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Caribou Travel Pass, 8 Days

Canada

HIGHLIGHTS: Whistler - Kelowna - Banff - Lake Louise - Jasper - Vancouver Day 1 VANCOUVER TO KELOWNA. Leaving the city behind, we travel east through the Fraser Valley, stopping for a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls, and for lunch at an idyllic lake. We'll then pass through the Coastal Mountains and into the much drier interior of British Columbia. The night is spent in the Kelowna, where we will go on a houseboat/jetboat tour of Okanagan Lake and have a barbeque at the hostel. (Dinner, houseboat, jet boat and tour included) Day 2 KELOWNA TO BANFF. We cross into the province of Alberta and will be in four National Parks today, including Canada's oldest and most famous - Banff We make a stop in Revelstoke to enjoy the lake and maybe take a kayaking lesson/tour. The Rocky Mountains await us, as does Emerald Lake, the first of many aqua blue glacier lakes we'll see. We'll settle for the night in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the Rockies. (Dinner included) Day 3 BANFF TO LAKE LOUISE. Today we'll soak up the awe inspiring in the Banff National Park Area- Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, jagged mountain peaks, raging rivers, Johnston Canyon, wildlife, the massive Takkakaw Falls (seasonal, but 2nd highest in Canada) and more. Enjoy a campfire and look for the Milky Way Day 4 LAKE LOUISE TO JASPER. Explore the Icefields Parkway, including Columbia Icefields, Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake. Look for wildlife as we explore the backroads around Jasper. Day 5 JASPER TO BANFF. It's another day of jaw dropping vistas, and scenic hikes as we make our way along the Icefields Park Way Highlights include Parker Ridge (seasonal), and Peyto Lake. Tonight we explore the great nightlife in the pubs, bar and clubs of Banff (Dinner included) Day 6 FREE DAY IN BANFF. Enjoy the sites in the Banff area, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, horse riding or mountain biking. Day 7 BANFF TO KELOWNA. We leave the Rockies today, but not without first stopping to visit Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada (seasonal). Then it's on to the Okanagan, a Summer recreational area. Day 8 KELOWNA TO VANCOUVER. Today we cruise past beautiful lakes, climb over high mountain passes and through the beautiful Manning Park before returning to the coast. It's then back to Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends.. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.+

Departing 23 April - 15 October 2015

8 days
FROM $899*
8 days FROM $899*

Big West, 10 Days

Canada

HIGHLIGHTS: Whistler - Kelowna - Banff - Lake Louise - Jasper - Vancouver Day 1 VANCOUVER TO WHISTLER. Leaving Vancouver, we head north along the Sea to Sky highway, stopping to check out an impressive waterfall, jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and for lunch at a peaceful lake. We'll arrive in Whistler in the afternoon with time for relaxing, swimming in the nearby lake, or exploring the village. Enjoy an included dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs (Dinner included) Day 2 WHISTLER TO VANCOUVER. We don't leave until the afternoon today, so get your thrill on by zip lining, bungee jumping or downhill mountain biking, go for a hike up Whistler Mountain, or relax in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please When we do leave, we'll stop to check out another picturesque waterfall and the old mining centre at Britannia Beach before returning to Vancouver in the evening. Day 3 VANCOUVER TO KELOWNA. Leaving the city behind, we travel east through the Fraser Valley, stopping for a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls, and for lunch at an idyllic lake. We'll then pass through the Coastal Mountains and into the much drier interior of British Columbia. The night is spent in the Kelowna, where we will go on a houseboat and jet boat tour of Okanagan Lake and have a barbeque at the hostel. (Dinner, jet boat, and houseboat tour included) Day 4 KELOWNA TO BANFF. We cross into the province of Alberta and will be in four National Parks today, including Canada's oldest and most famous - Banff We make a stop in Revelstoke to enjoy the lake and maybe take a kayaking lesson/tour. The Rocky Mountains await us, as does Emerald Lake, the first of many aqua blue glacier lakes we'll see. We'll settle for the night in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the Rockies. (Dinner included) Day 5 BANFF TO LAKE LOUISE. Today, we'll soak up the awe inspiring in the Banff National Park Area- Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, jagged mountain peaks, raging rivers, Johnston Canyon, wildlife, the massive Takkakaw Falls ( seasonal, but 2nd highest in Canada) and more. Enjoy a campfire and look for the Milky Way Day 6 LAKE LOUISE TO JASPER. Explore the Icefields Parkway, including Columbia Icefields, Maligne Canyon, and Maligne Lake. Look for wildlife as we explore the backroads around Jasper. Day 7 JASPER TO BANFF. It's another day of jaw dropping vistas, and scenic hikes as we make our way along the Icefields Park Way Highlights include Parker Ridge (seasonal), and Peyto Lake. Tonight we explore the great nightlife in the pubs, bar and clubs of Banff (Dinner included) Day 8 FREE DAY IN BANFF. Take an included tour of the sites in the Banff area, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, horse riding or mountain biking. Day 9 BANFF TO KELOWNA. We leave the Rockies today, but not without first stopping to visit Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada (seasonal). Then it's on to the Okanagan, a Summer recreational area. Day 10 KELOWNA TO VANCOUVER. Today we cruise past lakes, climb over high mountain passes and through the beautiful Manning Park before returning to the coast. Then it's back to Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends.. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.+

