Explore British Columbia and Alberta in the wonderful Canadian Rockies, for grand vistas and a wilderness that is still truly wild. Expect picture-perfect lakes, stunning mountain views, top-notch hiking, glacier walking and wildlife sightings. Want even more adventure? Add mountain biking, horseback riding and white water rafting to the list and you won't find a more exhilarating 12 days. The Mountie will take you into the heart of Canada for the perfect outdoor adventure!
- Guided walk on the incredible Athabasca Glacier
- Relax in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs in Banff
- Unearth adventure in all-action Whistler
- Stay in a rustic bunkhouse at Wells Gray Guest Ranch
- Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway
- Leisure time at picture-perfect Lake Louise
- Spot iconic Canadian wildlife in scenic Banff
- Visit Yoho's Takakkaw Falls & vivid Emerald Lake
- Hike through Canada's epic alpine scenery
- Sightseeing & Stanley Park in cosmopolitan Vancouver
- Admission to national & provincial parks - Wells Gray, Jasper, Banff/Lake Louise & Yoho
Accommodation & Transportation
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
- Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
- Private transportation
- All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)
- Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
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.
Leaving Vancouver you enter a land of snow-dusted mountains, dark conifers and glistening lakes as you cross the landscape of British Columbia. Travel the old Gold Rush Trail and head to the adventure capital of Western Canada! Don't let the fact that Whistler is widely known for being the ultimate winter resort fool you; Whistler has plenty of action all year round! This place is a wonderland for two wheels so opt for some world-class mountain biking on the incredible trails. For a very different perspective, try zip lining through the tree tops or enjoy a ride through the skies in a glass-bottomed gondola. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or someone who likes to be at one with nature, there's something for everyone in Whistler. In the summer you'll find locals hanging out by the beautiful lakeshores, so why not join them for the perfect afternoon?
Wells Gray is what Canadian dreams are made of and nature will never have felt closer. Embrace the stillness, silence and isolation. Don't let the fact that Wells Gray is not a national park fool you, this place is stunning! Home to the famous Helmcken Falls, Canada's fourth highest waterfall, the park boasts beautiful meadows full of wildflowers and bear roam freely around the park. Enjoy views of high mountains, deep canyons, brooding old-growth forests and raging white water rivers. Tonight you'll stay in a rustic bunkhouse at a guest ranch for an authentic Canadian experience right inside the park itself.
Legendary Jasper National Park is your next stop! The largest national park in Canada, Jasper will leave you stunned from the get go, with jagged mountain peaks surrounding you at every turn and wildlife roaming through the wilderness. The sharp-eyed may spot Grizzly Bear or caribou here. People travel from far and wide to marvel at this stunner of a park and to hike or bike its famous trails.
The widescreen scenery and breathtaking views keep on coming as you drive along the famous Icefields Parkway. The park offers endless valleys, sheer ridges, glaciers and spruce forests - truly one of the world's ultimate drives, so sit back and relax. For a hike with a difference, strap on some crampons and head onto the Athabasca Glacier on our included guided walk, and find out how it retreats through the valley each year. 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 around turquoise waters that have to be seen to be believed! If this isn't a photo opportunity at its best then we don't know what is! Once you've stopped gawking at the incredible scenery that surrounds you, walk the beautiful lakeshore trail, hike out to the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house, or rent a canoe and soak up the scenery by paddle power and explore the lake at your leisure.
Boot up and breathe in the crisp alpine air with the resident beavers, bear, porcupines and elk. Whether you explore Banff National Park from the road or on the trails, you'll be left speechless by its endless beauty. With 1600 km of trails, a town full of heritage and some incredible wildlife, you won't want to leave this mountain wonderland. One of the more popular trails in the park is the Sundance Canyon Trail, a laid-back walk past rolling hills and flowing streams and through narrow canyons. If you still haven't had your canyon fix for the day then hit the trails to Johnston Canyon. Hitch a ride on the gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for more spectacular views. For something really special, you could even take a scenic glacier flight. If all this fresh air and stretching of your legs has left you feeling a little weary, you can recharge your batteries on an included trip to Banff's heavenly hot springs.
Special Calgary Stampede Departure: The 03-July departure will be 13 days in duration and spend an extra day at the Calgary Stampede. The group will depart Banff in the morning of Day 9 and drive one hour to Calgary. Upon arrival you will set up camp and then transfer to the stampede either by shuttle from the campground or the tour leader will drive the group. Your tour leader also has entry so will be on hand if required during your free time at the event and will set a meeting time for the afternoon. The following morning the trip will continue to Yoho National Park for two nights.
Yoho comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder and as soon as you start hiking through this incredible place you'll soon see why. Take the chance to enjoy some of the best white water rafting in the world, negotiating the rapids of the aptly named Kicking Horse River, it's unmissable! The scenery will continue to impress as you hit the trails to Takakkaw Falls, cascading from the mountains to the valley below. Yoho National Park is really spoiling you with all its awesome scenery and next up is the truly stunning Emerald Lake. You'll have to pinch yourself in disbelief as you gaze upon its glacial hues and forest backdrop.
With snow-dusted mountains, dark conifers, hoodoos and vineyards, the Okanagan Valley is a sight to behold and the closest thing you'll get to a desert landscape this far north. Why not hit the vineyards to sample some of the local produce or simply pour yourself a glass as you sit around the campfire and talk about how bloomin' gorgeous Canada is! Set up camp beside a pristine lake for your final night's sleep under a sky of stars.
Return to Vancouver with amazing memories of 12 magnificent days discovering Western Canada. Make sure you swing by Stanley Park, a 400 hectare green wonderland, and check out the authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s. Treat yourself to some moreish maple cookies then make Prospect Point your final stop for a scenic lookout where you can gaze out at spectacular views of Lions Gate Bridge - the perfect ending to a perfect trip! If you stay on to explore the city after the end of the tour, be sure to head over to Gastown with its award-winning galleries and tons of cafes and restaurants serving delicious food.
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.
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 VANCOUVER AIRPORT
8811 Bridgeport Road, Vancouver, BC V6X 1R9
This ideally located hotel includes a complimentary airport shuttle, free breakfast bar and is conveniently located on the train line to 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.
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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.
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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.