Canada wilderness vacation, Rockies & Vancouver Island
For lovers of the Great Outdoors, this two-week adventure through the Canadian Rockies may prove irresistible. A tour that showcases Mother Nature at her most extravagant.
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US $6879excluding flights
Minimum age 16.
Description of Canada wilderness vacation, Rockies & Vancouver Island
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
1 Reviews of Canada wilderness vacation, Rockies & Vancouver Island
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 18 Aug 2022 by Susan Gorham
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Walking in a glacier; seeing bears in the wild; whale watching
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Take good walking shoes, a waterproof coat and plenty of insect repellant. The hikes are varied in difficulty; some are at the medium to hard end, whilst others are easy. This is because of the gradient of some of the walks, which is inevitable when walking in mountainous areas. Meals out are pricey in Canada at the moment.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The walk on the glacier was really informative and educational about global warming. The vacation provided income for small, local communities.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
This was an amazing vacation and exceeded my expectations. I would give it 9 .5 out of 10. The only reason I took off 0.5 is because, due to the walking limitations of some people in our group, we were unable to do all the hikes planned and the guide had to change some for easier walks, so as to include all the group.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe 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.
PeopleWe are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training 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 us 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.
With the exception of the coaches used in the national parks, the transportation is a public train which saves covering large amount of land by road and petrol. It is not uncommon for the trains to operate at full capacity meaning giving greater justification to the journey itself.
Whilst in the national parks on walks, travelers are encouraged to stick to the marked trails to maintain a minimal effect on the areas travelled through. This includes not feeding the wildlife so it becomes reliant, not damaging flora and fauna and taking all rubbish with you. The American National Parks are some of the cleanest in the world and world and we have a strong company policy to enforce this.
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