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Moraine Lake, Banff, Rocky Mountains, Canada

Highlights of Canada

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

14 Days

Prices Start from

£4,700 ex. flights

Unveiling some of the most visually stunning landscapes of Canada, this adventure journeys from Vancouver Island to Lake Louise. Encompassing self-drive road trips through the Rockies, lake cruises to spectacular islands and one of the world’s most iconic train journeys, this customisable itinerary is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to British Columbia and Alberta.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Moraine lake, Rocky Mountains,Canada 1

Canoe Moraine Lake

Stand on the banks of the world-renowned emerald-coloured lake, perhaps canoeing or hiking.

Humpback whale near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada 2

Whales & Grizzlies

Search for bears and whales on Vancouver Island, and travel with locals by scenic seaplane.

Rocky Mountaineer Train, Canada 3

Rocky Mountaineer

Spend two days on the Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys.

Bow Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff, Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada 4

Icefields Parkway

Drive one of the top routes in the world, flanked by over 100 ancient glaciers.

Why we like it

Combining the ultimate bragging rights of having explored some of Canada’s quintessentially iconic locations with days spent scouting for salmon-fishing grizzly bears, intrepid travellers embarking on this route are rewarded with a jam-packed exploration. Offering everything from trans-mountain rail journeys through the Canadian Rockies to helicopter flight-seeing journeys over aqua-green lakes, this trip can be tailored to suit any activity level or interest. As the route traversed lies in the south-west, where an extremely dense congregation of the nation’s gems are located, nature-loving wayfarers are able to gain a comprehensive and intimate knowledge of this region with comparatively minimal time spent travelling. Using our years of experience and extensive personal travels through Canada, we can curate entirely hand-picked and customised itineraries that are suitable for everyone from solo travellers to honeymooners to families with young children.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Keys:
Internal Flight
Train Journey
  • Days 1-3
    Vancouver
  • Day 4
    Vancouver - Campbell River
  • Day 5
    Campbell River - Knight Inlet
  • Day 6
    Knight Inlet
  • Day 7
    Knight Inlet - Campbell River - Vancouver
  • Day 8
    Vancouver - Kamloops
  • Day 9
    Kamloops - Jasper
  • Day 10
    Jasper
  • Day 11
    Jasper - Lake Louise
  • Days 12-13
    Lake Louise
  • Day 14
    Lake Louise - Calgary
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, Canada
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Canada

Wander Over Water & Climb Mother Nature's Staircase

Journey on foot through the seaport city of Vancouver, uniquely characterised by its conflicting backdrops of snow-capped mountains and sandy beaches. When not sipping your way through the local craft beer breweries, take a gondola ride to the top of Grouse Mountain (or hike its arduous “Mother Nature’s Staircase”), amble around the city on a guided gastronomy tour, or watch an ice hockey match to experience the electric atmosphere of the national sport. We can arrange skip-the-line access to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a remarkable glacier helicopter and kayaking experience, an exhilarating jet ski tour in Howe Sound or even a private sailing boat charter that takes in sweeping views of Vancouver’s majestic skyline.

Grizzly Bear, Canada
Grizzly Bear, Canada

The Salmon Run: Scout for Grizzly Bears

From the comfort of a flat bottom boat, journey to Knight Inlet to navigate its rivers and estuaries in search of the grizzly bears that are synonymous with British Columbia. With the goal of watching them pluck salmon from the rushing water (and the possibility of seeing mothers with their cubs fishing further downstream), travel through the most famous place in all of Canada to see these normally solitary bears in iconic congregation. Set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, this is a remote and wild region that houses the largest concentration of grizzlies in western Canada as well as porpoises, sea lions, minke whales and even orcas.

Rocky Mountaineer Train, Canada
Rocky Mountaineer Train, Canada

All Aboard: Ride the Rocky Mountaineer to Jasper

Be whisked away on one of the world’s greatest train journeys from Vancouver to Jasper, hurtling through lush valleys, winding river canyons and panoramic landscapes on the Rocky Mountaineer. Following the route of the Fraser River, home to the largest salmon run in British Columbia, pass the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate, the shores of Kamloops Lake and the majestic Mount Robson (the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies). Add a gourmet kitchen, tidbit-telling hosts and oodles of sweet mountain air and this journey through Alberta and British Columbia becomes truly extraordinary. If budget allows, consider upgrading to the unparalleled panoramic Gold Leaf carriage with its glass-domed coach, exclusive outdoor viewing platform and luxurious overnight accommodations.

