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Canadian Rockies: National Parks Eastbound

Canadian Rockies: National Parks Eastbound


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Enjoy the scenery of western Canada, create a postcard-perfect photo in Jasper National Park, sip lattes and people-watch in Vancouver, be awed by the mighty Rockies, road trip through two Canadian provinces.

Now's the time to explore western Canada on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Discover that big mountain mood on this journey along the Pacific Coast from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies. Do a touch of whale spotting before heading east into the enveloping mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper National Parks in search of sulphur springs, canoeing excursions, and massive glaciers. Camping out most nights means you could find yourself face-to-face with a moose, deer, or maybe even a bear. (Just don't ask it for a selfie.) The Great Outdoors is the perfect playground for your next adventure.

Day 1: Vancouver
Arrive at any time. Throw on something fabulous and get to know your group on a night out in Vancouver. From catching a live show with a cold pint, to tearing it up on the dance floor after a few cocktails there's something for everyone in this western Canadian city. Head to one of your CEO's favourite friendly spots, sip a craft beer, indulge in a tasty bite, and spend a night out on the town with some of your new friends.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Activity: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.
Accommodation: HI Vancouver Downtown Hostel (or similar)

Day 2: Vancouver/Victoria
Discover beautiful, moody, and invigorating Vancouver on a brief orientation drive with your super cool CEO. Pack top sights like Stanley Park, Gastown, and the Vancouver Lookout into your morning before hopping on a ferry with your new pals to get to the capital of British Columbia, Victoria. Get your bearings in your new surroundings on a visit to some of the liveliest pubs downtown. Take in the mountains rising in the distance and smell the salty brine of the ocean before sampling the best fish and chips in Victoria (and arguably all of Canada) at Red Fish Blue Fish. With your stomachs full and your heads buzzing with laughter and talk of tomorrow you will have no problem collapsing into your tent tonight for some much needed rest.
Activity: Drive around to spot some of the main highlights of the area.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Goldstream Provincial Park (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch

Day 3: Victoria/Tofino
It's off to Tofino today! Breathe in the lush smell of old growth forests and daydream as the island scenery passes you by. Stop at the Old Country Market in Coombs where you can buy souvenirs, grab a bite to eat, or simply sit and watch goats amble by on the roof above. Arrive in Tofino just in time to watch sunset over the water. Then take the rest of the evening to relax in nature or hangout with your group and tell stories because you're bound to have some by now!
Transport: Travel time includes stops and lunch at Old Country Market in Coombs
Activity: Come by this beloved Vancouver Island attraction near Parksville to grab a meal, explore the market, and watch the goats on the roof -- yes, really!
Accommodation: Green Point Campground (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 4: Tofino
Get up close and personal with mother nature today on a whale watching tour by Zodiac. Make a bet with your group and see who can spot the most orcas and other wildlife off of Tofino's coast. If you're lucky you'll be able to spot sea lions, seals, porpoise, and grey whales. In the afternoon soak in views of this rugged and untamed landscape and spend time exploring endless stretches of beach. From hikes through rainforests to catching waves out in the Pacific Ocean Tofino is an outdoor adventurers' paradise. Whatever you decide the time is yours, just make sure to grab your fill of this unique surfer town before it's time to move inland.
Activity: Your excursions take you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery and wildlife, such as gray whales, sea lions, seals, porpoise and killer whales (orcas).
Free Time: Get out and leave no stone unturned.
Accommodation: Green Point Campground (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Tofino/Whistler
The outdoor adventures are far from over. Dance beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan Provincial Park as you make your way to the ferry. Say good-bye to island time and continue further inland to Whistler. On the way experience stunning scenery, wildlife, and some pretty awesome photo ops.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to beautiful MacMillan Provincial Park. Cathedral Grove, located in the park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world, some more than 800 years old.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Riverside Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 6: Whistler
Good morning from one of Canada's greatest natural playgrounds. Right when you thought you couldn't fall more in love with this country you most certainly will. The scenery here is almost dreamlike and one of the best ways to take it all in is with a morning hike. Experience Shannon Falls, witness incredible views of Daisy Lake, or try your hand at other outdoor adventures like ziplining, rafting, or mountain biking. In the afternoon explore more of Whistler with your pals, grab some food, play some frisbee, or just sit and talk outside.
Activity: Hike one of the many beautiful trails in the Whistler area. The scenery here is stunning. Head to Shannon Falls or the Stawamus Chief and enjoy the sight of the waterfall. Opt to Hike to Brandywine Falls for incredible views of Daisy Lake, the mountains, and of course the waterfall. Or set off for Chekamus Lake for an easier route. Ask your CEO to point you in the right direction.
Free Time: With so many options make sure to ask your CEO what might be best for you!
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Accommodation: Riverside Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 7: Whistler/Wells Gray Park
Today is a travel day, but never fear you'll have no time to be bored. There will be plenty of opportunities for talking, reflecting, and taking photos as you drive from coastal mountains through the Canadian desert and into the densely wooded forests of Wells Gray PP. Remember, it's often the longer days that create the best bonding experiences for you and your new mates.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Celebrate new friends and new adventures with a party at camp tonight in Wells Gray National Park. Enjoy time together around the fire; maybe play charades, laugh, tell jokes, and have an impromptu dance party as the stars come out to join you on this fun night!
Activity: Explore the shores of Seton Lake, a freshwater fjord ringed by towering mountains. The turquoise waters and breathtaking landscape surrounding the lake make for incredible views and iconic imagery of interior British Columbia.
Accommodation: Wells Gray Ranch Campground (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch (Stop for lunch and a swim in a crystal clear lake.) Dinner

