Canadian wildlife & Vancouver Island vacation

“Our only two-week trip to Canada with wilderness exploration in national parks with quality time on Vancouver Island too. Traveling in a small group, and staying in hotels.”

Highlights

Calgary | Banff NP |Icefields Parkway | Jasper National Park | Mount Robson | Williams Lake | Tweedsmuir Provincial Park | Bella Coola | 2 whale watching boat trips on Inside Passage | Vancouver Island | Vancouver

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13 Jun 2018
US $ 3539
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11 Jul 2018
US $ 3649
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18 Jul 2018
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27 Jul 2018
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08 Aug 2018
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10 Aug 2018
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12 Jun 2019
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10 Jul 2019
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17 Jul 2019
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26 Jul 2019
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07 Aug 2019
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09 Aug 2019
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Our top tip:
Pack for all weathers.
Trip type:
Small group. Max. 13 people, min. age 18.
Activity:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
6 hotel nights, 4 lodge nights, 2 cabin nights and 1 basic hotel night.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, guide, boat trips, NP fees, hot springs.
Meals:
All meals paid for locally. Budget £30 per day.
Solos:
Solos welcome. Surcharge for own room.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Canadian wildlife & Vancouver Island vacation

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.

This Canadian tour visits some of the lesser visited parks in Canada, often left off the travelers itinerary due to their remoteness. We use locally owned hotels here which helps disperse money spent in Canada to those who may struggle for business during the short summer season. Some of these areas include Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Bella Coola, and Port Hardy.

As there is a heavy wildlife focus on this tour, all travelers are advised how to best avoid upsetting the balance of nature by straying from the trails, and more importantly how to avoid close encounters with wildlife and how to react should this happen.

Whilst on Vancouver Island on the bear viewing cruise, we get close to the animals as they come near the shoreline, but not close enough to disturb them in their natural habitat and not infringing on their hunting and living territory.

This tour offers a wide range of optional activities in the popular and more remote areas to help evenly disperse tourist dollars during the short summer season.

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Reviewed on 31 Jul 2016 by

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


The optional extras that we did, especially watching the bears and whales in their natural environment. The stunning scenery around each corner of the roads.
Having an amazing guide who delivered so many interesting facts, and always had a smile and a sense of humour.

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


Be aware that the tour is basically a sightseeing tour, we had expected and would have really enjoyed a bit more hiking, especially in the many park areas we visited. The transportation is a little cramped with backpacks etc at your feet (especially if there is a full contingent of people - 14 in the group). Be prepared for some very long days traveling.

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


The only benefit we felt we gave local people was in the way of purchasing products or tipping for their services.

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


Although we enjoyed our trip we wished it had been longer, we felt we needed more overnight stops so we could enjoythe scenery and what each town had to offer. Perhaps you could extend the tour so there could be more time to explore towns, walk tracks, watch the animals in their natural environs etc. Our tour leader (Alex) was amazing, often going beyond her call in order to make sure we could see as much as possible with the limited time she had available to her.

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2015 by

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


The group was excellent and we are keeping in touch, great camaraderie. Alex the guide was superb. Knowledgeable but above all friendly. A huge asset to the organization. Having seen Polar Bears and Brown bears before I was excited at the chance of seeing a Black Bear close up. The trip did not disappoint. We saw about ten including several within camera range. We also saw Elk, Orcas and a range of other interesting mammal and bird species.

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


Be prepared for very long "bus journeys" under pretty cramped conditions. Virtually no food and very few tours are included so expect to spent a lot more than the base cost of your trip.

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


Not sure I could say

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


Excellent, especially the guide (Alex). I would say that the tour bus needs to be larger or less people in it! There is little space in side the bus for cameras, day packs etc. It all felt VERY cramped for such a trip where much of the time is driving.

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