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Trip code: 
FNVAR
Way to Travel:
Family Group
Activity:
Family Mixed-Activity Holidays
Min age:
8
Group size:
5–13

The perfect family outdoor adventure set within the most amazing scenery that Canada has to offer.

This Canadian family holiday is the perfect outdoor adventure! Raft, canoe, hike and bike amongst some of the most amazing scenery that Canada has to offer. Float upon the brilliant turquoise water of Lake Louise, spot the diverse wildlife of Wells Gray, hike in Whistler or discover Athabasca Glacier on an included guided walk. Busy days are followed by the chance to relax by the campfire and share stories from the road. From glacier walking to soaking in natural hot springs, each day will be even more exciting than the last.

Highlights

  • Hike in the majestic Canadian Rockies
  • Discover Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks
  • Enjoy Incredible wildlife viewing

Key information

  • Direct flights
  • Travel by private minibus with trailer for luggage and equipment
  • Group normally 5 to 13, plus leader
  • 8 nights participatory camping, 2 nights multi share cabins and 1 night hotel 

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional activities

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

  • Day 1

    Start Calgary

    Welcome to Calgary in Alberta. This one-time Mountie outpost is situated at the meeting of the Bow River and Elbow Rivers in the south of the province, with the epic Rocky Mountain Range forming the city's backdrop. If you have some extra time to explore before the tour departs the city, then the Calgary Zoo with its Botanical Gardens and Prehistoric Park is recommended. Here, the kids can come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs or enjoy some of the city's wide open green spaces.

    There will be a welcome meeting for those of you not on the group flight at 6.00pm 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.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Full day for optional activities in Banff N.P. such as hiking, helicopter ride, Sulphur Mountains Hot Springs.

    Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada's oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, ice fields and glaciers. It's paradise for anyone who loves the outdoors, with plenty of opportunity for walking and hiking. With an abundance of wildlife in the park, there's always a chance of seeing bear - from a safe distance. Alternatively, take a scenic ride on the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to take in a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. For a completely different perspective, another exciting optional activity is to fly overhead in a helicopter - an amazing experience that your family will never forget. Of course there's nothing better after a hard day of fun than a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs, which is why we've included this for you!
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Banff National Park and Lake Louise.

    With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is known as `the gem of the Rockies'. It's no surprise that it's the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies! There are many walking trails to enjoy here. Wander around the lakeside and mesmerised by the cool blue hues, or hike to a nearby teahouse and be rewarded for your efforts with some of the best chocolate cake in Canada!
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Full day to explore Yoho N.P.; optional white water rafting, canoeing, or hiking trail at Takakkaw Falls.

    Continuing your journey, you make your way to the town of Golden and Yoho National Park. 'Yoho' is a native word for 'awe', and you'll see why. Sometimes overshadowed by the neighbouring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho National Park is considered the hidden gem of the Canada national parks system. If your family are budding photographers, exploring Yoho will provide you with ample opportunities to hone your skills as you wander through a pristine alpine landscape that includes mountains, lakes and waterfalls. In your free time you can experience the Kicking Horse River first-hand with an optional half-day white water rafting excursion, or choose to canoe or hike at the magnificent Emerald Lake. Walking the challenging trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls is an excellent alternative option. One thing's for sure, after all this adventure you'll sleep well tonight!
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Second day in Yoho National Park

    Second day in Yoho National Park.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Jasper N.P.; cycle or visit Mount Edith Cavell for tremendous views of Angel Glacier and various hiking options.

    The Icefields Parkway is known as one of the world's most scenic drives and cuts through the heart of the Rockies, travelling for 360km (230 miles) past hanging glaciers, sheer rock walls and broad sweeping valleys. You'll definitely want to keep your cameras at the ready for some stunning views. Visit Peyto Lake and be amazed by its incredible turquoise hues, before traversing a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier, on an included guided hike. The kids will be left speechless, for once!

