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14 DAYS BRITISH COLUMBIA ADVENTURE MECCA

Calgary, Banff, Kamloops, Vancouver, Victoria, Port Hardy & Great Bear Rainforest

Rail Journeys, Nature & Wildlife

Highlights

  • Experience the breath-taking mountain scenery of Banff National Park
  • Epic cross-country train through Canadian Rockies not normally accessible by road
  • Face the grizzly bears, black bears, pine martens, mink, harbour seals and bald eagles
  • Foodie experiences at Granville Island on your Vancouver tour
  • Visit one of the world’s top gardens at Butchart Gardens

Take on a fascinating  adventure of British Columbia by exploring some of the most spectacular alpine scenery of the Canadian Rockies and then go in search of the Grizzly Bears. Take in Mother Nature’s masterpieces, including mountains, sea and the pristine wilderness as you travel from Calgary to the Great Bear Rain Forest, via Vancouver.

Over a period of 14 Days, you will be acquainted with the magnificent lakes, rugged peaks and glittering glaciers as well as an epic cross-country train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies, most of which is not normally accessible by road. At Vancouver, you will experience lively city life in addition to the provincial charm of Victoria.  Then you will end your tour in the pristine remote wilderness of the Great Bear Rain Forest where you will witness Canada’s breath-taking natural beauty and amazing wildlife first-hand. The floating lodge is ideally located in a region providing excellent opportunities to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat with one of the healthiest bear habitats in the world . Trip is best experienced from June – Oct.

From

SGD 13,580 Per Person

14 Days 13 Nights
Suitable for family

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrive Calgary

Arrive Calgary
Calgary

Welcome to Calgary, Alberta’s largest city, where the wild West meets industrial skyscrapers. Upon arrival, we will transfer to downtown Calgary to rest. Depending on your arrival time, you can scale up to the Calgary Tower or explore the city’s vibrant culinary scene at your own pace.

Day 02 Calgary/ Banff National Park

Calgary/ Banff National Park
Banff
Breakfast included

Rise early for a brief Calgary tour of the city centre, the site of annual “Stampede” event and more. Depart on a scenic 2h drive via glacial lakes and rivers to Banff village. Visit the iconic hotel-castle Fairmont Banff Springs, Tunnel Mountain Road, Hoodoos, Bow Falls and Surprise Corner viewpoint to spot Lake Minnewanka. Ride Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain (2,281m) and marvel at the 360° view of Banff, Bow Valley and 6 mountain ranges.

Day 03 Banff / Lake Louise / Lake Moraine / Banff

Banff / Lake Louise / Lake Moraine / Banff
Banff
Breakfast included

Dubbed “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies” visit the UNESCO-listed Lake Louise and Lake Moraine nestled between rugged peaks. See Victoria Glacier as you wander at Lake Louis shoreline before lunch at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel (own expense). After a photo stop at Lake Moraine’s Valley of the Tean Peaks, enjoy a short walk up the Rockpile for the former Canadian $20 bill view. (Note: Lake Moraine is closed Jun-Sep and extra time will be spent at Lake Louise.) On your return, visit the golden-hued Johnston Canyon, a natural sanctuary with its emerald trees, roaring waterfalls and turquoise waters.

Day 04 Banff / Athabasca Glacier Icefields / Banff

Banff / Athabasca Glacier Icefields / Banff
Banff
Breakfast included

Behold the lofty waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks and snow-capped mountains! Board the Ice Explorer ride, specially designed to traverse Athabasca Glacier. Feel the adrenaline at Glacier Skywalk where you are separated only by glass from a 918-foot drop the glacier-formed valleys down below! Walk along the shores of the crystal clear Bow Lake. Be on the lookout for bears and stately elks before returning.

Day 05 Banff / Canadian Rockies Train / Kamloops (Wed/Thu/Sun only)

Banff / Canadian Rockies Train / Kamloops (Wed/Thu/Sun only)
Kamloops
Breakfast & lunch included

Depart early to train station for your Rocky Mountaineer ride through the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Rockies. Marvel at some impressive engineering feats such as Kicking Horse Canyon and Spiral Tunnels carved into the mountain 100+ years ago. Breakfast and lunch will be served on board the train. Arrive in Kamloops early evening.

