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National Parks Of The Canadian Rockies Eastbound

15 Days, Vancouver to Calgary
National Parks Of The Canadian Rockies Eastbound

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Vancouver's North Coast Mountains are just the appetizer for this journey from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Beginning in beautiful Vancouver, travel read more...

IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 14 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (12 nts).
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking, ferry).
  • Entrance fees to all national and provincial parks with walking and hiking excursions
  • Gondola to Sulphur Mountain in Banff
  • Stop at Columbia Icefield
  • Visit to hot springs in the Rocky Mountains
  • Full-day canoe tour in Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Half-day Zodiac tour including whale watching
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of CAD200-250for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Vancouver
Day 2 Vancouver/Victoria
Day 3 Victoria/Tofino
Day 4 Tofino
Day 5 Tofino/Whistler
Day 6 Whistler
Day 7 Whistler/Wells Gray Park
Day 8 Wells Gray Park
Day 9 Wells Gray Park/Jasper
Day 10 Jasper
Day 11 Jasper/Lake Louise
Day 12 Lake Louise
Day 13 Lake Louise/Banff
Day 14 Banff/Calgary
Day 15 Depart Calgary
Departures
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    2019
  • Start
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Tofino
  • Whistler
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Jasper
  • Lake Louise
  • Banff
  • Calgary
  • DAY 1 Vancouver

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    18:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

    Optional Activities
    Welcome Dinner
    You've arrived! Why not share a meal and a drink with your new travel mates? (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Vancouver/Victoria

    Discover Vancouver on a brief orientation with the CEO. In the afternoon, ferry over to the island and hit the pubs in Victoria.

    Orientation Drive
    Drive around to spot some of the main highlights of the area.

    Private Vehicle
    Vancouver - Tsawwassen 1h-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Ferry
    Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay 2h-2h30m
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Private Vehicle
    Swartz Bay - Victoria 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Lunch)

  • DAY 3 Victoria/Tofino

    Move north up Vancouver Island. Take in the island scenery and make a stop at a local market. Arrive in time to watch the sunset in Tofino.

    Private Vehicle
    Victoria - Tofino 325km
    Travel time includes stops and lunch at Old Country Market in Coombs

    The Old Country Market
    Coombs
    Come by this beloved Vancouver Island attraction near Parksville to grab a meal, explore the market, and watch the goats on the roof -- yes, really! (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 4 Tofino

    Search for orca whales in the morning on a Zodiac tour. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and witness Tofino's unique blend of fisher-meets-surfer vibe.

    Whale Watching Zodiac Tour
    Tofino
    Your excursions take you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery and wildlife, such as gray whales, sea lions, seals, porpoise and killer whales (orcas).

    Free Time
    Tofino Afternoon
    Get out and leave no stone unturned. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Tofino/Whistler

    Stroll the trails beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan Provincial Park en route to the ferry. Once back on the mainland, enjoy a stunning drive to Whistler.

    Private Vehicle
    Tofino - Nanaimo 2h 30m-3h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    MacMillan Provincial Park Visit
    MacMillan Park 1-3km
    Enjoy a visit to beautiful MacMillan Provincial Park. Cathedral Grove, located in the park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world, some more than 800 years old.

    Ferry
    Nanaimo - Horseshoe Bay 2h-2h 30m
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Private Vehicle
    Horseshoe Bay - Whistler
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 6 Whistler

    Wake up in one of Canada's greatest natural playgrounds. Go for a hike in the morning, then enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore more of Whistler and surroundings.

    Hiking
    Whistler

    Hike one of the many beautiful trails in the Whistler area. The scenery here is stunning. Head to Shannon Falls or the Stawamus Chief and enjoy the sight of the waterfall. Opt to Hike to Brandywine Falls for incredible views of Daisy Lake, the mountains, and of course the waterfall. Or set off for Chekamus Lake for an easier route. Ask your CEO to point you in the right direction.

    Free Time
    Whistler Full Day
    With so many options make sure to ask your CEO what might be best for you!

    Optional Activities
    Hiking
    Whistler
    Hike one of the many beautiful trails in the Whistler area. The scenery here is stunning. Head to Shannon Falls or the Stawamus Chief and enjoy the sight of the waterfall. Opt to Hike to Brandywine Falls for incredible views of Daisy Lake, the mountains, and of course the waterfall. Or set off for Chekamus Lake for an easier route. Ask your CEO to point you in the right direction. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Whistler/Wells Gray Park

    Drive from the coastal mountains through the Canadian desert and into the densely wooded forests of Wells Gray PP.

    Private Vehicle
    Whistler - Wells Gray Park 8h-10h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Marble Canyon Visit
    Marble Canyon 1km
    The clear waters of Turquoise Lake in Marble Canyon PP make it an ideal spot to stop for a swim in the summer. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Wells Gray Park

    Head out for an exciting day of canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Stop at some of the most fascinating waterfalls in the park, including the world famous Helmcken Falls.

    Canoeing in Wells Gray PP
    Clearwater Lake 2-5km
    Get in a boat and start paddling! Enjoy a day of canoeing on beautiful Clearwater Lake with local guide and an included shore lunch.

    Dawson Falls Visit
    Wells Gray Park 1km
    Enjoy a visit to this wide waterfall that spans the Murtle River. In spring and early summer, thousands of litres of water rush over the falls every second -- it's a spectacular sight.

    Helmcken Falls Visit
    Helmcken Falls 1km
    Set in a lush canyon, the world famous Helmcken Falls is the most iconic in the "Waterfall Park" -- it's three times the height of Niagara Falls! Enjoy the spray and beautiful scenery on your visit here. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Wells Gray Park/Jasper

    Stop at Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Rockies, en route to Jasper.

