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Bears, Whales and the Canadian Rockies Rail & Drive

Campbell River * Knight Inlet * Vancouver * Rocky Mountaineer Train * Jasper * Banff * Calgary

A superb multi centre holiday of Western Canada including a float-plane trip to view spectacular wildlife, grizzly bears and whales, combined with the beautiful harbour city of Vancouver and a classic rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies to Jasper. Car hire is included providing the freedom to explore the National Parks of Jasper and Banff en route to Calgary.

15 days from £4,190 per person twin share including flights
**Option available to Travel from Gatwick with Air Transat**

Itinerary

Day 1  - UK – Campbell River
Your Canada holiday starts with a departure from London Heathrow airport o­n an Air Canada flight to Vancouver and then o­nward to Campbell River. You will be transferred o­n arrival to your hotel. Campbell River is located o­n Discovery Passage o­n the northeast side of Vancouver Island and is known as “the Salmon capital of the World” as its waters are home to all five varieties of pacific salmon.
Overnight (1): Campbell River - Comfort Inn & Suites

Day 2  - Knight Inlet
You are transferred to the seaplane terminal for your flight to Knight Inlet. Located 50 miles north of Campbell River, Knight Inlet is o­ne of the largest fjords o­n the B.C. coast. Situated 37 miles from the mouth of the inlet is Knight Inlet Lodge. The floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, which offers o­ne of the few protected anchorages in the inlet. Knight Inlet abounds with marine wildlife (Orcas, seals, sea lions, otters, Pacific white sided dolphins, humpback, minke, and gray whales), birds (bald eagles, common loons, herons, trumpeter swans, Canada geese and ducks) and land based wildlife (black bears, deer, mountain goats, cougars) – including, of course the notorious grizzly bear! Glendale Cove is home to o­ne of the largest concentrations of grizzly (brown) bears in British Columbia. In the peak autumn season, it is not uncommon for there to be up 50 bears within 5 miles of the lodge, when the salmon are returning to the river. Starting in late April the bears return from hibernation and start the year off feeding in the estuary. This is the time to see the tiny cubs emerge with their ever-cautious mothers in close proximity. In the summer the berry crop is very heavy and this helps to keep the bears in the general area. Usually some bears are seen every day but not in the high numbers seen in the spring and autumn seasons.
Overnight (1): Knight Inlet - Knight Inlet Lodge

Day 3 - Knight Inlet – Vancouver
The floatplane will return you to Campbell River where you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight to Vancouver. O­n arrival a private car transfer will be provided to your centrally located hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Overnights (3): Vancouver

Days 4-5 - Vancouver
Explore this beautiful, water-fronted city. Visit Stanley Park with its renowned aquarium and collection of totem poles, Chinatown, Victorian Gastown and the harbour area o­n the included sightseeing tour. Granville Island, overlooking attractive False Creek, with its wealth of craft shops, markets and range of superb restaurants is well worth a visit. If time permits why not take the gondola to the summit of Grouse Mountain, timing your descent in the evening to see the myriad lights of Vancouver reflected in the harbour before you. Alternatively, visit the Capilano Canyon and dare to walk across the famous suspension bridge as it gently sways 230 feet above the river.

Day 6 - Vancouver – Kamloops
Travel o­nboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. En route you will pass through the fertile Fraser Valley and the scenic Fraser Canyon. o­ne of the canyon's true highlights is Hell's Gate, where you will watch water torrent past the canyon's walls at its narrowest point. Upon leaving the Fraser Canyon, the train will follow the Thompson River to the city of Kamloops. Breakfast & Lunch Included
Overnight (1): Kamloops

Day 7 - Kamloops - Jasper
Back o­nboard the Rocky Mountaineer you will follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus into the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Pass by Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 meters (12,972 ft), before entering Jasper National Park. Arrive in Jasper late afternoon. Breakfast & Lunch Included
Overnights (3): Jasper

Days 8-9 - Jasper
Collect your hire car and enjoy the scenic wonders of Jasper National Park. A showcase of pearly blue lakes, long ridge-top hikes, canyons and a world-class golf resort, the town of Jasper is considered a throwback to a gentler time. It's a casual reminder of the splendid grace of steamer trunks and luxurious long distance rail travel, of swarthy explorers, of intrepid Swiss mountain guides and tough talkin' miners. Today Jasper is a sleepy sanctuary, known as a refuge for bighorn sheep, elk, deer and moose - all of which have been spotted wandering its streets. A trip to the exquisite Maligne Lake, the second largest glacier-fed lake in the Rockies, is well recommended where a cruise will take you past glacier-studded mountain peaks to world-famous Spirit Island.

Day 10 - Jasper – Banff (173 miles)
Travel the Icefields Parkway through the natural splendour of Jasper and Banff National Parks. Glistening glaciers, cascading waterfalls, emerald lakes and alpine meadows dot this awe-inspiring mountain paradise. Stop at the Columbia Icefield, and, weather permitting, why not take the ‘snocoach’ ride o­nto the Athabasca Glacier to walk o­n this huge expanse of ice. Afterwards view the turquoise waters of Lake Louise before arriving into Banff.
Overnights (4): Banff

Days 11–13 - Banff
Situated o­n the doorstep of spectacular scenery, Banff nestles amidst the glory of the Canadian Rockies. With a wealth of attractions, ranging from the Hot Springs to the gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, Banff boasts an attractive main street with numerous cafes and craft shops. Renowned for its winter activities, Banff is also the summer “gateway” to National Parks and the scenic splendour of the Icefields Parkway.

