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British Columbia & Rocky Mountains Spectacular - West Adventures Inc.
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TohShiqi "Leah and Taylor were great guides on the trip, helping everyone to be comfortable at all times, while also engaging us in conversations about what we wanted to do most during our visit. I had not expected meals to be so nutritious (on a camping trip), and was very satisfied at the quality of meals prepared throughout the trip, despite there having been too much cheese in every meal for some people..."
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17 reviews
Starts
Vancouver
+23 Destinations
Canadian Rockies
Ends
Vancouver
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Highlights

  • Travel by motorized yacht on the Lower Thomson River
  • Relax at Shuswap Lake, Canada's house-boating capital
  • Admire the nature and wildlife in the Rocky Mountains
  • Get excited about a ride on the glacier in the Ice Explorer
  • Participate in exciting activities throughout the tour
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping, Houseboat
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Mini-coach
Travel style
Adventure, Discovery
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.

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  • SG
    Written on September 16, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    We had a really great time with Grace and Taylor. We went to many places we would not have gone to on our own.
    West Adventures Inc. commented on this review
    We're very pleased you enjoyed your trip. The guide and driver can definitely make or break a trip so we try to get the best. Thanks, Tanya and the West Adventures team
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  • L
    Written on September 3, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Beyond expectations. I have done other similar tours before and this one was by far the best. Grace and Taylor went over and above to make sure all of us had a great time, felt comfortable and made the most of our time in the area - Thank you both! Loved the camping nights but mixing it up with the comfort of a hotel was definitely a good idea. The included activities were good (rafting, pontoon boat, glacier experience, ...) and the optional ones were plentiful and for all tastes and budgets. The itinerary was well thought, with a good balance between being on the road and getting to do things/explore the area. Personally, I would have skipped the horseback ride and maybe spend some more time in Whistler, but otherwise, the itinerary was great and came back home feeling that I really got to know the area. I also felt well informed at all times and even when we had to alter the itinerary due to the flooded houseboat or road closures due to the smoke, the options provided were equally enjoyable. The transport was good and having our own bus was definitely helpful and saved us lots of time. It felt very safe too. Can't really say anything bad about this trip. I decided to do it because I wanted to spend time in nature and reconnect with myself. I definitely managed to do that but I also had lots of laughs with the group, conquered a few challenges, learned new things and met some great human beings along the way.
    West Adventures Inc. commented on this review
    Dear Lucia, Thank you for such a lovely review. We are thrilled when we hear someone enjoyed their trip this much...it's what makes us want to come to work each day. Perhaps we can welcome you back to another part of Canada or Latin America one day in the future. Thanks, Tanya and the West Adventures Team
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  • ÚO
    Written on August 23, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    I would highly recommend this brilliant tour! Although the scenery was incredible, the real highlight for me was the wildlife. We were very lucky on our trip to see so much wildlife - black bears, moose, elk, deer, muskrat, marmot, chipmunks, ptarmigans, squirrels, etc. The accommodation is roughly 50/50 camping and hotels. Be aware that you are camping - it's not luxury! But personally, I found the camping to be very comfortable & so enjoyable & preferred it to hotels. The hotels, although basic, are clean, comfortable and have everything you need, which was perfect for me. Our tour leader, Grace & driver, Dorothy were very organised & well-prepared for camping & cooking. Grace led the preparation of lovely meals every night we were camping & there were plenty of supermarket stops to get your own snacks. The tour itinerary was well-organised by West Adventures & was as described. Grace was very knowledgeable & gave practical advice & tips for the free days. She was an excellent tour leader & Dorothy was a lovely driver. There was a wide variety of extra activities available over the course of the trip, particularly in the national parks. Some of these could be quite expensive but if your budget doesn't extend to these, a lot of the free things such as the hiking were every bit as good, if not better, in my opinion. Recommendations: *It can get very cold some nights (& I went in August!) so bring thermal leggings/tops, warm mid-layers & warm outer layers as well as a warm cap for sleeping in. I had plenty of layers (up to 6 some nights - I'm a cold creature!) & was quite cosy! *I also hired a warm sleeping bag, pillow & pillow case from W.A.. which I would recommend. *Bring your own pillow case or a plastic bag to keep the pillow clean during day-to-day transport. *Bring rain-proof pants & rain jacket - it would be useful hiking or in the evenings tipping around the campsite if it's raining. *Get involved in the activities! Some days I felt tired but the early starts were so worth it! We were well-rewarded with wildlife encounters & stunning scenery. *I booked this tour through the Tour Radar website which falsely stated at my time of booking that there were only 3 spaces left (W.A. never claimed this.) In fact, there were only 4 guests on my tour which I thoroughly enjoyed as we had a smaller SUV/car type vehicle rather than a bus & I personally prefer fewer people. Overall, a wonderful experience & I would highly recommend it!
