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Best of the Rockies and West Coast Family Adventure

Best of The Rockies and West Coast Adventure

16

days

starting fromUS $4,770per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (9 reviews)

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For the ‘kids’ aged 7 to 70, this is the ultimate self-drive adventure, with plenty of time for adventure and to relax in wonderful wilderness lodges. Enjoy the cosmopolitan delights of Vancouver and Calgary, as well as the small-town resorts of Banff, Jasper, Whistler and Tofino.

Trip at a glance

16 Days / 15 Nights

Arrive Calgary 3 nights Banff 2 nights Jasper 2 nights Clearwater (Wells Gray Park) 1 night Kamloops 2 nights Whistler 3 nights Tofino 2 nights Vancouver Depart Vancouver

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    Sample Itinerary

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 – Calgary to Banff – Your Canada Adventure Begins
    Arriving in Calgary, pick up your rental car and drive less than two hours through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to the small mountain town of Banff – the perfect base for adventure vacations during the day, and good food and entertainment in the evenings.

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 2 – Discover Banff National Park
    Head out today and discover the beauty the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks offer.

    You have 
    3 options to choose from today in Banff:

    • Option 1: Helicopter Tour
    Achieve an aerial view of Banff and enjoy the astonishing sights of the snow-capped Rockies from the luxury of a helicopter. Soaring 2,300m (7,000ft) above sea level enjoy a truly exhilarating 12 minute flight!
    Activity rating: Easy

    Insider tip: Ask your Vacation Advisor about extending the length of your helicopter tour in the Canadian Rockies!

    • Option 2: River Float Trip
    Winding through the picturesque landscape of the Rocky Mountains, your float trip is a great whitewater experience for all ages. Located in the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this 2–3 hour river trip offers the novice a thrilling and fun introduction to whitewater rafting. More challenging rafting experiences also available.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 3: Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village + Standish Chairlift + Hosted Trail Walk
    Starting at the base (1,660m) take the Scenic Alpine Shuttle or Sightseeing Gondola (depending on the day of the week) up to the village at 2,164m, all while taking in the views of the valley. From the Village, ride the Standish Chairlift to over 2,400m and experience 360-degrees of breath taking views. Once at the top, surrounded by the iconic peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, join a hosted trail walk. With your knowledgeable guide, visit the Standish Viewing Deck, then take the Rock Isle Road back to Sunshine Village, stopping by Rock Isle Lake viewpoint.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 3 – Banff Discovery Continues
    You have 3 options to choose from today in Banff:

    • Option 1: Via Ferrata
    Via Ferrata – Italian for ‘Iron Path’ – is a protected climbing route set up along the side of a mountain. Step out of your comfort zone and spend 2.5 hours testing your limits! Your guide will begin your day with an introduction to the equipment, before heading up into the mountains. This is a great introduction into the world of Via Ferrata.
    Activity rating: Challenging

    • Option 2: Horseback Ride Loop
    Horseback ride along the tranquil Bow, an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows – and pass by the historic Cave and Basin, the birth place of Banff National Park. Enjoy fantastic scenery as you climb up Sulphur Mountain around the Windy Knoll viewpoint. Ask your Vacation Advisor for optional shorter or longer rides.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Evening Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
    Savour an early dinner in warm log cabin ambiance before spending time at Lake Louise at one of the best times of day, when this famous location is slightly quieter. Then head to Moraine Lake for the famous lake view from a scenic viewpoint, before heading back to Banff as the setting sun bathes the mountains in a golden glow.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 4 – Travel the Icefields Parkway
    After three nights in Banff, today you drive north along the spine of the Canadian Rockies to Jasper – on what is surely one of the most scenic roads in the world.

    You have 
    2 options to choose from along the Icefields Parkway today:

    • Option 1: Icefields Heli-Sightseeing Experience
    Step away from the crowds on a 20 minute helicopter tour, abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Insider tip: Ask about adding on a Heli-Hike Extension (additional cost)
    Upgrade your helicopter tour to include an hour long stop-over for a hike or walk through the remote mountain landscape. The wilderness feels amazingly vast when hiking through areas only accessible by helicopter.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Guided Athabasca Glacier Icewalk
    Walk along the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains – the Columbia Icefields. The most accessible part of the Icefields is the Athabasca Glacier – spreading six kilometers towards the Icefields Parkway. Join an experienced guide and small group of adventurers on a once in a lifetime experience as you hike along the glacier – stand in awe of a place few people get to see firsthand.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 5 – Jasper Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness
    Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.