Day 14 - Banff – Calgary (74 miles)
Today drive to Calgary a stylish, and friendly city. Its history comes alive at Heritage Park, Canada's largest living historical village, at the Glenbow Museum and at the site of Calgary's birthplace, Fort Calgary. Discover Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Olympics and travel to the top of the ski-jump tower or, for a spectacular view of the city’s heart, ascend Calgary tower. Return your hire car at Calgary Airport prior to your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 15 - Arrive UK

PLEASE NOTE that an additional DEPOSIT of £520 to £600 per person is required to confirm a reservation.

 BRITISH AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS DOMESTIC ADD-ONS
Available in conjunction with your trans-atlantic Air Canada flights between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

Air Canada Upgrade to Executive First
Designed to provide you with your own personal space that's ideal for a good night's sleep, each Executive First Suite* reclines into a fully flat bed at the touch of a button. Armed with a comfy pillow and duvet and fully equipped with all the latest in-flight amenities, you'll arrive at your destination completely refreshed and ready to start your day.

Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service o­n the Rocky Mountaineer
Our custom-designed, bi-level, glass-domed GoldLeaf coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Take in the dazzling vistas upstairs, and enjoy delicious meals downstairs. From the attentive service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Hosts, to the gourmet meals prepared from regional cuisine by our award-winning chefs. GoldLeaf Service is quite simply, as good as it gets.

SPECIAL OFFERS

1) Enjoy a Toronto and Niagara Falls add-on from £265 per person.
Price includes internal scheduled flights, airport taxes, Return airport coach Transfers from Toronto Airport to your centrally located hotel, 2 nights accommodation at a 4-Star hotel and a full day sightseeing tour to Niagara Falls including a boat ride o­n the Hornblower Cruises to view the Horseshoe Falls (seasonal) and lunch.

2) Enjoy a Montreal and Quebec City add-on from £299 per person.
Price includes internal scheduled flights, airport taxes, return airport coach transfers from MontrealAirport to your centrally located hotel, 2 nights accommodation at a 4-Star hotel and a full day sightseeing tour to Quebec City.

 
Departure Dates

2017 Prices
Twin Share
3 Star Hotels

2017 Prices
Twin Share
 4 Star Hotels

 
01,04,08,11 June 2017 £4190 £4421 Quote
15,18 Jun £4190 £4421 Quote
22 Jun £4511 £4742 Quote
25,29 Jun £4493 £4706 Quote
02,06,09 July £4493 £4706 Quote
13,16,20,23,27,30 July £4493 £4706 Quote
03,06,10,13 Aug £4573 £4787 Quote
17,20 Aug £4252 £4465 Quote
24 Aug £4207 £4421 Quote
27,31 Aug £4321 £4535 Quote
03,07,10,14 Sep £4321 £4535 Quote
17,21,24,28 Sep £4321 £4535 Quote
01,05,08 Oct £4163 £4475 Quote
GOLDLEAF SUPPLEMENT £320    

3 Star Hotels4 Star Hotels
VancouverBest Western Plus Sands by the SeaMetropolitan Hotel Vancouver
JasperMarmot LodgeSawridge Inn & Conference Centre
BanffElk and Avenue HotelBuffalo Mountain Lodge

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation, room only
  • Private car transfer to your Vancouver hotel
  • Sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Return air flights from Vancouver to Campbell River
  • Return float-plane trip from Campbell River to Knight Inlet
  • All meals and snacks while at Knight Inlet, including wine
  • Two day “Rocky Mountaineer” train from Vancouver to Jasper in SilverLeaf class, Breakfasts and Lunches
  • 7 days hire of a “Fully Inclusive” Midsize hire car, LDW, 1 Extra Driver
  • Detailed day-by-day door-to-door itinerary and maps provided prior to departure from UK
  • 24-hour customer service support from our local agent within Canada

Not Included:

  • Meals, unless specified
  • Transfers to Vancouver railway station and from Jasper railway station
  • Car hire drop charge of CAD$40 and tax from Jasper
  • Extra charge applies to hirers under 25 years of age
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Hotel parking if applicable
  • Gratuities
  • Weekend flight supplements of £30 each way - Friday-Sunday


Our Price Guarantee

All offers are subject to availability. once a booking is confirmed your holiday price is 100% GUARANTEED against any increase in price such as currency exchange fluctuations or fuel surcharges. Other companies may surcharge you by up to 10% more!


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Best Western Plus Sands by the Sea


Location: Located in downtown Vancouver, this hotel is adjacent to English Bay and Stanley Park, close to shops and restaurants.

Number of Rooms: 121

Accommodation: Air conditioning, TV, WIFI internet access available throughout the property (free), coffee maker, iron with board, hair dryer, rollaway bed not available, Green Key. 6 floors with elevator, non smoking property, restaurant, bar, fitness centre, sauna, drycleaning, guest laundry, parking $18, pet friendly property. Wheelchair accessible room(s).

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Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver


Location: Elegant deluxe hotel in downtown Vancouver, across from Pacific Centre shopping mall.

Number of Rooms: 197

Accommodation: Air conditioning, TV, telephone, WIFI internet access available throughout the property (free), CD player, coffee maker, mini bar, iron with board, in-room safe, bathrobe, hair dryer, Green Key. 18 floors with elevator, Restaurant, bar, 24hr room service, indoor pool, fitness centre, steam room, squash courts, parking $40. Wheelchair accessible room(s).

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Marmot Lodge


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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre


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Elk and Avenue Hotel


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Buffalo Mountain Lodge


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