Canadian Rockies

15 Days | Campfires, canoeing, hiking and biking in the great outdoors

4.9 out of 5 based on 35 reviews submitted.
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Explore Canada’s Rocky Mountains on a thrilling 15-day adventure. Walk the streets of Vancouver, hike the trails of Jasper and Banff, meander along the river in Yoho National Park and soak up the superb alpine scenery. Spot native moose and bears and unleash your inner daredevil with a range of potential escapades – mountain biking or river rafting, anyone? With a mixture of included activities and optional extras, you get to decide just how active or relaxed you want this adventure to be. Jump in feet first and immerse yourself in the beauty of Canada in this outdoor experience.

Trip overview

Map of Canadian Rockies including Canada
Start
Vancouver, Canada
Finish
Vancouver, Canada
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Canada
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
SSOR
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Get wild in Jasper National Park, where it’s possible to spot moose, elk, deer, bears and coyotes among the sea of evergreen pine and spruce trees.
  • Take an included canoeing adventure and camp overnight on the remote shore of Clearwater Lake, where you can fall asleep under a blanket of stars.
  • Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Canada’s premier outdoor adventure hub, Whistler, at your own pace. Hike rugged trails or munch on ‘beaver tails’ – the choice is yours.
  • Lakes, mountains, glaciers: the Rockies feature an array of striking landscapes that are remarkable no matter what time of year you visit.
  • This tour gets you to the heart of the best destinations in the Canadian Rockies with a wilderness-loving local as your guide.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Water First. Donations support their work to provide critical clean, safe water for indigenous communities in Canada. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • As Canada is a huge country, this trip covers a lot of ground. Please be prepared for some long days of driving. You'll be travelling in a van with a group, so conditions may feel a little cramped. We think this is all part of the adventure of road travel, and friendships form fast in tight quarters.
  • It is not uncommon for snow to remain on the ground in higher elevations until the end of May. The presence of snow may impact certain activities such as scenic gondolas, boat trips or mountain hikes in late spring. Your trip leader will have a range of suggestions for alternative activities to do in your free time no matter the season. 
  • As we're travelling through the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable. We advise wearing layers in all seasons in case conditions change during the day. We really can’t stress this enough – even in the warmer months the temperature can be very low in the mountains.
  • While this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, for you to get the most out of the included and optional activities we recommend you are moderately fit. The hikes are a real highlight of this trip and give you access to some fantastic scenery as well as the chance to see native flora and fauna.
  • This is a participatory trip. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride – you are part of a team! You know the phrase ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’? Well that’s extra true on this trip. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help with camp activities like food prep and washing up.
  • That teamwork also extends to our optional food kitty of approximately CAD 20 per day to cover the cost of meals. This kitty saves you worrying about stuff like where to get food or what exactly sales tax is and helps keep your costs down. Instead of paying individually as you go, it means we can bulk purchase items and cook our own food – though there’s always the chance to use it for the occasional dinner out! The kitty is optional and for your convenience, so if you've got specific dietary requirements you can opt out and purchase (and cook) your own food.

Itinerary

Map of Canadian Rockies including Canada

Inclusions

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (11 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Activities
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Overnight Canoe Trip - 2 Nights
  • Jasper National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Visit to Maligne Lake
  • Banff National Park
  • Visit to Lake Louise
  • Visit to Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • Yoho National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Mt. Revelstoke National Park
  • Rogers Pass Discovery Centre
Add on activities
  • Whistler - PEAK2PEAK Gondola - CAD82
  • Whistler – Standard Mountain Bike Rental (full day) - CAD90
  • Whistler - Zip Trek Tour (1.5 hrs) - CAD129
  • Whistler - Regular Bike Rental (half day) - CAD40
  • Jasper - Mountain bike rental (non-electric) From - CAD30
  • Jasper - Cruise on Maligne Lake - CAD79
  • Jasper - SkyTram - CAD60
  • Icefields Parkway - Athabasca Glacier Hike with Guide - CAD115
  • Banff - Cable Car up Sulphur Mountain - CAD60
  • Banff - Hot springs - CAD18
  • Banff - Canoe Hire - CAD70
  • Banff - Cruiser bike hire (full day) - CAD38
  • Banff - Mountain bike hire (full day) - CAD45
  • Banff - Horse Riding (1 hour) - CAD60
  • Yoho National Park - Kicking Horse rafting (half day) - CAD109
  • Yoho National Park - Kicking Horse rafting (full day) - CAD159
  • Yoho National Park - hiking - Free

