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  • Hotels: Hotels: Standard Class

  • 06/27/2021 - 07/07/2021

  • Max Participants: 12

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights

Overview

Discover the many landscapes, animals, and ways of life in the Canadian Rockies through an engaging 11-day tour. Venture to Vancouver Island and embark on the Inside Passage ferry, which takes you through glacial fjords to spot orcas and porpoises. Visit a collection of totem poles and immerse yourself in First Nation cultures.

Canadian Rockies Map
What's Included::
  • Inside Passage cruise
  • First Nations day tour (Smithers)
  • Mt Robson stop with visit to Interpretation Center
  • Miette Hot Springs visit
  • Icefields Parkway drive
  • Columbia Icefield stop
  • Free time in Victoria, Smithers, and Jasper National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by private vehicle and ferry
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
  • 10 breakfasts – allow $420-$550 USD for meals not included
  • Hotels (6 nts), Lodges (4 nts)
What's Not Included::
  • Air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours and admissions
  • Airport transfers

Itinerary Download PDF

Arrive at any time today, but we highly recommend coming in at least a day early so you have time to see the sites of Vancouver. We typically have a group meeting at the hotel around 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival at the hotel, please check the notice board for information about the group meeting. During the group meeting, the leader will outline the trip itinerary and answer questions.

Catch a ferry to Vancouver island, and travel to the city of Victoria. Opt to visit a museum, Butchart Gardens, or explore the city. See optional activities further below for more info. Approximate travel time: 1.5-2 hrs by ferry, 1-2 hrs by private vehicle

Enjoy free time in Victoria this morning. In the afternoon, take in the scenery while traveling to Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Approximate travel time: 6-7 hrs by private vehicle

Embark on a ferry through the famous Inside Passage. The glacial fjords provide spectacular scenery along the route and a safe haven for all types of wildlife, including orcas and porpoises. The ride is long, but spectacular. With a full day to relax, enjoy the scenery, read a book, or dine at the onboard restaurants. Due to ferry schedules, there may be layovers at certain stops along the route. If this occurs, your tour leader will arrange to visit nearby local towns (time permitting). Reach Prince Rupert late in the evening. Approximate travel time: 16-17 hrs by ferry

Learn about the First Nations culture of Northern BC. Start by visiting the Hazeltons, an area with one of the highest concentrations of totem poles in the world, with over 50 standing poles. After, stop at Gitwangak National Historic Site and learn about the fort and battles fought by the warrior Nekt on Battle Hill. Wrap up the day with a tour of the Ksan museum and historical village. Stay overnight in a remote lodge surrounded by nature. Approximate travel time: 4-5 hrs by private vehicle

Enjoy a free day to explore the wilderness around Smithers. Opt to visit Babine Mountains Provincial Park, Moricetown Canyon, Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, or hike one of many trails in the area.

Enjoy a free morning for activities around Smithers before traveling to Prince George, the largest city in Northern British Columbia. Approximate travel time: 5-6 hrs by private vehicle

Travel to Jasper National Park. En route, stop at the visitor center, and, if it’s a clear day, see the top of the Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies. We go for a short hike to take in the views. Approximate travel time: 4.5-5.5 hrs by private vehicle

Enjoy a free day to explore Jasper National Park. As the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is wild in every sense of the word. Experience mountain landscapes complete with waterfalls, canyons, glacier lakes, and the Columbia Icefield. Get out and explore on rugged backcountry trails chock-full of wildlife and take part in outdoor activities like mountain biking, skiing, or kayaking to experience the true essence and beauty of this impressive park. In the evening, enjoy the stunning landscape of lakes and mountains as you drive to the Miette Hot Springs. Soak in one of the four pools as you take in the peaceful panoramic views.

Travel to Canmore via one of the most scenic drives in the world. The Icefields Parkway is a breathtaking drive situated between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada. Experience the wild beauty of the Canadian Rockies on a winding drive through jagged mountain peaks and past glaciers feeding into brilliant blue lakes. Along the way expect to see postcard mountain vistas, huge valleys, and loads of hiking trails that will get you out and about in this truly incredible area. En route we will stop at the Columbia Icefield to view one of the Rockies' largest and most accessible active glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier recedes at a rate of nearly 5m (16.4 ft) a year. See this natural beauty while you still can. Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. We stop a number of times along the way to take in the scenery and search for wildlife. Approximate travel time: 8-10 hrs by private vehicle

Travel to Calgary, a modern city that honors its cowboy roots. Tour ends on arrival to Calgary. Your flight must depart no earlier than 3 PM. Approximate travel time: 8-10 hrs by private vehicle Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can offer still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

