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Start in Vancouver and end in Calgary! With the discovery tour Canadian Blt, you have a 9 day tour package taking you from Vancouver to Calgary and through Vancouver, Canada and 8 other destinations in Canada. Canadian Blt is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
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- DeneeWritten on July 11, 20162.0 - Rather poorI write to Trek America to express my disappointment with my recent Canada BLT experience. I have completed the online survey in respect to this tour, however my anger and frustration cannot be described through a simple questionnaire. I would like to thoroughly illustrate my experience of this Canada tour. Words cannot describe my disappointment with our trek leader. Qualities that astounded me included: tardiness, rudeness, condescending and the belief that she was superior to her paying customers. My examples would include her being late on day one – late for her introduction, which further delayed our trip around Vancouver and also missing two attractions. In addition, she did not allow for a time change which resulted us in missing an hour of our white water rafting of which we paid a total amount of $130 CAD. She lacks a sense of direction – getting lost on one too many occasions, which could have been prevented by using modern day technology, and not simply “screen-shotting” the directions. She is unprofessional in the way she had delivered herself – constantly breaking down in tears and taking us all along on her emotional rollercoaster which consisted of angry outburst and rude remarks. This is unprofessional. I myself am a manager at an established multi-billion dollar company and have up to 30 people working under me in high volume situations – I was trained to work well under pressure and not break a sweat and to not take out my anger on my fellow colleagues. An example of this was after dinner when Alexandrea was driving us home after consuming alcohol and angrily yelled at the passenger beside her to find directions on her phone. I would like to add that this passenger is a respected doctor that has used his only leave for the year to be part of this tour. I expect that you will be receiving a letter from him also. At this point, which was the second day of the trip, it was apparent that she cannot lead a group of only 12 people, she had become unapproachable and we had a further 8 days to deal with her child-like moods and tantrums. The issue I would like to address with great gravity was that she was 23 and driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as using her phone whilst behind the wheel. This is ILLEGAL in Australia and as I reiterate my experiences to friends and families whom are residents in Canada, can confirm it is illegal to drink and drive, and text and drive in Canada also. I was gobsmacked seeing this on one too many occasions. In my company, any of these actions are plausible for immediate dismissal. I hope you react to this accordingly with a thorough investigation. Furthermore, Alexandrea coerced us in putting $100 for a “food kitty” of which I assumed was for our own benefit, however as I was buying my groceries it was angrily expressed that it was only what she would like to eat – I was refused to buy water ($2) and medication ($9) for my sick partner and had to pay out of my own expense. She had not contributed money herself, and proceeded to eat out of our food. She decided it was a bright decision to buy milk and leave it in the back of the car in a mere ‘cooler’ to keep it from being spoilt – by the time we arrived at our destination which was 5 hours later, the milk and fruits were clearly not edible. This resulted in high wastage of food. In conclusion, I paid $100 for two pieces of toast, cereal, and a dinner that would cost me $10 to make at home. I paid over $100 a day for this tour and for most of the places I stayed at was superb, however the accommodation provided to us at Wells Gray National Park was beyond me. I literally slept in a shed that smelt foul and was home to hundreds of mosquitos with no electricity, or water, and the nearest bathroom being nearly half a kilometre away. This shed made my dog’s house look amazing. I have attached photos for you to see what a $2000 paying customer had endured and received. The last straw was when we were in an unfamiliar town using the bathroom and she wanted to leave before the two remaining girls have used the washroom. As we refused to do this, she stuck two fingers at us. Where is her regard for the safety of the two girls? As we concluded our tour, it became apparent that members were not getting dropped off at the destination listed on the itinerary. We were instead dropped off on the side of the street in an unknown country and asked to find our own way to the airport – also out of our own expenses. As I was staying longer in the country, my accommodation was on the other side of town and I had no access to a phone to call a taxi. Alexandrea literally waited for me to get off the bus and drove off. A kind stranger saw me in distress and telephoned a taxi for me and waited with me until they arrived – he showed more empathy than Alexandrea ever did. Overall, I felt that this was certainly not value for money, and would like a financial reimbursement as a minimum of $200: $100 for the food kitty, and $100 for our accommodation at Wells Gray. As a photographer, I have been approached by many of my friends, family and those following me on social media for a recommendation on this tour as my pictures described what did not happen behind the scene, I am yet to reply. I would like to ask that my concerns are addressed in a thorough manner to prevent future travellers from facing the same disappointment and embarrassment that I have felt by being on this tour.Show detailed ratingsTrek America commented on this reviewThank you for your comments and these have been passed onto the team in Canada. Comments such as yours are very rare and we take them extremely seriously. We will get back to you in regards to the particular issues you raise separately. Matt - TrekAmerica Sales Manager
- AAnonymousWritten on July 10, 20135.0 - ExcellentThis trip was fantastic fun. The first few days were super packed of awesome activities, and helped bond us as a group. The pace then slowed down a bit as we really began taking stock of the wonderful scenery in Jasper and Banff. Our tour leader Nick went above and beyond what was needed, with local tips, his flexibility and general awesomeness. The places we stayed at were great for hostel standards. I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to see the full glory of the Rockies, with the added fun of adventure activities, socialising and ease of not having to organise accommodation and transport.
