Canadian Rockies: National Parks Eastbound

Canadian Rockies: National Parks Eastbound
Canadian Rockies: National Parks Eastbound
Canadian Rockies: National Parks Eastbound
Canadian Rockies: National Parks Eastbound
Canadian Rockies: National Parks Eastbound
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Now's the time to explore western Canada on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Discover that big mountain mood on this journey along the Pacific Coast from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies. Do a touch of whale spotting before heading east into the enveloping mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper National Parks in search of sulphur springs, canoeing excursions, and massive glaciers. Camping out most nights means you could find yourself face-to-face with a moose, deer, or maybe even a bear. (Just don't ask it for a selfie.) The Great Outdoors is the perfect playground for your next adventure.

Highlights
  • Road trip through two Canadian provinces.
  • Sip lattes and people-watch in Vancouver
  • Be awed by the mighty Rockies
  • Create a postcard-perfect photo in Jasper National Park
  • Enjoy the scenery of western Canada
Transport
Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, ferry, canoe, Zodiac
Meals Included
12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
Accommodation
Hostel (1 nt, same-sex multi-share), participation camping (12 nts)
Destinations
  • North America
  • Canada
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Camping
  • Small Group
  • 18-30 somethings
  • Canoeing-Kayaking
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • White water rafting
  • Beaches
  • Flowers and Gardens
  • Wildlife

Location: Vancouver

Arrive at any time. Throw on something fabulous and get to know your group on a night out in Vancouver. From catching a live show with a cold pint, to tearing it up on the dance floor after a few cocktails there’s something for everyone in this western Canadian city. Head to one of your CEO’s favourite friendly spots, sip a craft beer, indulge in a tasty bite, and spend a night out on the town with some of your new friends.<p>This tour departs Vancouver early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: HI Vancouver Downtown Hostel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Vancouver, Tsawwassen Mills, Swartz Bay, Victoria

Discover beautiful, moody, and invigorating Vancouver on a brief orientation drive with your super cool CEO. Pack top sights like Stanley Park, Gastown, and the Vancouver Lookout into your morning before hopping on a ferry with your new pals to get to the capital of British Columbia, Victoria. Get your bearings in your new surroundings on a visit to some of the liveliest pubs downtown. Take in the mountains rising in the distance and smell the salty brine of the ocean before sampling the best fish and chips in Victoria (and arguably all of Canada) at Red Fish Blue Fish. With your stomachs full and your heads buzzing with laughter and talk of tomorrow you will have no problem collapsing into your tent tonight for some much needed rest.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Drive around to spot some of the main highlights of the area.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Goldstream Provincial Park Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Lunch,

Location: Victoria, Tofino

It's off to Tofino today! Breathe in the lush smell of old growth forests and daydream as the island scenery passes you by. Stop at the Old Country Market in Coombs where you can buy souvenirs, grab a bite to eat, or simply sit and watch goats amble by on the roof above. Arrive in Tofino just in time to watch sunset over the water. Then take the rest of the evening to relax in nature or hangout with your group and tell stories because you're bound to have some by now!<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Travel time includes stops and lunch at Old Country Market in Coombs</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Come by this beloved Vancouver Island attraction near Parksville to grab a meal, explore the market, and watch the goats on the roof -- yes, really!</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Green Point Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Tofino

Get up close and personal with mother nature today on a whale watching tour by Zodiac. Make a bet with your group and see who can spot the most orcas and other wildlife off of Tofino's coast. If you're lucky you'll be able to spot sea lions, seals, porpoise, and grey whales. In the afternoon soak in views of this rugged and untamed landscape and spend time exploring endless stretches of beach. From hikes through rainforests to catching waves out in the Pacific Ocean Tofino is an outdoor adventurers' paradise. Whatever you decide the time is yours, just make sure to grab your fill of this unique surfer town before it's time to move inland.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your excursions take you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery and wildlife, such as gray whales, sea lions, seals, porpoise and killer whales (orcas).</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Get out and leave no stone unturned.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Green Point Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Tofino, Nanaimo, MacMillan Provincial Park, Horseshoe Bay, Whistler

