from the pacific to the rockies

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All services

  • Flight to Vancouver and back from Calgary
  • Hotel – airport shuttle
  • Transportation during the trip in a minibus
  • Ferry passages lt. Itinerary
  • 16 overnight stays (13x in spacious tents, 3x in double rooms in hotels)
  • Meals: 13x breakfast, 12x light lunch or packed lunch, 13x dinner
  • Camping fees
  • Camping equipment (except sleeping bag!)
  • Hard foam pad/”Isomatte”
  • Entrance to national parks lt. Itinerary
  • 2-day ocean kayak tour
  • 3-day bike tour
  • Program as described
  • German speaking, local guide
  • Welcome gift

Not included: Personal equipment, sleeping bag (-10°C), self-inflating mattress (Thermarest), meals not mentioned, gratuities.

From the Pacific to the Rockies

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  • Cat. A: Double room / 2-person occupancy in a 4-person tent
  • Cat. B: Single room/ single occupancy tent

Single-Service
We also offer sog. half double rooms / tents, which are of course only occupied by the same sex.

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A great country with indescribable nature!

From the Pacific to the Rockies

From the Pacific to the Rockies

The second largest country on earth is extraordinarily diverse with its numerous lakes, high mountains, lush forests and vibrant metropolises. In addition, it is a wonderfully hospitable country due to the warmth and serenity of its people. Our tour takes us through the Canadian West – from the wild coast of the Pacific to the majestic Rocky Mountains, across the diverse landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta. All this we experience first hand u. a. on a 2-day kayak tour, wilderness camping on the beach, a 3-day bike tour on the famous Kettle Valley Railway Trail and many wonderful hikes in the Rocky Mountains National Parks.

Vancouver& Discover Vancouver Island. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful metropolises in the world. Here, in the affectionately named “Pearl of the Pacific”, we start. We continue by ferry to Vancouver Island, where a two-day ocean kayak tour awaits us. So we will experience the natural paradise with its small surrounding islands, rainforest and species rich land& Seeing sea creatures up close.

Hiking& Biking towards the Rockies. Afterwards we head east, drive through the Fraser River Valley, make several hiking stops and start our 3-day bike tour on the disused railroad tracks of the world-famous Kettle Valley Railway Trail.

The heart of the Rocky Mountains. The crowning conclusion of our trip! The postcard landscape around Lake Louise, Banff and the Columbia Icefields offers a huge variety of hiking and other outdoor activities.

Discover the land of longing Canada!

A greater density of destinations for all kinds of outdoor activities will be hard to find on earth. The change between the metropolis of Vancouver and the wilderness is almost seamless. It is exactly this great variety and the magnificent nature of Western Canada that inspired us to do this trip. You will experience a scenic mix of coast and rainforest, mountain and lake landscapes and the wilderness of the national parks. Spending days in breathtaking nature, eating outdoors, sleeping in tents and ending the day under the stars – that’s what makes this trip so special.

Living
Campsites.
During our tour we camp in national and provincial parks as well as in private campgrounds, almost all of which have showers and toilets. Other campsites are unforgettable because of their breathtaking location in nature, even if they do not always have the above mentioned facilities. However, such places are rather the exception. We will stay in easy to set up and dismantle 4-person tents (no headroom) of the highest quality, which you will have to share with only one other guest. If you stay single you will of course get your own tent.

Hotel accommodations (3 nights). We spend the nights in middle class hotels in double rooms with bathroom.

Food& Drinking
Our guide will be happy to do the cooking on his own, but will be happy to help you with any suggestions for new recipes. You will be amazed how versatile a meal can be prepared at the campfire, fresh, healthy and plentiful.

Arrival
We fly with Condor direct, without stopover from/to Frankfurt. Own travel: depending on the date minus 670,- to 880,-.

Note
Please state your full name, as it appears in your passport, when booking. You are responsible for the validity of your passports. For tourist or business stays up to six months the entry is visa free. However, an entry permit (ETA) is required – see FAQs for more information.

Requirements
Healthy physical condition, normal physical condition and surefootedness. All activities are easy to medium in difficulty, with walking times of 1-6 hours. Also for the mountain bike tour an average fitness is sufficient.

