Family Canadian Adventure

Family Canadian Adventure

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Family Canadian Adventure

14 Days Starting in Vancouver, BC, Canada and ending in Calgary, AB, Canada

Visiting: Vancouver, Victoria, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Squamish, Hat Creek Road, Clearwater Lake, Wells Gray Provincial Park, Spahats Creek Falls, Jasper National Park Of Canada, Mount Robson Provincial Park, Maligne Canyon, Bald Hills Trail, Icefields Parkway, Golden, Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear, Yoho National Park Of Canada, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Calgary

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

FCN

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 12

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

7-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Explore western Canada's awe inspiring natural highlights including the vast Athabasca Glacier and Falls near Lake Louise, spot Orca, Minke and Humpback whale off the coast of Victoria Island, visit a bear sanctuary, hike through the numerous national parks and canoe along Clearwater Lake in Wells Gray Provincial Park with an overnight camp.

Jasper National Park - Drive along the Icefield Parkway, visit Banff and Glacier National Park

Whistler - Try out a tree top adventure on a series of suspension bridges

Wells Gray Park - Two day canoeing expedition on Clearwater Lake, wild camping in the Canadian wilderness. Canoe, swim and relax on the lake. Roast marshmallows on a camp fire.

Highlights

  • Exploring the surface of the Athabasca Glacier to whale watching off the coast of Victoria Island and meeting grizzlies at a bear sanctuary

  • Whether we're canoeing or tree-top walking, drum making or totem pole spotting, there'll be no time for boredom.

  • We'll make Canada's lush nature our temporary home, camping under the stars and roasting marshmallows over an open fire.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Trip Starts In Vancouver
Location: Vancouver
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Century Plaza (or similar)
Meals Included: No Meals

Arrive into Vancouver today. Known as the Jewel of North America and easily one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Canada, Vancouver's setting on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean surrounded by Mount Seymour, Cypress and Grouse Mountain will remind you that nature looms just round the corner.



Due to the number of evening flights into Vancouver, your Tour Leader plans to do the welcome meeting on the morning on Day 2, and will leave a message in reception with details on timings and everything else that you'll need for the day. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive into Vancouver at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Vancouver International Airport (airport code: YVC), which is a 40 minute drive from the hotel.



If your flight arrives earlier in the day, our hotel is centrally located in the downtown area. It's a perfect base to explore some of the city's highlights - the enormous rainforest in Stanley Park or the Granville Island public market and surrounding waterfront are both highly recommended.

Day 2: Explore The City Of Vancouver. Catch The Ferry To Vancouver Island
Location: Vancouver
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Cedar Springs Campsite (or similar)
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

This morning, we explore Vancouver including visiting Granville Island and its public market which is famous for its seafood and fruit, Chinatown, the Gastown area of the city and Stanley Park. We enjoy a picnic in one of Vancouver's parks that overlook the Bay and catch the afternoon ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island where we camp on the outskirts of the city. Although the island stretches almost 500km from north to south, it only has a population of 500,000 and with its numerous provincial parks, it is easy to escape into the wilderness.

Day 3: Whale Watching Trip. Discover British Columbia's Provincial Capital, Victoria And Its Totem Poles
Location: Victoria
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Cedar Springs Campsite (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Vancouver Island is one of the best places in the world to spot marine wildlife, being situated on the main migration route of several species of whale including Orca, Humpback, Grey Whales and Minke. We board a catamaran for a whale watching excursion around the surrounding islands. It may also be possible to spot Osprey, Bald Eagle and other marine birds on our whale watching tour.



Upon returning to shore we explore Victoria, the capital of British Columbia province, including sites such as the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square and the impressive Empress Hotel on the harbour front. We finish our guided tour at Thunderbird Park, home to numerous Totem Poles that were carved by First Nation citizens, the original inhabitants of modern day Canada.



The rest of the day is left for optional visits including the Royal British Columbia Museum or Butcharts Gardens which is world renowned for its beauty.

