Canadian Rockies

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

5 out of 5 based on 38 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.
5. Due to the remote nature of the backcountry canoe trip on days 5 & 6, anyone who tests positive for Covid while on trip will not be able to join the group in the backcountry. This policy is in place to protect you and our backcountry guides. If you test positive for Covid during the trip but wish to continue with the group, your leader will assist you with making alternative arrangements (at your expense) for accommodations during the canoe trip as well as transportation to meet the group on Day 7. Please review your travel insurance policy to ensure you have trip interruption coverage included.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 38 reviews submitted.
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Jennifer · Traveled June 2024
I had a fantastic experience on this camping trip. Mikhaël easily surpassed all expectations as a tour leader. He brought the vibe and it was very obvious how much he cared about the level of service he delivered and doing everything in his power to make sure that each one of us had the best possible experience, every single day. He made the entire tour a fun and vibrant experience and he has set an exceptionally high standard. I would 100% recommend this trip. The locations were stunning!
Review submitted 30 Jun 2024

Sarah · Traveled June 2024
Truely a trip of a lifetime - absolutely stunning scenery and a very well planned itinerary. Each location had it’s own treasures and Dusty was by far the best Intrepid guide i have had.
Review submitted 28 Jun 2024

Shannon · Traveled June 2024
This was the trip of a lifetime! Thanks to our amazing guides, Julien and Antoni, who went above and beyond every day to make our experience special. They were incredible and I will genuinely miss them. If you like camping and nature and you're a low maintenance traveller then don't think twice about booking this trip. Pack for all weathers!
Review submitted 26 Jun 2024

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
Canadian Rockies
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