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Group Size: Max 50, Avg 30
Trip code: XCR
Duration: 11 days
There's nowhere else in the world that does the great outdoors quite like Canada does, and if you need proof of that then look no further than this trip. From stepping foot on one of the few remaining glaciers in Jasper National Park, to canoeing on Lake Louise, bathing (1940s style) in hot springs, and keeping watch for grizzlies on mountain hikes through Banff, you'll get to experience the best and most spectacular sights Canada has to offer, whilst having the time of your life with a group of new friends on an action-packed travel adventure.
Days 1: Vancouver
Vancouver is a great place to chill out and relax in, with loads to see and do, so it's well worth arriving nice and early to spend some time exploring the area on your first day. In the evening you'll meet up with the rest of your group and tour leader at a welcome meeting.
Day 2: Revelstoke
Get a taste for the adventure ahead as you drive through the spectacular rocky scenery on the banks of the Columbia River. Rest up in your hotel after taking a look around the town or trying out a few activities during the day. Breakfast included.
Days 3-4: Banff National Park
Spend the next couple of days in Canada's oldest and most well-known national park, Banff. Go hiking along one of the park's 1,600 trails, head to Bow Falls, and try out a whole host of optional activities, from horse riding to taking a flight over the glaciers. Two breakfasts included.
Day 5: Lake Louise
Spend the day hiking the trails around beautiful Lake Louise – the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House is one of the best to try out. Make sure you fit in a canoeing session too, there's nowhere more incredible to paddle through than the waters of Lake Louise. Breakfast included.
Day 6: Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park
We'll drive through the breathtaking Icefields Parkway, cruising along one of Alberta's most beautiful road routes on our way to Jasper National Park. We'll stop at Athabasca Glacier, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, go on a snow coach tour, and try out a brilliant Skywalk for amazing views over the area. Breakfast included.
Day 7: Jasper National Park
Hike or bike your way through Jasper National Park, take a refreshing dip in the local lakes, or go wildlife spotting in the mountains. Later on you'll have the option of getting dressed up in a traditional 1940s swimsuit and bathing in the hot mountain springs. Breakfast included.
Day 8: Kamloops
On our way to Kamloops, we'll stop off at a viewing point to see Mount Robson, the highest mountain peak in the Canadian Rockies – make sure you take plenty of photos! We'll have a pretty chilled out evening tonight, to conserve our energy for the adventure to come. Breakfast included.
Days 9-10: Whistler
If you're in Whistler during snow season, then try out the skiing and snowboarding activities on offer, but otherwise, check out the hiking trails and mountain biking scene, go on a chairlift or gondola ride to the top of Blackcomb Mountain, or whizz through the mountains on the world's longest zip line. Two breakfasts included.
Day 11: Vancouver
Back in Vancouver, it's time to say goodbye as our tour ends. We'll be back in the city by around 5pm, so it's worth booking an extra night's accommodation – we can help with this, just ask when you call to book. If you're flying home today, please make sure your return flight isn't due for departure until after 9pm. Breakfast included.
This trip gives you plenty of opportunity to explore and discover the great Canadian countryside in your own time, which is fantastic for more independent travellers. We'll take you to some of Canada's most exciting adventure destinations and your trusty tour guide will be able to suggest things to do in each as well as help you arrange them if you like, otherwise you're completely free to choose how you spend your time outside of any planned activities.
Your transport to and from each destination on the itinerary is included in the cost of your trip. You'll also have a free shuttle service to take you from Vancouver airport to your hotel. Any transport required in your own time or outside of the scheduled itinerary will be at your own cost and will need to be paid for locally.
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