The Canadian wilderness is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. In a day, you can witness grizzlies fishing for salmon, come face to face with a majestic moose and watch a breaching humpback whale off the coast. For wildlife photographers, the dramatic landscapes of Canada provide the ultimate setting whilst nature lovers are bound to be blown away by the diverse flora and fauna that awaits around every corner.
Canada’s landscapes are primed for a hiking adventure and its many thousands of trails are fit for any age and ability. Whether it be heli-hiking in the mountains, or a gentle stroll around one of its many alpine lakes, no matter your fitness or walking preferences, there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone.
Canada’s formidable scenery is primed for discovery on four wheels. Roads skirt majestic mountain passes, shimmering blue lakes and endless wilderness making for a journey you and your loved ones will never forget. Whether its that of a sparkling ocean, a lush pine forest, a thundering waterfall, a craggy peak or a gurgling stream, there is a postcard perfect view awaiting at every turn in the road.
The soaring mountains and thick forests of inland British Columbia are a thrilling wilderness where hikers roam through flower-filled meadows and grizzly bears fish for salmon, but venturing to the coast provides just as much fun and adventure. Our specialists have handpicked their favourite ways to spend their days in Coastal BC.
A pristine wilderness on a scale difficult to imagine, Canada’s glaciated Rocky Mountains are a true adventure playground with a huge range of activities on offer. From hiking to horse-riding and of course wildlife spotting, there is no end of things to do. Here’s our lowdown on the top ten ways to spend your days in this grand region, which spans the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia...
Canadian Rockies in Depth
Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Clearwater, Ashcroft, Whistler, Vancouver
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Family, Riding
For those that want to explore the Rockies and British Columbia in depth, this journey explores both iconic Rocky Mountain sights and lesser visited parks, as well as off-the-beaten track cowboy country. It is just the ticket for an epic summertime holiday in the great Canadian outdoors.
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This eighteen-night road trip from Calgary to Vancouver is ideal for families with older kids, or for couples who are planning a longer summer holiday. We recommend a big comfortable car for travelling into the heart of the Rockies, where along with admiring stupendous views, you can bike, ride, walk and canoe, all in one day if you wish. Combining hot spots like Banff & Lake Louise and wildlife-rich Jasper National Park, as well as lesser visited Wells Gray wilderness park and Cariboo Country, you’ll tick the boxes and get off-the-beaten-path to enjoy some of BC’s most rewarding wilderness, scenery and hospitality.
Day 1 - 2 : Calgary, Alberta
Start your holiday with a night in Calgary, Alberta's prairie city some fifty miles or so from the Rockies, to recover from any jet lag before the gentle drive next day to Banff. If you’re able to travel early July, don’t miss the opportunity stay longer and witness the Calgary Stampede. Once billed the “Greatest Show on Earth” the world-famous event has a festival atmosphere, and a ten-day schedule of shows, rodeos and nightly fireworks.
Days 2 - 5 : Banff, Alberta
Stay at Moose Hotel and Suites for 3 nights
Next stop is the magnificent Banff National Park, flanked by the Rockies on all sides the vibrant mountain town Banff is a superb summer destination with a buzzy downtown arts and restaurant scene. The national park itself has pristine lakes and intriguing rock hoodoos to explore on its hiking and mountain bike trails, or continuing the cowboy theme, Banff is also one of the best places to saddle up and explore by horse-back.
Days 5 - 7 : Jasper, Alberta & The Plains, Canada
Stay at Tekarra Lodge for 2 nights
Continuing on, it’s a wonderous four-hour drive to Jasper, where we recommend you take your time to admire the views, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including bears, and factor in a walk on the Glacier Skywalk for a birds-eye view of the Icefields close to Jasper. We’ve suggested a couple of nights at Tekarra Lodge, a cosy base to explore nearby Maligne Lake or if you really want to get your adrenaline going, we can organise a white-water rafting trip.
