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UniqueNovaScotia

Unique Nova Scotia

Full of rich history and interesting local culture. Visit Nova Scotia to enjoy the serenity, stunning landscapes and wildlife.

Highlights Include

  • Halifax
  • Fundy National Park
  • The Cabot Trail

Itinerary

1

Halifax

Welcome to Halifax - Nova Scotia’s provincial capital.

Centred around the picturesque waterfront, this attractive city full of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants and sidewalk cafes.

Highlights: Halifax Harbour, Citadel ill, Historic Properties, Bedford Basin and Point Pleasant Park.

3

Lunenberg

"62 miles"

Drive south along the Lighthouse Route and stop to visit Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village, and home to the most visited lighthouse in Nova Scotia. Continue on to lively Lunenburg, a unique town in terms of architecture and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Highlights: Birthplace of the Bluenose, built in 1921.

4

Digby

"98 miles"

En route to Digby explore some of Kejimkujik National Park with it’s trails and some of the best canoeing in Atlantic Canada. Digby itself boasts spectacular views of the Annapolis Basin and is also the ferry gateway to New Brunswick as well as offering great Whale Watching.

Highlights: Visit postcard pretty Annapolis Royal.

5

Fundy National Park

"76 miles"

Take the early 3 hr ferry crossing to Saint John, NB and follow the Fundy Coastal Drive to the Park. With its steep coastal cliffs, forest clad hills, and deep rich valleys, Fundy is renowned for its hiking trails, as well as being a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists alike.

Highlights: Walk on the Ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks and witness the highest tides in the world.

7

Summerside

"144 miles"

Continue along the Acadian Coastal Drive via Sackville and Port Elgin and onto the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. On arrival in Summerside visit the stately homes that grace the downtown residential core which were once home to many a wealthy ship builder.

Highlight: Visit Spinakers Landing on the attractive waterfront, bringing the shipbuilding era alive.

8

Charlottetown

"38 miles"

Depart Summerside along the Blue Heron Scenic to delightful Charlottetown, capital of PEI. Enjoy a city tour taking in the sights of Charlottetown Harbour, the Governor’s Mansion and the University of P.E.I.

Highlights: The pretty historic village of Victoria and the Fort Amherst-Port-La-Joye National Historic Site.

10

Tatamagouche

"114 miles"

Continue on through the Hills and Harbours region to Wood Islands ferry terminal. Take the short scenic ferry across to Caribou in Nova Scotia and follow the Sunrise Trail to vibrant Tatamagouche.

Highlight: The old Victorian homes.

11

Baddeck & Cape Breton

"164 miles"

Time to explore the western shore of Cape Breton Island along the Ceilidh Trail. Highlights include the Provincial Parks at Long Point, Port Hood and Margaree Harbour.

Then slowly explore the famous Cabot Trail, one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. The trail winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Explore the 26 miles of hiking trails through mountain and coastal landscapes.

Highlights: The Cabot Trail.

14

Louisbourg

"67 miles"

Continue to Louisbourg, home to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America.

15

Liscomb Mills

"190 miles"

Today the Fleur-de-Lis Trail follows the coastal route to St. Peter’s, where you will join the Bras d’Or Lakes Trail. Cross the Canso Causeway and continue along the Marine Drive, which follows the eastern shore through many picturesque villages and communities.

Highlight: Living history museum of Sherbrooke Village - a re-enactment of life in old Nova Scotia.

16

Halifax/Home

"105 miles"

Depart and take a leisurely drive back to Halifax.


What's included?

  • Direct return flights from London (please ask about other departure airports)
  • 15 nights hotel accomodation and room tax
  • Fully insured compact car hire for 2 drivers
  • A detailed travel pack containing a day by day itinerary, driving instructions, maps and suggested excursions

How to book

Daily Year Round Departures.

We can also offer this itinerary in a wide range of other accommodation types, including superior hotels, character properties and small inns.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

GoingtotheSun

Going to the Sun

Get ready to get off the beaten track and explore the real Canadian and American West. Starting in Calgary, Alberta, you’ll be travel South over the US border into Montana where you will find some of the best scenery in the whole of North America, including the famous ‘Going to the Sun’ Highway. This is also one of the most unspoiled part of America. Although Yellowstone National Park is the oldest National Park in the US, it is still one of the most thrilling.

