Family Canada Discovery Trip Notes

Family Canada Discovery

Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014
Family Canada Discovery
Trip code: STFC
Validity: 01 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2012
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  • The best value journeys on the planet! On a Basix trip you can expect amazing experiences, but none of the inclusions that you may not want. Which means budget (1-2 star) accommodation, plenty of free time, activities that are optional and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget. On some trips you may be camping and required to set up your own tent. You'll also have access to a group leader to offer advice and help you uncover the region's hidden gems. On a Basix journey, the way you travel is all a part of the adventure. Depending on the destination and the itinerary, you could find yourself travelling on anything from a donkey to a bus or a private safari vehicle. These trips are ideal for first-time travellers seeking fun and independence with the support of a group leader. They're also ideal for independent travellers looking to make the most of their travel time with minimum hassle and maximum experiences.
Family Canada Discovery
Day 1 Seattle/Paul Lake Provincial Park
Welcome to North America!
There will be an important welcome meeting at 7:30 am this morning. Meet in the hotel reception/lobby. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader. You should have packed your bags and have eaten breakfast so that you are fresh and ready to start the journey.
Known as the 'Emerald City', Seattle offers a multitude of sights including the Space Needle, Jimi Hendrix Memorial, the original Starbucks and Bill Gates' house.
As there's a great deal to do in Seattle we recommend arriving a few days early to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be able to assist. Consider doing our one day sightseeing tour of Seattle (see
We leave Seattle after the welcome meeting and drive over the border to Canada, and continue northeast past the city of Kamloops to our large campground at Paul Lake Provincial Park in the heart of British Columbia. Take a stroll along the water's edge, or refresh yourself with a swim in the mountain water.
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 2-3 Yoho National Park
Continuing by road we make our way to Golden and Yoho National Park, where we spend the next two nights.
Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse River are a lesser-known paradise in the Canadian Rockies. Visit the amazing Takakkaw Falls, which are the second highest falls in Canada at 384 m.
Alternatively you may choose to canoe or hike at Emerald Lake, or experience the raging Kicking Horse River first-hand with an optional exhilarating half-day white water rafting excursion
The Kicking Horse River is divided into three 10km sections: the upper, middle, and lower canyons. Each river section takes about 1.5 hours to run. With a variety of rafting trips to choose from we are sure you will find a whitewater adventure that suits you and your group best.
Optional Activities
  • Kicking Horse rafting (half day) - CAD69
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 4-5 Banff National Park
Banff is Canada's oldest national park. Its valleys and mountain chains were formed 75 million years ago and today present a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Take a gondola ride up Sulfur Mountain for a dip in its natural hot springs or explore Bow River Valley and its hoodoos on foot. There are many trails of different lengths allowing you to hike for as long as you wish.
Another exciting optional activity is to view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and, with the abundant wildlife, there is always a good chance of seeing bears from a safe distance. Banff also offers a fun family night out in town.
Optional Activities
  • Athabasca Glacier tour - CAD52
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 6 Lake Louise
With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is 'the gem of the Canadian Rockies'. Lake Louise has always been a popular tourist destination, so it is no surprise that it is the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies. There are also many walking trails to enjoy.
Wander around the lake and be mesmerised by the turquoise waters and hike to a teahouse to be rewarded by the chance to eat the best chocolate cake in Canada.
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 7-8 Icefields Parkway/Jasper National Park
The Icefields Parkway, cutting through the heart of the Rockies, is surely one of the world's ultimate drives. Parker Ridge Trail rewards with panoramic views of the Saskatchewan Glacier winding through pristine, mountain-studded terrain, and Peyto Lake's turquoise hues startle with their brilliance. Why not traverse a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier on a guided glacier hike?
We end our day by continuing to Jasper National Park and setting up camp for a two-night stay.
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square kilometres (4200 square miles). It is much less developed than other areas of western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. Its setting deep inside Alberta's Rockies and surrounded by mountains makes this an incredibly beautiful place to visit.
There are several options on offer in Jasper. We can start by taking the cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's eye view of this splendid park.
There are several options on offer in Jasper. We can start by taking the cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's eye view of this splendid park. There are also opportunities for mountain biking or hiking amidst glorious lakeside scenery, or visit Mount Edith Cavell for tremendous views of Angel Glacier and various other hiking options.
Optional Activities
  • Bike rental - CAD30
  • Jasper Tramway - CAD30
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 9 Wells Gray Provincial Park
We make our way from Alberta back to British Columbia. Travelling on the scenic Yellowhead Highway we continue to the edge of large Wells Gray Provincial Park - the fourth largest in British Columbia covering the highest regions of the Cariboo Mountains. If you ever wanted to try dining on a bison burger, this is the place for it! Another option is to hop onto a horse for an optional afternoon ride or taking a walk to check out the impressive Helmcken Falls, named after a guy who never saw the falls himself! Tonight we get to spend the night in a local hotel.
Optional Activities
  • Horseback ride (1.5 hrs) - CAD50
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 10 Vancouver
The largest city in western Canada, Vancouver is famous for its historic Gastown, Chinatown and the popular Stanley Park. The city's coastal setting is incredibly beautiful, bordering an ocean harbour to the north and a wide-reaching river to the south. The majestic Rockies, often snow capped, provide the eastern horizon.
We enjoy a short orientation tour of the city that takes in the popular Gastown area as well as Stanley Park, where we view the totem poles and pay homage to the indigenous heritage of this region. Time permitting, you may wish to pay an optional visit to the fascinating Vancouver Aquarium - home to playful sea otters. Our evening is free to sample the excellent dining options and nightlife that this vibrant city has to offer. Perhaps time for an optional farewell meal together?
Included Activities
  • Vancouver City Tour
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 11 Seattle
On the final day, we cross back over the border into the United States and onto Seattle where there's time to visit the famous Pike Place Market or sample America's best coffee. Why not take the optional ride to the top of Seattle's famous Space Needle and check out the city from the observation deck at 605 feet for a fitting end to an impressive, activity-filled tour.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 5pm. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm.
      Culture shock rating