Number of participants
at least. 8 persons, max. 12 people

program& Itinerary

The following is an example of a possible, typical itinerary. Depending on the group interests, the season and the local weather we reserve the right to change the program.

Longer stay in Vancouver. The city is a real highlight – you can easily spend 2-4 days here without getting bored. During our trip we experience really short only the “basics” Vancouvers, if you want to spend a little more time here, arrive a few days earlier and you can explore the city on your own. Additional nights (in the starting hotel: Sandman Hotel Airport) can be booked through us on request. Info& Vancouver Tips

Explanation meals: F = breakfast; M = lunch; A = dinner

Western Canada
  • 1. Day Arrival in Vancouver

Flight to Canada – arrival in Vancouver. The hotel shuttle will take you to the first hotel, where you will meet the guide and the other participants in the evening to discuss the most important things.

Meals not included.

City walk in downtown Vancouver with Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, Canada Place and Robson Street. In the late afternoon we take the ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and set up our first camp at Courtenay for the next two nights. First dinner at the campfire.

Meals included.: A

In the glacier-covered center of the island lies the Forbidden Plateau, an Eldorado for hikers who love the solitude of alpine landscapes. Here are countless, diverse possibilities for hiking – we can choose the path to Mount Becher – a beautiful circular hiking trail with great views in untouched nature. Or we make our way to Kwai Lake – here you can also find wonderful hiking trails or nice places to rest and relax.
Hiking route Mt. Cup: 14 km, 490 Hm, walking time 5-6 hours
Hike Kwai Lake Loop: 8,5 km, 310 Hm, walking time approx. 3 hours

Meals included.F, M, A

Drive to Tofino along the west coast of the island. From here we explore the quiet bays and ancient forests of Clayoquot Sound in a 2-person ocean kayak. An additional kayak guide is added to the group – experience with kayaks is not required here.

We will take a break on Meares Island. During a short hike under giant cedars, the guide tells about the history of this island. Then we paddle across a bay, past an Indian village and are on Vargas Island, our destination, in the late afternoon. A zodiac will deliver all of our camping gear so we can set up camp for the night on this beautiful, secluded beach.

Vargas Island is ca. 5 km wide, 8 km long, densely forested with many bays, long beaches, only a few roads and almost uninhabited. With a bit of luck, gray whales, dolphins and orcas can be seen from the beach. Wolves also search for crabs and fish at low tide and are hardly disturbed by the few visitors.

Meals incl.: F, M, A

In the morning we will kayak past Stubbs Island back to Tofino. The small boutiques and stores in this charming village offer artwork and souvenirs from local artists. Alternatively we can make a whale watching trip from here. On the west coast of Canada you can see killer, gray, humpback and minke whales at different times of the year.

The best time for “Whale Watching” is from May to October. It is a unique experience to see the mighty animals slowly moving through the calm sea, minutes of silence until a fountain reveals where the sea giants are. Afterwards we drive back to the east coast of the island to a campground (with showers) near Port Alberni – here we stay for one night.

Meals included.B, M, A

After a 90-minute ferry crossing we are back on the mainland. Now heading east through the wide valley of the Fraser River up into the Cascade Mountains. Here we are almost at the border to the USA. Our destination today is Manning Provincial Park, a nature reserve of over 70 thousand hectares with mountains, lakes and rivers. There is a wide variety of animal and plant species to be seen and the numerous hiking trails invite you to extensive walks in the nature. We will have a closer look at them the next day. Camping in Manning Park (with showers).

Food incl.F, M, A

In the morning we make our way through pine forests to the 1825 m high summit of Windy Joe Mountain and are rewarded with an indescribable panoramic view when we reach the top. Afterwards we have some time to enjoy the beautiful nature of Manning Park or just relax in the camp after the hike.
Hiking distance: 16 km return / 510 Hm

Meals included.F, M, A

In the morning we start towards Penticton – we drive over curvy roads into the warm, dry high plateau with huge lakes, pine forests and vineyards, a real contrast to the rainforests on the coast. To stretch our legs we make a small hiking stop in between: We go up to the McIntyre Bluffs. Here we enjoy a great view over the Okanagan Valley. Our campground today (with showers) is located at a tiny village east of Penticton. This is also the start of the Kettle Valley Mountain bike trail for the next three days.

