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Classic Canadian Rockies Fly Drive plus Grizzly Bears

Calgary * Banff * Jasper * Sun Peaks * Whistler * Campbell River * Knight Inlet * Vancouver

A classic drive through the Canadian Rockies - o­ne of our most popular itineraries which visits the famous National Parks of Banff and Jasper before driving to Whistler, with its range of activities and then continues to Knight Inlet to see the grizzly bears before arriving into Vancouver.

16 days from £2,929 sharing twin + flights
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - U.K. – Calgary
Your Canada holiday starts with a scheduled flight by Air Canada from London Heathrow to Calgary - regional departures are available on request. O­n arrival you will met and transferred by private car to your downtown hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Overnights (2): Calgary

Day 2 - Calgary
Widely regarded as the “gateway to the Rockies”, and home to the famous Stampede, Calgary is a stylish and friendly city. Your morning is at leisure to start to explore this city of contrasts or for some shopping. Visit TD Square, the Eaton Centre or Hudson’s Bay shopping areas, all of which are linked by Calgary’s Plus 15 walkway system. In the afternoon why not take a guided sightseeing tour of the highlights of Calgary – Scotsman Hill, Fort Calgary (the original base of the North West Mounted Police), Stampede Park, the Saddledome and Ski Jump Tower at Olympic Park?

Day 3 - Calgary – Banff (77 miles)
The mountains beckon. Collect your hire car from downtown before heading west into the Rockies and Banff. On the way you could visit the Canada Winter Olympic Park (of Eddie the Eagle) fame a try a zipline adventure from the top of the ski jump.
Overnights (2): Banff

Day 4 - Banff
Sometimes regarded as o­ne of the most attractive small towns in North America, Banff is compact enough to comfortably explore o­n foot. 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. Optionally you could enjoy a helicopter sightseeing tour, a horse ride or a white water rafting excursion.

Day 5  - Banff – Jasper (175 miles)
Enjoy a spectacular drive today through stunning scenery along the Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise, with its sparkling blue waters and mountain goats o­n Mount Fairview, is also worth a stop as are the thundering Athabasca Falls. En route visit the Columbia Icefield, the largest accumulation of snow and ice in the Rockies and take the ‘Ice Explorer’ ride o­nto the Athabasca Glacier.
Overnights (2): Jasper

Day 6  - Jasper
Enjoy a day at leisure to delight in the peaceful, magnificent surroundings of Jasper National Park. A showcase of glacial blue lakes, long ridge-top hikes, canyons and a world-class golf resort, the town of 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 7 - Jasper –Sun Peaks (276 miles)
Drive west and then south along the scenic Yellowhead Highway with views of Mt. Terry Fox, Tete Jaune Cache and, at 3954 m. Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. A visit to Wells Gray Park, accessed from Clearwater, en route is recommended. Here you’ll discover a multitude of rapids, cataracts and waterfalls – two of the most spectacular being Dawson Falls and Helmcken Falls. Continue south to Kamloops and to Sun Peaks to enjoy a day at leisure in idyllic surroundings.
Overnight (1): Sun Peaks

Day 8  - Sun Peaks– Whistler (193 miles)
Meander through “Gold Rush Country”, passing Cache Creek and Lillooet. Both townships are rich in historic lore, dating back to the days when wagon trains and prospectors followed the trail to the Cariboo Gold Fields in the 1800's. However, Cache Creek owes its origins, and name, to the earlier fur traders who cached, or stored, their furs in the area before taking them east to trade.
Overnights (2): Whistler 

Day 9  - Whistler
Established in the late 19th Century, with just half a dozen wooden huts as a remote honeymoon resort beside a lake, Whistler today is a top mountain resort, nestling between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The natural setting of Whistler offers numerous activities from winter sports to golf, hiking, fishing, canoeing and mountain biking in the summer. The pedestrian o­nly Whistler Village has superb dining, intriguing shops, boutiques and sunny sidewalk cafes as well as, for the young at heart, a vibrant nightlife.