      This is the least confronting of Intrepid's product range. English is the native language and the food, customs and access to services will be similar to home.
      Physical rating

      Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
      Important notes
      Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 7
      Group size
      Maximum of 13 travellers per group.
      Camping (with facilities) (8 nts), Hotel (2 nts)
      7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
      Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
      USD 150.00
      Joining point
      Clarion Hotel Seattle International Airport
      3000 South 176th Street
      Joining point instructions
      The hotel is located one mile from the airport and they provide a free 24-hour airport shuttle service (a nominal tip of approx. US$2 per person is recommended). When you arrive at the airport, go to the courtesy hotel phones in the baggage area and dial # 38 to request a pick-up. To meet your shuttle follow the signs to the shuttle pick up area. (Head up the escalators, over the sky bridge and back down ground level and wait at island 1 or 3).
      Most of our tours start at our joining point hotels at 7.30am in the lobby, where you will meet your group and tour leader. There are some exceptions, so please check your vouchers. Make sure you have your bags packed, eaten breakfast and have checked out of your room before meeting your leader in the hotel lobby. You will spend a few minutes filling out paperwork and meeting your fellow travellers before departing the hotel.
      If you would like to reserve additional nights in our hotel before your tour, please contact our sales team for additional information and associated costs.
      Finish point
      Clarion Hotel Seattle International Airport
      3000 South 176th Street
      Finish point instructions
      Most tours end at our finishing point hotel between 5pm to 6pm on the final day. Some tour activities scheduled for the last day may preclude an earlier arrival at the hotel, so you should not book a departure flight that leaves prior to 9pm. You will be responsible for any transportation costs if you have to arrive for an earlier flight.
      If you require accommodation on this last night, it is essential that you book this before your tour departs. If you would like to reserve additional nights in our hotel after the tour, please contact our sales team for additional information and associated costs.