The outdoor adventures are far from over. Dance beneath ancient Douglas firs as you make your way to the ferry. Say good-bye to island time and continue further inland to Whistler. On the way experience stunning scenery, wildlife, and some pretty awesome photo ops.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a visit to beautiful MacMillan Provincial Park. Cathedral Grove, located in the park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world, some more than 800 years old.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Riverside Resort (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Whistler

Good morning from one of Canada's greatest natural playgrounds. Right when you thought you couldn't fall more in love with this country you most certainly will. The scenery here is almost dreamlike and one of the best ways to take it all in is with a morning hike. Witness incredible views of Daisy Lake, or try your hand at other outdoor adventures like ziplining, rafting, or mountain biking. In the afternoon explore more of Whistler with your pals, grab some food, play some frisbee, or just sit and talk outside.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Today's hike can be opted out of if you'd prefer to spend the whole day exploring other parts of Whistler.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Hike one of the many beautiful trails in the Whistler area. The scenery here is stunning. Head to Shannon Falls or the Stawamus Chief and enjoy the sight of the waterfall. Opt to Hike to Brandywine Falls for incredible views of Daisy Lake, the mountains, and of course the waterfall. Or set off for Chekamus Lake for an easier route. Ask your CEO to point you in the right direction. </p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> With so many options make sure to ask your CEO what might be best for you!</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Riverside Resort (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Whistler, Wells Gray Provincial Park, Seton Lake

Today is a travel day, but never fear you'll have no time to be bored. There will be plenty of opportunities for talking, reflecting, and taking photos as you drive from coastal mountains through the Canadian desert and into the densely wooded forests of Wells Gray PP. Remember, it's often the longer days that create the best bonding experiences for you and your new mates.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Explore the shores of Seton Lake, a freshwater fjord ringed by towering mountains. The turquoise waters and breathtaking landscape surrounding the lake make for incredible views and iconic imagery of interior British Columbia.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Celebrate new friends and new adventures with a party at camp tonight in Wells Gray National Park. Enjoy time together around the fire; maybe play charades, laugh, tell jokes, and have an impromptu dance party as the stars come out to join you on this fun night!</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Wells Gray Ranch Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Wells Gray Park, Clearwater Lake, Helmcken Falls

Head out for an exciting adventure canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Take this time to laugh and be silly with your friends or paddle off to quieter coves for some peace and reflection. After a lunch on the shore overlooking Clearwater Lake you will stop at some of the most fascinating waterfalls in the park, including Helmcken Falls — world famous for being three times taller than Niagara Falls.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Get in a boat and start paddling! Enjoy canoeing on beautiful Clearwater Lake with local guide and an included shore lunch.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a visit to this wide waterfall that spans the Murtle River. In spring and early summer, thousands of litres of water rush over the falls every second -- it's a spectacular sight. </p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Set in a lush canyon, the world famous Helmcken Falls is the most iconic in the "Waterfall Park" -- it's three times the height of Niagara Falls! Enjoy the spray and beautiful scenery on your visit here. </p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Wells Gray Ranch Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Wells Gray Park, Jasper, Mount Robson

Get an early start today as you and the group head further into the mountains. Pass the majestic peak of Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Stop at the visitor centre and grab your next “Insta” photo on the large viewing deck before jumping back in the van to continue on to the prime wildlife-viewing area of Jasper.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Stop at the visitor centre and, if it’s a clear day, see the top of the Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Whistlers Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Jasper, Maligne Canyon

Wake up in the alpine town of Jasper amid snow-capped mountains and glacier lakes. Stroll through Maligne Canyon, the deepest gorge in the Canadian Rockies. The trail is an easy loop that is full of waterfalls, bridges, dense pine forests, and streams that seem to pop out of nowhere. Take the rest of the morning to explore Jasper NP. Rent a canoe and get out on Maligne Lake with your friends, seek some thrills whitewater rafting on the Athabasca River, or simply take it all in. Spend the afternoon checking out the lively mountain town.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Malinge Canyon follows an interpretive trail with several bridges. Hover over the Malinge River that, over thousands of years, has eroded the canyon to over 60m (197 ft) in some spots. </p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Check out the many shops in this mountain town. If you are looking for Canadian souvenirs, this is your chance! </p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Jasper National Park might be less known, but no less mighty. As the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is wild in every sense of the word. Experience mountain landscapes complete with waterfalls, canyons, glacier lakes, and the Columbia Icefield. Get out and explore on rugged backcountry trails chock-full of wildlife and take part in outdoor activities like, mountain biking, skiing, or kayaking to experience the true essence and beauty of this impressive park.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Whistlers Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Jasper, Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Banff, Bow Lake

