CANADIAN PARK TRAILS

12 days departing CALGARY from

Style: Active
Destination: Canada
Tour Code: PCT

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Trip Overview

There's something magical about the Canadian wilderness; a veritable blend of wildlife, nature and breathtaking views. Showcasing the best that Jasper, Banff and Yoho National Parks have to offer, this tour lets you experience the most magnificent scenery in the Canadian Rockies. For the ultimate wild experience venture off the beaten track on an overnight wilderness canoe trip. Explore untouched vistas and stunning flora and fauna including including moose, Big-horn Sheep and the illustrious Grizzly Bear before you brave the rapids of the Kicking Horse River. This is a truly amazing Canadian adventure.

HELLO SUMMER! SAVE UP TO 10%

Say hello to summer and save up to 10% on selected Canadian Park Trails departures! Seats are limited so book by 4th July 2017 to take advantage of this offer (subject to availability).

See dates and prices tab for savings (discount applies to new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other promotional offer except loyalty discounts).

Included Highlights
  • Unique overnight wilderness canoe trip
  • Sulphur Mountain hot springs
  • Two days in Banff National Park with numerous hikes
  • Visit the stunning Peyto Lake
  • Visit Lake Louise, Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake
  • Full day in Yoho National Park
  • Enjoy Glacier National Park hiking trails
  • Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway
  • Full day in Jasper National Park with potential bear sightings
  • Endless photo opportunities
  • Abundant bird and wildlife viewing opportunities
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 9 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 1 hotel night and 1 night rustic camping (overnight canoe). For your own tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates and Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle and canoe
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 10 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi available in some campsites

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Trip Itinerary

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, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Mountain biking - Jasper CAD$8-$75
  • Aerial gondola/tramway - Banff CAD$60
  • White water rafting - Kicking Horse River CAD$95-$170
  • Scenic glacier flight - Banff CA$210 or $345
  • Canoeing - Lake Louise CAD$85 per hour
  • Guided glacier walk - Icefields Parkway CAD$110
  • SkyTram cable car - Jasper CAD$45
  • Horseback riding - Banff CAD$65


Day 1: Calgary

Your adventure begins in Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with skyscrapers and a booming oil industry. Calgary is famous for its historic `Wild West' roots but in recent years has become a dynamic city with a thriving economy. Its Western culture has earned it the nickname `Cowtown', evident in the Calgary Stampede. Wander around the bustling streets as you introduce yourself to this lively city. Meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions in the hotel lobby for a welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2-3: Banff National Park

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. Take a ride up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain or view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and with an abundance of wildlife around, there's always a chance of seeing something - keep your camera at the ready! There are plenty of well worn trails around Banff that are ideal for horseback riding, a fantastic way to explore the park from a new perspective. At the end of the day there's nothing better than a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 4: Lake Louise

With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is 'the gem of the Canadian Rockies'. A popular tourist destination, it's no surprise that it is one of the most photographed places in the Canadian Rockies! The vibrant glacial hue of Lake Louise will take your breath away - it almost doesn't look real. The area around the lake is revered by hikers and outdoor enthusiasts the world over and you'll discover a huge range of paths that will, quite literally, take you to new heights. Legendary trails, such as the Plain of Six Glaciers, are just as exciting as they sound and the chance to explore within the realm of Mount Lefroy and Mount Victoria is not to be missed.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5-6: Yoho National Park

'Yoho' is a native word that translates to 'awe' and this incredible national park doesn't disappoint with several hiking opportunities that meander through pristine alpine mountains, lakes and waterfalls. You'll certainly be left in awe with your first visit to the incredible Takakkaw Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada, where the water tumbles 1,000 ft. below. Walk the snaking path to see the falls close up, before driving down to visit peaceful Emerald Lake, nestled in the mountains and surrounded by lush green forest. The following day you have the option to experience the raging Kicking Horse River first-hand with an exhilarating half day white-water rafting excursion. This is Canada at its very best! You spend the night under canvas at your campsite in Golden.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 7: Glacier National Park

