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Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

1. Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at Rotary Friendship Park. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead (vehicle required).  Explore the narrow-walled creek bed which twists and turns for many kilometers. Reach a fork in the creek bed as the smooth limestone walls get steeper and steeper. Head right to see a glistening waterfall.  Discover ancient, indigenous pictographs hidden in the cave walls and learn about the history that has almost been lost in time. The tour is offered in the summer and winter.  In the winter, ice cleats and hiking poles are supplied. Exploring the canyon in the winter is a very unique and rewarding experience. Go deep into the canyon with your ice cleats allowing you to go into more unexplored areas.

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Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

2. Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

Get a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting on Class 1-3 rapids starting in Yoho National Park of Canada. Experience moderately-challenging rapids and the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies.  Check-in at the lodge conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1. Be fitted with top-of-the-line gear and transported to the starting point of the rafting experience. Receive a thorough safety briefing before setting off on the river. Embark on a 90-minute downstream journey starting with the "Alarm Clock" rapid, which is sure to wake everyone up. In between the exciting rapids, take in the beautiful scenery surrounding you on all sides. Learn about the wildlife in the area, how the Kicking Horse River got its name, and how the river gets its beautiful blue color. Finish the rafting trip at "Hopi's Hole", which serves as an exciting grande finale. After the rafting, be taken back to the lodge to relax and warm up in the heated changing-rooms. Once back in warm, dry clothes, enjoy freshly baked goodies and seasonal fruit along with a selection of hot and cold beverages. Browse through the gift shop to pick up a souvenir t-shirt or photos from your experience.

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Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

3. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

Your experience begins at the local partner's day lodge, conveniently located on the TransCanada Highway. After a warm welcome, your crew distributes top-of-the-line rafting gear (wetsuit, wetsuit booties and gloves, spray jackets, life jackets, and helmets). In the comfort of heated change rooms, change into the provided gear before taking a quick shuttle to the "put-in" (starting point), where you receive your extensive safety briefing before jumping in the river. This is the biggest whitewater river in the Rockies, with rapids such as Hopi's Hole, Cable Car, Table Saw and the famous Portage and Shotgun. Prepare to hold on and get wet. Enjoy the canyon environment and possibly get a glimpse of a mountain goat, wolf, or bear. Following your trip, another quick shuttle returns you back to the warmth of the base. Once changed back into dry and comfortable land clothes, enjoy snacks and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Stop by the gift shop for a souvenir or photo of the trip to take back home.

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Kicking Horse River: 5-Hour Whitewater Rafting Trip with BBQ

4. Kicking Horse River: 5-Hour Whitewater Rafting Trip with BBQ

Set off on the famous Kicking Horse River for a genuine Rocky Mountain whitewater rafting experience. The 5-hour trip (2.5-hours on the river) combines all the best the river has to offer: bouncy and splashy waves, calm and scenic float sections, and big whitewater rapids.  Check in at the local partner's base, conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1, and change into your top-of-the-line gear, which is provided. Transfer then to the rafting start point and, following a thorough safety briefing, it will be time to get on the river. Begin on the upper, more gentle, scenic section of the Yoho National Park. For approximately 1-hour, enjoy splashing through the waves as you warm up for the more intense sections downstream. The second half of the trip, taking approximately 1.5 hours, is made up of 14 sets of rapids ranging from Class 2 to Class 4+. Expect to get soaked during this section! After rafting, transfer back to the base to enjoy the warmth of the DayLodge and heated change rooms. Once back in warm, dry clothes, enjoy a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch.

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Vancouver: 1.5-Hour Guided Sunset Tour

5. Vancouver: 1.5-Hour Guided Sunset Tour

Explore Vancouver as the sky changes color and the sun goes down, seeing the city from two different perspectives. This 1.5-hour guided tour will take you to the most beautiful parts of the city in a coach with panoramic view windows. Start at Prospect Point in Stanley Park and look out over the Burrard Inlet, Vancouver’s North Shore, and Lionsgate Bridge.  Then, it’s off to the popular English Bay where many people will still be catching some of the last rays of sun. The highlight will be stopping at Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver, where you can get views of the park, the city, and North Shore.   Historic Gastown will be the last stop in your evening — this original settlement is now a National Historic Site. Cobble-stone streets, the original working steam clock, and local artisans will be there to greet you as you enter the area. End your tour here to continue exploring on your own, or continue a little further to end your tour in Canada Place.