Make your way to stunning Lake Louise via the Icefield Parkway. The beauty is so spectacular you may find yourself holding your breath as you drive one of the world’s most scenic routes. Along the way you will stop at Bow Lake and the Columbia Icefield Centre, where you can choose to walk with an expert guide atop the still active Athabasca Glacier. Kick back and relax in Lake Louise for the night.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> View one of the Rockies' largest and most accessible active glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier recedes at a rate of nearly 5m (16.4 ft) a year. See this natural beauty while you still can.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> The Icefields Parkway is a breathtaking drive situated between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada. Experience the wild beauty of the Canadian Rockies on a winding drive through jagged mountain peaks and past glaciers feeding into brilliant blue lakes. Along the way expect to see postcard mountain vistas, huge valleys, and loads of hiking trails that will get you out and about in this truly incredible area.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit the stunning turquoise waters of this mountain-rimmed lake.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Lake Louise

You’ll be skipping with joy into the beauty that is Yoho NP. Visit Emerald Lake, whose vibrant waters rival those of famed Lake Louise, and Takkakaw Falls – the second highest waterfall in Canada. Choose to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon along the Kicking Horse River. Skip the crowds, sip a cold drink by the aquamarine waters, and simply enjoy the untamed beauty of this lesser-known Canadian park.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Discover the beautiful wilderness setting of Emerald Lake and its surroundings, popular for sightseeing, canoeing, and hiking. Skirt around the lake and enjoy the incredible scenery.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Get ready for an awesome sight: Takkakaw Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Canada, with a free fall of 254m (833 ft)!</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Lake Louise, Banff

Grab a fellow tour mates' hand and gaze in wonder at the beauty of Lake Louise. Hike with a group to the Agnes Lake Tea House, or lose your sense of time along the Six Glaciers Trail. In the afternoon you will head into good ole' Banff.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Originally built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Lake Agnes Tea House has been serving fine loose-leaf teas to visitors for over one hundred years. Hike along a forested trail as you make your way past Mirror Lake and cascading waterfalls, to the shores of Lake Agnes. This lovely log building serves up a great cup (over 100 loose-leaf teas!) as well as finger food.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Magnificent Banff—Canada’s first and most famous National Park. Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, scenic drives, and a quaint mountain town. First, gaze in wonder, then immerse yourself in a park that has it all! Hike alongside picture-perfect mountains, glaciers, lakes, ice fields, canyons, and even hoodoos. Keep an eye out for wolves, grizzly bears, elk, and mountain lions. Banff’s blend of towering peaks and flower-strewn meadows make it a dream location to enjoy the great outdoors and mountain scenery.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Tunnel Mountain Village Campground (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Banff, Calgary

