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Adventure Tours

Canadian Rockies Adventure Tour

From €2898pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Shannon
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates May to September 2019 & 2020
Duration
15 Days
Destination
Canada
Price
From €2898pp including flights
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Fly from Shannon to Vancouver via NYC and join this great outdoors adventure tour of the Canadian Rockies.

The Rocky Mountains of Canada offer stunning landscapes of towering peaks, serene turquoise lakes, thick forests and gushing rivers.

Walk the streets of Vancouver, hike the trails of Jasper and Banff, meander along the river in Yoho National Park and soak up the superb alpine scenery.

Spot native moose and bears and unleash your inner daredevil with a bevy of adventure activities - mountain biking or river rafting, anyone?

Jump in feet first and be completely immersed in this awesome outdoor Canadian experience.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • This trip is packed full of optional outdoor activities, providing the perfect opportunity to explore nature at ground level. Hike through forests, cycle in a remote part of the Rocky Mountains and canoe across a picturesque lake
  • With lakes, mountains and glaciers dotted throughout huge national parks, the Rockies features an array of striking landscapes that you won't see anywhere else in the world
  • Canoe to an overnight campsite in the remote wilderness. This is the type of experience that's synonymous with the Rocky Mountains
  • Canadians are an incredibly friendly and welcoming people. Learn more about the area by connecting with the locals

 

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip covers a lot of ground, as Canada is a huge country. Please be prepared for some long days of driving. You'll be spending a lot of time in a van with other travellers. Free space can be is limited, especially if the group is full, so conditions can feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure though, and you might even make some long-term friends.
  • As we're travelling through the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable. We advise wearing layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so make sure you have warm clothing with you. Camping can be especially cold at the start and end of the season. Even in the warmer months the temperature can be low in the mountains.
  • While this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, for you to partake in all of the activities we recommend you are at least moderately fit. If you're not able to participate in all of the hikes, you'll miss out on some fantastic scenery, as well as the chance to see native flora and fauna.
  • This is a participatory trip. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride – you’re part of a team! You know the phrase ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’. Well that’s extra true on this trip. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand – everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
  • That teamwork also extends to our optional food kitty of approximately CA$90 per week, run to cover the cost of meals. This kitty saves you worrying about stuff like where to get food or what exactly sales tax is, and actually helps keep your costs down. Instead of paying individually as you go, it means we can bulk purchase items and cook our own food – though there’s always the chance to use it for the occasional pizza night! The kitty is optional and for your convenience, so if you've got specific dietary requirements you can opt out and purchase (and cook) your own food.

Day 1: Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver, Canada. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please ask the hostel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the reception as soon as possible. Your leader will be collecting your insurance details, food kitty contribution and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details ready to provide. If you arrive early into Vancouver, take a walk around the city's historic Gastown site or wander through Stanley Park.

Accommodation - Hotel (1 night)

Day 2: Whistler

Today, leave Vancouver behind and drive along the breathtaking Sea to Sky highway to the outdoor mecca and ski-resort area of Whistler. Whistler is a fantastic place to explore on foot or bike with stunning mountain terrain. There are plenty of activities to take part in during your two days here, such as hiking, mountain biking, ziplining and kayaking. After getting to know the area on your first day here, settle in the campground for the night.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Day 3: Whistler

Today is free to explore and take part in optional activities. Zip lining tours are an amazing way of getting an aerial view over Fitzsimmons Creek - hopefully seeing some bears along the way. Spot wildlife on summer hikes or just relax in your surroundings. There are also some great cycle networks in Whistler, so perhaps hire a bike and ride to one of the nearby lakes.  Remember to save some time to explore the lively Whistler Village.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Optional Activities

Whistler - PEAK2PEAK Gondola - CAD50

Whistler - Mountain Bike Rental - CAD99

Whistler - Zip Trek Tour - CAD119

Day 4: Wells Gray Provincial Park

Today take the long drive to Wells Gray Provincial Park (approximately 6-7 hours), arriving in time to set up camp for the evening at a rustic cowboy ranch. Enjoy a cold beverage in an authentic Black Horse Saloon. Relax with dinner by the campfire, roast marshmallows and assemble delicious s'mores.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Wells Gray Provincial Park

Day 5: Wells Gray Provincial Park

This morning we'll travel by road as far as we can into Wells Gray Provincial Park, ending at Clearwater Lake. Here we will pack our camping equipment into canoes and launch them into the aptly-named lake. On a sunny day you can see how clear the water is, and also drink the water straight out of the lake! After some instruction from our canoeing guides, we will paddle about 2.5 to 4 hours to our beach campsite. Here we will set up camp for the night and spend some time swimming or exploring before cooking dinner. Our campsite tonight is a little more basic, with tables, fire-pits and tent sites, but only pit toilets and no showers. The stunning location more than makes up for the lack of facilities.

Accommodation - Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Overnight Canoe Trip

Special Information

No canoeing experience is needed as the canoe guides are also instructors and will help you to perfect the Canadian canoeing technique, but you will need a basic level of fitness.

