Go on your own
Your most valuable asset is your leisure time and, once spent, there’s no making it back. Working with a local expert gets you solid advice, creativity, advocacy and personal attention – things that are hard to come by online. After offering intimate guided trips for years, we realized that we could share our experience on a one-on-one basis. With your travel preferences as a starting point, we give you the Canada we know and the inside track on the best ways to enjoy it. Canada has countless natural treasures to be discovered, at your leisure, on and off the beaten path. Give us your ‘wish-list’ of things you would like to do and experience and we will help you make it a reality with a Travel Plan all your own.
When designing your Canada trip you have our 25 years of organizing, executing and guiding trips throughout Canada at your disposal. Since 1992 Nature Trek Canada has led more then 250 wilderness expeditions and has designed well over 1250 Travel Plans for independent travelers. You simply see more when you know the right people!
On or off Canada’s trails, tracks and paths – with our input your trip could be a dream come true.
How do we design YOUR trip?
You tell us what you like to see and do, where you would like to go and who you are traveling with. Based on your preferences we will respond with an initial Travel Plan containing detailed feedback, proposed routes and program options. We do this free of charge so you can see for yourself what we are all about. No obligations, no cost. If you like our approach we continue to discuss all route and program possibilities to further shape your trip. Bookings and reservations (flights, transportation , accommodation and excursions etc.) are included but you are free to arrange those yourself too. The final result is your own custom-made journey accompanied by a detailed personalized travel guide.
Tell us about your plans
Our travel form helps you to inventory your travel preferences and expectations. If you do not know what Canada has to offer simply telling us what you would like to see and do is a good to start.
To give you an idea, take a look at the request form the Johanssen family submitted. We used their form to design an Individual Travel Plan for them in 2017.
2 Route proposal
A first route proposal
Using your travel preferences and interests as a starting point we will prepare a detailed route proposal. This way you can decide for yourself whether we live up to your expectations. No cost and no obligations. If you like our approach we will continue planning your vacation in close consultation with you. A first route and program proposal is usually somewhat general in nature but will become more detailed and specific as we go along.
In 2017, the Johanssen’s will be making a trip to Canada and you can read essential parts of our first travel proposal here, along with a detailed travel budget.
3 Trip planning
If you like our approach we will continue working on your Travel Plan and will refine it as we go along. A first travel plan is far from perfect and often itinerary, program and budget are changed any number of times before a travel plan suits you perfectly.
The cost for designing your travel plan and organizing your trip is $Can 350/ € 250 irrespective of the number of travelers in your party. Included are ongoing expert advice, bookings & reservations, the making of your personalized travel guide as well as travel assistance while you are in Canada. There are no administrative costs for making bookings/reservations (campsite reservations excluded). Postage, printing and binding of your travel guide is extra and usually comes to around $Can 30/€ 20. Please check our Terms and Conditions for detailed information.
Your preferecnes and personal interests give us the opportunity to tailor your travel plan to your liking. In return, we use our extensive local knowledge and travel experiences to show you specific route/program possibilities and how they would impact your itinerary and budget.
All of this does not mean that you are locked into a fixed itinerary. The choice is always yours. If you want to follow a travel plan to the letter, we will gladly assist you every step of the way but if you intend to keep your options open, we’re with you there too! With good planning and solid information inherent to every Travel plan, you are well equipped to explore Canada on your own terms.
Your travel preferences and budget will determine reservations and bookings like flights (international and domestic), transportation, accommodation, excursions, ferries etc. We will discuss all options with you and will make any and all reservations free of charge but you are free to make some or all arrangements by yourself too.
Reservations are made by travel consolidators affiliated with consumer protection agencies in your country. Travel documents are mailed directly to you by those consolidators.
Reservations within Canada
Reservations for accommodation & camping, excursions and ferries etc. are often made within Canada. Nature Trek Canada has excellent working relationships with many Canadian outfitters, businesses and Ferry corporatsions and can make all necessary reservations and bookings.
The Nature Trek Canada advantages:
- We are an independent booking agent with access to special rates.
- We will not charge you for making reservations (with the exception of camping reservations).
- We compare rates as they can seomtimes be lower in Canadian dollars than in your currency.
- You are free to make some or all of your reservations.
- You can rent camping equipment from us.
- If you have to cancel part or all of your trip, we will take care of administration and refunds for reservations made by Nature Trek Canada.
- While traveling in Canada we can be reached with little or no time difference.
5 Travel Guide
Your Individual Travel Plan will be documented in a personalized travel guide with all relevant information at your fingertips. It is a printed and bound document that includes:
- Day-by-day itinerary, sights and landmarks, alternate routes, local attractions and events.
- Maps and background information on the places you visit.
- Vouchers and a detailed overview of all reservations and bookings made by Nature Trek Canada on your behalf.
- Information on how you (or your relatives back home) can reach us in case of an emergency.
Example: Johnson Travel Guide
On the Road assistance
If you need assistance when traveling in Canada you can get in touch with us any time, with little or no time difference.
You can reach us if you run into any kind of problem (weather related, illness, accident etc.). Family and friends at home can also rely on us to reach you if need be – we have a good idea of where you are at all times, know the region and have contacts throughout Canada. Our office will be automatically notified by relevant operators (ferries, airlines, outfitters) if there are any unexpected changes in your reservations. This way we can assist you while you are blissfully unaware!
When designing your trip, there is nothing better than talking to local experts! You pay for our time, our expertise and local connections and that is invaluable. In many cases we save you money or provide you with greater quality.
Individual Travel Plan Terms
We don’t offer ‘off-the-shelf’ travel packages. Every itinerary is unique because we use your travel preferences as a starting point. But you can start with looking at a few proven trip designs out of the more than 1250 trips we put together for like-minded travelers like yourself.
Pick special things you’d like to do and start building a trip around those. We offer exciting excursions and activities that you can include in your trip. These are run by small Canadian outfits that we personally know and trust, each one a specialist in their field. What they offer is unique and will make a great addition to your trip.
More extensive than the excursions included as Travel Blocks, but not as intensive as our full-fledged expeditions, our shorter, cost-effective guided trips can boost your Canadian vacation with a solid shot of wilderness adrenaline!