canadian National Parks west
The Rockies are a great reason to explore the Canadian West, but why stop there? We asked that question, then answered it with this trip—a sprawling, nature-rich mini-epic that melds some of Canada’s best national parks with time off the mist-shrouded shores of Vancouver Island. Loaded with diverse experiences—whale-watching, glacier hikes, hot springs and much, much more—and bookend nights in Calgary and Vancouver, you’ll stuff a lifetime’s worth of adventure into the space of a mere two weeks.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Day 1 Calgary
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Banff National Park (1L)
Discover the town, view wildlife, take a gondola ride, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views.
Day 3-4 Yoho National Park/Lake Louise (2B,2L,2D)
Awe at the phenomenal Takakkaw Falls. Go for an optional rafting trip, hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House or along the Six Glacier Trail.
Day 5-6 Icefield Parkway/Jasper National Park (2B,2L,2D)
Visit beautiful Peyto Lake, and stop at Columbia Icefield. Opt to take the snow coach up the icefield, visit Maligne Canyon or go on a hike in the Rockies.
Day 7-8 Wells Gray Provincial Park (2B,2L,2D)
Take in sights of the immense Mount Robson. Visit Overland Falls and Spahats Creek Falls. Enjoy a full-day canoeing trip in the Canadian wilderness.
Day 9-10 Whistler (2B,2L,1D)
Relax and take a dip at Marble Canyon Provincial Park. Head for a morning hike up the trails in the Whistler area, then explore fascinating Whistler on your own.
Day 11-12 Tofino (2B,1L,2D)
Ferry across to Vancouver Island. Stroll the trails beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan PP. Embark on a half-day Zodiac tour for marine wildlife viewing, then explore Pacific Rim NP.
Adventures for 18 to thirty somethings
Designed for young, budget-minded travellers. These trips maximize time and money by squeezing the most out of a destination. This ain't your typical big-bus tour, though. Small groups, insider access and personal freedom to follow the whim of the moment are the order of the day, every day.
Physical Grading — 3
Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?
2015- 6/20, 7/4, 7/11, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 9/12
2016- 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30