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Important notes

1. There are no activities planned on Day 1 of the trip so you may arrive at any time. A welcome meeting will be held at 8am on Day 2 in Vancouver. This trip ends on arrival into Vancouver on Day 15 afternoon. The arrival time depends on each group, but we generally aim for a 3pm arrival. If you decide to fly out this day, please don't book a flight before 8pm which will give you enough time to catch a shuttle from the hotel to the airport and be there 2 hours before departure.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room and tent is available on this trip but please note that single tents are limited due to group camping accommodations. Therefore, all single supplements are on request only.
3. A sleeping bag is required for this trip. If you would like to rent a sleeping bag locally, the cost is $50 CAD, payable in cash to your guide on Day 1 of the trip. Please advise your booking agent prior to departure if you require a sleeping bag rental.
4. Please note that In Canada the legal drinking age is 18 in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, and 19 in the remaining provinces and territories.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 35 reviews submitted.
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Rory · Traveled September 2023
One of the best trips of my life. My guide, Julien's food and enthusiasm made it extra special
Review submitted 20 Oct 2023

Kay · Traveled September 2023
Our Canadian Rockies trip was excellent value and a comprehensive itinerary. It was a great mix of activities with choices to suit all. Julien, our leader, was truly exceptional and we can’t recommend him or this trip highly enough. Thankyou
Review submitted 22 Sep 2023

Aline · Traveled September 2023
I can highly recommend this trip! The organization is excellent and with the local guide you get a very deep impression and knowledge about the region. A special highlight of this trip was the canoe trip to a lonely bay! Enjoying the time without zivilisation is an amazing experience!
Review submitted 20 Sep 2023

Angela · Traveled September 2023
This was an amazing trip, filled with many memories and beautiful friends from around the world! Everything about this trip was made so easy thanks to the tour guide. He was very calm but also got the group excited for adventures. In terms of the itinerary, it was awesome! We were able to see a lot in 2 weeks. There were additional activities that we could pay for, but the guide took us to heaps of hikes and joined us on all of them! There were some long days of driving but I actually found it quite relaxing. The trip is pretty full on - having to set up camp every time we moved location and doing lots of hikes, so the long van days are sometimes really nice to get a snooze in. The guide cooked amazing food, even when we had to pack food into the canoe for the overnight trip, he still made the BEST DISH OF THE WHOLE TRIP - salmon and pesto pasta. It says meals are not included in the price, however we paid a small “Kitty” and that covered nearly all meals except for when we were in town, or got extra hungry - which was rare. The also included some traditional Canadian foods, such as poutine, Nanaimo bars and some others. The camping lifestyle was really fun! I have not had experience camping for 2 weeks so this was brand new! It was quite cold in the morning and sometimes through the night but as soon as fire bans were lifted, we had a fire going on the morning and before bed. I would recommend bringing a sleeping bag liner or blanket to help with the cold nights. The trip was incredible, I would highly recommend doing this. Everything is taken care of and the only thing I had to do was TRY and take in all the incredible views.
Review submitted 09 Oct 2023

dieuwke · Traveled August 2023
This was a wonderful adventure because of the itinerary, the spectacular surroundings, the good arrangements, the tiptop gear and van at our disposal, our awesome trip leader as well as the positive attitude of my fellow travelers. I was the odd on out regarding age, but they were all very inclusive of me. There was a good balance of hiking and other activities like the paddling in the less visited Wells Gray Park where we heard the call of the loon, a symbol of the wilderness, and also viewed two of the most spectacular waterfalls you could ever hope to see, as well as witnessing the futile attempts of salmon to jump up a rapid in the Clearwater river. The other sights in Jasper, and Banff and Yoho and Glacier National Parks were as spectacular as I had imagined them to be, but then, I love the mountains. I shall seek out my next trip with great anticipation.
Review submitted 17 Sep 2023
Canadian Rockies
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AUD $4,057