mount Baldy, Helmcken Falls, Opal Mountain and Five Lakes - all of them defining the utter serenity of Jasper National Park. Keep an eye out for the wildlife who call the park their home; species such as bighorn sheep, mountain goat, white-tailed deer, and moose, the rare woodland caribou, grey wolf, beaver, marmot, puma, black bear and grizzly bear. Alternatively, take an easy option and ride the cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's eye view of this splendid park. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 5: Icefields Parkway & Banff National Park

You travel on the Icefields Parkway, a scenic road which cuts through the heart of the Rockies and offers one of the world's most spectacular drives as it links Jasper National Park with Banff National Park. Experience some of its jewels close up by walking along the brink of Sunwapta or Athabasca Falls. Explore the Toe of Athabasca Glacier on an optional hike and stand in awe high above the crystal clear Peyto Lake. The trail crosses the fore field of the glacier: the barren area exposed by glacial melt since the mid-1840s, it is a strange landscape of bare rock, boulders and moraines. Although conditions are extreme some hardy alpine plants have gained a foothold and only add more beauty to this spectacular landscape. You end your day by continuing on to Banff National Park. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 6-7: Banff National Park

You have a few days to explore the incredible diversity of Banff National Park located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. This splendid 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. Why not walk The Plain of Six Glaciers Trail - probably the most famous Lake Louise hike, and for good reason; glaciers, towering peaks, avalanche paths and high mountain wildlife are all on the menu. Take a ride on the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain or opt for a scenic helicopter flight to gain another perspective, plus there's nothing better after an action-packed day than to take a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs. Banff's varied nightlife offers great live music and a fine selection of restaurants. On the evening of day 7 you will enjoy a BBQ cookout of fresh Canadian fish and meat (vegetarian options available), this is authentic Canadian living at its best. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 8-9: Yoho National Park

'Yoho' is a native word that translates to 'awe' and this incredible national park doesn't disappoint with several hiking opportunities that meander through pristine alpine mountains, lakes and waterfalls. You'll certainly be left in awe with your first visit to the incredible glacial views of Lake Louise and the highest waterfall in Canada, Takakkaw Falls, where the water tumbles 1000 feet below. Walk the snaking path to see the falls close up, before driving down to visit Emerald Lake, a peaceful lake nestled in the mountains and surrounded by lush green forest. The following day you have the option to experience the raging Kicking Horse River first-hand with an exhilarating half-day white water rafting excursion. This is Canada at its very best! Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 10: Glacier National Park & Revelstoke

Leaving Yoho you head back towards civilisation, but you're not there just yet! You have your final rendezvous with nature as you spend time in Glacier National Park. The pristine beauty of Glacier National Park is recognised along the many trails which meander through the park, Glacier really is perfect for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. After an afternoon exploring Glacier National Park, you head to Revelstoke for your final night under the Canadian stars. Accommodation: Camping with meals included

 

Day 11: Vancouver

On the edge of the Canadian wilderness lies the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. With a population of over 2.3 million and surrounded by water this is one of the most attractive cities in the world. You'll enjoy a sightseeing tour including a scenic drive through Stanley Park, a 4,000-hectare green wonderland. See the authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s and buy some moreish maple sugar candies. Stop by Prospect Point, a scenic lookout where you can gaze out at spectacular views of Lion's Gate Bridge, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Should you wish to extend your tour (recommended) you can make your own discoveries and further enjoy the delights of Stanley Park by hiring a bicycle or some roller blades. In the park is also the fascinating Vancouver Aquarium - home to playful sea otters. Other options include strolling around the shops in the popular Gastown area, visiting the excellent Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and learning more about Native American culture or sampling the excellent dining and nightlife options that this vibrant city has to offer. 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

Unique overnight wilderness canoe trip

Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway

Endless photo opportunities

Two full days in Jasper National Park with potential bear sightings

Two days in Banff National Park with numerous hikes

Full day in Yoho National Park

Enjoy Glacier National Park hiking trails

Visit the stunning Peyto Lake

Visit Lake Louise, Takakkaw Falls & Emerald Lake

Sulphur Mountain's hot springs

Abundant bird and wildlife viewing opportunities

Optional Activities (paid locally)

National Park hikes US$FREE

Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$8-$75

Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$40

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

Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$55

Jasper Tramway cable car CAD$32

National Park hikes CAD$FREE

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

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from £90 per person. This will guarantee you your own tent for every night of the tour, except for during the overnight canoe excursion. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

 

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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