Day 4: Return To The Mainland By Ferry. Treetop Adventure At The Capilano Suspension Bridge. Drive To Squamish Along The Pacific Coastline
Location: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Squamish
Accommodation Name: MTN Fun Basecamp (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We take the morning ferry back to the mainland and stop off at Capilano Suspension bridge for a treetop adventure 70 metres above the Capilano River. Manoeuvre from one Douglas fir tree to another on a series of elevated suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 30m above the forest floor which offers a unique perspective of the forest from above. We continue on to Squamish, situated at the end of the Howe Sound and surrounded by mountains. Arrive in time to enjoy an evening meal cooked by your trip leader!

Day 5: Visit A First Nations Cultural Centre And Make A Traditional Drum. Continue To Hat Creek Ranch.
Location: Squamish, Hat Creek Road
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Hat Creek Camping (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We visit the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre and learn about the indigenous people of the region as well as trying your hand at making your own traditional mini drum during a craft workshop. In the afternoon, we drive north east to a historic ranch originally built during the Gold Rush era at Hat Creek. There are over twenty original buildings dating back to the 1860's.

Day 6: Drive To Clearwater, Stopping At Spahats Creek Falls View Point. Overnight Canoe Trip In Wells Gray Provincial Park, Canoe On Clearwater Lake.
Location: Clearwater Lake, Wells Gray Provincial Park, Spahats Creek Falls, Wells Gray Provincial Park
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Wells Gray Campground (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we further explore the historic Hat Creek site and indigenous village. Continuing towards Wells Gray Park, we'll make a stop at Spahats Creek Falls view point for the spectacular view and a picnic lunch in the park.

Upon arrival at Wells Gray, our local guide will give us a detailed introduction into paddling techniques and environmental ethics before we paddle our canoes for approximately three hours to a beautiful wild camp setting to experience the great Canadian outdoors, where we will set up camp for two nights. (Please note there will be no running water or showers at this location).

Day 7: Full Day In Wells Gray Provincial Park, Canoe On Clearwater Lake. Wild Camp.
Location: Clearwater Lake
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Wells Gray Campground (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a hearty breakfast head back out onto Clearwater Lake on our canoes to further explore the lake with great opportunities for wildlife spotting along the way. After an hour on the water we reach Eagle's view, with beautiful vistas over the lake. There is a beach where we stop with ample time for those that want to enjoy some wild swimming in the lake.

Returning to our camp we'll learn some bushcraft skills this afternoon as we prepare a camp fire and assist our guide as we prepare our evening meal. Relaxing under the starts we roast marshmallows on the campfire, this is also a great spot to take in the night sky providing the skies are clear.

Day 8: Walk Along The Fraser Canyon And Overnight In Jasper
Location: Jasper National Park Of Canada, Mount Robson Provincial Park, Jasper National Park Of Canada
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Whistlers Campground (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we paddle back to the canoe launch and put away our canoes and paddle gear. If time permits we will make a futher stop along the road to complete our Wells Gray Park exploration, visiting either Helmcken Falls or Bailey's Chute.



Heading northeast towards Mount Robson Provincial Park, we will see Mount Robson itself which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 meters. It is tall enough to create its own weather patterns and if we're lucky we'll be able to view this photogenic monolith from top to bottom.



From here, we enjoy a walk along Fraser Canyon to Overlander Falls (1km round trip, 45 minutes' walk) and then drive in the afternoon on to Jasper, our final destination for today and the largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain Parks. Look out for black bears, elks and eagles on the drive, many of which can usually be spotted from the road. We set up camp for the next two nights in the National Park.

Day 9: Visit Maligne Canyon And Walk The Bald Hill Trail
Location: Maligne Canyon, Bald Hills Trail
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Whistlers Campground (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Maligne Canyon where we visit today has a reputation as being one of the most spectacular gorges in the Canadian Rockies with sheer limestone walls that plunge some 50 metres down into the waters of the Maligne River. We take a short walk along the canyon passing by a number of springs, waterfalls, bridges and beautiful forests with dramatic views of the area. We then drive on to visit Maligne Lake, the largest lake in the Rockies.



