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Get set for an action-packed Canada vacation. From Banff to Jasper, Revelstoke to Whistler and then Vancouver, Canada is chock-full of scenic wonders.

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Thrills and spills along the west coast of Canada

Get set for an action-packed adventure on Canada's west coast. Bask in the beauty of Banff and Jasper, conquer white-water rapids on Kicking Horse River and cycle, trek, canoe or paraglide through the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Admire creaking ice in Glacier National Park, explore the world's only temperate inland rainforest in Revelstoke and go whale watching on Vancouver Island. Those seeking a more relaxed pace can soak in natural hot springs, browse Vancouver's downtown shopping district. Toast s'mores over the fire at a cowboy ranch and spot all sorts of iconic creatures, from moose to grizzlies. There is something for everyone on this exhilarating journey through Canada's pristine landscape.

  • Admire curious carvings in Hope
  • Camp in the shadow of the majestic Rockies in Jasper and Banff
  • Conquer whitewater rapids on Kicking Horse River
  • See vast ice expanses at Glacier National Park
  • Traverse the scenic Icefields Parkway
  • Unwind on chilled Vancouver Island
  • Unwind on chilled Vancouver Island
  • Walk through the world's only temperate inland rainforest in Revelstoke

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Vancouver, Canada
  • Finish:

    Vancouver, Canada
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 13
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with facilities) (18 nts), Hostel (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Jasper National Park, Mt Robson Provincial Park, Mt. Revelstoke National Park, Wells Gray Provincial Park, Yoho National Park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1294kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please note some changes to this trip from June 2013. We are still starting and ending in Vancouver. Slight change to direction of tour. We will visit Victoria and Vancouver Island at the start of the trip (not the end). This means we can do a loop and avoid transiting back through Vancouver. Adding another night in Whistler and the Canoe trip in Wells Gray as above. We will not be staying in Revelstoke. There will be no change to number of days.

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Day 1 Vancouver

Get a first glimpse of the Canadian Rockies from the laidback city of Vancouver.

Days 3-5 Wells Gray Provincial Park

Boasting some of the country's most pristine wilderness, Wells Gray Provincial Park is a gem in Canada's crown. By day, perhaps explore the area by canoe or horseback then spend evenings toasting s'mores by the fire at a cowboy ranch.

Day 6 Mt Robson

Travel to Vancouver and enjoy this picturesque city on a bike ride through Stanley Park.

Days 7-8 Jasper National Park

Travel to Mt Robson Provincial Park, home to the highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies. Continue to Jasper and experience a sense of sublime wonder while camping among ancient mountains and mesmerising blue lakes.

Days 9-11 Banff National Park

Venture through the breathtaking Icefields Parkway on the way to Banff. Opt to ride an ice-mobile on the Athabasca Glacier and stop by the chateau at fairytale Lake Louise for a hot drink and some of the most incredible vistas on the planet. A playground for outdoor enthusiasts, Banff has plenty of scenic hiking trails and natural hot springs to while away the hours.

Days 12-13 Yoho National Park/Golden

Get pulses racing on an optional whitewater rafting trip on the churning Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park. Visit the amazing Takakkaw Falls and travel through dramatic parkland to the town of Golden.

Day 14 Glacier National Park/Mt Revelstoke National Park

The icy landscapes of Glacier National Park are extraordinary. Admire some of the 400 glaciers on show before heading to Mt Revelstoke. An afternoon hike offers a great opportunity to see it up close.

Day 15 Hope

Located at the meeting of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers, Hope, the chainsaw-carving capital of Canada, is speckled with curious statues depicting eagles, bears and cougars.

Days 16-18 Vancouver Island

Take a ferry to Vancouver Island. Perhaps join a whale-watching tour in Tofino. Visit Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, to see quaint English gardens or spend an afternoon in a waterfront beer garden.

Days 19-20 Victoria

Spend some time exploring the charming capital of British Colombia. For a great local experience, take a ride in on of the 'bathtub' ferries and enjoy a tasty meal and great views of the harbour.

Day 21 Vancouver

End the Explore Canada adventure back in the beautiful city of Vancouver.
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