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- Expedition Grade
Canada claims a number of impressive records: it’s the second largest country in the world, it shares the longest land border with the United States and it has the world’s most extensive coastline. It is indeed a vast and varied land. And, with great cities, glorious scenery and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, Canada is undoubtedly one of the world’s most tempting travel destinations.
These attractions are no better exemplified than in the western states of British Columbia and Alberta where, amongst many other delights, you can discover the magnificent Rocky Mountains, the cosmopolitan delights of Vancouver, the Chilcotin wilderness and the fashionable mountain resort of Whistler.
Linked by a series of national parks, the Canadian Rockies are one enormous adventure playground. From Waterton Lakes in the south to Jasper National Park in the north there are over 3,000km of hiking trails to lure visitors away from the lively tourist centres into some of the most stunning scenery on the planet.
Banff National Park is home to Lake Louise, the world’s most photographed lake, whilst Jasper has the Columbia Icefield – the largest and most accessible in all the Rockies. Linked by the breathtaking Icefields Parkway these are undoubtedly the jewels in the crown of the Rockies. Our Gentle Walking Canadian Rockies holiday bases itself in the heart of the Rockies in the picturesque towns of Lake Louise, Jasper and Canmore from where the best trails and most spectacular viewpoints are within easy reach.
If you’re looking for a wilder, more remote experience, then you only have to travel a little further west to the South Chilcotin Park in British Columbia. Virtually unknown when compared to the Rockies this beautiful, unspoilt region is more populated by moose and bears than people and has a gentler landscape of rounded mountains, verdant valleys and enticing alpine lakes. With just a handful of simple backcountry camps throughout the park, Chilcotin offers the rare opportunity for a genuine wilderness trek not too far from civilisation.
Our Garibaldi and Chilcotin Trek combines a five day trek in the South Chilcotin Park with day walks in the attractive mountain resorts of Garibaldi and Whistler. It concludes in the waterfront city of Vancouver, from where you can go whale watching on the Pacific Ocean, catch a ferry to Vancouver Island or take a bike ride round the scenic seawall of Stanley Park.View our holidays here