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(Tour code: BWG18)

Experience the rugged beauty of Canada

Experience the rugged beauty of Canada, on a tour of its greatest natural features. Watch Canada's vast landscapes roll by from our train, see the bison herds of Elk Island, and embark on a privately-chartered expedition to spot black bears on a wildlife cruise.

  • The Canadian to Jasper
  • The Jasper-Prince Rupert Train
  • Maligne Lake & Canyon
  • Black bears in Tofino
  • Vancouver
  • Canadian scenery
What’s Included
  • All rail and coach travel as described, including two scenic rail journeys
  • 11 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Canada's Wildlife and Wilderness 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Flights

London to Edmonton

Our grand Canadian adventure begins today at London Heathrow, where we board our scheduled flight to Edmonton, Alberta. Your Tour Manager is on hand from now until the end of your holiday, helping you navigate the wonders of Canada. We transfer to the 3-Star Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel on arrival, and enjoy the rest of our afternoon and evening at leisure to settle in.

On Day 2, we head out to Elk Island National Park, known for its incredible range of wildlife, from eponymous elk to moose, deer, birds and bison, the latter of which we set out to spot roaming in their herds, with our local guide, an expert on the island park and its inhabitants. We are also treated to a backstage bison tour, getting an insight into some of the park's wonderful conservation projects, and help prepare a traditional Ukranian/Canadian fusion feast.

Day 3 The Canadian
The Canadian

The Canadian to Jasper

Today begins with the first of our incredible rail journeys, as we board The Canadian, travelling through breathtaking scenery to the idyllic town of Jasper. Climbing through the foothills of the Rockies, this incredible route takes in the dense pine forests and mountain peaks Canada is rightly famous for, providing stunning views that we enjoy from the comfort of our iconic train. Travelling in restored 1950s carriages, this is the perfect introduction to the splendid sights our destination has to offer. On arrival we transfer to our hotel, where we spend the next two nights.

Day 4 Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake and Canyon

Today our tour takes us on an enchanting excursion to another of Canada's most scenic spots, as we head to Maligne Lake and Canyon. Set in the heart of Jasper National Park, this picturesque destination is centred on the crystalclear waters of Maligne Lake.

The largest glacier-fed body of water in the region, Maligne Lake is a serene focal point for this stunning area. After time here, we continue to nearby Maligne Canyon, a dramatic gorge formed by glacial shifting and erosion. With free time to explore, you may enjoy capturing the sight of the gushing waterfalls as they tumble into the emerald river below. Later, we return to our hotel for a final night in Jasper.

Day 5 Rockies

The train to Prince George

Today is spent at leisure ahead of our journey on the Jasper-Prince Rupert Train, travelling from stunning Jasper to Prince George. Passing through some of Canada's most iconic views, we are immersed in a stunning panorama, as we make our way through the Rockies. Along the route we pass dense green pine forests and glass-smooth lakes, tumbling waterfalls and idyllic pastures, on a journey that takes place entirely in daylight, allowing a clear view of these pristine natural wonders. Later we arrive at Prince George, where we overnight.

Days 6-7 Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert and Port Hardy

Today we re-board the Jasper-Prince Rupert Train for another mesmerising journey through unforgettable Canadian scenery, as we travel from Prince George to Prince Rupert. Considered one of Canada's most scenic train journeys, the train traverses the towering peaks of the Seven Sisters mountain range and passes remote settlements, providing a fascinating tour of the immense Canadian countryside.

Travelling alongside the magnificent blue-green waters of the Skeena River, our train rolls through vast and beautiful stretches of the Canadian wilderness on its route to Prince Rupert, a delightful port town named for the first Governor of the Hudson Bay Company, Prince Rupert of the Rhine. Sit back and enjoy the views of these seemingly endless landscapes, dotted with sawmills, small farms and fabulous lakes - a true picture of rural Canada. After an overnight stay, our tour continues on Day 7, with a day-long ferry ride to Port Hardy. Cruising along the famous 'Inside Passage', we enjoy pristine views through the windows of the Aurora Lounge. This evening we overnight in Port Hardy.

Days 8-9 Black bear spotting
Black bear spotting

Tofino and black bear spotting

Today we make the journey to Ucluelet by coach, once more enjoying the breathtaking scenery that British Columbia has to offer. On Day 9, we embark on an exciting excursion along the waterways of Tofino, where we hope to spot black bears, who scoop exposed shellfish from the water here at low tide. Although black bears are omnivorous, known to eat berries, nuts and honey, their habit of preying on fish in the shallow water provides an excellent opportunity for sightings, away from the dense camouflage of the forest. From our privatelychartered boat, we watch the bears as they search for food, uncovering rocks and dipping their paws into the water, hunting for unwitting crab and fish to feed on.

As we watch from the specially-designed viewing platforms, we may catch sight of other wildlife indigenous to this region of Canada. Seals, bald eagles and California sea lions live alongside the black bear, and if we are lucky, we may catch a glimpse of some of these elusive residents during our tour.

Please Note: For departure BWG1801  you will stay at the Black Rock Oceanfront Hotel in Ucluelet

Days 10-13 Homeward bound flights
Homeward bound flights

Vancouver and home

Today we transfer by coach to Nanaimo, where we board the ferry to Vancouver, a vibrant city bursting with culture, which we are introduced to with a guided tour on Day 11. One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Vancouver ranks among Canada's largest urban centres, and its port is the largest on North America's west coast - handling a staggering 65 million tonnes every year.

The first Europeans settled in the area as the result of a local gold rush in 1858, yet centuries after the furore quietened, Vancouver still draws guests from around the globe. The modern day Vancouver holds a number of delights, from the world-famous totem poles in leafy Stanley Park, to bustling Chinatown, and the Gastown Steam Clock.

This afternoon, you are at leisure to explore the city at your own pace, exploring some of Vancouver's many fascinating attractions. Widely regarded as one of the most desirable places in the world to live, combines its breathtaking setting with beautiful architecture and a perfectly-pitched way of life; perhaps use your time here to sample world-class cuisine, or return to areas of interest from our tour.

Following a free morning, on Day 12 we bid farewell to Canada and its charms. We transfer to Vancouver airport for our scheduled flight back to London, arriving on Day 13.

Please Note: For departure BWG1801 you will stay at the Coast Coal Plaza Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Flights from London Heathrow to Edmonton and Vancouver to London Heathrow
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation

Fantastic rail experiences

  • Journey on The Canadian from Edmonton to Jasper, travelling through the foothills of the Rockies, with incredible views
  • Scenic journey on the Jasper-Prince Rupert Train


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of Elk Island National Park with backstage bison conservation tour
  • Visit to Maligne Lake and Canyon
  • Cruise from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy
  • Black bear-watching excursion in a privately-chartered boat
  • Tour of Vancouver

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your flight to Premium Economy from £450 per person each way
  • Upgrade to Touring Class on the Jasper-Prince Rupert Train from £295
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