Embrace the great Canadian outdoors in all its natural splendour
There’s nothing quite like Canada’s south-west, with snow-capped mountains on the city skylines, rugged wilderness to explore all year round, top notch hiking, world-class surf breaks, whale migration routes, and that fresh, crisp British Columbia air. Experience the natural wonder of Canada’s west on this 20-day active Lonely Planet Experience, powered by Intrepid. Beginning in Vancouver, you’ll traverse weaving highways lined with alpine scenery, through Wells Gray Provincial Park and Jasper, Banff, Yoho and Glacier national parks. Cross the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island, and discover the culinary hub of Victoria and the beachy town of Tofino. The Canadian Rockies and Vancouver Island are nature at its absolute finest.
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.
Lakes, mountains, glaciers – the Rockies feature an array of striking landscapes that are remarkable no matter what time of year you visit.
Set out by canoe and camp overnight on the remote shore of Clearwater Lake, where you can fall asleep under a blanket of stars.
Compact Victoria is perfect for exploring on foot, and its younger population is reflected in the thriving bar and dining scene of the city.
Vancouver Island is an ideal viewing point on a whale migration route as they head north to Alaska for the summer or down to Mexico for the winter.
Less time spent in a vehicle; more time to explore each destination. This trip has been carefully designed to give you the best experience of a region by reducing the number of one-night-only stops, giving you extra time in the places that matter.
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.
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. At night the temperature can really drop, so make sure you have warm and comfortable clothing with you. Camping can be especially cold at the start and end of the season. We really can’t stress this enough - even in the warmer months the temperature can be 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 on this trip and give you access to some fantastic scenery as well as the chance to see native flora and fauna.
This trip involves either a partial or full camping experience, giving you access to more remote destinations at close proximity, and the joy of camping under the night skies and beside a campfire. This is a participatory trip – a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride, but you are part of a team! Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand, and everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
That teamwork also extends to our optional food kitty of approximately CAD 90 per week to cover the cost of meals. This means you don’t have to worry about stuff like where to get food or what exactly sales tax is, and actually 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 pizza night or s’mores by the campfire! The kitty is optional and for your convenience, so if you've got specific dietary requirements you can opt out to purchase (and cook) your own food.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Canadian Rockies & Vancouver Island trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. This trip finishes on arrival into Vancouver in the afternoon on Day 20.
2. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes nights 7 & 8 (Jasper National Park), nights 9, 10 & 11 (Banff National Park) and nights 16 & 17 (Victoria) where you will be in shared accommodation. This is due to the availability of campsites and campsite space in these locations where Canadian National Parks are very strict about the number of tents per site. Nights 16 & 17 is multishare hostel accomodation.
PLEASE NOTE: Single Supplement on nights 2 & 3 (Whistler) may be a separate campsite and a short walk from the group campsite depending availability of space at group campsite.
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