Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island - Reverse

15 days
from
£2,689
View Trips
Loading...
Trip code: 
AFVR
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Natural Wonders
Min age:
16
Group size:
1–13

Enjoy the mountains, coastline and wildlife of Western Canada

The Rockies are stunning: rugged peaks, fir forests, sparkling glaciers and bountiful wildlife including Black and Grizzly bears, deer, moose and coyotes. This trip takes in the celebrated attractions and also ventures off the beaten track to get closer to the wonderful nature for which this region is deservedly famous. A highlight is a ferry trip through the Inside Passage which reveals one of the richest marine habitats of the world, including several species of whale.

Highlights

  • Mountains and wildlife
  • Inside Passage ferry
  • Bear spotting in Tofino
  • Bella Coola Valley and Tweedsmuir Park
  • Miette Hot Springs

Key information

  • Travel by minibus and boat
  • Some long drives
  • Group normally 1 to 13, plus leader. Min age 16yrs
  • 5 hotel nights, 4 lodge nights, 3 cabin nights and 2 ranches

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Driver

What's not included

  • Flights
  • All meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Vancouver
to
Calgary
  • Day 1

    Start Vancouver

    Welcome to one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in the world, Vancouver. We highly recommend a stroll around this cosmopolitan city. A highlight for many people is Stanley Park, a 400-hectare green wonderland where you can see authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s or sit in one of the cafes and enjoy a spot of people watching.

    Welcome meeting for those of you not on the group flight at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby, here you will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. If booking flight inclusive you will receive notes off the tour leader at a later stage due to a late arrival.

    Options:
    • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park CAD$42
    • Bike rental in Stanley Park CAD$10-$65
    • Rollerblading in Stanley Park CAD$10-$40

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Vancouver to Victoria.

    As you board the ferry to Vancouver Island and take in the amazing views across the Salish Sea, your Canadian adventure is under way! You'll arrive in Victoria, an area well-known as an incredible place to spot Orca Whales. That's why we've included a zodiac boat tour to spot these magnificent mammals in their natural habitat. In the late afternoon you'll enjoy an orientation tour of the city, then you're free to relax and explore under your own steam. The first Chinatown in Canada is well worth a visit.

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    Tofino

    Beaches, trails and rainforest await in the Pacific Rim. Follow one of the most picturesque and rugged coastal routes in British Columbia and keep an eye out for wildlife while you enjoy the bracing sea breeze. Why not opt for a whale watching zodiac tour or hit the nearby trails to get out into nature. Your hotel for the next two nights will be in Ucluelet (pronounced 'Yew-Kloo-Let') or Tofino.

    Options:
    • Zodiac whale watching adventure CAD$120
    • Sea kayaking in Tofino CAD$75-$90

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 4

    Tofino

    The west coast of Vancouver Island is well-known for its whale and bear sightings and this morning you'll undertake a boat trip that gives you a unique chance to get up close and personal with the iconic Black Bear, with experienced on-board guides who know the area in depth. You may even be lucky enough to spot whales on your trip. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you wish, with kayaking, hiking or a whale watching boat trip perhaps.

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 5

    Ucluelet and Port Hardy, Vancouver Island

    Leave the west coast of Vancouver Island and head north on Highway 19 stopping en route to marvel at the huge Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars at Cathedral Grove, stopping at Port Hardy. Port Hardy was named after Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, former captain of HMS Victory, and is the gateway to the amazing stretch of water known as the Inside Passage.

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 6

    Inside Passage / Bella Coola

    An absolute delight for wildlife lovers, the Inside Passage offers one of the most amazing ferry journeys in the whole of North America, with everything from frozen fjords to forest-covered hillsides flanking your route. The scenery is simply spectacular: towering, forest-clad peaks surround the deep fjords and those with a keen eye can often spot Bald Eagles and bear. The Inside Passage supports one of the world's richest marine environments and it may be possible to see Gray, Orca, Pacific White Sided and occasionally Humpback Whales. The remoteness of the Inside Passage is its most stunning feature; the area is largely inaccessible by road and the tiny communities spread along it rely on boats for transportation. The journey is long and cannot be completed with one ferry so we take two ferries with a total duration of 16.5 hours. Spend tonight in the small community of Bella Coola.

