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Canadian Rockies & Vancouver Island

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Canada really is Mother Nature at its finest and when you hit the walking trails, you’ll understand why. Soaring mountain peaks meet with lush cascading valleys, home to an incredible wealth of wildlife that call the mountains home. Scenery is filled with electric coloured glacial lakes, snow-capped mountains and natural views. For sure the most opportune way to explore Canada and the national park network is on foot!

 

Upon arrival in Vancouver, one of the world’s most beautifully situated cities, take time to discover the sights of the waterfront, Stanley Park, Chinatown and Gastown, before moving on by scenic ferry to the adventure playground that is Vancouver Island. Savour harbour views as we sail into Victoria, the island’s capital. Our hotel is in Sooke, where the rainforest meets the sea. Whilst on the island, we walk part of the Juan de Fuca long distance trail in Provincial Park. Following the rugged Pacific coastline, this walk is aesthetically beautiful and offers the opportunity to spot a host of wildlife. Of course, we couldn’t let you leave without a boat trip in search of Orca whales, which Victoria is so famous for.

 

We return to the mainland and continue our route into the Rockies and the majestic mountains of Whistler. Known primarily as a ski town, in summer the snow melts exposing a rugged alpine wonderland just waiting to be explored. It is during this brief window that Whistler comes alive; wildflowers (late summer) and plants are in abundance plus wildlife is at its most active. We walk along the turquoise shores of the Garibaldi Lake trail, plus enjoy a gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain to hike the High Note trail, said to be one of the most scenic trails in the area. Our next destination is Revelstoke, where we break the journey with a stop in Kamloops in the Thomson Valley. Whilst it may be a famous rail junction town, we go in search of Alpine wildflowers and wonderful hiking including the Battle Bluffs trail. Just when the mountain scenery can’t get any more inspiring, we arrive into Revelstoke in the Kootenay Rockies. Outstanding views of rugged mountains, crisp glaciers, lush forests and wild waterfalls await. Take a full day to explore the alpine meadows, and scenic Eva and Miller Lakes area. Our journey continues to the town of Golden and the gateway to both Glacier and Yoho National Parks. There are plenty of walking opportunities including the Balu Pass and Iceline trails.

 

Naturally, no trip to the Canadian Rockies is complete without a visit to Banff National Park, where mountain scenery is renowned the world over. Here we are spoilt for choice, so we have included some of our favourites. Sentinel Pass begins with breath-taking views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, towering above the stunning Moraine Lake, and it only gets better from here! The Bourgeau Lake trail is a lovely walk which scales the slopes of Mount Bourgeau to a small alpine lake above the Bow Valley. Finally, you’ll travel to Calgary for our return flight back to the UK.

 

Please note: some departures operate from Vancouver to Calgary, and others in reverse Calgary to Vancouver. See the individual dates for details.   


Holiday Highlights

  • Explore bustling Vancouver before stepping into the Canadian wilderness
  • Walk the trails of Sooke on Vancouver Island, with potential bear, eagles and elk sightings
  • Head out in search of Orca on a whale boat trip from Victoria
  • Absorb classic views of Canada in Whistler, and enjoy hiking and wine tasting in Revelstoke
  • Lace up your boots and inside the national parks of Banff, Yoho and Glacier
  • Soak in quintessential Canadian Rockies views, famous all around the world
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Vancouver returning Calgary to Heathrow (British Airways) and vice versa for some departures.
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation including breakfast
      Ten lunches and four dinners taken in hotels and local restaurants
      Whale watching excursion
      All local transport costs
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5 Calgary to Vancouver

  1. Day 1

    Our journey begins once we arrive in Calgary in the evening and transfer to our hotel.

    Accommodation: Art Hotel

    Meals: None

  2. Day 2

    It is now time to head to our first centre, Banff. On arrival we will walk one of Banff’s highlight trails, the Bourgeau Lake trail, this is the perfect walk to take in the first, of many, inspiring views we will be rewarded with whilst in the Rockies. This trail climbs the slopes of Mount Bourgeau to a quaint alpine lake nestled above the Bow Valley.

    Distance: 9 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 725m

    Duration: 6 hours

    Accommodation: Banff Caribou Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  3. Day 3

    Today we will walk the Sentinel Pass, one of Banff’s most iconic walks, offering spectacular views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks towering above Moraine Lake. The walk ascends through trees in sections then opens out to reveal the most magical views of numerous lakes, mountains and valleys.  There are some steep sections, but the effort is certainly worth it.

    Distance: 7.5 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 725m

    Duration: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Banff Caribou Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  4. Day 4

    We say goodbye to Banff and travel to Golden. Our route will be along the Icefields Parkway, one of the classic Canadian road journeys with so many interesting views to see along the route. On the way we will stop to walk the Helen Lake trail. This is a local favourite that provides incredible views. Some sections are challenging and involve some scrambling, but our leader and local guide will assist and support along the way. 