    The magnificent drive leads you to Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square km (4,200 square miles) and this is where you will camp for the next two nights. It's much less developed than other areas of Western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. There are several options on offer in Jasper. You may want to start your visit by taking the cable car up Whistler Mountain for a bird's-eye view. There's also the chance to try your hand at mountain biking and hiking amidst fantastic lakeside scenery, or to visit Mount Edith Cavell for tremendous views of Angel Glacier, a beautiful hanging glacier in the shape of angel wings.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Second day in Jasper National Park.

    Second day in Jasper National Park.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Wells Gray Provincial Park; optional horseriding; overnight ranch stay.

    Next up is Wells Gray Provincial Park - the fourth largest in British Columbia, covering the highest regions of the Cariboo Mountains. Take a walk and check out the impressive Helmcken Falls, one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1939, or you could choose to hop on a horse for an afternoon ride. You'll stay in rustic guest ranch cabins for two nights and after each night's dinner, you can kick back and experience authentic ranch hospitality. Take part in a BBQ cookout, where you'll create a hearty meal of fresh meat and fish (plus a vegetarian option) for everyone to feast on after a busy day exploring.
    Guest ranch

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Second day at Wells Gray Provincial Park

    Second day at Wells Gray Provincial Park.
    Guest ranch

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Scenic drive to Whistler; optional activities such as cycling or zip-lining.

    Continue your journey to Whistler, in the heart of British Columbia. Perhaps better known as a winter resort, Whistler is a fantastic destination all year-round, with incredible scenery and loads of activities on offer. Why not take a leisurely gondola ride and see the views from above, rent bikes and wind your way along the trails, or even take to the tree tops with some adventurous zip lining? For a once in a lifetime experience, you can even take a scenic glacier flight. Whether you're a family of adrenaline junkies or simply like to enjoy some leisurely time together surrounded by nature, there's something for everyone in Whistler.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Another day exploring Whistler.

    Another day exploring Whistler.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    We travel to Vancouver; trip ends.

    Head towards the coast and one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in the world, Vancouver, where unfortunately your tour comes to an end. Should you choose to stay on longer to explore the city, there's plenty to fill your time. Amid the skyscrapers you'll find the locals enjoy an outdoorsy way of life. Stanley Park is always a favourite with the whole family. The kids can make the most of the playground and the pool with a waterslide, or you can hire bikes or rollerblades to explore the rest of the 400-hectare urban park. Be sure to check out the fascinating and brightly painted totem poles that have been here since the 1920s, and you should definitely treat yourselves to some moreish maple cookies! Tour ends.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch

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 included. 

 

Your tour guide will coordinate local shopping and assist the group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners. Occasionally, you will eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for these 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 be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group meals in Canadian restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. 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

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.

There are some long drives involved and a substantial time difference. By North American standards the journeys are not considered to cover a big distance, but on some days the time 'on the road' will be approximately 6 hours. This is a participatory camping trip - you will be expected to assist with setting up tents, helping with the shopping and cooking, washing up after meals, etc. Most families greatly enjoy the team feeling that comes from getting involved with these activities. There is a wide choice of activities on this trip to cater for the whole family, so we hope that there will be something for everyone!

Accommodation

Hotel, Ranch & Camping

8 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 2 night multi share cabins and 1 hotel night

We use 3-man tents for every two clients. The majority of camp grounds that we use are spacious, with good facilities including flush toilets and hot showers. Self-inflating sleeping mats and other communal camping equipment is provided but you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag (2/3 season) and be prepared to get involved with participatory camping!

Participatory camping involves all group members taking responsibility for several campsite duties in order to ensure a smooth-running, quick and easy camp set up. You’ll be expected to erect and dismantle your own tent and help out with taking down/setting up the camp kitchen. Additionally there is shared responsibillity for helping to prepare meals and washing up afterwards. You’ll find that these activities are fun and involving, and create a good opportunity for group bonding. Setting up camp typically takes between 15-30 minutes.

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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]

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