    NB: In order to cross the Inside Passage you will need to take two different ferries with a total duration of 16.5 hours. One of the ferries is more basic, without a restaurant or lounge area, but offers an excellent opportunity to spot wildlife.

    Lodge

  • Day 7

    Bella Coola

    Bella Coola is located at the point where the Bella Coola River joins with the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean. Here, amongst the lush valley bottoms and snow-capped peaks, some of the largest Grizzly Bear in the world reside and this little community is gaining a reputation as one of the best places to spot them in British Columbia. The best time of year to view Grizzly Bear is from the middle of August to the end of September as this is when they descend from the mountains to catch salmon in the rivers and eat berries. In season, it's possible to join an optional excursion in search of Grizzly Bear. Outside of bear season there's a selection of excellent hikes on offer and plenty of optional activities, such as fishing and wildlife viewing.

    Options:
    • Grizzly bear watching in Bella Coola CAD$140
    • Wildlife Rafting tour, Bella Coola CAD$95

    Lodge

  • Day 8

    Bella Coola and Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

    Today is where your tour gets right off the beaten track as you journey through some incredibly wild regions en route to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, often regarded as the most beautiful spot in the whole of British Columbia. Spend time in the southern area of the park this morning, joining a hiking trail through an area of thick forest and wildflowers. A healthy population of Grizzly and Black Bear exists throughout the park, as well as elk, deer, moose and coyote; it's possible to see any of these wild beasts whilst visiting Tweedsmuir. Wildlife aside, the colours of the mountains, combined with ultimate solitude will ensure that Tweedsmuir is a park that you'll remember for years to come. Please note, this area has basic facilities but is extremely beautiful, and far from the tourist trail.

    Options:
    • Canoeing (Anahim Lake/Tweedsmuir) CAD$12 per hour

    Basic Hotel (shared bathroom, cabins for two to four people)

  • Day 9

    Tweedsmuir Provincial Park; to Spruce Hill Ranch.

    Keeping your eyes peeled for moose, elk and even Black Bear is exactly what you'll be doing on the banks of Anahim Lake this morning. Optional canoeing is available on the lake, before heading to Spruce Hill Ranch.

    Ranch

  • Day 10

    Spruce Hill Ranch

    Spruce Hill Ranch. Free day.

    Ranch

  • Day 11

    Mount Robson; Jasper N.P.

    As the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson is indeed a stunning sight. Pause to take in over 3,000m (10,000 ft.) of snow-capped loveliness. You have the option to hike at Kinney Lake, located in the Mount Robson Provincial Park, or you could join a wildlife river safari with the chance to see bear, moose, eagle and osprey from Blue River. Your overnight location will be in Jasper National Park, around 40 minutes out of town. Enjoy a visit to Miette Hot Springs at the end of the day.

    Cabin

  • Day 12

    Jasper National Park

    Jasper is considered much quieter and less developed than Banff, which means it is easier to escape the crowds and spend the day getting to know Jasper National Park and its surroundings. One option is to take the SkyTram into the mountains, which provides fantastic views over the Canadian Rockies. Alternatively, there are various hikes at Mount Edith Cavell including a short hike in flower-strewn alpine meadows with chances to see caribou, and from where you'll enjoy spectacular views of Angel Glacier, a beautiful hanging glacier in the shape of angel wings.

    Options:
    • Jasper Tramway cable car CAD$45
    • Rafting float trip on the Athabasca River CAD$67

    Cabin

  • Day 13

    Icefields Parkway and Canmore

    Brace yourself, as this morning you hit one of the most famous and beautiful drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway. This spectacular road traverses the Rockies, running parallel to the Continental Divide. Mountain passes, glaciers and high peaks are some of the many scenic highlights and there are opportunities to see elk, caribou, bears, Bighorn Sheep and goats, which often graze on the vegetation found at the roadside. You'll stop at all of the 'must see' sights, including Bow Summit and Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. There's also the option to enjoy a guided glacier walk along the way. You'll stay in Canmore near Banff National Park, for the next two nights.

