- An amazing adventure through Canada's Rocky mountains and coastline. Splendid scenery and wildlife. We saw black and grizzly bears, elk, deer, marmots, pica, chipmunks, grey whales, sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles and much more. We walked on mountains, near rivers, waterfalls, forests, canyons and lakes and on a glacier. We learned about First Nations people and Canada's history and geography. We had some time to explore Banff, Jasper, Whistler and Vancouver, but not much time in Calgary. You may think about extending your holiday at either end if you wish to explore Calgary or Vancouver in more detail.
The accommodation was largely good; all rooms with en-suite, toiletries, towels and hairdryer. All had coffee makers. Most had TV, fridge and microwave, but not all. A couple had wi-fi that was intermittent, but most had adequate wi-fi.
Our driver and tour leader was excellent; full of energy and enthusiasm. She guided us very ably using her wide knowledge of the area and its wildlife. We went on some lovely walks and, when on the road, she found great places for stops and picnics. She cooked for us on several occasions which saved us money. She was very receptive to our varying requests and needs and organised everything with skill and minimal fuss. She did all the driving, yet commented as we went along on the area and items of interest.
The tour involves substantial time on the road and although the scenery is beautiful and we had plenty of stops, it could be tiring. At every stop there are toilets but in most places, where there is no cafe or shop, the toilet is a small cabin inside which is a large hole in the ground with a toilet over the top. They were often a bit smelly, but most had hand sanitiser gel. I had some of my own as well which proved useful.
I would recommend this holiday to anyone who enjoys scenery and wildlife and doesn't mind the travelling. I was quite tired by the end of the trip, but in a good way!
Published on: 13 October 2016