Canadian Sea To Sky Explorer
starting from US $5,390per person
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This trip takes you to some of the most diverse scenery and wildlife in Western Canada. The adventure begins by exploring ancient forests and watching for whales while cruising through the Inside Passage. You’ll learn about both the pristine environment and the rich First Nations culture found in the Pacific Northwest. Afterwards, board Via Rail’s Skeena train and venture deep into the Canadian Rockies. Tour waterfalls, shimmering lakes and watch for black bears and mountain goats on this one-of-a-kind adventure.
Trip at a glance
2 nights Vancouver
2 nights Victoria
2 nights Campbell River
1 night Port Hardy
2 nights Prince Rupert
1 night Prince George
2 nights Jasper
1 night Lake Louise
2 nights Banff
Day 1 – Arriving in Vancouver
Your driver will greet you with a smile as you disembark at the Vancouver airport. Transfer to your hotel downtown and get your first glimpse of this cultured, vibrant and outdoor-loving metropolis.
Day 2 – Vancouver
Vancouver is known as one of the best places to live in Canada – and perhaps even in the world. With scenic parks, a great art scene, loads of museums, delicious authentic international food and much more, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular place. Take a full day to soak up all of the sights, including Granville Island, English Bay, Gastown and scenic Stanley Park with its First Nations totem poles. Your hop-on-hop-off trolley pass will allow you to explore the city at your own pace.
Day 3 – Vancouver to Victoria
The quaint seaside city of Victoria is located on wild and beautiful Vancouver Island, where it offers a fascinating blend of West Coast culture and British charm. Explore top-notch museums, art galleries and much more. Today you will take the ferry through the misty green Gulf Islands to visit Victoria and see the famous Butchart Gardens.
Day 4 – Victoria Whale Watching
Feel the sea mist on your face and breathe in the fresh air as you gaze out over the Strait of Georgia. Watch in awe as majestic Orca whales breach the surface of the water. Your naturalist guide will reveal many fascinating facts about these massive creatures.
Day 5 – Victoria to Campbell River
Drive along the scenic roads of Vancouver Island from Victoria to Campbell River, a lovely town tucked along the coast. From your hotel, savour views of Painter’s Lodge and Marina - one of the best salmon fishing destinations in the world.
Day 6 – Campbell River
Spend the day exploring Campbell River, hiking through the mountains and old growth forest in Strathcona Provincial Park. Painter’s Lodge and Marina runs many marine activities for your enjoyment. During the fall season, take a grizzly bear tour to the Great Bear Rainforest so that you can watch these enormous beasts dining on salmon fresh from the river.
Day 7 – Campbell River to Port Hardy
Weave your way north along the scenic roads of Vancouver Island until you reach Port Hardy. This quaint fishing town is located on the Northern tip of the Island and is surrounded by wild and rugged scenery. Drop off your car here and prepare for your Inside Passage cruise tomorrow.
Day 8 – The Inside Passage
Inhale the fresh clean air on the deck of the cruise ship as you admire the views along the Inside Passage. Lush green coastal mountains, thick old-growth forests, tranquil grey-blue water and perhaps even a soaring hawk or eagle - this unspoiled scenery will captivate your imagination. Arrive in the town of Prince Rupert in Northern BC in the evening.
Day 9 – Prince Rupert
There is plenty to discover in this Northern BC town. Visit the carving shed at the Museum of Northern British Columbia, where First Nations artists create traditional works of art. Between May and July, your vacation specialist can add a cruise to the wild and unspoiled Khutzeymateen Valley, which provides great opportunities for spotting grizzly bears in their natural habitat.
Day 10 – Prince Rupert to Prince George
Board the VIA Rail Skeena Train and glide down the tracks alongside the raging Skeena River. You’ll pass by past canyons, valleys and mountain ranges where fur traders and First Nations people once traveled. Reach the city of Prince George where you will spend the night.
Day 11 – Canadian Rockies by Train
Continue your train journey toward the Canadian Rockies. The Skeena Train has large windows perfect for viewing the rugged peaks and dense green forests all around you. Sit back with a cup of coffee and admire the views. Spend the night in the small mountain town of Jasper, a quiet retreat surrounded by pristine alpine wilderness.
Day 12 – Jasper
Jasper is a peaceful small town in the Rocky Mountains, which makes it an ideal base while enjoying everything this area has to offer. Take a cruise along the mirror-like surface of tranquil Maligne Lake and hike through Maligne Valley. Keep your eyes open for wildlife - you never know when you might spot a deer, elk, moose or bighorn sheep.
