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Best of Western Canada

Trip type: 
Wildlife
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
12
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Americas, Canada | 12 days
Trip code: 
SSSK
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What's included: 

Transport - Train, Bus, Ferry

Accommodation - Hotel (6 nts), Hostel (3 nts), Overnight seated train (1 nt)

Meals - No meals included

Trip Highlights: 
Scenic train journey
Hike up Whistler Mountain
Glacier Walk
Breathtaking natural landscapes
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Itinerary for Best of Western Canada

(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1 - Vancouver
  • Day 2-3 - Victoria
  • Day 4 - Overnight Train
  • Day 5-6 - Jasper
  • Day 7-9 - Banff NP
  • Day 10 - Calgary
  • Day 11-12 - Tour ends
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Day
1

Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Canada!

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.

We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

The largest city in western Canada, Vancouver is famous for its historic Gastown, Chinatown and the popular Stanley Park. The city's coastal setting is incredibly beautiful, bordering an ocean harbour to the north and a wide-reaching river to the south. The majestic Rockies, often snow capped, provide the eastern horizon.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

Day
2-3

Victoria

This morning you catch the Skytrain to the ferry terminal, and then board a ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island.

The beautiful city of Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. It's thought that Captain James Cook was the first westerner to set foot on British Columbian soil, but it was the Hudson's Bay Company which established the area as their trading post and fort.

Vancouver Island is the largest island off North America's west coast, and notable for having the mildest climate in Canada. It also offers a multitude of outdoor activities including hikes, whale-watching tours, bear-spotting tours and short coastal cruises. There's even the option to go salmon fishing (seasonal) and enjoy barbecues on the beach.

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
4

Overnight Train

Today take the ferry back to Vancouver. This evening board an overnight train to Jasper. The train journey is long, about 20 hours, but the scenery is spectacular as you enter the Rockies and travel alongside rivers, lakes and mountains. You will travel in economy class, with seats similar to aeroplane seats although with more leg room.

Accommodation       

Overnight seated train (1 nt)

Day
5-6
Jasper

Jasper

Arrive into Jasper this afternoon and transfer to your hotel.

The largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain parks, Jasper is famous for its wildlife such as elk, moose, deer, coyotes, bears (including grizzlies) and mountain lions, as well as many smaller mammals and birds. Here you have the option of hiking up Whistler Mountain, mountain biking in the Valley of Five Lakes or taking a cruise on Maligne Lake. If you are looking to take it a bit easier, you can ride the Jasper Tramway or just relax and soak in Miette Hot Springs.

Included Activities

  • Jasper National Park

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
7-9
Banff NP

Banff NP

Today travel by bus to Banff, stopping at Columbia Icefields Centre, Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta, Weeping Wall and Crowfoot Glacier on the way.

Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park. Its valleys and mountain chains were formed 75 million years ago and its terrain consists of coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers. It is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with opportunities for canoeing, mountain biking, hiking or riding the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

Accommodation

Hostel (3 nts)

 

Day
10

Calgary

Catch a bus bound for Calgary, completing your crossing of the Rockies.

Home of the famous Calgary Stampede, Calgary is growing at a rapid rate, largely thanks to oil and mining. It may not be the most picturesque of cities, however there is a budding dining scene, and good nightlife. Chill out in Prince's Island Park, head up the Calgary Tower for great views across the city, learn a new sport at Canada Olympic Park, or fill up on cheap food in Calgary's expansive Chinatown.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

Day
11-12

Tour ends

Your adventure ends today and you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home to London.