    You have 
    3 options to choose from today in Jasper:

    • Option 1: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    Head out for a thrilling tour in the sidecar of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Visit your choice of Athabasca Falls, Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake or Mount Edith Cavell. Enjoy the sights as you cruise along winding roads, rivers, and beautiful forests.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Private Nature Walk or Hike
    Drink in the sights, smells and sounds of nature on this professionally guided interpretive walk or hike in Jasper National Park. Enjoy a pace suited to your level, and plenty of time for photos. Discover wildlife, admire rare alpine wildflowers, and stand in awe of magnificent valley views.
    Activity rating: Moderate to Challenging (Suited to your level)

    • Option 3: Evening Canoe Paddle
    The ambiance of an evening on a mountain lake is breathtaking – fish breaking the surface of the still water, the call of a loon, a beaver swimming by, or perhaps a moose grazing. Paddle with a guide across the lake, in a large canoe. What a peaceful way to end your day, with the sun setting behind the surrounding mountains.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 6 – Jasper to Clearwater
    Leave the Rockies, en route for the coast. On the way, you’ll pass through Mount Robson Park, named after the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies, before arriving in Clearwater, gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park. This area is a vast wilderness of old-growth inland rainforest and snow-dusted peaks. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, in particular bears, moose, deer, wolves and eagles.

    Overnight in Clearwater.

    Day 7 – Clearwater and Wells Gray Park
    You have 3 options to choose from today in Wells Gray Park:

    • Option 1: Wells Gray Park Highlight Tour
    Wells Gray Park in one day! – a difficult task, but your guide will show you as much as they can of the great variety of habitats and landscapes accessible along the Park Road. This vehicle-based hiking tour combines the best roadside sights in the Park with short hiking trails. Picnic lunch included.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Helmcken Canyon Guided Hike
    A true taste of Canadian river wilderness! A 45-minute drive takes you to famous Helmcken Falls. Here you will follow a backcountry trail along the rim of the 240m (787ft) deep canyon with some of the best views in the park, before descending into the Gorge. Picnic lunch included next to seldom-seen, wild rapids on the Clearwater River.
    Activity rating: Moderate to Challenging

    • Option 3: Rafting Experience
    Enjoy an introduction to whitewater rafting with lots of fun waves and splashes in a section of the lower canyon on the Clearwater River. During this trip, you will also hike to a waterfall! More challenging rafting options available – ask your Vacation Advisor.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Clearwater.

    Day 8 – Clearwater to Kamloops
    Enjoy a morning at leisure in Wells Gray Park or drive directly South to the semi-arid landscape of the Thompson Valley. Make sure to take the free McLure ferry across the North Thompson River for a scenic alternative along the river.

    You have 
    2 options to choose from today in Kamloops:

    • Option 1: Kamloops Evening Walking Tour
    Want to hear tales of fur traders, train robbers and pioneers of Kamloops? Stories of Kamloops finest artists and artisans will introduce you to the rich history of the city, one of the first settlements as the arriving settlers moved west.
    Activity rating: Moderte

    • Option 2: Monte Creek Ranch Winery Tour
    Enjoy a guided walking vineyard tour for great views of the South Thompson River and Lion’s Head Bluffs, stop at a honey bee colony and rows of Haskap berries and keep an eye open for wildlife. Enjoy an intimate wine tasting in the mezzanine overlooking the wine cellar.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Kamloops.

    Day 9 – Kamloops to Whistler
    Another leisurely day of driving – crossing some wonderful high desert on your way to the mountain resort of Whistler, famous for ski vacations in winter and in summer a Mecca for mountain biking and just about every other outdoor activity you can imagine. Whistler also has excellent hotels, restaurants and shopping.

    Overnight in Whistler.

    Day 10 – Explore Whistler
    You have 3 options to choose from today in Whistler:

    • Option 1: Glacier Flightseeing
    Enjoy panoramic views of Whistler Village on a 30 minute flight beyond the valley to explore the rugged peaks, majestic glaciers and lush alpine meadows of the Coast Mountain range.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Zipline Experience
    Experience spectacular panoramic views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains as you cross treetop suspension bridges and sky-high viewing platforms that connect the ziplines in the old-growth rainforest. Perfect for anyone who wants a heart-pounding adventure! 
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Guided Paddle on the River of Golden Dreams
    With epic views around every bend, the River of Golden Dreams features lush, old growth forest and wildflower-lined banks, as well as stunning snow-capped mountain vistas. While paddling your canoe or kayak, your guide will share their knowledge of Whistler’s fascinating history, geography and wildlife. Most popular summer activity!
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Whistler.