    West Adventures Inc. commented on this review
    Dear Úna, It was our pleasure having you with us to see Western Canada. We are thrilled you enjoyed it so much and hope you take with you excellent memories. Thanks also for the great suggestions; we are always looking for ways that we can improve our trips and customer service. Best regards, Tanya and the West Adventures Team
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  • NB
    Written on August 13, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    The trip was really fun overall but it could have been better. We werent informed in advance that the houseboat wouldnt be available even though it had be damaged and would not be useable again for some weeks after our trip. The replacement boat trip was fun but not really similar. Equally it seemed unfair to us that our bus driver couldnt be present because the boat owner had brought a family member along. Also, we twice had 2 night stays in a hotel with only one bed available. The other "bed" being a sofabed (which in the Banff hotel was terrible). This equally wasnt mentioned in advance and only told to us on arrival at the hotel. So then instead of the comfort we were expecting we then had to toss a coin or come up with some system for choosing who gets the bed. It would be good if you mentioned in advance that the hotels dont all have 2 beds. Then we also had the problem of getting stuck in Revelstoke for 5 hours while the bus we had just switched to had its radiator replaced. That was pretty annoying given that we'd just switched from a bus that worked perfectly well. And then we also had an unplanned stop in a car park later to wait for the brakes to cool down... Other than that, its hard to be too disappointed when surrounded by that kind of beautiful scenery. It really did blow me away. and i appreciate that we saw so much while getting a little bit off the beaten track. Our guide Grace was well versed on local info and had a good collection of brain teasers to challenge us on the longer drives. Dorothy our driver did a great job too.
    West Adventures Inc. commented on this review
    Thanks for your candid review, we do appreciate you sharing any and all areas we can improve in. The situation with the houseboat was very unfortunate as information to us from the repair shop kept on being hopeful and in the end they found more damage due to the storm that battered it. Unfortunately with the volume of camping equipment that was needed for the remainder of your trip after Revelstoke we needed to provide a larger coach, which is why we had to switch vehicles. We may have been able to continue the trip without fixing the radiator on the coach however the Rocky Mountains are very rough on vehicles, especially in that heat and we did not want to take the chance of your group being stranded in some random place. We also chose Revelstoke to fix the radiator as you were already about 4 hours ahead of schedule having overnighted there, which meant your arrival time in Lake Louise was not impacted much, but we are very sorry that it had to be impacted at all. We are very pleased you enjoyed the trip and the destination overall. Best regards, Tanya
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  • RB
    Written on August 13, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Fantastic trip with a great bunch of people. Loved the camping and our very full, yet flexible itinerary. Highlights would have to be canoeing/camping at Clearwater & Moraine Lake at both dawn & dusk. I really appreciated our guide Grace’s organisation & enthusiasm & Dorothy’s safe driving and caring manner.
    West Adventures Inc. commented on this review
    Thanks Rosemarie, we are thrilled you enjoyed your trip and are so excited you will be joining us again to visit Vancouver Island. I will definitely share your comments with Grace and Dorothy! Thanks, Tanya
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  • PF
    Written on August 9, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    This was a really good tour, there isnt much in the Rockies that we would have missed, the itinerary was just right, some places could have used a little more time, but thats for a later trip now i know its there to discover. There is a lot of ground to cover on this one, so bring a book for the bus (but always keep one eye on the scenery). The camping was fun, but note it can get cold at night even in summer, and your trip notes need to tell you to bring a roll up sleeping mat to insulate you from the underneath (you get a blow up mattress which is a nice bit of luxury, but needs the mat too). Hotels were a very good quality, above the standard expected for these small group tours (Intrepid! take note...). Scenery everywhere, as expected. Meals when camping were hearty and plentiful. Camp sites in National Parks were relatively basic, with hot showers, and often the rattle of distant trains to use as your morning alarm. Comfortable well kept bus/transport. Co operative and helpful guides. Fun activities included...rafting, horse riding, glacier walk, mineral spa, canoeing... Oh and did i mention the scenery, worth repeating again...and again.
