The Rocky Mountains of Canada offer stunning landscapes of towering peaks, serene turquoise
lakes, thick forests and gushing rivers. Walk the streets of Vancouver, hike the trails of Jasper
and Banff, meander along the river in Yoho National Park and soak up the superb alpine
scenery. Spot native moose and bears and unleash your inner daredevil with a bevy of
adventure activities – mountain biking or river rafting, anyone? Jump in feet first and immerse
yourself in the beauty of Canada in this outdoor experience.
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The campsites that we use are selected for either their scenic beauty, their convenient location to places of interest and/or the facilities available. We aim to offer you a selection of different types of campsites.
If you’ve never camped before – no problem! We provide a complete set of camping and cooking equipment. This includes roomy easy-to-pitch tents, which are shared by only two people and are equipped with thin foam rubber mattresses and vinyl floors. Your leader will show you how to pitch a tent on the first day. On many trips we also spend a few nights in reasonably priced hotels / motels / hostels (as per the itinerary).
For the group, we also provide two burner stoves, efficient camp kitchen equipment, dishes, coolers, food storage boxes, a water container, lamps and a sun and rain roof. Please take good care of all the equipment. You’ll be assigned a specific tent so please look after it well. The equipment has to be returned clean, complete and in the same condition as you received it. Please keep in mind that sleeping bags are not provided and you’ll need to bring your own.
Our high quality camping equipment (including tents) can be affected by bad weather conditions.
This can result in some wet and cold conditions inside the tent. Your spirit of adventure and flexibility
will help make your adventure trip an exciting and unforgettable experience. On nights where the
group is camping and weather conditions are extreme (such as snow or heavy rain) there may be an
opportunity for the group (if everyone agrees) to stay at an alternative location such as a nearby
hostel or hotel. When this is the case the upgrade is at your own expense.
You’ll find the necessary facilities – toilets and in most cases showers, washing machines and driers –
at many of our campsites. The showers at some campsites only have cold water available and some
may require a payment (usually no more than US$1-$3 for a quick shower). This is payable locally
and is generally a contribution to paying for a limited water supply. Please be aware that some
campsites won’t have any facilities, however it will rarely be for more than one night at a time. This is
true of many campsites within Yosemite National Park, so if your trip is visiting this park, please
prepare to go without a shower on this night, although it can often be arranged to stop and utilise
facilities on our way out of the park.
In all the campsites there are strict quiet hours, when absolutely no loud noise is allowed. This
means that all music, singing and group gatherings have to stop. We request that all our travellers
respect these campsite rules.
For trips where there are lodges/cabins used, couples travelling together may be separated as our
rooming arrangements are based on single gender.
Welcome to Vancouver, Canada. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm at the
hotel, where you can introduce yourself to your fellow travellers and tour leader. If you arrive
early in Vancouver, why not take a walk around the Victorian buildings in the historic Gastown
neighbourhood or wander through the behemoth urban forest that is Stanley Park. Captivated
by Vancouver and worried you won’t have enough time to see what the city has to offer?
Remember you’ll be back to bookend your journey. Accommodation: Hotel
Today, leave Vancouver behind and travel to the
outdoor mecca that is Whistler. Drive along the Sea
to Sky Highway, widely considered one of the most
scenic routes in the world, with a stop at Squamish
along the way. If time permits, it may be possible to
take a short hike to the massive granite monolith
known as The Chief before continuing to Whistler.
While there are no included activities planned for
your time in Whistler, there are plenty of optional
activities to take part in during your stay. Hiking,
mountain biking, zip-lining and kayaking are just some of what’s on offer. Have a chat to your
leader about how to go about booking and taking part in these activities. You’ll have time today
on arrival to get your bearings before you settle into the campground for the night.
Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Rise and shine for a free day in this outdoor adventure hub. Remember that all activities in
Whistler are optional and some may come at an additional cost. Zip-lining tours are an amazing
way of getting an aerial view over Fitzsimmons Creek and, if you’re lucky, seeing some bears
along the way. During the warmer months, hiking is a great (and inexpensive) way to get the lay
of the land, just keep in mind that the rugged terrain can make for challenging trails. There are
also some great cycle networks in Whistler, so you have the option of hiring a bike and riding to
one of the nearby lakes. Don’t forget to spend some time exploring Whistler Village, a charming
pedestrian-only town with plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants. Accommodation: Camping (with
Make sure you’ve got a book, a podcast or some sparkling conversation ready as you settle in
for a long drive to Wells Gray Provincial Park (approximately 6–7 hours). You’ll arrive in time to
set up camp for the evening on a rustic cowboy ranch. Enjoy a cold beverage in an authentic
saloon and then relax with dinner by the campfire. Complete the classic North American
campsite by crafting s’mores (marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers) and sharing
stories over the crackle of the flames. Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
This morning you’ll travel deeper into Wells Gray Provincial Park, disembarking at Clearwater
Lake. Pack your camping equipment into a canoe and cruise into the water. On a sunny day the
name of the lake is particularly apt, and if you work up a thirst while paddling you can drink the
pristine water around you, no filter necessary. After some instruction from the canoeing guides,
paddle about 2.5–4 hours to a secluded beach campsite. Set up camp for the night and spend
some time swimming or exploring before cooking dinner. The campsite tonight is a little more
basic than others on the trip. It has tables, fire-pits and tent sites, but only pit toilets and no
showers. But trust us, the stunning location more than makes up for the rustic facilities.
Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities)
Wake up lakeside and choose whether to set out on a short, unguided hike from the campsite
or enjoy a relaxing breakfast on the lakefront. Pack up your gear and hit the water again,
alighting along the way at another beach for a picnic lunch. Back at the starting point, help
unload and store the canoes and then drive to the ranch, checking out some amazing waterfalls
along the way. Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Hit the road bound for Jasper National Park, a journey which should take around five and a half
hours in total. Along the way you’ll see views of Mt Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian
Rockies. You’ll arrive in the afternoon, giving you time to head out on an optional walk. Try and
catch a glimpse of the area’s wildlife such as moose, elk, deer, bears and coyotes. If you’re
lucky enough to spot one or more of these beasts in their natural habitat, remember to keep
your distance of at least 100 metres from predators (bears, coyotes) and 30 metres from all
other animals. One optional activity that may be of interest if you arrive with a few hours of
daylight to spare is the Jasper SkyTram. This tramway ascends to 2300 metres above sea level
to a great vantage point in the Rocky Mountains with breathtaking views. Accommodation:
Camping (with facilities)
Today you’ll make a visit to of Maligne Lake. Make sure you’ve got a charged phone or camera
ready to capture shots of the jagged mountains and bright green pine forests that surround
these glacial waters. Take a hike around the area and then choose whether you’d like to pay for
an optional cruise around the lake, including a visit to Spirit Island. This tiny ‘tied’ island is one
of the most photographed spots in the Canadian Rockies for a reason, so if you can afford it the
optional cruise is worthwhile. Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Take a scenic morning drive through mountain scenery on the famous Icefields Parkway, which
connects Jasper and Banff National Parks (approximately 4 hours). There will be numerous
opportunities to stop at viewpoints and waterfalls along the way. This includes visits to the ice
fields of Athabasca Glacier, where you can choose to either admire from a distance or explore
on an optional guided tour. On arrival at your campground in Banff, get your bearings with a
brief walk. You’ll be spending the next three nights here, so settle in and start planning what to
do in your free time. Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Over the next two days you’ll visit the pristine Lake Louise and stunning Moraine Lake with
hiking opportunities at both locations. Banff is Canada’s oldest national park, with valleys and
mountain chains formed between 55 and 80 million years ago. You’ll also have ample free time
to explore Banff and take part in optional activities. As always, your leader is there to help, so
pick their brain for advice on which (if any) you wish to participate in. Options include a gondola
ride up Sulphur Mountain, a dip in the natural hot springs or exploring the hoodoos and falls of
Bow River valley by foot. There are many trails of different lengths, allowing you to hike for as
long (or short) as you wish. Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Today drive for around two and a half hours to a
place so beautiful its name comes from a Cree word
that means awe and wonder – Yoho National Park.
On arrival, take a walk down the Kicking Horse
River and visit Takakkaw Falls (the second-highest
falls in Canada at 384 metres). If time permits, you’ll
also visit Emerald Lake, which (perhaps
unsurprisingly) is an arresting shade of cyan. Your
two nights in Yoho National Park give you ample
time to explore the terrain and take part in optional
activities. Thrillseekers might want to give whitewater rafting a go. Half- and full-day options are
available for rafting, giving you the chance to get wet and wild on class III to class IV+ rapids.
For those who prefer to approach nature in a calmer way there are plenty of great trails – ask
your leader for a recommendation that matches your fitness level. Accommodation: Camping
This morning, travel through the high mountain clearing of Rogers Pass to reach Glacier
National Park. Stop at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre for a look around and (depending on time
and conditions) take a short hike through an old-growth area of cedar and hemlock. As one of
the world’s most active avalanche areas, most of the rugged, mountainous area of Glacier
National Park is inaccessible for day hikes. Drive through Mount Revelstoke National Park,
which contains part of the world’s only temperate inland rainforest, and (if time allows) explore
the area on a short hike. The destination today is the town of Kamloops. Keep in mind that the
drive today will take approximately 6–7 hours, so get those devices and reading materials
ready. Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)
Make the journey back to Vancouver (approximately 4-5 hours). The arrival time depends on a
variety of factors such as weather, but you should expect to be back in the city before 3 pm.
There are no activities scheduled upon arrival in Vancouver. If you are flying out on this day
please don’t book a flight before 8 pm, as this will give you enough time to catch a shuttle from
the hotel to the airport and be there two hours before departure. Vancouver is the largest city in
western Canada and well worth some extra time to explore the city’s delights. Should you
choose to stay longer in Vancouver we’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you
(subject to availability).