Day 8: Wells Gray Park
Head out for an exciting adventure canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Take this time to laugh and be silly with your friends or paddle off to quieter coves for some peace and reflection. After a lunch on the shore overlooking Clearwater Lake you will stop at some of the most fascinating waterfalls in the park, including Helmcken Falls — world famous for being three times taller than Niagara Falls.
Activity: Get in a boat and start paddling! Enjoy canoeing on beautiful Clearwater Lake with local guide and an included shore lunch.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to this wide waterfall that spans the Murtle River. In spring and early summer, thousands of litres of water rush over the falls every second -- it's a spectacular sight.
Activity: Set in a lush canyon, the world famous Helmcken Falls is the most iconic in the "Waterfall Park" -- it's three times the height of Niagara Falls! Enjoy the spray and beautiful scenery on your visit here.
Accommodation: Whistlers Campground (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Wells Gray Park/Jasper
Get an early start today as you and the group head further into the mountains. Pass the majestic peak of Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Stop at the visitor centre and grab your next "Insta" photo on the large viewing deck before jumping back in the van to continue on to the prime wildlife-viewing area of Jasper.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Stop at the visitor centre and, if it's a clear day, see the top of the Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Accommodation: Whistlers Campground (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Jasper
Wake up in the alpine town of Jasper amid snow-capped mountains and glacier lakes. Stroll through Maligne Canyon, the deepest gorge in the Canadian Rockies. The trail is an easy loop that is full of waterfalls, bridges, dense pine forests, and streams that seem to pop out of nowhere. Take the rest of the morning to explore Jasper NP. Rent a canoe and get out on Maligne Lake with your friends, seek some thrills whitewater rafting on the Athabasca River, or simply take it all in. Spend the afternoon checking out the lively mountain town.
Activity: Malinge Canyon follows an interpretive trail with several bridges. Hover over the Malinge River that, over thousands of years, has eroded the canyon to over 60m (197 ft) in some spots.
Free Time: Check out the many shops in this mountain town. If you are looking for Canadian souvenirs, this is your chance!
Activity: Jasper National Park might be less known, but no less mighty. As the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is wild in every sense of the word. Experience mountain landscapes complete with waterfalls, canyons, glacier lakes, and the Columbia Icefield. Get out and explore on rugged backcountry trails chock-full of wildlife and take part in outdoor activities like, mountain biking, skiing, or kayaking to experience the true essence and beauty of this impressive park.
Accommodation: Whistlers Campground (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch (Enjoy a picnic lunch near the canyon.) Dinner

