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Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island - Exodus Travels
Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island - Exodus Travels
Good
15 reviews
Starts
Calgary
+14 Destinations
West Coast Canada
Ends
Vancouver
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Highlights

  • Hike to the tumbling Bow Falls
  • Ride a gondola up Sulphur Mountain
  • See elk, caribou, bears, and moose
  • Discover the wonders of Vancouver Island
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Stateroom / Suite
Max Group Size
13
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Adventure, Wildlife, Hiking & Trekking
Start in Calgary and end in Vancouver! With the adventure tour Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Calgary to Vancouver and through Calgary, Canada and 15 other destinations in Canada. Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport.

15 Reviews

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  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 1
    Written on September 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing and diverse active trip with fabulous scenery and wildlife.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Lake Moraine was my trip highlight, I have never seen colours like that anywhere in my life.What did you think of your group leader?She is probably the best tour leader I have ever had.  This was my first exodus trip but I have used many other operators and she by far surpassed my expectations.  She was fun but serious when she needed to be, direct and as helpful as she could be, not to mention strong (a very handy requirement given the weight of my case!).Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Prepare for extreme temperatures at both ends of the spectrum.  When the sun is shining on you it is very hot but otherwise very cold.Is there anything else you would like to add?Just that I couldn't recommend this trip enough.  I have been eager to go to Canada for years now and this trip absolutely met all of my expectations.

  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 2
    Written on January 19, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was a trip through beautiful scenery with a good mix of sights and activitiesWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the humpback whales near Tofino.The drive down the Icefields parkway.What did you think of your group leader?Joanne was very knowledgable about the area, and was good fun.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't take too much luggage - travel light!Is there anything else you would like to add?If you're thinking of doing this trip - then just go for it!

  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 3
    Written on January 19, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was a trip through beautiful scenery with a good mix of sights and activitiesWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the humpback whales near Tofino.The drive down the Icefields parkway.What did you think of your group leader?Joanne was very knowledgable about the area, and was good fun.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't take too much luggage - travel light!Is there anything else you would like to add?If you're thinking of doing this trip - then just go for it!

  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 4
    Written on September 29, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Mountains, glaciers, amazing blue lakes and lots of trees were on offer in abundance. Keep a sharp look-out and you might see bears and elk but you couldn't fail to see the cheeky chipmunks and the ground squirrels. This is just the trip for the outdoor type of person.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The amazing blue Peyto lake and the glacier and mini icebergs (and big fat snowflakes) at Mount Edith Cavell were some of the highlights of the trip. Pre-dawn over the bay with the tide out at Parksville gave us a magical moment. This was an unexpected hotel stop caused by the extra day spent on the ferry from Bella Coola to Port Hardy - sleeping on the floor of the ferry for the night had it's compensations!What did you think of your group leader?Michel was efficient and friendly - he seemed to enjoy the trip as much as we did. He worked hard to pace the days according to the capabilities of the group and was always around for queries and questions. If he didn't know the answers to the questions, then he'd find out or lend us a book with the facts (obscure botanical questions were not his forte).When the ferry captain of the boat between Bella Coola and Port Hardy was delayed at anchor by 20 hours he and the local company worked hard to re-arrange the accommodation. This had to be done several times as the captain changed his mind about the situation and the timing of our arrival in Port Hardy. Michel consulted with the whole group and a joint decision was made to drop the night in Victoria, keeping two nights near Tofino.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?ATMs - make sure you know which banks use Visa and which use MasterCard. The banks in Canada use one or the other and you can waste some time finding a bank which will accept your card. Shops and restaurants will accept either.Is there anything else you would like to add?There was not much cultural content - we learnt more about the first nations and the early history from our own museum visit in Calgary than we did on the trip.

  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 5
    Written on September 28, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Good holiday but quite a lot of travel. The minibus was a little cramped. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Mount Robson without clouds on its peak!!What did you think of your group leader?Excellent - we had to spend 31 hours on the boat fromBella Coola to Port Hardy instead of the expected 11. Michel sorted out our hotels etc very quickly cancelling our hotel in Port Hardy and booking us into another hotel in Parkville. He made a point of consulting us as to what the group wished to do - either spend two nights in Tofino or one night in Tofino and one night in Victoris.

