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Canadian Rockies: National Parks Westbound (from 2020)

Canadian Rockies: National Parks Westbound (from 2020)

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What's included?
From 2129 EUR
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What's included?
Duration
14 days
Starts in
Calgary (AB)
Ends in
Vancouver
Group size
Max 12, avg 11.
Travel type
18-to-Thirtysomethings
Now's the time to explore Canada on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. The Rockies are a great reason to explore the Canadian West, but why stop there? We asked that question, then answered it with this trip a sprawling, nature-rich mini-epic that melds some of Canada's best national parks with time on the mist-shrouded shores of Vancouver Island. Find yourself face-to-face with moose, deer, and maybe even a bear on this trip loaded with diverse experiences whale-watching, glacier hikes, hot springs, and much, much more you'll stuff a lifetime's worth of adventure into the space of a mere two weeks.
Itinerary

Canadian Rockies: National Parks Westbound (from 2020)

Day 1 - Calgary

Arrive at any time. What better way to kick off your travels than by getting to know your CEO and group over a few drinks? Hit up one of the local pubs in downtown Calgary where you'll enjoy live music, great entertainment, local ales, and some pretty tasty grub. So grab a beer, sit on the patio or at the bar, admire this mountain town, and swap travel stories with your group as the night unfolds.

Day 2 - Calgary/Banff

As the day begins spend some of your time discovering the quiet beauty of Banff, a resort town located within Banff National Park. Take some pictures of the wildlife, stroll the shop-lined streets, or hike up a mountain for some spectacular views of the town below. Finish the day off with a dip into a natural hot spring or treat yourself to some pampering at one of the many spas in town.

Day 3 - Banff/Lake Louise

Grab a fellow tour mates' hand and gaze in wonder at the beauty of Lake Louise. Hike with a group to the Agnes Lake Tea House, or lose your sense of time along the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail. In the afternoon you will head back into good ole' Banff where you can do all of the things you didn't have time for yesterday!

Day 4 - Lake Louise

You'll be skipping with joy into the beauty that is Yoho NP. Visit Emerald Lake, whose vibrant waters rival those of famed Lake Louise and Takkakaw Falls – the second highest waterfall in Canada. Opt to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon along the Kicking Horse River. Skip the crowds, sip a cold beer by the aquamarine waters, and simply enjoy the untamed beauty of this lesser-known Canadian park.

Day 5 - Lake Louise/Jasper

Make your way to stunning Jasper via the Icefield Parkway. The beauty is so spectacular you may find yourself holding your breath as you drive one of the most scenic mountain landscapes on Earth. The parkway offers an unforgettable journey through a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, pristine mountain lakes, and broad sweeping valleys. Along the way you will stop at Bow Lake and the Columbia Icefield Centre, where you can choose to walk with an expert guide atop the still active Athabasca Glacier. Tonight, kick back and relax near a campfire in Jasper. To travel the icefield parkway is to experience one of Canada's national treasures and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 230km (155 mi) between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper, the parkway offers easy access to one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes on Earth. This is a wonderful journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, pristine mountain lakes, and broad sweeping valleys. Stop at Columbia Icefield for an unforgettable experience. Continue on to Jasper. In the evening, set up your camp and enjoy a nice warm campfire.

Day 6 - Jasper

Wake up in the alpine town of Jasper amid snow-capped mountains and glacier lakes. Stroll through Maligne Canyon, the deepest gorge in the Canadian Rockies. The trail is an easy loop that is full of waterfalls, bridges, dense pine forests, and streams that seem to pop out of nowhere. Take the rest of the morning to explore Jasper NP. Rent a canoe and get out on Maligne Lake with your friends, seek some thrills whitewater rafting on the Athabasca River, or simply take it all in. Then spend the afternoon losing yourself in the lively mountain town.

Day 7 - Jasper/Wells Gray Park

Get an early start today as you and the group head further west towards British Columbia. Pass the majestic peak of Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Stop at the visitor centre and grab your next "Insta" photo on the large viewing deck before jumping back in the van to continue on to Wells Gray PP.

Day 8 - Wells Gray Park

Head out for an exciting adventure canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Take this time to laugh and be silly with your friends or paddle off to quieter coves for some peace and reflection. After a lunch on the shore overlooking Clearwater Lake you will stop at some of the most fascinating waterfalls in the park, including Helmcken Falls ?? world famous for being three times taller than Niagara Falls.

