Canadian Rockies Small Groups National Parks Camping Tour - 7 Days
The small group helps you move quickly, and you can get a lot of pictures from this tour because it is such a beautiful place to be. The tour guide knows how to get you through the week safely, and they know all the beauty spots in the area.
The tour allows you time to ask questions of the guide, and they let you know about people who worked in the area. There are little towns that dot this region, and those towns are all part of the history of this place. They are very small, and they still have many of the old outposts that you might not have been aware of before.
The tour takes a whole week, and it is a great way for you to get out of the city and get some fresh air. It is a lot of fun to camp and hike with the same people every day, and you are returned to the starting point safely when it is all over.
The small group Rockies tour is fun for you because it provides you with a way to get the best of Canada on camera. You can take many pictures, and you hike the best routes in the Canadian Rockies.
Day 1- Seattle to Kamloops
Today takes us to Kamloops British Columbia. Kamloops is abundant with stunning scenery and great wildlife viewing. Cougars, bears elk and more inhabit the area. En route stop for a short walk and picnic at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park. Bridal Veil Falls, which tumbles 197 ft. over a smooth rock face, creating a "veil-like" effect.
Day 2- Yoho national park
Explore trials around the magnificent Emerald Lake where you can take a walk around the lake or simply relax in the lakeshore cafe and enjoy the views. This afternoon we drive the Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into Alberta. Enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada's Glacier National Park en route to Banff, our night stop.
Banff is a fun mountain town offering some alpine nightlife and numerous cafes and restaurants.
Day 3- Banff national park- Lake Louise
Lake Louise is an alpine lake known for its stunning turquoise glacier fed waters ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Multiple hiking trails lead up to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird's-eye views of the lake. Take a hike to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers or canoe on these pristine waters. This afternoon visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet for some epic photos.
Day 4-Icefields parkway Jasper national park
Spend the day driving and exploring the Icefields Parkway offerng endless vistas, jagged mountains, glaciers and wildlife viewing opportunities- truly one of the world's most spectacular drives. Enjoy short walks, views of Bow Glacier and Peyto lake, take an optional helicopter flight over the Icefields or take a glacier walk.
Day 5- Jasper national park
Jasper, snowcapped summits and beautiful lakes. Jasper offers an abundance of wildlife, Miette hot springs, alpine lakes and numerous hiking/biking opportunities. Follow the Yellowhead Highway, to Cleawater via Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies).
Day 6 Whistler/Vancouver
Whistler, nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you explore this cute ski town and home of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Later this afternoon drive the spectacular Sea to Sky highway for your evening in Vancouver.
Day 7 Vancouver and Seattle
This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Gas lamp district, Chinatown, and Stanley Park. Head to Seattle for a your evening downtown or drop off at the departure hotel.
This epic Western Canada tour ends at approx. 8pm
Pickup & Return:
Red Lion Hotel Seattle AirportAddress: 18220 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188: (206) 246-5535
Meet in the lobby.
Returns to the departure point at approx 8pm with the option of a central downtown Seattle location.
Departure Times: 7am
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- 5 nights camping, all equipment provided except your sleeping bags.
- 1 night hostel in Vancouver
- National Park fees - Jasper, Yoho, Banff,
- Explore the Icefield parkway- take an optional helicopter over the Columbia Icefield
- View Mt Robson
- Visit Whistler
- Explore Vancouver
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- The maximum group size for this tour is 14 guests.
Does not include:
- Food and drinks, unless specified, a local food kitty payment of $100 USD per person applies on departure and provides 3 meals per day on camp nights.
- Gratuities (optional)
Optional activities: Booked and paid locally with tour guide:
Canoe on Lake Louise $110-$120 per canoe CAD
Helicopter over the Columbia Icefield $200-$350 pp CAD
Hike or bike in Jasper national park $20-$40 per person CAD
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler
Important things to note about your tour:
1-You have booked a camping tour. (Yes this means tents!)
2-The following items are included with your tour cost:
Inflatable sleeping mat, use of a two person tent (if you are a solo traveler you will be paired with a tent partner of the same gender)
3-Upon payment of your local $100 food kitty we include:
6 breakfasts- they are lite breakfasts, muffin, fruit or cereal with tea or coffee.
6 evening meals- your tour guide will suggest menus and help shop for food items. Meals are cooked in camp as a communal effort. You will be expected to help.
7 sandwich style lunches — (you make your own from our pre-shopped fresh ingredients and vegetarians are catered for)
4-We suggest you bring the following items:
3 season sleeping bag, travel pillow, travel towel, flashlight, sunscreen, sunhat, rainproof jacket (just in case), walking shoes, a warm clothes for the evenings, swimsuit. Hiking boots.
5-We do not provide water on this tour, as a member of the International Eco Tourism Society we encourage our guests to bring a refillable container. This may be as simple as a plastic 1 liter bottle purchased from any convenience store. You may refill this every time we make a comfort stop and we will happily recycle it for you at the end of you tour if you wish.
6-There are many opportunities for walks and hikes on this tour. Not all walks are guided. Your Tour Guide will advise and make recommendations for walks to suit your ability and interest.