  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 6
    Written on September 6, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    There was a great mix of activity on this holiday. It was a wonderful experienceWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the bears and the whales in their natural habitat.What did you think of your group leader?Good. Very knowledgeable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you have taken suitable precautions for any injuries you may be carrying. Spraining my ankle again meant I couldn't take part in all the activities I wanted to. Is there anything else you would like to add?A really fabulous trip.

  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 7
    Written on September 6, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    There was a great mix of activity on this holiday. It was a wonderful experienceWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the bears and the whales in their natural habitat.What did you think of your group leader?Good. Very knowledgeable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you have taken suitable precautions for any injuries you may be carrying. Spraining my ankle again meant I couldn't take part in all the activities I wanted to. Is there anything else you would like to add?A really fabulous trip.

  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 8
    Written on November 13, 2010
    4.0 - Good

    The trip was a lovely balance of exploring and wildlife.  We covered a great distance in a short space of time but the itinery is very well thought out.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Whale watching in Tofino was totally amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Friendly and knowledgable.  A real character.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take lots of mosquito repellent!Is there anything else you would like to add?I highly recomend this trip to anyone.

  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 9
    Written on November 13, 2010
    4.0 - Good

    The trip was a lovely balance of exploring and wildlife.  We covered a great distance in a short space of time but the itinery is very well thought out.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Whale watching in Tofino was totally amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Friendly and knowledgable.  A real character.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take lots of mosquito repellent!Is there anything else you would like to add?I highly recomend this trip to anyone.

  • Canadian Wildlife & Vancouver Island reviewer 10
    Written on July 21, 2009
    5.0 - Excellent

    My husband and I recently returned from our first Exodus holiday and will definitely be booking further trips in the future as we enjoyed it so much. It was an excellent introduction to the phenomenal scenery of British Columbia and Western Alberta.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It is difficult to choose one particular moment as there where so many fantastic experiences! The whale watching at Tofino and the fantastic scenery of the Icefields Parkway were possibly the most memorable.What did you think of your group leader?Our guide, Eric Poulin, was brilliant. He is very experienced in outdoor pursuits such as trekking, climbing, camping etc. He is very knowledgeable about the country, the flora and the fauna and we felt very safe in his care. He is well organised and kept us to schedule. He took us to some excellent restaurants for evening meals and cooked us delicious lunches! He is also great fun and kept us entertained with his funny stories. We couldn't recommend him highly enough. Excellent. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The Exodus booklet advised us to take money in the form of traveller's cheques whereas we have always previously used ATMs to withdraw cash from our bank accounts. As it was difficult to exchange the traveller's cheques I would recommend you take your bank card.Is there anything else you would like to add?We were very fortunate in that there were only 5 holidaymakers on our trip - below the normal minimum required for the trip. We therefore had plenty "elbow room" on the minibus and ample space to store our luggage in the back of the van. I think we may have felt quite crushed if the full complement of 12 travellers had been in the van for the long journeys which are inevitable in a country the size of Canada.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Calgary.
  2. Day 2: Banff National Park and Canmore
  3. Day 3: Banff N.P.; walk at Lake Louise.
  4. Day 4: Drive along Icefields Parkway; to Jasper N.P.
  5. Day 5: Hiking in Jasper N.P. with fantastic views
  6. Day 6: To Mt Robson; optional river safari; to Spruce Hill Ranch.
  7. Day 7: Spruce Hill Ranch
  8. Day 8: To Tweedsmuir Provincial Park; Anahim Lake; optional canoeing excursion.
  9. Day 9: Hiking in Tweedsmuir; to Bella Coola.
  10. Day 10: Optional activities in Bella Coola.
  11. Day 11: Ferry to Vancouver Island through the rich marine environment of the Inside Passage.
  12. Day 12:
  13. Day 13: Bear spotting boat trip; afternoon optional activities available.
  14. Day 14: Travel to Victoria; city tour and free time.
  15. Day 15: Ferry to Vancouver; explore city; end Vancouver.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,656 km.
  • Calgary (Canada)
  • 107 km
  • Banff (Canada)
  • 46 km
  • Moraine Lake (Canada)
  • 1 km
  • Valley of the Ten Peaks (Canada)
  • 10 km
  • Lake Louise (Canada)
  • 33 km
  • Bow Lake (Canada)
  • 7 km
  • Peyto Lake (Canada)
  • 165 km
  • Jasper National Park (Canada)
  • 60 km
  • Mt Robson Provincial Park (Canada)
  • 242 km
  • Williams Lake (Canada)
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