Day 11: Jasper/Lake Louise
Make your way to stunning Lake Louise via the Icefield Parkway. The beauty is so spectacular you may find yourself holding your breath as you drive one of the world's most scenic routes. Along the way you will stop at Bow Lake and the Columbia Icefield Centre, where you can choose to walk with an expert guide atop the still active Athabasca Glacier. Kick back and relax in Lake Louise for the night.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: View one of the Rockies' largest and most accessible active glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier recedes at a rate of nearly 5m (16.4 ft) a year. See this natural beauty while you still can.
Activity: Visit the stunning turquoise waters of this mountain-rimmed lake.
Activity: The Icefields Parkway is a breathtaking drive situated between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada. Experience the wild beauty of the Canadian Rockies on a winding drive through jagged mountain peaks and past glaciers feeding into brilliant blue lakes. Along the way expect to see postcard mountain vistas, huge valleys, and loads of hiking trails that will get you out and about in this truly incredible area.
Accommodation: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Lake Louise
You'll be skipping with joy into the beauty that is Yoho NP. Visit Emerald Lake, whose vibrant waters rival those of famed Lake Louise, and Takkakaw Falls - the second highest waterfall in Canada. Choose to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon along the Kicking Horse River or take advantage of a rare opportunity to visit a Grizzly Bear refuge. Skip the crowds, sip a cold drink by the aquamarine waters, and simply enjoy the untamed beauty of this lesser-known Canadian park.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Discover the beautiful wilderness setting of Emerald Lake and its surroundings, popular for sightseeing, canoeing, and hiking. Skirt around the lake and enjoy the incredible scenery.
Activity: Get ready for an awesome sight: Takkakaw Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Canada, with a free fall of 254m (833 ft)!
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Lake Louise/Banff
Grab a fellow tour mates' hand and gaze in wonder at the beauty of Lake Louise. Hike with a group to the Agnes Lake Tea House, or lose your sense of time along the Six Glaciers Trail. In the afternoon you will head into good ole' Banff.
Activity: Originally built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Lake Agnes Tea House has been serving fine loose-leaf teas to visitors for over one hundred years. Hike along a forested trail as you make your way past Mirror Lake and cascading waterfalls, to the shores of Lake Agnes. This lovely log building serves up a great cup (over 100 loose-leaf teas!) as well as finger food.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Activity: Magnificent Banff—Canada's first and most famous National Park. Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, scenic drives, and a quaint mountain town. First, gaze in wonder, then immerse yourself in a park that has it all! Hike alongside picture-perfect mountains, glaciers, lakes, ice fields, canyons, and even hoodoos. Keep an eye out for wolves, grizzly bears, elk, and mountain lions. Banff's blend of towering peaks and flower-strewn meadows make it a dream location to enjoy the great outdoors and mountain scenery.
Accommodation: Tunnel Mountain Village Campground (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 14: Banff/Calgary
As the day begins spend some of your time discovering the quiet beauty of Banff, a resort town located within Banff National Park. Take some pictures of the wildlife, stroll the shop-lined streets, or hike up to a remote tea house for some spectacular views of the town below. As you head to Calgary for the end of your trip take some time to reflect, say, "see you later" to new friends, and smile because you came, you saw, and you conquered that Canadian Rockies experience.
Free Time: Enjoy free time this morning to take in the stunning scenery of Banff.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Depart on arrival to Calgary. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.
Activity: Magnificent Banff—Canada's first and most famous National Park. Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, scenic drives, and a quaint mountain town. First, gaze in wonder, then immerse yourself in a park that has it all! Hike alongside picture-perfect mountains, glaciers, lakes, ice fields, canyons, and even hoodoos. Keep an eye out for wolves, grizzly bears, elk, and mountain lions. Banff's blend of towering peaks and flower-strewn meadows make it a dream location to enjoy the great outdoors and mountain scenery.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

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Inclusions

Meals Included
12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport
Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, ferry, canoe, Zodiac

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Whistler Your Big Night Out Moment: Wells Gray Park , Wells Gray Park. Entrance fees to all national and provincial parks with walking and hiking excursions. Stop at Columbia Icefield. Half-day canoe tour in Wells Gray Provincial Park. Half-day whale watching tour by Zodiac. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hostel (1 nt, same-sex multi-share), participation camping (12 nts)

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G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

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