Leave yourself time to explore each of the towns you’ll be visiting, for they are as much a part of the story as the mountains and monuments. The culture you’ll find out here lends itself to a timeless way of life and fits seamlessly into the landscape.

Highlights Include

  • Calgary
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Glacier National Park
  • Going to the Sun Highway
  • Missoula
  • Coeur D'Alene
  • Lewiston
  • Nez Pierce County
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Butte
  • Helena

Itinerary

1

Calgary

Calgary is an attractive and dynamic city situated on the banks of the Bow River and close to Alberta’s majestic Rocky Mountains. The City is young and modern, having recreated itself from regional town to major Canadian city over the past 25 years.

The downtown core is a mass of modern steel and glass high-rises built during the oil boom of the 70’s and 80’s. Crisscrossing downtown is the ‘Plus 15’ walking system – a series of interconnecting, enclosed sidewalks, which are at least 5m above ground. In total there are 47 bridges and 12km of public walkway that link downtown stores, four malls and office buildings to protect pedestrians from the weather.

Well worth a visit is the Calgary Tower. This building is a landmark and symbol of the city. The 191 metre tower houses a revolving restaurant, an observation gallery and at the top a cocktail lounge. These offer spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, Olympic Park and the Saddledome as well as the city itself. Eau Claire Market is a colourful indoor market filled with stalls and speciality shops and restaurants.

The Calgary Stampede, held in July, is undoubtedly Calgary’s best known visitor attraction and features a large parade and a world class rodeo. Hotel and event bookings at this time are essential.

2

Banff

"80 miles"

Depart Calgary early after breakfast as the beautiful drive ahead of you is stunning, as you leave the rolling foothills of the Canadian Prairies and face the spectacular Canadian Rockies.

Spend the rest of today and tomorrow exploring the lovely Mountain town of Banff and the surrounding area. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site and the Banff Gondola, where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley. Enjoy a dip in the hot mineral springs at Upper Hot Springs.

Meantime, in the town itself you’ll find excellent shopping, museums and many cafes, bars and restaurants.

4

Jasper

"179 miles"

Take the short drive from Banff to Lake Louise. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footway to either the lower or upper falls. Continuing on to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake your scenic drive takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. View a never ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks and over 100 glaciers as well as emerald colour lakes. Along the way you will sights such as Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake and Bow Lake with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop. Arrive at the Columbia Icefield for an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier. Leaving the Athabasca Glacier, your camera should be ready to capture the majesty of Athabasca Falls prior to your arrival into Jasper.

6

Clearwater & Wells Grey

"196 miles"

This morning set out for Wells Gray Provincial Park along the scenic Yellowhead Highway and take in the breathtaking vistas of the steep-walled gorges and crashing falls of the North Thompson River. With a full day at leisure in the area, you will find much to see and do with plenty of photo opportunities as you enjoy more beautiful views to enjoy at your own pace.

7

Penticton

"225 miles"

Later arrive at the town of Penticton, which lies at the lower end of Okanagan Lake amidst the lush orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan Valley.

A full day at leisure to explore the stunning Okanagan Valley. Perhaps take a tour of one or more of the regions vineyards or alternatively spend the day relaxing on the beaches of Lake Okanagan.

9

Coeur D'Alene

"258 miles"

Coeur d’Alene is the hub of the Panhandle region of northern Idaho. It is a fun resort town that offers visitors a multitude of activities to enjoy including golf, hiking, biking and water-skiing. Spend some time on the 3,000 ft lakefront boardwalk people watching, or get out on the lake for some water based activities. Take an evening stroll through Tubbs Hill, a beautiful 120-acre wood that offers panoramic views and is a great spot for a sunset. City Beach and City Park are the places to hang out and watch people skating, swimming and playing Frisbee.

11

Lewiston

"116 miles"

A city steeped in history, Lewiston traces its beginnings to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1805, the famed explorer team came to the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers, now the site of twin cities Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkson, Washington. Pick any weekend of the year for your stay: Lewiston has a uniquely dry, temperate climate, ideal for year-round recreational activities. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, swimming, fishing, tubing, canoeing and jet boating opportunities are plentiful - and that's only the water sports. Landlubbers can golf, camp, hike, jog and bicycle. For the truly adventurous, a trip to Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America, is a must. Those who venture into the gorge, via raft or jet boat, will discover 2,500-year-old Native American carvings on the canyon walls. Try your hand at indoor risk with a visit to the Clearwater River Casino. Whether braving the rapids or browsing through pioneer artifacts in the city's museums, you're sure to get a taste of the indomitable spirit of the early American settlers.

