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Best of the Canadian Rockies

11 days from £1,823 (was £2,025)

£49 Deposit

Explore Canada’s rugged beauty

Majority twin share accommodation
Explore the highlights of Canada
Great balance of cities and National Parks
Group size: Avg 30-35

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise over themighty Athabasca Glacier on the legendary Ice Explorer
  • Soak up epic mountain views in Whistler
  • Hike through the majestic Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park
  • Explore the rugged wonders of Banff National Park
  • Discover Vancouver’s best bits on a guided tour, including the nine totem poles and Gastown

Trip Summary

There’s no doubt about it, Western Canada is a wonder. With spectacular mountain scenery, vast glaciers, and jewel-like lakes, it’s wall-to-wall natural beauty. This 11 day group trip is the perfect combo of back to nature wilderness in Canada’sbreath-taking national parks, and hipster vibes, superlative dining, and grass-roots art in the West’s cosmopolitan cities. Carve across Athabasca Glacier on an all-terrain vehicle, trek through dramatic canyons in Jasper, get your adrenaline pumping with a white-knuckle rafting experience on Fraser River, marvel at the highest point in the Rockies, party the night away in Vancouver, and hike to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff for the best view of your life.

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Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler. Welcome to Canada! As soon as the gang is all here, we’ll hit the Sea to Sky Highway for a road trip with views to die for. Our first stop is picturesque Whistler. Explore the town, soak up the rugged landscapes andtake a spin on the one of the world’s best ziplines.

Day 2: Whistler. Whistler is an outdoor activity haven. Join our canoeing expedition along the River of Golden Dreams, take a hike through picture postcard scenery, head into the wilds on a snowmobile, or hop on a chairlift to the top of the mountain and soak up those views.

Day 3: Whistler to Sun Peaks. This morning’s drive takes us through the epic Lillooet Mountain Range, so plug in your road-trip playlist and grab a window seat. When we arrive, a gondola ride between the two peaks is the perfect way to kick off your stay in Sun Peaks.

Day 4: Sun Peaks to Jasper (via Mt. Robson). Prepare for some jaw-dropping views as we cruise along the Yellowhead Highway with a pit stop at Mount Robson, for a picnic lunch and an adrenaline pumping white-water rafting experience. Jasper is our home for the night, gateway to the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.

Day 5: Jasper National Park. Start the day with a hike through the soaring limestone landscapes of the Maligne Canyon before stopping at the azure waters of Maligne Lake. Join our optional cruise to Spirit Island for some of the most Insta-worthy views in the world, before returning to Jasper town.

Day 6: Jasper to Banff. We’ve got some glacial gorgeousness on the cards today with a drive through the Columbia Icefield Parkway. Take a walk to the Athabasca Falls, cruise across the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Explorer and stop at sparkling Peyto Lakeand Lake Louise. Roll into the resort town of Banff, in time for drinks and dinner before nestling down in our cosy chalet.

Day 7: Banff. Explore the natural wonder that is Banff National Park today. Join a mountain climbing party, take an unforgettable heli-tour of the area, or warm your bones with a hot spring dip. This evening, how about keeping it cowboy with a horseback ride and steak fry under the stars?

Day 8: Banff to Vernon. We’re taking in THREE national parks today. Our first stop is Yoho, home of the legendary Spiral Train Tunnel, followed by Glacier, where we’ll see the epic Roger’s Pass, before our final park– Mount Revelstoke. This evening, a slap-up meal beckons in the lakeside city of Vernon.

Day 9: Vernon to Vancouver. Our route takes us via the legendary Okanagan Wine Valley today. Pay a visit to Lake Okanagan, before arriving in Vancouver. Take a whistle-stop tour of the city’s historic sites, including the nine totem poles, then hit up some of the live music joints in Yale Town. 

Day 10: Vancouver. You could spend all year exploring Vancouver and still not discover it all, so good job we’ve got another day here. Check out the grassroots art scene, enjoy the café culture, and pay a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Round off in style with a dinner cruise with your new friends.

Day 11: Trip end. The time has come to pack our bags and say our goodbyes. Head to the airport whenever you’re readyor continue your travels around Canada. See you soon!

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  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners
  • Group leader
  • All on-trip transport
  • Whistler and Blackcomb mountains
  • Scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range
  • Seton Lake reservoir & Lillooet, Duffey & Kamloops Lakes
  • Mt Robson visit (seasonal)
  • Scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway
  • Picnic in the Rocky Mountains
  • Maligne Canyon hike
  • Maligne Lake (seasonal)
  • Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer experience
  • Saskatchewan River Valley & Weeping Wall
  • Peyto Lake (seasonal) & Lake Louise
  • Banff National Park
  • Spiral Train Tunnels
  • Drive through Yoho, Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Parks
  • Kicking Horse Valley
  • Lake Okanagan
  • Vancouver guided tour
  • Stanley Park nine totem poles
  • Help with onward travel
  • 24-hour emergency support

  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals and drinks
  • Acitivites not listed in the inclusions (optional activities)
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Accommodation

All accommodation is included on this trip, with 8 nights in twin-share rooms in hotels (including 2 nights in an innovative ‘pod’ hotel) and 2 nights in elegant quad share chalets where you can cosy down and watch the snow drift by. If you’re travelling with a friend, make sure you let us know so we can place you together.

Meals

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to source the rest of your meals yourself. This gives you maximum flexibility to eat wherever and whenever you like.

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The trip begins on day 1 in Vancouver. Arrive in Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and make your own way to the meet point (you’ll be given details in your pre-departure pack). Taxi is the easiest way to get into the city and takes 30 – 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

We’ll be travelling on to Whistler today, so you will need to arrive the day before or earlier. We can book pre-trip accommodation for you (at an additional cost).

The trip ends on day 11 in Vancouver. If you’re heading home, you’ll need to make your way to the airport. Your trip leader can help you organise a taxi (taxi at your cost). If you’re continuing your travels around Canada, send us a postcard!

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You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.

British passport holders don’t usually need a visa for a short visit Canada, but you’ll need to get an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), which you can apply for online. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

The legal drinking age in Canada is 18 for Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, and 19 for the rest of the country, so if you’re under 19, there may be some areas where you’re not able to enter bars, clubs or other establishments where alcohol is served. It’s recommended that even if you are over 19, you always carry a valid form of ID.

Please note, this trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fulled vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).

Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip. 

If I’m Travelling With A Friend, Can We Stay Together?

Absolutely! Just let us know at your time of booking that you’re together, and we will arrange appropriate room shares.

Can I Travel On My Own?

100%! In fact, most of our travellers choose to go solo. You won’t be on your own for long though. One of the best things about our trips is that you’ll be on your adventure with a bunch of like-minded travellers, so you’ll make plenty of new friends.

What’s Not Included, That I Should Allow Extra Budget For?

How much money you’ll need will depend on your personal spending habits. Before you leave it’s a good idea to do a bit of research on how much things like a lunch (some of your meals are not included), or a bottle of water will cost, so you can budget accordingly. You might also like to read through our trip notes to see which of the optional activities you might like to participate inand allow some budget for these too.

Do I Need To Tip While I’m On My Trip?

It’s worth knowing that tipping is customary in North America, particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels and taxis, especially if you feel you’re getting a great service. The same goes for our on-trip team. If you feel they’ve done a great job, then feel free to tip them too.

Is There Wi-fi On The Trip?

All our accommodation has Wi-Fi, so you’ll be able to keep your family and friends updated on your awesome adventures.

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Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:

Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.

Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Arrival meetings
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.

Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.

Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.

Medical care
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.

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