CANADIAN PARKS WEST

19 days from

Canadian Parks West
DEPARTS VANCOUVER to VANCOUVER
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

The name pretty much sums it up. Five National and Provincial Parks all dazzle with the mind-blowing good looks you'd expect from the Canadian Rockies and the rugged coastal beauty of Vancouver Island. Throw in a unique overnight wilderness canoe trip and the chance to spot bears, whales and go whitewater rafting for a whole bunch of larger than life experiences

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
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation
  • All accommodation - 18 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 US$8-$75
  • > Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff US$35
  • > Bike rental in Stanley Park US$10-$65
  • > Extreme zipline course in Whistler US$110-$130
  • > Zodiac Bear & Wildlife Adventure US$95
  • > Zodiac whale watching adventure US$95-$125
  • > Sea kayaking in Tofino US$75-$90
  • > Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River US$85-$130
  • > Scenic glacier flight, Banff US$265
  • > Canoeing on Lake Louise US$45 per hour
  • > Sulphur Mountain hot springs, Banff US$7
  • > Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway US$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.

Itinerary Update for 2015 Departures

Please note from 01/01/2015 this tour will operate in both directions, beginning in either Vancouver or Calgary and finishing in the opposite to the joining city. The tour will become a 17 day tour as the loop through the Okanagan Valley will be removed. To read more click here >

  • Day 1: Vancouver & Okanagan Valley

    Heading straight out from Vancouver we head for the Okanagan valley packing orchards, vineyards and nigh on every outdoor pursuit going. Welcome to the wilds of Canada!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 2-3: Yoho National Park

    View the alpine meadows of Mt. Revelstoke en route to the wonder of Yoho National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Hike among the mirrored lakes, grizzled peaks and some of Canada's highest waterfalls. Visit the impressive glacial Emerald Lake with incredible postcard vistas and hike to see the stunning Takakkaw Falls. Or, for the truly adventurous, raft the aptly named Kicking Horse River. Yoho offers some true gems of the Rockies.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4-6: Banff National Park

    Explore show-stopping trails with picturesque switchbacks, chiselled canyons and mirrored lakes, and even hover above by helicopter for a bird's-eye view. One dunk in the hot springs and a drink or two later, you'll be sleeping like a log.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 7: Calgary

    This one-time Mountie outpost sure mixes it up. Socialise with the student contingent, embrace the frontier feel in spit-and-sawdust saloons or hang out at the world's biggest public skate park.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8: Lake Louise

    A nickname like the "gem of the Rockies" is a lot to live up to, but it's no sweat for Lake Louise. The imposing chateau looks on as mountains cluster round the turquoise surface. As for you, well, you could always hike out to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers or inspect the scene by paddle power on an optional canoe trip.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9-10: Jasper National Park

    The widescreen scenery keeps on coming. The Icefields Parkway provides a peach of a drive through panoramic views of endless valleys, sheer ridges, glaciers and spruce forests - truly one of the world's ultimate and most rewarding drives. Jasper's wildlife puts up a fight for your attention too; the sharp-eyed may glimpse grizzlies, wolves or caribou so keep your camera at the ready. This sprawling natural expanse offers hiking and biking trails through the most spectacular scenery that the Canadian Rockies offers.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 11-12: Wells Grey Provincial Park

    Life jacket, paddle, sense of adventure? Drive through secluded Wells Gray to the end of the road and our awaiting canoes, where we overnight on the shores of Clearwater Lake for an epic adventure. Nature surely never felt closer than on this included outback canoe trip. A unique and unforgettable experience!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 13-14: Whistler

    Off the lake and on to the Fraser River Valley - British Columbia's gold country. Whistler although famous as a winter ski and snow board destination and the site of the alpine and Nordic venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It is surrounded by mountains which gives the town such a beautiful back drop. Get on your bike, fly through the air on a zipline or hit the hiking paths; Whistler's got way more to offer than just snow!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 15-17: Tofino & Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island

    After a scenic ferry ride to Vancouver Island, we head to Pacific Rim National Park for a true wilderness experience. Have your cameras at the ready on our optional whale watching or bear watching cruise, take advantage of an upgrade to soak in some steamy natural hot springs or maybe try sea kayaking between secluded coves. As well as being great for wildlife, there are some surrounding trails which offer incredible views. Check out the massive cedars, Douglas fir trees and big maples that are still growing strong after 1500 years and measure up to 13 metres around!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 18: Victoria, Vancouver Island

    Founded in 1843 as a Hudson Bay Company trading post, Victoria is one of the prettiest cities in Western Canada and its historic sites, shopping, museums and pubs are perfect for a relaxing night. Try and catch the Parliament building lit up at night, you can never bring back too many photos.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 19: Vancouver

    Head back to the city with prime vistas escorting us right into Vancouver. With its stunning combination of mountains and coastline, the city boasts outstanding views. We take a scenic drive through Stanley Park, a 4,000-hectare green wonderland. See the authentic totem poles erected in the 1920's and buy some moreish maple sugar candies. Stop by Prospect Point, a scenic lookout where you gaze out at spectacular views of Lion's Gate Bridge, North Vancouver and West Vancouver before the end of the road and an awesome trip.

    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 1st or 8th July 2014 departure


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  • > Prices below are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight inclusive quote

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.

Itinerary Update: Please note from 01/01/2015 this tour will operate in both directions, beginning in either Vancouver or Calgary and finishing in the opposite to the joining city. The tour will become a 17 day tour as the loop through the Okanagan Valley will be removed.



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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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