CANADIAN PARKS WEST

17 days from

Canadian Parks West
DEPARTS VANCOUVER to CALGARY
Tour code:
CNP
Tour type:
Original
Group size:
Max. 13
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. We've also thrown in an overnight wilderness canoe trip, a bear viewing cruise from remote Tofino and the chance to explore the rugged coastal beauty of Vancouver Island. With the chance to spot whales and go white-water 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)
  • Bear viewing cruise from remote and picturesque Tofino
  • 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 and provincial 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)
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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 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!

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 most popular activities for this trip which can be arranged via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • > Mountain biking - Jasper CAD$8-$75
  • > Aerial gondola/tramway - Banff CAD$40
  • > Extreme zip line course - Whistler CAD$119-$199
  • > Zodiac wildlife adventure - Tofino CAD$99
  • > Zodiac whale watching adventure - Tofino CAD$95-$129
  • > Sea kayaking - Tofino CAD$75-$90
  • > White water rafting - Kicking Horse River CAD$95-$170
  • > Scenic glacier flight - Banff CAD$195 or $325
  • > Canoeing - Lake Louise CAD$65 per hour
  • > Sulphur Mountain hot springs - Banff CAD$8
  • > Guided glacier walk - Icefields Parkway CAD$80
  • > Miette hot springs - Jasper CAD$7
  • > Horseback riding - Banff CAD$65
Tour Itinerary

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 to Victoria

    After a scenic ferry ride over to Vancouver Island, you'll be welcomed to British Columbia's `City of Gardens', where the intrepid outdoor type will feel right at home. With a rugged, beautiful shoreline and a relaxed way of life, there's no surprise people never want to leave. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city with your tour leader. Try to catch the Parliament Buildings lit up at night before deciding which restaurant you're going to devour some freshly caught seafood from.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3-5: Tofino/Pacific Rim National Park

    Tofino is a picture perfect place that will 'wow' even the most discerning travellers with its stunning beaches, lined with towering cedar trees, that measure up to 13 metres round. Watch out for 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 but an included bear viewing cruise is a pretty good place. You may wish to follow this up with an optional whale 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 with a few days in Tofino, you'll soon see why.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 6-7: Whistler

    Surrounded by mountains, Whistler's 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 zip line 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've 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

    An abundance of wildlife such as Grizzlies, wolves and caribou make it the perfect place to get at one with nature. Your tour leader will guide you on the Athabasca Falls/Maligne Canyon hike from teahouse to the 4th Bridge but biking your way round this epic national park is also great way to see it, so what are you waiting for?
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12-13: Yoho National Park

    The drive to Jasper will blow your mind as you cruise along the Icefields Parkway. 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. 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 how it got its name. Embrace your wild side with some white-water rafting down the aptly named Kicking Horse River which offers some of the best rapids in the world. The scenery will continue to impress as you come across Takakkaw Falls, falling from the mountains to the valley below. The vistas keep on coming as you lay eyes on the incredible Emerald Lake with its glacial hues and forest backdrop. Your leader will guide you on the Wapta Falls & Emerald Loop Trail to explore the best of Yoho.
    Accommodation: Camping included

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

    The `Gem of the Rockies' is up next and boy are you in for a treat! You can expect great things on a trip to Lake Louise, blue skies and even bluer waters. The water is always a little chilly, so a swim might not be an option, but you can always rent a canoe from the Lake Louise Boathouse and surround yourself with the beautiful scenery instead. Once you've stopped gawking at the incredible scenery, we suggest taking a hike out to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers where you'll be able to see the blue lake hues from above.

    Banff is Canada's oldest national park and it's definitely up there with the best national parks in the world. Your leader will guide you on the Johnston Canyon to Lower Falls & Moraine Lakeshore Trail for amazing scenic views. Whether you explore Banff by car, bike, canoe or snowshoe you'll 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 plus a drink or two later and you'll sleep like a log.
    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. With the epic Rocky Mountain Range as the city's backdrop, Calgary is a pretty awesome place to be.

    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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  • Pay your balance in instalments over the phone or via the website
  • Pay your final balance 8 weeks before departure
  • No additional fees if you choose to pay by credit card
  • We hold ABTA & ATOL licenses offering financial security for your tour

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.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote.
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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: From per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: From per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Ramada Downtown Calgary

CALGARY - RAMADA DOWNTOWN
The hotel is an easy walking distance to local attractions and entertainment and complete with a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool.

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    Full room: From per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

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

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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

We recommend you take out travel insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed.

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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