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British Columbia & Rocky Mountains Spectacular

British Columbia & Rocky Mountains Spectacular - West Adventures Inc.
British Columbia & Rocky Mountains Spectacular - West Adventures Inc.
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Starts
Vancouver
+23 Destinations
Canadian Rockies
Ends
Vancouver
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Start and end in Vancouver! With the adventure tour British Columbia & Rocky Mountains Spectacular, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Vancouver, Canada and 22 other destinations in Canada. British Columbia & Rocky Mountains Spectacular is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping, Houseboat
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Mini-coach

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  • M
    Written on November 26, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The BC Rocky Mountains Tour was Amazing! If you love adventures, love to explore and enjoy the nature - it is a match! The trip could not have possibly been any better! I loved that every new day was different from the other! Today we do wild water rafting, tomorrow some long hike tour and the next day exploring glaciers. And if you are lucky enough you can see a bear (we have seen 3!). Perfekt combination of camping (which i absolutely enjoyed) and hotel. Delicous and healthy self-cooked meals!
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  • AB
    Written on November 26, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Usually it takes a couple of days to let go of your every day thoughts and really dive into the holiday feeling. Not this time. Our first day of the tour started with an adventurous wild water rafting on the Thomson river, under strong sun and surrounded by an unbelievably beautiful landscape. Beside us, "God's land" - as it was referred to by our boat guide Bigwave Dave (a true original) - was only occasionally crossed by the mighty bald eagle and the most picturesque endless fray trains so typical for the area. Hurling down the river, we crushed our way through waves and water formations so strong, that no one had even the slightest chance to hold back his excitement. The day ended with the setup of our first camp site and an excellent dinner cooked by the staff which from now on should be repeated every evening camping only to be followed by surprisingly creative breakfasts the next morning. On the second day we traveled to lake Shuswag, crossing an amazing countryside. The bus would repeatedly stop - as throughout the whole tour - to allow us to briefly visit attractions on the way and take in the magnificent scenery. After a short warning about the "Shuswaggy" - the local pendant to the monster of Loch Ness - we boarded the houseboat and started to cross the lake. Crossing can be taken quite literally here as the lake forms the shape of an "H" or "X". On top of the boat we found ourselves enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains while relaxing in the sun. Heated up and having the boat stop, we jumped into the refreshing water for a swim. On the way to a safe place on the coast where we could bind the boat and spend the night, the staff was already busy preparing dinner on the boat's barbeque with great offers for vegetarians. The day ended with amusing chats at the dinner table followed by a game of cards. Before we started our journey to the higher areas of the almighty Rockies the next day, we went to a local farm which sells the most tasty home made ice cream. On this occasion we had a chance to look around the cowsheds and make friends with the new born calves. Having entered Yoho National Park we had a stop at Lake Emerald which is famous not only for the adorable scenery but also its intense colour which is cast by the so called rock flour - tiny particles of rocks, grinded by glacial erosion. Here we also encountered first snow leftover from an avalanche. The view on the lake simply is stunning and therefore finds itself covering many postcards, posters and stickers. Entering the bus again, we headed towards Takakkaw Falls: A waterfall which hits a small plateau on its way down, thus steering its stream almost horizontally before it falls down in a big gush. Crossing the border from BC to Alberta (thereby entering a different time zone) we went to Lake Louise Campground and setup our next tent site. We had a great time having dinner around the fire. The night was surprisingly cold though compared to the summerly hot days before. The next morning we went to Moraine Lake where we took pictures from one side of the lake and followed the path to the other side. As we went for a little hike quite a bit further, we suddenly found ourselves above the origin of the lake surrounded by the massive mountains which all proudly presented us their famous peaks. It was an awesome experience and motivated us for more adventure. This desire was fully satisfied by the next day's big hike: Lake Louise. As we had a look at the typical tourist spots first near the massive and impressive Chateau, we walked around the lake and started our ascent to the teahouse in the mountains followed by a walk to the lookout. It is truly impossible to tell about all the beautiful little details that we've seen on our way up. Every now and then though, we've been met with a breathtaking view on the landscape which emerges more and more until the whole picture can be seen. In places like this, the importance of human existence becomes rather minor compared to the power and beauty of mother nature. On our return route, we've had another little hike to Lake Agnes which secretly sits on the mountain, hidden from the curious eyes of the tourists below. The following day we dissembled the camp and headed towards the town of Banff in the heart of Banff National Park, where we checked in at the first hotel of our tour. This proved to be an excellent complement to