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Canadian Parks West from Calgary

  • Code #CNR
  • 17 Days
Duration
17 Days
/16 Nights
Availability
Jun,2017-Aug,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Calgary
Ends in: 
Vancouver
Accommodation
Camping
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Trip Overview

This is the ultimate Canadian adventure, exploring five national and provincial parks that dazzle with the mind-blowing natural beauty you'd expect from the Canadian Rockies. Throw in a unique overnight wilderness canoe trip, a bear viewing cruise from remote Tofino, and the chance to explore the rugged coastal beauty of Vancouver Island for one incredible adventure. With opportunities to spot whales and go white water rafting, this 17 day tour is jam-packed with a whole bunch of larger than life experiences!

Included Highlights 
  • Overnight wilderness canoe trip (no experience necessary)
  • Bear viewing cruise from remote and picturesque Tofino
  • Two picturesque Vancouver Island ferry crossings
  • Scenic walks & hikes amongst lakes, mountains and meadows
  • Banff's stunning glacial mirror lakes & trails
  • Hike to Yoho National Park's Emerald Lake & waterfalls
  • Panoramic lakeside trails at beautiful Lake Louise
  • Travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities in Jasper National Park
  • Orientation walking tour in the city of Victoria
  • Admission to incredible national and provincial parks - Banff/Lake Louise, Yoho, Jasper, Wells Gray & Pacific Rim
Treknical Details

Interests

Mountains
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
16 Nights

Food & Meals

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

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Canadian Parks West
Download Trek Tips
Vancouver
Download City Guide

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Also departs from Vancouver

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 Alberta, with the epic Rocky Mountain Range as its backdrop. Stay a couple of days before the tour starts if you want to explore the city and check out the western saloons and rodeo. Enjoy the scenery as you make your way towards Canada's oldest national park, Banff. Your leader will guide you on the Johnston Canyon to Lower Falls & Moraine Lakeshore Trail for amazing scenic views.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

However you choose to explore Banff, you'll be left speechless by its endless beauty. This place will blow your mind with showstopping trails, mirrored lakes and chiselled canyons. Hike the trails or take a scenic gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain; for a once in a lifetime experience you can even get the ultimate bird's-eye view from a scenic helicopter flight. After all the action, opt for a dip in the hot springs to soothe tired muscles... heaven! Next up is Lake Louise and boy is she good looking! 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 turquoise waters for a different perspective of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Aerial gondola/tramway CA$42
Sulphur Mountain hot springs  CA$8
Horseback riding CA$65
Scenic glacier flight CA$195-$325
Canoeing CA$45

Yoho National Park might be amongst the smallest parks in the Rockies, but don't underestimate it, because it's going to blow your socks off! As you start exploring the park you'll soon see why it makes perfect sense to be named 'Yoho', which comes from the Native American Cree word for 'awe' and 'wonder'. Your leader will guide you on the Wapta Falls & Emerald Loop Trail to explore the best of the national park. The scenery will continue to impress as you walk to Takakkaw Falls, meaning 'magnificent' in the Cree language, which is exactly what it is! Emerald Lake with its glacial hues and forest backdrop is a must whilst in Yoho and in the summer sunshine you'll soon see how it got its name! If you're up for some adventure, embrace your wild side with some white water rafting down the aptly named Kicking Horse River, which offers some of the best rapids in the world.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

White water rafting Kicking Horse River CA$130-$170

The drive towards Jasper National Park is jam-packed with stunning scenery as you cruise along the Icefields Parkway. It's regarded one of the world's finest drives and has the real 'wow' factor! There's also an opportunity to take a guided glacier walk along the way. Jasper is the perfect place to be at one with nature without the crowds! As you explore the trails, keep your eyes peeled for the park's wildlife including Black and Grizzly Bear, caribou and even wolves. Walk with your tour leader on the Athabasca Falls/Maligne Canyon trail for some sweet views. Biking your way round this epic national park is also great way to see it, so what are you waiting for!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Guided glacier walk CA$100
Miette hot springs CA$7
Mountain biking CA$15-$75
SkyTram cable car CA$40

