Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island - Reverse

Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island - Reverse

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Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island - Reverse

15 Days Starting in Vancouver and ending in Calgary

Visiting:

Vancouver

,

Tofino

,

Port Hardy

,

Bella Coola

,

Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park

,

Wells Gray Provincial Park

,

Jasper National Park Of Canada

,

Banff

,

Calgary

,

Banff National Park

,

Vancouver Island

,

Canadian Rockies

,

Jasper

,

Inside Passage

,

Peyto Lake

,

Stanley Park

,

Canmore

,

,

Rocky Mountains

,

Icefields Parkway

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

PWX

Group size:

6 - 13

Age range:

16 to 99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

The Canadian Rockies are incredible: rugged peaks, untouched fir forests and radiant glaciers interspersed with valleys rich with wildlife, from Black bears, to deer, moose and coyotes. Visit the unmissable sights of the Rockies and Lake Louise, as well as venturing far off the beaten track for a wilderness experience in Bella Coola and Tweedsmuir. Two dedicated Zodiac boat trips from Vancouver Island give us opportunities to spot bears and whales and get close to the wonderful nature this region is deservedly famous. A highlight is a ferry trip through the Inside Passage which reveals one of the richest marine habitats of the world.

Highlights

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    Zodiac tour to observe Orcas

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    Explore Jasper and Banff national parks

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    Unforgettable Inside Passage ferry journey spotting whales and birdlife

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    Bear viewing Zodiac tour in Tofino

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    Relax in Miette Hot Springs

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    See Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies

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    Drive along the stunning Icefields Parkway, one of the 'best drives in the world'

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    Visit remote Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and Bella Coola Valley

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    Many walks and hikes amongst stunning scenery

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    Endless wildlife viewing opportunities

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icon Day 1 : Start Vancouver

Location:

  Vancouver


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Moda Hotel (or similar)


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Welcome to one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in the world,
Vancouver. This cosmopolitan and diverse metropolis is a real contrast to the
rest of British Columbia, but always proves to be a highlight. A highlight
for many people is Stanley Park, a 400-hectare green wonderland where you can
see authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s or sit in one of the cafes and
enjoy a spot of people watching.

A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby, where you'll
meet your tour guide and fellow travellers.

icon Day 2 : Vancouver to Victoria

Location:

  Vancouver


Accommodation:

  Victoria Strathcona (or similar) 


Meals Included:

  No Meals


As you board the ferry to Vancouver Island and take in the amazing views
across the Salish Sea, your Canadian adventure is under way! You'll arrive in
Victoria, Vancouver Island's main city and the capital of British Columbia.
It's a remarkable mix of English Edwardian, First Nations and Chinese
architecture, and was home to the first Chinatown in Canada. Victoria is
well-known for being the ultimate place to spot Orcas so we have included a
zodiac tour to search for these magnificent mammals in their natural
environment. In the late afternoon we'll also enjoy a brief tour of the
city's highlights with free time for you to explore afterwards.

icon Day 3 : To Ucluelet near Tofino

Location:

  Tofino


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Meares Vista Inn (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Beaches, trails and rainforest await in the Pacific Rim - enjoy the scenery
and breathe in that fresh island air! We follow one of the most picturesque
and rugged coastal routes in British Columbia and keep an eye out for
wildlife whilst enjoying the bracing sea breeze. The afternoon is free to
enjoy as you wish with kayaking, hiking or the option to join a whale
watching boat trip. Our overnight location will be Ucluelet (pronounced
'Yew-Kloo-Let') which is our base for the next two nights. 

Optional activities:

* Zodiac whale watching adventure CAD $130 per half day
* Sea Kayaking CAD $130 per half day

icon Day 4 : Morning boat excursion to observe Black bears; afternoon free for optional activities

Location:

  Tofino


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Meares Vista Inn (or similar) 


Meals Included:

  Dinner


The west coast of Vancouver Island is well-known for its whale and bear
sightings. This morning we undertake a boat trip for a unique chance to
observe Black bears searching for crabs and clams on the rocky beaches near
Tofino. Experienced on-board guides know the area in depth, and we may even
be lucky enough to spot whales on this tour. The afternoon is free to enjoy
another optional activity - try a zodiac whale watching boat trip, sea
kayaking, or discover the many hiking trails in this area (see previous day
for guideline prices)

icon Day 5 : Scenic drive via Cathedral Grove, to Port Hardy

Location:

  Port Hardy


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  North Shore Inn (or similar) 


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Leaving the west coast of Vancouver Island we drive north through some
incredibly scenic areas. We'll make a stop at Cathedral Grove, where there
are many trails which meander through the Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Grand
Fir and Western Red Cedar trees. Our destination today is Port Hardy,
Vancouver Island's most northerly town. Port Hardy was named after
Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, former captain of HMS Victory, and
is the gateway to the amazing stretch of water known as the Inside Passage.

icon Day 6 : Ferry via the Inside Passage to Bella Coola

Location:

  Bella Coola


Accommodation:

  Bella Coola Mountain Lodge (or similar)


Meals Included:

  No Meals


An absolute delight for wildlife lovers, the Inside Passage offers one of the
most amazing ferry journeys in the whole of North America, with everything
from frozen fjords to forest-covered hillsides flanking your route. The
journey involves taking a 10-hour direct ferry and the scenery is simply
spectacular: towering, forest-clad peaks surround the deep fjords and those
with a keen eye can often spot Bald eagles and bears. The Inside Passage also
supports one of the world's richest marine environments and it may be
possible to see Grey whales, Orcas, Pacific White Sided and occasionally
Humpback whales. The remoteness of the Inside Passage is its most stunning
feature; this area is largely inaccessible by road and the tiny communities
that spread along it rely on boats for transportation. 

icon Day 7 : Bella Coola

Location:

  Bella Coola


Accommodation:

  Bella Coola Mountain Lodge (or similar)


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Bella Coola is located at the point where the Bella Coola River joins with
the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean. Here, amongst the lush valley bottoms and
snow-capped peaks, some of the largest Grizzly bear in the world reside and
this little community is gaining a reputation as one of the best places to
spot them in British Columbia. The best time of year to view Grizzly bear is
from the middle of August to the end of September as this is when they
descend from the mountains to catch salmon in the rivers and eat berries. In
season, it's possible to join an optional excursion in search of Grizzly
bear. Outside of bear season there's a selection of excellent hikes on offer
and plenty of optional activities, such as fishing and wildlife viewing.

Optional activities:

• Grizzly bear watching (mid Aug - end of Sept) CAD$195

• Wildlife Rafting tour CAD$100

icon Day 8 : Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

Location:

  Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park


Accommodation:

  Chilcotin's Waterfront Resort & Motel(or similar) - multi share*


Meals Included:

  Dinner


Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is completely off the radar for most tour groups,
despite being named as British Columbia's most beautiful park. It was named
after the 15th Governor General of Canada, Baron Tweedsmuir, who travelled
extensively throughout the area by float plane and horseback. The park has
varied landscapes on offer, and you can expect to come face to face with
rugged mountains, deep lush valleys and spectacular ocean fjords. A healthy
population of Grizzly and Black bear exists throughout the park, as well as
elk, deer, moose and coyote; it is possible to see any of these whilst
visiting Tweedsmuir. Wildlife aside, the colours of the mountains combined
with the flora and the wilderness feel will ensure that Tweedsmuir is a park
that you'll remember. 

Our overnight location for the next two nights is on picturesque Nimpo Lake,
a popular lake for fly fishing that supports an eclectic mix of wildlife.
This area has very basic facilities but is extremely beautiful and off the
tourist trail.

Please note: due to the remote nature of this property, some cabins will be
more basic than others, often with shared bathroom facilities with a capacity
of two to four people maximum. 

icon Day 9 : Tweedsmuir Provincial Park 

Location:

  Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park


Accommodation:

  hilcotin's Waterfront Resort & Motel (or similar) - multi share


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


We have a full day free to explore Tweedsmuir Provincial Park today. There
are different hikes that can be done in the area, at Mt. Kappan, near Anahim
Lake or at Rando Burnt Ridge, or you can simply enjoy the resort at Nimpo
Lake.

icon Day 10 : Wells Gray Provincial Park

Location:

  Wells Gray Provincial Park


Accommodation:

  Clearwater Lodge (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch


Our travels continue to Clearwater, the gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park
where we can discover the parks forest trails and bewitching waterfalls.


icon Day 11 : Views of Mount Robson; to Jasper National Park

Location:

  Jasper National Park Of Canada


Accommodation:

