Magic of the Canadian West
- Between the Rockies and Vancouver Island
- Hiking above Lake Louise
- Snow peaks, high meadows and coastal forest
- The Helmcken Falls and Trophy Mountain Meadows
- The cities and towns of the Canadian West
Travelling across western Canada, this 2-week adventure takes us to some of the most famous locations in the Canadian Rockies. With private transport and mostly hostel and cabin accommodation, we include a scenic walk of up to 6 hours duration on several days. Firstly, from a base beside beautiful Lake Louise, our hikes take us to Sentinel Pass (2611m) and on the Iceline Trail. Heading north-west towards Jasper, we stop off to make the short ascent to Parker Ridge for spectacular views across the amazing Columbia Icefield. Crossing into British Columbia, we walk up to flower-strewn Trophy Mountain Meadows and to the dramatic 140-metre Helmcken Falls, before spending a pleasant evening in the laid-back ski station of Whistler. Then, after a visit to Squamish, we cross the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and complete this magical holiday with an excellent coastal hike on the Juan de Fuca Trail.
Is this holiday for you?
This holiday is a ‘discovery tour' of the Canadian West which aims to see as much as possible of the region's highlights. Consequently there are a couple of days when we will be driving for 6 - 7 hours, although these drives will be broken with visits and short walks at various places of interest en route. There is no element of serious trekking in the holiday but it should be noted that there are several days where we will be hiking up to six hours. All the hikes are moderately paced but will involve a reasonable amount of ascent and descent on some days. It is possible to opt out of any of these hikes if a free day is preferred. In order to create a high value holiday, the accommodation used on this tour will be a mix of hotels, hostels and campground cabins.