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This diverse family holiday is the perfect outdoor adventure with a chance to raft, canoe, hike and bike amongst some of Canada’s most breathtaking scenery.
Welcome to Calgary in Alberta. This one-time Mountie outpost is situated at the meeting of the Bow River and Elbow Rivers in the south of the province, with the epic Rocky Mountain Range forming the city's backdrop. If you have some extra time to explore before the tour departs the city, then the Calgary Zoo with its Botanical Gardens and Prehistoric Park is recommended. Here, the kids can come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs or enjoy some of the city's wide open green spaces. There will be a welcome meeting for those of you not on the group flight at 6.00pm in the hotel lobby, here you will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. If booking flight inclusive you will receive notes off the tour leader at a later stage due to a late arrival. *Standard Hotel*
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada's oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, ice fields and glaciers. It's paradise for anyone who loves the outdoors, with plenty of opportunity for walking and hiking. With an abundance of wildlife in the park, there's always a chance of seeing bear - from a safe distance. Alternatively, take a scenic ride on the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to take in a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. For a completely different perspective, another exciting optional activity is to fly overhead in a helicopter - an amazing experience that your family will never forget. Of course there's nothing better after a hard day of fun than a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs, which is why we've included this for you! *Basic Camping*
With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is known as `the gem of the Rockies'. It's no surprise that it's the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies! There are many walking trails to enjoy here. Wander around the lakeside and mesmerised by the cool blue hues, or hike to a nearby teahouse and be rewarded for your efforts with some of the best chocolate cake in Canada! *Basic Camping*
Continuing your journey, you make your way to the town of Golden and Yoho National Park. 'Yoho' is a native word for 'awe', and you'll see why. Sometimes overshadowed by the neighbouring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho National Park is considered the hidden gem of the Canada national parks system. If your family are budding photographers, exploring Yoho will provide you with ample opportunities to hone your skills as you wander through a pristine alpine landscape that includes mountains, lakes and waterfalls. In your free time you can experience the Kicking Horse River first-hand with an optional half-day white water rafting excursion, or choose to canoe or hike at the magnificent Emerald Lake. Walking the challenging trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls is an excellent alternative option. One thing's for sure, after all this adventure you'll sleep well tonight! *Basic Camping*
Second day in Yoho National Park. *Basic Camping*
The Icefields Parkway is known as one of the world's most scenic drives and cuts through the heart of the Rockies, travelling for 360km (230 miles) past hanging glaciers, sheer rock walls and broad sweeping valleys. You'll definitely want to keep your cameras at the ready for some stunning views. Visit Peyto Lake and be amazed by its incredible turquoise hues, before traversing a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier, on an included guided hike. The kids will be left speechless, for once! The magnificent drive leads you to Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square km (4,200 square miles) and this is where you will camp for the next two nights. It's much less developed than other areas of Western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. There are several options on offer in Jasper. You may want to start your visit by taking the cable car up Whistler Mountain for a bird's-eye view. There's also the chance to try your hand at mountain biking and hiking amidst fantastic lakeside scenery, or to visit Mount Edith Cavell for tremendous views of Angel Glacier, a beautiful hanging glacier in the shape of angel wings. *Basic Camping*
Second day in Jasper National Park. *Basic Camping*
Next up is Wells Gray Provincial Park - the fourth largest in British Columbia, covering the highest regions of the Cariboo Mountains. Take a walk and check out the impressive Helmcken Falls, one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1939, or you could choose to hop on a horse for an afternoon ride. You'll stay in rustic guest ranch cabins for two nights and after each night's dinner, you can kick back and experience authentic ranch hospitality. Take part in a BBQ cookout, where you'll create a hearty meal of fresh meat and fish (plus a vegetarian option) for everyone to feast on after a busy day exploring. *Guest ranch*
Second day at Wells Gray Provincial Park. *Guest ranch*
Continue your journey to Whistler, in the heart of British Columbia. Perhaps better known as a winter resort, Whistler is a fantastic destination all year-round, with incredible scenery and loads of activities on offer. Why not take a leisurely gondola ride and see the views from above, rent bikes and wind your way along the trails, or even take to the tree tops with some adventurous zip lining? For a once in a lifetime experience, you can even take a scenic glacier flight. Whether you're a family of adrenaline junkies or simply like to enjoy some leisurely time together surrounded by nature, there's something for everyone in Whistler. *Basic Camping*
Another day exploring Whistler. *Basic Camping*
Head towards the coast and one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in the world, Vancouver, where unfortunately your tour comes to an end. Should you choose to stay on longer to explore the city, there's plenty to fill your time. Amid the skyscrapers you'll find the locals enjoy an outdoorsy way of life. Stanley Park is always a favourite with the whole family. The kids can make the most of the playground and the pool with a waterslide, or you can hire bikes or rollerblades to explore the rest of the 400-hectare urban park. Be sure to check out the fascinating and brightly painted totem poles that have been here since the 1920s, and you should definitely treat yourselves to some moreish maple cookies! Tour ends.
* Direct flights * Travel by private minibus with trailer for luggage and equipment * Group normally 5 to 13, plus leader * 8 nights participatory camping, 2 nights multi share cabins and 1 night hotel
10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners included. Your tour guide will coordinate local shopping and assist the group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners. Occasionally, you will eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for these meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from CAD$6-$12, lunches from CAD$8-$15 and dinners from CAD$13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately CAD$5 per glass and beer CAD$4 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group meals in Canadian restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of Canada certain food types can be limited.
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