Embrace the great outdoors on this Canadian Rockies adventure
Western Canada offers stunning landscapes of towering peaks, serene turquoise lakes, thick forests, gushing rivers and rugged surf coast. Walk the streets of Vancouver, hike the trails of Jasper and Banff, bask in the seaside paradise of Tofino and soak up the superb alpine scenery. Spot native moose and bears, and maybe whales, and unleash your inner daredevil with a bevy of adventure activities - mountain biking or river rafting, anyone? Jump in feet first and be completely immersed in this awesome outdoor Canadian experience.
This trip is packed full of optional outdoor activities, providing the perfect opportunity to explore nature at ground level. Hike through forests, cycle in a remote part of the Rocky Mountains and canoe across a picturesque lake
With lakes, mountains and glaciers dotted throughout huge national parks, the Rockies features an array of striking landscapes that you won't see anywhere else in the world
Canoe to an overnight campsite in the remote wilderness. This is the type of experience that's synonymous with the Rocky Mountains
Canadians are an incredibly friendly and welcoming people. Learn more about the area by connecting with the locals
Best surf town, best beach town of 2016… the list goes on for Tofino. Spend two nights here and discover why this is one of North America’s most talked about coastal destinations
Whale-watchers find themselves in heaven. Vancouver Island is a great viewing point on whales’ migration route as they head north to Alaska for the summer, and down to Mexico for the winter. Sometimes they’re even seen from the ferry to and from Vancouver
This trip covers a lot of ground, as Canada is a huge country. Please be prepared for some long days of driving. You'll be spending a lot of time in a van with other travellers. Free space can be limited, especially if the group is full, so conditions can feel a little cramped. 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. Camping can be especially cold at the start and end of the season. 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 partake in all of the activities we recommend you are at least moderately fit. If you're not able to participate in all of the hikes, you'll miss out on 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’re 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 out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand – 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 CA$90 per week, run 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 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! 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.
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1. This trip finishes on arrival into Vancouver in the afternoon on day 20.