12

Missoula

"216 miles"

Surrounded by the Lolo National Forest, Missoula, Montana is known as the “Garden City” for its lush forests and abundant fresh water.

Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness, less than five miles from the city, offers endless mountain trails and bike paths on 61,000 acres of glaciated topography.

Whether you want a walk in the woods or an intense mountain bike ride, you’ll find high mountain lakes, crystal clear waterfalls, hanging valleys, and slopes of sub-alpine fir, pine and spruce leading to open parklands. Be on the lookout for deer, elk, coyotes, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black bears, grizzly bears (rare!), moose, and mountain lions, as well as eagles, hawks, ospreys, and a variety of songbirds. In the park’s northern region, the Flathead Indian Reservation protects sacred lands that were once vision-quest sites for the Salish Indians, so be sure not to trespass.

Learn about Missoula's historic developments and more on an historic walking tour and at the city’s excellent heritage museums.

14

Butte

"120 miles"

As delightful as it is today, Butte began as nothing more than a bunch of mining camps back in the early 1870’s. Then, silver and copper were discovered. This discovery began to bring in a flood of new companies and new people to Butte. By the late 1870’s, a large and bustling city center had emerged – and was growing larger literally by the day. Then, as fate would have it, a fire in 1879 burned down the entire central business district. Following this disaster, the Butte city council passed a law that required all new buildings downtown (known as "uptown Butte") to be built from brick or stone – most of which still stand today and make Butte the historic and unique city it is.

While silver and gold were actively mined in Butte, it was copper that truly put the town on the map - it is estimated that Butte supplied around 1/3 of the copper for the United States in the late 1800’s and the early part of the 1900’s. The most interesting and entertaining way to see the town is to take a narrated tour on the Trolley. You’ll see where miner, scoundrels and famous characters lived, and worked, and made Butte the lively urban center it was.

15

Yellowstone National Park

"167 miles"

Established in 1872 as America’s first national park, Yellowstone is located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and contains natural wonders that must be seen to be believed. In addition to Old Faithful, many of the world’s most incredible hot springs and geysers are located within Yellowstone National Park. Each area of the park has its own unique features. The bubbling, boiling surface of Mammoth Hot Springs appears to be covered with white chalk. Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest, oldest and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas, with few of its features under the boiling point. See the world’s tallest geyser at Steamboat Geyser.

In the Madison Natural Area, thermal action bubbles up in many colors. A one-mile trail takes you through the colorful hot springs and the two large mud pots of the Artist Paint Pots just south of Norris Junction. The Old Faithful Area is where 60% of the world’s geysers share a small space. There are nearly 150 of these thermal wonders within one square mile of Old Faithful.

The Grant Village Area and the Lake Area are both adjacent to Yellowstone Lake, the largest high elevation lake in North America. The bottom of Yellowstone Lake has the same terrain as Yellowstone Park, namely geysers, hot springs. A hot spot at Mary Bay got high as 252F. Formed by erosion rather than glaciation, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River features as an awe-inspiring attraction in Native American lore, pioneer travel accounts, and in early tourist descriptions. Three main falls can be viewed from locations along the Canyon such as Lookout Point, Uncle Tom’s Area, Red Rock Point, Artists Point, and Brink of the Lower Trails Falls.

In order to get the most from your visit, we highly recommend you spend one night in the Mammoth Hot Springs and 2 nights in the Southern half of the Park near Old Faithful or The Lake.

18

Helena

"180 miles"

A short drive today will bring you to Montana's delightful capital city, Helena, home to one of the richest gold strikes - Last Chance Gulch. History has left Helena with a wealth of monuments and architecture. Take a trip on the Last Chance tour train for a quick drive by of Helena's historic areas and enjoy a leisure afternoon enjoying the town and surrounding area.

