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CANADIAN PARKS WEST

17 days from VANCOUVER

DEPARTS VANCOUVER to CALGARY

Five National and Provincial Parks all dazzle with the mind-blowing natural beauty you'd expect from the Canadian Rockies. Throw in a unique overnight wilderness canoe trip and the chance to explore the rugged coastal beauty of Vancouver Island. With the chance to spot bears, whales and go whitewater rafting, this 17 day tour is jam-packed full of larger than life experiences.

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

Jun-Aug from £1559

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

If you require further information please fill in the Query form below, also detailing the dates you would like to depart.

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

 

Day 1-2: Vancouver & Victoria After a scenic ferry ride, you'll be welcomed to British Columbia's `City of Gardens', and the intrepid outdoor type should feel right at home. With a rugged and beautiful shoreline and a relaxed way of life, there is no surprise people never want to leave. Try to catch the Parliament building lit up at night before deciding which restaurant you are going to devour some freshly caught seafood from. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 3-5: Tofino Tofino is a picture perfect place that will `wow' even the most discerning travellers with its stunning beach lined with towering cedars trees, that measure up to 13 metres around and the eagles that fly overhead and whales that swim just off shore. Tofino sounds great, right? With so many watery experiences to be had you won't know where to start with an optional whale or bear watching adventure or sea kayaking between secluded coves. In Tofino it's not just the abundance of amazing wildlife that will impress, there are some great hiking trails just waiting for you to explore. Canadians love to be outdoors and you will soon see why as you travel through this beautiful country. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 6-7: Whistler Surrounded by mountains, Whistler is an action lover's paradise, so be sure to make the most of the exciting and thrilling activities on offer. Grab your bike and hit the awesome mountain trails, fly through the air on a vertigo inducing zipline or hit the hiking paths, whatever you decide to do, adventure is well and truly alive in Whistler, so embrace it. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 8-9: Wells Gray Provincial Park Overnight Wilderness Canoe Trip The stillness, silence and isolation go up another notch and with good reason. Experience the incredible vistas of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones and old growth forests. Hike to the stunning Helmcken Falls, a 141 meter waterfall on the Murtle River and one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Hopefully you packed your sense of adventure as an included overnight canoe trip delivers pure away-from-it-all escapism and a remote experience which is truly spectacular. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 10-11: Jasper National Park The drive to Jasper will blow your mind as you cruise along the Icefields Parkway and running parallel to the Continental Divide, you'll be hard pushed to find a more beautiful scene. Lose yourself in one of Canada's largest national parks, where wildlife such as grizzlies, wolves and caribou literally fight for your attention, making it the perfect place to get at one with nature. Hiking or biking your way round this epic national park is by far the best way to see it, so what are you waiting for? Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 12-13: Yoho National Park Yoho comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder and as soon as you start hiking through this incredible place you'll soon see why. Negotiate the rapids of the well-named Kicking Horse River which offers some of the best white water rafting in the world. The scenery will continue to impress as you come across Takakkaw Falls, falling from the mountains to the valley below and the vistas keep on coming as you lay eyes on the incredible Emerald Lake with its glacial hues and forest backdrop. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 14-16: Banff National Park/ Lake Louise Banff is Canada's oldest national park and it is definitely up there with the best national parks in the world. Whether you explore Banff by car, bike, canoe or snowshoe you will be left speechless by its endless beauty. Stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh mountain air on the show-stopping trails with mirrored lakes and chiselled canyons. One dunk in the hot springs and a drink or two later, you'll be sleeping like a log. Next up it's Lake Louise and with the nickname `gem of the Rockies' you can expect great things. Once you've stopped gawking at the incredible scenery that surrounds you, we suggest taking a hike out to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers or jumping in a canoe and getting out on to the lake for a different perspective of Lake Louise and her mountains. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 17: Calgary Welcome 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 be. If you join one of our special departures you could be in town for the `Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth', the Calgary Stampede an annual rodeo that attracts thousands of visitors every year and is tons of fun. 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.

Activities

Overnight wilderness canoe trip (experience not necessary)

Picturesque Vancouver Island ferry

Incredible wildlife viewing opportunities

Scenic walks and hikes

Sightseeing in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria

Stunning glacial mirror lakes

Panoramic trails at Lake Louise

Hiking in Yoho National Park

Incredible National Parks - Yoho, Banff, Jasper Wells Gray and Pacific Rim

Travel the incredible Icefields Parkway

 

Plus you get...

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader

Private transportation All accommodation - 16 camping nights.

All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

 

> Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$8-$75

> Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$40

> Bike rental in Stanley Park CAD$10-$65

> Extreme zipline course in Whistler CAD$110-$130

> Zodiac Bear & Wildlife Adventure CAD$95

> Zodiac whale watching adventure CAD$95-$125

> Sea kayaking in Tofino CAD$75-$90

> 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

> Sulphur Mountain hot springs, Banff CAD$8

> Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$55

You only need to pay a 10% deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute CA$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.

You must have adequate travel insurance to join this trip.

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