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Full Tour Itinerary
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Day 1

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in downtown Vancouver. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the renowned nearby restaurants.

Overnight at the joining hotel.

Included meals: none

Day 2

We depart Vancouver for the ferry terminal that will take us across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. The scenery on the crossing is exceptional. We arrive in Victoria about noon and have a day-and-a-half to explore this historic, very British city. There is incredible variety to explore in this region. Visit the world renowned Butchart Gardens. Charter a fishing trip. Visit Craigdarroch Castle or Miniature World or the Royal British Columbia Museum or simply stroll the BC Parliament Buildings, Government House or the iconic Empress Hotel. Stroll the Inner Harbour or check out the Oak Bay marina.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: Ferry crossing

Day 3

Today we take an included excursion to Port Renfrew. This is the terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail, a coastal trail that is typically a three- or four-day trek. We’ll hike a short section along this scenic trail before arriving in Port Renfrew, home to Botanical Beach which displays a plethora of small sea life in its unique geological and botanical tidal pools. Non-hikers will have the option to opt out of this moderate hike.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included Activities: Juan de Fuca trail hike

Day 4

Today we have quite a variety of interesting stops as we make our way, first up the coast, then across Vancouver Island to the Pacific coast. Take in the breath-taking views of the Malahat Drive on our way up island. A quick stop in Duncan gives us the opportunity to view some of their famous totem poles, historic symbols of the Coast First Nations, then it’s on to to Chemainus, where we spend some time wandering around this artsy community. After Nanaimo, we turn inland, and shortly we’ll stop at Coombs Country Market, world famous for its goats grazing on the roof. The market itself is an interesting place to wander and shop, and where we’ll likely have our lunch. Two other stops in the area include the North Island Animal Rescue Centre and Little Qualicum Falls. Before getting to the Pacific coast we’ll also stop at Cathedral Grove, the aptly named giant forest preserve. We’ll arrive in the Tofino area late afternoon, where we’ll set up camp for the next three nights.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Dinner

Day 5

Today we take an included whale-watching excursion that culminates in Hot Springs Cove. More often than not, you’ll be treated not only to whales but also various other sea life such as harbour seals, porpoises and sea lions. At Hot Springs Cove, you’ll relax in the soothing hot mineral waters as ocean waves surge up to meet you. A true bucket list experience.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included activities: whale watching tour

Day 6

Today we have a great variety of activities options associated with the Pacific Coast. Surf the waves of Long Beach, or simply relax on the beach; rent a kayak or canoe; take a guided First Nations canoe experience; hike in the rainforest. Explore the art galleries of Tofino, or simply grab your camera and capture the exquisite scenery of Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Coast.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included activities:none

Day 7

After breaking camp, we’ll re-board our minibus for the return trip across the Island, arriving in Parksville around noon. This afternoon we go to the magnificent Horne Lake Caves for an included one-hour exploration. Those who wish, may add on a second hour to explore the caves. Back at Parksville by late afternoon, you’re free to explore this coastal community, perhaps spending your time to relax on Rathtrevor Beach, a completely different beach experience from that of the Pacific Coast. If you haven’t yet indulged in the famous Nanaimo Bar, make sure you treat yourself to that before leaving the Island.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: Breakfast

Included activities: Horne Lake Caves

Day 8

This morning we drive to the ferry terminal in Nanaimo, then cross back over to the British Columbia mainland. You’ll have time to explore the city of Vancouver. before meeting your tour leader this evening.

Overnight: hotel.

Included meals: none

Included activities: Ferry crossing

Day 9

We depart relatively early from Vancouver and travel first through the verdant Fraser Valley that produces most of the British Columbia’s fruits, vegetables, dairy and egg products. At Hope, we turn off the Freeway, following the Trans-Canada Highway into the scenic Fraser Canyon. This is the Gold Rush Trail, as well as the route of the railroad project that brought the country together. We follow the spectacular river canyon past Hell’s Gate, where the mighty Fraser River gushes through a very narrow gorge, then on to Lytton, arriving at the rafting resort about noon. This afternoon we hop aboard motorized rafts for a guided white-water trip down the Lower Thompson River, riding class 3 and 4 rapids back to Lytton. Tonight we set up camp at one of the campgrounds in the area, cooking our food together and enjoying the great outdoors along the Thompson River.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Dinner (shared responsibilities)