    Private Vehicle
    Wells Gray Park - Jasper 10h 380km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Mount Robson Visit
    Mount Robson 1-3km
    Stop at the visitor centre and, if it's a clear day, see the top of the Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

    Optional Activities
    Spahats Creek Falls Visit
    Wells Gray Park
    Visit an impressive waterfall in Wells Gray Park. Spahats is the First Nations term for bear, which has is the name of the stream that flows to the falls. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 10 Jasper

    Stroll through Maligne Canyon and explore the surrounding area of Jasper. In the afternoon, head back to check out the lively mountain town.

    Maligne Canyon Hike
    Maligne Canyon 1-4km
    Malinge Canyon follows an interpretive trail with several bridges. Hover over the Malinge River that, over thousands of years, has eroded the canyon to over 60m (197 ft) in some spots.

    Free Time
    Jasper Afternoon
    Check out the many shops in this mountain town. If you are looking for Canadian souvenirs, this is your chance! (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 11 Jasper/Lake Louise

    Make the stunning drive to Lake Louise via the Icefield Parkway, one the world's most spectacular drives. Visit beautiful Peyto Lake and stop at Columbia Icefield Centre before arriving in Lake Louise for the evening.

    Private Vehicle
    Jasper - Lake Louise 8h-10h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Columbia Icefields Center Visit
    Columbia Icefield
    View one of the Rockies' largest and most accessible active glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier recedes at a rate of nearly 5m (16.4 ft) a year. See this natural beauty while you still can.

    Peyto Lake Visit
    Peyto Lake 1-2km
    This astonishingly blue lake will truly take your breath away.

    Optional Activities
    Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk
    Athabasca Glacier 3h-4h
    85 CAD per person
    At the Columbia Icefields, enjoy a glacier walk with an expert guide on the lower Athabasca Glacier to explore and understand the life of this active glacier. Walking on this glacially carved landscape is an experience you won't soon forget.

    Snow Coach Tour
    Columbia Icefield
    Travel onto the glacier in an oversized ice rover. Get out and experience the stunning alpine glacial vistas at the mid-point of your journey. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 12 Lake Louise

    Head into Yoho NP and visit the mighty Tekakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Opt to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon.

    Private Vehicle
    Lake Louise - Yoho National Park of Canada 1h-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Emerald Lake Hike
    Emerald Lake Lodge 5-6km
    Discover the beautiful wilderness setting of Emerald Lake and its surroundings, popular for sightseeing, canoeing, and hiking. Skirt around the lake and enjoy the incredible scenery.

    Takkakaw Falls Visit
    Takakkaw Falls
    Get ready for an awesome sight: Takkakaw Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Canada, with a free fall of 254m (833 ft)!

    Private Vehicle
    Yoho National Park of Canada - Lake Louise 1h-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Kicking Horse River White Water Rafting
    Kicking Horse River 3h-4h
    85-135 CAD per person
    Raft on one of the most famous rivers in Canada. The Kicking Horse River is the ultimate whitewater rafting destination in the Rocky Mountains and is guaranteed to provide the thrill of a lifetime.

    Grizzly Bear Refuge Visit
    Golden
    24 CAD per person
    Visitors are given the opportunity, as part of a one-of-a-kind interpretive tour, to watch a grizzly bear interacting much as it would in the wild: foraging, hunting, playing, swimming, and, of course, snoozing. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Lake Louise/Banff

    Gaze at the beauty of Lake Louise, hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House, or along the Six Glacier Trail. Make the short drive to Banff in the afternoon.

    Lake Agnes Tea House Hike
    Lake Louise 6-7km
    Originally built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Lake Agnes Tea House has been serving fine loose-leaf teas to visitors for over one hundred years. Hike along a forested trail as you make your way past Mirror Lake and cascading waterfalls, to the shores of Lake Agnes. This lovely log building serves up a great cup (over 100 loose-leaf teas!) as well as finger food.

    Private Vehicle
    Lake Louise - Banff 1h-1h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Plain of Six Glacier Hike
    Lake Louise 4h-6h
    Free
    This historic trail follows the shores of Lake Louise, eventually pushing out into a scenic assembly of peaks and glaciers. Stop and enjoy a cup of tea at the cozy, remote Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 14 Banff/Calgary

    Spend the morning discovering the town of Banff. View wildlife, walk the streets, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views before continuing on to Calgary.

    Banff Gondola Ride to Sulphur Mountain
    Banff National Park of Canada
    Take a gondola to the famous Sulphur Mountain and enjoy the spectacular view of the whole mountain range and the village below -- it's breathtaking!

    Private Vehicle
    Banff - Calgary 2h-3h 130km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Johnston Canyon Hike
    Johnston Canyon 1h 30m-2h 30m
    Free
    Johnston Canyon is certainly an area that shows the power of nature and time; rushing water carves a path through the limestone canyon and potholes form over the years from plunging waterfalls. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 15 Depart Calgary

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of CAD200-250for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 12 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.


  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.


  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.


  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. PARTICIPATION
    An essential part of your trip is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.


  10. SLEEPING BAGS
    Proper sleeping bags are necessary for this tour. Evening temperatures can reach -9 degreeC - 0degreeC. Please ensure that your sleeping bag is rated to (-17 degree C for spring and fall trips and 0 degreeC for trips June - Sept). If you prefer you can purchase a proper sleeping bag on the first day of the trip. Prices range from $40-$60USD.


  11. TRANSPORTATION
    In order to cover the vast distance in Noth America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.


  12. HIKING
    All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It's a healthy way to discover North America's beauty and landscape.


  13. COMBO TRIP
    Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments.


  14. LEGAL DRINKING AGE
    Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind.

    While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.



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