Day 13 – The Icefields Parkway
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk along the surface of a glacier? The Columbia Icefield is one of the biggest glaciers south of the Arctic Circle - an enormous sheet of ice that has been slowly sliding down a mountain for millions of years. Tour this remarkable place on the Ice Explorer - an incredible vehicle with wheels taller than a grown man. You might also spot elk, moose, bears and other creatures that love to drink from the cool, clear, glacial streams.
Stay overnight at the luxurious Lake Louise and savour the views over this turquoise lake surrounded by mountain peaks.
Day 14 – Lake Louise to Banff
Journey to Banff, a friendly and vibrant town surrounded by mountains on all sides. Spend the afternoon enjoying the fun, relaxed vibe. Unwind in the park alongside the Bow River, visit the many quirky local boutiques and cafes along Banff Avenue or go for a hike on one of the trails just outside of town.
Day 15 – Banff
Wake up to the sound of mountain songbirds and the scent of pine trees. Take a full day to discover the wilderness surrounding the town of Banff, including Sunshine Meadows, Lake Minnewanka and the Bow Valley. Enjoy a ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Gondola and admire the panoramic Rocky Mountain vistas. Overnight in Banff.
Day 16 – Depart to Calgary
Wave goodbye to the Rocky Mountains as you drive to the Calgary Airport to catch your flight home. The amazing sights you have seen on your Canadian adventure have become memories that you will never forget.
What we love about this trip
Spending two days on the comfortable and welcoming Skeena Train by VIA Rail
Exploring the East Coast of Vancouver Island and the stunning Rocky Mountains
Enjoying an unforgettable opportunity to spot whales and grizzly bears in the wild
Staying at Campbell River’s Painter’s Lodge
Exploring the vibrant city of Vancouver and the lush greenery of Butchart Gardens in Victoria
Taking a day cruise along the Inside Passage
What Clients Say
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I was taken care of like royalty. The views were beyond remarkable and awe inspiring. I truly did not have to think of anything because Fresh Tracks did so much preliminary planning. Fresh Tracks was truly amazing. They were knowledgeable, helpful and thought of my specific needs in putting this... read more
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Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.
Magnolia Hotel And Spa
An example of our Boutique accommodations
This stylish boutique hotel in Victoria's inner harbor goes above and beyond to make your visit special, with unique touches such as fresh flowers and fruit in the lobby, gourmet coffee, tea, spring water and a complimentary European Breakfast every morning.
Painter’s Lodge Resort
An example of our Coastal Lodge accommodations
Painter's Lodge is famous for its world-class salmon fishing, as well as its breathtaking scenery. It offers all of the luxuries that you would expect from a top-notch resort, including wildlife and nature tours.
An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations
The stunning 5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.
Prices & Dates2017 - Vancouver Start Dates*
June 14, 28
July 12, 26
August 9, 23
* If you’d like to travel outside of these dates, please call us for a customized trip to fit into your timeframe.
Pricing chart guide
• Prices are per person
• Double refers to two people occupying a room
• Pleas call for triple and child rates
Superior Hotels and Lodges
from US $5,390to US $5,822per person
Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials
Fresh Tracks was truly amazing
October 5, 2016
I was taken care of like royalty. The views were beyond remarkable and awe inspiring. I truly did not have to think of anything because Fresh Tracks did so much preliminary planning. Fresh Tracks was truly amazing. They were knowledgeable,... read more helpful and thought of my specific needs in putting this trip together. Fresh Tracks - as well as Canada, exceeded all expectations.
Mariann, OH, USA
You set everything up above my expectations and I thank you
September 19, 2014
It was amazing and had a great time. Everything went very well and the hotels were amazing. The people and everything else was fantastic. We took over 3000 pictures and did see many animals. You set everything up above my expectations... read more and I thank you. Maybe considering another vacation to Canada in the future. Thank you for making it a memorable vacation.
Diane, Richard & Kira, PA, USA
A splendid trip around your great country
June 16, 2013
We have safely returned home after a splendid trip around your great country and British Columbia. Jan and I extend our thanks for all your efforts to arrange this trip and make it a very special one indeed. It turns out my initial... read more worries were quite unfounded and all went extremely well. We will recommend this trip to friends and neighbors and without hesitation refer them to Fresh Tracks Canada and you personally for travel assistance.
John & Jan, NM, USA
May 16, 2007
Everything went exceptionally well - perfectly organized and great places and people - we really enjoyed it all.
Hilary & Robert, UK
We enjoyed every moment
November 11, 2006
We arrived home safe and sound yesterday afternoon – what a wonderful trip you planned for us – we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our stay in Canada.
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