10 days from
- Trek Code:
- Budget Lodging
- Age Range:
- > See the sights of Vancouver & Whistler
- > Hike or bike the national parks of Jasper & Banff
- > Search for wildlife including Black Bear
This jam-packed ten day tour takes you to the best of Western Canada. Discover the wonders of Banff, Jasper and Glacier National Parks, not forgetting the equally stunning Wells Gray Provincial Park. Explore the likes of Vancouver and Whistler for a more cosmopolitan adventure. This tour will certainly fulfil your need for adventure and outdoor pursuits as well as revealing what a varied and amazing country Canada is!
To celebrate the launch of our shiny new 2016/17 brochure we're offering 10% off all tours departing in 2016. Simply book before 31st October to snap up a bargain (subject to availability). See "Dates and Prices" tab for all discounts (discount applies to new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other promotional offer except "Frequent Trekkers Club" discounts).
- Amazing views from Jasper Skytram
- Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs in Banff
- Incredible hiking trails and picture-postcard views
- Wells Gray Provincial Park
- Lake Louise - `Gem of the Rockies'
- Chance to spot Grizzly Bear, wolves & caribou
- Incredible national parks - Wells Gray, Jasper, Banff/Lake Louise & Glacier
- Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
- All transportation by private adventure vehicle
- All accommodation - 8 hostel & 1 guest ranch bunkhouse nights
We use hostel style accommodation on the Canadian BLT. Hostel nights are generally arranged on a single sex, multi-share basis sleeping 4 to 6 people per room but in Jasper the group will share one large room with other travellers. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed. A sleeping bag is not required on this trip.
Our Canadian BLT Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.
New Trek Tips for 2016 will be available soon. (Adobe Acrobat is required to read this pdf)
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Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world, aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.
Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!
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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!
There are loads of exciting optional activities 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. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change.
- > Mountain biking - Jasper CAD$8-$75
- > Aerial gondola/tramway - Banff CAD$40
- > Bike rental in Stanley Park - Vancouver CAD$10-$65
- > Extreme zip-line course - Whistler CAD$119-$199
- > Scenic glacier flight - Banff CAD$125-$290
- > Canoeing - Lake Louise CAD$65 per hour
- > Guided glacier walk - Icefields Parkway CAD$80
- > Horseback riding - Wells Gray CAD$55
- > Rollerblading in Stanley Park - Vancouver CAD$10-$40
As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.
Day 1-2: Vancouver & Whistler
Depart Vancouver and join Western Canada's mecca for thrill-seekers - get on your bike, zip-line through the trees or take an amazing scenic glacier flight! The main draw to Whistler is the epic mountains coated in the white stuff, but Whistler is so much more than just snow! There's so many of hiking and biking trails around town, you won't know where to start. This truly is a beautiful place to start your Canadian adventure.
Accommodation: Hostel nights included
Day 3: Wells Grey Provincial Park
Wells Gray has something to offer every outdoor lover, from lush alpine meadows to excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities. If it's waterfalls you're after then you're in the right place, the stunning Helmcken Falls, a 141 meter waterfall on the Murtle River, is one of the 40 named waterfalls around the park. With beautiful meadows full of wildflowers and bear roaming freely around the park, Wells Gray is a Canadian wonderland just waiting for you and your Trek mates to explore! For the ultimate rustic experience, tonight you'll be staying within the park in an authentic guest ranch.
Accommodation: Guest ranch bunkhouse included (multi-share)
Day 4-5: Jasper National Park
Lose yourself in one of Canada's largest national parks, Jasper, where wildlife such as Grizzly Bear, wolves and caribou literally fight for your attention, making it the perfect place to be at one with nature. This sprawling natural expanse offers hiking and biking trails through some of the most spectacular scenery that the Canadian Rockies has to offer. One of the most scenic trails in the park is the hike to Maligne Canyon; cross bridges and follow the twisting river up through the deep limestone canyon for picture perfect views. Join your leader for a hike to Athabasca Falls; it might not be the highest waterfall you've ever seen, but the sheer power and amount of water is definitely worth checking out! One of the highlights has to be a walk in the Columbia Icefield Area, one of the most visited glaciers in Jasper. It won't take you long to see why, it's stunning!
Accommodation: Hostel nights included
Day 6-7: Banff National Park
The widescreen scenery keeps on coming your way. The Icefields Parkway provides panoramic views of endless valleys, sheer ridges, glaciers and spruce forests - truly one of the world's ultimate drives. Banff is Canada's oldest national park and it's definitely up there with the best in the world. Whether you explore Banff by car, bike, canoe or snowshoe you'll be left speechless by its endless beauty. With 1600 kilometres of trails, a town full of heritage and some incredible wildlife, you won't want to leave this mountain wonderland. Your leader will take you to Johnston Canyon, which is easily one of the national park's most popular day hikes. For more canyon action, enjoy a leisurely hike to Stewart Canyon for more stunning forest scenery. Before you leave be sure to spend some time relaxing in the local hot springs. After hiking all those trails your weary feet will thank you!
Accommodation: Hostel nights included
Day 8: Lake Louise
As soon as you lay eyes on Lake Louise you'll have no problem understanding why it was given the nickname, the `Gem of the Rockies'. The turquoise lake will have you pinching yourself in disbelief that somewhere could be this picture perfect. 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 walking to the far end of the lake on the Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail. Looking for something a little different? Ditch the hiking and jump in a canoe and get out on to the lake for a different perspective of Lake Louise and the surrounding mountains.
Accommodation: Hostel night included
Day 9: Glacier National Park & Kelowna
Return to British Columbia via Glacier National Park. A place for which we only have one word. spectacular! The aptly named national park has 26 glaciers dotted around, some of which you can see from the trails. The best way to see Glacier is to don your hiking boots and go for a walk - we're pretty sure you won't be disappointed! Take in the perfect alpine scenery and spot the awesome wildlife that lives in the park, from mountain goats that look like wise old men to the oh, so cute Columbian Mountain Squirrels. Finish this perfect day off with a few delicious glasses of the regions local wines in Kelowna.
Accommodation: Hostel night included
Day 10: Vancouver
Leave the great Canadian wilderness behind as you return to the hustle and bustle of city life in Vancouver. Surrounded by water and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and there are heaps of things for you to see and do here. If time is on your side and you're not quite ready to say goodbye to Canada, why not catch a ferry across to Vancouver Island for more spectacular scenery?
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
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For 8 or more travellers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic 'Trek' style of travel. Can't find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our traditional trips, or even create a bespoke itinerary. We will work with you to plan your adventure and with the benefit of our in depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your budgets and bucket lists!
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We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.
Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.
VANCOUVER - HAMPTON INN
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: per person per night Matched with another traveller of the same sex. Full room: per room per night Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.
TrekAmerica's 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. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.
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