Western Canada. Incredible mountains, gold rush towns and valleys of dinosaurs

Price
$2530
+ flight to Edmonton and back home
Duration
13 days

What you get

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

Western Canada. Incredible mountains, gold rush towns and valleys of dinosaurs

The country of immigrants and stunning natural beauties. We will see all the most interesting in the once Wild West!

  • Enjoy fabulous views of snow-capped peaks and crystal clear lakes in Banff and Jasper National Parks 
  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Jack London tales in the gold rush town of Barkerville
  • Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs in Drumheller, one of the largest dinosaur cemeteries in the world
  • Feel like the first Ukrainian emigrants in real houses, churches and schools of migrants of the 19th century
  • Watch herds of American bison, deer, roe deer and even bears

Trip code
CANP

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 27 August, Sat
$ 2530
Individual Tour
You can choose your date

Day 1 - 2

Edmonton Ukrainian cultural heritage village Towns of Mander and Vegreville

We arrive in Edmonton, the provincial capital of Alberta and the northernmost of Canada’s largest cities. We check into a hotel and begin our group trip to Canada with a walk in the center of the city, founded by British fur hunters in 1795. We also take a sightseeing tram that connects two vibrant areas of the city and runs along the highest part of the High Level bridge. We try local specialities - Caesar cocktail and french fries in a viscous cheese sauce. Let`s enjoy dinner at one of the ethnic restaurants - from Italian and Chinese to Ethiopian!

The next morning, we leave for the village of Ukrainian cultural heritage (1 hour on the way). This open-air museum houses the homes of the first Ukrainian immigrants in Canada. There is, for example, the house of the first "official" Ukrainian in Canada - Iwan Pylypiw, who arrived in 1891 aboard the Oregon ship. His family was engaged in farming and managed to earn considerable capital.

We leave for the town of Mander, founded by Ukrainian settlers. At one time, only Ukrainians inhabited it, and a huge monument to sausage became the symbol of the town. We are heading to another Ukrainian town of Vegreville. Almost half of its population is Canadian Ukrainians. We will explore the historical streets, the railway station built in 1930 and see the second largest monument to Ukrainian Easter egg in the world. In the evening we return to our hotel in Edmonton.

Day 3 - 4

Cycling in parks Fort Edmonton Park St. Anne lake Bisons of Elk Island Park

In the morning we rent bicycles and enjoy a ride through the park of William Hawrelak, named after the mayor of Edmonton of Ukrainian origin. We drive along the lake, and then on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River. We reach Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest history museum. Here we learn about the past of the city, which grew out of a colonial settlement on the banks of the river. In the museum we will see, for example, the dwellings of the Indians of Canada and the architecture of the city, recreated from photographs of the 1920s. On the way back we stop for a picnic in a picturesque place. On this day we will cycle for maximum of 20 kilometers. 

We continue our group trip to Canada and the next day we go to the lake of St. Anne (1 hour on the way). Before the Europeans arrived in Canada, the local Indians considered the lake sacred and believed that a huge monster lived in its depths. Nearby is the temple which boasts a unique combination of local authentic and Christian symbols. After lunch we drive to Elk Island Park, where we can see a large settlement of beavers and American bisons (1.5 hours on the way). We continue our guided tour to Canada and return to Edmonton. In the evening, you can visit one of the city’s many museums, or go to the water park.

Day 5

Dinosaur Park in Drumheller Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Early in the morning we leave for Drumheller by minibus (3.5 hours on the way) to visit the famous Dinosaur Park, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is located in the midst of multi-colored rocks, and became famous as one of the largest dinosaur burial sites in the world. These mysterious huge animals lived here millions of years ago. In Drumheller, scientists discovered the remains of dinosaurs of 58 different species. We will visit the museum, and then explore the hills around it. In some places, dinosaur remains can be seen imprinted in stones ... 

Next we head to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology with interactive sensory elements where we can observe the work of scientists. This museum is known for one of the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils - more than 500 dinosaurs of 39 species! We will also explore the walking paths and see the bizarre landscapes of badlands and rocks. Anyone cannot help but wonder what this area looked like when dinosaurs lived here?.. In the evening we head to Calgary (1.5 hours on the way), where we check into a hotel to continue our guided tour to Canada.

Day 6 - 7

Calgary Tower Waterton National Park Hot springs of Rocky Mountains

After breakfast, we continue our small group trip to Canada and head to the observation deck of the Calgary Tower to view the city from 190 meters. Next, we leave for Waterton National Park (3 hours on the way) where we will explort the Red Stone Canyon. Our route will go along the bed of a mountain river, and red rocks polished by the fast current will surround us. Very beautiful! In the evening we get to the observation deck to look at these beauties from a height. Breathtaking! We check into a motel for the night. 

We continue our small group trip to Canada and in the relax by the waterfall, and then travel to the Rocky Mountains (6-7 hours on the way). After a long trip, a stop in the valley of hot springs will be very welcome! First we walk along the trails, and then relax in the warm water. We spend the night at the hotel.

Day 8 - 9

Banff and Jasper National Parks Athabasca Falls Lake Louise

When they talk about the natural beauties of Canada, they mean, first of all, these places - Banff and Jasper National Parks. Two days we will spend in the most beautiful spots of the country, admiring picturesque lakes, waterfalls and canyons. First, we will sit in silence on the shores of Lake Louise. Is it true that the mountain opposite the lake makes a noise, as the Indians believed?.. The views here are amazing, and the water in the lake is clear, emerald in color. We will go along the small paths to the waterfalls and to the Pyramid and Maling lakes. 

We will see the caves and Athabasca Falls. It carries meltwater from the glacier, and the water here is turquoise. Who knows if our children will be looking at these beauties? The glacier is melting... We hike to the Columbian Glacier on the border of the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Along the way, we will meet wild animals that inhabit these lands. There is a high probability of encountering deer, mountain goats, roe deer, and even bears. We will spend the night in a small hotel.

Day 10 - 11

Город золотоискателей Баркервиль Национальный парк Стейн Велли Нлака-Памукс

Early in the morning we leave for the gold rush town of Barkerville (6 hours trip). On the way we enjoy the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. We check into one of the houses of Barkerville. This town is the only historical park in Canada where you can stay for the night. We walk around the city and enjoy the atmosphere of the gold rush that began here in 1858. Seekers of yellow metal from all over America came here, building simple wooden houses. By the beginning of the next century, almost all residents left Barkerville. The last locals left when the provincial government decided to turn Barkerville into a museum. 

The next day we will spend on the road to Vancouver (approximately 9 hours on the road) where we will continue our guided tour to Canada. On the way we stop for a two-hour walk in the valleys of the Stein Valley Nlaka-Pamuks National Park. In the evening we arrive in Vancouver and check into a hotel.

Day 12 - 13

Vancouver Suspension Bridge Park Grouse Mountain

We will spend the day in the Suspension Bridge Park, strolling over the canyons and enjoying the fragrant air of the bay. Next - even more beauty. We walk to the top of the Grouse Mountain (1 hour walk, or 15 minutes by bus) to admire views of the city and the bay, which melts into the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean. We take a bus from the mountain and take a ferry to our hotel (1.5 hours on the way). 

The next day, if you have time before flying home, you can walk around Vancouver yourself to understand why it is regularly called one of the most comfortable cities in the world! It also boasts the largest Chinatown in all of Canada. Our group trip to Canada has come to an end. Thank you for exploring 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

A boat trip in Edmonton
Price: + $25
A river trip in Edmonton which lasts approximately 1 hour.

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