Canada’s finest national parks, wildlife, trails and Rockies vistas. This holiday runs from Calgary to Vancouver or you can choose the holiday in reverse from Vancouver to Calgary.
See what's planned
- Explore buzzing Vancouver before stepping into the Canadian wilderness where animals and magnificent views are supreme.
- Visit Vancouver Island with potential bear sightings in Sooke, and a whale-watching boat trip from Victoria.
- Experience the utter majesty of the Rockies in Whistler, savour local flavourites with a visit to a vineyard and wine tasting, and hit the trails in Revelstoke, Banff, Yoho and Glacier National Parks.
- Canadian guide throughout for an enhanced travel experience and interesting local stories
Imagine a place where soaring snow-capped mountains rise above lush valleys, where bears and moose roam wild and where glacial lakes sparkle. This is the Canadian Rockies. Incredible walking trails, wildlife experiences and tremendous views await. Some people spend their lives searching for the perfect mountain escape; we are sure you will find it in Canada.
Throughout this trip we have the services of a Canadian guide, local rangers in several parks and an RWH leader for extra support. Learn all about the strange plants and wildlife that call the Canadian parks network home. When you’re having supersize experiences, it's great to have someone who understands the lay of the land and can share their experiences with you.
Beginning in the buzzing metropolis of Vancouver, everyone’s favourite city, we tour Stanley Park with a view of the city skyline and to observe the totem poles. From here we board the scenic ferry to Vancouver Island where we hit the trails around Sooke and join an Orca-viewing boat trip in search of these magnificent mammals. It has been said that Victoria is the finest place to see them.
Back on the mainland, we take a gondola to the peak of Whistler Mountain for walks with immense views. In lesser explored Revelstoke we enjoy a walking programme and vineyard wine tasting before reaching Lake Louise, our home for exploring both Glacier and Yoho National Parks.
No trip to the Rockies is complete without driving the Ice Fields Parkway. You’ll need your camera fully charged for this day as every twist and turn of the road serves up unforgettable views. Our last main stop is the town of Banff, which draws in the visitors and for good reason; it is truly beautiful. Here we have a series of walks planned so we make the best use of our time here. This tour finishes in Calgary, situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River.
- Return flights from Gatwick to Vancouver returning Calgary to Gatwick (WestJet) and vice versa for some departures
- Airport transfers
- En suite accommodation including breakfast
- Ten picnic lunches, plus four dinners taken in hotels and local restaurants
- Whale watching excursion, Victoria
- All local transport costs.
What's not included?
- Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
This is a Grade 3 holiday which includes half and full day walks with generally, low to moderate amounts of ascent and descent. You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 400m. Most walks are well within the advertised grade for the holiday, although the High Note Trail in Whistler, and the Stanley Glacier walk in Banff are towards the top end of the grade. But taken at a leisurely place and with the support of our tour leader and guide, should be more than achievable. See the Walks & Excursions section for more information
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel
Our journey begins once we arrive in Vancouver in the evening and transfer to our hotel.
Transfer Time = 30
Prestige Ocean Front Resort
Today we explore the exciting city of Vancouver. Starting with a visit to Gastown and the vibrant harbour area before arriving at the 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. After we will drive south of Vancouver to take the first of our ferry transfers to the outdoor paradise that is 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.
Prestige Ocean Front Resort
We travel to Botanical Beach where we will walk a section of the Juan de Fuca trail to Payzant 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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Our final morning on Vancouver Island is dedicated to 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. Afterwards, we transfer to Swartz Bay to board the ferry back to the mainland and then take the scenic drive along the sea to Whistler.
Today we explore the alpine wilderness of Whistler, and in particular the Garibaldi Provincial Park. We have a couple of walk options today, either the Ancient Cedars trail; which follows a scenic, forested route that ends in a grove of an old-growth cedar tree; or the Cheakamus Lake trail, a scenic trail offering beautiful views of the turquoise Cheakamus Lake surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests, with minimal ascent / descent.
For our final day in Whistler we will take the gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain, and walk the High Note trail. There are 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 local guide these sections can be undertaken with ease. This walk rewards us with some wonderful views of Cheakamus Lake and the valley below. Please note that this walk is at the top end of the grade.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Coast Hillcrest Hotel
Today en route to Revelstoke we stop at Kamloops, travelling along Highway 99, a winding mountain road. Once at 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. We continue to Revelstoke, stopping for a wine tasting session at Larch Hills Winery on the way.
Coast Hillcrest Hotel
We drive along the “Meadows in the Sky road” to Revelstoke. Here we will walk through alpine meadows in the Eva Lakes area of Mount Revelstoke National Park.
Lake Louise Inn
This morning we walk in the Glacier National Park where the choice of excellent walking trails is endless. We plan to walk the Great Glacier Trail which takes us up a sloping bedrock below the Illecillewaet Glacier. ,Views of this particular Glacier are unfortunately blocked by bedrock, however, we are compensated by an excellent panorama of Mount Sir Donald and the Vaux Glacier to the East.
Lake Louise Inn
We drive to Yoho National Park and, on arrival, visit the Takakkaw Falls; one of Canada’s highest waterfalls. After we will either walk to the Wapta Falls; this short walk leads you through a relatively level forest to a spot on the Kicking Horse River where the water crashes off a river-wide cliff, producing almost a guaranteed rainbow at the bottom. Or we can walk to the Emerald Lake, circling the lake and offering beautiful vantage points to the slopes and glaciers beyond. This lake is an important water source for a variety of wild animals, which we often encounter along the trail.
