Canadian Rockies small group holiday
Description of Canadian Rockies small group holiday
Join a small group of merry wanders on this 12 day trip into the Canadian Rockies and be prepared to instantly fall head over heels in love with life north of the border. Your tour leader will be on hand 24/7 to ensure you get to witness the wildlife and the scenery in the safest and most informed way possible. Optional activities, such as kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and boat cruising, can make this holiday as relaxed or as fast-paced as you wish.
Captivating Rocky Mountain scenes surround you at every turn in addition to time spent in a couple of Canada's coolest cities, Victoria and Calgary.
Starting out from Vancouver invites insight into the laid back and characterful lifestyles of Canadians living in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. A short ferry ride will take your group to Vancouver Island before you return to the mainland and head onwards and upwards into them there hills.
Whistler, Jasper and Banff national parks all lie in store, after scenic road transfers, with the calm of Lake Louise providing a chance to reflect on newfound friendships, shared experiences and your absolute ultimate pancake toppings.
Loads of hiking, biking and wildlife watching options make this 12 day holiday really easy to adapt to suit your pace with some of the best darn alpine scenery in Canada providing untold chances to chill with a hot choc and soak it all in.
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PlanetThis trip includes visits to both Jasper and Banff national parks, where our travellers will have the opportunity to witness the natural beauty that makes them highlights of any holiday in western Canada. We make a big effort to educate our travellers on how to be respectful and safe around the flora and fauna here. We also conduct our business using strict leave-no-trace policies, which helps to preserve the precious habitats of Canadian animals, such as elk, black bears, grizzly bears, eagles, Rocky Mountain goats etc. Tour leaders will always educate travellers that wild animals should be viewed – without contact or interaction – doing what they do best: living in the wild.
Our tour leaders encourage their passengers to reuse or purchase reusable shopping bags and water bottles. As well the groups travel with large recycling bins too, so that they can store recyclables items no matter where they are.
PeopleOur philosophy is all about acting local and that means respecting the local traditions in the destinations we visit. We also take real care to form genuine and mutually beneficial relationships with local people. An excellent example is our excursion to Sun Peaks on the sixth day, when we head out by canoe to an outpost where a four-course feast of salad, bannock, soup, salmon, ribs and cookies will be prepared. This provides a taste of how the old fur traders used to travel and what they ate along the way. It’s great for our travellers to be able to engage with the locals and learn about their way of life. We find that it’s often these experiences which make our trips unique.
We travel in small groups of 13 people to minimise the negative effects that large groups can have when visiting remote areas and small villages. We also avoid the most crowded areas of the national parks we travel to, in order to lessen the impact on the local environment. It’s much easier to 'blend in' with a small group and it allows us to stay in smaller properties and eat in more local establishments, which supports the local economy.