Departing 9 May - 26 September 2015

10 days
FROM $989*
10 days FROM $989*

Pacific Travel Pass, 14 Days

Canada

HIGHLIGHTS: Tofino - Victoria - Whistler - Vancouver - Banff - Jasper - Lake Louise Day 1 VANCOUVER TO TOFINO. Our journey begins with a scenic ferry ride to Vancouver Island. We'll then head across the island to Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast, for our first glimpse of the beaches, battered coastline, and hundreds of islands. Tonight is the first of two in Tofino, a quaint little fishing village.(Dinner included) Day 2 FREE DAY IN TOFINO. Today is your chance to enjoy all the activities that Tofino have to offer, like the full day whale watching/hot springs combination trip, sea kayaking, or surfing (optional extra cost). Alternatively, you can just chill on one of the many beaches, relax at the guesthouse, or check out the shops in the village. Day 3 TOFINO TO VICTORIA. We'll head back across the island today, and then down the east coast, passing through Ladysmith, birthplace of "Pammie" Anderson, and Chemainus with its giant murals. We'll spend the night in the lovely provincial capital of Victoria. Enjoy a night out on the town Day 4 VICTORIA TO VANCOUVER. Spend the day checking out the inner harbour and city sights, including the Empress Hotel, Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, and the waterfront before cruising back to Vancouver and the mainland on another scenic ferry ride in the evening. Day 5 VANCOUVER TO WHISTLER. Today we head north along the Sea to Sky highway, stopping to check out an impressive waterfall, jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and for lunch at a peaceful lake. We'll arrive in Whistler in the afternoon with time for relaxing, swimming in the nearby lake, or exploring the village. Enjoy an included dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs (Dinner included) Day 6 WHISTLER TO VANCOUVER. We don't leave until the afternoon today, so get your thrill on by zip lining, bungee jumping or downhill mountain biking, go for a hike up Whistler Mountain, or relax in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please When we do leave, we'll stop to check out another picturesque waterfall before returning to Vancouver in the evening. Day 7 VANCOUVER TO KELOWNA. Leaving the city behind, we travel east through the Fraser Valley, stopping for a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls, and for lunch at an idyllic lake. We'll then pass through the Coastal Mountains and into the much drier interior of British Columbia. The night is spent in the Kelowna, where we will go on a houseboat/jet boat tour of Okanagan Lake and have a barbeque at the hostel. (Dinner and houseboat tour included) Day 8 KELOWNA TO BANFF. We cross into the province of Alberta and will be in four National Parks today, including Canada's oldest and most famous - Banff We make a stop in Revelstoke to enjoy the lake and maybe take a kayaking lesson/tour. The Rocky Mountains await us, as does Emerald Lake, the first of many aqua blue glacier lakes we'll see. We'll settle for the night in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the Rockies. (Dinner included) Day 9 BANFF TO LAKE LOUISE. Today we'll soak up the awe inspiring in the Banff National Park Area- Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, jagged mountain peaks, raging rivers, Johnston Canyon, wildlife, the massive Takkakaw Falls (seasonal, but 2nd highest in Canada) and more. Enjoy a campfire and look for the Milky Way Day 10 LAKE LOUISE TO JASPER. Explore the Icefields Parkway, including Columbia Icefields, Maligne Canyon, and Maligne Lake. Look for wildlife as we explore the back roads around Jasper. Day 11 JASPER TO BANFF. It's another day of jaw dropping vistas, and scenic hikes as we make our way along the Icefields Park Way Highlights include Parker Ridge (seasonal), and Peyto Lake. Tonight we explore the great nightlife in the pubs, bar and clubs of Banff (Dinner included) Day 12 FREE DAY IN BANFF. Enjoy the sites in the Banff area, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, horse riding, or mountain biking. Day 13 BANFF TO KELOWNA. We leave the Rockies today, but not without first stopping to visit Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada (seasonal). Then it's on to the Okanagan, a Summer recreational area. Day 14 KELOWNA TO VANCOUVER. Today we cruise past beautiful lakes, climb over high mountain passes and through the beautiful Manning Park before returning to the coast. Then it's back to Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Departing 8 May - 22 September 2015