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Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Experience

6. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Experience

Whitewater rafting is the ultimate summer activity, and the Kicking Horse River is the best river in the Canadian Rockies. This is your chance to take a heart-pumping ride through these Class IV rapids on Kicking Horse River, throughout a wet-and-wild half-day excursion. Meet at the Kicking Horse River Base site in Golden, approximately 1.5 hours west of Banff. Before you jump in the boat, you will meet your river guides and get outfitted with all the necessary rafting gear. From there, you will head out on to the river, starting with a relatively calm stretch to allow you to become acquainted with your guides’ commands, your paddle, and your boat. Soon the canyon narrows and the true excitement begins, taking you on a pulse-pounding trip through the thrills and spills of the river’s Class IV white water. You will eventually finish your rafting odyssey 12 miles (20 kilometers) downstream, where you’ll disembark the raft. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a fun way to cool off, this rafting trip is sure to please.

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Canada 7–Day National Parks Camping Tour from Seattle

7. Canada 7–Day National Parks Camping Tour from Seattle

Day 1: Seattle to Kamloops Kamloops British Columbia is abundant with stunning scenery and great wildlife . Cougars, bears, elk, and more inhabit the Thomson River Valley. Stop for a short walk and picnic at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park. Spend your evening under the stars with your provided camping equipment. Day 2: Yoho National Park Explore trails around the magnificent Emerald Lake or simply relax in the lakeshore cafe and enjoy the views. Drive along the Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into Alberta. Enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada's Glacier National Park en route to Banff, where you will spend your night camping. Day 3:  Banff National Park - Lake Louise Lake Louise is an alpine lake known for its stunning turquoise glacier-fed waters, surrounded by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Multiple hiking trails lead to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird's-eye views of the lake. Take a hike to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers, take it easy exploring the lakeshore or choose to canoe on these pristine waters. Visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet, for some epic photos, before setting up camp. Day 4: Icefields Parkway Spend the day driving and exploring the Icefields Parkway. This drive offers endless vistas, jagged mountains, glaciers and wildlife viewing opportunities. Enjoy short walks, views of Bow Glacier and Peyto lake, take an optional helicopter flight over the Columbia Icefield, or strap on some crampons and step out onto the Athabasca glacier. Spend you evening camping under the night sky. Day 5: Jasper National Park Enjoy Canada's largest National Park, Jasper. Marvel at the snowcapped summits and beautiful lakes in this true wild mountain wilderness. Jasper offers an abundance of wildlife sightings, jagged mountain peaks, alpine lakes and numerous hiking and biking opportunities. Choose to visit Miette hot springs, or hike/bike the famous trails around stunning lakeshores. After a full day of activities, follow the Yellowhead Highway, hugging the mighty North Thompson River to your night stop of Cleawater BC. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) and maybe catch a glimpse of the infamous peak en route to your camping location. Day 6: Whistler and Vancouver On to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Today is yours to explore all that Whistler has to offer. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you explore this ski town, home of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Drive the spectacular Sea to Sky highway for your evening at a hostel in Vancouver. Day 7: Vancouver and Seattle This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Gas lamp district, Chinatown, and Stanley Park. Head to Seattle for a your evening downtown or drop off at the departure hotel. Please note: there is a mandatory food kitty payment of $100 USD to cover camp meals as follows — 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 evening camp meals. Please advise the local supplier of any dietary requirements.