19

Whitefish & Glacier National Park

"208 miles"

Get ready for some of the most spectacular scenery on earth today, as you head for Glacier National Park. Known to Native Americans as the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World", Glacier National Park encompasses more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and remnant glaciers descended from the ice ages of 10,000 years ago. The result of millennia of geological action is some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. This diverse landscape is home to more than 70 species of mammals including the grizzly bear, wolverine, gray wolf and lynx, over 260 species of birds, including golden eagles, and an incredible variety of plant life. An absolute must while you’re here is the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, truly the scenic drive of a lifetime.

With two days here, you may choose to spend one day exploring nearby attractions. Just over the Canadian border (remember your passport!) is Glacier’s sister park, Waterton Lakes National Park and the site of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The first park of its kind in the world, the Peace Park symbolizes the long-standing friendship and cooperation between Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park. To the west of Glacier National Park is the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, home of the Museum of the Plains Indian. Take the 70-mile self-drive tour of Blackfeet Country, following 15 historical “Blackfeet Trail Tour” markers across the prairie, and you’ll understand why the Blackfeet felt so at home under this big sky. The Museum’s permanent exhibition illustrates the diversity of historic, social and ceremonial arts created by the tribal peoples of the Northern Plains.

21

Lethbridge

"159 miles"

Back in Alberta, Lethbridge had its beginnings with the notorious whisky trade. Fort Whoop-Up, which was located along the Oldman River, was an American trading outpost operating from 1869 to 1874 when the North-West Mounted Police arrived on the scene. A replica of the Fort can now be found in Indian Battle Park located in the river valley.

22

Calgary

"127 miles"

Today you will continue on to Calgary where you will drop off your hire car and fly home.



What's included?

  • Return flights from London (please ask about other departure airports)
  • 21 nights hotel accommodation and room tax
  • Fully insured compact car hire
  • A travel pack containing a driving instructions and maps

How to book

Daily Departures 01 June to 25 September.

We can also offer this itinerary in a wide range of other accommodation types, including superior hotels, character properties and small inns.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

AnIntroductiontoCanada

Canada

Like its neighbour to the south, modern Canada is a spectrum of cultures, and an ethnic mosaic of immigrant groups, as well as the native peoples. Instead of being defined by states, Canada is instead divided into ten providences and three northern territories. Its archetypal vistas of the Rockies’ lakes and peaks, endless forests and the prairies are complimented by equally stunning landscapes in the south west corner, where desert and rainforests lie close together, as well as beautiful fjords and lush orchards in the east.

In most of the southern part of Canada, where the majority of the population lives, spring, summer and autumn are good seasons for road trips. The Rocky Mountains are the exception. The mountain lakes thaw only at the end of May, and a few of them look their turquoise best only after the first week of June. So the season for touring in the Canadian Rockies is shorter than it is in places that are at a lower elevation.

Winter and early spring are a good time to visit for the skiing season. Although the larger cities, like Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver have enough museums, art galleries, theatres and shops to entertain other winter visitors.

With a wide range of regions and provinces to visit and different holiday types to experience, Canada has something to offer every type of visitor.

 

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EasternSplendours

Eastern Spleandours

The ultimate tour of Ontario and Quebec - with the most popular highlights combined in a leisurely itinerary with a selection of hotel categories. Enjoy the cosmopolitan cities of Toronto and Montreal; the charm of Ottawa and Quebec City; be thrilled by the thundering Niagara Falls; relax in the peaceful surroundings of Algonquin Park; explore the pageantry of the mid-19th century military life in Kingston and relax in the Quebec resorts of Chateau Montebello and Mt Tremblant.

Highlights Include

  • Niagara Falls
  • Algonquin Park
  • Laurentians
  • 1,000 Islands
  • Old Quebec

Itinerary

1

Toronto

Arrive into Toronto, collect your car and make your way to your downtown hotel. You have the rest of the day to relax, find your bearings and have an enjoyable meal in the city. Spend two nights in Toronto

Enjoy the day exploring this sophisticated city. Included today is a ride to the top of the CN Tower, offering a spectacular view of the city. Spend some time in Chinatown or stroll, browse and enjoy a coffee whilst watching the world go by in Yorkville.

