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A Canadian Wonderland

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*This experience runs on selected Mondays – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Rooms are en-suite and twin where possible. If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex 

10 Days, Vancouver, British Columbia to Okanagan Region to Whistler to Vancouver

Visiting 1 country: Canada.

 

Hey there bud, we welcome you to the land of ice hockey playin’, maple syrup swiggin’, moose chasin’, poutine munchin’, sorry sayin’, beer swillin’ awesome people – where else could it be? O CANADA!

On this trip we’ll get you to the most prominent range in Canada, The Rocky Mountains, for a week and a half of epic hiking and stunning views. Going from Vancouver to, em, Vancouver, we’ll hit a big loop, whilst on the way taking in National Parks such as Glacier, Yoho, Jasper, and the bad boy himself, Whistler.

Seems about time we set off!

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Day 1: Vancouver, British Columbia to Okanagan Region

For those about to Rockies (sorry), get involved and meet your tour crew in Vancouver, and get hyped for an immense time! Once we’re all friends, we’ll toast new bonds with a take a tipple at a wine tasting in Kelowna, before we hit the road admire the stunning vistas, heading through Fraser Valley, up and over the Coquihalla Pass, and finally in Okanagan Valley. Day one, almost done, just some more time for bonding over dinner and we hit the hay.

Day 2: Okanagan to Banff National Park, Alberta

Get your nature on! Stop number one of the day is at Yoho NP, and oh boy, she’s a beauty. Hulking mountains leering over pristine lakes are a match made in heaven. Oh, and make sure to get your cameras ready for the Emerald Lake – the ultimate #TravelPorn for your Instagram. Off to Banff we go, but we’ll save some adventures for tomorrow.

Day 3: Banff

If you were to ask Michelangelo (just ignore the fact he’s been dead a few years) to draw what makes a perfect National Park, he’d draw Banff. Snow-kissed summits, glimmering lakes, and a rich array of colours to stimulate your eyes…Banff has got it all! And this baby has far more than just good looks. Get the old ticker racing by hitting the wet stuff and go whitewater rafting, go all Venetian and take a Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride, or get high (not in that way) and take a heli-tour over the Columbia Icefield. Pretty sweet options, whichever you choose, you’re winning.

Day 4: Banff to Jasper National Park

Good morning! Before we up and Banff, make sure you have a gander at Lake Louise and Lake Moraine, as they’re both tip top, shimmering reservoirs. Get your skates on as we’re outta here, and heading on over to Jasper.

First up is the Athabasca Glacier, a long stream of frozen wasteland which is as pretty as it is slippery! Jump on the Snow Coach and tour the frozen lands, before breathing a collective sigh of relief by taking a dip in one of the hot springs. Piping hot springs, and freezing vistas, bet you’re feeling pretty zen right now. One last activity for the day is an optional bike ride round the local area, need we ask twice?

Day 5: Jasper

More capers in Jasper folks, and we’re delving into Mother Nature’s warming embrace, and observing and exploring the thick, green forests, crashing waterfalls, rugged mountain peaks, and admiring the local inhabitants – basically it’s going to be another fine day with your gang! Whether you chose to spend today on foot or by bike – think of how much more land you’ll cover) those enchanting hot springs will be waiting for you for when you need some rest and relaxation.

Day 6: Jasper to Sun Peaks, British Columbia

Sun Lake is our goal today, but first we’ve got business to attend to. It’s tradition to get a selfie with the guardian of Jasper National Park, a statue of a Mountain Goat. Strike your best, and the loser can buy the first round tonight! We’ll swing by Moose Lake, where, unsurprisingly, there’s a ton of Moose! We’ll spot these big beasts from a distance as they look friendly, but oh boy, they’re absolutely not!

Sun Peaks beckons, and to go with a lovely name is a quaint little town. There’s cafes, bars, and restaurants for essential nourishment (*alcohol) and it really feels like European cafe culture has landed slap bang in rural Canada. Huh, pretty neat.

