Grizzly Bears at the Sanctuary

From Canada's West Coast to the Canadian Rockies

One of our Most Popular Journeys, Full of Variety and Fascination

From sea to sky – this trip has it all! Traveling by car, train and ship you go from Vancouver, the pearl of Canada’s west coast, to Victoria on Vancouver Island, then north to take a ferry to Prince Rupert, before heading east to experience the best of the Canadian Rockies. Along the way we offer dozens of carefully-curated activity choices - to help you experience the beauty and wildness of this most spectacular part of Canada in your own best way. Our inside experts are standing by to help you co-create your own best story.

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  • Trip length

    16 days

    15 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Vancouver, Victoria, Telegraph Cove, Prince Rupert, Prince George, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Calgary
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

Breathtaking Beauty Every Day


From the pristine fresh air wafting in from the Pacific Ocean, to the incredible vistas of sea and mountains that greet you daily, this journey is one to refresh your heart and spirit. And to share the experience with your friends and family is truly to create memories for a lifetime.

Spectacular Cities & Quirky Small Towns


Vancouver is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded as it is by ocean and mountains. You’ll also visit Victoria, famous for its gardens and its English feel. Then there are the smaller, quirkier places – Telegraph Cove, Port Hardy, Prince Rupert, Jasper and Banff – each place has its own unique character.

Daily Activity Choices, to Suit Every Taste


We offer an extensive array of daily options to help you experience this journey in your own special way – from a city walking tour to a grizzly bear expedition; from a canoe trip to a ride in a motorcycle and sidecar.

And, of course, if these activities are not quite what you dream of, our friendly Canadian insiders are standing by to help you co-create your trip of a lifetime.

YOUR TRIP
DAY-BY-DAY

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Arrive in Vancouver

Vancouver is a vibrant and exciting city with a welcoming vibe. Today you arrive in Vancouver and a private transfer takes you directly from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure, so take a walk around Stanley Park, check out some of the quirky shops and art galleries or contact your Vacation Advisor to arrange a tour of your interest.

Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport

(1 of 2 activities)

Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver orients you to the city as you drive in.

Dinner in Vancouver

(2 of 2 activities)

We've included dinner tonight at one of our favourite restaurants in Vancouver.

Overnight in Vancouver

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as The Loden. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 02

Explore Vancouver

Enjoy Vancouver with an activity today. With a mild climate and so much to do, it’s no wonder people flock to this beautiful west coast city!

Vancouver and the North Shore Tour

(1 of 3 options)

This is the best way to visit the main attractions and neighbourhoods of Vancouver in one day. Tour along the scenic harbour and through the historic areas of downtown Vancouver. Visit the totem poles at Stanley Park, browse art galleries and shops at Granville Island, walk along the Capilano Suspension Bridge and learn about the Pacific Salmon at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery.

The Grand Vancouver Bicycle Tour

(2 of 3 options)

The bike is a Vancouverite's preferred mode of transport. With an extensive cycle lane network, this tour highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, and culture. Visit the Stanley Park seawall, savour a snack at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.

Squamish Sea to Sky Sightseeing Tour

(3 of 3 options)

This small group bus tour will allow you to enjoy the views along the Sea to Sky Highway as you journey to each tour destination. Visit the quaint seaside village of Horseshoe Bay before taking a ride on the stunning Sea to Sky Gondola. Feel the spray from Shannon Falls, British Columbia’s third highest waterfall, before ending your day at Britannia Mine Museum.

Day 03

Vancouver to Victoria

The quaint seaside city of Victoria is located on beautiful Vancouver Island, and today you travel to the Island to visit it! The city offers a fascinating blend of West Coast culture and British charm.

Whale Watching Tour to Victoria

(1 of 3 options)

There's no better way to spice up your southbound journey from Vancouver to Victoria than by combining it with a little whale watching. As you travel through the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, search for the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters!

