Explore the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies
Canada’s Rocky Mountains provides a stunning landscape of craggy, towering rock-faces, snow-capped mountains, thick forests and iridescent lakes. Wander the streets of Vancouver, ferry through Haro Straight to Victoria and roam the colourful Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island. Hike or bike the well-worn trails of Whistler, Jasper and Banff, canoe across the turquoise calm of Lake Louise, or wrap your hands around a mug of hot chocolate while admiring the superb alpine scenery of the Rockies. Ready for a grand adventure? Jump aboard and witness the sheer beauty of this exceptional part of the world.
Discover one of the most awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the world: the great Canadian Rockies. The Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff is one of the most scenic drives on Earth. Sit back and enjoy the ride, without the hassle of driving
Explore the stunning floral displays at Victoria's Butchart Gardens. Whether it's roses of summer or tulips in spring, the gardens are lovely at any time of year
Climb aboard the epic PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and be transported from Whistler to the Blackcomb Mountains, keeping an eye out for black bears in the forest below. There are some fantastic hikes at the top of both mountains
Calgary's ambitious, creative dining scene is rapidly developing an international reputation. Indulge in an included dinner with your guide and new travel friends at one of the city's best restaurants
See the turquoise waters of Lake Louise for yourself and cross off one of those must-see bucket list experiences
This part of the world is home to extraordinary wildlife. Keep an eye out for elk, black bears, grizzly bears, eagles, Rocky Mountain goats, and if you're lucky, beavers, wolves and moose. It isn't unusual to see these beautiful animals grazing by the side of the road
This trip covers a lot of ground, as Canada is a huge country. Please be prepared for some long days of driving. The drive between Whistler and Wells Gray, for example, takes around six hours.
You'll be spending a lot of time in a van with other travellers. Free space is limited, especially if the group is full. This is all part of the adventure though and you might even make some long-term friends.
As we're travelling through the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable. We advise wearing layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so make sure you have warm clothing with you.
In summer, especially in July and August, be prepared for insects. This is mosquito and black fly season so it's important to bring insect repellent, as this should help prevent you from being bitten.
Canada is becoming increasingly popular, and this increase in visitors is putting a lot of pressure on accommodation. As a result, it can be difficult to strike a balance between price, location and quality and we sometimes have to sacrifice one for the others. There may be times when your hotel is a little bit out from the centre of town. At other times it may be a little bit more simple than what you are expecting on a Comfort trip. Your accommodation should still be clean and comfortable however, and if you are located slightly out of town, your leader will assist in shuttling you back and forth.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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Our Grand Canadian Rockies trips score an average of 4.56 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.
This trip is a wonderful tour with stunning scenery along the entire way, some of the places visited are amazing to see and experience and has made me want to revisit Canada in a future time. This was my first Intrepid tours trip and I must say that the tour leader (Heather) really set a high bar for the other tour leaders, she was amazing at what she did and made the trip a fantastic experience.
Review submitted 02 Aug 2017
Opportunity to see and experience natural environment and meet locals. Some on tour were socially isolated due to lack of cohesion and interaction in the travelling group. More social involvement by tour leader would have helped enjoyment by all
Review submitted 28 Jul 2017