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Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island

from $5,079.00

Enjoy the mountains, coastline and wildlife of Western Canada

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    1 - 13
All about the Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island.

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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* 5 nights in hotels, 4 lodge nights, 3 cabin nights and 2 ranch nights
* All transport (minibus, ferry and zodiac) and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout – Group normally 1 to 13, plus leader. Min age 16 years
* Driver

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • No meals included
  • Airport transfers are not included on this tour
  • Optional activities

Highlights

  • Mountains and wildlife
  • Inside Passage ferry
  • Bear spotting in Tofino
  • Bella Coola Valley and Tweedsmuir Park
  • Miette Hot Spring
  1. Day 1 Start Calgary.

    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 companions.*Options:*• Calgary Tower CAD$18• Canada Olympic Park CAD$12+ depending on the number of activities*Standard Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Banff National Park and Canmore

    Leave city life behind and transfer to Banff, 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. You can 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. You’ll stay in Canmore, near Banff National Park, for the next two nights.*Lodge*

  3. Day 3 Banff N.P.; walk at Lake Louise.

    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!*Options:*• Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$65• Sulphur Mountain hot springs, Banff CAD$8*Lodge*

  4. Day 4 Drive along Icefields Parkway; to Jasper N.P.

    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 all of 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. Your overnight location will be in Jasper National Park, around forty minutes out of town.*Options:•* Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$110*Cabin*

  5. Day 5 Hiking in Jasper N.P. with fantastic views

    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 Jasper National Park and its surroundings. One option is to take the SkyTram and walk 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.*Options:*• Jasper Tramway cable car CAD$45• Raft float trip on the Athabasca River CAD$67*Cabin*

  6. Day 6 To Mt Robson; optional river safari; to Spruce Hill Ranch.

    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. Drive to Spruce Hill Ranch.*Ranch*If you are travelling on the 18 JUL 2018 departure, this tour will run with a small itinerary change. You will spend one less night at the Spruce Hill Ranch in favour of a night at Campbell River 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 us for a detailed day by day itinerary.

  7. Day 7 Spruce Hill Ranch

    Spruce Hill Ranch. Free day.*Ranch*

  8. Day 8 To Tweedsmuir Provincial Park; Anahim Lake; optional canoeing excursion.

    Today you drive through authentic Canadian wilderness as you head completely off the beaten track towards Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The park was named after the 15th Governor General of Canada, Baron Tweedsmuir, who travelled extensively throughout the park by float aircraft and horseback. With a varied landscape you can expect to see rugged mountains, deep valleys and ocean fjords. Your overnight location is close to the shores of Anahim Lake, a popular lake for fly fishing that supports plenty of wildlife. There’s an optional canoeing excursion on the lake this afternoon and in the evening we recommend relaxing by the fireplace!Please note, this area has very basic facilities but is extremely beautiful and off the tourist trail.*Options:*• Canoeing (Anahim Lake/Tweedsmuir) CAD$12 per hour*Basic Hotel (multi share)*

  9. Day 9 Hiking in Tweedsmuir; to Bella Coola.

    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.*Lodge*

  10. Day 10 Optional activities in 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.*Options:*• Grizzly bear watching in Bella Coola CAD$140• Wildlife Rafting tour, Bella Coola CAD$95*Lodge*

  11. Day 11 Ferry to Vancouver Island through the rich marine environment of the Inside Passage.

    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 cannot be completed with one ferry so we take two ferries with a total duration of 16.5 hours. 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 also 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; this area is largely inaccessible by road and the tiny communities spread along it rely on boats for transportation. Spend tonight in Vancouver Island’s most northerly town, Port Hardy.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.*Standard Hotel*

  12. Day 13 Bear spotting boat trip; afternoon optional activities available.

    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 beautiful Black Bear, with experienced on-board guides who know the area in depth. You may even be lucky enough to spot whales in the distance. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish with kayaking, hiking or a whale watching boat trip.*Standard Hotel*

  13. Day 14 Travel to Victoria; city tour and free time.

    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 even some unique Chinese style buildings, and was home to the first Chinatown in Canada. Victoria is well-known for being the ultimate place to spot Orca so we have included a zodiac tour to search out these magnificent mammals in their natural environment. In the late afternoon enjoy a brief tour of the city’s highlights with free time for you to explore afterwards.*Standard Hotel*

  14. Day 15 Ferry to Vancouver; explore city; end Vancouver.

    In the morning 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 tour 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 21:00 hrs.

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Where you stay

Hotels, lodges and cabins

5 hotel nights, 4 lodge nights, 3 cabin nights and 2 ranch nights.

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.

Eating and Drinking

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. 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.

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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

CANADIAN ROCKIES & VANCOUVER ISLAND

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lake Moraine was my trip highlight, I have never seen colours like that anywhere in my life.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    She is probably the best tour leader I have ever had.  This was my first exodus trip but I have used many other operators and she by far surpassed my expectations.  She was fun but serious when she needed to be, direct and as helpful as she could be, not to mention strong (a very handy requirement given the weight of my case!).
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare for extreme temperatures at both ends of the spectrum.  When the sun is shining on you it is very hot but otherwise very cold.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just that I couldn't recommend this trip enough.  I have been eager to go to Canada for years now and this trip absolutely met all of my expectations.

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