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This 11 day exploration through the Canadian Rockies is full of the best mountain scenery and high-adrenaline adventure you could possibly wish for! Discover world-class national parks such as Banff and Jasper, stand on an active glacier, meet some of the local wildlife from bears to caribou, and hike to some seriously stunning viewpoints. This tour will certainly fulfil your need for adventure and the great outdoors, and reveal what a varied and amazing country Canada is!

North America
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Trekking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: XCR/208579
  • Starts: Vancouver, Canada
  • Finishes: Vancouver, Canada
You will Visit
  • Vancouver
  • Revelstoke
  • Banff National Park
  • Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Jasper National Park
  • Kamloops
  • Whistler

Itinerary

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Day 1: Vancouver

If you arrive early, you'll have plenty of time to explore the city before your arrival meeting with your new Trek mates and tour leader at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby. The gateway to Canada's Rocky Mountains, Vancouver mixes easy urban life with a love of the great outdoors. There aren't many cities in the world where you can take in the mountains in the morning and then head to the beach in the afternoon. The city's coffee scene is legendary, as is its obsession with craft beers. If you're looking for a laid-back place to just chill for a few days before heading off into the mountains, then Vancouver is the place.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Bike rental in Stanley Park CA$10-$65
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park CA$43
  • Rollerblading in Stanley Park CA$10-$40

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Day 2: Revelstoke

You're in mountain territory now and if these views are anything to go by, you can rest assured that the next few days are going to be epic. Situated on the banks of the Columbia River, the fresh air and freedom of this small mountain town encourages people from all over the world to come and get their adventure on. Revelstoke will most definitely whet your appetite for things to come!

Meals Included: Breakfast included

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Day 3-4: Banff National Park

Breathe it all in, as fresh air doesn't get much fresher than this! Banff is one of Canada's most loved national parks. Canadians are fiercely proud of this natural wonderland, so be thankful that you have two days to wander, explore and get under the skin of this epic mountain town. Make sure you waste no time in heading to the trails; with over 1,600 trails to choose from, you're spoilt for choice. One of the most popular trails leads up to the top of Sulphur Mountain. It might not be one of the easiest hikes you've ever done, but the views sure are worth the effort! If you're not a keen hiker you can take a gondola ride to the top and still get in on those awesome views! If you want to avoid dizzying heights, hit the shops around town or head to Bow Falls, which is really scenic and a nice place to chill for the day. This alpine oasis knows how to party and with tons of bars and restaurants for you to hang out in, the opportunities for fun are endless!

Meals Included: Breakfast (x2) included

Optional Activities:

  • Aerial gondola/tramway CA$62
  • Banff National Park - Horseback riding CA$65
  • Scenic glacier flight CA$195-$325
  • Sulphur Mountain hot springs CA$9

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Day 5: Lake Louise

You've no doubt seen endless photos of this beautiful place on your Instagram, but trust us when we say there's nothing quite like seeing Lake Louise for yourself. And yes, it really is that blue! If you've got the urge to hit the trails again, you're in luck. There are loads of hikes, but one of the best is to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House. You'll walk along the lakeshore and witness some of the most beautiful scenery that no amount of photo taking will do justice, so switch off and enjoy the views. At the far end of the lake you'll reach the tea house, so put your feet up and treat yourself to some fresh lemonade, you've earnt it. Head back to the Chateau Lake Louise and hire a canoe for some watery fun and to see Lake Louise from a different perspective. This 'gem of the Rockies' will no doubt leave you wondering what could possibly be next, oh boy are you in for a surprise! Jasper National Park, here we come!

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Optional Activities:

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Day 6: Icefields Parkway - Jasper National Park

Sit tight, you're about to take a drive down Alberta's most scenic stretch of road, the Icefields Parkway. With mountain peaks everywhere you look, you'll soon be in a photo frenzy to get that ultimate shot. This day just keeps on getting better as you pull up to the Athabasca Glacier to see Mother Nature in her element. Ever stepped foot on an active glacier? Well after your included glacier snow coach tour, you will have and the Skywalk will give you one awesome view! The glacier is rapidly melting so make the most of your time here because in years to come it will have vanished and you can boast that you saw the glacier in all its icy glory! This evening you overnight in Jasper. Make sure you look up at the night sky this evening as Jasper is a dark sky preserve, which basically means the stargazing here is out of this world!

Meals Included: Breakfast included

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Day 7: Jasper National Park

Another day of epic scenery and adventure awaits, so what's first? How about jumping on a mountain bike and pedalling your way past beautiful mountain lakes and through pine clad forests? Chill out or dive in for a refreshing swim, whatever floats your boat! Got a head for heights? Ride the Jasper Sky Tram to the top of Whistler Mountain; at the top you'll be rewarded with yet more incredible views. You're not the only thing out here enjoying this unspoilt wilderness, so keep an eye out for Grizzly Bears, wolves and caribou. After all the excitement of the day the only way to relax is by dressing up in a traditional 1940s swimsuit (optional) and taking a dip in a lush mountain hot spring, perfection!