Included activities: sight-seeing, river rafting

Day 10

After cooking our breakfast and cleaning up our camp, we travel through arid areas and past scenic lakes, through Kamloops and Salmon Arm and eventually to the Shuswap at Sicamous. We’ll be travelling for a good part of the way alongside the incredibly picturesque Shuswap Lake, known as the houseboat capital of Canada; it will likely be dotted with houseboats as we get closer to our destination. After a quick lunch, we head down to the marina for our boarding time on Remote Escape, the houseboat that will be our home for the next 21 hours. We’ll sail into Shuswap Lake, stopping at various sites. Activities include swimming, sun-tanning, simply relaxing on the houseboat or along shore, or sitting in the on-board hot-tub. Shared cooking responsibilities for dinner. Note: you may have to share beds on this night.

Overnight: houseboat berths

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included activities: house-boating

Day 11

After a gentle night’s sleep on the water and a shared breakfast on board, we sail back to Sicamous and re-board our minibus for a day of sight-seeing as we drive through the grandeur of the Purcell and Monashee Mountain ranges. We’ll stop frequently for jaw-dropping photos. At Rogers Pass, we’ll view the majestic peaks and extensive glaciers of the region. After Golden, we travel up what was once known as the treacherous “ten-mile hill.” Then we enter Yoho National Park, one of four contiguous Rocky Mountain national parks. Anywhere in the parks there is a chance we will spot wildlife such as sheep, deer, moose, elk, and maybe even bear. If we have time, we may take a side trip to the emerald waters of Emerald Lake (what else?). At Field we turn off the Trans-Canada Highway and make our way into Yoho National Park to the view Takkakaw Falls, Canada’s third highest. We’ll spend the night at one of the area’s campgrounds or, on some trips, go all the way to Lake Louise.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included activities: sight-seeing, park entrance

Day 12

After breakfast and clean-up, we travel the short distance to Lake Louise. If we ran out of time yesterday, we may first stop at Emerald Lake and Takkakaw Falls. We may also stop briefly at the Spiral Tunnels Viewpoint to admire the engineering marvel that allowed the Canadian National Railway to descend from the Kicking Horse Pass down to the Yoho Valley below. At Lake Louise we set up camp for the next two nights. Besides the incredible scenery this lake is known for, there are numerous hiking trails, from easy to challenging. Your tour guide will fill you in on the great variety of options. Other activities include canoeing, rock-climbing, exploring the world-famous Lake Louise Lodge, cycling, horseback riding, relaxing in any of several tea houses, or simply drinking in the views.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included activities: sight-seeing stops, park entrance

Day 13

Enjoy more of the spectacular activities you started exploring yesterday. On either Day 12 or Day 13, your tour leaders will take you on a side trip to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, for many, the photogenic spot that defines the Canadian Rockies. Here there are also numerous hiking trails, canoe rentals, and inspiring vistas.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included activities: sight-seeing trips

Day 14

After camp clean-up we continue on to Banff, the centre of Canada’s first national park. This is the true heart of the world famous Rocky Mountains, a region named by Lonely Planet as the world’s #1 most spectacular natural attraction. This afternoon you are free to explore the town or participate in any of many available activities such as sight-seeing, hiking, cycling, waterfall chasing,  riding the Sulphur Mtn. gondola, visiting museums or a buffalo paddock, horseback riding, taking the chairlift up Mt. Norquay, or signing up for the Via Ferrata. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a soak in the world-famous Sulphur Hot Springs. We’ll be in comfortable hotel accommodations in Banff for the next two nights.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: Breakfast

Included activities: Sulphur Hot Springs admission

Day 15

This is a full day to enjoy the many options around Banff. Your driver and tour leader will suggest a variety of activities and will be available for a modest amount of side trips if there is sufficient group interest. You may also want to do a second rafting trip, this time paddle rafting on the Kicking Horse River. There is also considerable night-life in the town of Banff, for those who enjoy that kind of activity.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: sight-seeing side trips

