Real Canada

12 Days | Take an adventure of a lifetime through the Canadian Rockies

4.5 out of 5 based on 26 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
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NZD $2,757
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

Ready to take a hike? You’ve come to the right place. Canada is home to some of the finest trails in North America. This tour will have you tackling paths that coil around mountains and snake through inland rainforests, plus enjoying views of massive glaciers and snow-covered peaks in the Canadian Rockies. Combine active adventures with spotting wildlife, munching maple-flavoured everything (cookies, donuts, bacon – you name it) and stargazing with your new friends. This 12-day adventure is the perfect introduction to Canada’s beautiful west coast.

Trip overview

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Start
Vancouver, Canada
Finish
Vancouver, Canada
Theme
18 to 35s
Destinations
Canada
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
SSYA
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Keep your eyes peeled for moose and woodland caribous among towering cedar trees in the fairytale forest of Mt Revelstoke National Park.
  • The spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies makes for the perfect opportunity to unleash your inner Nat Geo photographer. It’s really hard to take a bad picture here.
  • From rafting trips to glacier treks, this trip is packed full of optional outdoor activities, giving you the perfect chance to get your hands and boots dirty.
  • Spend a few days seeing what all the fuss is about in Whistler, North America’s premier outdoor adventure hotspot (and a very quaint village to boot).
  • As a small group travelling in a private vehicle, we can be flexible depending on your preferences. Want to make a detour? If the group agrees, go for it!

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip covers a lot of ground so 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.
  • Snow may remain on the ground in higher elevations until the end of May. This may impact certain activities such as scenic gondolas, boat trips or mountain hikes, however crowds are much thinner during this time. Your 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. Even in the warmer months the temperature can be very low in the mountains.
  • To ensure 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.
  • 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! 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 where to get food or sales taxes and helps keep your costs down by bulk purchasing items together to cook. (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

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Inclusions

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hostel (multishare) (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (10 nights)

Activities
  • Mt. Revelstoke National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Rogers Pass Discovery Centre
  • Yoho National Park
  • Banff National Park
  • Visit to Lake Louise
  • Visit to Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • Jasper National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Visit to Maligne Lake
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Vancouver orientation tour
Add on activities
  • Yoho National Park - Kicking Horse rafting (half day) - CAD109
  • Yoho National Park - Kicking Horse rafting (full day) - CAD159
  • Yoho National Park - Canoe Hire - CAD75
  • Banff - Cable Car up Sulphur Mountain - CAD60
  • Banff - Hot springs - CAD18
  • Banff - Horse Riding (1 hour) - CAD60
  • Banff - Mountain bike hire (full day) - CAD45
  • Banff - Cruiser bike hire (full day) - CAD38
  • Icefields Parkway - Athabasca Glacier Hike with Guide - CAD115
  • Jasper - SkyTram - CAD60
  • Jasper - Mountain bike rental (non-electric) From - CAD30
  • Jasper - Cruise on Maligne Lake - CAD79
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park - hiking - Free
  • Whistler - PEAK2PEAK Gondola - CAD82
  • Whistler - Zip Trek Tour (1.5 hrs) - CAD129
  • Whistler – Standard Mountain Bike Rental (full day) - CAD90

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1. This trip finishes on arrival into Vancouver around 3pm on Day 12.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes night 1 where you will be in shared accommodation. 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

4.5 out of 5 based on 26 reviews submitted.
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Ben · Traveled May 2024
A fantastic trip that I would recommend to anyone. Mikaël was a truly amazing guide, incredibly accommodating (cooking every night for people with different eating requirements) and was great fun. He was also very organised & went above and beyond to make sure that we all got the most out of the trip and the activities we wanted to do. The scenery was absolutely beautiful and I’ve made some great friends from the trip.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Callum · Traveled May 2024
Amazing Trip! Our guide Mikaël did an excellent job of finding solutions for when Activities or areas were unavailable and helped make it into an awesome trip, definitely deserves a Arcteryx! I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who enjoys hiking, Camping and wants to see the Canadian rockies up close!
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Alyce · Traveled May 2024
Mikaël’s organisation, approachability and kindness was incredible throughout the entire tour. He was extremely accomodating to everyone in the groups individual wants/needs and made my Canada experience one to remember! He deserves all of the Arcteryx jackets in the world! The hikes were amazing, my personal favourite experience was seeing snow fall for the first time at Sulphur mountain! 100% recommend this trip!
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Kate · Traveled May 2024
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Levy · Traveled May 2024
Can only recommend this trip. You get to see the beautiful rockies and amazing sceneries. Lots of driving aswell. Our guide Mikaël was amazing. Looked after every individual and was always up for great fun. Well prepared and a good cook aswell. The camping may be tough for some people but it enforces the group‘s vibe and fun for sure.
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024
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