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CANADIAN ROAD TRIP

25 days from NEW YORK AREA

DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to SEATTLE

Oh Canada! From the Atlantic to the Pacific; from the cities to the wilderness including the Rockies, the Prairies and the Great Lakes. Canada is packed full of opportunities for hiking and biking and just generally having a wicked time. No two days are ever the same in a country as vast and as welcoming as Canada, so sit back and enjoy the ride on this almighty 25 day road trip.

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

Jun-Aug from £1859

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: New York Area & Vermont From the New York Area head north to the wilds of New England, for the first of many nights under the stars. Vermont's picture-perfect scenery will leave you awe-struck as you gaze upon fields as far as the eye can see, long and winding country roads and hiking trails that will leave you eager to get out and stretch your legs. Head to Vermont in the fall and see the changing colour of the leaves, it truly is a sight to behold. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 2-3: Quebec City European flavour. Visit the dramatic Chateau Frontenac and explore the streets of North America's only surviving walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you have plenty of memory on your camera as Quebec is one seriously photogenic city and you wouldn't want to fill your card completely by day 3. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 4-5: Montreal A true cultural mix is next on the agenda when visiting Montreal - the second largest city in Canada. Feel the charm of this 'European style' city with its kicking summer festival season. With bundles of eateries, trendy bars, live music and comedy venues, there seriously is something for everyone here. Why not try the local dish Poutine; which consists of cheesy curds on thin French fries and topped with thick gravy, sounds yummy, right? For the adventure seekers why not rip it up across Lachine Rapids by high-powered jet boat. There is plenty to enjoy in this great city, so make the most of day 5 where you will a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Accommodation: Hostel included (multi sex dorms)

 

Day 6: Ottawa Wander through ByWard Market, the Rideau Center and Sussex Street, or admire the outdoor vibe in the capital's many green spaces. The Rideau Canal is a great place to chill out and watch the boaters go by with a cool drink. Did you know that in the winter the canal becomes the world's largest naturally frozen skating rink? If architecture is your thing then be sure to check out the wonders that house the national museums and galleries, before checking out an exhibition, the nightlife is pretty awesome too. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 7: Toronto The native Hurons called this spot 'Toronto' or 'meeting place' and today I still is, with over 70 nationalities mingling to vibrant effect. Take some time to explore the wares of Kensington Market a huge area where you can find some interesting souvenirs for the folks back home or simply pick up some tasty tidbits for the road. For a different perspective on this vibrant and multicultural city head up to the top of the half-kilometre high CN Tower for some great if not dizzying views. At night, head to the Distillery District, a 5 hectare area devoted to Toronto's finest eateries and drinking establishment or grab your fellow trekkers and catch a baseball game. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 8: Niagara Falls It is hard to put into words just how awesome Niagara Falls is, from the immense sound of the falls crashing to the stupendous amount of water that falls every second. As one of America's greatest national attractions, it is only right that you experience it down on the water aboard the 'Maid of the Mist' cruise, where the cascades pound, churn and foam right before your eyes. Now that's what you call a front row seat! Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 9-10: Lake Huron Cross the placid waters by Georgian Bay ferry, before rolling along the forested `Moose Alley' keeping an eye out for our four-legged friends. With some stunning sandy beaches along the lakeshore, you better have your swimsuit at the ready for a spot of swimming in one of America's Great Lakes., Finish the day off with a spectacular sunset before falling asleep under a blanket of stars, perfection! Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 11-12: Lake Superior From one Great Lake to another you head to Lake Superior. Jump in a Canadian canoe for an included true wilderness adventure, the perfect way to admire the immense beauty. Considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, this lake with its rugged coastline is bound to impress. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 13: Winnipeg Welcome to `The Peg', the geographical centre of Canada and North America. Known for the friendly locals and rich history there is lots to learn and lots to explore in Winnipeg. Visit Winnipeg Art Gallery, crammed with 9,000 Inuit sculptures, tapestries and paintings, and listen out for one of 100 languages spoken here in this cultural melting pot. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 14-15: Canadian Prairies This area is referred to as Big Sky Country for a reason and is your chance to see a world full of big open spaces, endless skies and sparsely populated landscape dotted with hay bales and woven with old country roads. This land is so flat that people describe this region as a place where you can `watch your dog run away for days'. See another side to Canadian life with a unique overnight experience in a trailer park, kick back, relax or party by the pool. Accommodation: 1 night camping & 1 unique trailer park experience included

