Start: Calgary Finish: Vancouver
Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate
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Tour code: PWV
Group size: 6 - 13
16 to 99
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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.
Accommodation Name: Ramada Downtown Calgary (or similar)
Meals: No Meals
Welcome to 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. Introduce yourself to the
city by wandering around ahead of your welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in the
hotel lobby, where you’ll meet you tour leader and fellow travelling
Accommodation: Charltons Banff (or similar)
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
* Aerial gondola/tramway CAD$49-64
* Hot Springs CA$9
Accommodation: Charltons Banff (or similar)
It's time to see more of the magnificent mountains, lakes and forests that
Banff is so famous for. Drive to Moraine Lake located in the Valley of the
Ten Peaks, the highest of which is Deltaform Mountain (3,424m). Next take a
walk on one of the many trails at nearby Lake Louise; a favourite with many
visitors is the hike up to the Plain of Six Glaciers, offering incredible
views of the valley. Both of these lakes are famous for their striking blue
glacial colour, caused by rock flour carried into the lakes by meltwater from
the surrounding glaciers. This is picture-perfect scenery at its very best!
Accommodation: Pocahontas Cabins (or similar)
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. Our overnight location will be around forty minutes out of town.
•* Guided glacier walk CA$100 (CA$60 for under 17s)
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. A
visit to Miette Hot Springs is included, to relax your muscles after a day of
exploring and hiking.
* SkyTram cable car CA$50
* Float trip on the Athabasca River CA$70
Location: Wells Gray Provincial Park
Accommodation: Ace Western Motel (or similar)
This morning we take in the majestic views of Mount Robson, the highest peak
in the Rockies. Our travels continue to Clearwater, the gateway to Wells Gray
Provincial Park where we can discover the parks bewitching waterfalls.
Location: Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park
Accommodation: Chilcotin's Waterfront Resort & Motel (or similar) - multi share
We drive through the Canadian wilderness towards Tweedsmuir Provincial Park,
an area that's off the beaten path. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park 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.
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
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.
Meals: 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
Accommodation: Bella Coola Mountain Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is completely off the radar for most tour groups,
despite being named as British Columbia's most beautiful park. Spend time in
the southern area of the park and enjoy a hiking trail through an area of
thick forest. 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. After some time spent hiking,
you'll drive over 'the Hill' with superb views all the way to Bella Coola.
Location: Bella Coola
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.
• Grizzly bear watching (mid Aug - end of Sept) CAD$195
• Wildlife Rafting tour CAD$100
Accommodation: North Shore Inn (or similar)
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. We spend tonight in
Vancouver Island's most northerly town, Port Hardy.
Accommodation Name: Meares Vista Inn (or similar)
We drive from the northern side of Vancouver Island to the area of Tofino on
the west coast, 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. Enjoy
the scenery and breathe in that fresh island air! Our overnight location will
be Ucluelet which is our base for the next two nights.
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
as you wish with kayaking, hiking or the option to join a whale watching
* Zodiac Whale watching adventure CAD $130 per half day
* Sea Kayaking CAD $130 per half day
Accommodation: Victoria Strathcona (or similar)
We travel to 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.
In the morning we board a ferry across the Salish Sea, admiring the small
islands and breathtaking panorama of the city of Vancouver as it comes into
view. This cosmopolitan and diverse metropolis is a real contrast to the rest
of British Columbia, but always proves to be a highlight. Enjoy a scenic
drive through Stanley Park, a 400-hectare green wonderland with authentic
totem poles erected in the 1920s; and stop by Prospect Point, a scenic
lookout where you can gaze out at spectacular views of Lions Gate Bridge,
North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
This holiday ends at our gateway hotel in Vancouver 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
5 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches and 3 dinners are included.
For all other meals 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
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