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Taking you into the great outdoors of Canada, our 8-day adventure showcases bewitching spectacles: from the grizzly bears inspecting Lake Louise's shores to the breath-taking mountain pass through Glacier National Park and the ice gouged chasm of Johnston Canyon. Along the way encounter utopias of the Great White North including the small town charm of Banff and one of the world's great scenic cities, Vancouver.
Depart London on your scheduled flight to Calgary where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of today will be at leisure.
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Calgary. Set in the rolling foothills of the majestic Canadian Rockies, view the city's key sights including Scotsman's Hill, Stampede Park, Calgary Tower and Fort Calgary. Later today arrive in the picturesque town of Banff.
Following breakfast at the hotel, your group will head off for a day tour of Banff National Park, home to some of Canada's best-kept wilderness secrets. Taking the scenic Tunnel Mountain Drive route, admire magnificent spires of layered rock carved by the elements within Bow Valley. Later, climb a short distance to view Bow Falls, a dramatic backdrop of many classic Hollywood films. A gondola-ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain has also been included allowing you to marvel at the enormity of the six surrounding mountain ranges.
Continue along the Bow Valley Parkway for more unforgettable scenery including Johnston Canyon, a deep limestone ravine which can be explored upon a walkway. Visit Moraine Lake, a glacially fed lake that turns turquoise blue as it begins to thaw in the summer months, before finally arriving at Lake Louise, one of Canada's most beautiful freshwater lakes and home to a thriving population of grizzly bears, moose and timber wolves. Later embark on a journey on board a snow coach to navigate the rugged Columbia Icefield, formed from an ancient glacier.
Board your coach and embark on a breath-taking journey abound for cinematic vistas as you travel west through Yoho and Glacier National Parks. Later today arrive at the city of Kamloops in British Columbia for an evening at leisure.
Your journey continues along the picturesque Duffy Lake Road, a winding route affording visitors a superb vantage point to admire Duffy Lake's shimmering reflection of the surrounding mountain range. A stop will be made in the skier's paradise of Whistler to stretch your legs before continuing along the Sea to Sky Highway, arriving at Vancouver.
Framed by a rippling ocean scarred by ferry trails, vast forests of mighty Cedars and snow-dusted pinnacles, Vancouver boasts one of the most spectacular settings of any city on the planet. During your tour visit the 1,000 acre Stanley Park, one of the largest city parks in North America. Later stop at Granville Island, whose indoor market offers a colourful assortment of gastronomic delights. Today concludes upon the world's longest and highest suspended footbridge, which will take you over the towering tops of evergreens allowing you to peak down onto the roaring Capilano River below.
This morning, transfer to Vancouver airport for your return flight back to the UK.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
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