    Day 11 – Whistler to Tofino
    Continue your adventure down the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway towards the ocean, then onto a ferry for a cruise across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island. Next, drive across Vancouver Island to the village of Tofino – quite simply one of our favorite places on the planet.

    Overnight in Tofino.

    Day 12 – Exploring Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park
    The West Coast of Canada is a very special place – rugged, wild and breathtakingly beautiful. Pacific rollers make it a favourite with surfers (lessons available!), and salt spray hangs over pristine beaches bordered by old-growth rain forest.

    You have 
    3 options to choose from today in Tofino:

    • Option 1: Whale Watching Cruise
    Enjoy looking for gray whales through the pristine waters of Barkley Sound. Pacific gray whales migrate from Baja California, Mexico and arrive along the west coast of Vancouver Island in February to stay feeding in our waters till November. Keep an eye open for sea lions, eagles, sea otters and other amazing wildlife! 
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Bear Watching Cruise
    Cruise through the calm and protected inlet waters of Clayoquot Sound in search of Black Bears as they roam the shores looking for their favourite delicacy, the rock crab!
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 3: Rainforest Hike and Kayak
    Learn about sea-kayaking – one of the best ways to explore the coast – with a guided adventure across a sheltered inlet to walk in awe among trees more than 1,000 years old. You will also learn about the sophisticated culture of the First Nations peoples of the area.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Tofino.

    Day 13 – Discovery Continues – Pacific Rim National Park
    This day is yours to enjoy and explore further in the Pacific Rim National Park. Long, uninterrupted stretches of sandy beach are the main attraction. Tofino and the neighbouring communities to the north are part of the UNESCO designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, a protected area providing habitats for a vast array of species. Tofino is having a renaissance of sorts, with newfound international praise for its craft breweries, farm-to-table restaurants and the sheer beauty of the natural world that surrounds it. Ask your Vacation Advisor for must-see places to explore on your own.

    Overnight in Tofino.

    Day 14 – Tofino to Vancouver
    Drive back across Vancouver Island and take a ferry to the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. Along the way, stop for a picnic in Cathedral Grove, a stand of particularly ancient and massive trees, or have lunch in the small town of Port Alberni. You can drop off your car upon arrival in Vancouver.

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 15 – Explore Vancouver
    Vancouver is a wonderful place to end your vacation. Surrounded by mountains and ocean, it justly has a reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

    You have 
    3 options to choose from today in Vancouver:

    • Option 1: Vancouver Bicycle Tour
    You’re not one to travel along with the tourist crowd and prefer to slip into life like a local. This tour delvers exactly that – the bike is a Vancouverites preferred mode of transport! With an extensive cycle lane network this tour travels along bike paths and highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture. Visit the seawall and Stanley Park, eat lunch at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Granville Island Market Tour and Tasting
    Granville Island is Vancouver’s destination for lovers of food, art, and culture. During the tour, guests taste a variety of fine foods from independent farmers and food artisans, including cheeses, locally-made charcuterie, and silky-smooth chai tea. 18 tastings, 10 stories, and 2 hours of Canadian delights!
    Activity rating: Moderate


    • Option 3: Vancouver by Land, Sea, and Air (additional cost)
    Get a taste of everything we love about the West Coast. Start your journey from downtown Vancouver with a shuttle to Horseshoe Bay. From here, enjoy a scenic zodiac tour – keep an eye out for seals, eagles, and other west coast marine wildlife as you zip across the water. After building up an appetite, have a delicious meal and enjoy the sights and small-town atmosphere on Bowen Island. Finish your adventure with a scenic and thrilling seaplane flight back to downtown Vancouver.
    Activity rating:
    Moderate

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 16 – Depart Vancouver
    Much too soon you leave the beautiful colours and crisp air of Canada behind as your vacation comes to an end.
Best of The Rockies and West Coast Adventure  – Map

Availability

MayJunJulAugSep

Places Visited

CalgaryBanffIcefields ParkwayJasperClearwaterKamloopsWhistlerTofinoVancouver

Accommodation Style

HotelLodge

Activity Level

Moderate

What you'll love about this trip

  • White water rafting on the Kananaskis River

  • Feeling like a cowboy on a guided trail ride

  • Viewing the Athabasca Glacier

  • Discovering Jasper National Park

  • Exploring the forest canopies of Wells Gray and Whistler

  • Discovering the wild west coast in Tofino

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • Is it safe to drive in Canada?