Day 16

We will rise early and, after breakfast, begin travel up the Icefields Parkway. This is one of the most scenic road trips anywhere on the planet, with spectacular lakes to our left under the backdrop of rugged peaks and glaciers. To our right, another impressive mountain range keeps us wondering which window to look out of. We stop at several viewpoints along the way, and do the short hike to the picturesque viewpoint overlooking Peyto Lake. Shortly after we cross into Jasper National Park, Canada’s largest, we arrive at Columbia Icefield. Here we’ll enjoy an included ride on the glacier in the Ice Explorer designed specifically for glacier travel, then stroll over a glass decked Glacier Skywalk above a 918-ft. (280 m.) vertical drop to the valley below. Continuing on, we stop at Sunwapta and/or Athabasca Falls. Likely, we’ll also stop at Mt. Edith Cavell before arriving in Jasper fairly late in the day, setting up camp and having dinner together.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Dinner

Included activities: Ice Explorer glacier tour, glass Skywalk, sight-seeing stops, park entrance

Day 17

This is a free day to explore the many options around Jasper. Like Banff and Lake Louise, Jasper has a great variety of short hikes for all skill levels and is a very popular cycling area. Your tour includes a trip to Maligne Lake, where you can add a boat trip to the photogenic Spirit Island, rent canoes or kayaks or hike. If we didn’t get to Mt Edith Cavell yesterday, we may add that to today’s agenda, as well. Another option is to ride the gondola up Whistler Mountain. In Jasper National Park you will likely see elk and possibly bear, as well as many other wildlife.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included activities: Mt Edith Cavell, Maligne Lake excursions

Day 18

After camp clean-up, we head west through the Yellowhead Pass, shortly stopping to view Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Then we turn southward toward Clearwater and Wells Grey Provincial Park. Entering the park, we have the option of seeing several amazing waterfalls! At Clearwater Lake we board canoes for an overnight guided wilderness canoe trip. Previous canoeing experience is not required. After several hours of canoeing, perhaps lazily under a warm sun—don’t forget your sunscreen–we reach our campsite and set up for the night. Options include more canoeing, sight-seeing, exploring the wilderness or simply relaxing. While this is wilderness camping, it will not be a Survivor-like experience. In case of extreme weather (unlikely in summer), an alternative will be arranged, as your safety is our highest concern.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included activities: sight-seeing, canoe trip

Day 19

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll clean up our wilderness camp and canoe back to the starting point where we’ll re-board our minibus for the relatively short drive across to Cariboo Country. This is an area of rolling hills, cattle ranches, lakes and resorts. At our destination in the heart of the Caribou we’ll first enjoy an included horseback trail ride. Then, at the resort, we have a variety of activities to choose from: more horseback riding, spa treatments, hiking and more. Tonight we stay in the resort accommodations.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: Breakfast

Included activities: canoeing, horseback trail ride

Day 20

We travel first down the Cariboo Highway, then turn off toward Lillooet, enroute re-crossing the Fraser River along which we travelled on Day 2. We’ll stop for a First Nations interpretive experience that includes a barbeque salmon meal. Then we’ll travel on to the resort community of Whistler, enjoying the gorgeous scenery of the Duffy Lake Road along the way. Whistler, the site of the mountain sports of the 2010 Winter Olympics is the adrenaline capital of BC, if not all of Canada, with more options than one could exhaust in a week. Your tour guide will point you to the great variety of options. Here we’ll spend the final two nights of the tour.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included activities: First Nations interpretive tour.

Day 21

Today is a free day for you to enjoy some of the options available in Whistler. Go zip-lining or bungee jumping. Rent a bicycle, ride the chairlift to the top of Whistler, then enjoy same amazing hikes along the Singing Pass trails. Ride the world’s highest and longest gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. Or rent a mountain bike for some extreme downhill mountain-biking.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 22

After breakfast, we leave for the last leg of our trip back to Vancouver, including one last enjoyment of the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Depending on traffic, we should arrive there by noon, at which time we’ll say good-bye. If you are flying out today, please do not book flights earlier than 4 pm. If you are continuing on to another West Adventures tour, you will have a group meeting this evening at 6 pm. If not, you may want to consider adding a day or two in Vancouver before flying home. Or even staying in Whistler for another day or two. Your choice. We can help you arrange accommodations and tours for extending your stay in either location.

Included meals: none