    Distance: 7.5 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 455m

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    Accommodation: Prestige Inn Golden

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  5. Day 5

    We drive to Yoho National Park to walk the Iceline trail, said to be one of the most spectacular walks in the Rockies, with closeup views of glaciers and Takakkaw Falls; one of Canada’s highest waterfalls.

    Distance: 11 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 710m

    Duration: 7 hours

    If we still have the energy it may be possible to do a short loop walk around Yoho Valley.

    Accommodation: Prestige Inn Golden

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  6. Day 6

    This morning we walk in the Glacier National Park, the choice of excellent walking trails here is endless, but we plan to walk the Balu Pass trail. The word Balu meaning bear, and on occasions the walk can be closed due to grizzly activity! The walk is varied with climbs through mountain hemlock, traverses over creeks and alpine meadows with open views and where wildflowers are in abundance. After we continue to our next centre Revelstoke, (journey time around two hours), stopping for a wine tasting session at Larch Hills Winery on the way.

    Distance: 7.5 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 780m

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    Accommodation: Best Western Plus

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  7. Day 7

    Today we will walk through alpine meadows in the Eva and Miller Lakes area of Mount Revelstoke National Park. 

    Distance: 9 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 200m

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    Accommodation: Best Western Plus

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  8. Day 8

    We depart Revelstoke and stop at Kamloops on the way. From Kamloops, we will walk the Battle Bluff Trail, where a moderate but steep climb to the top rewards us with stunning views of Kamloops and Kamloops Lake, there is also an interesting memorial on top. After we continue to Whistler.

    Distance: 3 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 285m

    Duration: 2 hours

    Accommodation: Best Western Plus

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

  9. Day 9

    Today we explore the alpine wilderness of Whistler with a walk along the Garibaldi Lake Trail. This walk can be challenging, but the breath-taking views of the mighty alpine mountains and stunning turquoise lake, make every step worth the effort.

    Distance: 11 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 900m

    Duration: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Pinnacle or Aava Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  10. Day 10

    For our final day in Whistler we will take the gondola to the top of Whistler mountain range, and walk the High Note trail. There are some sections where the walk has some narrow, rocky and relatively steep ups and downs, but taken at a leisurely pace and with the help of our leader and guide these sections should be undertaken with ease. This walk rewards us with some wonderful views of Cheakamus Lake and the valley below.

    Distance: 7 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 400m

    Duration: 3 hours

    Accommodation: Pinnacle or Aava Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  11. Day 11

    We transfer by bus, then ferry to Vancouver Island. Our base on Vancouver Island for the next few days is Sooke. on arrival at our hotel we can relax and enjoy its magnificent setting by the ocean.

    Accommodation: Prestige Ocean Front Resort

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  12. Day 12

    We travel to Botanical Beach where we will walk a section of the Juan de Fuca trail to Payzants Creek and return the same way. This walk leads us along the rugged Pacific coastline with wonderful coastal views. We will take our time so that we can observe the marine and wildlife along the way.

    Distance: 9 miles

    Ascent / Descent: minimal

    Accommodation: Prestige Ocean Front Resort

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  13. Day 13

    Before departing Vancouver Island, we do the one thing you must do while in Canada - whale watching! The excursion takes around 3 hours on a semi covered cruiser giving us the opportunity to spot killer whales and humpback whales as well as an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife with a specialist guide on board. After, we transfer to Swartz Bay to board the ferry back to the mainland. We will take some time to explore the exciting city of Vancouver. Starting with the vibrant harbour area we will visit verdant Stanley Park, here we will disembark our bus to get a better view of the city’s skyline and see the magnificent totem poles. 

    Accommodation: Blue Horizon

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

  14. Day 14

    The late flight home means that there is plenty of free time in Vancouver. There are museums to visit and of course plenty of shops for those last-minute souvenirs for loved ones. We then travel by road to Vancouver Airport for the return overnight flight to London.

  15. Day 15

    Arrive back in the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Vancouver returning Calgary to Heathrow (British Airways) and vice versa for some departures.
  • Arrival transfer by road c.30mins

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

The Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa is in an outstanding location in Banff National Park, and just a short walk to downtown Banff. Hotel facilities include a jetted hot pool, a spa, steam room and exercise room, and complimentary WIFI throughout. Rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, mini fridge, a safe, hairdryer and an electric fan. 

 

 

 


Prestige Inn Golden

Located amongst majestic mountain peaks, the Prestige Inn Golden provides comfortable and cosy accommodation close to downtown Golden.  Hotel facilities include a swimming pool and hot tub, restaurant and fitness centre. Rooms are equipped with a mini refrigerator and plasma TV.

 

 

 


The Prestige Oceanfront Resort

The Prestige Oceanfront Resort is, as the name suggests, right on the waterfront of the Pacific Ocean and offers breath-taking views of Sooke Harbour, Sooke Basin, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. The hotel has the following facilities, swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, sports lounge, a spa, and complimentary WIFI throughout. Rooms are equipped with a mini refrigerator and HD TV.

 

 

 


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