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Glaciers, mountains and national parks!

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Group Size: Avg 30-35

Trip code: CTKCA

Duration: 11 days

Majority twin-share accommodation
7 great Canadian locations
Cities and National Parks

With majestic glaciers, snow-capped mountains and pine-fringed lakes, British Columbia is a natural wonder. There’s more to it than spectacular views though - Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city worthy of a trip in itself. Take an unforgettable ride over Athabasca Glacier, hike into soaring canyons in Jasper, ride Fraser River’s white waters, and head to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff for views that are out of this world!

Trip highlights

  • Take a ride on the Ice Explorer over the mighty Athabasca Glacier.
  • Fly over Whistler, on the Superfly zipline
  • Hike through Maligne Canyon in jaw-dropping Jasper National Park.
  • Opt to white-water raft on Fraser River.
  • Visit Banff National Park.
  • Discover Vancouver - historic Gastown, Stanley Park, Chinatown and more.
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What's included
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners
  • Group leader
  • All on-trip transport
  • Mt Robson visit
  • Maligne Canyon hike
  • Maligne Lake
  • Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer experience
  • Peyto Lake & Lake Louise
  • Banff Springs Hotel visit
  • Banff National Park
  • Spiral Train Tunnels
  • Stanley Park 9 totem poles
  • Help with onward travel
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals and drinks
  • Acitivites not listed in the inclusions (optional activities)
Further trip information

Day 1:  Vancouver to Whistler. Meet the gang in Vancouver and take the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. The views are insane, so sit back, plug in the tunes and take it in. In Whistler, op to fly through the air at 102kmh on the Superfly zipline before a mouth-watering dinner and a few brews with your new friends.

Day 2: Whistler. Whistler is a looker – think snow-capped peaks and pine-fringed lakes. Breathe the fresh mountain air,  choose to canoe along the River of Dreams, take a hike through picture postcard scenery, or take a gondola to the top of the mountains – what a place!

Day 3: Whistler to Sun Peaks. Grab a window seat and watch the craggy mountains and sparkling lakes of the Lillooet Mountain Range go past. Our destination today is Sun Peaks. Soak up your spectacular surroundings and take a gondola ride when we get there for the best views.

Day 4: Sun Peaks to Jasper (via Mt. Robson). Take a panoramic picnic at Mt Robson. Then you can get your adrenaline pumping with a white-water rafting optional excursion on the Fraser River. Dry off and hop back on the coach to Jasper.

Day 5: Jasper. Get ready for a day of non-stop incredible. We’re talking wildlife, vast icefields and glacial lakes. Hike into Maligne Canyon, check out the azure waters of Maligne Lake and cruise to Spirit Island, the most photographed view in the Rockies (you’ll know it when you see it).

Day 6: Jasper to Banff. We’re hitting the Columbia Icefield Parkway with stops at Athabasca Falls, bright blue Peyto Lake, Lake Louise and a ride on the Ice Explorer across the Athabasca Glacier. Try the glacier water (just don’t get your tongue stuck!) Roll into Banff ready for drinks and dinner.

Day 7: Banff. Banff is mountain scenery, hiking trails, grizzly bears and cute lodges. Take a gondola up Sulphur Mountain for views to die for. We’ve got some stellar activities on offer. Mountain climbing, helicopter over Assiniboine Glacier or a horse ride with fire-cooked steak anybody?

Day 8: Banff to Vernon. Cross three national parks today, including the Spiral Train Tunnels, Glacier National Park (home to over 400 glaciers), Roger’s Pass and Mt Revelstoke National Park. Arrive in Vernon, dump your stuff and head out for dinner in a traditional pub – cheers!

Day 9: Vernon to Vancouver. Take a drive through Canada’s wine country on your way back to beautiful Vancouver. See the nine Totem Poles in Stanley Park, hit the boutique stores in Gastown and pick up some dim sum in Chinatown. Later, how about some live music in Yale Town?

Day 10: Vancouver. It’s your last day in Vancouver so make the most of it! Check out some independent art galleries, pick up souvenirs on Main Street, visit Lynn Canyon Park or catch a hockey game. Round off your amazing adventure in style, with a dinner cruise with your new friends.

Day 11. Trip end. It’s time to swap contact details and say goodbye to the group. Our Canadian adventure comes to an end today. See you again soon!

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Arrival information

The trip kicks off on day 1 in Vancouver. Arrive in Vancouver International Airport (YVR). We’ll be travelling on to Whistler today, so we recommend that you arrive the day before or earlier. We can book pre-trip accommodation for you (at an additional cost).

The trip ends on day 11 in Vancouver. If you’re heading home, you’ll need to make your way to the airport. If you’re continuing your travels around Canada, enjoy!

Accommodation & meals

Where you will be staying...

We have selected some unique places for you to stay during your trip. 10 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip. You’ll spend 8 nights in twin-share 3* hotels and 2 nights in an elegant quad-share chalet in Banff. Below are some examples of the hotels that you may stay in on this trip:

Vancouver - GEC Suites
Whistler - Pangea Pod
Sun Peaks - Sun Peaks Lodge
Jasper - Athbasca Lodge
Banff - Tunnel Mountain Resort
Vernon - Days Inn

Meals

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine.

Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.

British passport holders don’t usually need a visa for a short visit Canada, but you’ll need to get an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), which you can apply for online. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

The legal drinking age in Canada is 18 for Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, and 19 for the rest of the country, so if you’re under 19, there may be some areas where you’re not able to enter bars, clubs or other establishments where alcohol is served. It’s recommended that even if you are over 19, you always carry a valid form of ID.

Please note, this trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fulled vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).

Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip. 

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.