3

Niagara Falls

"82 miles"

Leave Toronto and travel south towards the famed Niagara Falls. Stop to Explore the charming 19th century village of Niagara-on-the-Lake and if time Permits you could take a tour of one of the popular wineries in the region. From here drive the scenic Niagara Parkway to Niagara Falls.

4

The Finger Lake Region

"166 miles"

From Niagara your journey will take you east through New York State to the stunning Finger Lakes region - one of the area’s well kept secrets. This whole region is made up of several freshwater lakes with pretty shorelines dotted with many impressive wineries and an equal number of good restaurants.

With a solar-powered library, waterfalls, gorges, and an Ivy-League university, lovely Ithaca has no shortage of attractions.

6

Alexandria Bay

"154 miles"

Continue north west along the St Lawrence Seaway to Alexandria Bay and The Thousand Islands. This incredibly beautiful area of 1,600-plus islands was first discovered by French explorers in the 16th century and is now a favourite holiday getaway.

7

Montreal

"154 miles"

Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world and this is reflects in the lifestyle, architecture and, more importantly the food!

Spend time exploring this vibrant city, host to year round festivals with it’s unique combination of French charm and a North American lifestyle.

9

Quebec City

"155 miles"

Spend your day exploring North America's only walled city. Experience the charm of 'Old France', with winding cobblestone streets, quaint boutiques and restaurants housed in buildings over 800 years old. Outside of the walls you can visit the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham and the Museum of Civilization.

11

Trois Rivieres

"78 miles"

Located at the confluence of the Saint-Maurice and Saint Lawrence Rivers, dating back to 1634, Trois-Rivières is the second oldest French-speaking city in North America. With a charming historic quarter Parisian-style cafés, quaint boutiques, and unconventional museum venues it offers breadth of local attractions to be discovered and enjoyed.

12

Ottawa

"203 miles"

Continue to the capital city of Ottawa., where you can visit the Parliament Buildings, the Canadian Museum of Civilization or take a boat cruise along the city’s inter-connecting rivers and canals.

14

Kingston

"121 miles"

Travel west to the historic town of Kingston. Known for its markets and its striking 19th-century limestone architecture, this is a great base for exploring the

St. Lawrence River and its national park. Tour Old Fort Henry, where you can behold the pomp and pageantry of mid-19th century military life.

15

Toronto/Home

"163 miles"

Today you will have a leisurely half day drive back to Toronto. Your tour will end in either downtown Toronto or at the Toronto International Airport.


What's included?

  • Return flights from London (Please ask for other departure airports)
  • 14 nights accommodation and tax
  • Rental car
  • Exclusive documentation package including - maps & personalised itinerary

How to book

Daily Departures 01 June to 30 September.

We can also offer this itinerary in a wide range of other accommodation types, including superior hotels, character properties such as lodges and small inns.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

CanadianRockyMountainAdventures

Canadian Rocky Mountain Adventures

Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, British Columbia's High Country and Coastal regions on this driving tour of Western Canada. You will enjoy a Voyageur canoe excursion in Jasper, a floatplane trip in the Coastal Mountain Range and grey whale watching in Tofino, as well as the spectacular scenery and atmosphere.

Highlights Include

  • Icefields Parkway
  • Vancouver Island
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Lake Louise
  • Banff
  • Jasper

Itinerary

1

Banff

 "80 miles"

Upon arrival in Calgary collect your rental car at the airport.

The two hour drive to Banff is beautiful as you leave the rolling foothills of the Canadian Prairies and face the spectacular Canadian Rockies.

On your second day, take the time to explore Banff, a small town surrounded by one of the most beautiful parks in the world. One of its greatest assets is the accessibility of its natural wonders - most highlights are located close to the road system. For the more adventurous there is an excellent system of hiking trails that lead to alpine lakes, along glacial valleys and to spectacular viewpoints where crowds are scarce and human impact has been minimal. Head to the mountaintop by the Sulphur Mountain Gondola for fantastic views of Banff townsite, Bow Valley, Cascade Mountain and Lake Minnewanka. There are many outdoor activities including canoeing, horseriding and hiking to be enjoyed here and you can always end your busy day with a long soak in the Hot Springs at Sulphur Mountain. When considering hiking in this region, always visit the Banff Visitor Centre at 224 Banff Avenue where staff can advise you on the condition of the trails and any closures.

