Magic of the Canadian West
Canada, Discovery, 14 days - from £1,995 (land only) - from €2,695 (land only) - from $3,320 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive Calgary. Rendezvous at the group hotel. Evening free. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel.
Day 2: We meet our guide and have a trip briefing over breakfast at the hotel. We then have a 2 hour drive to Lake Louise where we hike the Big Beehive trail. We stay overnight at a hostel in Lake Louise.
Day 3: Driving to the trailhead at Moraine Lake, we hike to Sentinel Pass (2611m) and back. We then return to our hostel in Lake Louise. Approximately 4 - 5 hours walking with 730 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 4: Our third hike out of Lake Louise is to the Iceline Trail. We have a 1 hour transfer to the trailhead at Takakaw Falls from where we make a return hike of around 6 hours with approximately 725 metres of ascent and descent. Afterwards, return to our hostel in Lake Louise.
Day 5: A spectacular day of driving (6 - 7 hours and 240km) on the Icefields Parkway to reach the town of Jasper. We will break the journey with a short (2 hour) hike, either up to Parker Ridge or on a section of the Willcox Pass trail. Arriving in Jasper, we check into the International Hostel.
Day 6: After a transfer (1 hour) to the trailhead at Maligne Lake, we hike up to Bald Hills (2300m). This hike will take around 5 - 6 hours for the return trip and involves approximately 550 metres of ascent and descent. After the hike there is the option (at extra cost) to take a cruise to Spirit Island on Lake Maligne. We return to Jasper for the evening.
Day 7: Today we head for British Columbia, driving for approximately 4 hours and 320km through Valemont to Clearwater. En route we stop to make an easy level walk of around 1.5 hours to Overlander Falls. Continuing to our destination, we check into cabins at Clearwater Valley Resort.
Day 8: We have a 1 hour drive to the trailhead in Wells Gray Provincial Park where we start our hike to Trophy Mountain Meadows, a round trip of around 5 - 6 hours with approximately 900 metres ascent and descent. After our hike we drive back to the cabins at Clearwater.
Day 9: In the morning we make a visit to Helmcken Falls, the fourth highest waterfall in Canada (141m). In the afternoon, we drive for around 6 hours and 425 km to Whistler. Here we check into our hostel accommodation and the rest of the evening is free to enjoy Whistler.
Day 10: After breakfast we drive to Squamish where we hike the first peak of Stawamus Chief (4 hour with 500 metres ascent / descent). We then continue to North Vancouver where we have an overnight in a hotel.
Day 11: We take the ferry across to Vancouver Island. We have a walking tour of the city and some free time to explore on our own before checking in to International hostel in the heart of the old town.
Day 12: Starting the day with a drive of around 2 hours to Port Renfrew, we then hike for around 4 hours (10km) on the Juan de Fuca coastal trail. Afterwards we return to our Victoria accommodation for the evening.
Day 13: We take the ferry back to mainland Vancouver. The afternoon is free to explore the city and in the evening we have a farewell dinner. We stay tonight in a hotel close to the airport.
Day 14: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.
Note: The above itinerary is for the first departure (MCR.1) which runs from Calgary to Vancouver. The second departure of this holiday (MCR.2) will run in reverse from Vancouver to Calgary. All the activities and accommodation are the same for both departures.