Ferry and Coach Transfer to Victoria

(2 of 3 options)

Enjoy a comfortable motorcoach transfer from Vancouver to Victoria today, including a 90-minute ferry ride offering spectacular views and ample opportunities for wildlife sightings, as you pass through the Gulf Islands and Strait of Georgia.

Flight from Vancouver Coal Harbour to Victoria

(3 of 3 options)

Today you’ll enjoy a seaplane flight from downtown Vancouver Coal Harbour to Victoria. Your flight will take you over the Gulf Islands and Howe Sound as you cross the water to the Island.

Overnight in Victoria

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Magnolia Hotel. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 04

Discover Victoria

Victoria has much more to offer than initially meets the eye. We want to ensure you get to discover the city’s hidden treasures with an activity today.

Victoria Hiking Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Find yourself standing above a fjord taking in the stunning views of the Gowlland Range, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains on this hiking tour. At the end of the hike, you'll be at a viewpoint worth bragging about!

Victoria Harbour Urban Kayak Tour

(2 of 3 options)

During this relaxing guided tour of Victoria's Inner Harbour, you’ll get a chance to see the bustling activity of seaplanes, ferries, boats coming and going, all with the stunning BC Legislative Building and the historic Fairmont Empress as your backdrop. You may also encounter eagles, herons, river otters, seals and seagulls.

Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria

(3 of 3 options)

Enjoy exploring the Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site, with your admission included. The tour leaves at various times throughout the day from the Fairmont Empress kiosk with multiple return departures from the Gardens. The choice is yours.

Day 05

Victoria to Telegraph Cove

Today you start your adventure to the beautiful northern part of Vancouver Island. The culture and history of the Indigenous people become to come alive as you find yourself getting more immersed in the local happenings and small towns you pass through along the way.

Intermediate Sized Car Rental

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes loss damage waiver and unlimited mileage.

Overnight in Telegraph Cove

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Telegraph Cove Resort. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 06

Discover Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound

Explore the magnificent wilderness an scenery that surrounds you ask you wake up to the amazing views at Telegraph Cove. Enjoy a tour today to explore the array of wildlife set away from the disturbances of civilization.

Grizzly Bear Expedition

(1 of 1 activities)

Get up close and personal with British Columbia’s grizzly bears on this intimate and immersive wildlife watching experience. Enjoy the majesty of the coastal mountains as you explore spectacular inlets to find grizzly bears, all from the safety and comfort of a viewing boat.

Day 07

Telegraph Cove to Port Hardy

The drive today is short, giving you the opportunity to discover the quaint fishing town of Port McNeil and take a short ferry ride over to village of Alert Bay. Alert Bay not only offers a tranquil setting and spectacular views of the strait, it is rich in Indigenous history. After a day of sightseeing you will drop off your car in Port Hardy and prepare for your Inside Passage ferry tomorrow.

Overnight in Port Hardy

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Quarterdeck Inn Marina and Resort. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 08

Port Hardy to Prince Rupert – The Inside Passage Ferry

Inhale the fresh clean air on the deck of the ship as you admire the views along the Inside Passage. Lush green coastal mountains, thick old-growth forests, tranquil grey-blue water and perhaps even a soaring hawk or eagle - this unspoiled scenery will captivate your imagination.

Ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, with Aurora Lounge Seating

(1 of 1 activities)

Cruise through the world-famous Inside Passage aboard a well-appointed vessel. Take in the rugged and beautiful scenery of coastal fjords and mountains as you relax in the Aurora Lounge. Watch for wildlife around the ship and remote First Nations villages tucked into bays along your route as you make your way from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert.

Overnight in Prince Rupert

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Crest Hotel. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 09

Explore Prince Rupert

There is plenty to discover in this Northern BC town! Prince Rupert is the land, air, and water transportation hub of British Columbia's North Coast. The sheltered harbour is the deepest ice-free natural harbour in North America, and the 3rd deepest natural harbour in the world. Prince Rupert is the starting point for many wildlife viewing trips.