    Options:
    • Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$110

    Lodge

  • Day 14

    Banff National Park and Canmore

    Banff National Park is one of the highlights of any visit to Western Canada, with its magnificent mountains, lakes and forests. It's Canada's first national park and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff town can easily be explored on foot and with plenty of optional activities there's more than enough to fill your time. Check out the iconic Banff Springs Hotel where tourism in the Canadian Rockies first began, visit some of the many souvenir shops in town or take a short trail to the tumbling Bow Falls. You could also walk along Tunnel Mountain trail for a view of Banff and the Bow Valley. You can take the gondola up to Sulphur Mountain for rewarding panoramic views of the Rockies or simply relax in the heated, natural pools of the Banff Hot Springs.

    Options:
    • Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$65
    • Sulphur Mountain hot springs, Banff CAD$8

    Lodge

  • Day 15

    End Calgary.

    Today will be the end of your tour of the Canadian Rockies as you head to the city of Calgary. Calgary has historically been known for its Wild West roots and is oozing with the Western culture that earned it the nickname 'Cowtown', still evident in the rodeo and the Calgary Stampede, but it has become a dynamic and vibrant city of skyscrapers at the centre of Canada's oil industry. If you fancy extending your stay to take in the sights of Calgary after the tour ends, please make your accommodation reservation at the time of booking. For everyone else, it's time to say goodbye but rest assured you'll be leaving with plenty of wilderness memories, wildlife photographs and maybe even a few sticky maple syrup sweets for your journey home.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel in Calgary at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book your post-tour accommodation if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart before 21:00 hrs.

Visas

Canada

The Government of Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for some international travellers flying into Canada. Citizens from countries other than the US who do not require a visa to enter Canada are required to obtain an eTA before entering the country. Eligible travellers will need to go online to apply for their eTA.

To apply for your eTA you will need your passport, credit or debit card and an email address. At the time of publication there was a CAD$7 fee to process your eTA. Your eTA will be valid for a period of five years, or until your passport expires. We recommend you carry a print out of your eTA approval when you travel. Please visit www.canada.ca/eTA to apply.

If you have not applied for and received authorisation via an eTA prior to travel you may be denied boarding, experience a delayed processing or be denied admission at the Canadian point of entry. However, neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visafree on the eTA, guarantees admission to Canada. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the point of entry.

Vaccinations

Canada

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

No meals included.

On hotel based tours, you will usually eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for your meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from CAD$6-$12, lunches from CAD$8-$15 and dinners from CAD$13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately CAD$5 per glass and beer CAD$4 per bottle.Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals in Canadian restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. Your tour guide may offer your group the option to operate a ‘lunch only’ food kitty; this has proven to be a popular alternative to three daily restaurant meals. Guides will explain this option while on your tour, and the whole group will have to agree for this system to run. Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of Canada certain food types can be limited.

Weather

Temperatures in the coastal region around Vancouver average 22ºC in summer, but can reach as high as 30ºC in the low lying interior. June and September are usually a bit cooler, and the coast can get rain at any time of year. The mountains have typically unpredictable weather; sun, cloud, rain and even snow can all be experienced in a day!

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

Your tour guide will organise the optional activities during your tour on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices which were correct at the time this dossier was updated. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels, lodges and cabins

5 hotel nights, 4 lodge nights, 3 cabin nights and 2 ranches.

Hotel accommodation will be in clean, comfortable hotels or lodges with en-suite bathroom facilities, chosen for their friendly atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of the region. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

As another year flies past, it’s time for us to ask ourselves one simple question: where next?

Be the first to post your review! If you have recently returned from an Exodus adventure and want to help other travellers with your feedback then simply use the link below to post your holiday review.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Trips you might also like