As the day begins spend some of your time discovering the quiet beauty of Banff, a resort town located within Banff National Park. Take some pictures of the wildlife, stroll the shop-lined streets, or hike up to a remote tea house for some spectacular views of the town below. As you head to Calgary for the end of your trip take some time to reflect, say, "see you later" to new friends, and smile because you came, you saw, and you conquered that Canadian Rockies experience.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note this trip ends on arrival to Calgary. If you wish to spend the night in the city, speak to your sales agent about booking post-accommodation.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: MORNING</strong> Enjoy free time this morning to take in the stunning scenery of Banff.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Depart on arrival to Calgary. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Magnificent Banff—Canada’s first and most famous National Park. Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, scenic drives, and a quaint mountain town. First, gaze in wonder, then immerse yourself in a park that has it all! Hike alongside picture-perfect mountains, glaciers, lakes, ice fields, canyons, and even hoodoos. Keep an eye out for wolves, grizzly bears, elk, and mountain lions. Banff’s blend of towering peaks and flower-strewn meadows make it a dream location to enjoy the great outdoors and mountain scenery.</p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Included
  • - Half-day whale watching tour by Zodiac
  • -Your Big Night Out Moment: Wells Gray Park.
  • - Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
  • Accommodation
    -Hostel (1 nt, same-sex multi-share), participation camping (12 nts)
  • -Your Discover Moment: Whistler
  • Meals
    -12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners Allow USD155-205 for meals not included.
  • - Stop at Columbia Icefield
  • Fully Guided
    -CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout
  • -Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • -Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends
  • - All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • - Entrance fees to all national and provincial parks with walking and hiking excursions
  • - Half-day canoe tour in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. We use a combination of hotels and hostels, but most of the nights on tour are spent camping in tents in public and private campgrounds. Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is common in the U.S. and is the way you will be spending your hostel nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavor to your trip. Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in the U.S., couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including comfortable camp mattresses. We supply dome tents that take only 5 minutes to assemble/disassemble. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard, oversized 2-person tents, each with 2 separate and convenient zip-up doors, so that each person has his/her own entrance. We use 2 types of campgrounds in North America: 1. Private campgrounds: These are privately run sites, usually with all services such as fire pits, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets & shower buildings. Some have small outdoor swimming pools and laundry facilities. These campgrounds are typically located near national park entrances or towns. 2. Public campgrounds: These are park-run sites, usually with basic facilities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and drinking water. In some cases, this type of campground doesn’t have showers, only pit toilets and a lake! In other locations, toilet and shower facilities may be located outside the campground, or at times in another location a drive away. Some may have shower fees for onsite facilities ($2-6/shower).
For this trip we use 15-passenger vans for up to 12 people plus the CEO/Driver. For groups of 8 and more travellers, we also use a trailer to carry luggage. These durable vehicles allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each with mandatory seat belts to keep us secure and safe. No standing is permitted in these vehicles. This is not a physically demanding journey, but with limited space in the van, long drive days can be difficult. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary. There is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days to keep everyone more comfortable. Despite some of the long days, most travellers feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture, and wildlife are all well worth the experience!
Hostel (1 nt, same-sex multi-share), participation camping (12 nts)
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Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and driver - this person is experienced in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups. As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.
Max 12, avg 11.
Enjoy the scenery of western Canada, create a postcard-perfect photo in Jasper National Park, sip lattes and people-watch in Vancouver, be awed by the mighty Rockies, road trip through two Canadian provinces.
1. PARTICIPATION An essential part of your trip is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Comfortable, self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick. 2. SLEEPING BAGS Proper sleeping bags are necessary for this tour. Evening temperatures can reach -9°C - 0°C. Please ensure that your sleeping bag is rated to (-17°C for spring and fall trips and 0°C for trips June - Sept). If you prefer you can purchase a proper sleeping bag on the first day of the trip. Prices range from $60-$150USD.  3. TRANSPORTATION In order to cover the vast distance in Noth America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days. 4. HIKING All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape. 5. COMBO TRIP Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments. 6. LEGAL DRINKING AGE Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.
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While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
