Welcome to Calgary! This one-time Mountie outpost is situated at the meeting of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of Alberta, with the epic Rocky Mountain Range as its backdrop. Stay a couple of days before the tour starts if you want to explore the city and check out the western saloons and rodeo. Enjoy the scenery as you make your way towards Canada's oldest national park, Banff. Your leader will guide you on the Johnston Canyon to Lower Falls & Moraine Lakeshore Trail for amazing scenic views.
However you choose to explore Banff, you'll be left speechless by its endless beauty. This place will blow your mind with showstopping trails, mirrored lakes and chiselled canyons. Hike the trails or take a scenic gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain; for a once in a lifetime experience you can even get the ultimate bird's-eye view from a scenic helicopter flight. After all the action, opt for a dip in the hot springs to soothe tired muscles... heaven! Next up is Lake Louise and boy is she good looking! Once you've stopped gawking at the incredible scenery that surrounds you, we suggest taking a hike out to the Plain of Six Glaciers or jumping in a canoe and getting out on to the turquoise waters for a different perspective of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
Yoho National Park might be amongst the smallest parks in the Rockies, but don't underestimate it, because it's going to blow your socks off! As you start exploring the park you'll soon see why it makes perfect sense to be named 'Yoho', which comes from the Native American Cree word for 'awe' and 'wonder'. Your leader will guide you on the Wapta Falls & Emerald Loop Trail to explore the best of the national park. The scenery will continue to impress as you walk to Takakkaw Falls, meaning 'magnificent' in the Cree language, which is exactly what it is! Emerald Lake with its glacial hues and forest backdrop is a must whilst in Yoho and in the summer sunshine you'll soon see how it got its name! If you're up for some adventure, embrace your wild side with some white water rafting down the aptly named Kicking Horse River, which offers some of the best rapids in the world.
The drive towards Jasper National Park is jam-packed with stunning scenery as you cruise along the Icefields Parkway. It's regarded one of the world's finest drives and has the real 'wow' factor! There's also an opportunity to take a guided glacier walk along the way. Jasper is the perfect place to be at one with nature without the crowds! As you explore the trails, keep your eyes peeled for the park's wildlife including Black and Grizzly Bears, caribou and even wolves. Walk with your tour leader on the Athabasca Falls/Maligne Canyon trail for some sweet views. Biking your way round this epic national park is also great way to see it, so what are you waiting for!
The stillness, silence and isolation go up another notch in Wells Gray Provincial Park. You'll be surrounded by incredible views of mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones and old-growth forests. Hike to the stunning Helmcken Falls, a 141 metre waterfall on the Murtle River, and one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Hopefully you've packed your sense of adventure! An included overnight canoe trip delivers pure away-from-it-all escapism and a remote experience which is truly spectacular.
Surrounded by mountains, Whistler is an adventure lover's paradise, so be sure to make the most of the exciting and thrilling activities on offer. Hike the trails, try some awesome mountain biking, fly through the air on a vertigo inducing zip line through the tree tops, or ride the gondola for stunning views. Whatever you decide to do, adventure is well and truly alive in Whistler, so embrace it.
Cross the Strait of Georgia on a scenic ferry journey and make your way to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, towards the laid-back surfing town of Tofino. With three nights in the area you can really explore and the scenery will 'wow' even the most discerning traveller with its stunning Cedar tree-lined beaches. Keep watch for eagles soaring overhead and whales swimming just offshore, this place is a paradise for wildlife. With so many activities on offer you won't know where to begin but an included bear viewing cruise is a pretty good place to start! This area is a hotspot for seeing bears, but you may also spot whales too. Head back out onto the water for some optional sea kayaking between the secluded coves or to join a dedicated whale watching excursion. In Tofino it's not just the abundance of amazing wildlife that will impress, there are also some great hiking trails just waiting for you to explore. Enjoy a walk with your leader on the Wild Side Trail and check out the park's massive cedars, Douglas Fir and maple trees that measure up to 13 metres around!
Known as British Columbia's 'City of Gardens', Victoria is a city where the outdoor intrepid type will feel right at home. With a rugged, beautiful shoreline and a relaxed way of life, there's no surprise people never want to leave. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city with your tour leader, and try to catch the BC Parliament Buildings lit up by more than 3,000 lightbulbs at night, it's a magical sight!
End this awesome Canadian tour with a scenic ferry ride back over to the mainland, and arrive in Vancouver. Check out the city's Stanley Park, with its famous collection of authentic totem polls, and perhaps treat yourself to some moreish maple cookies. Head to Prospect Point for the best views in town, before saying goodbye to your new Trek buddies.This tour ends at our gateway hotel 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.