Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island – Reverse
Enjoy the mountains, coastline and wildlife of Western Canada
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Small Group
The Rockies are stunning: rugged peaks, fir forests, sparkling glaciers and bountiful wildlife including Black and Grizzly bears, deer, moose and coyotes. This trip takes in the celebrated attractions and also ventures off the beaten track to get closer to the wonderful nature for which 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, including several species of whale.
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- No meals are included on this tour
- Airport transfers are not included
- Optional activities
- Mountains and wildlife
- Inside Passage ferry
- Bear spotting in Tofino
- Bella Coola Valley and Tweedsmuir Park
- Miette Hot Springs
- Travel by minibus and boat
- Some long drives
- Group normally 1 to 13, plus leader. Min age 16yrs
- 5 hotel nights, 4 lodge nights, 3 cabin nights and 2 ranches
Welcome to one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in the world, Vancouver. We highly recommend a stroll around this cosmopolitan city. 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.Welcome meeting for those of you not on the group flight at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby, here you will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. If booking flight inclusive you will receive notes off the tour leader at a later stage due to a late arrival.*Options:*• Capilano Suspension Bridge Park CAD$42• Bike rental in Stanley Park CAD$10-$65• Rollerblading in Stanley Park CAD$10-$40*Standard Hotel*
Vancouver to Victoria.
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, an area well-known as an incredible place to spot Orca Whales. That’s why we’ve included a zodiac boat tour to spot these magnificent mammals in their natural habitat. In the late afternoon you’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city, then you’re free to relax and explore under your own steam. The first Chinatown in Canada is well worth a visit.*Standard Hotel*
Beaches, trails and rainforest await in the Pacific Rim. Follow one of the most picturesque and rugged coastal routes in British Columbia and keep an eye out for wildlife while you enjoy the bracing sea breeze. Why not opt for a whale watching zodiac tour or hit the nearby trails to get out into nature. Your hotel for the next two nights will be in Ucluelet (pronounced ’Yew-Kloo-Let’) or Tofino.*Options:*• Zodiac whale watching adventure CAD$120• Sea kayaking in Tofino CAD$75-$90*Standard Hotel*
The west coast of Vancouver Island is well-known for its whale and bear sightings and this morning you’ll undertake a boat trip that gives you a unique chance to get up close and personal with the iconic Black Bear, with experienced on-board guides who know the area in depth. You may even be lucky enough to spot whales on your trip. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you wish, with kayaking, hiking or a whale watching boat trip perhaps.*Standard Hotel*
Ucluelet and Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Leave the west coast of Vancouver Island and head north on Highway 19 stopping en route to marvel at the huge Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars at Cathedral Grove, stopping at Port Hardy. 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.*Standard Hotel*
Inside Passage / Bella Coola
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 scenery is simply spectacular: towering, forest-clad peaks surround the deep fjords and those with a keen eye can often spot Bald Eagles and bear. The Inside Passage supports one of the world’s richest marine environments and it may be possible to see Gray, Orca, Pacific White Sided and occasionally Humpback Whales. The remoteness of the Inside Passage is its most stunning feature; the area is largely inaccessible by road and the tiny communities spread along it rely on boats for transportation. The journey is long and cannot be completed with one ferry so we take two ferries with a total duration of 16.5 hours. Spend tonight in the small community of Bella Coola.NB: In order to cross the Inside Passage you will need to take two different ferries with a total duration of 16.5 hours. One of the ferries is more basic, without a restaurant or lounge area, but offers an excellent opportunity to spot wildlife.*Lodge*
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.*Options:*• Grizzly bear watching in Bella Coola CAD$140• Wildlife Rafting tour, Bella Coola CAD$95*Lodge*
Bella Coola and Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
Today is where your tour gets right off the beaten track as you journey through some incredibly wild regions en route to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, often regarded as the most beautiful spot in the whole of British Columbia. Spend time in the southern area of the park this morning, joining a hiking trail through an area of thick forest and wildflowers. A healthy population of Grizzly and Black Bear exists throughout the park, as well as elk, deer, moose and coyote; it’s possible to see any of these wild beasts whilst visiting Tweedsmuir. Wildlife aside, the colours of the mountains, combined with ultimate solitude will ensure that Tweedsmuir is a park that you’ll remember for years to come. Please note, this area has basic facilities but is extremely beautiful, and far from the tourist trail.*Options:*• Canoeing (Anahim Lake/Tweedsmuir) CAD$12 per hour*Basic Hotel (shared bathroom, cabins for two to four people)*
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park; to Spruce Hill Ranch.
