Canadian Rockies and Clayoquot Sound Adventure

Canadian Rockies and Clayoquot Sound Adventure

14

days

starting from US $4,090per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(1 review)

Get all your transportation, hotels, and sightseeing arranged and coordinated.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Canada vacation begins – arrive in Banff
Arrive at the Calgary airport, and pick up your car. Watch as the rolling hills of cowboy country turn into soaring peaks. Check into your Banff hotel, and join in the fun of this lively mountain village.

Day 2 – Banff Guided Hike
With a small group and guide, discover Banff’s Sunshine Meadows - considered one of the best hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Here the mountain valleys are endless, and wildflowers are everywhere. Overnight is in Banff

Day 3 – Enjoy Banff
Today is yours to discover Banff at your own pace. Rent a canoe from ‘Blue Canoe’ and paddle up the blue-green bow river, or discover all the intriguing historic sites, such as the Cave and Basin. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4 – Banff to Lake Louise
Drive to Lake Louise this morning, to meet your rafting guides for the day. Drive to the mountain town of Golden and experience the fury of the Kicking Horse River. This is one of most exciting and scenic rafting adventures in the area. Afterwards, return to Lake Louse and relax in your charming chalet.

Day 5 – More Canada tours – Lake Louise Guided Hike
Lake Louise is a hiker’s Mecca, and depending on the day of the week, a guide will take you and a small group on a fascinating interpretive hike in one of of a few incredible locations. Some of the options include the Plain of Six Glaciers at Lake Louise, or the Stanley Glacier Lookout trail. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 6 – Lake Louise to Sun Peaks
Wake up early today, to take advantage of the vast number of lookouts and historic sites on the way to Sun Peaks. By the time you reach Sun Peaks, you will notice a dramatic difference in the terrain. Enjoy the hot sun and sparkling rivers of this arid landscape.

Day 7 – Sun Peaks to Whistler
Another beautiful drive is in store this morning. Take a little extra time to drive through Heffley, a charming hamlet once made prosperous by mining. Wandering rivers make their way through sandy pine forests, until you see the cedar wilderness surrounding Whistler. Overnight in Whistler.

Day 8 – Enjoy Whistler
Whistler has so much going on, from world class restaurants, nightlife, opportunities for pampering, and most of all spectacular scenery. Enjoy a thrilling zip trek tour through a series of canyons with a guide, on a most unique eco-tour. Later in the day, you may like to head up the peak to peak Gondola, for a ride up to the alpine. Overnight in Whistler.

Day 9 – Whistler to Tofino
Wind your way down the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway, before embarking on a delightful ferry journey to Vancouver Island. Keep your eyes open for whales, along the way. Rainforests, valleys, lakes, and mountain peaks are all highlights of your drive to Tofino - you might even want to stop for a swim along the way! Arrive in the charming fishing village of Tofino and check into the Long Beach Lodge. For those wanting a truly secluded lodge experience, ask your Fresh Tracks specialist to book you into the Eagle Nook Resort, accessible by the Lodge’s water taxi.

Day 10 and 11 – Tofino Kayaking and Whale Watching
Spend two days on guided excursions, taking you into the heart of magical Clayoquot sound. A kayak tour and hike lets you explore blue-green bays alive with marine life. Don’t be surprised if you feel watched, seals love to follow kayakers on their journey. Then join the team from Jamie’s Whaling Station, and feel awed by massive Humpback whales and majestic Orcas. Overnight in Tofino.

Day 12 – Free Day in Tofino
Spend the day at your leisure, relaxing after all your adventure. Walk the rainforest trails through Pacific Rim National Park, through massive cedars and ferns. Suddenly find yourself in a sheltered sandy cove, full of weird and wonderful sea life in rock pools. Spend your day lounging on the beach, admiring the windswept trees and blue waters or browse some of the amazing First Nations works of art in the village.

Day 13 – Tofino to Vancouver
With salt air still clinging to your clothes, say goodbye to Tofino and take the ferry back to the mainland. Check into a Vancouver hotel for one last night of your vacation. Make sure to go out and celebrate - Vancouver is renowned for its world class cuisine.

Day 14 – Last day of your Canada vacation
Pack your bags and drop off your car at Vancouver’s airport, and board your flight full of memories and wonder.

Common Questions

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Are your tours escorted?

No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

What Clients Say

All of the activities were wonderful!

All of the activities were wonderful!

Star Rating 5

All of the activities were wonderful! The river rafting and kayaking were the best. All of the feedback and help from Fresh Tracks was excellent. We were extremely satisfied with the accommodations and the overall experience of the trip.

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

• Accommodation for 13 nights
• Banff half-day guided hike*
• Rafting adventure on the kicking horse river
• Lake Louise area guided hike, including lunch
• Whistler Ziptrek adventure
• Tofino guided Sea Kayak and rainforest hike
• Tofino whale watching
• Two week intermediate car rental, including:
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Unlimited Kilometres, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee
• Ferry crossings between Vancouver mainland and Vancouver Island
• Full documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

* Banff Sunshine Meadows hike runs from July 1 to September 1st. An alternate activity will be included outside of these dates.