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Optional Activities:

  • Mountain biking CA$15-$75
  • SkyTram cable car CA$45

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Day 8: Kamloops

Today you make your way to Kamloops, BC's friendliest city, but not before you and your Trek crew stop at a viewpoint to see the magnificent peak of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Rockies. Tonight make sure you get plenty of shut-eye, because tomorrow you're off to the adventure capital of Western Canada, Whistler!

Meals Included: Breakfast included

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Day 9-10: Whistler

Whistler may be known as a ski destination but it has so much more to offer than just snow, that's a fact! With heaps of trails to choose from, Whistler is hiker's heaven. For vistas of the spectacular kind, end your Canadian adventure on a high and ride the gondola or chairlift to the top of Blackcomb Mountain. If you feel the need for speed, there can be only one option: zip lining from one mountain to the next on the world's longest zip wire. It's insanely awesome and you really can't leave Whistler without trying it! Whistler attracts adventure seekers from all over the world and after spending a couple of days exploring and having fun here you'll soon see why! This is your last night as a group so make it one to remember, Whistler style!

Meals Included: Breakfast (x2) included

Optional Activities:

  • Extreme zip lining course CA$119-199
  • Gondola ride CA$27
  • Mountain bike rentals CA$20-60 

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Day 11: Vancouver

Today you arrive back in 'Van City' where your tour comes to an end. If you're not ready for your adventure to finish, book a couple of extra hotel nights after your tour, download our city guide and go explore! Relax beneath the city skyline on one of the many city beaches, hire a bike and cruise round Stanley Park, or treat yourself to a plate of sushi....Yum!This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Optional Activities:

  • Bike rental in Stanley Park CA$10-$65
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park CA$43
  • Rollerblading in Stanley Park CA$10-$40

Inclusions:
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader and driver
  • Private transportation
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel: 10
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Tour Highlights:
  • Snow coach tour on the incredible Athabasca Glacier with sky walk
  • Soak the evening away in the Miette Hot Springs
  • Spot iconic Canadian wildlife in scenic Banff
  • Leisure time in picture perfect Lake Louise
  • Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway in Jasper
  • Unearth adventure in all-action Whistler
  • Hike through Canada's epic alpine scenery
  • Admission to amazing national Parks - Banff and Jasper


Reviews (2)
NICOLE D. Posted on: 

My Glaciers & Grizzlies trip was utterly incredible! I loved this tour as it showed us so many incredible places in west Canada. Highlights for me were exploring Suplhur mountain in Banff, walking on the Athabasca Glacier and zip lining in Whistler. The additional activities were great fun and I budgeted to do the majority of these which if possible I do recommend as they were so much fun. My tour group was 11 in size so we travelled in a minibus with our tour leader. This is a slightly smaller group than usual for a Plus tour but I really liked having this sized group. We got on well and we had the freedom to do what we wanted also in free time. There is a fair bit of driving involved but for me I was happy to just sit and look out the window at the gorgeous views. Also our Trek Leader kept us excited with fun and unusual stops along the way which were off the usual routes. Our tour leader was great fun, really knowledgeable and very organised so the whole trip went brilliantly and for me staying in the hotels with a room mate was definitely the preferred accommodation. I am not a fan of camping and so the hotels were a comfortable place to stay. Having a roommate for the tour also meant you got to know someone in the tour group a bit better as well.

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Laura J Posted on: 

Canada is my favourite place I have ever visited; it's truly beautiful with lots of hidden gems. The mountains never get boring and each lake is amazing to look at , no two are the same and you get to visit some of the best ones- Louise, Emerald, Morraine. We visited lots of places - hot springs, towns, Maligne Canyon, Othello tunnels and on the longer bus rides it was split off with stopoffs to see coool places on the way so it didn't seem a long time. In each place we would get abit of free time to explore so you could always check out the things you wanted to see. White water rafting and ziplining are amazing and so worth doing and there were lots of opportunities for hiking, shopping and of course nights out if you wanted to. My favourite night out was Banff with karaoke but they were all brilliant. Make sure you try to get involved, we had 44 people on our trip and everyone was really friendly. Alot of days I would literally drift between talking to different people,I was travelling alone but it was easy to mix with everyone. The last evening everyone had pizzas in the olympic plaza in Whistler which was amazing followed by a night out.Great end to the trip. Our tour leader was called Dustin and he was amazing. He talked to everyone, knew answers to all the questions and was a great laugh. He brought lots of fun to the trip and everyone loved him and our bus drivrR Ian. The accomodation was pretty good, shared in twos and as a three in Whistler. Most the trip you stay

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