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National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound

  • 15 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GANCUR

Vancouver's North Coast Mountains are just the appetizer for this journey from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Beginning in beautiful Vancouver, travellers will hit the ocean in search of whales before heading east into the enveloping mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper National Parks, where sulphur springs, canoeing expeditions and glaciers older than time abound. And since we camp out most nights, you're guaranteed maximum natural contact at a minimal price. The Great Outdoors-now all yours.

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Day 1 Vancouver

Arrive at any time.

Arrive to our joining hotel at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.

Day 2 Victoria (1L)

Discover Vancouver on a brief orientation with your CEO. In the afternoon, ferry over to the island and hit the pubs in Victoria.

In the morning discover Vancouver with a brief orientation with your CEO. It is the city that has it all: natural beauty and cosmopolitan flair. Set between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains, it has a harmonious blend of nature and urban living. Gardens, parks, and beaches are as common here as heritage buildings, restaurants, and theaters. While maintaining the laid-back attitude of North America's West Coast, Vancouver has managed to build an international spirit. As the third largest city in Canada, it shares an ethnic diversity and multicultural flavor with the rest of the country. It's young, lively, and the jumping-off point for many spectacular outdoor activities. Then take the ferry to the Capital City of British Columbia, Victoria. It has a well-earned reputation for its myriad of beautiful flower gardens, lush green shrubbery and wide variety of fantastic trees of every kind, size and shape. Canada's ‘Garden City' is surrounded by sparkling ocean and splendid mountain views and from May to September the downtown streets are brightened by the over-flowing baskets of flowers hanging from classic antique lampposts. Take a stroll around the city with your guide to get familiar with your surroundings before you can enjoy the evening on your own. Approximate Distance: 65 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (includes the ferry and Vancouver/Victoria city guides)

Day 3-4 Tofino (2B, 1L, 2D)

Embark on a half-day Zodiac tour for marine wildlife viewing. Opt for a walk in Pacific Rim NP through the rainforest and along the beach.

Enjoy a morning on the island then grab lunch at the famous Old Country Market in Coombs. For over thirty years, the Old Country Market in Coombs has been home to a famous group of grass grazing animals - the goats on the roof. Come by this beloved Vancouver Island attraction near Parksville, British Columbia. In the afternoon, drive to Tofino just in time for sunset. Approximate Distance: 325 km Estimated Travel Time to Tofino: 10 hrs (includes stops and lunch at Old Country Market in Coombs)

Day 5-6 Whistler (2B, 1L, 1D)

Stroll the trails beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan PP. Opt for a morning hike or explore the streets of the ski town of Whistler.

Half-day Zodiac Tour. Your excursion takes you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery, and wildlife such as Gray whales, sea lions, seals, porpoise and Killer whales. The area is also known for its variety of sea birds, including tufted puffins, and the numbers of resident bald eagles. In the evening return to camp.

Day 7-8 Wells Gray Provincial Park (2B, 2L, 2D)

Relax and take a dip at Green Lake PP. Visit Helmcken Falls, a waterfall three times the height of Niagara. Full-day canoeing excursion in the Canadian wilderness and an evening barbecue.

In the morning drive to MacMillan Provincial Park. Cathedral Grove, located in the Provincial Park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Here you can stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas-fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world - some more than 800 years old. Taking a ferry to Vancouver is an exciting part of the adventure of getting here. B.C. Ferries offers an outstanding service that travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world! Arrive in Whistler late afternoon. Approximate Distance to MacMillan PP: 150 km ; Approximate Distance MacMillan PP to Whistler: 200 km Estimated Travel Time to Whistler: 10 hrs (includes stops, hike to MacMillan PP and ferry to Vancouver)

Day 9-10 Jasper National Park (2B, 2L, 2D)

Take in sights of the immense Mount Robson. Visit Spahats Creek Falls, and hike the trails around the Maligne Canyon.