Wildlife Viewing Tour in Prince Rupert

(1 of 2 options)

On specific start dates, you have the option of venturing into the Khutzeymateen Wilderness in the heart of the protected Great Bear Rainforest by boat for grizzly bear or whale watching. Please inquiry with your Vacation Advisor for seasonal availability when you call.

Privately Guided Canoe Trip

(2 of 2 options)

Enjoy a privately guided canoe trip to explore the rugged and unspoiled waters of Prince Rupert. You will find yourself surrounded by mountains and pristine vistas while exploring shorelines and learning about the rich history of this area.

Day 10

VIA Rail - Prince Rupert to Prince George

Today you begin your two day train experience onboard the VIA Rail Skeena Train. Enjoy the untouched landscapes rolling by your window as you make your way to the northern city of Prince George where you spend the night in a hotel.

Skeena Train to Prince George - Touring Class

(1 of 1 activities)

Board VIA Rail's Skeena train in Prince Rupert and travel to Prince George today. Great stretches of wilderness, lakes, and rivers are punctuated by small settlements, farms and sawmills. Wildlife such as bear, moose, elk, deer, wolves, coyotes, eagles, hawks and seals may be seen during the trip, depending on season and chance. You will be seated in a spacious, reclining seat in the Panorama Dome car. Hot and cold meals will be served at your seat. Enjoy access to the Park car, offering additional space to relax and enjoy the panoramic views.

Overnight in Prince George

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Coast Inn of the North. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 11

VIA Rail – Prince George to Jasper

Continue your train journey toward the Canadian Rockies. The Skeena Train has large windows perfect for viewing the rugged peaks and dense green forests all around you. Sit back with a cup of coffee and admire the views. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and spend the night in the small mountain town of Jasper, a quiet retreat surrounded by pristine alpine wilderness.

Skeena Train to Jasper - Touring Class

(1 of 3 activities)

Continue your train journey toward the Canadian Rockies. The Skeena Train has large windows perfect for viewing the rugged peaks and dense green forests all around you. Sit back while enjoying your included meals and admire the views.

Intermediate Sized Car Rental

(2 of 3 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes a GPS, loss damage waiver, unlimited mileage, and one additional driver.

Discovery Parks Pass

(3 of 3 activities)

We've included an unlimited pass to Canada’s national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.

Overnight in Jasper

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 12

Discover Jasper

Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper. It's been called the gentle giant of the Rockies and this small mountain town offers visitors a more laid-back mountain experience - with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation.

Jasper Motorcycle Sidecar Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Jasper's alpine passes and winding mountain roads, on a professionally-driven Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar.

Privately Guided Nature Walk

(2 of 3 options)

Explore the wildlife, alpine meadows and magnificent views on a privately guided walk/hike - with one of Jasper’s most knowledgeable mountain guides.

Maligne Lake Cruise & Jasper SkyTram Admission

(3 of 3 options)

Enjoy scenic views from the Jasper Skytram as well as a leisurely cruise on Maligne Lake.

Day 13

Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise

Today journey along the world famous Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. It's one of the most scenic stretches of highway in North America! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as you make your way through the Canadian Rockies.

Dinner at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

(1 of 1 activities)

This evening you’ll relax and refresh with an indulgent dining experience. Surrounded by spectacular lake views, savor a 3-course meal at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Glacier Helicopter Tour

(1 of 3 options)

From the Icefields heliport, you'll soar over the spectacular Cline Pass at 2900 m (9000 ft.). This heli tour is full of natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls, including amazing sights you can only see by helicopter.

Afternoon Athabasca Ice Walk Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Enjoy a glacier adventure on an ice walk with short stops along the trail. Learn more about active glaciation and understand the features you are seeing. There are constant views of the Canadian Rockies, along with glacially carved landscapes such as moraines, millwells, and crevasses.

Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk Admissions

(3 of 3 options)

Travel onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier by Ice Explorer and then walk on an exciting cliff-edge walkway which leads to a glass floor platform.