The stillness, silence and isolation go up another notch in Wells Gray Provincial Park. You'll be surrounded by incredible views of mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones and old-growth forests. Hike to the stunning Helmcken Falls, a 141 metre waterfall on the Murtle River, and one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Hopefully you've packed your sense of adventure! An included overnight canoe trip delivers pure away-from-it-all escapism and a remote experience which is truly spectacular.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Surrounded by mountains, Whistler is an adventure lover's paradise, so be sure to make the most of the exciting and thrilling activities on offer. Hike the trails, try some awesome mountain biking, fly through the air on a vertigo inducing zip line through the tree tops, or ride the gondola for stunning views. Whatever you decide to do, adventure is well and truly alive in Whistler, so embrace it.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Mountain biking from CA$100
Extreme zip lining course CA$119-199
Gondola ride CA$57

Cross the Strait of Georgia on a scenic ferry journey and make your way to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, towards the laid-back surfing town of Tofino. With three nights in the area you can really explore and the scenery will 'wow' even the most discerning traveller with its stunning Cedar tree-lined beaches. Keep watch for eagles soaring overhead and whales swimming just offshore, this place is a paradise for wildlife. With so many activities on offer you won't know where to begin but an included bear viewing cruise is a pretty good place to start! This area is a hotspot for seeing bear, but you may also spot whales too. Head back out onto the water for some optional sea kayaking between the secluded coves or to join a dedicated whale watching excursion. In Tofino it's not just the abundance of amazing wildlife that will impress, there are also some great hiking trails just waiting for you to explore. Enjoy a walk with your leader on the Wild Side Trail and check out the park's massive cedars, Douglas Fir and maple trees that measure up to 13 metres around!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Sea kayaking CA$75-$90
Zodiac whale watching adventure CA$120

Known as British Columbia's 'City of Gardens', Victoria is a city where the outdoor intrepid type will feel right at home. With a rugged, beautiful shoreline and a relaxed way of life, there's no surprise people never want to leave. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city with your tour leader, and try to catch the BC Parliament Buildings lit up by more than 3,000 lightbulbs at night, it's a magical sight!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

End this awesome Canadian tour with a scenic ferry ride back over to the mainland, and arrive in Vancouver. Check out the city's Stanley Park, with its famous collection of authentic totem polls, and perhaps treat yourself to some moreish maple cookies. Head to Prospect Point for the best views in town, before saying goodbye to your new Trek buddies.

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.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00hrs

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

CALGARY - RAMADA DOWNTOWN

708 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H2

The hotel is an easy walking distance to local attractions and entertainment and complete with a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £89-190 | US$112-247 | Eur103-228 | AU$146-322 | NZ$154-338
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £150-331 | US$195-431 | Eur180-398 | AU$255-563 | NZ$268-591
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

To transfer to the hotel visit the Allied Shuttle airport service before exiting the airport terminal, which drops at multiple hotels and costs CAD$15 plus tax per person, a CAD$1-2 tip is also expected. Alternatively, take a taxi which costs approximately CAD$35-30 and takes between 35 to 40 minutes depending on traffic.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

VANCOUVER - HAMPTON INN

111 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2A8

This hotel is located in the tourist and commercial area of Richmond, close to the airport and 10 to 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £87 | US$113 | Eur104 | AU$147 | NZ$155
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £151 | US$197 | Eur182 | AU$257 | NZ$270
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel offers a free shuttle from Vancouver Airport and picks up every 15 and 45 minutes past the hour from 4:15am to 12:45am. For international arrivals the pick-up area is located between the arrivals gate and the parking entrance. Follow the "Ground Transportation" sign and look for the yellow "Hotel Courtesy Shuttle" sign on your right. For domestic arrivals the pick-up area is located on the ground floor next to the Gateway Valet & Concierge. After passing by the 7-11 and the liquor store on your left, keep going straight until you see the "Ground Transportation" and "Hotel Courtesy Shuttle" signs.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available 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. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

5 out of 5

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Past Trekkers Review

Changed my life for the better, chelle is awsomeeeee

Reviewed July 2016
Our tour guild made the trip what it was, I will recommend trek america to everyone. Such a awesome bunch of people and destinations life will now be so much duller now iv returned to England.Ever think of a van cat, would really add to the trip brining the total to 11/10Your tour leader Chelle is s...
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