Bighorn Sheep, Banff National Park, Canada
Bighorn Sheep, Banff National Park, Canada
Bow Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff, Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada
Bow Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff, Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada

Drive the Icefield Parkway & Sail to Spirit Island

Explore Jasper and Banff both independently and in the company of an expert local guide, taking a boat trip on Maligne Lake to the world-famous Spirit Island and learning about the local history, fascinating glaciology and unique wildlife species along the way. In a hire car, journey along the 140-mile-long Icefield Parkway, as it winds past alpine lakes and jagged peaks through the heart of the Rockies. Travel to the glittering green waters of Lake Louise, cross the Great Divide into Yoho National Park, and embark on anything from canoeing trips to horseback rides. We can arrange remarkable stargazing experiences in Jasper Dark Sky Preserve, scenic helicopter flights over 900-foot-tall waterfalls and private rafting experiences over the wild white rapids of Kicking Horse.

Kayaking, British Columbia, Canada
Kayaking, British Columbia, Canada

Let the Kids Lead the Way

With its wide open spaces, breath-taking scenery, thrilling outdoor pursuits and extraordinary wildlife, Canada really is an enchanting destination for a memorable family adventure. Whether riding the waves of the nation’s surf capital of Tofino, joining a bobsleigh tour, finding the wild beaches of the Clayoquot Sound or zip-lining over bear-inhabited forests, Canada has plenty to keep the whole family entertained. We can arrange everything from sleepovers at the Vancouver Aquarium to nights spent under canvas in the middle of bear country, creating highly tailored itineraries that consider everything from swapping long drives for seaplanes to selecting wildlife-viewing programmes where the children set the pace.

Sea Planes, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sea Planes, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Suggestion: Flying Safari in British Columbia

Those with more time to spend in the province might consider embarking on a flying safari over British Columbia, which offers a unique opportunity to observe the landscapes from above and have access to remote (and otherwise unreachable) wilderness. Fly by helicopter to remote glaciers and far off alpine meadows, utilising the journey as a vehicle for rare photographic opportunities. Then, just when you might think it is not possible to get any closer to this untapped wilderness, settle in to your own private glamping tent on a mountain peak for a night under the stars with views that stretch for over 40 miles.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Knight Inlet Lodge £££££

  • Canada
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

The Knight Inlet Lodge is located 180 kilometres northwest of the city of Vancouver. The lodge is not accessible by road, thus travel is by floatplane from Campbell River situated on Vancouver Island. A short 30-minute flight brings you to the mouth of the Glendale River and home of the Knight Inlet Lodge. The lodge floats on large cedar log booms and accommodates 26 people in simple rooms, complete with private bathrooms. This remote corner of British Columbia is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in BC and it is not unusual to find yourself amongst up to 50 bears in peak season when the salmon are returning to the river.

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L’ Hermitage Vancouver £££££

L’Hermitage Hotel Vancouver is a 60-room, high-end boutique property, located on the corner of Richards and Robson Street, in the very heart of Vancouver’s shopping and entertainment district. Exclusively located on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors, L’Hermitage offers a range of studios and apartments. ‘Petite’ Boutique rooms feature a king-sized bed and luxurious 4-piece marble bath.

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Moraine Lake Lodge £££££

  • Canada
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Nestled in a spectacular valley, Moraine Lake Lodge is the ultimate getaway for those seeking a luxurious escape in the midst of the beautiful Banff National Park. The philosophy of this lodge is to be in harmony with nature for guests to discover the wonderful experiences on the doorstep.