- AAnonymousWritten on December 1, 20125.0 - ExcellentThis was my first trekamerica trip and I enjoyed every second of the experience. You see a bit everything on this trip, from the busy city life of Vancouver to tranquil and beautiful Clearwater. Our tour leader was amazing, helping us through everything. If you want to make great friends and share great experiences with like minded individuals then this is the trip for you!
- AAnonymousWritten on November 30, 20125.0 - ExcellentScenery - no doubt the most astonishing scenery I have ever seen in a beautiful and BIG part of the world. If you want to see amazing lakes, mountains and forests then this part of the country is for you. There was also a small amount of time in Seattle and Vancouver, two great cities, and smaller towns like Whistler and Jasper. Trek leader - we were very blessed to have had a fantastic leader on this, our first trek. Katelin Erickson was fun, informative, organised, calm and enthusiastic. I can think of no bad points against her. From what I hear of other treks, the calibre of leaders can be variable, though mostly very good. I can't imagine anyone being better than Katelin. She had great fun with us, showed us all the options as what to do and encouraged us to stretch ourselves where best suited. She did masses of research and our diversion via a local rodeo fair was a tour highlight. She was energetic and very responsible with all aspects, e.g. driving and getting enough rest etc. She also cooks a cracking dinner! Other trekkers - no doubt what really made the holiday was having other similar minded (in some ways, not all!) people. It was brilliant to get to know everyone, we have already had a get together reunion and are planning the next and I'm sure will remain firm friends. Some times are a little tough and having new friends there is the best way of getting through that. Accomodation - our trek was mostly hostels and these varied in quality but we look back fondly on some of the not so good places (as an experience). A couple were really good. I've personally never stayed in hostels before and found it good fun. The tour was pretty much non-stop, I don't think you could actually pack more into two weeks than we did, which is helped by the fact your tour leader drives you around and knows the best places to go. One negative, is you feel like you need another holiday when you get home so definitely schedule time to sleep when you get back!
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- Day 1-2: Vancouver & Whistler
- Day 3-4: Wells Gray Provincial Park
- Day 5-6: Jasper National Park
- Day 7-8: Icefields Parkway & Banff National Park
- Day 9: Lake Louise & Calgary
AccommodationRated Rather poor by past passengers
GuideRated Bad by past passengers
TransportRated Average by past passengers
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- Q&A: Trek America Oct 2014
- Trek America: Adventures in North, Central and South America
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,554 km.
- Vancouver (Canada)
- 96 km
- Whistler (Canada)
- 311 km
- Wells Gray Provincial Park (Canada)
- 162 km
- Jasper National Park (Canada)
- 196 km
- Banff National Park (Canada)
- 22 km
- Lake Louise (Canada)
- 96 km
- Glacier National Park (Canada)
- 242 km
- Penticton (Canada)
- 429 km
- Calgary (Canada)
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