CANADIAN PARKS WEST

17 days from

Canadian Parks West
DEPARTS VANCOUVER to CALGARY
Trek Code:
CNP
Destination:
Canada
Departs:
Jun-Aug
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Delve into the wilderness on an overnight canoe trip
  • > Hiking in the Canadian Rockies
  • > Sightsee in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria
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Tour 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 and the chance to explore the rugged coastal beauty of Vancouver Island. With the chance to spot bears, whales and go whitewater rafting, this 17 day tour is jam-packed full of larger than life experiences.

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Included Highlights
  • Overnight wilderness canoe trip (experience not necessary)
  • Picturesque Vancouver Island ferry
  • Incredible wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • Sightseeing in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria
  • Stunning glacial mirror lakes
  • Panoramic trails at Lake Louise
  • Hiking in Yoho National Park
  • Incredible National Parks - Yoho, Banff, Jasper Wells Gray and Pacific Rim
  • Travel the incredible Icefields Parkway
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation
  • All accommodation - 16 camping nights.
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

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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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

Optional Activities (paid locally)

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, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

  • > Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$8-$75
  • > Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$35
  • > Bike rental in Stanley Park CAD$10-$65
  • > Extreme zipline course in Whistler CAD$110-$130
  • > Zodiac Bear & Wildlife Adventure CAD$95
  • > Zodiac whale watching adventure CAD$95-$125
  • > Sea kayaking in Tofino CAD$75-$90
  • > Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River CAD$85-$130
  • > Scenic glacier flight, Banff CAD$265
  • > Canoeing on Lake Louise CAD$45 per hour
  • > Sulphur Mountain hot springs, Banff CAD$7
  • > Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$55
Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

  • Day 1-2: Vancouver & Victoria

    After a scenic ferry ride, you'll be welcomed to British Columbia's `City of Gardens', and the intrepid outdoor type should feel right at home. With a rugged and beautiful shoreline and a relaxed way of life, there is no surprise people never want to leave. Try to catch the Parliament building lit up at night before deciding which restaurant you are going to devour some freshly caught seafood from.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3-5: Tofino

    Tofino is a picture perfect place that will `wow' even the most discerning travellers with its stunning beach lined with towering cedars trees, that measure up to 13 metres around and the eagles that fly overhead and whales that swim just off shore. Tofino sounds great, right? With so many watery experiences to be had you won't know where to start with an optional whale or bear watching adventure or sea kayaking between secluded coves. In Tofino it's not just the abundance of amazing wildlife that will impress, there are some great hiking trails just waiting for you to explore. Canadians love to be outdoors and you will soon see why as you travel through this beautiful country.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 6-7: Whistler

    Surrounded by mountains, Whistler is an action lover's paradise, so be sure to make the most of the exciting and thrilling activities on offer. Grab your bike and hit the awesome mountain trails, fly through the air on a vertigo inducing zipline or hit the hiking paths, whatever you decide to do, adventure is well and truly alive in Whistler, so embrace it.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8-9: Wells Gray Provincial Park Overnight Wilderness Canoe Trip

    The stillness, silence and isolation go up another notch and with good reason. Experience the incredible vistas of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones and old growth forests. Hike to the stunning Helmcken Falls, a 141 meter waterfall on the Murtle River and one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Hopefully you packed your sense of adventure as an included overnight canoe trip delivers pure away-from-it-all escapism and a remote experience which is truly spectacular.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 10-11: Jasper National Park

    The drive to Jasper will blow your mind as you cruise along the Icefields Parkway and running parallel to the Continental Divide, you'll be hard pushed to find a more beautiful scene. Lose yourself in one of Canada's largest national parks, where wildlife such as grizzlies, wolves and caribou literally fight for your attention, making it the perfect place to get at one with nature. Hiking or biking your way round this epic national park is by far the best way to see it, so what are you waiting for?
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12-13: Yoho National Park

    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. Negotiate the rapids of the well-named Kicking Horse River which offers some of the best white water rafting in the world. The scenery will continue to impress as you come across Takakkaw Falls, falling from the mountains to the valley below and the vistas keep on coming as you lay eyes on the incredible Emerald Lake with its glacial hues and forest backdrop.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 14-16: Banff National Park/ Lake Louise

    Banff is Canada's oldest national park and it is definitely up there with the best national parks in the world. Whether you explore Banff by car, bike, canoe or snowshoe you will be left speechless by its endless beauty. Stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh mountain air on the show-stopping trails with mirrored lakes and chiselled canyons. One dunk in the hot springs and a drink or two later, you'll be sleeping like a log. Next up it's Lake Louise and with the nickname `gem of the Rockies' you can expect great things. 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 jumping in a canoe and getting out on to the lake for a different perspective of Lake Louise and her mountains.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 17: Calgary

    Welcome to Calgary! This one-time Mountie outpost is situated at the meeting of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province and with the epic Rocky Mountain Range as the cities backdrop, Calgary is a pretty awesome place to be. If you join one of our special departures you could be in town for the `Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth', the Calgary Stampede an annual rodeo that attracts thousands of visitors every year and is tons of fun.

    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.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

See the Calgary stampede in Canada
  • Visit the Calgary Stampede!
  • Rodeo shows, live music, and wacky food ensure an unforgettable day out. The world famous Calgary Stampede comes but once a year - so don't miss out.

    Book 17th June 2015 departure


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Essential Information

  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute CA$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.


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Private Departures

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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Tour Extras

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.

Hotels Before and After your tour

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.

Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport

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.

 

Book Flights

TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

Book Flights

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.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

Travel insurance

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.

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.


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