 

Day 16-17: Banff National Park From the flat lands of the Prairies to the snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers and sweeping vistas of Banff National Park. Hang out in this friendly town or stretch your legs on its pine-clad trails, before soothing your muscles in the local hot springs. The scenery around here really is epic and as Canada's oldest national park you definitely must hit one of the hiking trails. As you explore this immense wilderness keep an eye out for bears, moose and deer that frequent these paths. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 18: Lake Louise You'd be hard pushed to find a more stunning scene than the emerald blue waters of Lake Louise. You'll find some of the best hiking trails in Canada in the area and it would be rude not to don your hiking boots and go explore, we suggest taking a hike out to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers for some picture perfect views. If you're dying to get out and see Lake Louise up close and personal, grab yourself a canoe and head out onto the water. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 19: 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. Visit the Natural Rock Bridge before heading deeper to explore the park and its varied wildlife. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 20-21: Jasper National Park The endless valleys, sheer ridges, glaciers and spruce forests of the Icefields Parkway make for one of the world's ultimate drives and will soon have you raring to get stuck into the great outdoors yet again. Keep an eye out for an abundance of incredible wildlife that is literally fighting for your attention, from grizzlies and wolves to caribou. This sprawling natural expanse offers bike trails, helicopter flights through the most spectacular scenery that the Canadian Rockies offers, you can even choose to walk on an active glacier! Now that's bound to make you feel on top of the world. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 22: Wells Gray Provincial Park Don't let the fact Wells Gray is not a national park fool you, this place is seriously stunning and no Canadian road trip would be complete with a visit. Experience the incredible vistas of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones and old growth forests. Make the most of the silence and peace before you 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. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 23-24: Vancouver It is time to leave the wilderness behind, but don't fear the good times keep on coming as you arrive in Vancouver, a city that prides itself on outdoor spaces. If you're not quite ready to face city life, head to Stanley Park where you will find kilometres of amazing walking trails through majestic trees and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. But, it's the city's cosmopolitan feel which really sets it apart from the rest. Treat yourself to some moreish Maple Cookies before heading to Gastown where the party people hang out. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 25: Seattle Crossing the border into the USA, you'll find yourself in Seattle, home of the original Starbucks and a whole host of other amazing coffee houses. Stroll through Pike Place Market and treat yourself to some delicious seafood before hunting down the colourful and slightly gross Bubblegum Alley. For the ultimate birds-eye view of the city, head to the top of the iconic Space Needle where on a clear day you can see Mt Rainier in the distance. This tour ends 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

Wilderness canoe trip (no experience necessary)

Scenic Georgian Bay ferry

 

Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs

Walks and hikes in the Canadian Rockies

Panoramic scenery at Lake Louise

Sightseeing in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Seattle

Experience a unique trailer park night

National Parks - Banff, Yoho, Jasper & Wells Gray

Plus you get...

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader

Private transportation

All accommodation - 21 camping nights, 2 hostel & 1 unique trailer park 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

> Western Saloon evening in Calgary CAD$10

> Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$40

> Seattle Space Needle US$21-$29

> Jet boat ride in Montreal CAD$67

> CN Tower in Toronto CAD$28

> Quebec City's Citadelle museum tour CAD$16

> French Cuisine CAD$various

> Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver CAD$35

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

> Baseball Game in Toronto CAD$20-$50

> Montmorency Falls, Quebec CAD$3 (cable car CAD$14)

> 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

> Winnipeg art gallery & museumsCAD$20

> Ferry to Toronto Islands CAD$7

> Montreal O'Noir Restaurant in the dark CAD$35-$50

> Bike rental in Toronto CAD$15-$35

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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