Canadian Rockies

Press release date: 28th January 2011

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  • If you are the sort of person who enjoys adventure holidays then there are few better destinations for your next break than Western Canada. The region is home to one of the last great wilderness areas, providing a spectacular backdrop for hiking, biking, rafting and wildlife spotting. Much of the landscape is mountainous and covered in forests, while there are also glaciers, waterfalls and fast-flowing rivers to enjoy. There are so many things to see and do that you may find it difficult to finalise your itinerary, but here is a selection of five places you will not want to miss.

    One of the must-visit destinations on adventure trips to Canada is Lake Louise in Banff National Park. This glacial lake is one of the most tranquil places you will ever visit, with the emerald water providing the perfect setting for a variety of outdoor pursuits. You can try canoeing on the lake itself, where you will be overlooked by an imposing chateau, hike out to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers and Mount Fairview, or explore the local area on horseback. While in Banff National Park you could also enjoy the views on a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain and relax in one of the hot springs, as well as keeping an eye out for the wide range of species that call the area home - you may even be lucky enough to see a grizzly bear in its natural habitat.

    A road may not seem like an obvious must-visit location on an adventure holiday, but the Icefields Parkway is no ordinary stretch of highway. Linking the national parks of Banff and Jasper, the road passes through some of the most spectacular scenery you are ever likely to see. Take the 143-mile journey along the Parkway and you will pass mountains, canyons and forests, together with the spectacular Athabasca Falls and beautiful Peyto Lake. You will also see a number of glaciers and will even have the opportunity to stop off at Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefield in order to enjoy a walk or tour in a specially-adapted snow coach.

    If your idea of an exciting day out is to go white water rafting, you will want to make the time to visit Kicking Horse River during your Western Canada tours. Situated in Yoho National Park, this river is every bit as fearsome as its name suggests, so tackling the rapids is not for the faint hearted - but if you do test yourself on them, it is likely to be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. At least the meadows, forests and waterfalls in the surrounding area will provide you with somewhere peaceful to recover from your rafting.

    There is no shortage of spectacular scenery and tranquil places in British Columbia's national parks, but some of the provincial parks are also worth visiting. Head to Wells Gray and you will discover a spot that feels as peaceful as you could possibly imagine - the shores of Clearwater Lake. The lake is overlooked by conifer forests and the Cariboo Mountains, giving the impression it is completely cut off from civilisation. There are some great places for camping in Canada on its shoreline, while you may also enjoy canoeing on the lake. While visiting Wells Gray Provincial Park, you should also make time to see Helmcken Falls - the fourth highest waterfall in Canada - on Murtle River.

    Western Canada tours don't all have to be about escaping into the wilderness and trying your hand at exhilarating outdoor pursuits. Canada is home to some of the world's most cosmopolitan cities and you are sure to want to visit British Columbia's largest metropolis, Vancouver. Here you can enjoy a little more adventure by crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge and looking down to the river 230ft below. If you feel you have had enough exhilaration during your time exploring the mountains, forests and glaciers, you will find plenty of more laidback ways to enjoy your return to civilisation. Vancouver has lots of nightlife to try, with the variety of bars and clubs on offer in Gastown and the Granville Entertainment District meaning you are sure to find somewhere to suit you.

    TrekAmerica's adventure tours of USA, Canada and Mexico are aimed at travellers aged 18-38. TrekAmerica's Grand American Adventures offers similar trips aimed at travellers of all ages, including families.


  • For Media and Press Enquiries please contact:

    Michelle Smithson, Senior Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227
    Email: michelle@fredquarters.co.uk

    Amy Jackson, Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227
    Email: amy@fredquarters.co.uk

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