t:01749 676825 e:enquiries@canadianjourneys.co.uk

ATOL protected ATOL 6195

Brought to you by The Unpackaged Travel Company

Open Spaces of the Canadian West (19 nights)

Highlights during this 3 week journey are the famous parks of the Canadian Rockies, the Coast Mountains and Pacific Rim National Park. You will travel through some very remote regions of the north west, and experience the variety and vastness of the country from huge cattle ranches to tiny fishing outposts.You take the Discovery Coast Ferry to Vancouver Island and there, at the westernmost edge, find yourself in ancient forest which borders the endless sandy stretch of Long Beach. In Tofino go on a whale or bear watching cruise. Enjoy the cities of Victoria and Vancouver.

Day 1 Calgary

On arrival in Calgary, transfer from the airport to the hotel. Pre trip information with your guide. Hotel overnight.

Day 2 Banff - Lake Louise

After a short city tour of Calgary drive into Banff National Park. In the forested campground pitch your tent for the next two nights. This afternoon your guide will take you on your first hike on one of the many trails near Banff. Walking time 2 - 3 hours.

Day 3 Banff National Park

A longer hike on one of the many trails near Banff is on the menu for today. Later you might want to relax in the warm sulphur pools or browse the many stores and boutiques of Banff. Walking time 7 hours.

Day 4 Lake Louise - Yoho National Park

Countless photo opportunities along the Bow River and in Lake Louise. Here you can rent a canoe, hike to a romantic tea house,or just sit and admire the scenery. The tents are set up in Yoho Park at the western flank of the Rockies.

Day 5 Yoho National Park

This park boasts the most outstanding trails in mountain wilderness with glaciers and waterfalls. Planned for today is an 18 km loop through 2 passes at 2180 m (7195 ft). Walking time 5 hours.

Day 6 Shuswap Lakes

Glacier Park is reached through the Rogers Pass. Snow avalanches have scarred the slopes of the steep valleys. A 5 km hike to 2290 m (7633 ft) is rewarded with an almost 360 degree view of the surrounding peaks. The Transcanada Highway takes you into the warm and dry plateau of British Columbia. Camping by one of the many lakes, and time for a swim. Walking time 3 hours.

Day 7 Shuswap Lakes

This area is a favourite holiday playground for many Canadians where you will find vast clear lakes for fishing, swimming and water sports, mountain solitude, lots of space and fresh air. Unless you wish to take it easy on the beach you can join the guide for another hike. One suggestion is the Silver Star ski area where a ski lift saves you the long ascent.

Days 8 & 9 Williams Lake

Near 100 Mile House you reach the Cariboo Trail. During the 1870 gold rush this was the route from Vancouver to the Cariboo Mountain gold fields. At Quesnel Lake you are in the heart of gold rush country.Highly recommended is a jet boat excursion into remote Cariboo River Park accompanied by a 'bear whisperer', who has an amazing knowledge and understanding of anything wild.

Days 10 & 11 Tweedsmuir Park

Stretches of the road leading west into the remote Chilcotin Plateau are not paved. Heckman Pass at 1525 m (5000 ft) is the entrance to the province’s largest park. It is above all a wilderness park, and access is limited. The trail into the Rainbow range leads into one of the most spectacular sights. Highly recommended is a flight in a small plane over glacier crowned mountain tops. Walking time 4 - 7 hours.

Day 12 Bella Coola

The winding road down from the Coast Mountains ends at the head of a long fjord. Life is quiet in this friendly, remote fishing village, nestled between the mountains and the sea. This a wonderful chance to visit and meet local Canadians, go salmon fishing, find the historic native rock paintings or explore one more mountain trail before leaving the mainland.

Day 13 Discovery Coast Passage

For the next 24 hours you cruise past forested shores, several islands and the Hakai Marine Park. Eagles and sea birds are easy to spot. It is a working ferry, not necessarily designed for tourists.

Day 14 Port Alberni

Arrival early morning in Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Your bus takes you along the eastern shore south to Campbell River which calls itself North America's Salmon Capital. Cathedral Grove is a forest of gigantic cedars and Douglas firs, some over 800 years old. Camping near Port Alberni. Hiking time 1.5 hours.

Days 15 Tofino

Today's 6 km hike opens up views of smaller islands, lakes and neighbouring peaks. Another dramatic change of scenery as you cut through the centre of the island to the far western coast. Set up camp in Pacific Rim National Park.Hiking time 4 hours.

Day 16 Tofino

Relax and explore.

Day 17 Victoria

Drive along the picturesque coastal highway past the beaches of Parksville, Chemainus and Duncan to the capital of BC for overnight.

Day 18 Victoria

Free day in Victoria with many optional activities.

Day 19 Vancouver

Catch the ferry back to the mainland. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Vancouver hotel.

Day 20 Vancouver

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.