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  • A
    Written on August 7, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Great tour to experience the fantastic outdoors of British Columbia and Alberta. Having a mixture of camping and hotels was good. Camping was comfortable and West Adventures have all the equipment needed to make it comfortable. The out door activities are for you to choose for yourself and accommodates all different intensities and interests so that was also good. Will recommend it :)
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  • British Columbia & Rocky Mountains Spectacular reviewer 8
    Written on August 6, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip had been on my radar for a while and I am so so pleased I did it - it was worth every penny and every second. The itinerary was great - really well thought out, the food was brilliant - who knew you could do some much good food on a camping stove?! The guide was just lovely - even though it was her first time on the trip, Grace dealt with everything enthusiastically, effortlessly and professionally. It was great to get to know her and her love of the outdoors really shone through. The included activities were great - great to get out your comfort zone and really engage with nature, and also nice that they are included in the price. There are too many highlights to mention really, but favourite was the house boat, Whistler, Lake Peyto and all the magnificent hiking trails we all conquered - there was something for everyone. And, you can't beat the scenery - nothing else like it! The group was fantastic - I've done many of these groups trips now and I can honestly say this was one of the best groups I have had. I enjoyed everyone's company and as a group we really bonded - which is just so important on a group trip like this. West Adventures have really thought of everything and I would absolutely, highly recommend this trip, and West Adventures. Thank you for such a great experience!
    West Adventures Inc. commented on this review
    Hi there Amy! Thank you so much for taking the time out to give us such a fabulous review, we really appreciate that! It's so exciting for us to hear that all of the aspects of the trip were enjoyed so much. We will be sure to pass on your feedback to Grace. We hope to see you again soon! The West Adventures team!
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  • C
    Written on August 5, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    What a fabulous trip I had with my daughter & myself on the BC & Rocky Mountains Spectacular trip with West Adventures I was hesitant at first if this trip was suitable for me as it combined camping & hotel accommodation & had a few adventures that took me out of my comfort zone. I had nothing to worry about the balance of camping and hotels was perfect as it allowed the opportunity to get back to nature and to have a few days of luxury as well . The great feeling of satisfaction from stepping out of my comfort zone to go white water rafting, hiking, kayaking and to sleep out in the wildness are memories that will last a lifetime. The trip was well organised, the guide Leah & driver Taylor were fabulous ,accommodation to all our needs ,providing us with plenty of delicious meals ,keeping us safe ,taking us to amazing places and sharing the love of their country and local knowledge to us along the way . The breath taking views from the Lower Thompson River, the overwhelming beauty of the lakes - Louise, Mirror, Agnes, Moraine, Emerald, Maligne, Peyto & Bow will be forever sketched in my mind as well as the majestic mountain tops of Whistler, Blackcomb, Banff, Jasper and along the Icefield Parkway. This trip was way beyond my expectations with a scenic route that showed us the overwhelming beauty of BC & the Rocky Mountains along the efficient and helpful staff that provided lots of opportunities to admire nature and its abundance of wildlife. On my return to Australia I have been asked would if I do the trip again that way & the answer is YES , looking forward to travelling with you again .Thank you also to Graham & Tanya and wishing Ron all the best with his venture.
    West Adventures Inc. commented on this review
    Hi Cherie! We are so happy that you had such a great time!!! Thank you so much for taking a moment to give us such great feedback and well wishes, that is appreciated so much. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards The West Adventures team
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  • T
    Written on July 28, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Leah and Taylor were great guides on the trip, helping everyone to be comfortable at all times, while also engaging us in conversations about what we wanted to do most during our visit. I had not expected meals to be so nutritious (on a camping trip), and was very satisfied at the quality of meals prepared throughout the trip, despite there having been too much cheese in every meal for some people's liking. The itinerary also seems well planned to have not more than 4h of driving a day, which was great and allowed everyone to do the activities they most wanted to do at the hotspots such as Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper, and Whistler. It was a bummer that the houseboats were damaged in a storm a week before, so that we could only board a pontoon to somewhat aimlessly wander around the lake for a few hours - but this was all made up by Leah and Taylor's great find for a dinner picnic spot in a secluded recreational area spot right next to running water and a waterfall! I would however have given the glacier and skywalk tour on the Icefields Parkway a miss, as they seem to be tourist traps despite the tour being highly educational. I did wish we could have had more time on the other sites along the way such as Bow Lake and Peyto Lake were very picturesque. There also appeared to be some hiccups along the way with the booking of hotels (with breakfast), and transportation - but Leah and Taylor took these in their stride and were great in making sure everyone got what they needed. All in all - it was certainly a good experience, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone else who wanted to have a good mix of nature through camping, while still breaking up the camping a little to allow you to have some time to relax/chill comfortably and also get the chance to do some laundry!
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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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