After enjoying a picnic lunch near the lake, the afternoon then sees us hiking along the Bald Hills Trail (approximately 13km and 4-5 hours of walking). There are a number of routes that can be taken and the Explore Leader will choose which trail is best depending upon the fitness of the group - there are three Bald Hills summits which vary in the steepness of the trail with all providing great viewpoints that overlook the Evelyn Creek. There are also opportunities to explore the lake by canoe and cruise boat (optional), before enjoying the drive back to Jasper through the Maligne Valley.

Day 10: Drive Along The Stunning Icefield Parkway, Snow Coach Glacier Tour. Continue To Golden.
Location: Icefields Parkway, Golden
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Golden Riverfront Campground (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's drive takes us along the celebrated Icefield Parkway to Golden. The road negotiates its way through a landscape of coniferous forests, towering mountain peaks, turquoise lakes and impressive glaciers. Possible scenic stops en route include Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and Athabasca Falls.



Get on board the Ice Explorer, a vehicle designed especially for glacial travel, for an excursion on the surface of the Falls Glacier. We then drive in the afternoon to Golden with wildlife spotting as we go so be on the lookout for black bears, elks and eagles on the drive. Tonight we will be staying in Golden, a small town in the heart of the Columbia Valley.

Day 11: Visit A Grizzly Bear Refuge And Walk In Yoho National Park
Location: Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear, Yoho National Park Of Canada
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Golden Riverfront Campground (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we head to the remarkable Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge, the world's largest enclosed grizzly bear habitat. It offers us a unique opportunity to watch a grizzly behaving exactly as it would in the wild. After a short hike to the reserve you'll have a chance to meet Boo, the refuge's very own orphan grizzly, and learn more about the life of these magnificent bears from one of the centre's resident naturalists. Next we head for Yoho National Park, to take a short walk up to Takkakaw Falls which is the second highest waterfall in Canada. You can either relax at our campsite or stretch your legs on nearby trails.

Day 12: Walk By Lake Louise And Moraine Lake And Drive To Banff
Location: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Tunnel Mountain Village Campground (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, we drive to Banff National Park - a landscape of mountains, meadows and crystal clear lakes. On our way, we stop for a walk around the picture postcard Lake Louise and Moraine Lake - the walk will be based upon the groups abilities with routes from 6km and 2 ½ hours to 14km and 5 hours (all are easy to moderate walks). You also have the option of renting a canoe on Lake Louise. We then continue on to Banff and visit the Cave and Basin Historic Site which is a natural thermal mineral springs which the town is famous for - their discovery in 1883 led to Canada's National Park system . Relaxing in these geothermal waters will be a wonderful way to relax, or taking a gondola up the mountain for spectacular views.

Day 13: Explore Banff Before Hiking In Banff National Park And Drive To Calgary
Location: Banff National Park, Calgary
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, we hike in Banff National Park which is rich in wildlife with over 60 species of mammals and some 280 species of birds being recorded here, including golden eagles, cougars and black bears. We then drive to Calgary and spend the afternoon exploring on foot. There is the option to climb Calgary Tower for a 360 degrees' panorama view over the city - all set against a backdrop of the Rockies.

Day 14: Trip Ends In Calgary
Location: Calgary
Meals Included: No Meals

Our trip ends this morning in Calgary. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Calgary at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at the hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to depart from Calgary International Airport (airport code: YYC), which is approximately a 20 minute drive away from the hotel.

What's Included

  • Meals
    Breakfasts:11 Lunches:10 Dinners:8

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

    Yes

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Country Entry Visas

Why Book this Tour

This adventure is designed for families who enjoy walking, being in the outdoors and camping. The itinerary is designed to capture the country's most beautiful landscapes and scenery with a range of activities to satisfy any adrenalin junkie including tree top adventures, canoeing and watching grizzly bears. A perfect holiday for families who enjoy the outdoors and the full camping experience, including setting up and breaking camp.

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  • Will there be an escort accomanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16 people (average group size is 12)

  • I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

  • Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

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

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

  • Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

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    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

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

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

  • Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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