Banff Caribou Lodge
It is now time to head to our final centre of Banff. 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 Parker Ridge trail. This walk ascends to the top of Parker Ridge, an exposed, treeless tundra, offering wonderful views of the Saskatchewan Glacier, the longest outflow glacier from the Columbia Icefield.
Banff Caribou Lodge
Today we will walk the Consolation Lakes Trail. The walk takes us from Babel Creek to Consolation Lakes, which are surrounded by stunning glacier clad mountains.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Banff Caribou Lodge
By this stage of the trip, our fitness levels will have risen. This is just as well, as we have saved our toughest walk for today: the Stanley Glacier walk in Kootenay National Park, another of Banff’s beauty spots. This varied trail has burnt forest with captivating wildflowers, alpine meadows, cascading waterfalls and finally the scenic Stanley Glacier.
The late flight home means that there is plenty of free time in Banff. There are several short trails to follow, museums to visit and, of course, plenty of shops for those last minute souvenirs for loved ones. It is even possible to hire canoes for a trip up the Bow River. We then travel by road to Calgary Airport for the return overnight flight to London.
Walks & Excursions
The walking involved on this holiday will be at a reasonably leisurely pace on moderate terrain. Most routes take only a few hours, (average 3-4 hours). Climbs are not usually excessive, and walking is normally on good paths.
The emphasis is on sightseeing in Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It is from Kamloops onwards where the walking content really picks up especially as we enter the Rockies at Jasper and Banff, both world-renowned with outdoor enthusiasts.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator.
We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by
us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price,
non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or
additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Canada
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Banks and ATM machines are widely available and most hotels accept credit cards in Canada.
Tipping is widespread, and expectations are fairly high. The drivers accompanying the tour on transfers and excursions tend to be mines of information relating to all aspects of local life and the country, and are also excellent travelling companions. Should you wish to tip our Canadian colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of C$3 per day for each of our drivers. In restaurants it is customary to add a 15% tip to the bill throughout North America.
It must be stressed however that such tips are at your own discretion.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Your Travel Details
We fly from London Gatwick to Vancouver and return from Calgary with WestJet.
Travel within Canada will be by road and by ferry. The transfer times to and from airports and between centres are as follows:
- Vancouver Airport to Vancouver - 30 minutes
- Vancouver to Whistler - 1 hour 45 minutes
- Whistler to Revelstoke- 7 hours
- Revelstoke to Golden / Lake Louise - 2 hours
- Golden / Lake Louise to Banff - 2 hours
- Banff to Calgary Airport - 1 hour 30 minutes
If you are joining and leaving in Canada it is assumed, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet the party at the hotel in Vancouver and leave the party at the hotel in Banff. If this is not your intention please let us know, in writing, at least five weeks before departure.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport.
Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents
and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to
ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply
with, such requirements.
General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel
and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Passport Information for Canada
British Citizens don’t usually need a visa to visit Canada for short periods. If you have a different type of British nationality or intend to travel for a longer period, check entry requirements with the Canadian High Commission. When you arrive you will need to be able to show that you have enough funds available to support yourself during your stay.
Under Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program, citizens from countries other than the United States (U.S.) who do not need a visa to enter Canada, will need to obtain an online authorization before flying to Canada, unless otherwise exempted. |THE ETA IS ONLY CURRENTLY REQUIRED IF YOU ARE FLYING INTO CANADA| - IF YOU ARE ARRIVING OVERLAND THEN IT IS NOT A REQUIREMENT.
The application process is quick and easy at a low cost of only $7 Canadian dollars and will be valid for up to five years. The earlier travellers get their eTA, the sooner they will benefit from knowing whether they have been pre-screened to enter Canada. eTA is a convenient authorisation that is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport, which means travellers will need to travel with the same passport they used when they applied for and obtained their eTA.
To find out |more information and to apply|, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html
Please ensure that you have completed the eTA form online if you are arriving by air.
All your breakfasts and lunches are included along with four evening meals which will be in local restaurants in Vancouver Island, Revelstoke and Banff. On other evenings there is the opportunity to dine out yourselves and your leader will be happy to suggest a restaurant for these evenings. You can expect to pay around £25-£30 including tax and 15% service charge for three courses.
The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.
Footwear & Kit List
Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
- Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
- Fleece or jumper
- Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
- Swimwear (if appropriate)
- Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
- Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
- Basic first aid kit
- Reusable Lunchbox
- Walking poles (should you find them useful)
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday money
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in Canada
Electricity in Canada is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is
filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter
such as a Water-to-go bottle available from
Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go
for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website
at www.watertogo.eu and
enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the
discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us
to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Good quality maps 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 are available in Canada
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
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Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility
to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on,
and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure.
Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Canada
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Canada.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You might like to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Diphtheria.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not
insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately
insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to
participate in our local walking and other activity programmes
without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you
for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region)
and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue)
and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness
or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities,
included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally
the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your
insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance
once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information
on security and local laws for travellers, together with current
passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible
precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays
of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches.
Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day,
and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations.
Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence
of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups
not only gives you an up close and personal experience of
your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate
environment. We feel that the most important starting point
to protect the environment is to be out in it.
For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able
to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives.
Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose
aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries
we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long
term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less
developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
See our website for more information and details of some of the
projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing.
You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m.
Discover more about our walking grades