British Columbia & Alberta

23-day family road trip | July 2021

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.

A relaxed family road trip with time to look for wildlife,  kayaking and an eye-opening  ferry ride up the Inside Passage.

Summary

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)
Transportation Midsize SUV
Driving distance 2750 km
Accommodation Tent camping alternated with lodge accommodation

Description

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

Cost

We 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
Camping (11) 96 63
Lodges/Cabin (8) 450 296
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
Meals 725 477
Total (International airfare not included)  3335 2194
Custom design & organization of your trip *
* Postage and printing travel guide extra ($Can 35/€ 25)
350 250

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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