Hiking distance: 7 km, walking time 2-3 hours

Meals included.: F, M, A

The railroad line of the Kettle Valley Railway crosses on 250 km three mountain ranges with tunnels and 18 wooden bridges over deep canyons. It was built around 1910 to supply several mines in southern British Columbia. In the meantime the rails and sleepers have disappeared and the trail is now one of the best and most famous mountain bike trails in North America.

Bikes, helmets, saddle bags, maps, spare tube and tools are provided.

Day 1Today it is only slightly uphill. On natural paths and with a view of the valley of the West Kettle River we drive to the picturesque Arlington Lake and have our lunch stop here. After a short break we head for our first campsite (very simple, no showers), which is located on a remote and very idyllic lake.
Route: 54 km

Meals included.: B, M, A

Day 2: On the second day we are mostly on flat trails. Today’s stage will surely remain in your memory as one of the most spectacular sections: We cycle through the impressive gorge of Myra Canyon over wooden bridges along steep cliffs. During this stage we can also enjoy the fantastic view of the Okanagan Lake. Our campground (with showers) is located at Chute Lake. If you don’t want to camp today, as an option and depending on availability, you can stay overnight in one of the cabins (booking only on site/ ca. CAN$ 100.00 for a 4-bed hut).
Route: 50 km

Meals incl.: F, M, A

Day 3Today it is mostly downhill. At first through rugged rock formations – but the further we drive into the Okanagan Valley, the more present the surrounding vineyards and orchards become, giving us a Mediterranean feeling. Around noon we reach the destination of our bike tour: Penticton. Here we can stretch our legs with a short walk along the lakeshore or have lunch in one of the many nice restaurants. Here we spend one night in the hotel – just the right thing after the 3-day bike tour!
Route: 44 km

Meals included.: F

In the morning we will make our way to Glacier National Park. It is part of the Columbia mountain range and impresses with its narrow valleys and steep mountain slopes. On the way we make several stops for short hikes. Exhausting but rewarding is z.B. the Avalanche Crest Trail (9 km retour/795 Hm) – here you will be on 2.045 m altitude is rewarded with an impressive panorama. We continue on the Transcanada Highway through Rogers Pass to 1.325 m altitude into the eastern chains of the Rocky Mountains to our next campground (with showers).

Meals included.: M, A

The Golden area is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering whitewater rafting, horseback riding, quad biking, mountain biking, para sailing and much more. Your guide will gladly arrange these optional excursions. In the afternoon we continue on the Transcanada Highway to the postcard scenery around Lake Louise. Here in the high mountains, you’re in the heart of the Rockies, with a huge selection of hiking trails to magnificent vistas, glacier fields and hidden mountain lakes. We camp in Lake Louise (3 nights).

Meals incl.F,M,A

Today we have a great day hike on the program. Moraine Lake is considered one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Rockies because of its location and turquoise water. We hike up through the Valley of Ten Peaks to the 2.610 m high Sentinel Pass.

Hiking distance: 12 km return, 724 hm, walking time:4-6 hours

Meals included.B, M, A

With a detour over one of the most beautiful mountain trails in the world we reach the Columbia Icefields. On the way we will make photo stops from time to time and with a little luck we will see animals like deer, mountain sheep, white mountain goats, black and grizzly bears. Arrived at the ice fields and on the Wilcox Pass, we are offered a high mountain landscape with bright blue lakes, glaciers and imposing mountains.

Hiking distance: 11,5 km, 335 hm, walking time 3 hours

Meals included.: B,M,A

The lively vacation town of Banff must be experienced. During a stroll on Banff Avenue dozens of small stores, boutiques and restaurants attract us. Here we have some free time.

In the afternoon we head for the last destination of our trip: We drive through the foothills of the Rockies into the flat prairie to Calgary and check in at the Sandman Airport Hotel. In the evening we can sit together comfortably and review the experiences of the past weeks.

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