 

Not Included

• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• One way rental fee from Calgary to Vancouver (payable upon drop-off)
• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• GPS
• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
• Fee for drivers under the age of 25

• Park entrance fees
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian taxes

* Banff Sunshine Meadows hike runs from July 1 to September 1st. An alternate activity will be included outside of these dates.

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

• Add on a spectacular cruise along the Inside Passage to Alaska (return from Vancouver)
• Include a stay at the Knight Inlet Lodge near Campbell River, to fully immerse yourself in the bear watching experience and to experience a fly-in floating lodge
• Add on a trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from your private tent-house suite
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens
• Arrange a bike tour, walking tour or gourmet food tour in Vancouver

Accommodation Options

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.

Hidden Ridge Resort - Hidden Ridge Resort in serene settingsHidden Ridge Resort - Exterior view of Hidden Ridge ResortHidden Ridge Resort - Room with a viewHidden Ridge Resort - Lounge in a comfy bedHidden Ridge Resort - Elegant dining

Hidden Ridge Resort

An example of our Mountain Lodge accommodations

Tucked away on Tunnel Mountain, Hidden Ridge Resort features charming chalet style condos, only a 2 minute shuttle from central Banff, offering a spectacular view of the Canadian Rockies. Each condo boasts wood burning fireplaces, full kitchens and a patio or balcony. Enjoy stunning views of the Banff town site and the most famous mountains in the Rockies.

Baker Creek Chalets - Baker Creek Chalet amid the mountainsBaker Creek Chalets - View of Baker Creek ChaletBaker Creek Chalets - Winter at Baker CreekBaker Creek Chalets - Log cabin room

Baker Creek Chalets

An example of our accommodations

Between Banff and Lake Louise on the scenic Bow Valley Parkway, sit the charming log cabins of the Baker Creek Chalets and bistro restaurant. Baker Creek is the perfect location to explore the stunning mountain lakes, experience endless outdoor adventures, or just relax surrounded by some of the most famous scenery in the world.

 

Prices & Dates

Start dates 2017
Daily from June 1 to September 12

Price Notes
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people sharing
• Triple, and child rates are available
• Start and end dates of activities may vary by weather conditions

Canadian Rockies and West Coast Self Drive Vacation
from US $4,090to US $4,417per person

On our Self Drive Adventures, you'll enjoy hand picked accommodations, unique Canadian experiences with our favorite guides, car rental, a custom documentation package and our ongoing customer service as you travel. These prices and itineraries are just a guide - our team of friendly Canadian experts are standing by to personalize your ideal vacation.

Not Included

• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• One way rental fee from Calgary to Vancouver (payable upon drop-off)
• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• GPS
• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
• Fee for drivers under the age of 25

• Park entrance fees
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian taxes

* Banff Sunshine Meadows hike runs from July 1 to September 1st. An alternate activity will be included outside of these dates.

What we love about this trip

Adventure-packed trip from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Rim

Mosaic of landscapes

Wonderful mountain and coastal lodges

Many options for activities!

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Let your spirit of adventure run free with this Western Canada vacation, one of our quintessential Canada tours. At 14 days, it includes the top destinations of the Canadian Rockies and mystical West Coast. Not only do you experience the spectacular Canadian Rockies, this journey takes you off the beaten track to some of Canada’s best kept secrets – parks with thundering waterfalls, lodges in amazing settings, and the windswept beaches of Vancouver Island are just a few highlights.

Trip Outline

Arrive Calgary 3 nights Banff 2 nights Lake Louise 1 night Sun Peaks 2 nights Whistler 4 nights Tofino 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver

Canadian Rockies and Clayoquot Sound Adventure – Map Hike to Sunshine Meadows in Banff National Park A couple paddle along the Bow River in a canoe A hiker enjoys the views of the vast Rocky Mountains and a turquoise lake below The arid mountain landscape heading west from the Canadian Rockies Drivers heading north along the Sea to Sky highway past mountains and a flowing river Views of Whistler Blackcomb as seen from above Whistler village in the summer Aerial view of a man on a zip trek eco-tour over a flowing river in Whistler Exterior of the Peak to Peak gondola in Whistler and the surrounding alpine scenery The ferry to Vancouver Island crosses the Salish Sea Two people canoe on a calm and serene lake A whale breaching in front of a zodiac boat carrying passengers on a whale watching tour A girl photographs a large tree in the rainforest on Vancouver Island Sunset over Long Beach in Tofino on Vancouver Island
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

All of the activities were wonderful!

Star Rating 5
August 22, 2016

All of the activities were wonderful! The river rafting and kayaking were the best. All of the feedback and help from Fresh Tracks was excellent. We were extremely satisfied with the accommodations and the overall experience of... read more the trip.

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