Campbell River | Mount Washington Alpine Resort | Tofino | Hot Springs Cove | Victoria
Discover an ocean-carved land of extremes ranging from mild to wild, cultured to life-affirmingly raw. Ride through majestic wilderness parks and Alpine Resorts. Marvel at orcas, black bears and the sheer abundance of furred, feathered and finned wildlife. Gaze at distant snow-capped mountains while splashing barefoot along softly curving beaches. That’s Vancouver Island and that’s why it’s on our itinerary.
The Island stretches for 460 kilometres, from the ornate colonial capital of Victoria in the south to Cape Scott’s windswept beaches and rocky headlands at its northern tip. Along with the Gulf Islands, this rugged paradise combines old-growth forests, snow-capped mountains, and untamed shorelines to create one of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems. Experience world-class whale watching, bird watching and fishing or just let your worries drift away in the waves of the Pacific.
It’s all about National Parks…. Mount Robson, Banff & Jasper National Parks and Icefields Parkway
Mount Robson is considered the most prominent mountain in North America’s Rocky Mountain range and is the highest point in the Canadian Rockies located entirely within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Robson Provincial Park. Neighbouring Jasper National Park in Alberta is the largest in the Canadian Rockies and contains some of the Columbia Icefield as does Banff National Park. Both Jasper and Banff National Parks are connected by, what is widely considered as one of the world’s most scenic mountain routes, the Icefields Parkway or Highway 93; a 230km long mountain road running through the heart of both national parks.
Lake Louise is world famous for its turquoise lakes, the Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop, palatial hotel, and incredible hiking and skiing. Surrounded by a lifetime’s worth of jaw-dropping sights and adventures, Lake Louise is a rare place that must be experienced to be believed.
We’ve deliberately scheduled this tour to coincide with the infamous Calgary Stampede; an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Organized by thousands of volunteers and supported by civic leaders, the Calgary Stampede has grown into one of the world’s richest rodeos, one of Canada’s largest festivals, and a significant tourist attraction for the city.
The ten-day event, which bills itself as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world’s largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing, and First Nations exhibitions.
The event’s roots are traced to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. In 1912, American promoter Guy Weadick organized his first rodeo and festival, known as the Stampede. He returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honour of soldiers returning from World War I. Weadick’s festival became an annual event in 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.
Other Highlights include:
Whale watching in Tofino, Yellowhead Highway, South Thompson River, Lake Louise, The Continental Divide, Takkakwa Falls, Golden Pass, Rogers Pass, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Rock Creek, Whistler, Campbell River-Alert Bay (Comorant Island)