14 days
FROM $1,385*
14 days FROM $1,385*

Mohawk Basic, 12 Days

Canada

HIGHLIGHTS: Montreal - Quebec City - Ottawa - Toronto - Algonquin Day 1 Toronto-Montreal. Our adventure begins early with a pick-up at your hostel and after a friendly welcome from your Moose driver, we head down the Trans-Canada Highway toward Montreal. Our first stop is at the Big Apple (where they have made over 3 million apples pies). Next is a lunch stop and a cruise through the 1000's Islands located in the St Lawrenece river between Canada and the USA. Arriving in Montreal early evening, join your guide for a night out on the town Day 2 Montreal. This morning we explore Montreal the city of festivals. Join the Moose guide and see the cafes, bars and restaurants in the largest french speaking city outside of Europe. Or if you prefer, travel on your own through this amazing city. Day 3 Montreal-Quebec City. Today we travel to Quebec City--the only walled city in all of North America. Along the route we visit Maurice Park and Montmorency Falls-a spectacular waterfall that is actually higher than Niagara Falls Once in Quebec City you will have free time to stroll along the cobblestone streets and enjoy outdoor cafes, street musicians, local art and best of all-the fine food Group dinner(included) tonight at the Hostel. Day 4 Quebec City. Today is a free day in Quebec City Before you head out, enjoy an included breakfast at the hostel. We suggest you explore the old city on foot--don't forget your camera Optional excursion to Tadoussac to Whale Watch Ask staff for details to book this excursion. Day 5 Quebec City-Mont Tremblant. This morning we start with a hearty breakfast (included) and drive to Mont Tremblant a beautiful ski village located in the Laurentian Mountains. We will stop at the National Park for lunch and a hike. Arrive at the hostel, swim or canoe before dinner (included) and an outdoor campfire by the lake in the evening Day 6 Mont Tremblant-Ottawa. This morning we hit the road through spectacular Laurentian hills towards Ottawa-the capital of Canada. First we stop at Omega Park for a close up look at wildlife including deer, bear, moose and more. You will love feeding the animals We arrive in Ottawa around 3:00 pm and after check-in at the local hostel (a former jail), we take a walking tour of the city and historic Parliment Hill. Afterward we head out for a few drinks and dinner in the Byward Market Day 7 Ottawa-Fort Coulonge. The bus leaves Ottawa in the afternoon so you have time to explore the city on your own. Our route to Fort Coulonge is a beautiful drive along the river and we arrive at Esprit lodge in the early evening. Dinner tonight is a barbeque feast of salmon and/or steak (included) and a vegetarian option is also available. If you choose to raft the next day--and we recommend it--you are in good hands- since the Esprit team was voted one of top rafting companies in the world by National Geographic Day 8 Fort Coulonge. If you are rafting, today is an early start at 7:30 am. We take a short ride to the departure point and spend the day on the river-rafting or river-boarding. If you decide to stay at the lodge you can swim, canoe, hike or go mountain bike riding. At the end of the day, we come back to the lodge and settle down to another great meal and relax on the patio with a cold beverage. Day 9 Fort Coulonge-Toronto. Today our journey takes us from Ottawa through the spectacular cottage country areas to Toronto. We arrive around 6:00 pm and drop you off at your accommodation. Tonight join the group on the patio of Global Village Backpackers right after we return for drinks. Day 10 Toronto-Algonquin Park. Today we're heading north along Hwy 400 towards cottage country. We depart Toronto at 8:30a.m., and make an obligatory stop at Tim Horton's for coffee and donuts shortly thereafter We'll arrive in Huntsville around lunchtime to eat and load up on supplies for the weekend. This afternoon after check-in at the Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat, we'll head into beautiful Algonquin Park. Here we'll stop by the visitors centre and take an afternoon hike. This evening we'll have a group dinner (included) and relax by the campfire. Day 11 Algonquin. This morning we'll canoe part of the Oxtongue River toward beautiful Ragged Falls. Make sure to bring your bathing suits as there will be plenty of opportunity to take a dip. After lunch at the Den, we'll head back into Algonquin Park for an evening hike. This will be our best opportunity to spot a Moose Tonight, we'll enjoy a BBQ dinner (included). Day 12 Algonquin Park-Toronto. Today, we'll enjoy more of the park and its natural wonders before making our way back to Toronto. We stop for a picnic lunch along the way, and climb the Dorset Scenic Fire Tower for some breath-taking views. We'll arrive back in Toronto around 6:00 pm. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.+

Departing 17 June - 30 September 2015

12 days
FROM $1,489*
12 days FROM $1,489*

Churchill Polar Bears

Winnipeg

Day 1 Winnipeg/ChurchillMeet at a private hanger in Winnipeg (located at 30 Hangar Line Rd.) by no later than 6:45am for your early morning flight, a cold boxed breakfast will be served inflight. Arrive mid-morning with option to take a town and area historical tour, helicopter flight or go dog sledding (must be pre-booked), or visit the museum and Parks Canada Visitor Centre. If you are interested in dog sledding, it must be pre-booked directly with the local supplier (unfortunately G Adventures cannot do this for you - nor can we intervene in any way once you have booked and paid). We recommend www.wapuskadventures.com and dogsledding excursion should be booked on the afternoon of Day 1 of your tour. It is highly suggested that guests visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre and the Eskimo Museum (closed on Sundays). The interpretive centre exhibits the human and natural history of the area and the Eskimo Museum is known for its beautiful Inuit carvings and artifacts. Churchill is a small, northern community with a lot of character; you won't find one of the big-chain hotels here or gourmet restaurants. You will, however, find warm, down-home hospitality and clean, comfortable hotels with all the amenities. Staying in town will allow you to walk to and from the different venues, spend some time on your own, and perhaps meet some of the locals. Churchill is located on the south western shores of the Hudson Bay at the mouth of the historic Churchill River, approx. 1000 kilometers north of Winnipeg. At a latitude of 58.47 N, Churchill is accessible by air and rail. This small Northern community has a population of approx. 1100 persons. Churchill, Manitoba is located along the treeline or the northern edge of the Boreal Forest, Churchill attracts arctic and boreal species of wildlife, birds and plants. Commonly seen species include Arctic and Red Foxes, Arctic Hare, Caribou, Gyrfalcons, Snowy Owls, Ptarmigan and in the Summer (June-Aug), Beluga whales. Churchill lies underneath the Auroral Oval, an area of high intensity, high frequency auroral activity. They often get the best northern lights displays on the planet. While the best time to view the Northern lights is in mid-winter (Jan-Feb), if you are lucky, it is still possible to view them in October-Nov.Day 2 Churchill/Winnipeg (1L)It will be early start, but worth it. You’ll be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the Tundra Buggy (trademark) launch at around 7:30 a.m. All Tundra Buggies are furnished with dual-pane frost-free windows and contain propane heating systems that closely resemble a cozy fireplace, with real flame (behind glass). Guests will enjoy picnic style lunches and refreshments while they are bear watching. The Tundra Buggy meanders over a system of established trails, stopping at leisure to enjoy the scenery, search for wildlife, and take photos. This is where the magic starts to unfold as we search for polar bears, arctic fox, ptarmagain and take in the majestic Arctic landscape with a local expert. This evening you will be transferred back to the airport for your evening flight back to Winnipeg. You will then be transferred back to the Four Points by Sheraton where the tour ends. After the beluga whales depart in the summer, Polar bears begin to swim ashore in mid-July. In October they begin to gather in numbers along the coast, waiting for the pack ice to form over Hudson Bay, at which point they disappear, in search of seals. Churchill’s ‘bear season’ begins in early October until early November. Known as the “Lords of the Arctic”, these spectacular animals are massive with the average Male polar bear growing to more than 600 kg (1,320 lbs) and standing 3.05 metres (10 feet) tall. While large, they are surprisingly quick and have great agility. They have a highly acute sense of smell, and are skilled hunters - able to pick up a scent from over 30 kilometres away, and they can detect the presence of seals under three feet of snow and ice. Polar bears have no natural enemies and no fear of other animals (including humans).