Day 06 Kamloops/ Canadian Rockies Train/ Vancouver

Kamloops/ Canadian Rockies Train/ Vancouver
Vancouver
Breakfast included

Descend westwards with views of forested mountains, rivers, gorges, Fraser River’s fertile valleys and Thompson River’s steep slopes. See the turbulent waters of Hell’s Gate in Fraser Canyon. Breakfast and lunch served on train. This evening, you will be transferred from Vancouver train station to your hotel in town.

Day 07 Vancouver

Vancouver
Vancouver
Breakfast & light bites included

Visit Stanley Park, Chinatown, the waterfront and Gastown–a turn-of-the-century centre of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and steam-powered clock. This afternoon, enjoy 2-hour Granville Island walk with 20 smorgasbord culinary sampling as you rub shoulders with Vancouver’s best chefs with their seasonal produces. Conclude at 137m Capilano Suspension Bridge above the Capilano River, seven bridges of Treetops Adventure and thrilling 213m Cliffwalk along the granite cliffside with panoramic rainforest and canyon view.

Day 08 Vancouver / Victoria / Vancouver

Vancouver / Victoria / Vancouver
Vancouver
Breakfast included

Rise early and transfer to seaplane terminal for your flight to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia and dubbed Canada’s Garden City. Your private Victoria tour includes boardwalk and colourful Victorian architectures along Government Street, Chinatown, Bastion Square and Canada’s narrowest commercial street, Fan Tan Alley. Marvel at masks, totems and cultural treasures on a guided tour at Royal British Columbia Museum (entrance included).

 

After lunch at Hotel Fairmont Empress (own expense), head off to 55-acre botanical Butchart Gardens, designated a National Historic Site of Canada with displays of Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Mediterranean Garden. Return to Vancouver via a 1.5-hour ferry ride.

Day 09 Vancouver / Port Hardy

Vancouver / Port Hardy
Port Hardy (allocated on arrival by Great Bear Lodge, moderate standard with essential amenities)
Breakfast included

Transfer to the seaplane terminal for your short flight to Port Hardy (checked baggage: 23kg/person with max. 158cm linear dimension; hand-carry: 10kg/person with max. linear dimension of 23x40x55cm). On arrival, you will transfer to hotel to check in to rest or explore Port Hardy town independently.

Day 10 Port Hardy / Great Bear Rain Forest

Port Hardy / Great Bear Rain Forest
Great Bear Rain Forest
Dinner included

Take a short afternoon floatplane (per person checked-in and hand-carry allowance: 14kg soft bags) to your wilderness floating lodge used by BBC’s Planet series before joining your group for your first wildlife viewing session. Different viewing sites are used depending on bear activities, with estuary sites reached by boat and river sites by wilderness tracks. The viewing blinds are constructed with photographers in mind for optimum bear viewing. Enjoy wilderness gourmet meal at your lodge with on-site biologist presentation on grizzly bear interaction.

 

All activities on Great Bear Rainforest are on scheduled join-in basis. Exact activities may differ between lodges.

Day 11-12 Great Bear Rain Forest

Great Bear Rain Forest
Great Bear Rain Forest
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Settle in the natural rhythm of the valley. Breakfast is followed by 3-hour grizzly trail viewing sessions. After lunch at lodge, join guided interpretive rainforest walk to examine the area’s ecology and bear signs. Venture out for mid-afternoon bear viewing before dinner at lodge. The stars are amazing on clear nights!

Day 13 Great Bear Rain Forest / Port Hardy

Great Bear Rain Forest / Port Hardy
Port Hardy (allocated on arrival by Great Bear Lodge, moderate standard with essential amenities)
Breakfast & lunch included

After your parting session with the bears, you will return to Port Hardy by floatplane in the late afternoon (per person checked in and hand carry baggage allowance: 14 Kg in soft bags) and transfer to your hotel.

