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Canada Adventure: CANADIAN PARKS WEST

Delve into the wilderness on an overnight canoe trip..Hiking in the Canadian Rockies..Sightsee in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria

The name pretty much sums it up. Five National and Provincial Parks all dazzle with the mind-blowing good looks you'd expect from the Canadian Rockies and the rugged coastal beauty of Vancouver Island. Throw in a unique overnight wilderness canoe trip and the chance to spot bears, whales and go whitewater rafting for a whole bunch of larger than life experiences

Included Highlights

  • 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

Plus you get...

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation
  • All accommodation - 18 camping nights

Flexible Itinerary
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

Tour Itinerary
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 & Okanagan Valley
Heading straight out from Vancouver we head for the Okanagan valley packing orchards, vineyards and nigh on every outdoor pursuit going. Welcome to the wilds of Canada! 
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 2-3: Yoho National Park
View the alpine meadows of Mt. Revelstoke en route to the wonder of Yoho National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Hike among the mirrored lakes, grizzled peaks and some of Canada's highest waterfalls. Visit the impressive glacial Emerald Lake with incredible postcard vistas and hike to see the stunning Takakkaw Falls. Or, for the truly adventurous, raft the aptly named Kicking Horse River. Yoho offers some true gems of the Rockies. 
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 4-6: Banff National Park
Explore show-stopping trails with picturesque switchbacks, chiselled canyons and mirrored lakes, and even hover above by helicopter for a bird's-eye view. One dunk in the hot springs and a drink or two later, you'll be sleeping like a log.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 7: Calgary
This one-time Mountie outpost sure mixes it up. Socialise with the student contingent, embrace the frontier feel in spit-and-sawdust saloons or hang out at the world's biggest public skate park.
Accommodation: Camping included
 

Day 8: Lake Louise
A nickname like the "gem of the Rockies" is a lot to live up to, but it's no sweat for Lake Louise. The imposing chateau looks on as mountains cluster round the turquoise surface. As for you, well, you could always hike out to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers or inspect the scene by paddle power on an optional canoe trip. 
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 9-10: Jasper National Park
The widescreen scenery keeps on coming. The Icefields Parkway provides a peach of a drive through panoramic views of endless valleys, sheer ridges, glaciers and spruce forests - truly one of the world's ultimate and most rewarding drives. Jasper's wildlife puts up a fight for your attention too; the sharp-eyed may glimpse grizzlies, wolves or caribou so keep your camera at the ready. This sprawling natural expanse offers hiking and biking trails through the most spectacular scenery that the Canadian Rockies offers.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 11-12: Wells Grey Provincial Park
Life jacket, paddle, sense of adventure? Drive through secluded Wells Gray to the end of the road and our awaiting canoes, where we overnight on the shores of Clearwater Lake for an epic adventure. Nature surely never felt closer than on this included outback canoe trip. A unique and unforgettable experience!
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 13-14: Whistler
Off the lake and on to the Fraser River Valley - British Columbia's gold country. Whistler although famous as a winter ski and snow board destination and the site of the alpine and Nordic venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It is surrounded by mountains which gives the town such a beautiful back drop. Get on your bike, fly through the air on a zipline or hit the hiking paths; Whistler's got way more to offer than just snow!
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 15-17: Tofino & Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island
After a scenic ferry ride to Vancouver Island, we head to Pacific Rim National Park for a true wilderness experience. Have your cameras at the ready on our optional whale watching or bear watching cruise, take advantage of an upgrade to soak in some steamy natural hot springs or maybe try sea kayaking between secluded coves. As well as being great for wildlife, there are some surrounding trails which offer incredible views. Check out the massive cedars, Douglas fir trees and big maples that are still growing strong after 1500 years and measure up to 13 metres around!
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 18: Victoria, Vancouver Island
Founded in 1843 as a Hudson Bay Company trading post, Victoria is one of the prettiest cities in Western Canada and its historic sites, shopping, museums and pubs are perfect for a relaxing night. Try and catch the Parliament building lit up at night, you can never bring back too many photos.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 19: Vancouver
Head back to the city with prime vistas escorting us right into Vancouver. With its stunning combination of mountains and coastline, the city boasts outstanding views. We take a scenic drive through Stanley Park, a 4,000-hectare green wonderland. See the authentic totem poles erected in the 1920's and buy some moreish maple sugar candies. Stop by Prospect Point, a scenic lookout where you gaze out at spectacular views of Lion's Gate Bridge, North Vancouver and West Vancouver before the end of the road and an awesome trip.

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.

Duration: 
19 days

Gap Year Vitals

  • Location: Departs Vancouver to Vancouver
  • Duration: 19 days
  • Price: 19 days from £1499

Contact

  • Address:
    TrekAmerica Travel Limited
    Grange Mills
    Weir Road
    London
    SW12 0NE
  • Telephone: 0333 999 7951
  • Website: www.trekamerica.co.uk

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