Arrive in Calgary. Get a good sleep, you have a full schedule starting tomorrow!
Days 2 & 3
City tour of Calgary, Canada’s cowtown on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Drive to Kananaskis Country, where you will sleep two nights. Spend a day hiking and exploring the Rocky Mountains.
Days 4 & 5
Visit spectacular Banff and Lake Louise in the heart of Canada’s first national park. Visit historic and natural sites and get a sense of Canadian culture. Then drive one of the most beautiful highways in the world – the Icefields Parkway. Walk on the Athabasca Glacier and above Sunwapta Falls. Spend time in Jasper, then cross the Continental Divide into British Columbia. Hike the trail that leads to Berg Lake, where Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, drains it glaciers. Rest well both nights in the shadow of Mt. Robson.
Make your way through the Columbia Mountains and across the Cariboo Plateau to the rodeo town of Williams Lake, where you will spend the night. This is your last sight of crowds for a while!
Days 7, 8, 9
Cross the Fraser River and climb up to the Chilcotin Plateau, an untamed land of ranches, native settlements and solitude. Drive deep into the Coast Mountains to a ranch and practice your best “Yee haa!” while horse riding. Enjoy the quiet solitude while on hiking excursions and sitting around campfires under the stars.
Follow the Chilcotin Highway to Bella Coola through the spectacular Tweedsmuir. The Bella Coola Valley is a gem of natural beauty within the Central Coast of British Columbia .You'll enjoy the Bella Coola valley on various hikes.
All day ferry boat cruise through the fantastic Discovery Coast Passage. Along quiet fjords, dense rainforest and snow covered peaks we travel towards Port Hardy. Overnight in Port Hardy or on the Ferry.
You will travel to Campbell River, where a floatplane will take you to the Grizzly Bear Lodge on Minstrel Island. We enjoy the view of the Coast Mountains, channels and fjords as they pass below. Land at Sailcone's Grizzly Bear Lodge on Minstrel Island, the center of the Knight Inlet wilderness area.
Get up early and head out to the Johnstone Strait, the summering grounds of the Orca [Killer Whale]. The boats are small boats with only a maximum of 4 guests per guide. You will cruise the area observing pods of these magnificent mammals and with a little luck you’ll get to see their cousins, the Minke and Humpback Whales. Another day of diving Bald Eagles, Sea Lions, Seals, Black Bears and the magnificent White-Sided Dolphins. After a beach lunch or boat picnic there is more exploring, wildlife viewing, and, if you inclined, some fishing.
After coffee and breakfast you are off to our boat again with your guide. You will travel the shores of Knight Inlet, a spectacular scenic fjord, to Glendale Cove where you ride the Grizzly Bus [Aug 26-Oct15] up to the salmon spawning channel. Here you can photo huge Grizzly Bears as they feed on these fish using dives, scoops and plunges to trap their prey. Trips before August 26 view the grizzly bears interacting and feeding in the estuary and on the beaches near the river.
In the morning you can enjoy the area around Minstrel Island in your sea kayaks before you have to leave this magnificent place with tears in the eyes. You are flying back to Campbell River from where you are heading to your next highlight: Tofino in the Pacific Rim National Park.
Hike along the wild Pacific shore and marvel at the bountiful sea life. Many optional trips are available: sea kayaking, surfing, fishing, whale watching—or you just relax at the beach.
You are leaving Tofino early in the morning and approaching your last stop on Vancouver Island: Victoria the capital and colonial heart of British Columbia. Walk along a waterfront preserved of all its historical charm.
Passing through the scenic Gulf Islands, ride another BC Ferry back to the mainland. Often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver’s relaxed, west-coast lifestyle extends from its beaches, through its varied, tree-lined neighbourhoods, along it cosmopolitan downtown, and up its towering mountain slopes. Sleep well, as your dreams replay the last three fun-filled weeks.
Enjoy a final look around Vancouver, the host city of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and take those last photos. Hope we’ll see you again!