    New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    15 nights accommodation

    Banff Experiences:
    Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Helicopter Tour
    2. River Float Trip
    3. Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village and Hosted Trail Walk

    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Via Ferrata
    2. Horseback Ride Loop
    3. Evening Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

    Icefields Parkway Experiences (between Banff and Jasper):
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Icefields Heli-Sightseeing Experience
    Optional Add-on: Heli-Hike Extension (additional cost)
    2. Guided Athabasca Glacier Icewalk

    Jasper Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    2. Private Nature Walk or Hike
    3. Evening Canoe Paddle

    Clearwater Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Wells Gray Park Highlight Tour
    2. Helmcken Canyon Guided Hike
    3. Raft Adventure

    Kamloops Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Evening Guided Walking Tour
    2. Monte Creek Ranch Winery Tour


    Whistler Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Glacier Flightseeing
    2. Zipline Experience
    3. Guided Paddle on the River of Golden Dreams

    Tofino Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Whale Watching Cruise
    2. Bear Watching Cruise
    3. Rainforest Hike and Kayak

    Vancouver Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Vancouver Bicycle Tour
    2. Granville Island Market Tour and Tasting

    3. Vancouver by Land, Sea, and Air (additional cost)

    Transfer Inclusions:
    Return ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island for one vehicle and passengers including reservation fee.
    • Personalized and private departure transfer, in time for your flight home

    Car Rental Inclusion:
    14-day Mini Van or Intermediate SUV rental between Calgary Airport (YYC) and Vancouver
    • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million) and vehicle licensing fee
    • Unlimited kms & GPS
    • Fee for 1 additional driver

    Other Inclusions:
    Documentation package
    • Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Occasionally, activities may vary at time of travel due to weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor will provide advice on the best timing for outdoor activities.
    • Helicopter Tour in Banff runs on Mondays to Fridays
    • Sunshine Village and Hosted Trail Walk runs from June 29 onwards
    • Via Ferrata Tour runs from June 14 to September 8
    • Evening Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour runs from May 17 to September 2
    • Guided Athabasca Glacier Icewalk runs from May 25 onwards
    • The Privately Guided Nature Walk in Jasper runs from May 1 onwards, for best walking and hiking conditions we recommend taking this tour in June or later
    • The Family Friendly Raft Adventure in Wells Grey runs from July 20 to September 15. The more challenging Class 2–4 Rafting Adventure runs from May 15 to September 15, and has a minimum age of 12 or 41kg
    • Paddle on the River of Golden Dreams runs until September 15

    Not Included
    Fuel and refueling fees
    • Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
    • Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
    • One-way drop fee on car rental (approximately $100 CAD)
    • LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff

    Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Include a stay at the Knight Inlet Lodge near Campbell River, to fully immerse yourself in a bear watching experience and to experience a fly-in floating lodge
    • Head out with a guide for a half day fishing adventure in Banff
    • Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia, Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens
    • Add on a trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from your private tent-house suite
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 Trip Start Dates from Calgary
    Daily departures from May 17 to September 8

    Pricing For This Trip

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Classic Accommodation
    from US $4,770to US $5,389per person

    If you prefer the amenities of a traditional-style hotel, our Classic Accommodation style will be a great fit. In many cases, you’ll be within walking distance of restaurants and in-town attractions.

    Off the Beaten Track Accommodation
    from US $4,890to US $5,929per person

    If you prefer to be away from the bustle of town in a more secluded, scenic setting, then our Off the Beaten Track Accommodation style is for you. We’ve included a mix of resorts, lodges, and rustic cabin accommodations.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Tekarra Lodge - View of the Athabasca River from the lodge

    Tekarra Lodge

    An example of our Rustic Mountain Lodge accommodations

    Stay in one of the Tekarra Lodge's rustic, charming cabins a stone's throw from the town of Jasper but snugly nestled in nature. Tekarra Lodge's tranquil and peaceful setting will immediately let you relax without the distractions of telephones or televisions. Walk out onto your private deck, be greeted by breathtaking mountain views, and watch the wildlife which often includes deer, elk, squirrels, and pine martins. Tekarra accommodations are equipped with wood burning fireplaces, perfect for cozying up with a book and a glass of wine. As well, each cabin has a kitchen or kitchenette for convenience. The Tekarra Restaurant is right onsite offering amazing fine dining in a relaxed casual atmosphere amongst the evergreens. Other amenities include bike rentals, plus an onsite gift shop.