The pristine beauty of Glacier National Park is recognised along the many trails which meander through the park, Glacier really is perfect for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. With a spider's web of trails criss-crossing more than 500 square miles of natural borders, you'll find a whole host of British Columbian backdrops with well over 100 glaciers dotted throughout the shimmering mountain peaks. Rivers, caves and more than a fair share of wildlife make Glacier a sublime spot to visit and if you can withstand a slightly wetter climate then you'll no doubt love this beautiful national park.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8-9: Icefields Parkway - Jasper National Park

You travel on the Icefields Parkway, a scenic road which cuts through the heart of the Rockies. One of the world's most spectacular drives, the road links Banff National Park with Jasper National Park. Experience some of its jewels close up by walking along the brink of Sunwapta or Athabasca Falls. Explore the Toe of Athabasca Glacier on an optional hike and stand in awe high above the crystal clear waters of Peyto Lake. The trail crosses the forefield of the glacier, the barren area exposed by glacial melt since the mid-1840s and a strange landscape of bare rock, boulders and moraines. Although conditions are extreme some hardy alpine plants have gained a foothold and only add more beauty to this spectacular landscape. You end your day by continuing on to Jasper National Park.

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada covering an area of 4,200 square miles. It's much less developed than other areas of Western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. There are several options on offer in Jasper, so it is easy to fill a day here with amazing hiking opportunities to places such as Maligne Canyon, Mount Baldy, Angle Glacier, Mount Edith and Five Lakes - all of them defining the utter serenity of Jasper National Park. If you prefer to relax, take the cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's eye view of this splendid park. Whatever you choose, keep an eye out for the wildlife that calls the park home; Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, White-Tailed Deer, moose, the rare Woodland Caribou, Grey Wolves, beaver, marmots, puma, Black and Grizzly Bear.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 10: Wells Gray overnight wilderness canoe trip

Today you venture out into the wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park for a unique overnight canoeing trip (no experience necessary). This is a wonderful chance to escape the confines of modern civilisation and delve deeper into the Canadian wilderness where wildlife and nature live in perfect harmony. Fall asleep with nothing but good company and a blanket full of stars. This unique experience is bound to impress.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 11: Wells Gray Provincial Park

Don't let the fact that Wells Gray is not a national park fool you, this place is stunning! Visit the famous Helmcken Falls, Canada's fourth highest waterfall, where you can witness the water cascading down from a height of over 450ft. It will come as no surprise to learn that this natural attraction on the Murtle River was one of the reasons that Wells Gray was originally created. You have the chance to walk the rim, stopping at various viewpoints to admire the lush valley below, home to beautiful meadows full of wild flowers and roaming bears. Embrace the stillness, silence and isolation of Wells Gray but keep your camera charged and by your side at all times.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 12: Wells Gray - Vancouver

On the edge of the Canadian wilderness lies the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. With a population of over 2.3 million and surrounded by water this is one of the most attractive cities in the world. Should you wish to extend your tour (recommended) you can make your own discoveries and further enjoy the delights of Stanley Park by hiring a bicycle. The fascinating Vancouver Aquarium is also located in the park - 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 to learn more about Native American culture or sampling the excellent dining options that this vibrant city has to offer.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

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.

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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person (2017). This will guarantee you your own tent for every night of the tour, excluding the overnight canoe trip in Wells Gray. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 30 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.

HELLO SUMMER! SAVE UP TO 10%

Say hello to summer and save up to 10% on selected Canadian Park Trails departures! Seats are limited so book by 4th July 2017 to take advantage of this offer (subject to availability).

Discount applies to new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other promotional offer except loyalty discounts.


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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Ramada Downtown Calgary

CALGARY - RAMADA DOWNTOWN

The hotel is an easy walking distance to local attractions and entertainment and complete with a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


Ramada Inn Downtown Vancouver

VANCOUVER - RAMADA INN DOWNTOWN

The newly renovated Ramada Inn offers a great mix of comfort & luxury located in the heart of downtown. Rooms feature a/c, Wi-Fi and flat screen TV's.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


Travelodge Airport Calgary

CALGARY - TRAVELODGE AIRPORT (STAMPEDE DEPARTURES)

This hotel offers an indoor heated pool, fitness centre, free Wi-Fi in all rooms and cable TV. Free airport shuttle service is also available.

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      Based on single, twin or double room.


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At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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