In the morning opt to hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Whistler area. This single-track trail leads through fields crowded with blueberry bushes and graced by a grove of old-growth cedars near the summit of Cougar Mountain. Along the way, spot lichen, skunk cabbage, devil's club and towering 900-year-old Douglas-fir trees. In the afternoon enjoy some free time to explore fascinating Whistler on your own.

Day 11-12 Icefields Parkway/Lake Louise (2B, 2L, 2D)

Visit beautiful Peyto Lake, and stop at Columbia Icefield. Opt to take the snow coach up the Icefields Parkway. Marvel at the phenomenal Takakkaw Falls, swim in Emerald Lake, and go for an optional rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River.

Today you can relax at one of the best lakes in Caribou Country. Green Lake in Green Lake Provincial Park is wide and shallow, fed by two small creeks, lake-bottom springs, and upland runoff. Since its outlet only functions in high-water periods, there's lots of time for algae and other micro-organisms to form: hence the lake's greenish hue and its name. The area around Green Lake is fairly abundant with moose and deer, and black bear, coyote, squirrels and marmots are also present. Enjoy swimming in the lake. Our adventure then continues to Wells Gray PP. Wells Gray Country is a spectacular, pure wilderness area. Known as a world-class destination for Wild Flowers, kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding, it is a must stop on any tour of British Columbia. Within Wells Gray Park, experience the stunning vistas of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones, brooding old-growth forests and raging white-water rivers. Take in the landscapes, forests, wildlife and human heritage of Wells Gray, often known as ‘The Waterfall Park'. End the day with a BBW at the campsite. Approximate Distance to Green Lake PP: 285 km ; Approximate Distance Green Lake PP to Wells Gray PP: 165 km Estimated Travel Time to Wells Gray PP: 10 hrs (includes stops and lunch at Green Lake PP)

Day 13 Yoho National Park/Banff National Park (1B, 1L)

Hike the Six Glacier Trail or to the Agnes Lake Tea House. In the evening, relax in a hot spring.

Enjoy the sounds, sights and serenity of countless impressive cascades, torrents and rapids; including world-famous Helmcken Falls, a waterfall three times the height of Niagara as you take a full day canoeing in the Canadian Wilderness! View more spectacular waterfalls such as Dawson Falls on your way back to the Ranch. Enjoy a nice dinner around the campfire before you crawl in your sleeping bag, dreaming of the next fascinating destination!

Day 14 Banff National Park/Calgary (1B, 1L)

Discover the town, view wildlife, take a gondola ride or hike a mountain for spectacular views. Check out Calgary on a short orientation drive.

In the morning hike Trophy Mountain, and check out Spahats Creek Falls. The trail passes several small streams before breaking out into the open expanses of the sub-alpine meadow. In July and August, the endless saves of vibrant-colored wildflowers make this one of them most popular hikes in the area. On our way to Jasper National Park we stop at Mount Robson Provincial Park, the second oldest park in British Columbia's park system, is truly one of the world's crown jewels. The mountain for which the park is named guards the park's western entrance. At 3,954 meters, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, towers over the lesser surrounding peaks; winter or summer, this is one of the finest views in the Rocky Mountains. Also, check out Overlander Falls, before heading on to Jasper. Approximate Distance: 380 km Estimated Travel Time: 10 hrs (includes a walk to Spahats Creek Falls and stops)

Day 15 Calgary

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Today visit Maligne Canyon, one of Jasper's most spectacular landmarks. Eroded by the fast-flowing Maligne River for thousands of years, it is only one meter (three feet) across in some places, but over 60 meters (200 feet) deep. Take a self-guided interpretive trail with several bridges, which follows the canyon as it courses towards the Athabasca River. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the canyon and with a little luck Maligne Canyon can tun into a Wildlife Wonderland!

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  • Trip Style: 18-35s, Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Camping
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

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Entrance fees to all national and provincial parks with walking and hiking excursions. Gondola to Sulphur Mountain in Banff. Stop at Columbia Icefield. Visit to hot springs in the Rocky Mountains. Full-day canoe tour in Wells Gray Provincial Park. Half-day Zodiac tour including whale watching. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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