Day 9 - Wells Gray Park/Whistler

Today is a travel day, but never fear you'll have no time to be bored. There will be plenty of opportunities for conversation, reflection, and taking photos as you drive from the densely wooded forests of Wells Gray PP through the Canadian desert and into the coastal mountains of BC. Remember, it's often the longer days that create the best bonding experiences for you and your new mates.

Day 10 - Whistler

Good morning from one of Canada's greatest natural playgrounds. Right when you thought you couldn't fall more in love with Canada you most certainly will. The scenery here is almost dreamlike and one of the best ways to immerse yourself in it all is with a morning hike. Take in a waterfall, witness incredible views of Daisy Lake, or try your hand at other outdoor adventures like ziplining, rafting, or mountain biking. In the afternoon explore more of Whistler, grab some food, play some frisbee, or just sit and talk outside.

Day 11 - Whistler/Tofino

The outdoor adventures are far from over. Take a ferry across to Vancouver Island and dance beneath ancient Douglas firs. You'll arrive in time to witness a gorgeous west coast sunset. In the morning take a short drive to the ferry terminal before embarking to Nanaimo, also on Vancouver Island. Continue driving to Tofino on the far west of the island and experience stunning scenery, wildlife, and some pretty awesome photo ops along the way. In the morning, drive a short distance to the ferry terminal. Taking a ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is an exciting part of the adventure of getting here. BC Ferries offers an outstanding service that travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. In the afternoon, continue to drive to Tofino, just in time for sunset.

Day 12 - Tofino

Get up close and personal with mother nature today on a half-day whale watching tour by Zodiac. Make a bet with your group and see who can spot the most orcas and other wildlife off of Tofino's coast. In the afternoon soak in views of this rugged and untamed landscape and spend time exploring endless stretches of beach. From hikes through rainforests to catching waves out in the Pacific Ocean Tofino is an outdoor adventurers' paradise. Whatever you decide the time is yours just make sure to grab your fill of this unique surfer town before it's time to move further south.

Day 13 - Tofino/Victoria

It's off to Victoria today! Breathe in the lush smell of old growth forests and daydream as the island scenery passes you by. Stop at the Old Country Market in Coombs where you can buy souvenirs, grab a bite to eat, or simply sit and watch goats amble by on the roof above. Arrive in Victoria just in time to watch the sunset over the water. Then take the rest of the evening to relax in the city or hangout with your group and tell stories because there's no doubt you have some by now!

Day 14 - Victoria/Vancouver

Hop on a ferry back to the mainland. The trip ends upon arrival in Vancouver, but we recommend taking some time to discover this beautiful, moody, and invigorating city before you head home. Visit top sights like Stanley Park, Gastown, and the Vancouver Lookout as the day carries on. Not ready to say good-bye yet? Book some additional post-trip accommodation nights to keep your adventure going... because let's face it, taking one more day off is always worth it before heading back to reality. Please note this trip ends on arrival to Vancouver. If you are interested in exploring Vancouver and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional post-trip accommodation nights.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt), participation camping (12 nts)

Local transport

Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, ferry, canoe, Zodiac

Meals

Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
Meals Budget: Allow USD155-205 for meals not included.

Please be aware

Calgary
- Welcome Dinner
- Canada Olympic Park Visit (65CAD per person)

Tunnel Mountain
- Tunnel Mountain Hike (Free)

Banff National Park of Canada
- Banff Gondola Ride to Sulphur Mountain (42CAD per person)

Banff
- Canoeing (18-36CAD per person)
- Hot Springs Soak (7.30CAD per person)
- Cycling (10-30CAD per person)

Johnston Canyon
- Johnston Canyon Hike (Free)

Lake Louise
- Plain of Six Glacier Hike (Free)
- The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Visit (Free)

Kicking Horse River
- Kicking Horse River White Water Rafting (110-135CAD per person)

Golden
- Grizzly Bear Refuge Visit (40CAD per person)

Columbia Icefield
- Glacier Adventure (99CAD per person)

Athabasca Glacier
- Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk (100CAD per person)

Jasper National Park
- Whitewater Rafting on Athabasca River (65-110CAD per person)
- Bald Hills Hike (Free)

Maligne Lake
- Boat Cruise to Spirit Island (65CAD per person)
- Canoe Ride (30-90CAD per person)

Wells Gray Park
- Spahats Creek Falls Visit (Free)

Whistler
- Whistler Hike (Free)
- Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride (53CAD per person)
- Rafting (150CAD per person)
- Ziplining and Treetop Adventures (129CAD per person)
- Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit (18CAD per person)

Victoria
- Butchart Gardens Visit (32CAD per person)
- Royal British Columbia Museum Visit (16-26CAD per person)

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