Canadian Rockies activity vacation

“Embrace the great outdoors on this Canadian Rockies adventure packed with activities. Canoe, hike and cycle through remote wilderness, mucking in each night to make camp and prep dinner.”


Vancouver | Whistler | Wells Gray Provincial Park | Jasper National Park | Banff National Park | Golden | Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse River | Glacier National Park | Kamloops | Mount Revelstoke National Park

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15 Aug 2021
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Vacation type

Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travelers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travelers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your vacation.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travelers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.


This trip includes Mt Robson, Jasper, Banff, Yoho, Glacier and Mt Revelstoke National Parks where our travelers have the opportunity to experience these wilderness areas and appreciate the delicate natural environments that make them highlights of any trip to western Canada.

We start out by traveling to Wells Gray Park, 5500 sq. kilometres of protected wilderness in Central British Columbia. Bounded on the north and east by the Cariboo Mountains, and on the west by an upland plateau, the Wells Gray Park encompasses a broad spectrum of mountain scenery. The area is abundant in flora and fauna. Caribou, moose, black bear, beaver and wolf freely roam the park. The authentic Wells Gray Guest Ranch, where we set up camp, was built by settlers in the early 1820s and consists of log buildings and natural grounds. Nature walks, horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, river rafting and especially wildlife viewing are all part of the ranch's daily summer routine. This is the best chance to really get away from the beaten path. An optional overnight canoe trip on peaceful Clearwater Lake with a local naturalist guide is a great opportunity to learn about the area.

On our journey through the Canadian Rockies we stay in tents at locally owned and environmentally responsible campgrounds. We spend out days hiking, wildlife viewing, and discovering the natural beauty of famous Canadian National Parks by environmentally friendly means such as kayaking and mountain biking offered by small local adventure operators. We enjoy local foods and campfires.

As a company we aim to contribute to the environmental preservation of the destinations we visit and to reduce any negative impacts our operations may have. This translates to actions such as using local transport where safe to do so in order to reduce emissions, observing all national and marine park visitor rules and operating a ‘take in, take back out’ waste management system, to name but a few examples. Through our inhouse foundation we also invest money into environmental initiatives that benefit the planet, including restoring kelp forests to help reverse the effects of global warming and protecting endangered species such as sea turtles and elephants.

The Impacts of this Trip

We travel in small groups of 13 people to minimise the effects that large groups have when visiting remote areas and small villages. It is easier to 'blend in' with a small group and it allows us to stay in smaller properties and eat in more local establishments - where a group of 40-50 would need to eat in more touristy places.

We have an expert Operations based in the USA so our team is fully aware of current affairs. We have found that local operations is a superior way to ensure the quality and safety of our travelers.

Each year we conduct extensive safety audits to ensure our properties comply with local regulations as well as our own safety requirements. We also conduct reviews of our itineraries to ensure they include as much local interaction opportunities as possible, where our travelers can engage with the locals and learn their way of life and the local cultures of the places we visit. These experiences often make our trips unique.


1 Reviews of Canadian Rockies activity vacation

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2011 by

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

The most memorable part was meeting up with 11 other like minded people to enjoy the whole experience, a real once in a lifetime vacation.

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

Be prepare to open your imagination, experience new challenges everyday, and leave with some incredible memories.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes absolutely, from the trekking with local guides, and use of individual campsites. To the style of group activities chosen, and group involvement with meals, cooking and cleaning.

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

A hugely memorable experience, that I’m looking forward to repeating a soon as possible.

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