  Pocahontas Cabins (or similar)


Meals Included:

  No Meals


As the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson is a stunning
sight. Pause to take in over 3,000m (10,000 ft.) of snow-capped loveliness.
We have the option to hike at Kinney Lake, located in the Mount Robson
Provincial Park. A visit to Miette Hot Springs is included, to relax your
muscles at the end of the day. Our overnight location will be around forty
minutes out of town, in Jasper National Park.

icon Day 12 : Jasper National Park

Location:

  Jasper National Park Of Canada


Accommodation:

  Pocahontas Cabins (or similar)


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Jasper is much quieter and less developed than Banff, which means it is much
easier to escape the crowds and spend the day getting to know the national
park and its surroundings. There are several options for today. We
recommend taking the SkyTram and walking to the summit, which provides
fantastic views over the Canadian Rockies. Alternatively, there are various
hikes at Mount Edith Cavell including a short hike in the alpine meadows with
chances to see caribou, and from where you'll enjoy spectacular views of
Angel Glacier, a beautiful hanging glacier in the shape of angel wings.

Optional activities:

* SkyTram cable car CA$50
* Float trip on the Athabasca River CA$70

icon Day 13 : Drive along Icefields Parkway to Banff

Location:

  Banff


Accommodation:

  Charltons Banff (or similar)


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Brace yourself, as this morning we travel on one of the most famous and
beautiful drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway. This spectacular road
traverses the Rockies, running parallel to the Continental Divide. Mountain
passes, glaciers and high peaks are some of the many scenic highlights and
there are opportunities to see elk, caribou, bears, Bighorn Sheep and goats,
which often graze on the vegetation found at the roadside. We stop at all of
the 'must see' sights, including Bow Summit and Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and
Crowfoot Glacier. There is the option to enjoy a guided glacier walk along
the way.

Optional activities:

* Guided glacier walk CA$100 (CA$60 for under 17s)

icon Day 14 : Banff National Park

Location:

  Banff


Accommodation:

  Charltons Banff (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Banff National Park is one of the highlights of any visit to Western Canada,
with its magnificent mountains, lakes and forests. Banff was Canada's first
national park and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff town can easily
be explored on foot and with plenty of optional activities there's more than
enough to fill your time. Check out the iconic Banff Springs Hotel where
tourism in the Canadian Rockies first began, visit some of the many souvenir
shops in town or take a short trail to the tumbling Bow Falls. You could also
walk along Tunnel Mountain trail for a view of Banff and the Bow Valley. Take
the gondola up to Sulphur Mountain for rewarding panoramic views of the
Rockies, or simply relax in the heated, natural pools of the Banff Hot
Springs.

Optional activities:

* Aerial gondola/tramway CAD$49-64
* Hot Springs CA$9

icon Day 15 : To Calgary; tour ends Calgary

Location:

  Calgary


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Today will be the end of your tour of the Canadian Rockies as you head to the
city of Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with skyscrapers and a booming
oil business industry. Calgary has historically been famous for its Wild West
roots but in recent years it has become a dynamic and vibrant city. It’s
oozing with the Western culture that earned it the nickname ‘Cowtown’,
evident in the Calgary Stampede. If you'd like to extend your stay to take in
the sights of Calgary after the tour ends, please make your accommodation
reservation at the time of booking. For everyone else, it's time to say
goodbye but rest assured you'll be leaving with plenty of wilderness
memories, wildlife photographs and maybe even a few sticky maple syrup sweets
for your journey home.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel in Calgary at approximately 17:00 hrs. We
can book your post-tour accommodation if required. If you are planning to fly
tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

What's Included

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    We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

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    All accommodation

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    Driver

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    Tour leader throughout

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    All transport and listed activities

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    5 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners

What's Not Included

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    Optional activities

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    Travel insurance

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    Flights

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    All meals

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    Visas and vaccinations

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    Airport transfers

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    Single accommodation

Food

5 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches and 3 dinners are included. For those meals not included, you will usually eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for your meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from CAD$6-$12, lunches from CAD$8-$15 and dinners from CAD$13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately CAD$5 per glass and beer CAD$4 per bottle.  Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals in Canadian restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. Your tour guide may offer your group the option to operate a ‘lunch only’ food kitty; this has proven to be a popular alternative to three daily restaurant meals. Tour guides will explain this option while on your tour, and the whole group will have to agree for this system to run.  Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of Canada certain food types can be limited.

