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Canadian Discovery - Family holiday

Trip type: 
Family - Active
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
12
Avg user rating: 
4
Americas, Canada | 13 days
Trip code: 
STFC
Family Holidays | Min age 8yrs
What's included: 

Transport - Private transportation, on foot.

Accommodation - Camping (9nts), Hotel (2nts)

Meals - All meals whilst camping

 

Trip Highlights: 
Take a walk on a frozen river at the Athabasca Glacier
Hike fantastic trails in the Rockies and national parks
Soak in hot springs
Abundant bird and wildlife viewing opportunities
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(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1 - Vancouver
  • Day 2 - Glacier National Park
  • Day 3 - Paul Lake
  • Day 4 - Yoho NP
  • Day 5/6 - Banff NP
  • Day 7 - Lake Louise
  • Day 8/9 - Jasper NP
  • Day 10 - Wells Gray PP
  • Day 11 - Vancouver
  • Day 12 - Vancouver
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Day
1
Vancouver

Vancouver

On arrival, take a shuttle (additional charge) to the hotel. Your trip starts in the morning. Hampton Inn Hotel (AAA)  - 1 night

 

Day
2

Glacier National Park

After a scenic drive, set up camp for your first night in the Glacier National Park. Participation Camping - 1 nights - (LD)

Day
3

Paul Lake

Travel onwards to your next camp next to Paul Lake Provincial Park, in the heart of British Columbia. Take a stroll along the water’s edge or refresh yourself with a swim in the mountain water. Participation Camping - 1 nights - (BLD)

Day
4
Yoho NP

Yoho NP

Discover the Emerald Lake area or stroll the many nearby trails. Yoho is home to the Kicking Horse river so why not opt for an exhilarating white water rafting adventure for all the family. Overshadowed by the neighbouring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho is the hidden gem of the Canada Parks system. A photographer’s dream, you will be able to hike amongst Yoho’s pristine alpine landscape offering up mountains, lakes and waterfalls for your enjoyment and amazement. Participation Camping - 1 night - (BLD)

 

Day
5/6
Banff NP

Banff NP

Banff National Park has it all - ride the cable car to the top of Sulphur Mountain and take in a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. At the bottom, soak in the mountain’s natural hot springs, before a fun family night out in town. Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with opportunities for hiking, canoeing, white water rafting or mountain biking, all of which you can try while you are here.

If you don’t fancy tackling the wide trail that leads to the summit, why not take a ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain? There is nothing better after a hard day of fun than a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs. Participation Camping - 2 nights - (B2 L2 D2)

 

Day
7
Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Explore the turquoise waters of Lake Louise or take a hike to the teahouse and be rewarded by the best chocolate cake in Canada! With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is "the gem of the Canadian Rockies". Lake Louise has always been a popular tourist destination, so it is no surprise that it is the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies! The Chateau Lake Louise has great views out across the eponymous lake.

If you are impressed with the alpine beauty of this area, you will also enjoy some of Louise’s less known (and less visited) neighbours like Moraine Lake. Participation Camping - 1 night - (BLD)

Day
8/9
Jasper NP

Jasper NP

Some say the drive along the Icefields Parkway is the most beautiful road in the world. Once at Jasper National Park, strap on your crampons for a fun and safe guided walk on Athabasca glacier. Despite its remote location, this area buzzes with energy. Rent bicycles for an easy ride along mountain lakes and meadows, or get a taste of Canadian hospitality wandering the streets of Jasper. This laidback little town is a good place to get lost wandering around the streets.

One of the Canadian Rockies' largest National Parks, Jasper is much less developed than other areas of Western Canada. The park’s tourist focus, Jasper Townsite, is a relaxing alternative to the resorts lying to the south. Jasper offers many nearby attractions such as Maligne Lake, the Miette Hot Springs, Mt. Edith Cavell and the Icefields Parkway. Participation Camping - 2 nights - (B1 L2 D2)

Day
10
Wells Gray PP

Wells Gray PP

The scenic Yellowhead Highway brings us to the edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Eat a bison burger, take a horseback ride, canoe the wilderness or stand on the edge of Helmcken Falls. The wilderness scenery of Wells Gray is equally as awe inspiring as any other in the Rockies. There are unbelievable views in all directions and opportunities to see black bear, grizzlies, mountain goats, timberwolves, coyotes and more. Participation Camping - 1 night - (B)

Day
11
Vancouver

Vancouver

Heading west, Vancouver’s beauty once again looms on the horizon as we approach the coast of British Columbia. This vibrant city offers something for everyone - rich Native American history, beautiful parks and streets full of museums and shops. Explore Gastown and Canada Place, then choose to cycle or stroll through the seaside Stanley Park, one of the largest and most beautiful city parks in the world. On the edge of the Canadian wilderness lies the metropolitan city of Vancouver.

Native American culture is still present here evident by totem poles in the famous Stanley Park. You can roller blade, bicycle or stroll the many shops of the popular Gastown, before enjoying an evening out on the town prior to your trip reaches its climax. Hampton Inn Hotel (AAA) - 1 night (B)

Day
12

Vancouver

Your tour ends.