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ELEY
Glaciers and Grizzlies Plus

Incredible tour of the rockies packed into 11 days

Reviewed September 2018

Glaciers & Grizzlies has been my fourth solo travel tour (second with Trek America) and I can’t recommend them enough. We only had 24 people sign up to the trip so they split us into two groups of 12 and we were in a mini bus rather than a full sized coach. I didn’t mind this at all as it’s nice to be in a slightly smaller group and helps with getting to know everyone as well as possible in a short space of time.

Michelle was a fabulous tour leader and had exceptional knowledge of the wildlife and areas we visited during the tour, never a question unanswered!

This was one of the most picturesque tours I’ve done and the beautiful lakes and mountains did not disappoint. We were very lucky and got to see a black bear and a moose! Depending on the time of year you visit, I would say to lower your expectations on seeing wildlife so if you do spot any it’s always a bonus and much more exciting!

The only downfall of the tour was not keeping in sync with the other group despite doing the same activities day to day. This meant we couldn’t get to know them as well and when we did end up in places at the same time there was a slight divide between the two groups. I did my best to socialise with everyone where possible so the trip is entirely what you make it :)

I would 100% recommend the zip lining optional extra in Whistler, it was amazing!

I’ll be back very soon Canada!

DAVID M.B
Glaciers and Grizzlies Plus

Fantastic tour guide, although sometimes poorly organised

Reviewed September 2018

This was my first trek, and, overall it was an incredible experience and I have some lasting memories and have made some lifelong friends.

Strong points:
- Incredibly fun
- Great value for money
- New experiences
- Interesting knowledge that you would never have found out if you self drove/ explored.

What could have been better:
- The trip consisted of 2 separate tour buses, 12 members each. Unfortunately, me and my girlfriend were separated into different vans. Thankfully we managed to swap so we were in the same van, however it is not clear on the website what the arrangements would be on the van.
- Despite being told that the two vans would be together and basically undergoing the exact same tour, the other van's tour guide was in his first year, and thus had numerous issues which caused them to completely derail from the daily planned activities. This was nobodies fault but his, and meant that we did not bond with half of the tour members

As mentioned above, there were a few hiccoughs which I guess is to be expected. My tour guide (Michelle) made our tour absolutely incredible, and I am so grateful for all the good times we had because of her willingness to make our tour great, her knowledge of Canada and her unwavering passion.

sargentalisha_141211
Glaciers and Grizzlies Plus

Epic Honeymoon with amazing people and views

Reviewed August 2018

We took part in two tours almost back to back - Glaciers & Grizzlies and Mountain Trail in July/Aug 2018 for our honeymoon. I struggle to find the words to explain how much fun we had. It was the most fantastic experience. We loved every minute of it. We got to do a mixture of lodging and camping and highly recommend both. We saw some epic sights with absolutely incredible people. Our tour leaders Tyler and Nick really made our trips the best with their friendships, enthusiasm, knowledge and just all round being great guys. We have made life long friends who we look forward to catching up with somewhere else along the line.
Trip highlights: Zip line in Whistler, Whitewater rafting in Golden, Lake Louise hike, Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Park, Hummer cruise in Moab, Utah, Tetons, Grand Canyon and to finish our grand adventure - living it up hard in Las Vegas with a party bus, seeing a show and throwing some money around at the many casinos!!
Going back to work has been rough but I now think of the money for our next adventure!
We would highly recommend Trek America to anyone!

Emma C.
Glaciers and Grizzlies Plus

The Best Trip of my life

Reviewed July 2018

This was my very first Trek that I did and I had no idea what to expect. It was the most amaizing experience I ever had. I pushed myself to do things that I would never do thanks to Jen. Jen was an amaizing tour leader. She took us to the most amazing spots and made us laugh so much. She told us a lot of information like Pine beetles and fires that had happened and why things were named after what they were named. I had an amazing group and I will miss the girls and one guy. Will definitely do another Trek.