Details

Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.  
Resources to Learn & Teach about Canada
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.  
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
Trip Notes
  1. WALKS AND HIKES: All walks and hikes proposed by your tour leader will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of traveling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.
  2. TRAVEL DAYS: In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.  
Fitness Level
This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.  
Single Travelers
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a "My Own Room" option, also known as a "Single Supplement," which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the "My Own Room" option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.  
About Accommodation
This trip uses comfortable 3-star hotels, lodges and inns, well located in cities or near park entrances. Our chosen hotels vary in size, character, and amenities, but are of a very good standard, and the rooms are double occupancy with a private bathroom.  
About our Transportation
For this trip, we use 15-passenger vans for up to 12 people plus the Tour Leader/Driver. For groups of 8 and more travelers, we also use a trailer to carry luggage. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each with mandatory seat belts to keep us secure and safe. No standing is permitted in these vehicles. These durable vehicles allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. This is not a physically demanding journey, but with limited space in the van, long drive days can be difficult. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary. There is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days to keep everyone more comfortable. Despite some of the long days, most travelers feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture, and wildlife are all well worth the experience!  
Joining Instructions
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. Upon arrival at Vancouver International Airport please head to the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level, from here you have two transport options; Taxi or Public Transit. All transportation is located on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level at both International and Domestic Terminals. Taxi The airport is located 14 kilometers from downtown Vancouver. On the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level continue to the designated taxi zones located right outside the Arrivals Hall on level two. An attendant will be there to help. The approximate fare to downtown Vancouver is between $28 CAD and $32 CAD (depending on traffic) plus gratuity. Public Transit – Canada Line The Canada Line is Vancouver’s new rapid transit rail link connecting YVR to downtown Vancouver in 25 minutes. It’s a fast and easy way to get to the city center. You can conveniently access trains from both the International and Domestic Terminals. The Canada Line is accessible by elevator from both the arrivals and departures level. Cash Fare: $8.75 for an adult Includes 1 transfer 1. CANADA LINE TO WATERFRONT (approx 22 minutes/10 stops) Leaving from YVR-AIRPORT STATION EASTBOUND Arriving at YALETOWN-ROUNDHOUSE STATION 2. From here, it is less than a 10-minute walk to your hotel.  
Emergency Contacts
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. G Adventures Local Representative (Las Vegas) From outside the USA: 1-412-423-8143 From within the USA: 412-423-8143 If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Packing List
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and downstairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a light jacket. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable. NOTE: Mountains in the Rockies could have unpredictable weather with snow and heavy rain even in Summertime. Springtime could be snowy (until the end of June) and the fall season could start as soon as mid-August. Make sure you have equipment and clothing for all conditions!
 Suggested Checklist
  • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Warm layers
  • Travel pillow
  • Raincoat and/or umbrella
  • Personal clothing for hot to cool weather
  • Sturdy walking or hiking shoes – running shoes are fine too
  • Daypack
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Toiletries – Important: some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
Optional Checklist
  • Money belt
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics
  • Packing cubes
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here
  • Ziplock bags
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
Document Checklist
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
Laundry
Laundry can be done at least once a week while on tour. Some hotels and most cities have laundromats where you can buy soap and wash your laundry in coin-operated machines. Your tour leader will advise you along the trip where you will be able to do your laundry.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport.
Tipping
It is customary in North America to tip service providers such as waiters, bartenders, and taxi drivers, at approximately 18-20%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip any local guides used. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $2-8 USD per activity depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however, as a guideline $5-10 USD per person, per day can be used as a guide. If your tour leader exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip more.
Flights
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course, this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here. Your trip begins in Vancouver and ends in Calgary. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Vancouver. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, but we strongly urge you to arrive by 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 for the group meeting. You can depart from Calgary any time after 3:00 PM on the final day of the trip.
Expectations
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
  • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible.
  • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
  • Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
  • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!  
Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.  
Weather
The summer is a great time to be in this part of Canada. Expect little rain with highs in the 60s and 70s, lows between the 30s and 50s.

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See price in the top right corner
Optional Activities
$100-$400 USD
Airfare
$300 to $700 This can vary widely
Insurance
$25-$200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
Tipping
We recommend $50-$100 USD total for your G Adventures tour leaders. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides and drivers.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
$420-$550 USD
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Souvenirs
Variable. At your personal discretion.
Non-Educator Fee
$100 USD (GEEO program fee for Non-Educators) Educators do not have to pay this fee.

Optional Activities

Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.
Victoria
Butchart Gardens, 32 CAD per person Visit this famous National Historic Site of Canada. The Butchart Gardens are absolutely stunning floral show gardens. Royal British Columbia Museum, 1h-3h, 16-26 CAD per person Filled with local human and natural British Columbian history, the BC Royal Museum always has a unique cultural and artistic exhibit on showcase. Miniature World, 1h-3h, 20 CAD per person Described as the "greatest little show on earth," this place is filled with miniatures of train sets, movie sets, and fairy tales.
Maligne and Jasper NP
Maligne Canyon Hike, 30m-1h30m, 1-4 km, Free Malinge Canyon follows an interpretive trail with several bridges. Hover over the Malinge River that, over thousands of years, has eroded the canyon to over 60m (197 ft) in some spots. Boat Cruise to Spirit Island, 65 CAD per person Glide across the beautiful blue waters of Maligne Lake, the Canadian Rockies' largest glacial-fed lake, on your way to the famous Spirit Island.
Canoe Ride, 1h-3h1-4km, 30-90 CAD per person Rent a canoe from the longstanding Boathouse on Maligne Lake.
Whitewater Rafting on Athabasca River, 65-110 CAD per person Pass through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allow your National Park Licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. The Athabasca River is the same route that was used by the fur traders many years ago. Bald Hills Hike, 13km, Free The Bald Hills hike has a fairly steep incline. The 10km (6.2 mi) round trip will showcase the best panoramas of Maligne Lake and numerous mountains surrounding the lake.
Columbia Icefields
Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk, 3h-4h, 2-5km, 100 CAD per person At the Columbia Icefields, enjoy a glacier walk with an expert guide on the lower Athabasca Glacier to explore and understand the life of this active glacier. Walking on this glacially carved landscape is an experience you won’t soon forget. Glacier Adventure, 99 CAD per person Travel onto the glacier in an oversized ice rover. Get out and experience the stunning alpine glacial vistas at the mid-point of your journey. Afterward, bask in the view of a lifetime on the epic Glacier Skywalk, a glass-bottom viewing platform stretching out into the Rockies.
Calgary
Canada Olympic Park, 65 CAD per person Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, meaning you can still ride in a four-man bobsleigh reaching speeds of 120kph (85 mph) here. Luge down the track on a wheeled cart or soar across the zipline.