CANADIAN FAMILY DISCOVERY

12 days departing VANCOUVER from

Style: Family
Destination: Canada
Tour Code: PCD

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Trip Overview

This Canadian family holiday is the perfect outdoor adventure! Immerse yourself in some of the most amazing scenery that Canada has to offer: explore the trails on foot or by bike, spot diverse wildlife, canoe on brilliant turquoise lakes or even raft the white water of Kicking Horse River. Discover Athabasca Glacier on an included guided walk, and make your holiday as leisurely or as adventurous as you like by opting for lakeside strolls and scenic gondola rides or extreme zip lining! Busy days are followed by the chance to soak in hot springs or relax by the campfire and share stories of your adventures. Each day will be even more exciting than the last!

HELLO SUMMER! SAVE UP TO 20%

Say hello to summer and save up to 20% on selected Canadian Family Discovery 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
  • Guided walk on the Athabasca Glacier
  • Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs in Banff
  • Enjoy two nights in rustic cabins at a guest ranch in Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Fresh fish and meat BBQ cookout
  • Hit the trails in stunning Whistler
  • Walk to incredible waterfalls in Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Two nights in Jasper and Yoho National Parks
  • Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway, known as `one of the best drives in the world'
  • Enjoy two nights in Banff National Park and explore panoramic Lake Louise
  • Fantastic walking trails in the majestic Canadian Rockies
  • Swim in mountain lakes
  • Abundant 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: 8 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 2 night multi share cabins and 1 hotel night.
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional tour guide
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 8+ (10% Child discount 8-16 years)

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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
  • Bike rental in Stanley Park - Vancouver CA$10-$65
  • Extreme zip line course - Whistler CAD$119-$199
  • White water rafting - Kicking Horse River CAD$95-$170
  • Scenic glacier flight - Banff CA$210 or $345
  • Canoeing - Lake Louise CAD$85 per hour
  • SkyTram cable car - Jasper CAD$45
  • Mountain biking - Whistler from CAD$100
  • Gondola ride - Whistler CAD$57
  • Walking and canoeing day excursion with lunch - Wells Gray CA$105
  • Emerald Lake canoe rental (1 hr) - Yoho CA$45
  • Calgary Zoo - Calgary CA$25 / CA$17 for under 16s


Day 1: Vancouver

Welcome to one of the most picturesque cities in the world, Vancouver. There's plenty to fill your time today but we highly recommend a stroll around this cosmopolitan city to get a feel for the Canadian people and their outdoorsy way of life. Treat yourself to some moreish maple cookies in Stanley Park, a 400-hectare wonderland where you can see the authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s. The kids can make the most of the playground with a pool and a waterslide. Vancouver is a family-friendly city and once you've done some exploring, a welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel, where you'll meet your tour guide and the other families in your group.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2-3: Whistler

After a scenic drive, set up camp near 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? 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 | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Day 4-5: Wells Gray Provincial Park

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. You'll stay in rustic guest ranch cabins for two nights and after each night's dinner, you can kick back and experience authentic ranch 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: Guest ranch cabins (multi share) included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Day 6-7: Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square km (4,200 square miles) and this is where you will camp for the next two nights. 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. You may want to start your visit by taking the cable car up Whistler Mountain for a bird's-eye view of this wonderful park. There's also the chance to experience 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 included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Day 8-9: Icefields Parkway and Yoho National Park

The Icefields Parkway cuts through the heart of the Rockies, travelling for 360km (230 miles) past hanging glaciers, sheer rock walls and broad sweeping valleys. It's been called one of the world's most scenic drives, and you'll definitely want to keep your cameras at the 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!

Continuing by road you make your way to the town of Golden and 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 Canada national parks system. If any of your family are budding photographers, exploring Yoho will provide them with ample opportunities to hone their skills as you wander through a pristine alpine landscape which includes mountains, lakes and waterfalls. In your free time you can get up close and personal with the Kicking Horse River on an optional half-day white water rafting excursion, or you can choose to canoe or hike at the magnificent Emerald Lake. Walking the challenging trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls is an excellent alternative option. You'll all sleep well tonight!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Day 10: Lake Louise - Banff National Park

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 it's no surprise that it's the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies! There are also many walking trails to enjoy, 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! Finish the day at the campground in Banff National Park.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 11: 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, 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 a chance of seeing bear 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!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 12: Banff National Park - Calgary

After a free morning to absorb your last taste of the Canadian wilderness, you make the short journey to the city of Calgary. This one-time Mountie outpost is situated at the meeting of the Bow River and Elbow Rivers in the south of the Alberta province, with the epic Rocky Mountain Range forming the city's backdrop. Calgary is a pretty awesome place to finish your Canadian adventure! If you have some extra time to explore, the Calgary Zoo with its Botanical Garden 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.
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)

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

Children 16 years and under will receive a 10% discount off the published prices below. This will be deducted on the payment confirmation page. The minimum age on this tour is 8 years.

HELLO SUMMER! SAVE UP TO 20%

Say hello to summer and save up to 20% on selected Canadian Family Discovery 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.

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      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.

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      Based on single, twin or double room.


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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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