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Canadian Family Discovery - Reverse

12 days
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£1,899
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Family
Suitable for:
Age 9+
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
PDC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
6–13
Designed for:
Ages 9-12
Also for:
Ages 13-16

Enjoy snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters.

Start your family adventure exploring Banff National Park, the birthplace of Canada’s Park system. Plus, enjoy snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, you’ll soon see why Lake Louise is one of the most photographed destinations in the Canadian Rockies. Be inspired by incredible views of sheer rock-faces rising above turquoise lakes in Yoho National Park. Opt to canoe the magnificent Emerald Lake, try an exhilarating half-day rafting trip on the legendary Kicking Horse River and if conditions permit, challenge yourselves on trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls.

Jasper National Park is next and the largest national park in Canada. Admire the world-renowned Icefields Parkway, gaze upon Peyto Lake’s startling turquoise hue and enjoy an included guided glacier walk on the imposing Athabasca Glacier. Wells Gray National Park is a spectacular, pure wilderness area where you can experience the stunning vistas of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones, established old-growth forests and mighty white-water rivers. Step back in time by overnighting on the grounds of a guest ranch. The thrills continue as you reach Whistler, the adventure capital of Western Canada.

Highlights

  • Guided walk on the Athabasca Glacier
  • Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs in Banff
  • Fresh fish and meat BBQ cookout
  • Hit the trails in stunning Whistler
  • Walk to incredible waterfalls in Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Two nights in Jasper with a chance to visit Mount Edith Cavell for incredible views of Angel Glacier
  • Discover mountains, lakes and waterfalls with two days in Yoho National Park
  • Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway, known as 'one of the best drives in the world'
  • Enjoy two nights in Banff National Park and explore panoramic Lake Louise
  • Fantastic walking trails in the majestic Canadian Rockies
  • Abundant wildlife viewing opportunities

Key information

  • 2 Canadian Provinces: Alberta and British Columbia
  • Length: 12 days
  • Departs: Calgary
  • Accommodation: 10 camping and 1 hotel
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Staff: Professional tour guide
  • Group size: 6 - 13 
  • Transport: Private vehicle
  • Countries visited: Canada

What's included

  • Services of a professional tour guide
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
  • All children aged 6-16 will receive 10% off the published price

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 3945
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.

Itinerary

Calgary
to
Vancouver
  • Day 1

    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. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel, where you'll meet your tour guide and the other families who will be joining you on this adventure.

    ACCOMMODATION: Standard Hotel

    MEALS: Meals paid locally

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Calgary Zoo CA$25 (CA$17 for under 16s)

  • Day 2

    Banff National Park

    Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada's oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, ice fields and glaciers. It's an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with plenty of opportunity for walking and hiking. With an abundance of wildlife in the park, there's always the chance of seeing bears 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! You’ll stay in the same campsite for four nights in the Lake Louise area so there will be no packing and unpacking, for a little while at least.

    ACCOMMODATION: Camping

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Aerial gondola/tramway CAD$62; Scenic glacier flight CA$195 - $325

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Banff National Park - Lake Louise

    With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and enchanting turquoise waters, Lake Louise is simply stunning. It's always been a popular tourist destination, so there’s no surprise that it's the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies! There are loads of walking trails to enjoy, so you can either wander around the lake or hike to a nearby teahouse to be rewarded with some of the best chocolate cake in Canada!

    ACCOMMODATION: Camping

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Canoeing CAD$105 per hour (CAD$95 per additional hour)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 4-5

    Yoho National Park

    Today’s adventure will take you to 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 Canadian 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!

    ACCOMMODATION: Camping

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Emerald Lake canoe rental (1 hr) CA$45

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    Icefields Parkway - Jasper National Park

    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 want to keep your cameras 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, the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square km (4,200 square miles). This is where you will camp for the next two nights. It's much less developed than other areas of Western Canada and there are several options on offer. 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.

    ACCOMMODATION: Camping

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Mountain biking CA$15-$75; SkyTram cable car CA$45

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 8-9

    Wells Gray Provincial Park

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

    ACCOMMODATION: Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 10-11

    Whistler

    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.

    ACCOMMODATION: Camping included

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Extreme zip line course CA$119-$199; Mountain biking from CA$100; Gondola ride CA$27

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Whistler - Vancouver

    Head towards the coast and to 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. Be sure to check out the fascinating and brightly painted totem poles that have been here since the 1920s, and you should treat yourselves to some moreish maple cookies!

    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.

    ACCOMMODATION: None included
    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Bike rental in Stanley Park CA$10-$65

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
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

On all camping tours, most of the meals are included whilst camping. 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$7 per glass and beer CAD$6 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group me ls 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 Canadian family holiday is the perfect outdoor adventure! Immerse yourself in some of the most amazing scenery that Canada offers, explore the trails on foot or by bike, spot diverse wildlife, canoe on brilliant turquoise lakes or even raft the white water of Kicking Horse River.

Discover Athabasca Glacier on an included guided walk, and make your holiday as leisurely or as adventurous as you like by opting for lakeside strolls and scenic gondola rides or extreme zip lining! Busy days are followed by the chance to soak in hot springs or relax by the campfire and share stories of your adventures. Each day will be even more exciting than the last!

YOUR TOUR GUIDE
Your tour guide will take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your tour, they will drive the van taking you from A to B and make sure everything runs smoothly. Your tour guide is there to make sure you get the most out of your tour; organising activities, providing information and answering any questions you may have as well as sorting out any queries or problems you may encounter. If you have any particular interests or things you would like to do on your tour, then please let your tour guide know at the beginning of the tour and they will do their best to help you. We will also use specialist tour guides in certain locations, to provide in depth information. 

We would like to note that Canadian Law regulates the total number of hours your tour guide is available to work. Our trips are designed to make the most of your time in Canada, but please understand that there will be certain times each day that your guide will need to be off duty from work. Due to these restrictions, particularly after the longer driving days, your guide may not be able to join you for some of the daily activities or may need to tend to other work duties.

CAMP DUTIES
An essential part of a camping tour is helping out with the day to day camp duties and everyone will assist with the setting up and packing up of the campsite. Your tour guide will provide guidance on what to do, and typically it will only take 15 minutes to set up or break down the tents and camp kitchen. Before you know it you’ll be enjoying ‘home sweet home’ in the great outdoors.

Your tour guide will also co-ordinate and assist the group with food shopping, preparing meals and cleaning up. Sharing the camp duties is a great way to bond with your fellow travellers and the group camaraderie is all part of the experience.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3945
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

10 Nights Camping & 1 Night Hotel

This camping tour uses national and state park campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds. These will not always be within the national park boundaries but we select the best from what is available in each area. Most will have flush toilets and hot showers however, some may charge an additional fee of $1-$3 for use of the showers. You sleep in high quality, tents which single travellers share with one other passenger of the same sex. 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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3945
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]