Check out our Q&As

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no specific health risks.

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

clean, comfortable hotels

What is the maximum group size?

13

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Minimum 16 years age people can go on this tour.

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No

    Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    The Government of Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for some international travellers flying into Canada. Citizens from countries other than the US who do not require a visa to enter Canada are required to obtain an eTA before entering the country. Eligible travellers will need to go online to apply for their eTA.

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews

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CANADIAN ROCKIES & VANCOUVER ISLAND

An amazing and diverse active trip with fabulous scenery and wildlife.

An amazing and diverse active trip with fabulous scenery and wildlife.


CANADIAN ROCKIES & VANCOUVER ISLAND

Good holiday but quite a lot of travel. The minibus was a little cramped.

Good holiday but quite a lot of travel.

The minibus was a little cramped.


CANADA WILDLIFE AND VANCOUVER ISLAND

THERE WAS A LOT OF TRAVELLING AS YOU STATED BUT THE BUS WAS ONLY JUST BIG ENOUGH FOR 13 TRAVELLERS. tHE ACCOMMODATION WAS MOSTLY VERY GOOD..WE WERE ALL DISAPPOINTED BY ....more

THERE WAS A LOT OF TRAVELLING AS YOU STATED BUT THE BUS WAS ONLY JUST BIG ENOUGH FOR 13 TRAVELLERS.

tHE ACCOMMODATION WAS MOSTLY VERY GOOD.

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WE WERE ALL DISAPPOINTED BY THE ABSENCE OF WILDLIFE IN SOME AREAS SUCH AS BELL A CCOLA.

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CANADIAN ROCKIES & VANCOUVER ISLAND

Mountains, glaciers, amazing blue lakes and lots of trees were on offer in abundance. Keep a sharp look-out and you might see bears and elk but you couldn't fail to ....more

Mountains, glaciers, amazing blue lakes and lots of trees were on offer in abundance.

Keep a sharp look-out and you might see bears and elk but you couldn't fail to see the cheeky chipmunks and the ground squirrels.

This is just the trip for the outdoor type of person.

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Canadian Rockies

The trip was very enjoyable and our tour leader Simon was very pleasant and organized. He was very positive and enthusiastic about all aspects of the trip.

The trip was very enjoyable and our tour leader Simon was very pleasant and organized.

He was very positive and enthusiastic about all aspects of the trip.


Stunning Scenery

I enjoyed the trip and the scenery of the areas visited is stunning.

I enjoyed the trip and the scenery of the areas visited is stunning.


Bears, whales and a whole lot more!

We were really lucky with the wildlife side of the trip, we didn't see a grizzly but that was probably because on a walk we saw one was in the ....more

We were really lucky with the wildlife side of the trip, we didn't see a grizzly but that was probably because on a walk we saw one was in the immediate vicinity and we wisely left! A moose also did not make an appearance but we were blessed with a wealth of black bears (with babies), dolphins, humpback whales etc.

Scenery was a major highlight so even on the longer bus journeys you are always seeing something new.

Lots of good walks.

We are regular travellers with Exodus and know what to expect and this trip didn't fail, we had a great time, blessed with a brilliant guide and excellent fellow travellers.

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CANADIAN ROCKIES & VANCOUVER ISLAND

There was a great mix of activity on this holiday. It was a wonderful experience

There was a great mix of activity on this holiday.

It was a wonderful experience


CANADIAN ROCKIES & VANCOUVER ISLAND

This was a trip through beautiful scenery with a good mix of sights and activities

This was a trip through beautiful scenery with a good mix of sights and activities


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Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island - Reverse

15 Days Starting in Vancouver and ending in Calgary

Visiting:

Vancouver

,

Tofino

,

Port Hardy

,

Bella Coola

,

Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park

,

Wells Gray Provincial Park

,

Jasper National Park Of Canada

,

Banff

,

Calgary

,

Banff National Park

,

Vancouver Island

,

Canadian Rockies

,

Jasper

,

Inside Passage

,

Peyto Lake

,

Stanley Park

,

Canmore

,

,

Rocky Mountains

,

Icefields Parkway

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

PWX

Group size:

6 - 13

Age range:

16 to 99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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