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2016

2 days
FROM $1,949*
2 days FROM $1,949*

Western Canada Amazing Alberta

Canada

Day 1 CalgaryThis city with a country heart is a good place to begin this adventure into Canada’s magnificent Alberta region. Meet your group this evening at a welcome meeting, then perhaps head out together to enjoy the burgeoning local food scene.Day 2 Dinosaur Provincial ParkFollow the Trans-Canada Highway to Dinosaur Provincial Park, a World Heritage site famed for its dinosaur fossils that date back up to 75 million years. Join a palaeontologist to learn the history behind them and go on a hike to appreciate the park’s hoodoos and badlands topography. Tonight we camp among the rock formations under endless stars.Days 3-4 Waterton Lakes National ParkStop by the inelegantly but aptly named Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and learn about the area from a native guide. Then it’s on to beautiful Waterton Lakes to enjoy time animal spotting, hiking, canoeing, cruising on the lake or swimming in the cold waters.Days 5-7 Banff National ParkThe long drive to Banff National Park is well worth it. There’s loads of free time here to soak up the beauty of this world-renowned national park. Glaciers, icefields, forests and alpine meadows contain a wealth of hiking, water-based activities and relaxing in nature, and Lake Louise is every photographer and nature-lover’s dream.Day 8 Columbia IcefieldGet ready for one of the world’s most striking road journeys: the Icefields Parkway through the heart of the Rockies. With pristine mountain lakes to the left of you and sweeping valleys to the right, you won’t mind being stuck in the middle of this unparalleled arena of nature. Explore the spectacle that is the Athabasca Glacier and soak up this delightful area before setting up camp this evening.Days 9-10 Jasper National ParkContinue along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, which is famous for its wildlife. Go hard or take it as easy as you like with options like hiking up Whistler’s Mountain, mountain biking in the Valley of Five Lakes, cruising on Maligne Lake or relaxing in the Miette Hot Springs. Make sure you keep an eye out for elk, coyotes and grizzlies!Day 11 Elk IslandMake tracks to Elk Island, where wild bison, moose and elk all roam. Explore parts of the island, keeping careful watch for animals and soaking up the untamed natural scenery.Days 12-13 EdmontonHead to Edmonton, where there’s time to explore the city this afternoon and evening. Perhaps head to the Arts District, explore the boutiques and cafes of 4th Street Promenade or enjoy the architecture and galleries of 125 Street. Like all good things, this untamed adventure into Alberta’s wilderness comes to end after breakfast on Day 13.

