Itinerary Highlights

  • Head down the exhilarating white-water rapids of Alberta's Horseshoe Canyon
  • Traverse the striking landscapes of Canada's Alberta as you travel from Banff to Jasper
  • Delight in a hair-raising bird’s eye view of British Columbia’s Fitzsimmons Valley as you zipline across the canopy
  • Spot resident Orcas aboard a zodiac in the Gulf Islands in British Columbia
  • Best time to travel June - October

What's Included

  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Car Hire
  • GPS Device
  • International Flights
14 nights from £5,899 per person

Lucy

Travel Specialist

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Take a true adventure through some of Canada’s most rugged and striking landscapes with this action-packed family-friendly itinerary. Travel from Calgary to Vancouver whilst stopping at a range of scenic spots, enjoying thrilling activities and chances to spot the beautiful and unique Canadian wildlife as you go.

Start your family journey with some energising white water rafting in the Horseshoe Canyon, before saddling up for a horseback ride through the Albertan wilderness and stopping for a delicious cowboy-style outdoor lunch on the banks of the river. Cosy up around the campfire and gaze up at the clear night skies for an unforgettable end to your day.

As you head further west, you’ll travel across the imposing Athabasca Glacier on board the Ice Explorer and cross the glass-bottom skywalk for jaw-dropping views. Once you arrive at Jasper, you’ll have the opportunity to float down the river and learn all about Jasper National Park, its human history and possibly glimpse moose, elk, eagles and elusive bears.

Continue through the Canadian wilderness for activities abound, from hair raising ziplining and 4x4 Jeep safaris to a trip on the ‘Sky to Sea Gondola’. The fun doesn’t end when you reach Vancouver, either. Explore the city on an e-bike and head out on a Zodiac adventure to view the surrounding Gulf Islands and the marine wildlife.

 

Price advertised is per person based on two adults and one teenager travelling.

Itinerary

Depart the UK to start your family adventure across the breathtaking natural playground of Western Canada. On arrival at Calgary Airport, collect your rental vehicle and drive to Banff to check into your spacious One Bedroom Suite at Moose Hotel & Suites.
The real family adventure starts today with a thrilling river rafting trip through the pristine wilderness at Horseshoe Canyon. You’ll be collected from downtown Banff for a river rafting adventure, offering stunning scenery and up to Grade IV white-water rapids. The tour will stop to let you experience an optional cliff jump along the way.
Today, rather than the rapids, you’ll be horseback riding through Alberta’s untamed wilderness and panoramic scenery. Saddled-up and ready to ride, you’ll hit the trail for the ten-mile journey to Sundance Lodge, stopping for a cowboy-style lunch along the river. Linger by the campfire and watch the stars appear come evening.
Awake to a hearty breakfast and a steaming mug of coffee before you begin your late morning ride back through the deep wilderness to Banff. Lunch will be handmade sandwiches, as well as freshly baked goodies and fruit. You’ll return to Warner Stables at approximately 4.30 pm, from where you’ll make your way to spectacular Lake Louise for the night.
Explore the spectacular scenery while driving along one of Canada’s most breathtaking routes, The Icefield Parkway. Stop to see the turquoise Lake Louise, the awe-inspiring views from Bow Lake Viewpoint or hike to Peyto Lake Upper Viewpoint. You’ll then board the Ice Explorer to the Athabasca Glacier, where you’ll walk across the ancient ice and teeter along the glass-floored Columbia Icefield Skywalk, looking down at the 918ft drop below!
Embark on a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. This 10-mile river float passes over many small sets of rapids and along long calm stretches of water. Your National Park licensed guide will point out the natural and human history for you. Plus, there’s always a chance to spot wildlife, including elk, moose, eagles, and bears.
Sun Peaks
Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson – the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Follow the mighty Thompson River before arriving in the alpine village of Sun Peaks Resort. One of Western Canada’s premier ski resorts, Sun Peaks also offers a vast range of summer activities, including mountain biking and golfing. Overnight – Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
Sun Peaks
Experience Sun Peaks mountains and world-class Bike Park with an e-bike built to fit the bill. Explore the area at your leisure or try one of the trails at the Bike Park (entrance fee applies), there are trail for all abilities of rider. Always be Bear Aware
Travel over the spectacular alpine pass on the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler. Be sure to stop at Joffre Lake for breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. In Whistler, you’ll join a 4X4 Jeep Safari on Blackcomb Mountain, where you’ll view mountain wildlife on the way to snow-capped Horstman Glacier. Led by your driver, you’ll get to witness sweeping views of Whistler and the Coast Mountain Range.
Soar over the Fitzsimmons Valley like an eagle! Five ziplines and four treetop bridges take you on an exhilarating adventure, including a 2,400 ft zipline with a 30-storey descent, perfect for a heart-pounding family adventure. The final zipline zips you right back to Whistler Village, where you can spend the rest of the day by the pool or dining out at one of the fabulous village restaurants.
Sunshine Coast
Leave Whistler and follow the picturesque Sea to Sky Highway towards Vancouver. Stop for a ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola for sweeping views of Howe Sound and walk across the 100m-long Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. Stay at West Coast Wilderness Lodge on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, just two miles from the Skookumchuck Rapids. The resort has partnered with Egmont Adventure Centre to offer a range of tours.
Sunshine Coast
A full day at leisure for you to enjoy the surrounding pristine wilderness or join in with the adventures on offer from the lodge. Activities range from Zodiac adventures, kayaking, floatplane tours, jet skiing, hiking and biking or boat tours to the Princess Louisa Inlet that passes dozens of cascading waterfalls.
Drive back along the Sunshine Coast and aim to be in Vancouver for lunch. This afternoon, jump on an e-bike for a fun and leisurely tour of Vancouver. You’ll visit Stanley Park and ride up to the Prospect Point Lookout, experiencing the Temperate Rainforest and Seawall trails. Ride through the modern neighbourhoods of False Creek and the city’s vibrant Chinatown and Gastown.
Today’s adventure takes you out for the opportunity to view several different species of whales in the wild as well as an assortment of sea birds and other species of marine wildlife from downtown Vancouver.
Today marks the end of your Family Adventure to Western Canada when you drop your rental vehicle at Vancouver International Airport in time for your departure flight.

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Travel Specialist

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