the camping before as we could wash our clothes at the laundry next door and enjoy the luxury of a private bathroom as well as a soft, warm and comfortable bed - things we take for granted every day but find their values only at times of their absence. We spend the rest of the day on our own, getting to know the town and its special charm, which albeit carrying a lot of tourists stays original in its own way. Near evening the whole group gathered up again in order to visit the hot springs on Sulphur Mountain. This was a moment of Spa in contrast to all the wilderness before. The second day in Banff wasn't only very special to us but to all of Canada. It was Canada Day, celebrating the 150th anniversary of this great country. The town was packed with Canadians in their national colours. We first attended the pancake breakfast organized by the local high school while listening to a live band. Thereafter we found ourselves a good spot on the side of the main road to watch the upcoming parade which turned out to be as manifold as Canada itself. It featured traditional and contemporary elements as well as origin and diversity. After that, we discovered the local artisan market, visited the museums and enjoyed even more live music and acts until a great firework marked the end of the day. Even though we enjoyed the free time in Banff, it felt great to join the group again the next morning. Our next destination on the map was Jasper. On the way we've encountered two bears on the railroad tracks - a black bear and a grizzly as we suppose - within a distance of approximately 100m to each other. This was the first time that we've ever seen bears in their natural habitat. We've also had a stop at Peyto Lake which has an amazing colour - again due to rock flour - and offers a breathtaking wide view along mountain sides, over valleys and into the far distance. On our way we even made a stop for a glacier tour, where a special vehicle transported us up on to the ice. It felt almost unreal to be at such a special place: A place that it still shaping the landscape as it happened during the ice age and that won't be the same or even cease to exist within a few decades. Having taken our drinking bottles with us, we were able to fill them with fresh glacier water before we took off for the famous "Glacier Walk". This is a massive steelwork, built along the cliff and leading to a circle walk with glass floor reaching out in the air. We've spent the night at a nice camp site in Jasper to gain power for our next day's hike up a mountain next to Maligne Lake. On top we've had a great 360° view over the area and the lake which tells a story about how wide this land is. The next morning we had to say goodbye to Jasper and set off for Clearwater Lake where we've met with our canoe guide Ian who turned out not only to be of good company but also an absolute expert on the area as well as all of nature in general. Soon thereafter we boarded our canoes and paddled along the lake. Around 2h later we arrived at our camp site for the night in the middle of untouched nature. After setting up the tents, having dinner and enjoying nice conversations by the fire, we went for another round of canoeing. It was a magical and unforgettable experience as the moon reflected on the water. The following morning, we paddled over to another spot and Ian took us on a little excursion into the forest where he taught us about the botanical characteristics of the park. Our next destination was a hotel at 108 mile. This area resembles a true wild west imagination which was the perfect setting for our horse back ride and gave us an idea of a cowboy's life back in the days. We've also got an insight on the lives of the First Nations i.e. indigenous people though. A guide has shown us around the fishing places where they used to catch the fish, cut it in a special manner and hang it in order to dry in the sun. This was meant to be the main source of food over the winter times, when all the families would move to special houses which are half under the soil. We've also been shown one of these places intact before our hosts served us a meal of salmon. As we moved on to Whistler, we had a couple of problems with the tires on the minibus which would delay our arrival. Thanks to our guide and the great group, even the utmost dusty town of Cache Creek became a place of entertainment so that we didn't miss out on anything. Having arrived in Whistler we decided to go ziplining which turned out to be an amazing experience. We whizzed down four individual lines, the longest one being >1km which gave quite some flight time. The view down had been stunning while the rush of adrenaline intensifies the whole adventure. We spent the rest of the day exploring the town until we all met for our last dinner together on this tour. After great food and chat we have been given presents that make us part of the Westadventures family and really, we feel that we are. It's almost impossible to name all the numerous beautiful places we stopped at throughout the whole tour or find words for the sheer overwhelming beauty of the landscapes that we have seen. This tour had been an incredibly amazing experience and certainly the best holiday we have ever had. "Experience of a lifetime", as Westadventures' slogan goes, is more than accurate and we are endlessly thankful for this. Every single person (and I mean: every. single. person.) on this trip was a great inspiration.
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Start and end in Vancouver.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,626 km.
  • Vancouver (Canada)
  • 122 km
  • Hope (Canada)
  • 95 km
  • Lytton (Canada)
  • 102 km
  • Kamloops (Canada)
  • 74 km
  • Salmon Arm (Canada)
  • 27 km
  • Sicamous (Canada)
  • 24 km
  • Shuswap Lake (Canada)
  • 24 km
  • Sicamous (Canada)
  • 181 km
  • Yoho National Park (Canada)
  • 26 km
  • Lake Louise (Canada)
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