Canada really is Mother Nature at its finest and when you hit the walking trails, you’ll understand why.
Soaring peaks of the Rockies rise above lush valleys, bears and moose roam wild, glacial lakes sparkle and snow-capped mountains tower above. This is the Canadian Rockies where 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 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, one of the world’s most beautifully situated cities, we tour Stanley Park with a view of the city skyline and to observe the totem poles, 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, it has been said that Victoria is the finest place to see them.
Back on the mainland, we take a gondola to the Whistler mountain range for walks with immense views. 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 Lake Louise, our home for exploring both Glacier and Yoho National Parks.
Naturally, 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 world-class 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 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, situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River, 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.