Day 10 - Whistler - Campbell River (195 miles)
Drive south to the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay and take the included ferry to Nanaimo o­n Vancouver Island before driving north to Campbell River. 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): Comfort Inn & Suites - Campbell River

Day 11 - 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 Lodge - Knight Inlet

Day 12 - Knight Inlet – Vancouver (145 miles)
The floatplane will return you to Campbell River. Pickup your hire car and drive south via the included ferry back to the mainland and to beautiful Vancouver. Return your hire car downtown after checking in to your hotel.
Overnights (3): Vancouver

Days 13-14  - Vancouver tour
Renowned as o­ne of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is home to spectacular natural scenery with breathtaking views in each and every direction, has a bustling metropolitan core and boasts o­ne of the mildest climates in Canada. Enjoy all the city has offer with your included flexible city tour. Highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days, and the convertible clear top buses offer stunning views, rain or shine. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 20 plus stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. Take an up close and personal look at Vancouver’s urban oasis, Stanley Park, have lunch at Granville Island, visit the historical Gastown or the trendy Yaletown, and don’t forget Robson Street to do a little shopping! Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District. The tour loop duration is 120 minutes, without hopping off to visit attractions.

Day 15 - Vancouver to UK
Time for last minute shopping and a final look at the stunning backdrop to Vancouver before you are transferred by private car to the airport and your overnight flight home. 

Day 16 - Arrive UK

PLEASE NOTE that an additional DEPOSIT OF £300 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.
 

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 Montreal Airport to your centrally located hotel, 2 nights accommodation at a 4-Star hotel and a full day sightseeing tour to Quebec City.

 

 

Departure Between

2018

 

Twin Share
3 Star Hotels

 

Twin Share
4 Star Hotels

May 23 - 26 £3,111 £3,391
May 27 - 28 £3,179 £3,391
May 29 - 31 £3,289 £3,439
June 01 - 04 £3,289 £3,439
June 05 - 09 £3,289 £3,630
June 10 - 14 £3,377 £3,672
June 15 - 21 £3,289 £3,491
June 22 - 30 £3,681 £3,883
July 01 - 04 £3,681 £3,883
July 05 - 15 £3,769 £4,037
July 16 - 31 £3,790 £3,992
August 01 - 16 £3,790 £3,992
August 17 - 31 £3,468 £3,630
September 01 £3,468 £3,620
September 02 - 26 £3,398 £3,550
September 27 - 28 £3,282 £3,508
September 29 - 30 £3,205 £3,508
October 01 - 04 £3,205 £3,508
 
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Contact Us for 2018 Early Bird Rates

3 Star Hotels4 Star Hotels
CalgarySandman Hotel Calgary City CentreDelta Calgary Downtown
BanffCharltons HotelElk and Avenue Hotel
JasperMarmot LodgeSawridge Inn & Conference Centre
Sun PeaksNancy Greene's Cahilty LodgeSun Peaks Grand Hotel
WhistlerListel Hotel Whistler Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
VancouverSandman Suites on Davie VancouverCoast Coal Harbour Hotel

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities, room only
  • Private car transfer from Calgary Airport to your hotel
  • 10 days hire of a "Fully Inclusive" Midsize car with unlimited mileage, LDW, taxes, 1 Extra Driver (Drop-fee of $75 plu tax to be paid locally)
  • Return Ferry passage to and from Vancouver Island
  • Return Float Plane trip from Campbell River to Knight Inlet
  • All meals and snacks while at Knight Inlet, including wine
  • Sightseeing Tour of Vancouver
  • Private car transfer from your Hotel to Vancouver Airport
  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary with door-to-door driving instructions and maps
  • 24-hour Customer Service support from our local agent within Canada

Not Included:

  • Meals unless stated other than Knight Inlet
  • Fuel for hire car
  • Extra charge applies to hirers under 25 years of age
  • National Parks entrance fees
  • Hotel parking if applicable
  • Weekend Flight Supplement(Friday-Sunday) £30 per person each way
  • Gratuities at Knight Inlet - suggested $20 per day per guest


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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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