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Glaciers + Grizzlies

  • Code #XCR
  • 11 Days
Duration
11 Days
/10 Nights
Availability
May,2017-Sep,2018
Group Size
Max 50
Departure City: 
Vancouver
Ends in: 
Vancouver
Accommodation
Hotel
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Trip Overview

This 11 day exploration through the Canadian Rockies is full of the best mountain scenery and high-adrenaline adventure you could possibly wish for! Discover world-class national parks such as Banff and Jasper, stand on an active glacier, meet some of the local wildlife from bears to caribou, and hike to some seriously stunning viewpoints. This tour will certainly fulfil your need for adventure and the great outdoors, and reveal what a varied and amazing country Canada is!

Included Highlights 
  • Snow coach tour on the incredible Athabasca Glacier
  • Soak the evening away in the Miette Hot Springs
  • Two included dinners in Banff and Whistler
  • Spot iconic Canadian wildlife in scenic Banff
  • Leisure time in picture perfect Lake Louise
  • Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway in Jasper
  • Unearth adventure in all-action Whistler
  • Hike through Canada's epic alpine scenery
  • Admission to amazing national Parks - Banff and Jasper
Treknical Details

Interests

Large Group
Mountains
National Parks
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 50
Hotel
10 Nights

Food & Meals

  • 10 breakfasts and 2 dinners included.

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader and driver
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi on board

Essential Information

  • We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Glaciers + Grizzlies
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.

You will meet your tour leader and group at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby on day one. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.

If you arrive early, you'll have plenty of time to explore the city before your arrival meeting with your new Trek mates and tour leader at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby. The gateway to Canada's Rocky Mountains, Vancouver mixes easy urban life with a love of the great outdoors. There aren't many cities in the world where you can take in the mountains in the morning and then head to the beach in the afternoon. The city's coffee scene is legendary, as is its obsession with craft beers. If you're looking for a laid-back place to just chill for a few days before heading off into the mountains, then Vancouver is the place.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Bike rental in Stanley Park CA$10-$65
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park CA$42
Rollerblading in Stanley Park CA$10-$40

You're in mountain territory now and if these views are anything to go by, you can rest assured that the next few days are going to be epic. Situated on the banks of the Columbia River, the fresh air and freedom of this small mountain town encourages people from all over the world to come and get their adventure on. This place will most definitely whet your appetite for things to come!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Breakfast included

Breathe it all in, as fresh air doesn't get much fresher than this! Banff is one of Canada's most loved national parks. Canadians are fiercely proud of this natural wonderland, so be thankful that you have two days to wander, explore and get under the skin of this epic mountain town. Make sure you waste no time in heading to the trails; with over 1,600 trails to choose from, you're spoilt for choice. One of the most popular trails leads up to the top of Sulphur Mountain. It might not be one of the easiest hikes you've ever done, but the views sure are worth the effort! If you're not a keen hiker you can take a gondola ride to the top and still get in on those awesome views! If you want to avoid dizzying heights, hit the shops around town or head to Bow Falls, which is really scenic and a nice place to chill for the day. This alpine oasis knows how to party and with tons of bars and restaurants for you to hang out in, the opportunities for fun are endless!

Accommodation

Lodge included

Meals Included

Breakfast (x2) and dinner (x1) included

Optional Activities

Aerial gondola/tramway CA$60
Horseback riding CA$65
Scenic glacier flight CA$210-$345
Sulphur Mountain hot springs  CA$8

You've no doubt seen endless photos of this beautiful place on your Instagram, but trust us when we say there's nothing quite like seeing Lake Louise for yourself. And yes, it really is that blue! If you've got the urge to hit the trails again, you're in luck. There are loads of hikes, but one of the best is to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House. You'll walk along the lakeshore and witness some of the most beautiful scenery that no amount of photo taking will do justice, so switch off and enjoy the views. At the far end of the lake you'll reach the tea house, so put your feet up and treat yourself to some fresh lemonade, you've earnt it. Head back to the Chateau Lake Louise and hire a canoe for some watery fun and to see Lake Louise from a different perspective. This 'gem of the Rockies' will no doubt leave you wondering what could possibly be next, oh boy are you in for a surprise! Jasper National Park, here we come!

Accommodation

Lodge included

Meals Included

Breakfast included

Optional Activities

Canoeing (rental) CA$85 per hour

Sit tight, you're about to take a drive down Alberta's most scenic stretch of road, the Icefields Parkway. With mountain peaks everywhere you look, you'll soon be in a photo frenzy to get that ultimate shot. This day just keeps on getting better as you pull up to the Athabasca Glacier to see Mother Nature in her element. Ever stepped foot on an active glacier? Well after your included glacier snow coach tour, you will have! The glacier is rapidly melting so make the most of your time here because in years to come it will have vanished and you can boast that you saw the glacier in all its icy glory! This evening you overnight in Jasper. Make sure you look up at the night sky this evening as Jasper is a dark sky preserve, which basically means the stargazing here is out of this world!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Breakfast included

Optional Activities

Guided glacier walk CA$110

Another day of epic scenery and adventure awaits, so what's first? How about jumping on a mountain bike and pedalling your way past beautiful mountain lakes and through pine clad forests? Chill out or dive in for a refreshing swim, whatever floats your boat! Got a head for heights? Ride the Jasper Sky Tram to the top of Whistler Mountain; at the top you'll be rewarded with yet more incredible views. You're not the only thing out here enjoying this unspoilt wilderness, so keep an eye out for Grizzly Bears, wolves and caribou. After all the excitement of the day the only way to relax is by dressing up in a traditional 1940s swimsuit (optional) and taking a dip in a lush mountain hot spring, perfection!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Breakfast included

Optional Activities

Mountain biking CA$15-$75
SkyTram cable car CA$45

Today you make your way to Kamloops, BC's friendliest city, but not before you and your Trek crew stop at a viewpoint to see the magnificent peak of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Rockies. Tonight make sure you get plenty of shut-eye, because tomorrow you're off to the adventure capital of Western Canada, Whistler!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Breakfast included

Whistler may be known as a ski destination but it has so much more to offer than just snow, that's a fact! With heaps of trails to choose from, Whistler is hiker's heaven. For vistas of the spectacular kind, end your Canadian adventure on a high and ride the gondola or chairlift to the top of Blackcomb Mountain. If you feel the need for speed, there can be only one option: zip lining from one mountain to the next on the world's longest zip wire. It's insanely awesome and you really can't leave Whistler without trying it! Whistler attracts adventure seekers from all over the world and after spending a couple of days exploring and having fun here you'll soon see why! This is your last night as a group so make it one to remember, Whistler style!

Accommodation

Lodge included (triple share)

Meals Included

Breakfast (x2) and dinner (x1) included

Optional Activities

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

Today you arrive back in 'Van City' where your tour comes to an end. If you're not ready for your adventure to finish, book a couple of extra hotel nights after your tour, download our city guide and go explore! Relax beneath the city skyline on one of the many city beaches, hire a bike and cruise round Stanley Park, or treat yourself to a plate of sushi....Yum!

This tour ends 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 17:00 hrs

Meals Included

Breakfast included

Optional Activities

Bike rental in Stanley Park CA$10-$65
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park CA$42
Rollerblading in Stanley Park CA$10-$40
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 - ACCENT INN

10551 St Edwards Dr, Richmond, BC V6X 3L8

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

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £138-149 | US$180-194 | Eur166-179 | AU$235-254 | NZ$247-266
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. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

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  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
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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.

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