Keeping your eyes peeled for moose, elk and even Black Bear is exactly what you’ll be doing on the banks of Anahim Lake this morning. Optional canoeing is available on the lake, before heading to Spruce Hill Ranch.*Ranch***Please note:* *If you are travelling on either 25 JUL 2018 or 22 AUG 2018 departures, this tour will run with an altered itinerary. You will spend one less night at the Spruce Hill Ranch and one less night at Jasper in favour of two nights athttps://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g181792-d185860-Reviews-Paint…target=”_blank”>Campbell River in Painters Lodge (or similar) on Vancouver Island’ scenic east coast. We have included a visit to nearby Quadra Island to discover the central community of the Discovery Islands, a group of small islands located along the Inside Passage seaway, between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. Please contact our sales team for a detailed day by day itinerary.
Spruce Hill Ranch.
Spruce Hill Ranch. Free day.*Ranch*
Mount Robson; Jasper N.P.
As the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson is indeed a stunning sight. Pause to take in over 3,000m (10,000 ft.) of snow-capped loveliness. You have the option to hike at Kinney Lake, located in the Mount Robson Provincial Park, or you could join a wildlife river safari with the chance to see bear, moose, eagle and osprey from Blue River. Your overnight location will be in Jasper National Park, around 40 minutes out of town. Enjoy a visit to Miette Hot Springs at the end of the day.*Cabin*
Jasper National Park
Jasper is considered much quieter and less developed than Banff, which means it is easier to escape the crowds and spend the day getting to know Jasper National Park and its surroundings. One option is to take the SkyTram into the mountains, which provides fantastic views over the Canadian Rockies. Alternatively, there are various hikes at Mount Edith Cavell including a short hike in flower-strewn 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.*Options:*• Jasper Tramway cable car CAD$45• Rafting float trip on the Athabasca River CAD$67*Cabin*
Icefields Parkway and Banff
Brace yourself, as this morning you hit 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. You’ll stop at the ‘must see’ sights, including Bow Summit and Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. There’s also the option to enjoy a guided glacier walk along the way.*Options:*• Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$110*Lodge***NB: On departures 29 June 18, 02 August 18 & 16 August 18, you will overnight in Canmore for the last two nights of the tour at the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge (or similar)**
Banff National Park
Banff National Park is one of the highlights of any visit to Western Canada, with its magnificent mountains, lakes and forests. It’s Canada’s first national park and 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. Why not 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.*Options:*• Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$65• Sulphur Mountain hot springs, Banff CAD$8*Lodge*
Today will be the end of your tour of the Canadian Rockies as you head to the city of Calgary. Calgary has historically been known for its Wild West roots and is oozing with the Western culture that earned it the nickname ’Cowtown’, still evident in the rodeo and the Calgary Stampede, but it has become a dynamic and vibrant city of skyscrapers at the centre of Canada’s oil industry. If you fancy extending 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.
Hotels, lodges and cabins
5 hotel nights, 4 lodge nights, 3 cabin nights and 2 ranches.
Hotel accommodation will be in clean, comfortable hotels or lodges with en-suite bathroom facilities, chosen for their friendly atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of the region.
Please note that single accommodation cannot be booked for the accommodation in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple.
No meals included.
On hotel based tours, 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. 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.
This tour is operated in partnership with our trusted agent Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Breakaway and groups may be a mixture of Breakaway, Grand American Adventures, and other clients.
Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.
Your tour guide will organise the optional activities during your tour on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices which were correct at the time this dossier was updated. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.
Please note: If you are travelling on either 25 JUL 2018 or 22 AUG 2018 departures, this tour will run with an altered itinerary. You will spend one less night at the Spruce Hill Ranch and one less night at Jasper in favor of two nights at Campbell River in Painters Lodge (or similar) on Vancouver Island’ scenic east coast. We have included a visit to nearby Quadra Island to discover the central community of the Discovery Islands, a group of small islands located along the Inside Passage seaway, between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. Please contact our sales team for a detailed day by day itinerary