Canada holiday, national parks and wildlife

“Tailor make a week of self driving in Canada's most scenic national parks staying in locally-run resorts and making the most of mountain and lakeside trails.”

Highlights

Calgary | Banff National Park | Lake Louise | Yoho National Park | Glacier National Park | National park evening wildlife safari | Okanagan | Fraser River Valley | Vancouver |

Description of Canada holiday, national parks and wildlife

From the beautiful Mountains to the beautiful city and ocean. Starting with seeing the beautiful scenery and wildlife in the National Parks of Banff. You will head out on an Evening Wildlife Life Safari to try and spot the wildlife in the region. Head to Lake Louise where you will see one of the most beautiful and photographed landscapes in the world. On this trip you will spend time in the beautiful wine region of the West Coast and have a chance to taste some of the wines of the region. End off this beautiful adventure in beautiful Vancouver. Enjoy the city sites !

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Responsible tourism

Canada holiday, national parks and wildlife

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Having travelled extensively ourselves and witnessed first-hand how tourism can have either positive or negative effects on local communities and the environment, we always endeavour to leave a positive mark on all places we send clients and promote awareness of the local environment.

Canada with its beauty of nature and wildlife, is one of the most beautiful places in the world! Therefore, it is essential to implement sustainability within the tours offered. Our Canada itinerary has been created to meet your expectations and protect what is unique and special about a destination such as Canada. The tour will provide you with several visits to sites which have great environmental importance. Places such as the Banff National Park , Lake Louise which are significant eco-systems sites within Canada that have beautiful scenery and animals and plants. Specific rules are given to travellers while exploring these areas and local and professional guides ensure that no contamination or possible damage is caused by tourists to the area.

While visiting the cities, we encourage travellers to take part in bike-tour which are eco-friendly and also more adventurous.

• Where we stay: As a boutique travel company we strive to offer unique and authentic travel experiences in line with sustainable accommodation. Many of the resorts and operators we work with are eco-friendly and run their businesses in a more environmentally friendly manner. For instance, guests are offered free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles. While in remote areas, we carry rubbish with us and ensure we do not disturb anything in the natural environment.

• As a company: We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products whenever we can.

Community

Our tours are designed with the intention of maximising the benefits that our guests can have on the host community. This is the reason why we endeavour to follow responsible guidelines and teach guests about responsible tourism in order to encourage them to be mindful of the environment and respectful of local people and culture. With all our tailor-made trips we enjoy offering new routes and encourage travel to areas that are not on the main tourist trails and which further support smaller, local communities.

As a travel company we strive to combine nature and culture as these two aspects are unique and we would like to offer it as a combination product which offers you a winning combination. Through guides, museums and locals we want you to discover and gain insight into this unique culture in order to preserve it and make it a valuable heritage.

• As A Company: We believe in the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs and try to emphasis this in the way our tours are arranged. Where possible we aim to create a bond between staff and traveller so our clients gain insight into the real life of local communities. We endeavour to keep our groups small, minimising the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination. We aim to help and meet an important local need by contributing to the area’s economy, creating jobs and by eating locally sourced food and using locally sourced products.

• Where we stay: As a boutique travel company we search for authenticity and uniqueness from the local suppliers and whenever possible, encourage our travellers to stay in privately owned accommodation such as guest houses. We believe that working with hotel/accommodation owners who source staff, products, services and produce from within the community gives the local people an opportunity to gain from the increase in tourism to the area.

• While we are there: As previously mentioned, we work in partnership with locally employed guides who having been professionally trained and strive to better their communities and provide insight into the local culture. We encourage interaction with local communities, however we keep our group sizes small and provide advice during the trip to ensure our impact on the indigenous way of life is minimised. Typically these areas also ask for a fee to appreciate the protected area, which go to aid conservation, employment and infrastructure efforts directly supporting the community and surroundings.

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


1. Watching whales, seals, sea otters, eagles and bears from a small boat off Vancouver Island.
2. Walking on a number of trails in National Parks in utterly magnificent surroundings in the Rockies

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be aware that enjoying the Rockies is highly weather dependant. In poor weather one would see precious little.
If you want to walk/hike do not go earlier than May because access to large areas of the National Parks are still closed because of snow.
Consider splitting the trip in two. After Vancouver Island we drove up to the Rockies. This took up an easy, pleasant and quite interesting two days, but nothing like as exciting as the Rockies themselves. One could hand in the car after Vancouver Island,get to Jasper/Calgary by air or even train and hire another car there. This would maximise time spent in really fabulous country.
Be aware that the really well known places are very popular. Lots of Japanese tourist busses etc. As soon as you are away from these few places it is a great deal more peaceful.

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


Not a lot. We were provided with a large SUV. We stayed mainly in smart, modern hotels some owned by chains-possibly not Canadian. ( In Canada there tends to be a big gap in standards between these places and unattractive motels). Restaurants/hotels serve up ludicrously large helpings, much of which is wasted. We shared one portion between two and were more than adequately fed! Against all that, once one is walking in the National Parks the environmental impact is close to zero, and the authority is good at keeping it like that.

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


We enjoyed it greatly. The weather was kind. The arrangements worked pretty well. The UK travel agencyl-were most helpful, quick
and efficient, and their Canadian counterpart did their job well, albeit with a couple of minor hitches. We saw a great deal- including much wildlife- and were
most impressed. Driving in Canada is a dream. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. We were particuarly impressed by the National Parks, which are
immaculate in every way.

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