3

Lake Louise

"37 miles"

Take a short drive to Lake Louise. The actual village is still quite small, with only a few hotels, stores, and a visitor centre. Chateau Lake Louise, situated on the lakes shore, is a tourist attraction in itself and is visited by the millions who come to photograph the lake with Mt Victoria in the background. Rent a canoe from the boathouse and glide through the lake - take care not too fall in as even in August the lake only reaches about 4°C! Moraine Lake, though half the size of Lake Louise is just as spectacular.

For another fantastic view, take the Lake Louise Gondola on the 20 minute journey up the face of Mt Whitehorn to Whitehorn Lodge where you can see Bow Valley, Lake Louise and the Continental Divide. Also from Lake Louise, you can explore to the west of the Rockies into Glacier Park, Yoho Valley, Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake and the amazing Spiral Tunnels, built to keep the trains slow on their descent on the mountains.

4

Jasper

"146 miles"

Today you head towards Jasper on the Icefields Parkway which is 143 miles long. This road takes about 4-5 hours to travel but try not to rush as it is one of the most scenic and inspiring mountain roads ever built. There are 13 viewpoints along the trail -you can collect an Icefields Parkway brochure from the park information centre in Lake Louise. Bow Summit is the highest point along the parkway at 2088m and offers great views of Peyto Lake. The most popular attractions along the parkway are the glaciersthat spill down from the Columbia Icefield. There is an Icefields centre here and you can go up onto the Athabasca glacier either on the Snocoach or on one of the icewalks which offer a 3 or 5 hour walk. Don't miss the Athabasca Glacier Skywalk, a new and exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918 foot drop!

There are other stunning places to visit including, Bow Lake, Sunwapta Falls, Peyto Lake, Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. Basically this journey is one worth starting early so you can be sure of seeing all that you want to.

Jasper itself is located at the confluence of the Athabasca and Miette rivers and is surrounded by the peaks of Jasper National Park. Here you can take the Jasper Tramway up Whistlers mountain for great views of the mountain and valley, visit Maligne Canyon and Lake, relax in Miette Hot Springs, drive out to Mount Edith Cavell - one of the highest peaks in the area, or visit Patricia and Pyramid Lakes.

6

Clearwater/Wells Grey

"197 miles"

Leave Jasper early for your drive to Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park. As you leave Jasper through Mt Robson Park, you will have some fantastic views! Head south towards Valemount and on to Clearwater at the entrance to Wells Gray, British Columbia's third largest provincial park with an area of 520,000 hectares of wilderness with waterfalls, lakes, and the mountain ranges of the Shushwap Highlands and the Cariboo Mountains.

8

Whistler

"261 miles"

Hit the road early today to begin your journey to Whistler. Travel via 100 Mile House to Cache Creek. Here you will make a stop to visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch, which takes you back to the days of the gold rush. Continue your journey south to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail. Departing Lillooet, travel the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler. On the upper elevations of this route you will enjoy breathtaking views of Joffee Glacier and snow capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2596 metres.

Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is a world of tranquil forests, alpine trails, sparkling lakes, aqueous skies and shimmering mountain peaks. It is also one of the most popular ski resorts in the country and a year round playground with plenty to do here in the spring and summer including mountain biking or hiking the alpine trails, zip lining, canoeing, rafting, horseriding etc. The resort's enchanting alpine village is alive with festive entertainment, intriguing shops and European style cafes. Here you can choose from a bounty of recreational activities including riding the Peak 2 Peak gondola, the tallest gondola in the world!

10

Tofino

"231 miles"

Departing Whistler, drive south on the scenic "Sea to Sky Highway" to Horsehoe Bay and your ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The crossing takes approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes and there are four crossings per day. Nanaimo has many fine waterfront restaurants and is an ideal place to stop for lunch, including the Nanaimo Bar which is not to be missed. Take a relaxing stroll around the town - there are marked historical walkways, take a harbour cruise or watch the windsurfers in Departure Bay.  If you really want to remember Nanaimo, the town is home to the Bungy Jumping Park! (It's a great spectator sport even if you do not want to experience it yourself!) Head west towards Port Alberni. Stop in Coombs for a drink and watch the goats graze on the roof of the Old Country Market!. Continue through Pacific Rim National Park to Tofino located on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Another adventure awaits you today, the possibility of viewing the majestic beauty of one of the world's largest mammals ~ the gray whale! The remainder of the day is at leisure to walk along famous Long Beach, try your hand at surfing, take a nature cruise, kayak through the sheltered waters of Clayoquot Sound, visit Hot Springs Cove or just explore this spectacular rainforest region.