Day 14 Port Hardy / Vancouver - Depart Vancouver

Port Hardy / Vancouver - Depart Vancouver

Take a short morning seaplane flight to Vancouver (checked baggage: 23kg/person with max. 158cm linear dimension; hand-carry: 10kg/person with max. linear dimension of 23x40x55cm). Upon arrival at the Seaplane terminal, you will be met and transfers to the Vancouver International Airport for your flight home.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative cost per peson (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 15,280
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 13,580
Single Supplement S$ 3,190

Hyatt Regency Calgary • Banff Park Lodge or Elk+Avenue in Banff • Rocky Moutaineer Train • DoubleTree by Hilton Kamloops • Sheraton Wall Centre or Georgian Court Hotel Vancouver • Glen Lyon Inn Port Hardy • Great Bear Lodge in Great Bear Rainforest

Calgary

Calgary

Hyatt Regency Calgary (Standard)

Set in downtown Calgary just steps away from the pedestrian-friendly Stephens Avenue Walk, this contemporary hotel features a collection of over 500 Western Canadian arts celebrating Calgary’s rich history. (Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 355)

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Banff

Banff

Banff Park Lodge (Standard Room)

A 4-star resort at Banff town, just steps away from the glacier-fed Bow River. All rooms offer balconies or patios to let in the fresh alpine air. In-room Wi-Fi comes at additional daily fees. (Refurbished: 2016; Rooms: 211)

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Banff

Banff

Elk+Avenue (Standard Room)

Just a short stroll from Banff’s downtown restaurants, shopping and nightlife, this contemporary 4-star hotel combines modern comfort with cozy lodge feel. (Refurbished: 2016; Rooms: 162)

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Canadian Rockies Train

Canadian Rockies Train

Rocky Moutaineer (SilverLeaf Service)

The all-daylight rail travel is inclusive of 2 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 night of Kamloops hotel accommodation.

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Kamloops

Kamloops

DoubleTree by Hilton Kamloops

DoubleTree by Hilton Kamloops: Nestled in the heart of Kamloops City Center, an ideal spot from which to discover Kamloops (BC). From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
(Refurbished: 2013; Rooms: 100)

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Vancouver

Vancouver

Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver (Standard)

Located in downtown Vancouver just a few minutes walk from Robson Street and Canada Place, this towering modern hotel has all the amenities you need to stay in style. Request for a corner room above the 14th floor for epic views. (Refurbished: 2016; Rooms: 733)

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Vancouver

Vancouver

Georgian Court Hotel (Standard)

This SLH member is one of Vancouver’s finest boutique 4-star hotels, set in downtown Vancouver just a short stroll to Robson Street. (Refurbished: 2017; Rooms: 180)

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Port Hardy

Port Hardy

Glen Lyon Inn

A waterfront Port Hardy hotel with modern deluxe hotel rooms and Banquet Rooms situated on beautiful Northern Vancouver Island. All rooms and suites face Hardy Bay and not far from downtown. (Refurbished: 2017; Rooms: 44)

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Great Bear Rain Forest

Great Bear Rain Forest

Great Bear Lodge

Set amidst the remote Great Bear Rainforest accessible only by seaplane, this self-contained floating lodge is powered by wind and solar energy as commitment to low-impact tourism. Enjoy two daily viewing sessions on joined-in basis accompanied by expert biologists. This lodge is rated by National Geographic Adventure as one of the world’s best adventure travel companies and BBC used the lodge for “Secrets of Our Living Planet” filming base. (Refurbished: 2014; Rooms: 8)

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Category 2

Indicative cost per peson (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 17,380
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 15,680
Single Supplement S$ 4,080

Fairmont Palliser Calgary • Rimrock Resort in Banff • Rocky Moutaineer Train • DoubleTree by Hilton Kamloops • Fairmont Hotel Vancouver • Glen Lyon Inn Port Hardy • Great Bear Lodge in Great Bear Rain Forest

Calgary

Calgary

Fairmont Palliser (21sqm Fairmont Room)

An elegant landmark renowned for timeless luxury and modern amenities such as high-speed internet and in-room movies. The stately hotel at the heart of Calgary is connected by skywalk to Calgary Tower and Glenbow Museum. For a royal stay, book the Royal Suite used by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990. (Refurbished: 2015; Rooms: 407)

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Banff

Banff

Rimrock Resort (Premium Room)

Located away from Banff town at the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the nine-storey resort at the slope of Sulphur Mountain is an exceptional value for money given its stunning alpine views, especially from the higher floors! Hotel also provides a complimentary pass for local bus service into the town. (Refurbished: 2014; Rooms: 140)

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Canadian Rockies Train

Canadian Rockies Train

Rocky Moutaineer (GoldLeaf Service)

The all-daylight rail travel is inclusive of 2 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 night of Kamloops hotel accommodation.