DepartingFrom 27-Jun-2015 to 03-Sep-2015

13 days
FROM $2,065*
13 days FROM $2,065*

National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Westbound

Calgary

Day 1 CalgaryArrive to our joining hotel at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.Day 2 Banff National Park (1L)Begin your adventure with a short drive to Banff NP. Full day to discover the town of Banff and the surrounding area. Johnston Canyon is certainly an area that shows the power of nature and time - rushing water carves a path through the limestone canyon and potholes form over the years from plunging waterfalls. Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular hikes in Banff National Park. On the way back to Banff, we take our time to spot some wildlife. Wildlife viewing is one of the most popular activities for visitors to Banff National Park. With a little luck you will see elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bears, coyotes, marmots, ground squirrels, ravens. They are surprisingly accessible, both within the townsite of Banff, and throughout the surrounding park. Balancing wildlife conservation and the protection of habitat against the natural curiosity of visitors who want to get close to the wildlife is a real challenge. Some of the best places to observe wildlife and birds within their native habitat, safely and unobtrusively, include: Vermilion Lakes Drive, Minnewanka Loop, Norquay Road, Bow Valley Parkway, Icefield Parkway and of course hiking anywhere in Banff National Park! In the afternoon enjoy a ride with the gondola to the famous Sulphur Mountain and take in the spectacular view from the top of the world! Afterwards feel free to explore the town on your own. Approximate Distance: 130 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including Tunnel Mountain hike and gondola ride)Day 3 Lake Louise (1B,1L,1D)After spending the morning in Banff we continue or journey to Lake Louise, Canada's "Diamond in the Wilderness," and the "Hiking Capital of Canada". Hike to the Agnes lake Tea House. This is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic hikes in the Rockies. For its relatively short distance the terrain and views seen from this hike are amazing. Follow the shore line of Lake Louise to the trail head below the cliffs at the end of the Lake (look up for climbers). Views of Victoria Glacier, moraine fields and the lake itself are stunning. The teahouse is an extra bonus, built in 1924 this lovely rustic log building serves a great cup of tea and finger food. Continue hiking the six Glacier Trail. In the evening head to Lake Louise. Approximate Distance: 90 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops and hike to Agnes Lake tea house)Day 4 Yoho National Park/Lake Louise (1B,1L,1D)Today we continue to Yoho National Park. Towering walls of rock, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks earn the park its name; Yoho is a Cree expression of awe and wonder. Here in the shadow of the Great Divide are the secrets of ancient ocean life, the power of ice and water, and the stories of plants and animals that continue to evolve today. Visit the famous Emerald Lake, popular for sightseeing, canoeing and hiking. Then be in awe as you witness Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada with a free-fall of 254 meters! In the afternoon take time for optional activities. Raft on one of the most famous rivers in Canada. The Kicking Horse River is the ultimate whitewater rafting destination in the Rocky Mountains guaranteed to provide the thrill of a lifetime. Not your thing? Visit the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, home to the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat. Visitors are given the opportunity, as part of a one-of-a-kind interpretive tour, to view a grizzly bear interacting much as they do in the wild; foraging, hunting, playing, swimming, snoozing and exploring. In the evening return back to camp at Lake Louise. Approximate Distance: 100 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops and hiking Emerald Lake and Takkakaw Falls)Day 5 Icefield Parkway/Jasper National Park (1B,1L,1D)To travel the icefield parkway is to experience one of Canada's national treasure and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 230 km between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper, the parkway offers easy access to one of the most spectacular mountain landscape on Earth! This is a world-class journey through the hearts of the Canadian Rockies, a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, pristine mountain lakes, and broad sweeping valleys. Visit breathtaking Peyto Lake, a highlight of the Canadian Rockies! Stop at Columbia Icefield for an unforgettable experience! Sign up for the Ice Age adventure and take the snow coach up the Icefield. Continue your journey to Jasper. In the evening set up your camp and enjoy a nice campfire! Approximate Distance to Columbia Icefield: 165 km ; Approximate Distance Columbia Icefield to Jasper: 110 km Estimated Travel Time to Jasper: 10 hrs (including stops and a full day on Icefield Parkway)Day 6 Jasper National Park (1B,1L,1D)Today visit Maligne Canyon, one of Jasper's most spectacular landmarks. Eroded by the fast-flowing Maligne River for thousands of years, it is only one meter (three feet) across in some places, but over 60 meters (200 feet) deep. Take a self-guided interpretive trail with several bridges, which follows the canyon as it courses towards the Athabasca River. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the canyon and with a little luck Maligne Canyon can tun into a Wildlife Wonderland! In the afternoon, opt to hike in the Rocky Mountains.Day 7 Wells Gray Provincial Park (1B,1L,1D)On our way to Wells Gray Provincial Park we stop at Mount Robson Provincial Park, the second oldest park in British Columbia's park system, is truly one of the world's crown jewels. The mountain for which the park is named guards the park's western entrance. At 3,954 meters, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, towers over the lesser surrounding peaks; winter or summer, this is one of the finest views in the Rocky Mountains. We take a visit to Overland Falls, then our adventure continues to Wells Gray Provincial Park. Wells Gray Country is a spectacular, pure wilderness area. Known as a world-class destination for wild Flowers, kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding, it is a must stop on any tour of British Columbia. Within Wells Gray Park, experience the stunning vistas of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones, brooding old-growth forests and raging white-water rivers. Take in the landscapes, forests, wildlife and human heritage of Wells Gray, often known as ‘The Waterfall Park’. In the afternoon hike Trophy Mountain, check out Spahats Creek Falls. The trail passes several small streams before breaking out into the open expanses of the sub-alpine meadow. In July and August, the endless saves of vibrant-colored wildflowers make this one of them most popular hikes in the area. End the day with the famous BBQ at the Wells Gray Guest Ranch campsite, our home for the next 2 nights. Approximate Distance: 380 km Estimated Travel Time: 10 hrs (including stops)Day 8 Wells Gray Provincial Park (1B,1L,1D)Enjoy the sounds, sights and serenity of countless impressive cascades, torrents and rapids; including world-famous Helmcken Falls, a waterfall three times the height of Niagara as you take a full day canoeing in the Canadian Wilderness! View more spectacular waterfalls such as Dawson Falls on your way back to the Ranch. Enjoy a nice dinner around the campfire before you crawl in your sleeping back, dreaming of the next fascinating destination!Day 9 Marble Canyon Provincial Park/Whistler (1B,1L,1D)Today you can relax at Marble Canyon Provincial Park. The limestone canyon in which Marble Canyon Provincial Park is located is a rather rare geological formation in British Columbia. That’s what makes picnicking here such an unusual experience. The area around Marble Canyon is fairly abundant with moose and deer, and black bear, coyote, squirrels and marmots. Enjoy swimming in the lake before lunch. In the afternoon we continue our drive to Whistler for two nights! Approximate Distance Wells Gray to Marble Canyon PP: 250 km ; Approximate Distance Marble Canyon PP to Whistler: 175 km Estimated Travel Time to Whistler: 9-10 hrs (including a lunch stop at Marble Canyon PP)Day 10 Whistler (1B,1L)In the morning hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Whistler area. This single-track trail leads through fields crowded with blueberry bushes and graced by a grove of old-growth cedars near the summit of Cougar Mountain. Along the way, spot lichen, skunk cabbage, devil's club and towering 900-year-old Douglas-fir trees. In the afternoon explore fascinating Whistler on your own.Day 11 Tofino (1B,1D)In the morning we drive a short distance to Vancouver. Taking a ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is an exciting part of the adventure of getting here. B.C. Ferries offers an outstanding service that travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world! Then enjoy a lunch at the famous Old Country Market in Coombs! For over thirty years, the Old Country Market in Coombs has been home to a famous group of grass grazing animals - the Goats on the Roof! Come by this beloved Vancouver Island attraction near Parksville, British Columbia to grab a meal, explore the market, and watch the Goats on the Roof! Continue a short drive to MacMillan Provincial Park. Cathedral Grove, located in the Provincial Park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Here you can 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. In the afternoon continue to drive to Tofino: just in time for sunset! Approximate Distance to MacMillan PP: 200 km ; Approximate Distance MacMillan PP to Tofino: 150 km Estimated Travel Time to Tofino: 10 hrs (including the ferry to Nanaimo and stops)Day 12 Tofino (1B,1L,1D)Half day Zodiac tour. 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. The area is also known for its variety of sea birds, including tufted puffins, and the numbers of resident bald eagles. Take the afternoon to explore Pacific Rim National Park.Day 13 Victoria (1B,1L)Travel to the most famous city on the west coast of Canada. Victoria is the Capital City of British Columbia and has a well-earned reputation for its myriad of beautiful flower gardens, lush green shrubbery and wide variety of fantastic trees of every kind, size and shape. Canada’s ‘Garden City’ is surrounded by sparkling ocean and splendid mountain views and from May to September the downtown streets are brightened by the over-flowing baskets of flowers hanging from classic antique lampposts. Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO to get familiar with your surroundings so you can relax and enjoy the evening on your own. Approximate Distance: 325 km Estimated Travel Time to Victoria: 10 hr (including stops)Day 14 Vancouver (1B)In the morning take the ferry back to Vancouver. It is the city that has it all: natural beauty and cosmopolitan flair. Set between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains, it has a harmonious blend of nature and urban living. Gardens, parks, and beaches are as common here as heritage buildings, restaurants, and theaters. While maintaining the laid-back attitude of North America's West Coast, Vancouver has managed to build an international spirit. As the third largest city in Canada, it shares an ethnic diversity and multicultural flavor with the rest of the country. It's young, lively, and the jumping-off point for many spectacular outdoor activities. Enjoy a brief orientation to the city with your CEO before you can discover Vancouver on your own. For our final night in Vancouver, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city center. Approximate Distance: 65 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops and a brief Vancouver orientation)Day 15 VancouverDepart at any time.

