- From wild Pacific beaches to emerald lakes, a great summer trip through British Columbia and Alberta
- Vancouver & Vancouver Island, Whistler, Jasper and Banff: a diverse journey against a backdrop of magnificent nature
- FlyOver Canada, panoramic views, whale watching, lake cruise: already planned
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YOUR WESTERN CANADIAN ADVENTURE
ITINERARYYour journey begins in Vancouver, a seaside city that blends modernity and Native American heritage. Big parks, shopping, lively neighbourhood life... It's regularly voted one of the world's most 'liveable' cities. A quick ferry ride to Vancouver Island, whose wild landscapes are less than two hours from Vancouver's skyscrapers. The island is home to the most magnificent fauna: bears, orcas and whales off the coast, birds of all kinds. In the southern part of the island, the huge wild beaches, steep cliffs and surf spots make the fishing villages of Tofino and Ucluelet among the most coveted places in North America. The island is also home to Pacific Rim National Park, whose mossy rainforests gently emerge from the morning mist. Your journey then continues on the mainland: after a stop at the high-end mountain resort of Whistler, head to Alberta and the Glacier Parkway, one of the most beautiful scenic roads in the world, winding between Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise, revealing snowy peaks are reflected in breathtakingly beautiful lakes, stopping at the small, up-market mountain villages.
ON YOUR CANADIAN ITINERARYTo make sure you don't miss anything essential in all the cities and places you visit, we've staked out an itinerary of 100% natural highlights. The itinerary includes tickets to FlyOver Canada, Grouse Mountain and Capilano Park in Vancouver, three places to take in with your own eyes. You'll take a whale and orca watching cruise on Vancouver Island, and in Jasper, a cruise on Maligne Lake - one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies. In Banff National Park, climb Sulphur Mountain (by cable car) before hiking around the park. For any last-minute advice or needs, you can get in touch with our local Concierge team.
Flight to Vancouver
Private transfer and a three-night stay in downtown Vancouver in a comfortable, modern hotel appreciated for its convenient location and attentive service. The city's main attractions, including Stanley Park and the waterfront, are within easy reach. The hotel's restaurant and cocktail bar are high-quality, and the surrounding area is full of great places to eat and drink.
Two full days to discover the city (including the second with a hire car), stretched between the bay and the mountains, a city whose natural setting and trendy cosmopolitan atmosphere are immensely seductive. Not far from your hotel is another, the Hotel Vancouver, whose architecture (1929-1939) is typical of the grand Canadian railway hotels. At the foot of the hotel lies the neo-Gothic Anglican Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver's oldest church. And for fans of contemporary architecture? There's the Vancouver Public Library (Moshe Safdie, 1995). It's a few blocks west of Gastown, where the sawmill that gave rise to the town was located. The old, renovated warehouse district along the harbour is a must-see. To the northwest lies Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of cedar and fir trees. The people of Vancouver have an exceptional natural refuge here. To the south, Granville Island. The formerly industrial island has recently evolved into a welcoming neighbourhood. Come here from downtown by water taxi to take a walk, do some shopping, see a show or an art exhibition and, above all, fill your tote bag with food and handicrafts at the Public Market.
Included in the itinerary - FlyOver Canada. See Canada's incredible landscapes, coast-to-coast on this remarkable flight simulation. The hemispherical screen and the special effects that accompany the projection create a breathtaking illusion: it feels like you're flying, the wind is blowing, you can smell the sea and the forest... but it's an illusion. It's an amazing experience as much for its technical prowess as for its splendid imagery. Also planned: visit Capilano Park and the walk on its suspension bridge 230ft above the river, as well as Grouse Mountain, north of the city, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Vancouver and its surroundings.
Optional - A 'tasting tour' through the city, from food truck to food truck.
Vancouver - Ucluelet (Vancouver Island)
Ferry crossing to Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, then drive to the west coast of the island. The Pacific Rim Highway (or Highway 4) cuts across the island from Port Alberni Island to Tofino, across the Mackenzie Mountains and through the Pacific Rim National Park, with its immense age-old forests and wild beaches popular with surfers. Continue on to Ucluelet, a charming fishing harbour and a favourite whale- and bear-watching spot. Less famous than its neighbour Tofino, Ucluelet is also less crowded during the tourist season. Spend three nights in a charming wooden chalet with views of the harbour or the Pacific Ocean.
Ucluelet, Vancouver Island
Two more days to explore these lands at the end of the world, and to explore Tofino and Ucluelet, two small ports on the edge of the wild Clayoquot Sound. From here, watch whales from a boat or floatplane, surf at one of the famous beaches, or just walk and enjoy the view.
In the itinerary - A whale-watching cruise off Vancouver Island. Accompanied by a nature guide, sail between Alaska and the Sea of Cortes, discovering Barkley Sound and encountering the local seals, otters, sea turtles and birds.