NICOLE D.
Glaciers and Grizzlies Plus

Best Adventure in a Beautiful Country

Reviewed November 2017

My Glaciers & Grizzlies trip was utterly incredible! I loved this tour as it showed us so many incredible places in west Canada. Highlights for me were exploring Suplhur mountain in Banff, walking on the Athabasca Glacier and zip lining in Whistler. The additional activities were great fun and I budgeted to do the majority of these which if possible I do recommend as they were so much fun.

My tour group was 11 in size so we travelled in a minibus with our tour leader. This is a slightly smaller group than usual for a Plus tour but I really liked having this sized group. We got on well and we had the freedom to do what we wanted also in free time.

There is a fair bit of driving involved but for me I was happy to just sit and look out the window at the gorgeous views. Also our Trek Leader kept us excited with fun and unusual stops along the way which were off the usual routes.

Our tour leader was great fun, really knowledgeable and very organised so the whole trip went brilliantly and for me staying in the hotels with a room mate was definitely the preferred accommodation. I am not a fan of camping and so the hotels were a comfortable place to stay. Having a roommate for the tour also meant you got to know someone in the tour group a bit better as well.

Laura J
Glaciers and Grizzlies Plus

Most amazing, beautiful fun place I have ever been!

Reviewed October 2017

Canada is my favourite place I have ever visited; it's truly beautiful with lots of hidden gems. The mountains never get boring and each lake is amazing to look at , no two are the same and you get to visit some of the best ones- Louise, Emerald, Morraine. We visited lots of places - hot springs, towns, Maligne Canyon, Othello tunnels and on the longer bus rides it was split off with stopoffs to see coool places on the way so it didn't seem a long time. In each place we would get abit of free time to explore so you could always check out the things you wanted to see.

White water rafting and ziplining are amazing and so worth doing and there were lots of opportunities for hiking, shopping and of course nights out if you wanted to. My favourite night out was Banff with karaoke but they were all brilliant. Make sure you try to get involved, we had 44 people on our trip and everyone was really friendly. Alot of days I would literally drift between talking to different people,I was travelling alone but it was easy to mix with everyone. The last evening everyone had pizzas in the olympic plaza in Whistler which was amazing followed by a night out.Great end to the trip.

Our tour leader was called Dustin and he was amazing. He talked to everyone, knew answers to all the questions and was a great laugh. He brought lots of fun to the trip and everyone loved him and our bus drivrR Ian.

The accomodation was pretty good, shared in twos and as a three in Whistler. Most the trip you stay with one roomate, but you can swap, we did as some of us wanted to stay out later some nights than others. It was really warm when we went (trip started 2nd september) i took too much for cold weather though some evenings and early mornings were chilly. I wish i had took a few more shorts and vest tops. Also take some evening options, nothing too dressy, mainly a nice top and shorts or skirt or jeans. I would take things you can wear for different times (day/night) and stuff you can layer up so you aren't filling your case with lots of extras you don't need. We left 9/10ish each morning and most places had laundry though I had enough clothes to last out.

I would advise staying an extra night or two either night of the trip. Some of us met before and visIted the Capilano Suspension Bridge and cycled Stanley Park. It was good to have met some people already before the trip began. I also went whale watching after the trip and saw orcas but i wish i had an extra day or two, Vancouver is amazing and there is load to do. Definately plan before going what you want to do in the time you have and the Suspension bridge you can buy a ticket online which lasts a year! Also from the Accent inn you can get the shuttle bus to the skytrain which was useful for getting around and also to the airport.

Unfortunately we did not see any bears, i don't think the forest fires helped but we saw elk a few times which was cool and chipmunks, pikas and mountain goats and some people saw a racoon and eagle. Don't expect to see bears or moose, the trip should probably change its name as we got told by quite alot of canadians we would be very lucky if we actually saw any .

I would say definately hike up to the tea house at Lake Louise, the view is amazing and do white water rafting and ziplining.

I would recommend this trip to anyone, it's totally fantastic. Travelling solo was fine, i was really scared before going but it was alot easier than i thought it would be. Everyone was really friendly, and there were about five couples and few group of friends but most people were solo. The rockies are spectacular you cannot beat them . Definately book this it is an awsome trip you won't regret. I would 100% go on another trek but Canada will be hard to top!

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