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National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound

Vancouver

Day 1 VancouverArrive to our joining hotel at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.Day 2 Victoria (1L)In the morning discover Vancouver with a brief orientation with your CEO. It is the city that has it all: natural beauty and cosmopolitan flair. Set between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains, it has a harmonious blend of nature and urban living. Gardens, parks, and beaches are as common here as heritage buildings, restaurants, and theaters. While maintaining the laid-back attitude of North America's West Coast, Vancouver has managed to build an international spirit. As the third largest city in Canada, it shares an ethnic diversity and multicultural flavor with the rest of the country. It's young, lively, and the jumping-off point for many spectacular outdoor activities. Then take the ferry to the Capital City of British Columbia, Victoria. It has a well-earned reputation for its myriad of beautiful flower gardens, lush green shrubbery and wide variety of fantastic trees of every kind, size and shape. Canada’s ‘Garden City’ is surrounded by sparkling ocean and splendid mountain views and from May to September the downtown streets are brightened by the over-flowing baskets of flowers hanging from classic antique lampposts. Take a stroll around the city with your guide to get familiar with your surroundings before you can enjoy the evening on your own. Approximate Distance: 65 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (includes the ferry and Vancouver/Victoria city guides)Day 3 Tofino (1B,1D)Enjoy a morning on the island then grab lunch at the famous Old Country Market in Coombs. For over thirty years, the Old Country Market in Coombs has been home to a famous group of grass grazing animals - the goats on the roof. Come by this beloved Vancouver Island attraction near Parksville, British Columbia. In the afternoon, drive to Tofino just in time for sunset. Approximate Distance: 325 km Estimated Travel Time to Tofino: 10 hrs (includes stops and lunch at Old Country Market in Coombs)Day 4 Tofino (1B,1L,1D)Half-day Zodiac Tour. Your excursion takes you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery, and wildlife such as Gray whales, sea lions, seals, porpoise and Killer whales. The area is also known for its variety of sea birds, including tufted puffins, and the numbers of resident bald eagles. In the evening return to camp.Day 5 Whistler (1B,1D)In the morning drive to MacMillan Provincial Park. Cathedral Grove, located in the Provincial Park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Here you can 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. Taking a ferry to Vancouver is an exciting part of the adventure of getting here. B.C. Ferries offers an outstanding service that travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world! Arrive in Whistler late afternoon. Approximate Distance to MacMillan PP: 150 km ; Approximate Distance MacMillan PP to Whistler: 200 km Estimated Travel Time to Whistler: 10 hrs (includes stops, hike to MacMillan PP and ferry to Vancouver)Day 6 Whistler (1B,1L)In the morning opt to hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Whistler area. This single-track trail leads through fields crowded with blueberry bushes and graced by a grove of old-growth cedars near the summit of Cougar Mountain. Along the way, spot lichen, skunk cabbage, devil's club and towering 900-year-old Douglas-fir trees. In the afternoon enjoy some free time to explore fascinating Whistler on your own.Day 7 Marble Canyon PP/Wells Gray PP (1B,1L,1D)Today you can relax at Marble Canyon Provincial Park. The limestone canyon in which Marble Canyon Provincial Park is located is a rather rare geological formation in British Columbia. That’s what makes picnicking here such an unusual experience. The area around Marble Canyon is fairly abundant with moose and deer, and black bear, coyote, squirrels and marmots. Enjoy swimming in the lake before lunch. Our adventure then continues to Wells Gray PP. Wells Gray Country is a spectacular, pure wilderness area. Known as a world-class destination for Wild Flowers, kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding, it is a must stop on any tour of British Columbia. Within Wells Gray Park, experience the stunning vistas of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones, brooding old-growth forests and raging white-water rivers. Take in the landscapes, forests, wildlife and human heritage of Wells Gray, often known as ‘The Waterfall Park’. End the day with a BBW at the campsite. Approximate Distance Whistler to Marble Canyon PP: 175 km ; Approximate Distance Marble Canyon PP to Wells Gray PP: 250 km Estimated Travel Time to Wells Gray PP: 9-10 hrs (includes stops and lunch at Marble Canyon PP)Day 8 Wells Gray PP (1B,1L,1D)Enjoy the sounds, sights and serenity of countless impressive cascades, torrents and rapids; including world-famous Helmcken Falls, a waterfall three times the height of Niagara as you take a full day canoeing in the Canadian Wilderness! View more spectacular waterfalls such as Dawson Falls on your way back to the Ranch. Enjoy a nice dinner around the campfire before you crawl in your sleeping bag, dreaming of the next fascinating destination!Day 9 Wells Gray PP/Jasper NP (1B,1L,1D)In the morning hike Trophy Mountain, and check out Spahats Creek Falls. The trail passes several small streams before breaking out into the open expanses of the sub-alpine meadow. In July and August, the endless saves of vibrant-colored wildflowers make this one of them most popular hikes in the area. On our way to Jasper National Park we stop at Mount Robson Provincial Park, the second oldest park in British Columbia's park system, is truly one of the world's crown jewels. The mountain for which the park is named guards the park's western entrance. At 3,954 meters, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, towers over the lesser surrounding peaks; winter or summer, this is one of the finest views in the Rocky Mountains. Also, check out Overlander Falls, before heading on to Jasper. Approximate Distance: 380 km Estimated Travel Time: 10 hrs (includes a walk to Spahats Creek Falls and stops)Day 10 Jasper NP (1B,1L,1D)Today visit Maligne Canyon, one of Jasper's most spectacular landmarks. Eroded by the fast-flowing Maligne River for thousands of years, it is only one meter (three feet) across in some places, but over 60 meters (200 feet) deep. Take a self-guided interpretive trail with several bridges, which follows the canyon as it courses towards the Athabasca River. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the canyon and with a little luck Maligne Canyon can tun into a Wildlife Wonderland!Day 11 Icefield Parkway/Lake Louise (1B,1L,1D)To travel the icefield parkway is to experience one of Canada's national treasure and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 230 km between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper, the parkway offers easy access to one of the most spectacular mountain landscape on Earth! This is a world-class journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, pristine mountain lakes, and broad sweeping valleys. Visit breathtaking Peyto Lake, a highlight of the Canadian Rockies! Stop at Columbia Icefield for an unforgettable experience! Sign up for the Ice Age adventure and take the snow coach up the Icefield! Continue your journey to Lake Louise. In the evening set up your camp and enjoy a nice campfire! Approximate Distance to Columbia Icefield: 110 km ; Approximate Distance Columbia Icefield to Yoho NP: 165 km Estimated Travel Time to Yoho NP: 10 hrs (includes a full day on Icefield Parkway and stops)Day 12 Yoho NP/Lake Louise (1B,1L,1D)Towering walls of rock, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks earn the Yoho National Park its name; Yoho is a Cree expression of awe and wonder. Here in the shadow of the Great Divide are the secrets of ancient ocean life, the power of ice and water, and the stories of plants and animals that continue to evolve today. Visit the famous Emerald Lake, popular for sightseeing, canoeing and hiking. Then be in awe as you witness Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada with a free-fall of 254 meters! In the afternoon take time for optional activities. Raft on one of the most famous rivers in Canada. The Kicking Horse River is the ultimate whitewater rafting destination in the Rocky Mountains guaranteed to provide the thrill of a lifetime. Not your thing? Visit the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, home to the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat. Visitors are given the opportunity, as part of a one-of-a-kind interpretive tour, to view a g rizzly bear interacting much as they do in the wild; foraging, hunting, playing, swimming, snoozing and exploring. Return to camp in Lake Lousie. Approximate Distance: 100 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (includes Emerald Lake and Takkakaw Falls hike)Day 13 Banff NP (1B,1L)Wake up in Lake Louise, Canada's "Diamond in the Wilderness," and the "Hiking Capital of Canada". Hike to the Agnes lake Tea House. This is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic hikes in the Rockies. For its relatively short distance the terrain and views seen from this hike are amazing. Follow the shore line of Lake Louise to the trail head below the cliffs at the end of the Lake (look up for climbers). Views of Victoria Glacier, moraine fields and the lake itself are stunning. The teahouse is an extra bonus, built in 1924 this lovely rustic log building serves a great cup of tea and finger food. Continue hiking the six Glacier Trail. In the afternoon travel to Banff.Day 14 Banff NP/Calgary (1B,1L)Discover the town of Banff and the surrounding area. Johnston Canyon is certainly an area that shows the power of nature and time - rushing water carves a path through the limestone canyon and potholes form over the years from plunging waterfalls. Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular hikes in Banff National Park. Then on the way back to the town of Banff we take our time to spot some Wildlife. Wildlife viewing is one of the most popular activities for visitors to Banff National Park. With a little luck you will see elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bears, coyotes, marmots, ground squirrels, ravens. They are surprisingly accessible, both within the townsite of Banff, and throughout the surrounding park. Balancing wildlife conservation and the protection of habitat against the natural curiosity of visitors who want to get close to the wildlife is a real challenge. Some of the best places to observe wildlife and birds within their native habitat, safely and unobtrusively, include: Vermilion Lakes Drive, Minnewanka Loop, Norquay Road, Bow Valley Parkway, Icefield Parkway and of course hiking anywhere in Banff National Park! Before it is time to drive to Calgary you will enjoy a ride with the gondola to the famous Sulphur Mountain and soak in the spectacular view from the top of the world! Enjoy an orientation tour upon arrival in Calgary. For our final night in Calgary, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city center. Approximate Distance: 130 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (includes Tunnel Mountain hike and Gondola to Sulphur Mountain)Day 15 CalgaryDepart at any time.