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Please head to the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level at both International and Domestic Terminals. From here you have two transport options; Public Taxi or Public Transit. All transportation is located on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level at both International and Domestic Terminals. Taxi The airport is located 14 kilometers from downtown Vancouver. On the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level continue to the designed taxi zones located right outside the Arrivals Hall on level 2. An attendant will be there to help. The approximate fare to downtown Vancouver is between 28$ CAD and 32$ CAD (depending on traffic) plus gratuity. Public Transit – Canada Line The Canada Line is Vancouver’s new rapid transit rail link connecting YVR to downtown Vancouver in 26 minutes. It’s a fast and easy way to get to the city centres. You can conveniently access trains from both the International and Domestic Terminals. The Canada Line is accessible by elevator from both the arrivals and departures level. For assistance in locating the Canada Line, please ask one of our friendly Green Coat Volunteers located throughout the terminals. If there is no attendant please call 604-953-3333 between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m, 7 days a week. From: AIRPORT - YVR, GRANT MCCONACHIE WAY, RICHMOND To: 1221 GRANVILLE ST, VANCOUVER Cash Fare: $8.75 for an adult Include 1 transfer 1. SKYTRAIN - platform sign CANADA LINE TO WATERFRONT (approx 25 minutes) Leaving from YVR-AIRPORT STATION EASTBOUND Arriving at VANCOUVER CITY CTR STN NORTHBOUND 2. Transfer to 6 DAVIE Leaving from SB GRANVILLE ST NS ROBSON ST Arriving at WB DAVIE ST FS GRANVILLE ST The train station is 0.28km from the hotel. As you get out of the station turn left heading south east on Davie Street to reach Granville Street (next corner). Turn left, your hotel is located at 1221 Granville Street. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
Laundry can be done at least once a week while on tour. Some private campgrounds and most cities have laundromats where you can buy soap and wash your laundry in coin-operated machines. Your CEO will advise you along the trip where you will be able to do your laundry.
All included meals will be prepared from goods bought en route from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes.
12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
The Canadian currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Canada and can be used to purchase most items. When purchasing products or services with a foreign credit card in Canada, you may be charged additional fees by your credit card company for foreign purchases. Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Both Visa and Master Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work check with your bank before you travel. A visit to an ATM can be arranged on Day 1 and other days of the trip. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of Canadian Dollars as cash (preferably smaller bills, 5's, 10's and 20's) and credit cards is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room/Tent" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room/tent for all nights, except for day 1.
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Vancouver - Welcome Dinner Whistler - Hiking Whistler (Free) - Rafting (150CAD per person) - Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride (53CAD per person) - Ziplining and Treetop Adventures (129CAD per person) - Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit (18CAD per person) Wells Gray Park - Spahats Creek Falls Visit (Free) Jasper National Park - Whitewater Rafting on Athabasca River (65-110CAD per person) - Bald Hills Hike (Free) Maligne Lake - Boat Cruise to Spirit Island (65CAD per person) - Canoe Ride (30-90CAD per person) Athabasca Glacier - Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk (100CAD per person) Columbia Icefield - Glacier Adventure (99CAD per person) Golden - Grizzly Bear Refuge Visit (40CAD per person) Kicking Horse River - Kicking Horse River White Water Rafting (110-135CAD per person) Lake Louise - The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Visit (Free) - Plain of Six Glacier Hike (Free) Banff - Canoeing (18-36CAD per person) - Cycling (10-30CAD per person) - Hot Springs Soak (7.30CAD per person) Johnston Canyon - Johnston Canyon Hike (Free) Banff National Park of Canada - Banff Gondola Ride to Sulphur Mountain (42CAD per person) Tunnel Mountain - Tunnel Mountain Hike (Free) Calgary - Canada Olympic Park Visit (65CAD per person)
Camping: • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season • Socks • Thermal base layer • Travel pillow • Windproof rain gear Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear
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Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit: <a href="http://www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/"> www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/</a>
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
It is customary in North America to tip service providers such as waiters, bartenders and taxi drivers, at approximately 18-20%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip any local guides used. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $2-8 USD per activity depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $5-10 USD per person, per day can be used as a guide. If your CEO(s) exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip more.
Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, ferry, canoe, Zodiac
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. As of March 15, 2016, all travellers to Canada will have to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) from the Government of Canada. The ETA must be requested prior to departure for Canada through the following link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp The authorization has a fee of $7 CAD per person and it is your responsibility to apply for the ETA prior to departure. This policy does not apply to US citizens or nationalities that require a visa for Canada.
You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. Heavy luggage is not recommended for the health of the CEO, who will take a lead in loading the storage trailer. Due to space in the trailer, we will not be able to accommodate more than one piece of main luggage per person. A good size day-pack (20-35L) is also essential to carry your personal gear for the day, as access to luggage between destinations will be limited. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a light jacket. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable. NOTE: Mountains in the Canadian Rockies can have unpredictable weather with snow and heavy rain even in Summer time. Spring time could be snowy (until end of June) and fall season could start as soon as mid-August. Make sure you have equipment and clothing for all conditions!
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Whistler Your Big Night Out Moment: Wells Gray Park. Entrance fees to all national and provincial parks with walking and hiking excursions. Stop at Columbia Icefield. Half-day canoe tour in Wells Gray Provincial Park. Half-day whale watching tour by Zodiac. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Start:Vancouver
Finish:Calgary
Group size:11 - 12
Suitable for: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
Accommodation:Hostel (1 nt, same-sex multi-share), participation camping (12 nts)
Physical rating:3 - Average
Meals:12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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