Western Canada is a wonderful part of the world to visit – nature and wildlife abound and the iconic Rockies, Banff, Vancouver Island and its surrounding as well as Vancouver and Seattle in the US.
Travel by ferry, rail and coach following the less travelled paths through a landscape of scenic beauty.
On Vancouver Island see the world- renowned Butchart Gardens late summer.
At Campbell River the opportunity is there to see black bears, pods of orca, bald eagles, sea lions and more.
Cruise part of the famous Inside Passage by ferry and the daylight rail tour to Prince George in Northern British Colombia is a journey to remember.
After experiencing Jasper and Banff (two iconic towns surrounded by the Canadian Rockies) continue to Kelowna, gateway to the Okanagan Valley renowned for its rich farmland. The tour concludes with two nights in Vancouver.
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive in San Francisco around midday and change planes for Seattle. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for a two night stay.
This morning, depart on the Boeing Tour at the Future of Flight Aviation Centre and see where Air New Zealand Dreamliner aeroplanes are built. This is followed by a sightseeing tour of Seattle, a booming port-town with one of America’s most impressive skylines. Odd-shaped towers, historic buildings, modern skyscrapers, Mt Rainier and the busy waterfront all stand alongside each other in a jaunty kind of disharmony. Welcome dinner tonight.
Departure by coach from Seattle to Port Angeles. Take the morning ferry to Vancouver on Victoria Island, British Columbia’s provincial capital, arriving in the afternoon at your downtown hotel.
A morning visit to the internationally-acclaimed Butchart Gardens where thousands of species of floral plants and trees are found in a vast amphitheatre of rock, creating a wonderland of colour in this former rock quarry.
After lunch return to Victoria to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city including Beacon Hill Park, Thunderbird Park, the Empress Hotel and Oak Bay.
Today sample modern and ancient British Columbia culture as we travel up the coast of Vancouver Island. We step back into the province’s past with visits to Chemainus and its spectacular native murals and on to the towering totem pole grotto of Duncan. Arrive in the small coastal town of Campbell River for a two night stay.
A day to relax in the town or take one of these optional tours.
OPTIONAL TOURS (Warm clothing required)
1) Wildlife and Whales Tour – Today’s wildlife and whales’ tour showcases the stunning scenery of Desolation Sound and Bute Inlet and the abundant marine wildlife in the surrounding water. Pods of transient orcas frequent the area, black bears forage for crab and fish on the rocky shores of Bute Inlet, seals and sea lions rest on rock islands, bald eagles fish at the amazing rapids near Sonora Island. If you are lucky, you may encounter playful white-sided dolphins jumping out of the water and riding the waves of the boat. A picnic lunch is included. Approx. NZD189.00 per person
2) Grizzly Bear Safari, Orford River – This grizzly bear safari starts with a two- hour boat ride to the mainland. Disembark to a welcome by a First Nation guide. Transport is by minibus to the various platforms where grizzly bears forage and fish for salmon in the rivers and streams. This area has the perfect conditions for the bears to hunt for food as they prepare for hibernation. A picnic lunch plus bottled water is included. Approx. NZD350.00 per person
Continue farther north as the road turns inland, visit Telegraph Cove before arriving in Port Hardy on the North West end of Vancourver Island.
Cameras at the ready! This morning we board a spectacular BC Ferries ship to set sail on an incredible full-day cruise along the coast of British Columbia to the inlet community of Prince Rupert. The famous and popular Inside Passage is one of the most spectacular waterways in Canada, showcasing the rugged shorelines of the Pacific Northwest.
Enjoy a short orientation tour of the port city of Prince Rupert which is situated at the mouth of the Skeena River. Known as the gateway to British Columbia’s North Coast, Prince Rupert is known for its natural harbour, seafood restaurants and animal sanctuaries.
Continue on to nearby Port Edward to visit the North Pacific Cannery Museum.
Afternoon at leisure to explore the city.
An early morning board our coach to follow the mighty Skeena River, see rustic settlements and sawmills before crossing the interior plateau and winding through the Yellow Head Pass. Overnight at Prince George.
Skeena Rail Journey- This daylight 500km journey from the Pacific Coast to Prince George. ‘Touring Class’ gives you access to the Dome Car. Your seats have panoramic windows and meals are included.
Continue by with spectacular views of the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park emerge as you near Jasper. Arrive early evening for a two night stay.
Today a full day sightseeing tour of Jasper exploring Maligne Canyon before reaching Maligne Lake, the largest lake in the Canadian Rockies and one of the most photographed scenes in Canada. Embark on a narrated cruise and return to Jasper in the mid-afternoon.
Today promises to be another highlight of our programme. Travel south along the Icefield Parkway to experience a wealth of breath-taking scenery, crystal blue-green lakes, fresh mountain streams, deep forests and snow-capped mountain peaks are the order of the day. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, a specially constructed snow coach will take us on the surface of the Athabasca Glacier, a special experience. We then travel to Lake Louise – one of the most photographed scenes in Canada, before continuing to Banff.
This morning we tour the region around Banff. The area became Canada’s first National Park in 1885 to protect its natural hot springs. We visit the landmark Banff Springs Hotel, Tunnel Mountain, and Bow Falls.
Our coach today follows a route chartered by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800’s. Kicking Horse Pass leads us from the Rockies into Columbia River Valley before we climb through Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park. The Selkirk Mountains receive massive amounts of winter snow. We pass the Monashee Mountain range and travel south into the fertile Okanagan Valley.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Okanagan Valley, where wineries, vineyards, orchards and mountains abound. Highlights include a winery tour and tasting.
Leave the Okanagan Valley and mountains behind, passing through the lower mainland. Few roads in Canada pass through a greater variety of vegetation in such a short distance than Highway 3 between Osoyoos and Tashme. At the western end there are dense rain forests; to the east is a desert where prickly pear cactus thrive. We drive the Coquihalla Highway to Vancouver for a two night stay.
Our morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver features such highlights as Stanley Park to see the collection of totem poles, English Bay, Canada Place and the Cruise Ship Pier, Gastown and Chinatown. An afternoon to follow your own interests.
Our farewell dinner is tonight.
Morning at leisure before checking out of the hotel. Visit Granville Island, and area of artists, cafes and waterfront views before transferring to the Vancouver International Airport for your flight home.
Early morning arrival home.
// Vancouver - Auckland
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Land Only - Seattle / Vancouver deduct||$2000 per person|
|Business Class Upgrade||+$7019|
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade||+$2274|
|Early Booking Discount ( 07/12/2018 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
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In August there may be a few showers and wind so a warm jacket is advisable
ATMs and credit cards are easy to use and readily available. Canadian Dollars for Canada and USD for Seattle
Walking tours are an important part of the tour and a reasonable standard of fitness is required. The ground at historical sites is often uneven and there are usually stairs and cobble-stoned streets.
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* Itinerary subject to change