Canadian Rockies adventure holiday
Description of Canadian Rockies adventure holiday
This Canadian Rockies adventure holiday starts in Vancouver and ends in Calgary, travelling in a small group through some of the country’s most spectacular wilderness landscapes and national parks. Canada is a country that welcomes adventurers with open arms and this holiday is perfect for travellers who want to see the country by canoeing, mountain biking or hiking but also enjoy staying in hotels along the way, rather than full on wilderness camping experiences.
Canada’s Rocky Mountains are famously some of the most exquisite elevated landscapes in the world, with dramatic peaks such as Whistler Mountain in Jasper National Park where you have the chance to take an optional cable car ride up to the top for spectacular views. You will also get to see Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954m, meriting its own designation as Mount Robson Provincial Park which borders Jasper National Park. Some of your finest elevated views on this holiday, however, will be on the Icefields Parkway which cuts through the heart of the Rockies and which we drive along between Jasper and Yoho National Parks.
The glacial gorgeousness of Whistler National Park can be explored by cycling up and down its many trails, or enjoying a spectacular zip wire experience. Glacial lakes are also a natural highlight of the Rockies, the most famous being Lake Louise in Alberta, its aquamarine beauty being one of the most photographed sites in the region. As part of Banff National Park, the beauty of Banff just keeps giving, with ancient forests, prolific peaks and glaciers. There is superb hiking here, and you can also enjoy a Gondola right to the top of Sulphur Mountain, as well as hot springs to ease those hiking muscles. This holiday finishes in Calgary, a cool, cosmopolitan city which will bring you back to earth with a bump after all the wilderness adventures you have experienced over the last ten days.
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PlanetWe are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. 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 'Travellers' 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.
We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations
Our tour leaders will educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans. They will also advise all groups to keep to the path to avoid upsetting the balance of nature.