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Kamloops

Kamloops

DoubleTree by Hilton Kamloops (Standard Room)

Nestled in the heart of Kamloops City Center, an ideal spot from which to discover Kamloops (BC). From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. (Refurbished: 2013; Rooms: 100)

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Vancouver

Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (Fairmont Room)

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver brings you the luxury and services of a world-class hotel with the elegance and charm of an English castle. This vibrant and cosmopolitan hotel has 556 elegantly appointed rooms contained in a castle-like exterior. (Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 557)

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Port Hardy

Port Hardy

Glen Lyon Inn (Standard Room)

A waterfront Port Hardy hotel with modern deluxe hotel rooms and Banquet Rooms situated on beautiful Northern Vancouver Island. All rooms and suites face Hardy Bay and not far from downtown. (Refurbished: 2017; Rooms: 44)

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Great Bear Rain Forest

Great Bear Rain Forest

Great Bear Lodge

Set amidst the remote Great Bear Rainforest accessible only by seaplane, this self-contained floating lodge is powered by wind and solar energy as commitment to low-impact tourism. Enjoy two daily viewing sessions on joined-in basis accompanied by expert biologists. This lodge is rated by National Geographic Adventure as one of the world’s best adventure travel companies and BBC used the lodge for “Secrets of Our Living Planet” filming base. (Refurbished: 2014; Rooms: 8)

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Upgrade Hotel

Upgrade Cat. 2 hotel in Banff

Upgrade Cat. 2 hotel in Banff

to Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (19m2 Deluxe)

Located in the heart of Banff National Park with breathtaking views, this world-renowned resort is dubbed Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies”, having provided legendary hospitality whether cozy rooms tucked in quiet castle corners or spacious suites with sweeping views. (Refurbished: 2015; Rooms: 768)

Indicative additional cost per person (SGD)

Twin Share S$ 480
Single Share S$ 960
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Upgrade 6D5N Port Hardy & Great Bear Lodge

Upgrade 6D5N Port Hardy & Great Bear Lodge

to 4D3N Sonora Resort (Gold Room)

This Relais and Chateaux hotel combines 5-star luxury with thrilling outdoor adventures against the wild beauty of British Columbia’s West Coast less than an hour from Vancouver by seaplane. Located at the northern end of Desolation Sound, the resort’s main lodge comes with restaurant, tapas bar, lounge bar, theatre, games area, gift shop and wine cellar. Your stay includes 3 meals, a 4.5-hour bear tour and 2-hour Eco Tour on shared basis. (Units: 12)

Indicative additional cost per person (SGD)

Twin Share S$ 1,420
Single Share S$ 2,130
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Upgrade 6D5N Port Hardy & Great Bear Lodge

Upgrade 6D5N Port Hardy & Great Bear Lodge

to 4D3N Tweedsmuir Park Lodge (Chalet)

Famed for its warm, homely environment where guests can relax in the great lounge in front huge fireplaces, leather sofas and piano. Ranging from fisherman’s cottages to luxurious chalets, most units have log burning stoves and queen beds. Make use of the spa (bookable in advance) and soak in the outdoor hot tub or retire to the lodge deck for breathtaking mountain views of the 8,000-feet rock peak of Mount Stupendous. (Units: 11)

Indicative additional cost per person (SGD)

Twin Share S$ 1,760
Single Share S$ 2,640
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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local English-speaking driver guide in each city
  • All entrance fees in sights stated
  • Domestic flights in Canada in Economy Class as stated in tour program with specify checked in luggage allowance
  • Meals as stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Breakfast at Port Hardy hotel
  • Lunch on Day 10
  • Lunches & dinners unless specify
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Canada ESTA

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