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Schooner Basic, 20 Days

Canada

HIGHLIGHTS: Montreal - Moncton - Halifax - Prince Edward Island - Quebec City - Ottawa Day 1 Toronto - Montreal. We start travelling from Toronto along the St Lawrence seaway to Montreal, City of Festivals and the largest French speaking city outside of Europe. En-route we stop for a beautiful cruise of the Thousand Islands (included). Tonight we explore the vibrant nightlife of this wonderful city. Day 2 Montreal. Today passengers have free time to explore the lovely city of Montreal including Mont Royal, the Old City, boutiques, Cathedrals and the cafes and bars. Bring your French dictionary to practice your language skills Day 3 Montreal - Riviere du Loup. Our journey eastward continues as we cross to the southern shore of the St Lawrence River to our overnight destination of Riviere du Loup or "Wolf River". Our travels take us along spectacular vistas through small French speaking towns that were founded by Basques fishermen from France over 350 years ago. The St Lawrence River changes from fresh to salt water in this area so watch for seals and other marine animals. Day 4 Riviere du Loup - Moncton. We cross from Quebec into new Brunswick-the only officially bilingual province in Canada so you can still practice your French language skills This is the homeland of the Acadians-a warm a friendly people with a proud history and rich culture. Today we see the world's longest covered bridge as well as Magnetic Hill. Day 5 Moncton to Digby. This morning we start towards the world famous Bay of Fundy, travelling through the Annapolis Valley . Tonight we spend in the special town of Digby a beautiful east coast town you will never forget. Day 6 Digby. We are going to spend the day exploring this spectacular region including a clam dig on the beach (voted best activity in 2010) and visiting the Digby neck. Tonight another peaceful evening in the east coast fishing town. Day 7 Digby to Halifax. Today our tour takes us towards Halifax--the capital of Nova Scotia. Along the way we visit Kejimkujik Park for a hike. Tonight we spend in Halifax Day 8 Halifax. Today we have lots of free time to explore the museums, cafes, bars and boutique shops of Halifax. There is plenty to see and do in this maritime city . Later this afternoon we'll go for a tour of the Alexander Keith's-the oldest brewery in Canada. Then we can head out for a group dinner at a local pub Day 9 Halifax. This is a free day in Halifax to continue exploring the city We also take a quick tour to see Peggy's Cove--one of the most beautiful scenic villages in the east as well as Lunenburg--home to the world famous Blusenose II sailing ship Day 10 Halifax--Pleasant Bay (Cape Breton). Today we head towards the incredible region known as the Cape Breton Highlands--home to Canada's Scottish heritage. We will have several photo stops en-route, plus a hike where we will look for Moose. Tonight we stay in a lovely hostel located on the Cape Breton road. Day 11 Pleasant Bay to Bear on the Lake (Cape Breton). Today we continue to explore the Cape Breton region. We will make more photo stops, plus a stop for an amazing whale watching tour and an easy hike up the Skyline Ridge where the views are spectacular Tonight we spend beside the lake. Day 12 Cape Breton National Park. We continue our exploration of the Cape Breton area including a restful (and fun) stop for a swim at the beach. Lots of time today for resting and relaxation. Tonight we stay again at Bear on the Lake. Day 13 Cape breton to Charlottetown. This morning we travel to Prince Edward Island--Canada's smallest province. We take a beautiful drive and a ferry ride to the island. Tonight we explore Charlottetown home to Canada's confederation signing Day 14 Prince Edward Island. Today we continue to explore PEI visiting Cavendish Beach as well as the beautiful Anne of Green Gables homestead. Day 15 Charlottetown to Moncton. We start back into New Brunswick today across the Confederation Bridge (13kms long) and take a Lobster Boat cruise (with fresh lobster dinner) as well as a tour of Hopewell Rocks--an amazing area in the Bay of Fundy. Day 16 Moncton - Quebec City. Today we start back towards Quebec City. We have a long drive today, but the destination is well worth the effort. Quebec City is the only walled city in North America and a spectacular place--you will love it Tonight we can enjoy some great French cuisine--bon appetit Day 17 Quebec City. It's another day of wandering the narrow walkways, cobblestone streets, boutiques, museums and cafes. Try some poutine or crepes to get a taste of the local flavour Tonight we can visit a local bar for some live music Day 18 Quebec City - Ottawa. We journey into the countryside of "la belle province" today, making a quick detour to visit Montmorency Falls-which are 1.5 times higher than Niagara-- just outside of the city. From here we travel to the capital of Canada --Ottawa where we can sit in an outdoor cafe, visit a museum or enjoy a cycle by the Rideau Canal. Day 19 Ottawa. There is more time today to explore this beautiful city, including an option of doing a hike or a Zip Line Tree Walk in the Gatineau Park. Day 20 Ottawa - Toronto. We start our journey back to Toronto today stopping along the way to have tour of Kingston, the original capital of Upper Canada and taking a boat cruise amongst the Thousand Island resort region. We arrive back in Toronto around 6:00 pm in time for our wrap up dinner and party on the patio of Global Village Backpackers View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

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Canada boasts pristine wilderness and vibrant cities

Covering such a vast region, a Canadian holiday is certainly not limited for scope. Whether it's to see a black bear in its habitat, watch the Calgary Stampede, snowboard at ski resorts, take in an ice hockey game or visit the home of Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island, Canada's unique attributes are showcased against a breathtaking natural backdrop.

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While Canada's stunning landscape is well known, the cities also know how to put on a fabulous show. Montreal is where you can indulge your Francophile tendencies with poutine and maple syrup amongst other cultural pursuits. Toronto, Canada's largest city, is home to the longest street in the world (Yonge Street) and famous landmarks, sporting venues and artistic endeavours. On the west coast, Vancouver is a modern city framed by snow-capped peaks and where you can famously go skiing and sit on a beach on the same day. Canada, eh?

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