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CANADA WILDLIFE VANCOUVER ISLAND

13 days departing VANCOUVER Jun-Aug from £2089

Canada | Hotels

The Canadian Rockies are incredible: rugged peaks, untouched fir forests and radiant glaciers interspersed with valleys rich with wildlife; Black and Grizzly bear, deer, moose and coyote. This trip visits those unmissable sites, such as Lake Louise, but also delves deeper, venturing off the beaten track. Tweedsmuir and Bella Coola are rarely visited by tourists and offer a true wilderness experience, along with two dedicated boat trips to spot bears and whales in their natural habitat. This trip is a rare blend of the highlights and lesser visited areas of Canada's spectacular wilderness and the wildlife which lives here.

 

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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 & Victoria

No sooner as you board the ferry to Vancouver Island and take in the amazing views across the Strait of Georgia then your Canadian Rockies adventure will be under way. You'll arrive in Victoria in good time and after an orientation tour of the city you'll be free to relax and explore under your own steam. Chinatown and the Provincial Museum are all well-worth a visit and present an excellent insight into both the cultural and the recreational sides of the Island. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 2: Tofino, Vancouver Island

Beaches, trails and rainforests await in Tofino and following one of the most picturesque and rugged coastal routes in British Columbia allows you to keep an eye out for wildlife as well as enjoying the bracing sea breeze. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 3: Tofino, Vancouver Island

The west coast of Vancouver Island is well-known for its whale and bear sightings and this morning you'll undertake a boat trip that gives you the chance to spot both of these iconic Canadian creatures. This is a unique chance to get up close and personal with the beautiful black bear, with experienced on board guides who know the area in depth. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish with kayaking, hiking and a warming dip in the local thermal springs all easily doable. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 4: Tofino & Port Hardy, Vancouver Island

Continuing your journey over Vancouver Island you'll leave the west coast and head north on Highway 19 stopping en route to marvel at the giant Douglas firs and Western Red cedars at Cathedral Grove. Next stop is Port Hardy which is considered to be one of Canada's foremost gateways to the great outdoors. Port Hardy was named after Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, former captain of H.M.S. Victory, and it is home to the amazing stretch of water known as the Inside Passage. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 5: Inside Passage & Bella Coola

Fondly regarded as an absolute delight for wildlife lovers the Inside Passage presents one of the most amazing ferry trips in the whole of North America with everything from frozen fjords to forest-covered hillsides flanking the route. The scenery here is simply spectacular with towering, forest-clad peaks surrounding the deep fjords and those with a keen eye can often spot Bald eagles and bears. The Inside Passage also supports one of the world's richest marine environments and it may be possible to see Grey, Orca and occasionally Humpback whales. The remoteness of the Inside Passage is its most stunning feature; this area is largely inaccessible by road and the tiny communities spread along it rely on boats for transportation. Please note you will use two ferries to cross the Inside Passage with a duration of 16.5 hours, one of the ferries is more basic than the other and has no lounge or restaurant. Stay overnight in the small community of Bella Coola. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 6: Bella Coola

Bella Coola is located at the point where the Bella Coola River joins with the salt water of the Pacific Ocean. Here amongst the lush valley bottoms and snow-capped peaks reside some of the largest Grizzly bears in the world and this little community is gaining a reputation as one of the best places to spot them in British Columbia. The best time of year to view Grizzly bears is from the middle of August to the end of September as this is when they descend from the mountains to catch salmon in the rivers. In season, it's possible to join an optional excursion in search of Grizzly bears. Outside of the bear season there is a selection of excellent hikes on offer and plenty of optional activities. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 7: Bella Coola & Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

Today is where your tour gets right off the beaten track as you journey through some incredibly wild and woolly wilderness regions en route to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, often regarded as the most beautiful spot in the whole of British Columbia. As you'll be hiking in an absolute wilderness zone there's a certain amount of planning required as your group will need to be completely self-sufficient. Spend time in the southern area of the park this morning, joining a hiking trail through an area of thick forest and wild flowers. A healthy population of Grizzly and Black bears exists throughout the park, as well as elk, deer, moose and coyote; it's possible to see any of these whilst visiting Tweedsmuir. Wildlife aside, the colours of the mountains, combined with the solitude and flora will ensure that Tweedsmuir is a park that you'll remember. Please note this area has basic facilities but is extremely beautiful, and far from the tourist trail. Accommodation: Basic hotel included (shared bathroom, cabins 2 to 4 persons) | Meals paid locally

 

