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The Indigenous history, beautiful natural landscapes, and lively cowboy culture of western Canada come together on this 19-day tour through British Columbia and Alberta. Spot wildlife on a ferry ride through glacial fjords and immerse yourself in First Nations culture on a day tour of Smithers. Experience the cowboy roots of Calgary and admire the emerald blue hue of Lake Louise. There are stunning vistas and photos ops along the way, as well as opportunities to bond with like-minded travelmates.

START

Vancouver, Canada

END

Vancouver, Canada

DURATION

19 Days

GROUP

Max. Group Size of 12

MEALS

TRANSPORT

ACCOMODATION

ACTIVITES

Breakfast (16)

Private Vehicle, Plane

Hotel (14)

Lodges (4)

6 Included Activities

Highlights

  • Embark on an adventure of a lifetime by ferry through the mystical glacial fjords.

  • Discover and enlighten yourself to the First Nations cultures of Northern BC.

  • Get your walking boots on and hike through Jasper National Park. Feel at one with nature as you take in the sights and smells of your surroundings, and maybe even see some native animals.

  • At the end of a busy day adventuring, grab a pint at one of Calgary's cowboy bars.

  • Admire the picturesque waters of Lake Louise.

Vancouver (Day 1-2)


Welcome! This is your opportunity to meet your group leader and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group. The following day catch a ferry to Vancouver island, and travel to the city of Victoria. Opt to visit a museum, Butchart Gardens, or explore the city. Accommodation: - Hotel (Day 1) - Hotel (Day 2) Optional Activities: - Butchart Gardens Visit - 32CAD - Royal British Columbia Museum Visit - 26CAD - Miniature World Visit - 20CAD Meals Included: - Breakfast (Day 2)




Victoria / Port Hardy (Day 3)


Enjoy free time in Victoria this morning. In the afternoon, take in the scenery while travelling to Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Accommodation: - Hotel Meals Included: - Breakfast




Port Hardy / Prince Rupert (Day 4)


Embark on a ferry through the famous Inside Passage. The glacial fjords provide spectacular scenery along the route and a safe haven for all types of wildlife, including orcas and porpoises. The ride is long, but spectacular. With a full day to relax, enjoy the scenery, read a book, or dine at the onboard restaurants. Reach Prince Rupert late in the evening. Accommodation: - Hotel Meals Included: - Breakfast




Prince Rupert / Smithers (Day 5)


Discover the First Nations cultures of Northern BC on a day tour around Smithers. Stay overnight in a remote lodge surrounded by nature. Get immersed in the First Nations culture of Northern BC. Start by visiting the Hazeltons, an area with one of the highest concentrations of totem poles in the world, with over 50 standing poles. After, stop at Gitwangak National Historic Site and learn about the fort and battles fought by the warrior Nekt on Battle Hill. Wrap up the day with a tour of the Ksan museum and historical village. Accommodation: - Lodge Included Activities: - First Nations Day Tour Meals Included: - Breakfast




Smithers (Day 6)


Enjoy a free day to explore the wilderness around Smithers. Opt to visit Babine Mountains Provincial Park, Moricetown Canyon, Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, or hike one of many trails in the area. Accommodation: - Hotel Meals Included: - Breakfast




Prince George / Jasper (Day 8)


Travel to Jasper National Park. En route, stop at the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. Visit the Interpretation Centre, and go for a short hike to take in the views. Accomodation: - Hotel Included Activities: - Mount Robson Visit Meals Included: - Breakfast




Jasper (Day 9)


Enjoy a free day to explore Jasper National Park. Opt to hike at Maligne Canyon, go for a boat cruise, or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting. In the evening, visit the Miette Hot Springs. Accommodation: - Hotel Included Activities: - Jasper National Park Visit - Miette Hot Springs Visit Optional Activities: - Maligne Canyon Hike - Free - Boat Cruise to Spirit Island - 65CAD - Whitewater Rafting on Athabasca River - 65-110CAD - Bald Hills Hike - Free - Maligne Lake Cruise - 65CAD - Canoe Ride - 30-90CAD Meals Included: - Breakfast




Canmore (Day 10)


Travel to Canmore via one of the most scenic drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Stop at the Columbia Icefield en route. Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. We stop a number of times along the way to take in the scenery and search for wildlife. The Icefields Parkway is a breathtaking drive situated between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada. Experience the wild beauty of the Canadian Rockies on a winding drive through jagged mountain peaks and past glaciers feeding into brilliant blue lakes. Along the way expect to see postcard mountain vistas, huge valleys, and loads of hiking trails that will get you out and about in this truly incredible area. Accommodation: - Hotel Included Activities: - Columbia Icefields Center Visit Optional Activities: - Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk - 100CAD - Glacier Adventure - 99CAD Meals Included: - Breakfast




Calgary (Day 11-12)


Travel to Calgary, a modern city that honours its cowboy roots. Opt to visit museums, the Olympic Park, or wet your whistle at a cowboy bar. Enjoy a free day to explore Calgary. This evening, opt to meet new members of the group at a welcome meeting. Accommodation: - Hotel (Day 1) - Hotel (Day 2) Included Activities: - Canada Olympic Park Visit - 65CAD Optional Activities: - Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos Meals Included: - Breakfast (Day 1)




Banff (Day 13)


Discover the beautiful town of Banff; opt to view wildlife, take a gondola ride, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views. With free time upon arrival, Banff has tons to offer. There are plenty of optional activities for all interests and activity levels. It's also just as pleasant to wander the main streets, pop in and out of shops or walk along the river. Accommodation: - Hotel Included Activities: - Banff National Park Visit Optional Activities: - Tunnel Mountain Hike - Free - Banff Gondola Ride to Sulphur Mountain - 42CAD - Canoeing - 18-36CAD - Johnston Canyon Hike - Free - Parker Ridge Hike - Free - Hot Springs Soak - 7.30CAD - Cycliing - 10-30CAD




Lake Louise / Golden (Day 14)


Continue to Lake Louise, view the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake, and opt to hike to one of the Tea Houses. Lake Louise is that iconic Canadian Rockies locale. Don't miss the chance to snag the perfect photo. Accommodation: - Lodge Included Activities: - Lake Louise Visit - Banff National Park Visit Optional Activities: - Lake Agnes Tea House Hike - 5-10CAD - The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Visit - Free Meals Included: - Breakfast




Kelowna (Day 15)


Travel to Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, stopping for a tasting at a local winery en route. Kelowna has become a foodie haven in recent years – opt to visit one of the many craft breweries in the city this evening. Accommodation: - Hotel Included Activities: - Okanagan Valley Wine Tasting Meals Included: - Breakfast




Whistler (Day 16-17)


Drive through the beautiful coastal mountains to the village of Whistler, one of the locations of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Enjoy a free day to explore Whistler. Opt to ride a gondola to the top of the mountain, hike, or zipline. Accommodation: - Hotel (Day 1) - Hotel (Day 2) Optional Activities: - Rafting - 150CAD - Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride - 53CAD - Ziplining and Treetop Adventures - 129CAD - Whistler Hike - Free Meals Included: - Breakfast (Day 1) - Breakfast (Day 2)




Vancouver (Day 18-19)


Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and go on an interpretive walk through the forest, before participating in a medicine bag making activity. Travel to Vancouver, and spend the afternoon in this beautiful, easy-going city. On your final day feel free to depart at any time. Accommodation: - Hotel (Day 1) Included Activities: - Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit - Medicine Bag Making Activity Meals Included: - Breakfast (Day 1) - Breakfast (Day 2)