Canadian Rockies tour

“Starting and ending in Vancouver, a 12 day vacation hiking and camping in the wild wonders of Jasper, Banff, and Yoho National Parks, in a small group with an expert guide.”

Highlights

Vancouver | Clearwater| Wells Gray Provincial Park | Jasper NP | Icefields Parkway | Yoho National Park | Lake Louise | Banff NP | Glacier National Park | Revelstoke | Overnight canoe trip

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23 Jun 2019
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Our top tip:
Camping and wilderness call for a good headlamp. Source a solar powered one if you can.
Trip type:
Small group. Max. 13 people, min. age 18 (16 with legal guardian)
Activity level:
Easy/moderate.
Accomm:
9 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 1 hotel night and 1 night rustic camping
Included:
Tent, equipment, transport, all meals when camping, overnight canoe trip, NP fees, hot springs visit, tour leader.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own tent.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Canadian Rockies tour

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travelers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travelers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations

Our tour leaders will educate travelers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans. They will also advise all groups to keep to the path to avoid upsetting the balance of nature.

4 Reviews of Canadian Rockies tour

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Reviewed on 14 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Bryce canyon

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for heat as was much hotter than expected making hikes more difficult

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The white water rafting excursion down the Kicking Horse River was just fantastic. And just the majestic landscape that is the Canadian Rockies. The rivers, lakes, glaciers, mountains, canyons and waterfalls.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Ensure that any activities you would like to participate in while on the tour are fully understood by the guide and that they are attended to.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


With the exception of the infusion of money into the local economy from purchases while on the tour I did not sense any other contributions.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was an enjoyable camping and hiking vacation in the Canadian Rockies. But, there was little opportunity to participate in the additional activities listed in the tour briefing. As an example horse back riding was listed as a possible side activity. Participation was discussed with the tour guide at the beginning of the tour but little attention was devoted to booking until the very last moment on the very last full day of the tour. Unfortunately, the booking could not be made. This was disappointing. Very few of the other outside activities were offered with the exception of the white water rafting and glacier hike. Don't know if this oversight was due to circumstances or lack of attention by the tour guide. Overall the guide, Carl, was pleasant but seemed most concerned with initiating hiking excursions at the expense of other possible activities. The hikes were enjoyable in an awe inspiring landscape. The camping sites were nice and the logistics were fantastic. The meals were tasty and nicely prepared. Overall, a nice vacation but slightly disappointing with regard to opportunities for activities other than hiking.

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were many highlights, but the most exciting parts were the white-water rafting on Kicking Horse River, the guided walk on Athabasca Glacier and the
wilderness canoe trip in Wells Gray Park. They were all so well organised and professional and we had such a great experience getting to know the local
guides and the stunning landscape in each location.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel light! Most of the campsites have good facilities, so you really only need to take the basics plus plenty of mosquito repellent if you're traveling in the Summer months. Take a few risks and you'll have lots of fun. It was my first time white-water rafting - I got completely drenched and had a wonderful time! Make sure you have a good, sturdy pair of hiking boots so that you're comfortable with the more strenuous walks at elevation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We used local, very knowledgeable guides for several activities and were encouraged to be aware of the impact we were having on the landscape - being
conscious of leaving places cleaner and tidier than when we arrived, especially campsites.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was a truly wonderful vacation, full of stunning landscapes, inquisitive wildlife and very friendly people! I felt there was almost an ideal balance of walks -
from more strenuous hikes to gentle strolls which suited different ages and abilities. Also our guide Isabella was fantastic in organising everything from the
delicious food we were served every day to the driving, logistics of camping and general hospitality. I would recommend this trip very highly!

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The glaciers

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Always consider that temperature could get lower than expected and same for the rain, it rains frequently but a rain coat is enough to deal with the rain.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we purchased food from locals

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was enjoyable

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