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Columbia Icefield

Canadian Parks Trail

12 days
from
£2,099
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Culture
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
PCT
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
1–13
Min age:
16

Discover wildlife, nature and magnificent vistas in the Canadian Rockies.

Get ready for mountains, lakes and glaciers, Canadian style! Explore some of North America's grandest scenery and take advantage of the hiking and adventure activities available on this lodging tour. Walk to stunning waterfalls and aquamarine lakes, spot wildlife in wilderness parks and enjoy the spectacularly scenic Icefields Parkway. Add on as much adventure as you want, from zip lining to mountain biking, and white water rafting to canoeing. See Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, then return to city life in Calgary. This 11 day Canadian Rockies tour is one great big adventure, so what are you waiting for?

Highlights

  • Unique overnight wilderness canoe trip
  • Four national parks; Banff, Yoho, Glacier & Jasper
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities

Key information

  • Travel by private minibus
  • Variety of daywalks to suit all abilities
  • Some long journeys
  • Group normally 6 to 13, plus leader. Min age 18 yrs
  • 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 10 dinners
  • 1 hotel & 10 camping nights included
  • Countries visited: Canada, North America

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 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

Calgary
to
Vancouver
  • Day 1

    Start 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.

     

  • Days 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 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 trails around Banff which 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 an included soak in the Sulphur Mountain hot springs. You spend the next three nights at the same campsite.

    Optionals:

    • Aerial gondola/tramway CAD$49-64
    • Scenic glacier flight (20 minutes) CA$275
    •  

      Horseback riding (1.5 hour ride) CA$64-119

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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.

    Optional activities:

    Canoeing CAD$125 per hour (CAD$95 per additional hour)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 5-6

    Yoho National Park.

    'Yoho' is a native word that translates to 'awe', and this incredible national park won’t disappoint, with hiking opportunities 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. See the falls up close before driving down to 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 with a half day white-water rafting excursion. This is Canada at its very best! You spend the next three nights under canvas at your campsite in Golden.

    Optional activities:

    White water rafting CA$120-$173

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Glacier National Park of Canada.

    The pristine beauty of Glacier National Park is recognised along the many trails which meander through the park, and 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 mountain peaks. Rivers, caves and plenty of wildlife make Glacier a sublime spot to visit.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 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. Experience some of its beauty 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 adds to the wild beauty of the landscape. You end your day by continuing 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 hikes 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 and Black and Grizzly Bears.

    Optional activities:

    Guided glacier walk CA$100 (CA$60 for under 17s)Mountain biking CA$20 per hourSkyTram cable car CA$50

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Wells Gray Provincial Park.

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Wells Gray Provincial Park - Vancouver.

    On the edge of the Canadian wilderness lies the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, where your tour ends upon arrival. 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. 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 which this vibrant city offers.

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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

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

10 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 10 dinners are included on this tour.

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 North America certain food types can be limited.

Weather

Summers in the Rockies are generally warm and sunny. Average daytime temperatures are 18degC in June and the first half of September, 22degC in July/August. Max temperatures can often be 5degC higher. Night temperatures will be cool in July and August; cold in June and from early September and can go down to near freezing point. Temperatures will vary depending on altitude. June gives long hours of daylight. The weather in the Rockies can be unpredictable and you should be prepared for sudden thunderstorms, strong winds or even snow. Although summers are fairly dry, the odd rainy day can be expected. September can bring early snow on the peaks. Residual snow at higher elevations may linger until mid July. Walking on hard packed snow is sometimes required.

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 are used to. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This active tour is suitable for people of most levels of experience and fitness. Active tours are about exploring the places you visit so whether it’s walking, or kayaking you’ll be experiencing the best from each place. Given the nature of this tour, if you suffer from medical issues you should advise us prior to booking. A background in camping and paddling is an asset but not necessary. These programs are open to expert and novice paddlers alike.

Please note: both the weather conditions and presence of wild animals can be unpredictable in the Rockies. Either of these may force the guide to change a planned hike for the day. It is important to use common sense when walking in the wilderness and to follow the advice of the guide at all times concerning wildlife and weather conditions.

There are opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour guides will organise these 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 of publication. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 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

Camping

Grand American Adventures camping tours use national and state park campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds. These will not always be within the national park boundaries we select the best from those available. Most will have flush toilets and hot showers however, some may charge an additional fee of $1-$3 for showers. You will sleep in high quality, tents which single travellers share with one other passenger of the same sex. Our camping equipment also includes field kitchens, inflatable sleeping pads, food storage and camp lanterns and chairs. Most campsites have a quiet time from 22:00 hrs to 07:00 hrs. Please respect your fellow campers who are there to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of camping.

Grand American Adventures camping tours use national and state park campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds. These will not always be within the national park boundaries we select the best from those available. Most will have flush toilets and hot showers however, some may charge an additional fee of $1-$3 for showers. You will sleep in high quality, tents which single travellers share with one other passenger of the same sex. Our camping equipment also includes field kitchens, inflatable sleeping pads, food storage and camp lanterns and chairs. Most campsites have a quiet time from 22:00 hrs to 07:00 hrs. Please respect your fellow campers who are there to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of camping.

The accommodation on our tours is based on twin-share, so if you’re travelling on your own, you’ll share a room or tent with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space we offer a Solo Sleeper option where you can have your own tent for an additional fee. Please note the solo sleeper excludes campsites in Jasper National Park, Banff National Park and the Mclaren Lodge on any Canada and Alaska itineraries.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 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.

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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]