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Canadian Parks West from Vancouver

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

Trip Overview

Five national and provincial parks all 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
  • Orientation walking tour in the city of Victoria
  • Scenic walks & hikes amongst lakes, mountains and meadows
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities in Jasper National Park
  • Travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway
  • Panoramic lakeside trails at beautiful Lake Louise
  • Hike to Yoho National Park's Emerald Lake & waterfalls
  • Banff's stunning glacial mirror lakes & trails
  • Admission to incredible national and provincial parks - Pacific Rim, Wells Gray, Jasper, Yoho & Banff/Lake Louise
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 Calgary

After a scenic ferry ride over to Vancouver Island, you arrive in Victoria, known as British Columbia's 'City of Gardens', where the intrepid outdoor 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

Tofino is a picture-perfect place with stunning beaches that will 'wow' even the most discerning travellers, and with three nights in the area you can really explore. 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

Take a scenic ferry ride back to the mainland, and travel the old Gold Rush Trail through Cache Creek towards Whistler. Surrounded by mountains, Whistler's 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

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

Experience mountain life in charming Jasper, the perfect place to get up close and personal 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 high-altitude 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

Miette hot springs CA$7
Mountain biking CA$15-$75
SkyTram cable car CA$40

Today's drive will blow your mind as you cruise along the stunning Icefields Parkway. Running parallel to the Continental Divide, it's one of the world's finest drives with the real 'wow' factor!  Next up, you reach Yoho National Park. 'Yoho' comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder and as soon as you start hiking through this national park, you'll soon see how it got its name. The scenery will continue to impress as you walk to Takakkaw Falls, cascading from the mountains to the valley below, and lay your eyes on the incredible Emerald Lake with its glacial hues and forest backdrop. Your leader will guide you on the Wapta Falls & Emerald Loop Trail to explore the best of Yoho. If you're feeling adventurous, why not 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

Guided glacier walk CA$100
White water rafting Kicking Horse River CA$130-$170

The `Gem of the Rockies' is up next and boy are you in for a treat! You can expect great things on a trip to Lake Louise, blue skies and even bluer waters. The water is always a little chilly, so a swim might not be an option, but you can always rent a canoe from the Lake Louise Boathouse and surround yourself with the beautiful scenery instead. Once you've stopped gawking at the incredible scenery, we suggest taking a hike out to the Plain of Six Glaciers where you'll be able to see the gorgeous colour from above. Banff is Canada's first national park and it's definitely up there with the best national parks in the world. However you choose to explore Banff you'll be left speechless by its endless beauty. Your leader will guide you on the Johnston Canyon to Lower Falls & Moraine Lakeshore Trail for amazing scenic views. Stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh mountain air on the showstopping trails with mirrored lakes and chiselled canyons. You can even fly overhead in a helicopter for the ultimate view. One dunk in the hot springs plus a drink or two later and you'll sleep like a log.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

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

Welcome to 'Cowtown' or Calgary! This one-time Mountie outpost is a unique city with the epic Rocky Mountain Range as its backdrop, so stay on after the tour if you want to check out the western saloons and rodeo.

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.

 

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$124 | Eur104 | AU$156 | NZ$164
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £151 | US$216 | Eur182 | AU$272 | NZ$286
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 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 £109 | US$155 | Eur131 | AU$196 | NZ$206
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £190 | US$271 | Eur228 | AU$342 | NZ$360
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 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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Request a flight quote

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

4.5 out of 5

Trek America 2013

Past Trekkers Review

Surfing, hiking, Vancouver for world cup. Glacier walk. Canada Day Parade

Reviewed July 2015
This was my third trek and one of the best. Great trek for people who like to camp and go hiking or love being outdoors. One may even get to see a brown bear wondering down the highway. Great places to hike in whistler, banff and jasper, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just hike occasionally. The...
Past Trekkers Review

Fantastic! - words really don't do sites justice!

Reviewed July 2015
This was my third trek and one of the best. Great trek for people who like to camp and go hiking or love being outdoors. One may even get to see a brown bear wondering down the highway. Great places to hike in whistler, banff and jasper, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just hike occasionally. Th...
Past Trekkers Review

Absolutely incredible! Unforgettable experience of a lifetime!

Reviewed March 2014
Conveniently, two of my trek mates (Kathleen and Martina) have already left a review, so have summed most of it up. That being said - this was THE best trip of my life. I've been to a fair few others places in the world but this was my first trek and it most definitely won't be the last! Fri...
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