Enjoy snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters on this outdoor family adventure.
Start your family adventure exploring Banff National Park, the birthplace of Canada’s Park system. Plus, enjoy snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, you’ll soon see why Lake Louise is one of the most photographed destinations in the Canadian Rockies. Be inspired by incredible views of sheer rock-faces rising above turquoise lakes in Yoho National Park. Opt to canoe the magnificent Emerald Lake, try an exhilarating half-day rafting trip on the legendary Kicking Horse River and if conditions permit, challenge yourselves on trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls. Jasper National Park is next and the largest national park in Canada. Admire the world-renowned Icefields Parkway, gaze upon Peyto Lake’s startling turquoise hue and enjoy an included guided glacier walk on the imposing Athabasca Glacier. Wells Gray National Park is a spectacular, pure wilderness area where you can experience the stunning vistas of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones, established old-growth forests and mighty white-water rivers. Step back in time by overnighting on the grounds of a guest ranch. The thrills continue as you reach Whistler, the adventure capital of Western Canada.
On all camping tours, most of the meals are included whilst camping. 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$7 per glass and beer CAD$6 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group me ls 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.
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. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel, where you'll meet your tour guide and the other families who will be joining you on this adventure. *Ramada Calgary (or similar)* *Optional Activities*: * Calgary Zoo CA$25 (CA$17 for under 16s)
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 an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with plenty of opportunity for walking and hiking. With an abundance of wildlife in the park, there's always the chance of seeing bears 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! You’ll stay in the same campsite for four nights in the Lake Louise area so there will be no packing and unpacking, for a little while at least. *Tunnel Mountain II (or similar)* *Optional Activities*: * Aerial gondola/tramway CA$49-64 * Scenic glacier flight (20 minutes) CA$275
With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and enchanting turquoise waters, Lake Louise is simply stunning. It's always been a popular tourist destination, so there’s no surprise that it's the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies! There are loads of walking trails to enjoy, so you can either wander around the lake or hike to a nearby teahouse to be rewarded with some of the best chocolate cake in Canada! *Tunnel Mountain II (or similar)* *Optional Activities*: * Canoeing CAD$125 per hour (CAD$95 per additional hour)
Today’s adventure will take you to 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 Canadian 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! *ACCOMMODATION*: Camping *OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES*: Emerald Lake canoe rental (1 hr) CA$45
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 want to keep your cameras 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, the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square km (4,200 square miles). This is where you will camp for the next two nights. It's much less developed than other areas of Western Canada and there are several options on offer. 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. *ACCOMMODATION*: Camping *OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES*: Mountain biking CA$15-$75; SkyTram cable car CA$45
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 camp among spectacular two nights and after each night's dinner, you can kick back and experience authentic British Columbian 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. *ACCOMMODATION*: Camping
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. *ACCOMMODATION*: Camping included *OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES*: Extreme zip line course CA$119-$199; Mountain biking from CA$100; Gondola ride CA$27
Head towards the coast and to 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. Be sure to check out the fascinating and brightly painted totem poles that have been here since the 1920s, and you should treat yourselves to some moreish maple cookies! This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs. *ACCOMMODATION*: None included *OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES*: Bike rental in Stanley Park CA$10-$65
* Services of a professional tour guide * 11 nights accommodation * All transportation by private vehicle * 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners * All children aged 6-16 will receive 10% off the published price
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
With over 45 years’ experience of taking people on amazing adventure holidays, Exodus can help you reach some of the most incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across more than 90 countries around the world. All staff at Exodus have a passion for travel and adventure, and some team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus. But that’s not all. This reputable company is a Which? recommended escorted tour provider and has won many prestigious awards, including Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company at the 2018 British Travel Awards.
Exodus is all about adventure and helping others to achieve their travel dreams by offering a fantastic range of guided group holidays, self-guided trips, tailor-made getaways and escorted tours. So, if you’re looking to discover different countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts or even jungles, the expert team at Exodus can help you plan an unforgettable solo, group or family adventure.
Each tour and adventure has been created to give you maximum value for money, often including authentic activities, as well as flights, accommodation and a tour guide. And as the team has developed one of the very best and most exciting collections of guided-group tours and self-guided holidays, you’re guaranteed the adventure holiday of a lifetime, no matter which one you pick. Trips include everything from family adventure holidays and walking and cycling tours to mixed-activity tours and seasonal getaways. You can also ask Exodus to plan a tailored itinerary from scratch or tweak an existing one, which means you can book a bespoke holiday that is designed just for you.
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When it comes to travelling together as a family with Exodus, all family holidays are specifically designed to offer a mix of education and exploration, with plenty of downtime. Each adventure and tour has been created with one of three age ranges in mind, but children outside of the 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16 age bracket are welcome to travel too. Plus, the price for children up to the age of 16 is 25% lower than the adult cost for Exodus guided holidays to help make your trip more affordable. From canoeing and cycling in the Dordogne to safari tours in Africa and dolphin watching in Costa Rica, Exodus offer family adventures all over the world.
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At Exodus, they make sure that everyone travels respectfully and courteously in a small group to minimise their impact and to ensure each holiday is a beneficial experience for all those involved. Where possible, they believe in putting money directly into the communities they visit by eating locally produced food and using locally owned and run accommodation. They also strive to provide as much flexibility and choice as possible to make it simple for you to experience a memorable holiday, your way.