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Park Place Inn £££££

  • Canada
  • Boutique

Park Place Inn is a charming boutique hotel within easy walking distance of the bars and restaurants of Jasper. The 14 spacious rooms have a homely feel with dark wood floors and traditional features such as clawfoot bathtubs add a heritage feel. Additional facilities include secure underground parking and although there is no restaurant on site, staff are happy to recommend local dining options.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver £££££

  • Canada
  • City

Located downtown in the heart of Vancouver, the Fairmont Hotel is in a prime position close to the city’s shops and restaurants and its vibrant atmosphere. Each of the 556 rooms and suites offers all the luxury and services of a world-class hotel with elegance and charm. Facilities include an indoor pool, health club, restaurant and bar.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge £££££

  • Canada
  • Boutique

This cabin-style resort hotel is located 15 minutes from the townsite of Jasper, on the shores of Lac Beauvert. A village of heritage log cabins connected by pathways ensures the lodge is not imposing in the area. Dotted around a beautiful lake, there is an abundance of activities available on the doorstep. The hotel features nine restaurants and lounges along with a heated outdoor pool and a full spa.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise £££££

  • Canada
  • Boutique

Lake Louise is renowned worldwide for its spectacular emerald blue colour and considered by many to be the crown jewel of Banff National Park. Nearly as famous as the lake, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a feature of one of the most photographed scenes in Canada. This impressive hotel sits on the edge of the lake with breath-taking views of the scenery available from every aspect. Rooms in the hotel offer all the comforts expected with the Fairmont name.

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As always, Paul married his knowledge with our preferences which resulted in a superb trip.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

I could not have wished for a better and more efficient itinerary in terms of both the destinations we visited and how the timing coincided. Plus, the communication from Roxy was excellent throughout.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

Not only is Steppes an excellent organisation, but the friendliness, great advice and superb attention to detail provided by Paul meant that we had a seamless booking experience and a wonderful trip to Canada.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

We had a truly amazing trip and everything was so very well planned by Paul - this trip will be hard to beat.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

Roxy was FANTASTIC at recommending the best place and season to go to see bears in Canada. We saw 47 in total, and 3 of these were up close and personal. Roxy was very professional and helpful, especially when my friends circumstances changed.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £4,700 Per person

When to travel

Canada in January

January is an undoubtedly cold time of year in Canada, with temperatures reaching negative daily. However, visiting during this time can be a good chance to avoid the overwhelming busy times of the festive season and school holidays.

Canada in February

Winter in Canada offers an array of sporting and cultural events both indoors and out. Banff, Whistler and Jasper offer phenomenal ski resorts or perhaps be a spectator of an ice hockey match, arguably the country’s favourite sport.

Canada in March

While March can be a good off-peak time to visit, it is worth being prepared for drastic weather changes. However, this also means lower costs and fewer crowds. The mountains are still open for the ski season and cities are ideal as they are fewer tourists.

Canada in April

April marks the start of spring across Canada, a time to avoid crowds and discover all that the country has to offer with comfortable temperatures on average.

Canada in May

May is a favourable time to visit Canada, with temperatures rising, avoiding school holidays and off-peak rates.

Canada in June

For many travellers, June is the ideal time to visit Canada. Just before peak season, the weather is favourable and most of the trails and seasonal activities will have opened.

Canada in July

Summer in Canada calls for longer days to explore the natural beauty that awaits outdoors whether it’s hiking, fishing or camping. Temperatures average around 25, making cities quite warm but head into the wilderness or by the coast and enjoy the open air.

Canada in August

Summer is considered the peak season with warm temperatures and all attractions open. It is worth noting this time of year can be quite busy as it is school holidays.

Canada in September

As autumn rolls in and temperatures lower, September is a great time to avoid massive crowds and experience all that the country has to offer in comfortable weather. September is also the beginning of the salmon run, a peak time to see the bears fishing.

Canada in October

Temperatures continue to drop in October, also bringing cloudy days and rain. The autumn foliage is in full bloom across the countryside. This can also be a good time to take advantage of off-peak rates, however, it is worth bearing in mind that the weather can vary and some coastal towns will have started to close for the season.

Canada in November

November is a good time of year to visit the cities of Canada. It is too late to view the foliage and a bit too early to skiing yet, but a good time to explore cities across the country, in temperatures averaging 5 degrees.

Canada in December

The build-up to the festive season is in full swing across the country. Snow may have already started, making the perfect scene for ice skating and markets.

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