Day 7: Sun Peaks to Whistler

One week in, and what better way to spend it than visit the king of Canadian National Parks, Whistler.

Firing through small Indigenous towns and reserves as we traverse through British Columbia is a pleasant reminder that these folk have lived here for generations, and we must respect all the natural beauty around us, as they have done before us.

Now, isn’t this something? The big daddy of ski resorts is standing staring us in the face… so get up that hill and hit the snow! And what’s more, we’ve got a few days based here in Whistler…Yaaaahooo!

Seriously, there’s an incredible range of activities to do in Whistler, on the hill or off it you’ve got everything from adventure sports to cable car rides… Plenty of fun at your fingertips! Oh, and did we mention the nightlife tour? Yeah boy!

Day 8: Whistler

Morning campers! Feeling fresh are we? No? Can’t say we’re surprised!

Today it’s your call, whatever you fancy doing, you do. A spot of mountain biking might make you feel a little more human, or if that’s not going to excite you enough, what about a zipline session? If you’re feeling too brutal to move, then there’s always the beach…I know, a beach up here seems insane!

One word to the wise, there’s a stack of wildlife out in them hills, including bears, so please do your best to not get eaten by Yogi or one of his pals. After all, we’ve got another big night planned, and it’d be a shame if you missed it.

Day 9: Whistler

Three is the magic number, right? Our third day in glorious Whistler takes us down to the five lakes, where if you’re wanting a quick shock to the system, you can take a paddle in the drink. That’ll freshen you right up! Let’s go and get a view of this beauty, as we take a gondola car up the mountain and immerse ourselves in the remarkable panorama. Once we’ve peeled you away from the sights (trust us, it’s hard to do) we’ll hit the local amenities, where you’re free to do what you like, though we suggest getting a massage, or  heading out into town where you’ll find a load of cafes, boutiques, and galleries. Whatever you do, have a blast, and we’ll see you at the bar later for some farewell drinks.

Day 10: Whistler to Vancouver

Guys, we’re almost wrapped up…but what a ten days we’ve had, eh?

Let’s roll out of Whistler, as we shoot past the cascading Brandywine and Shannon Falls, before taking to the epic Sea to Sky Highway. Honestly, there’s few roads on the Planet this damn pretty. Once we’re back in Van, we’re all done and set to go our separate ways. But let’s be honest, with thousands of pubs in the nearby vicinity, we know where we’ll find you.

Additional information

Country

Canada

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL, INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE

Duration

1 Week +

Highlights

  • Hot springs, Jasper
  • Wine tasting, Kelowna
  • Entry to Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Park
  • Ice Explorer tour, Athabasca Glacier

Accommodation

We stay at good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, while striving to keep the cost affordable. However, standards and ratings may differ to what you are used to in your own country. It’s also worth noting that standards may also vary throughout the different regions of the country you are visiting.

If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex. If you are travelling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people travelling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have booked pre or post trip accommodation, please note that most hotels in North America require you to present a credit card at check in even if your accommodation has been pre-paid for. The hotel will either place a temporary hold on a set amount (called a pre-authorisation) or will make a manual swipe of the card. This is done to cover incidentals, for example if you consume something from the mini-bar, or if you damage the hotel room. Your card will NOT actually be charged unless you use the mini-bar, etc. Please ask the hotel front desk clerk for a further explanation when checking in if you are unsure about why they need the card. Again, this is standard procedure at most hotels and is typically not something you need to be concerned about.

Meals

Please note that drinks are not included with meals, except at breakfast where coffee, tea and/or juice may be included. If you wish to purchase drinks at dinner you may do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)
  • 9 nights in hotels, motels and lodges
  • National Park entry fees
  • Modern air-conditioned coach/mini-coach
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader

Additional Info

Group Size

Maximum 50 people

Transport

Air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people) or spacious mini-coach (maximum 20 people)

Start/Finish Times

Start time:
Meet at 8am in Vancouver

Finish time:
Approximately 5pm in Vancouver

Age Restriction
Please note that this experience has a maximum age limit of 40

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