A Canadian Adventure

A Canadian Adventure

A full two-week tour of Canada offers the chance to explore its most extraordinary sights, travelling from east to west by train, seaplane and water taxi. Discover the jaw-dropping landscapes of mountains, glaciers and rivers in the Canadian Rockies, speeding across Alberta and British Columbia aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. Then, hot-foot it to Sonora and Vancouver Island, spending your days on whale and bear safaris, excursions by Zodiac or kayak, and revel in the natural beauty of Canada’s West Coast. Finally, finish up in Vancouver for urban delights and a day trip to the North Shore Mountains, promising a fitting finale to your grand Canadian adventure.

Calgary, Alberta
    DAY 01

    Calgary – Banff


    Fly from London to Calgary where, on arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Banff, Fairmont Banff Springs. Take the rest of the evening at leisure and settle into this regal mountain retreat.
    Moraine lake panorama in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
      DAY 02

      Banff


      Begin your Canadian adventure with a guided tour of Banff, a wonderfully scenic mountain town at the foot of the Rockies. You’ll be whisked off to the most outstanding highlights today, from Bow Falls to Tunnel Mountain Drive, Hoodoo’s to Surprise Corner, culminating with a gondola ride up to the peak of Sulphur Mountain where you’ll be rewarded with stunning 360-degree views.
      banff, alberta
        DAY 03

        Rocky Mountaineer Train – Kamloops


        Early this morning a private transfer will take you to Banff Rail Station, ahead of your journey to Kamloops aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer. Let the train take any strain as you zip through the breathtaking scenery of Alberta and British Columbia, looking out through large glass windows at the mountains, rivers, lakes and glaciers beyond. Travelling in Goldleaf class, you’ll be treated to a hot breakfast and lunch on board, before the train pulls into Kamloops where you’ll check into a local hotel.
        Train Canada Banff
          DAY 04

          Rocky Mountaineer Train – Vancouver


          Hop aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for the final time and last leg of your journey to Vancouver. Once again, the seriously stunning Canadian landscapes will accompany you along the way, from the Rainbow Canyon, with its kaleidoscopic rock walls; to Hell’s Gate, a narrow gorge where the Fraser River gushes through with dramatic force. Finally, the bucolic pastures of Fraser Valley. Upon arrival in Vancouver, transfer to the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel at Coal Harbour.
          Vancouver, British Colombia
            DAY 05

            Vancouver – Sonora Island


            Today a seaplane or helicopter ride will carry you from Vancouver Airport to Sonora Island, less than an hour northwest of the city, where you will spend the next few days unwinding on the magical shores of Desolation Sound. Check into Sonora Resort, a five-star eco-lodge on the waterfront that invites you to fully relax amidst nature, with all delicious meals (plus drinks) and fun activities included throughout your stay here.
            Kayak, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
              DAY 06

              Senora Island


              There are so many excursions available at Sonora Resort, from kayaking to river rafting and much more besides. Today then, why not opt for a hike on one of the Discovery Islands, to get your bearings in this all-natural wonderland? After a Zodiac boat ride – during which you might witness resident wildlife like porpoises and seals – walk through an ancient, towering cedar rainforest, a magnificent place to behold indeed
              Grizzly Bear, Alberta
                DAY 07

                Senora Island


                Another day to revel in the delights of Desolation Sound, perhaps opting for a grizzly bear tour, fishing, golf, stand-up paddle boarding, archery or a nature safari. You might also like to pamper yourself in the spa, play tennis, go for a dip in the heated pool or enjoy games at the lodge, soaking up Sonora Island’s pristine scenery all the while.
                Campbell River
                  DAY 08

                  Campbell River – Tofino


                  Bid farewell to Sonora Resort and make the journey by water taxi to Campbell River on Vancouver Island, where you will be collected by SUV and transferred to Tofino. Your home for the next few days is the Wickaninnish Inn, sprawled on the rocks above the Pacific Ocean; a dramatic setting flanked by an old-growth forest and beach.
                  Tofino Bay
                    DAY 09

                    Tofino


                    Today’s tour gets you up close to the black bears of Pacific Rim National Park, a quintessential Canadian experience! Aboard sturdy Zodiac boats, your guide will navigate the waters of Clayoquot Sound, spying these mighty creatures from the water and watching as they hunt for elusive fish.
                    humpback whale tofino
                      DAY 10

                      Tofino


                      More animal safaris to come, as you embark on a thrilling whale-watching tour. Heading back to the Clayoquot Sound, your guide will identify the best spots for catching sight of grey and humpback whales, as well as sea lions, shore birds and bald eagles, for the chance to see the iconic marine life of Vancouver Island up close.
                      Coal Harbour Vancouver
                        DAY 11

                        Tofino – Vancouver


                        Transfer to Tofino Airport for a flight to Vancouver, where you will be collected and taken to your city hotel, Fairmont Pacific Rim. Spend the rest of the day at leisure – you could relax in the resort spa, go for a swim in the rooftop pool, or head out for a stroll along Coal Harbour, right on your doorstep.
                          DAY 12

                          Vancouver


                          Get under the skin of Vancouver on a guided tour, exploring the top highlights of this ever-attractive Canadian city. Discover Vancouver’s cosmopolitan side by visiting its diverse districts, from Downtown to Chinatown, Gastown to Yaletown, and witness the significant Totem Poles of Stanley Park. Dip into the market at Granville Island, pass English Bay Beach and enjoy panoramic views from The Lookout too.
                          English Bay, Vancouver, British Columbia
                            DAY 13

                            North Shore Mountains – Vancouver


                            Having acquainted yourself with the city, today you can venture further afield to the North Shore Mountains. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is an astonishing feat of engineering that towers 70m above the Capilano River; walk along its 140m-long path through the treetops, before continuing to a salmon hatchery and the Skyride to Grouse Mountain, for spectacular views and the opportunity to visit their important wildlife refuge.
                            Plane
                              DAY 14

                              Vancouver


                              Transfer from your hotel to Vancouver Airport ahead of your flight back to London, and home.