    Long Beach Lodge cottage - Exterior of lodge

    Long Beach Lodge cottage

    An example of our Luxury Lodge accommodations

    Experience the natural beauty, exceptional amenities and gourmet cuisine at Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino. The resort is located on a beautiful beach with a background setting of the BC's native coastal vegetation. The resort features 41 lodge rooms and 20 cottages, and includes a full service dining room and lounge, a fitness facility, and an outdoor covered BBQ area.

    The Loden Hotel - Exterior of the Loden

    The Loden Hotel

    An example of our Boutique accommodations

    With personal touches and luxury amenities, the Loden Hotel is the ideal boutique accommodation centrally located in the city of Vancouver. Drawing its inspiration from the natural setting of Vancouver and its coastal environment, the Loden features an interior rich in colour and detail. Ideally located just minutes from downtown Vancouver and the Coal Harbour seawall.

  • Customer Reviews  (9)

    Our trip was great!

    Star Rating 5
    August 13, 2016

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    Our trip was great! Our favourite part was the beautiful country and fun activities. Fresh Tracks did a great job. Very helpful and responsive.

    We had a fabulous time

    Star Rating 5
    July 21, 2016

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    We had a fabulous time. Everything was great. My one granddaughter said it was the best trip ever! Everyone was very responsive to our concerns as we planned the trip, and we did not need to call about anything while on trip. Our favorite parts were the Stampede show and the drive to Jasper.

    Our Rockies itinerary was a truly memorable experience

    Star Rating 5
    June 27, 2015

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    Thank you so much for organizing what was a truly wonderful vacation and celebration for our 25th wedding anniversary.  Our Rockies itinerary was a truly memorable experience and we appreciated the extra touches, such as the chauffeured transfers and the hotel rooms with exceptional views that you had included for us. Our favourite spot was Moraine Lake and the beautiful lakeside room made it even more special for us. Thank you once again and we hope to contact you when we start to prepare our vacation for 2016!

    We made many great memories and had a wonderful trip

    Star Rating 5
    May 25, 2015

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    We made many great memories and had a wonderful trip. We ended up adding caving in as a substitute for the fishing day and overall our vacation was a success. We all came home very tired but happy. Thank you for all of your assistance.

    All of the activities you helped us plan were phenomenal!

    Star Rating 5
    July 13, 2015

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    We had an amazing vacation! We saw so many awesome things and experienced so many exciting adventures! The scenery was even more beautiful than we expected and the weather was perfect. Thank you for helping us plan such a great vacation! Everything you gave us was so organized and so easy to follow, that everything went very smoothly. All of the hotels were great! We were given free upgrades at Lake Louise and at the airport hotel in Calgary, which was a nice surprise. The hotel in Banff was very nice, although it did not have air conditioning. The hotel in Jasper was a great hotel! All of the activities you helped us plan were phenomenal! We really enjoyed the Olympic Park, rock climbing was fun and scary, and the gondola in Banff was very cool! The river rafting was the highlight of our trip! The longer day was so much fun, with great scenery and very fun rapids! They even let us rent a GoPro for the rafting, so we got some amazing video of the rapids! Canoeing Lake Louise was spectacular! The color of the water was unreal! The rental car was great too, it was a nice size and good for the nearly 1,000 miles we drove. This vacation had a great mixture of planned activities and plenty of time for unplanned activities. We saw two waterfalls on the way back from river rafting that were simply beautiful, and because we had some open time, we were able to visit them. All in all, it was one of the best vacations I have ever been on, and I have been on many vacations. I would highly recommend you and your company to anyone who is thinking of vacationing in Canada! I have already passed your name along to my parents, who are very jealous of our vacation.