Days 7 - 9 : Clearwater
Stay at Alpine Meadows Resort for 2 nights
Next, crossing the continental divide, you’ll reach Clearwater in British Columbia, where the lakeside cabins at Alpine Meadows Resort make a comfortable stay to the magnificently wild Wells Gray National Park. Famed for its waterfalls, there are endless creeks and rivers that cascade down the mountain side, combine with volcanic plateaus and deep canyons, its hiking country at its best.
Days 9 - 12 : Ashcroft
From here, you’ll drive to Sundance Guest Ranch in the heart of BC’s Cowboy Country, which we think will steal your hearts. The perfect place to learn to ride if you’ve never ridden before or to hit the trails if you have, Sundance is a truly authentic western ranch whose wonderful hosts and good-humoured wranglers will soon have you laughing. But don’t worry if horses aren’t your thing, as you can hike or just relax by the pool. If you are staying over a Saturday you'll be treated to a steak barbecue and country rock night, fantastic fun for all.
Days 12 - 15 : Whistler, British Columbia
Stay at Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel for 3 nights
Then it’s onto Whistler, where there there’s a tonne of things to keep you occupied. From guided bear viewing, downhill mountain biking lessons to zip-lining, this renowned ski resort turns into an adventure summer playground for all ages. Locals say they love the summer more than the winter, with lakeside beaches renting water sports gear, live music and al fresco dining, it’s not a surprise.
Days 15 - 18 : Vancouver, British Colombia
Stay at The Loden Hotel for 3 nights
Finally, your road trip ends in Vancouver, where you can explore this vibrant city, from hard-to-resist foodie markets on Granville Island to magnificent coast rainforest and First Nations culture at the Capliano Suspension Bridge, there’s so much to enjoy. To end this trip with yet another highlight, we’d recommend a whale watching cruise to spot pods of orcas or day visit by float plane to Victoria on Vancouver Islands, before toasting the end of an epic trip at one of Vancouver’s best eateries.
When to go
The Canadian Rockies and BC are blessed with long summers to enjoy the great outdoors. May signals the start of spring, with many lodges just opening, and there can still be some snow at higher elevations in Alberta. June is considered the best month to visit for wildflowers, pleasant temperatures, wildlife coming alive and fewer crowds. July and August are the most popular months for travel. We encourage early booking to confirm preferred lodges. These summer months are fantastic for outdoor activities making the most of mountains and lakes. Wildlife viewing is also good during this time too, particularly bears. Whilst temperatures throughout Alberta and BC are fairly consistent during these months (low to mid-twenty degrees Celsius), it is best to come prepared for all weathers in the mountains.
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Things to do
Attractions Trolley Tour (Hop on/off)
The Hop-On, Hop-Off City Attractions Tour is the easiest way to enjoy Vancouver’s most popular areas: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more!
Cowboy Horseback Cookout
Enjoy a leisurely one-hour trail ride to the BBQ site, located near the Sundance Canyon trail. Try your hand at roping, challenge friends to a game of horseshoes or relax in the picnic area while our cook prepares your steak to order.
Butchart Gardens Tour
From Victoria's Inner Harbour, we take you to the stunning Butchart Gardens, named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004. Explore gardens inspired from around the world, take a ride on the carousel or enjoy a picnic on the lawn.
Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Spanning three kilometres between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the world record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a breathtaking journey with 360-degree views. Access via the Whistler Village Gondola.
Discover Jasper and its Wildlife
This three hour wildlife tour is the perfect chance to enjoy spectacular scenery and learn more about Jasper's original inhabitants. Don't forget your camera! You will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel. The tour takes place in the evening.
Maligne Lake Cruise
Alberta's Maligne Valley near Jasper epitomises the dramatic landscapes and heritage of the Rockies. Departing from Maligne Lake Dock, this 90 minute interpretive cruise travels 14 km down the lake through Sampson Narrows and onto Spirit Island.
The Gondola departs from the base of Sulphur Mountain for a breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle and 360-degree panoramic views of sheer mountain majesty. Enjoy the interpretative hiking trails that lead along the ridge of the mountain.
From $3701 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation based on a family of four with two bedrooms or family suite
Large SUV hire car
All meals and riding at Sundance; Breakfast at Tekarra and Alpine Meadows
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.