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Vancouver: Ocean Jetski Morning Tour

8. Vancouver: Ocean Jetski Morning Tour

Arrive at Granville Island at 7:45 AM and begin your morning jetski tour - perfect for early-risers who are eager to explore the city. Meet your experienced guides who will assist you with wetsuits and life jackets. Before heading out, guests will go through a detailed safety chat with thorough information about machine use, rules and regulations, making this tour perfect for first-time riders and veterans alike. Set off to explore some of the beautiful islands of Vancouver including Bowen Island, Anvil Island, and Gambier Island. Visit a populous and vibrant seal colony, making this tour truly memorable for any wildlife lovers. Listen to a vivid history of the city, indulge in fun facts, and create lasting memories. After the tour, return to Granville Island just as the city wakes up, leaving with a newfound appreciation for the beautiful city of Vancouver.

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Kicking Horse River: Maximum Horsepower Double Shot Rafting

9. Kicking Horse River: Maximum Horsepower Double Shot Rafting

For those looking for the maximum whitewater experience, choose the trip with twice the whitewater, twice the fun, and twice the adrenalin rush! The Maximum Horsepower is not one, but TWO runs down THE best whitewater section of the Kicking Horse River. Rafters experience 24 rapids and cover an accumulated total of 24 kilometers river distance. In order to make this double whitewater trip even more exhilarating, rafters power downstream in two different styles of rafts. The first run is in the ever-popular 16-foot oar-rigged rafts, giving everyone a chance to warm up and get familiar with the river. The second run is rafted in smaller 14-foot boats. Those two feet make a world of difference. Smaller rafts accentuate everything: the bounces, the smashes, and the hits! It may be the second run on the same section of river, but it will be a completely different experience. In addition, all guests are provided a paddle for the second run. It is a thrilling and unforgettable whitewater adventure! First, check in at the RiverBase DayLodge (conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1), change into top-of-the-line provided gear and be shuttled to the 'put-in' (or, rafting start point). After a thorough safety briefing, it is time to get on the river. After the first run, guests are shuttled back to the top of the trip to run the river again, but in different rafts. For the second run the smaller 14-foot 'all paddle' rafts are used, and every guest is required to assist in the paddling process. 100% participation is required. Afterwards, shuttle back to the warmth of the RiverBase to change back into warm, dry land clothes and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages.

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From Calgary: Kootenay National Park Day Trip

10. From Calgary: Kootenay National Park Day Trip

Discover the unique contrasts of Kootenay National Park, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs, on this day trip from Calgary. Meet your guide at the centrally-located meeting point and travel to Marble Canyon. Along the way, stop at the Great Divide which marks the border between Kootenay National Park and Banff National Park for a photo and some incredible views. Upon arrival at the canyon, take the self-guided trail which leads along this ice-caved canyon and through the remains of a forest destroyed by wildfires in 2003. Next, continue to the Kootenay Valley View Point. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mitchell and Vermillion mountain ranges and the Kootenay River far below. Watch the river wind through the mountain forest following an ancient route to the great Columbia River. If you feel like relaxing after all that walking, enjoy a dip in the naturally heated, mineral-rich hot pool of Radium Hot Springs. Finally, follow a scenic trail through the open Douglas-fir forest along the edge of Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy views of the Columbia Valley and verdant Sinclair Canyon falls before returning to Calgary in the evening.

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What people are saying about British Columbia

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The crew had clearly told us that the chances of seeing whales were very small, as they had hardly seen any animals in the past 14 days. But luck drove with us, after a few minutes 3 humpback whales appeared. Later other conspecifics came and even orcas, which came up to the boat. The crew always kept their distance to the animals. We received a lot of information and the crew took photos that we could download after the trip. So you didn't have the stress of taking great photos and you could just enjoy the sight.

We were so fortunate. The weather was cperfect and the water was calm. Only 30 people on the boat made it so easy to see out to where the wildlife was spotted. We saw humpbacks, orcas, sea lions and porpoises! The crew was phenomenal. A totally amazing experience.

It was a wonderful tour, we saw an orca and 3 humpback whales. The guides are very nice and they explain everything that we need to know about the whales.

Very nice staff and expert driver Andre We managed to see the Whale Recommended

We had a great time, and the guide was very informative