    Fantastic and memorable holiday

    Star Rating 5
    July 26, 2014

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    We had a really fantastic holiday. It all worked very well and the shape of the itinerary was excellent. A few comments in different areas: Itinerary – felt right pace of moving on and stopping. Think it was about right. One or two very long drives but then it's a big place! Places – Whistler and Banff were probably the best parts. Whistler in particular is a great resort (we skied there 20 years ago but it's developed a lot and is lovely in the summer); Tofino was wild and windswept but fun; Clearwater was a good stop for Wells Gray but otherwise less going on; Jasper was nice but less so than others; Vancouver was a great city so a good place to start. Activities – really there were no 'misses', family enjoyed everything. In order of family vote with best first – rafting in Banff, Grouse Mountain (especially the Grouse Grind), Blue River safari, kayaks in Tofino, ziplining, cycling in Jasper etc. Whale watching was probably last. Lodges & Hotels – no complaints and generally very good, especially Whistler and Clearwater. Sometimes a bit cramped being all in one room and not ideal with the kids sharing a bed. But locations more than made up for this, eg. Tofino, Jasper and Clearwater were all in terrific spots. Car – great, no complaints. Weather – fantastic, thank you for arranging. Overall, a fantastic and memorable holiday.

    We had a great time, good job!

    Star Rating 5
    June 4, 2013

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    We had a GREAT time. You and our granddaughter Emma wore us out – wouldn't have it any other way. We saw lots on black bears. We had no hick ups. Good job!

    A lifetime worth of memories

    Star Rating 5
    September 18, 2010

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    Thank you to Fresh Tracks Canada for their superb professionalism in arranging this wonderful and colourful trip through the Rockies. The memories will linger for a lifetime and hopefully we will top them up in the future.

    An amazing trip

    Star Rating 5
    September 6, 2008

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    I talked to the girls and all agree the absolute highlight of the trip was the Emerald Lake. The beauty, quiet and options were outstanding. We all went our separate ways for hikes on the one full day we spent there. The lake was amazing and the views were breathtaking and it was worth the effort. We only saw one other person on the trail in nearly 7 hours of hiking and I was very grateful for the hot tub when we got back. The guided hike to Stanley Glacier was also outstanding. Our guide was great and we had a chance to meet some great folks from the UK and Australia. Our kids hiked across the glacial bowl and filled up water bottles from the waterfall coming off the glacier, so we could all sample some, and we all had a chance to wade in the stream flowing off the moraine to cool our feet on the way back down. On the way from Jasper back to Calgary, the kids opted to go white water rafting in Field on the Kicking Horse, and really enjoyed themselves. The day trip we took to Whistler was spectacular. Several folks have asked about the trip, and I have given you and your team my highest recommendation. Thank you once again for setting up an amazing trip, and creating memories that our family will cherish for a lifetime.

This Trip in Pictures

A gondola ride high above Banff with views over Cascade Mountain and the Rockies
A gondola ride high above Banff with views over Cascade Mountain and the Rockies
Start in Banff, the perfect base for an adventure in the Canadian Rockies.
A group white water raft down the Kananaskis River
A group white water raft down the Kananaskis River
Paddle down the Kananaskis River surrounded by peaks and forests.
Alpine hiking
Alpine hiking
Join a guided hike at Sunshine Meadows, offering the best alpine walking trails in the Rockies.
Explore glaciers on the Columbia Icefields
Explore glaciers on the Columbia Icefields
Choose to stop for a walk along the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains - the Columbia Icefields.
A boat cruises to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake with a Rocky Mountain backdrop
A boat cruises to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake with a Rocky Mountain backdrop
Discover the best of Jasper National Park on your choice of tour.
Enjoy a serene Japer canoe tour
Enjoy a serene Japer canoe tour
Choose to bask in the serene atmosphere of the Rockies on a guided canoe tour in Jasper.
Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray National Park
Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray National Park
Enjoy your choice of guided adventure in Wells Gray Park.
Whistler Village in the summertime sits at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains
Whistler Village in the summertime sits at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains
Discover Whistler with a multitude of summer outdoor activities including world class mountain biking.
Two people fly high through the trees on a Whistler Ziptrek adventure tour
Two people fly high through the trees on a Whistler Ziptrek adventure tour
Fly through the tree-tops and across rushing rivers on a Whistler Ziptrek adventure tour.
Passengers on a zodiac witness a whale breaching in front of their boat
Passengers on a zodiac witness a whale breaching in front of their boat
Go in search of gray and orca whales thriving in the rich marine environment of British Columbia.
Surf near Tofino on Vancouver Island
Surf near Tofino on Vancouver Island
Discover the wild west coast of Vancouver Island and the surf town of Tofino.
Biking the seawall in Vancouver
Biking the seawall in Vancouver
Explore Vancouver on an expertly guided bicycle tour of the city.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Depart the city of Vancouver with memories to last a lifetime.

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