Overnight at Lake Louise

Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake - the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the fully equipped Health Club, including an indoor heated pool, whirlpool, steam room, and fitness centre. Additional amenities include a spa & salon, on-site activity centre, boutique shops and several gourmet restaurants. Discover the year-round outdoor activities from canoeing, horseback riding and mountain biking to skiing, ice skating and more.

Day 14

Lake Louise to Banff

Enjoy the morning at leisure exploring the many activities and stunning scenery Lake Louise has to offer. Later today, make the short drive to the more bustling mountain town of Banff.

Banff in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

Banff is like Canada’s playground. Visiting during the summer months gives you a chance to enjoy the crisp mountain air during early morning walks, hike through Banff National Park, stroll up and down Banff Avenue for a little shopping, or enjoy five-star spa treatments at your leisure. In the evening, you can enjoy the beautiful starry sky or dine at some of the best restaurants – the choice is yours. Whether you’re an adrenaline junky or prefer to experience the quieter side of Banff, there are activities for everyone.

Overnight in Banff

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Rimrock Resort. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

activities

Day 15

Explore Banff

Wake up to the sound of mountain songbirds and the scent of pine trees in Banff. Take a full day to discover the wilderness surrounding and fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air while you head out for a day of exploration.

Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Explore Kananaskis and Spray valleys with an expert naturalist. These are outstandingly beautiful areas of jagged peaks, alpine meadows, lakes and glaciers – home to moose, grizzly bears and many other species.

Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village & Hosted Trail Walk

(2 of 3 options)

Begin your day with a scenic ride up to a mountainside resort. Take in the spectacular views before a guided walk through Sunshine Meadows. Learn about the wildlife, vegetation and ecosystem of this fascinating world above the treeline.

Banff Sunrise Photography Tour (Extra Cost)

(3 of 3 options)

Wake up early to experience the stunning scenery of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos.

Day 16

Depart to Calgary

Wave goodbye to the Rocky Mountains as drive to the Calgary Airport to catch your flight home. The amazing sights you have seen on your Canadian adventure have become memories that you will never forget.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Hotel room featuring 2 double beds, an armchair, desk area, , flat screen TV, and one large window.
Hotel room featuring a king size bed, sitting area with 2 armchairs, desk space, and a large window with mountain views.Hotel bathroom featuring a single sink with extended counter top, a large mirror, toilet, a bath/shower combo, and white towels.
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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


Accommodation:

  • 15 hotel nights

Train Experiences:

  • 2 days onboard VIA Rail’s Skeena Train in Touring Class from Prince Rupert to Jasper

Ferry Experiences:

  • One-way Inside Passage ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert including reserved Aurora Lounge Seating

Vancouver Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Vancouver and North Shore Tour
  2. The Grand Vancouver Bicycle Tour
  3. Squamish Sea to Sky Sightseeing Tour

Vancouver to Victoria Transfer/Tour Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Whale Watching Tour to Victoria
  2. Ferry and Coach Transfer to Victoria
  3. Floatplane Flight from Vancouver to Victoria

Victoria Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Victoria Hiking Tour
  2. Victoria Harbour Urban Kayak Tour
  3. Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria

Telegraph Cove Included Activity:

  • Grizzly Bear Expedition

Prince Rupert Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Wildlife Viewing Tour (Grizzly Bear viewing from mid May to end of July 2019, whale watching from August to end of September 2019)
  2. Privately Guided Canoe Trip

Jasper Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Jasper Motorcycle Sidecar Tour
  2. Privately Guided Nature Walk/Hike
  3. Maligne Lake Cruise & Jasper SkyTram Admission

Icefields Parkway Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Glacier Helicopter Tour
  2. Afternoon Athabasca Ice Walk Tour
  3. Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk Admissions

Banff Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
  2. Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village & Hosted Trail Walk
  3. Privately Guided Sunrise Photography Tour (Extra Cost)