Day 6: Wells Gray Provincial Park

This morning you will wake up lakeside and perhaps do a short hike from the campsite or chill by the lake while you eat breakfast. We will then paddle back to the starting point together stopping at another beach along the way to have a picnic lunch. Once you arrive back you will help unload and store the canoes and head back to the Ranch, checking out some amazing waterfalls along the way.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Day 7: Jasper National Park

Drive to Jasper National Park today, which should take around five and a half hours in total. Along the way you'll see views of Mt Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.  As you'll arrive in the early/late afternoon, maybe go for a walk to spot the area's wildlife such as moose, elk, deer, bears and coyotes. If you have time take the Jasper SkyTram that elevates 2,300 metres to a great vantage point in the Rocky Mountains. In the evening head out for dinner, as there are a variety of restaurants to choose from.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Jasper National Park - Entrance Fee

Optional Activities

Jasper - SkyTram - CAD49

Day 8: Jasper National Park

Enjoy a free day to explore one of the most photographed places in Canada. Jasper National Park is famous for its wildlife (such as elk, moose, deer, bears and mountain lions), Rocky Mountain scenery, turquoise-coloured lakes and glaciers. Perhaps join the group on a visit to Maligne Lake for some hiking or take a cruise on the lakes vibrant blue waters to Spirit Island and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Visit to Maligne Lake

Optional Activities

Jasper - Bike rental - CAD30

Jasper - Cruise on Maligne Lake - CAD79

Day 9: Banff National Park

This morning, take a scenic drive through mountain scenery on the famous Icefields Parkway, which connects Jasper and Banff National Parks (approximately four hours). As the journey is so picturesque, there will numerous opportunities to stop at viewpoints and waterfalls along the way. This includes visits to the ice fields of Athabasca Glacier and the emerald waters of Lake Louise. On arrival to your campgrounds in Banff, get your bearings with a brief walk as you'll be spending the next three nights here.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Banff National Park

Optional Activities

Icefields Parkway - Athabasca Glacier tour - CAD90

Days 10-11: Lake Louise / Banff National Park

Over the next two days you'll visit the pristine Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with hiking opportunities at these stunning locations. Banff is Canada's oldest national park, with its valleys and mountain chains being formed 75 million years ago. You'll also have ample free time to explore Banff and take part in optional activities. Take a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, go for a dip in the natural hot springs or explore the hoodoos and falls of Bow River valley by foot. There are many trails of different lengths, allowing you to hike for as long as you wish. Alternatively, pack a picnic lunch and rent a bike to explore the Vermillion lakes.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)

Included Activities

Visit to Lake Louise

Visit to Moraine Lake

Optional Activities

Banff - Cable Car up Sulphur Mountain - CAD30

Banff - Hot springs - CAD8

Banff - Canoe Hire - CAD50

Banff National Park - Helicopter flight (25 mins) - CAD275

Banff - Cruiser bike hire (full day) - CAD38

Banff - Mountain bike hire (full day) - CAD45

Banff - Horse Riding (1 hour) - CAD60

Day 12: Yoho National Park/Golden

Today take a drive for around two and a half hours through unspoiled mountainous terrain to Yoho National Park and finally onto the town of Golden. On arrival into the park, take a walk down the Kicking Horse River and visit Takakkaw Falls (the second highest falls in Canada at 384 metres high). If time permits we'll also visit the blue-green coloured Emerald Lake. Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse River are a less-known paradise in the Canadian Rockies, so use your time wisely and really get to know the area. You'll spend two nights here, which is a good amount of time to explore and take part in optional activities.
Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Yoho National Park

Day 13: Yoho National Park/Golden

Today, perhaps take to the river for some of the best whitewater rafting in Canada. The combination of wild whitewater, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife makes rafting the Kicking Horse River thrilling for its adventure and views. There's a range of rafting activities on offer, including a full day, half day and a full river challenge. If rafting isn't your thing, there's also the option of relaxing by the river with the ideal viewpoint. Maybe spend your last night in Yoho National Park by having dinner with the group.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Optional Activities

Yoho National Park - Kicking Horse rafting (half day) - CAD84

Yoho National Park - Kicking Horse rafting (full day) - CAD129

Yoho National Park - hiking - Free

 

Day 14: Glacier National Park/Kamloops

This morning, travel through the high mountain clearing of Rogers Pass to reach Glacier National Park. Stop at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre for a look around and possibly take a short hike through a old-growth area of cedar and hemlock. As one of the world's most active avalanche areas, most of the rugged, mountainous area of Glacier National Park is inaccessible for day hikes. Drive onto Mount Revelstoke National Park, which contains part of the world's only temperate inland rainforest. You'll drive straight through the rainforest and, if time allows, you'll also go for a short hike. The final destination of this drive is the town of Kamloops. Meaning 'meeting of the waters', the town is situated at the junction of the two branches of the Thompson River. Today's total driving time will take around 6-7 hours.

Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Glacier National Park

Mt. Revelstoke National Park

Rogers Pass Discovery Centre

Day 15: Vancouver

This morning, you'll make the journey back to Vancouver (approximately four to five hours). The arrival time depends on each group, but you should expect a 3 pm arrival. Your Canadian Rockies adventure comes to an end as there are no more activities planned for today. If you decide to fly out this day please don't book a flight before 8 pm, which will give you enough time to catch a shuttle from the hotel to the airport and be there two hours before departure.

Vancouver is the largest city in western Canada and well worth some extra time to explore the city’s delights. Should you choose to stay longer in Vancouver we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Return flights from Shannon to Vancouver via New York including taxes
  • 20kg checked-in luggage
  • 15 Day Adventure Tour including the following:

Accommodation:

  • Camping (with basic facilities,1 night)
  • Camping (with facilities, 12 nights
  • Hotel (1 night)

Transportation:

  • Private vehicle

Included activities:

  • Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Overnight Canoe Trip
  • Jasper National Park
  • Banff National Park
  • Yoho National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Mt. Revelstoke National Park

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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