Antarctica & Arctic
This remarkable journey across the Rockies combines spectacular mountain scenery with the beautiful Vancouver island.
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14 nights accommodation, activities and transportation as specified, and services of an Explore! tour leader
01, 08 Jun; 20 Jul; 17 Aug; 14 Sep '19
Admire the unspoilt views of jagged mountain peaks and explore magnificent national parks, glaciers and waterfalls. Travel into the wilderness from the thriving city of Vancouver, perfectly located by the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by a dramatic mountain landscape. Search for wildlife, including bears, moose and whales and get active with options including canoeing, hiking and horse riding.
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Pacific Rim National Park
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Arrive in Vancouver and check-in to the hotel.
This morning visit Mount Edith Cavell for a spectacular view, then explore the various highlights of the area around the town of Jasper. Hike the Maligne Canyon, or try biking along one of the many trails in the area.
Travel the celebrated Icefields Parkway, witnessing the immense mountains, turquoise lakes, highfalling cascades and humbling glaciers. Enjoy a short hike to explore the beauty of the unspoilt backwoods, before continuing on to Canmore situated in the picturesque Bow Valley.
Enjoy some hiking in the park and visit the world famous Lake Louise, Canada's most photographed area.
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Head for the glittering city of Calgary and enjoy free time to explore. This evening we will have an opportunity to enjoy the city at night, as we reflect on our journey.
The tour ends in Calgary this morning.
This morning take a tour of the city, before an afternoon ferry to nearby Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Your afternoon is free at leisure to explore.
This morning you may visit world-famous Butchart Gardens or explore the city on foot, visiting shops, galleries and historic sites. Later we head to Pacific Rim National Park, an astonishingly diverse collection of mountains, rainforest, beaches and rocky headlands.
Today is free to explore Pacific Rim National Park. Choose to kayak the wild coastline, go whale watching or walk one of the park's many trails.
Travel to Cathedral Grove to see giant Douglas fir trees that are nearly a thousand years old, reaching heights in excess of 70 metres. Continue to Nanaimo, then ferry across the George Strait back to the mainland, from where we follow the 'Sea to Sky' Highway to Whistler.
Whistler is renowned as a top ski destination, but it also offers a range of summer activities. The town is steeped in the cultural history of the First Nations people. This afternoon walk on the many trails in the Whistler area. This evening experience the renowned nightlife, with a range of bars and restaurants.
Travel to Spahats Creek Provincial Park and walk to the 61 metres high Spahats Falls. These impressive falls cascade down through layers of pink-red volcanic rock, and offer some great views down Clearwater Valley.
With a free day to enjoy the area, you can choose to do as much or as little as you wish today. Options include canoeing, hiking or enjoying the lodge.
Pass through Mount Robson Provincial Park, passing Mount Robson itself en route. The highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, it is tall enough to create its own weather patterns.
Our base for the next two nights is in Jasper National Park, the largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain Parks.
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