Don't miss - To take measure of Ucluelet's remarkable natural environment, a five-mile trail runs along the coast, offering breathtaking views.
Optional - Small boat trip to watch black bears from the sea - kayaking in the still waters of Pacific Rim National Park.
Whistler - Clearwater
Start a new day in the wilderness, from one panoramic route to another, to Clearwater, gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park. The park's single road is a 45-mile dead end, but it offers you the chance to admire the park's many waterfalls, including the spectacular Helmcken Falls. Eagles soar over coniferous forests populated by moose, bears, and mountain lions; salmon brave Bailey's Falls; beavers dam up the rivers... Overnight accommodation in large log cabins and cottages on lake Hallamore.
Eagles soar over coniferous forests populated by moose, bears, and mountain lions; salmon brave Bailey's Falls; beavers dam up the rivers... Welcome to Canada's wild, intense heart, the destination for outdoor activities such as canoeing, rafting, climbing, hiking and riding.
Optional - Raft the Clearwater River.
Clearwater - Jasper
Drive to Jasper via the Yellowhead Highway, which continues to Tete Jaune Cache and the entrance to Mt. Robson Provincial Park, watched over by Mt. Robson (12,972ft), the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Yellowhead Pass marks the entrance to Alberta and Jasper National Park. Accommodation for three nights in a comfortable, modern hotel in central Jasper. The heated indoor swimming pool, spa and steam room are particularly popular.
Spend two more days in the pleasant little resort town of Jasper. Located just north of Banff and linked up by a beautiful road, Jasper National Park is the largest in the country.
Included in the itinerary - A cruise on Maligne Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Rockies, surrounded on one side by pine-covered hills and on the other by snow-capped peaks reflected in the vibrant turquoise water. At the heart of the lake is Spirit Island, a wild islet straight out of a postcard, where you can take a short walk.
What to see and do in the area - The Miette Hot Springs - Patricia, Pyramid, Annette and Edith lakes - all manner of water sports and activities...
Optional - Tickets for the Jasper SkyTram, a dizzying cable car with exceptional views of the valley.
Lake Louise - Banff
A quick, picturesque drive to Banff via the Trans-Canada Highway, a road coiled beneath Castle Mountain and Temple Mountain; an opportunity, perhaps, to surprise moose roaming through the forest. Two-night stay in Banff, a luxurious resort at the heart of Canada's oldest national park, in a big, warm lodge hotel all in wood and stone.
The pantheon of Rocky Mountain fauna - grizzly bears, moose, sheep, white-tailed deer, and mountain lions - bear witness to the symbiotic relationship between this majestic little town and popular tourist resort and its wild forest environment. Needless to say, hiking takes on an epic dimension here... The national park offers skiing, rafting, and natural hot springs.
Included in the itinerary - Tickets for the cable car to the summit of Mt. Sulphur, where the ridgeside hiking trails start. This is also where you can find the hot spring baths.
Also to be experienced - Cruise on the crystal clear waters of Lake Minnewanka, where the Rocky Mountain peaks are reflected in a flattering profile - at the end of the day, grab a drink at the Banff Spring Hotel, an architectural gem of the late 19th century.
Optional - A helicopter flight over Mt. Assiniboine on the British Columbia/Alberta border.
Banff - Calgary - Return flight
Drive to Calgary through the Great Plains, home to ranches and stark landscapes. Return your hire car to the airport and catch your flight home. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
A la carte
A 'tasting tour' through the city, from food truck to food truck, meeting the chefs and artisans who have made a name for themselves in Vancouver: Japadog (Japanese-style hot dog), fish tacos, chocolate biscuits... The perfect trip for the itinerant gourmand.
BLACK BEAR WATCHING
Hop into a small boat and cruise along the sea shore, watching the black bears descend from the woods to feast on the abundant crabs and molluscs. You'll also see a wealth of sea birds, and perhaps the occasional bald eagle or sea lion.
KAYAK THE PACIFIC RIM
The calm, sheltered waters of Ucluelet are excellent for a pleasant sea kayaking trip. A trip to the Pacific Rim National Park archipelago, exploring wild beaches, lagoons and diverse wildlife: seals, eagles, anemones, starfish...
RAFTING THE CLEARWATER RIVER
Come face to face with the Clearwater River along a nine-mile stretch of Class II to IV rapids. Follow it up with a short hike to the Kettle, an awe-inspiring set of Class VI (non-navigable) rapids.
Optional - Intermediate level
Mount Assiniboine is located on the British Columbia-Alberta border. Standing at an 11,870ft, it is the highest peak in Banff National Park. From a helicopter, you can appreciate Mount Assiniboine and its glaciers in their natural splendour.
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