Days
11
Price from
£920GBP

Get back to nature in Vancouver, Banff, Jasper and Whistler.

Ready to take a hike? Of course you are – after all, Canada’s home to some of the best hiking trails and epic mountain scenery since, well, forever! Check out inland rainforests, a park full of glaciers and the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies, along with wildlife, maple-flavoured biscuits and a few Celine Dion sing-alongs on this incredible adventure through Canada’s beautiful West Coast.


Start
Vancouver, Canada
Finish
Vancouver, Canada
Country
Canada
Code
GNCA
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
9 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why we love this trip

  • This trip is packed full of optional outdoor activities, providing the perfect opportunity to explore nature at ground level. Hike through forests, cycle in a remote part of the Rocky Mountains and canoe across a picturesque lake. Your expert local leader can point you in the right direction!

  • If it’s lakes, mountains and glaciers you want, it’s lakes, mountains and glaciers you’ll get! The Canadian Rockies feature an array of striking landscapes that you won't see anywhere else in the world

  • Canadians are an incredibly friendly and welcoming people. Learn more about the area by connecting with the locals.

Is this trip right for you?

  • - This trip covers a lot of ground, as Canada is a huge country. Be prepared for some long days of driving. You'll be spending a lot of time in a van with other travellers. Free space can be is limited, especially if the group is full, so conditions can feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure though, and you might even make some long-term friends.

  • - As we're travelling through the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable. We advise wearing layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so make sure you have warm clothing with you. Camping can be especially cold at the start and end of the season. Even in the warmer months the temperature can be low in the mountains.

  • - As this trip involves participatory camping, you'll be expected to help with shopping, cooking and cleaning, as well as setting up and packing down your tent. All of this adds to the authenticity and adventure of the trip.

  • - While this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, for your to partake in all of the activities we recommend you are at least moderately fit. If you're not able to participate in all of the hikes, you'll miss out on some fantastic scenery, as well as the chance to see native flora and fauna.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Welcome to Canada, home of ice-hockey, Drake and maple-flavoured everything. Perhaps pick up a donut from Tim Hortons, then head to the hotel for an important welcome meeting at 6pm. Look for a sign in the lobby. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of info, so make sure you’ve got all these details on hand to give to your leader.

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Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We’ve got a long drive ahead of us today (approximately seven hours) but it’s a scenic one. We’ll head through some pretty incredible landscapes so make sure your camera’s charged. Situated on Okanagan Lake and surrounded by parks, forests and wineries, Kelowna is equal parts relaxed country and bustling urban.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Visit Mt Revelstoke National Park, which contains one of the world’s only inland temperate rainforests. The park is home to a small herd of woodland caribou, grizzly bears and moose, along with a population of banana slugs. Then travel over Rogers Pass to Glacier National Park. Stop at the visitor centre and panoramic lookouts along the way for incredible views of the park’s many glaciers, valleys and lakes. Continue on to Golden, where we’ll spend the night. Today’s drive covers about 360 kilometres, and takes 5.5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt. Revelstoke National Park
  • Glacier National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Drive through the stunning mountainous terrain of Yoho National Park, where we have the option to river raft on some of the best white water in Canada. The combination of wild water, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife makes rafting the Kicking Horse River an unforgettable, adrenalin-packed adventure. Your guide will point you in the direction of some great hiking trails if you’d prefer to stay on dry land; there’s also the option of kicking back on the river bank and watching the world float by. Afterwards, stop at Takkakaw Falls, then continue on to Banff. Established in 1885, it’s the oldest national park in the country, and contains over 1,600 kilometres of hiking trails. The drive today covers 130 kilometres; spend the night near Banff.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Day 5 is a free day to explore Banff in your own time. Your guide can show you where some great walking trails are, along with scenic viewpoints and the best places to spot wildlife.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Banff National Park
Optional Activities
  • Banff - Cable Car up Sulphur Mountain - CAD30
  • Banff - Hot springs - USD8
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Ready for some spectacular scenery? Today’s drive (just under 300 kilometres) takes us on the famous Icefields Parkway past the Rocky Mountains, and the views are breathtaking. We’ll stop at a few lookouts, lakes (including the turquoise Lake Louise) and waterfalls along the way, so there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Stop at Athabasca Glacier for a chilly stroll before continuing on to Jasper National Park.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Visit to Lake Louise
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies is famous for its wildlife, such as elk, moose, deer, bears and mountain lions. We’ll have plenty of time to explore on a free day – perhaps take an optional gondola ride to Whistler Mountain, go mountain biking in the Valley of Five Lakes, or enjoy the park’s many hiking trails.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jasper National Park
Optional Activities
  • Jasper - Mountain Bike Hire - USD75
  • Jasper - Jasper Tramway - CAD40
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel to Mt Robson Provincial Park (around two hours, depending on how many stops we make, covering 125 kilometres). At 3,954 metres, Mt Robson is the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Continue through the beautiful Cariboo Mountains to Wells Gray Provincial Park (around four hours). In the afternoon, there’s time for a hike or optional canoe ride in the park.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We’ve got a long day of driving ahead of us today, as we take the 400 kilometre drive to Whistler (around nine hours). Named after the unusual call of the equally unusual hoary marmot, which live in the area, Whistler is a mecca for lovers of all things outdoors.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a free day checking out the best Whistler has to offer. Your leader can help you find hiking trail or cosy cafe to chill out in.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Whistler - PEAK2PEAK Gondola - CAD50
  • Whistler - Zip Trek Tour - USD119
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Famous for its scenic coast-meets-mountains setting, Vancouver is the largest city in western Canada. After a short drive (around two hours), arrive in the city, which is bordered by a harbour, a wide river, and snow-capped mountain peaks. Your leader will take you on an orientation tour when we arrive into town, before your trip comes to an end.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (9 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Mt. Revelstoke National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Banff National Park
  • Visit to Lake Louise
  • Jasper National Park
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park

Reviews

Our Best of Canada trips score an average of 4.78 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.

Best of Canada, August 2017

Rachael Tratt

Best of Canada, August 2017

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Important notes

1. This trip finishes on arrival into Vancouver in the afternoon on day 11.

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