Price
$3355
+ flight to Edmonton and from Victoria back home
Duration
18 days

What you get

National parks
and Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader-traveler
Tickets
To all national parks
Accommodation
17 nights
Physical grade
Level 2 (easy) out of 5

Canada. Incredible wildlife and main cities of the west

Scottish castle, the largest Chinatown and the village of the first Ukrainian settlers. Ready for amazing wildlife and a unique blend of cultures? 

  • Follow the trail of dinosaurs among the colorful rocks in Drumheller
  • Watch wild whales, killer whales and dolphins in the open ocean
  • Walk on suspension bridges 70 meters above the forest 
  • Explore the Barkerville gold rush town and the most comfortable cities to live in - Vancouver and Victoria
  • Relax by the emerald-colored lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks

Trip code
CANL

The price of the trip includes:

  1. All transportation during the trip
  2. Accommodation throughout the trip
  3. Picnic in Edmonton
  4. Entrance fees to national parks
  5. Professional guding services

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Edmonton and back home. (Let us knos if you need help finding the best deals)
  2. Visa to Canada
  3. Insurance (mandatory)
  4. Rental of bicycles, historic tram in Edmonton and city transport in Vancouver
  5. Entrance fees to museums, small parks and other attractions along the route
  6. Food ($50 per person per day)

Departures

2022
Price
Book
15 August, Mon 01 September, Thu
$ 3355
Individual Tour
You can choose your date

Day 1 - 2

Edmonton Towns of Mander and Vergevil

We arrive in Edmonton, the main city of the province of Alberta, and check into a hotel. After a short rest, we will enjoy a walk in the center and take a sightseeing tram across the High Level bridge. A little more than two centuries ago, these were wild lands, until the British fur traders established their settlement here. Walking in the center, do not try to resist the famous local street food - french fries in a sauce of young cheese. For dinner we head to one of the many ethnic restaurants. And do not forget to order a Caesar cocktail - another highlight of Canadian cuisine! 

You have probably heard that Canada is a country of immigrants. The next day we will be able to feel like the first Ukrainians who arrived in Canada in 1891. We visit the Ukrainian cultural heritage open-air museum (1 hour on the way) and step into the houses of Ivan Pylypiv and other first immigrants from Ukraine, as well as visit the old Ukrainian church and school. After lunch, we will visit two "Ukrainian" towns - Mander and Vergevil. Let`s explore the quiet streets, observe historical buildings, see a huge monument to sausage and the second largest pysanka monument in the world. In the evening we return to Edmonton.

Day 3 - 4

Bicycle ride in parks St. Anna's Lake Beavers and bisons of Elk islands park

After breakfast, we rent bicycles and ride around William Hawrelak park. It was named after the Ukrainian mayor of Edmonton, who was elected to this post three times! We reach the North Saskatchewan River and find ourselves in Fort Edmonton Historical Park. Here we can look at the restored homes of indigenous peoples, learn about the arrival of the first Europeans, and also take a walk among the houses restored from photographs of the 1920s. In the afternoon we return back, stop for a picnic in one of the parks on the way. During this day we will ride bicycles up to 20 kilometers.

The next morning, we leave for St. Anna's Lake (1 hour on the way). Alberta residents love to relax and fish here. And nearby is a very unusual temple of indigenous peoples - with a unique combination of Native American and Christian symbols. After lunch we head to Elk Island Park (an hour and a half on the way). These islands boast huge beaver settlements and we might even meet bisons! In the evening we return to Edmonton.

Day 5

Drumheller dinosaurs park

Everyone has heard about the immigrants of Canada, but what do you know about the dinosaurs that lived here millions of years ago? Canada is also known for one of the largest dinosaur cemeteries in the world! This place is called Drumheller, and we will get there by minibus in about 3 hours. Let`s explore the colorful hills, looking for hints of the mysterious prehistoric creatures in the stones. And some of the rocks here are sheared by the winds in such unusual shapes that they even resemble dinosaurs. 

Next, we head to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. The remains of more than 500 dinosaurs of 39 species are stored here, and we can observe the work of scientists who study these creatures in real time. In the evening we get to Calgary (1.5 hours on the way), and check into the hotel.

Day 6 - 7

Calgary Towers Hot springs of Rocky Mountains

In the morning we get to the observation deck of the Calgary Towers to enjoy a view of the city from a height of 190 meters. In just three hours, completely different landscapes await us - after all, we are going to Waterton National Park to take a walk along the Red stones canyon. It is amazing how the water flow of this mountain river managed to polish these rocks... And the color! Is this bright red for real? In the evening we head to the observation deck and enjoy a spectacular view of the park. We spend the night in the motel.

In the morning we continue our group trip to Canada with a walk to the waterfall, and then for about 6-7 hours travel to the country's most famous national park - the Rocky Mountains. We arrive, check into a hotel, explore some trails, and then relax in the valley of hot springs. What could be better than relaxing hot water overlooking the picturesque mountains?!

Day 8 - 9

Banff and Jasper National Parks Athabasca falls Wild animals

Two days we will spend in the most beautiful places in Western Canada - Banff and Jasper National Parks marveling at the incredible views of the purest mountain lakes framed by peaks covered with snow. A complete disconnection from civilization, crystal clear air and an incredible feeling of being a tiny piece of grandiose wildlife on planet Earth. Let`s walk around the Lake Louise, wander along small paths to the Pyramid and Maling Lake, and even explore the caves. And how about meeting wild animals - deer, mountain goats, roe deer and, possibly, even bears?! 

