For the first time in Canada! Emphasis on highlights but Peace and Quiet & room-to-roam are also important for this family of 4. We are suggesting a classic route but pepper it with surprises on Vancouver Island, insert the Inside Passage ferry ride from south to north and include pristine alpine landscapes around Smithers. The Rocky Mountains feature prominently including a few lesser gems.
Along this popular route, natural splendour abounds. Yet carefully chosen guided excursions and the inclusion of lesser-known destinations such as Cormorant Island, the N’sga lava fields, the migrating salmon in Hyder (Alaska) and the magnificence of Salmon Glacier add surprise and substance to this trip.
|Dates||23 days in July 2021|
|Region||British Columbia & Alberta (and a sliver of Alaska….)|
|Party||Family of 2 adults and 2 teenage daughters (14 and 16)|
|Driving distance||2750 km|
|Accommodation||Tent camping alternated with lodge accommodation|
|Day 1||Arrival Vancouver|
|Day 2||Ferry trip to the southern Gulf Islands|
|Day 3||Kayak tour in Gulf Islands National Park with a private guide|
|Day 4-5||Pacific Rim National Park|
|Day 6-7||Innchanter Boat lodge (float plane access included)|
|Day 8||Cormorant Island – traditional salmon meal and genuine native culture|
|Day 9||In search of orcas on a classic motor sloop (guided)|
|Day 10||Inside Passage ferry ride to Prince Rupert|
|Day 11-12||N’sga Lava fields, salmon migration & bear observation in Alaska|
|Day 13||Hiking the Babine Mountains|
|Day 14-17||Jasper National Park|
|Day 17-18||Yoho National Park|
|Day 19-20||Lake Louise and Banff National Park|
|Day 21-23||Calgary and departure|
CostWe do not offer ‘off the shelf’ travel packages. Every vacation is custom made in consultation with you. Trip budget below is based on an actual trip taking place in 2021.
|Cost per person (€1 = $Can 1.52)||$ Can||€ Euro|
|Car rental (Midsize SUV, Alamo, all in)||532||350|
|Innchanter Boat Lodge (incl. floatplane transportation)||544||358|
|Ferries (Inside Passage and Vancouver Island)||357||235|
|Miscellaneous (park permits, fuel etc.)||266||175|
|Excursions (seakayaking, salmon BBQ, Orca excursion)||365||240|
|Total (International airfare not included)||3335||2194|
|Custom design & organization of your trip *
Fewer excursions will reduce overall trip cost.
Advanced booking would make camper rental financially more rewarding. More (tent) camping could reduce cost by $387/€255 pp while substituting camping with lodging would add $487/€321 pp.
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