|Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada
||Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada
There are five national parks within the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho and Waterton. All but Waterton are interlocking parks that make up the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site. These cover a total protected area of over 20,000 square kilometres. The wildlife in Banff National Park crosses the best Trans-Canada Highway on specially built over and under passes. These 'animal highways' are designed to reduce accidents on the road
Why we love it:
- The Canadian Rockies are a kaleidoscope of mountains, lakes, glaciers and awe-inspiring beauty.
- Walking and rafting at Yoho National Park is the way to experience a park whose name is actually the native word for ‘awe’.
- The incredible view at the iconic Lake Louise is mesmirising. At Banff you'll canoe, bike and search for wildlife, and join a guided glacier hike at Athabasca Glacier.
- Pay homage to Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, before returning to city life with a stay in cosmopolitan and vibrant Vancouver.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Vancouver - Kamloops
Accommodation: Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport or similar, Vancouver
- Your tour will start at 7:30am at the gateway hotel in Vancouver. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour. The cosmopolitan city of Vancouver has a metropolitan population of over 2.3 million and is one of the most attractive cities in the world, surrounded by water on many sides.
- After leaving Vancouver you will enjoy a scenic drive to Kamloops, gateway to the Canadian Rockies, where we overnight in a local hotel. This British Columbia town is located by the banks of the Kamloops River near Kamloops Lake.
Day 2-3: Golden - Yoho National Park
Accommodation: Sandman Inn Kamloops or similar, Kamloops
- Continuing by road you'll see the towering Mount Revelstoke and travel through Glacier National Park on your way to Yoho (a native word meaning ‘awe’). Your home for the next two nights is the small town of Golden, located in Kicking Horse River Valley. Overshadowed by the neighbouring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho National Park is the hidden gem of the Canada national parks system.
- It is a photographer’s dream with several hiking opportunities that will take you amongst Yoho’s pristine alpine landscape that includes mountains, lakes and waterfalls. You can experience the raging Kicking Horse River first-hand with an optional exhilarating half-day white water rafting excursion or choose to canoe and hike at magnificent Emerald Lake. An excellent alternative option is walking the challenging trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls.
Day 4: Lake Louise - Banff National Park
Accommodation: Prestige Mtnside Resort Yoho or similar, Yoho NP
- With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is ‘the gem of the Canadian Rockies’. Lake Louise has always been a popular tourist destination, so it is no surprise that it is the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies!
- You will continue on to your hotel in Banff National Park for a two-night stay.
Day 5: Banff National Park
Accommodation: Tunnel Mtn Resort Banff or similar, Banff NP
- 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, icefields and glaciers. It is the veritable outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with opportunities for canoeing on Bow River, mountain biking or a ride up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Another exciting optional activity is to view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and, with an abundance of wildlife around, there is always a chance of seeing something. There is nothing better after a hard day of fun than a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs. Banff’s nightlife offers great live music and a fine selection of restaurants.
Day 6: Icefields Parkway – Jasper National Park
Accommodation: Becker's Chalet or similar, Jasper NP
- You will travel on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), a scenic road that cuts through the heart of the Rockies and offers surely one of the world’s most spectacular drives. It links Banff National Park with Jasper National Park.
- You will have the chance to traverse a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier on a guided glacier hike. Peyto Lake's turquoise hues are sure to startle you with their brilliance. You'll end your day by continuing to Jasper National Park for a two-night stay.
Day 7: Jasper National Park
Accommodation: Becker's Chalet or similar, Jasper NP
- Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square kilometres (4200 square miles). It is much less developed than other areas of western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. There are several options on offer in Jasper.
- You will start by taking the cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's eye view of this splendid park. There are also opportunities for mountain biking or hiking amidst glorious lakeside scenery, or visit Mount Edith Cavell for tremendous views of Angel Glacier and various other hiking options.
Day 8: Hope
- You'll make your way from Alberta back to British Columbia. Just over the border you will have the opportunity to see Mount Robson. At 3954 metres (12,972 feet), this is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and makes for a great photo opportunity before you continue on to your hotel in Hope. There is also an optional visit to Othello Tunnels today.
Day 9: Vancouver
- Your final drive takes us back to Vancouver, a city where Native American culture is very much alive here as evident by totem poles in the famous Stanley Park. On arrival you will enjoy a short orientation tour of the city that takes us to the thriving Gastown area as well as Stanley Park.
- Your tour concludes upon arrival at the gateway hotel at approximately 5pm. Optional post-tour accommodation is available at the gateway hotel. Please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Vancouver tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
- You may wish to extend your tour by adding on post tour accommodation to make your own discoveries and further enjoy the delights of Stanley Park by hiring a bicycle or some roller blades.
- In the park is also the fascinating Vancouver Aquarium - home to playful sea otters. Other options include strolling around the shops in the popular Gastown area, visiting the excellent Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and learning more about Native American culture, and sampling the excellent dining options and nightlife that this vibrant city has to offer.
- The services of a professional tour leader.
- Sightseeing and entrance fee to national parks.
Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Airport departure taxes
- Any optional tours and activities
- Tips and items of a personal nature
- Daily budget
We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:
- Helicopter Flight
- Whitewater Rafting (seasonal) - Canada
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.
Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
At the time of writing, Australians, Americans, British, New Zealanders and most European nationals do not require a visa for Canada. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
City to City – Jan Morris Wild Is Always There: Canada Through the Eyes of Foreign Writers – Greg Gatenby (edited by) Maple Leaf Rag: Travels Across Canada – Stephen Brook Native Peoples and Cultures of Canada – Allan Macmillan Who Has Seen The Wind – W.O. Mitchell Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town: Stephen Leacock The Klondike Quest – Pierre Berton The Promised Land – Pierre Berton Ribbon of Highway: The Trans Canada Highway Coast to Coast by Bus – Kildare Dobbs
Peregrine Adventures and Grand American Adventures.
This trip is operated by our partners, Grand American Adventures, a US based company with nearly 40 years experience in adventure travel. They also share our ethos for offering unique holiday adventures. As this is a code-shared departure you can expect there to be both Grand American Adventures and Peregrine travellers on your trip.
In the event of an emergency or if you wish to report a problem on tour please do not hesitate to call Grand American Adventures' toll free* 24-hour emergency contact number.
Toll-Free (*in the US): 1 (800) 345 - 8777
International: 001 (310) 719 - 9877
Possible Itinerary Amendments
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, our stated itinerary should be used as a guideline.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
7 November 2013
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