We will also hike to the Columbia glacier, and to the Athabasca falls, which carries meltwater down the ice field. Each year, this glacier loses depth at a rate of about 5 metres, so our descendants will not be able to admire these views...

Day 10 - 11

Gold rush town Barkerville Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux National Park

In the morning we set off for the museum town of Barkerville (6 hours on the way) to plunge into the world of Jack London's stories and Westerns about gold rush and cowboys. This town was founded in 1860, when a large bar of gold was found nearby by a lucky local. Yellow metal hunters rushed here from all over the continent, building simple wooden houses. We will stay for the night in one of them, and learn more about the gold rush era - the history of the town, methods of gold mining, and even the Chinese who managed to do a good business on gold hunters. 

The next morning we leave for Vancouver where we will continue our group trip to Canada. It will be a long 9-hour drive. On the way, we will stop for a walk among the beauties of the Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux National Park. In the evening we check into a hotel in Vancouver.

Day 12 - 13

Suspension Bridge Park Bike ride through Stanley Park Canada's largest Chinatown Sun Yat-sen's classic Chinese garden

After breakfast, we head to the Suspension Bridge Park for a walk 70 meters above canyons and forests, enjoying the sounds of wildlife and fresh ocean air. Some bridges reach 150 meters in length. Remember those movies about Indiana Jones? The feelings are indescribable! Next, we go to Mount Grouse to enjoy views of Vancouver and the ocean (1 hour walk, or 15 minutes by bus). We get down by bus and return to the hotel by ferry (1.5 hours on the way).

In the morning we will enjoy a bike ride through Stanley Park. We will see the old lighthouse, the bright totem poles of the indigenous peoples, and spend several hours relaxing on the beautiful sandy beach. For lunch we go to Canada's largest Chinatown and then take a walk Sun Yat-sen's classic Chinese garden. The evening is free. You can walk along the narrow streets of the center, see the steam clock, or visit the popular FlyOverCanada attraction - a virtual flight over all of Canada!

Day 14

Granville Island Sunset on the beach

In the morning we will visit the local market and Granville Island. Here you will not see a single chain store - only small shops with local products and handmade souvenirs. For lunch we go to the brewery, where we can not only eat, but also taste different types of local beer. 

We continue our small group trip to Canada and head to the town of White Rock for dinner and a walk along the promenade. Let`s enjoy the views of the sun setting into the sea. We will also see the white stone, which the town was named after. In the past, sailors used it as a guide.

Day 15

Victoria Craigdarroch Castle

In the morning we continue our guided tour to Canada with a trip to the most romantic and the most “British” city of the country - Victoria by ferry (3.5 hours on the way). We check into a hotel, rent bicycles and begin bicycle trip across the Galloping Goose trail. This route is 55 kilometers long and goes along a dismantled railway in the city and far beyond. We will ride through scenic areas through towns, deserted forests and oceanfront promenades. 

In the afternoon we will visit the Craigdarroch Castle Scottish castle of Craidarrock, built in 1880 for the family of a local coal magnate. It boasts antique furniture and unique stained-glass windows. Those who wish can feel like members of the royal family and take a Royal Carriage Tour.

Day 16 - 17

Pacific Rim National Park Wild whales, killer whales and dolphins

In the morning we leave for the Pacific Rim National Park (4-5 hours on the way). This is a vast territory of temperate rainforests on the very shore of the Pacific Ocean. We will walk along the forest paths, relax, listening to the sound of waterfalls, and get rest on the sandy beach. Here you can swim, take a surf lesson, or ride a water taxi to the Meares Island. We walk around the island, examining the highest trees of the province and enjoying the views of the Pacific Ocean. These endless waters stretch all the way to Japan... What a blessing that the local Nuu-chah-nulth Indians managed to protect this island from the government in 1984! 

We spend the night in a guesthouse in the park, and the next day head to the open ocean to watch wild whales, killer whales and dolphins! 

Day 18

The Butchart gardens

In the morning we leave for the Butchart gardens (4.5 hours on the way) - and find ourselves in a flower kingdom. It is difficult to imagine, but until 1904 this was an abandoned limestone quarry. The wife of cement tycoon Jenny Butchart decided to set up a garden here and invited a master from Japan. Now, besides the Japanese garden, it boasts a rose garden, an Italian garden, lakes, fountains and much more! 

You can fly back home from Victoria airport, or take a ferry to Vancouver (3.5 hours on the way) and fly home from there. Our guided tour to Canada has come to an end. Thank you for traveling with us!

Tour leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of average physical grade. It is suitable for people with normal health and older children. We will walk a lot in national parks, and one day we will ride bicycles for about 20 kilometers. Most transfers are short (1-2 hours), but we will also take one trip lasting approximately 9 hours, with a visit to the national park along the way. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels. All hotels there will have wi fi internet.

Visa

Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to enter Canada.

Citizens of the countries who need a visa should apply for it in the Canadian embassy in their country of residence before the trip.

We provide free visa consulting to our clients. 

Additional options

FlyOverCanada virtual ride
Price: + $40
A virtual ride attraction with spherical screen, wind, mist, and scents to enhance the experience.

A seaplane ride above Vancouver
Price: + $180
A seaplane ride above the bays and islands of Vancouver

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