12

Victoria

"196 miles"

You will travel back south on the Island Highway to Victoria. Enroute we suggest a stop in Chemainus, famous for it's many murals painted around the town. Just start at the information centre and follow the yellow footprints around the town! Duncan is located just north of Victoria and is known as the city of totems as you will find around sixty totems all over the town. It is also home to the Cowichan Native Heritage Center and is a good place to buy First Nation crafts.

Victoria is the provincial capital and stands at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The best way to explore the city is by foot as all the downtown attractions are within a short walk of each other. Keep and eye out on the horizon for Orca, or book a whale watching trip. Visit the Inner Harbour, Beacon Hill Park, have afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel, and visit the Royal B.C. Museum. The city has well preserved inner city streets lined with well reserved old buildings, trendy shops in restored historic areas and horse drawn carriages to get you around. One of the main attractions is Butchart Gardens - a must see if you are at all interested in gardening.

14

Vancouver

"69 miles"

Depart from Schwartz Bay for the ferry to Tsawwassen. There are usually around 7-8 crossings per day and the crossing takes approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Downtown Vancouver is an intriguing mixture of steel, concrete, mirrored glass buildings, modern sculptures and old-fashioned fountains. There is so much to see and do in the city. You can rent a bike to ride around the Seawall in Stanley Park or try rollerblading if you are feeling adventurous! Don't miss the Flyover Canada - a virtual reality experience which will transport you all around Canada without leaving your seat! This has been described as a 'must do' in Vancouver and will tempt you to explore Canada all over again! Dinner can be taken at the top of Grouse Mountain for a spectacular view of the city lit up at night and you can reach the summit by the Skyride Gondola. You could take the ferry across False Creek to the refurbished Granville Island - the place to be on a sunny day. Here you can shop in the Public Market, walk round the marina, browse in the gift shops or sample some of the local food.
A visit to Lynn Canyon and the suspension bridge is well worth it. Take along your bathing suit and you can have a dip in Lynn Creek after a short walk in the forest.
There will be plenty of time for shopping on Robson Street in its trendy shops and the Robson Public Market.Visit Chinatown - the second largest Chinese community in North America and home to the beautiful and peaceful Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden. No visit is complete without wandering through Gastown where Vancouver started. The brightly painted buildings date back to 1886 and old gas lamps and trees line the red cobblestone streets. There are many galleries, restaurants and gift shops here The Boathouse Restaurant is a great place for dinner, while watching the sunset over English Bay and people watching all the evening strollers. (Strolling in the evening is a local ritual!!)

 

 

Optional add on (Tyax Wilderness Resort)

Add on a 3 night side trip to Tyax Wilderness Resort, a first class outdoor adventure resort located 6 hours south west of Clearwater and 4.5 hours north of Whistler. Stay in one of the spacious rooms or in a cozy lakeside log chalet. You can enjoy horseback riding on trail rides into the high country, excellent fishing, secluded hiking trails, gold panning, mountain biking, volleyball and tennis courts, recreation and fitness rooms, sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi. In their own floatplane you can experience the true untamed Canadian wilderness ranging from flightseeing trips over the vast Bridge River Glacier fields and untamed Canadian Wilderness as well as drop-offs at a remote alpine lake for hiking through the wildflower carpeted meadows and fishing for the hard fighting rainbow trout. Here, at the resort, there is a sandy beach with canoes, row and pedalboats, sailboats and motorboats. On warmer evenings, there might be a BBQ on the lakeshore with campfire and singing cowboy. It is all here, a real Canadian adventure, combined with fine dining and first class facilities.

 


What's included?

  • Return flights from London (Please ask for other departure airports)
  • 15 nights accommodation and tax
  • Rental car
  • Exclusive documentation package including - maps and personalised itinerary

How to book

Daily Departures 19 May to 30 September.

We can also offer this itinerary in a wide range of other accommodation types, including superior hotels, character properties such as lodges and small inns.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

 

 

 

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