Day 8: Tweedsmuir Provincial Park & Williams Lake

Keeping your eyes peeled for moose, elk and even black bears is exactly what you'll be doing on the banks of Anahim Lake this morning and some optional fly fishing is a sublime way to pass the time. Another optional activity to enjoy on the water is canoeing and if you fancy a paddle, prior to heading onwards to Williams Lake, then you're sure to see more than your fair share of lakeside visitors from a truly exceptional vantage point. Accommodation: Hotel | Meals paid locally

Day 9: Williams Lake, Mount Robson & Jasper National Park

As the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson is indeed a stunning sight and pausing to take in over 10,000 feet of snow-capped loveliness is exactly what you can expect as you continue your journey to the far-reaching confines of Jasper National Park. You have the option to hike at Kinney Lake, located in the Mount Robson Provincial Park, or join a wildlife river safari instead for the chances to spot bear, moose, eagle and osprey from Blue River. Your overnight location will be in Jasper National Park, around 40 minutes out of town. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 10: Jasper National Park

Considered to be a much lesser-visited national park as opposed to neighbouring Banff, Jasper National Park is nonetheless exciting and today you'll be treated to a crescendo of flower-strewn pastures as you hike or take the cable car up into the mountains. Mount Edith Cavell is well-known for its rich variety of terrain and trails with just a short trek giving you access to untold alpine beauty as well as some spectacular views of the legendary Angel Wing hanging glacier. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 11: Icefields Parkway & Banff National Park

Brace yourself as this morning you hit one of the most famous, and beautiful drives in the world; the Icefields Parkway where this spectacular road traverses the Rockies, running parallel to the Continental Divide. Mountain passes, glaciers and high peaks are some of the many scenic highlights and there are opportunities to see elk, caribou, bears, bighorn sheep and goats, which often graze on the vegetation found in roadside verges. You can stop at all of the 'must see' sights, including Bow Summit and Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier. There is also the option of a guided glacier ice-walk along the way and you will finish your night off with an overnight stay in Canmore near Banff National Park. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 12: Banff National Park

Banff National Park in Alberta is one of the highlights of any visit to western Canada, with its magnificent mountains, lakes and forests it's Canada's first national park and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff town can easily be explored on foot and with loads of optional activities there is enough to fill your time. Visit the iconic Banff Springs Hotel where tourism in the Rockies first began, take a short trail to the tumbling Bow Falls, or visit some of the many souvenir shops in town. You can walk up Sulphur Mountain for the rewarding panoramic views of the Rockies and take the free gondola down (must pay if taking gondola both directions) or simply relax in the heated, natural pools of the Banff Hot Springs. Stay overnight in nearby Canmore. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 13: Banff National Park & Calgary

Today's trip along Highway 1A will signal that your tour of the Canadian Rockies is drawing to a close however, as there's still plenty of chances to spot wildlife along the way, make sure you've got at least a little bit of camera memory left for the journey to Calgary. If you fancy extending your stay to take in the sights and the heritage of this one-time Wild West town please make your accommodation reservations at the time of booking. For everyone else, it's time to say goodbye but you can rest-assured you'll be leaving with happy memories and maybe even a few well-pocketed sticky maple syrup sweets for the journey home. The tour finishes back at the hotel at 17:00 where your tour ends upon arrival. If you wish to extend your stay please reserve additional accommodation at the time of booking. If you are flying tonight please do not book a flight before 21:00.

Included Highlights

Explore Banff, Jasper and Mount Robson

Visit the historic gold rush city of Williams Lake

Endless wildlife viewing opportunities

Striking wilderness hiking trails

Explore laid-back Vancouver Island

Included visit to Miette Hot Springs

Visit remote Bella Coola Valley and Tweedsmuir Park

Bear viewing cruise in Tofino

Unforgettable boat trip along the Inside Passage spotting whales

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  11 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation + 1 basic hotel night (2 to 4 per room). For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle, 2 ferries across the inside passage

Meals:  All meals paid locally

Guided:  Services of a professional tour leader

Group size:  Maximum 13

Age range:  18+

Wifi:  Wi-fi available in some hotels

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$40

Zodiac whale watching adventure CAD$95-$125

Sea kayaking in Tofino CAD$75-$90

Sulphur Mountain hot springs, Banff CAD$8

Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$55

Jasper Tramway cable car CAD$32

Rafting float trip on the Athabasca River US$68

Canoeing (Anahim Lake/Tweedsmuir) USD$12 per hour

Grizzly bear watching in Bella Coola US$140

Wildlife Rafting tour, Bella Coola US$90

Hot Springs tour, Tofino (6-7 hours) US$130

A 10% 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 £670 per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms 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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