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Vancouver
  • Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
  • Meals onboard the Skeena VIA Rail Train

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Personalized private airport pickup in Vancouver, as per your arrival time

Car Rental Inclusions:

  • 3-day intermediate car rental between Victoria and Port Hardy
  • 5-day intermediate car rental between Jasper and Calgary Airport
  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million) and vehicle licensing fee
  • Unlimited kms & GPS
  • Fee for 1 additional driver

Additional Inclusions:

  • Parks Canada Discovery Pass
  • Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)
  • Documentation package
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.
  • Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
  • In Prince Rupert, Grizzly Bear Viewing is available from mid-May to end of July 2019 and Whale Watching from August to end of September 2019.
  • Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions and wildlife activity. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

• Fuel and refueling fees

• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)

• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)

• One way drop fee for car from Victoria to Port Hardy (to be paid at counter $250)

• One way drop fee for car from Jasper to Calgary (to be paid at counter $40)

• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type

• Fee for drivers under the age of 25

• Meals, other than those mentioned

• Airfare

• Gratuities for rail, hotel, scheduled tour and transfer staff

• Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended, please don’t hesitate to ask)

• Canadian Sales Taxes

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Whale Watching Tour: Operates between Jul 28 to Sep 23 Grizzly Bear Tour: Operates between May 15 to Jul 31
  • Privately Guided Nature Walk: Operates from May 15 to Oct 15. Weather conditions may cause cancellation or unfavourable trail conditions on early and late season departures.
  • Maligne Lake Boat Cruise: Early departures in May and late departures in October can not be guaranteed as weather conditions such as ice on the lake, may impact the cruises opening date for the season.
  • Icefields Parkway Helicopter Tour: Flights are weather dependent and will not depart when conditions are too windy or too cold.
  • Afternoon Athabasca Ice Walk Tour: Tour might be cancelled in case of thunderstorm and incremental weather conditions out of their control.
  • Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour: Tour only operates Sunday, Tuesday, Friday from June 1 to October 15 as walking trails are not open in early or late season due to not having optimal trail conditions.

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between June and September.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

7 reviews
Joel & Party

Joel & Party

GA, USA

09 Jul 2018

Our trip was well planned and coordinated

Our trip was well planned and coordinated. We had a delightful time. We did have a few issues along the way but the Fresh Tracks staff did a great job of taking care of them.

Jay

Jay

CT, USA

02 Aug 2017

My camera never stopped clicking

I liked the variety of scenery in British Columbia. The west coast had a particular charm with water, islands, the coastal mountains, and wildlife as the attractions. Traveling through the Coastal Mountains to the Caribou and Rocky Mountains was dramatic and spectacular. The beauty of western Alberta was as dramatic, but I really liked the quaintness of Jasper. My travels… Read More

Mariann

Mariann

OH, USA

05 Oct 2016

Fresh Tracks was truly amazing

I was taken care of like royalty. The views were beyond remarkable and awe-inspiring. I truly did not have to think of anything because Fresh Tracks did so much preliminary planning. Fresh Tracks was truly amazing. They were knowledgeable, helpful and thought of my specific needs in putting this trip together. Fresh Tracks – as well as Canada, exceeded all… Read More

Diane, Richard & Kira

Diane, Richard & Kira

PA, USA

19 Sep 2014

You set everything up above my expectations and I thank you

It was amazing and had a great time. Everything went very well and the hotels were amazing. The people and everything else was fantastic. We took over 3000 pictures and did see many animals. You set everything up  above my expectations and I thank you. Maybe considering another vacation to Canada in the future. Thank you for making it a… Read More

John & Jan

John & Jan

NM, USA

16 Jun 2013

A splendid trip around your great country

We have safely returned home after a splendid trip around your great country and British Columbia. Jan and I extend our thanks for all your efforts to arrange this trip and make it a very special one indeed. It turns out my initial worries were quite unfounded and all went extremely well. We will recommend this trip to friends and… Read More

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