ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS IN CANADA
Family Holiday Overview
Embark on an unforgettable family adventure holiday taking in the wilds of Western Canada, a place where scenery unfolds with heart-stopping beauty at every turn. Start your journey in the Canadian Rockies, a place where saw-toothed peaks stand guard over deep turquoise lakes and streams fed by ice fields cascade through rock-walled canyons. See elk and deer grazing by the roadsides, and caribou, comedic moose and grizzly bear roaming the backcountry.
Explore the Okanagan Valley, home to countless orchards and wineries. Watch Shakespeare performed in a hilltop amphitheatre at sunset, go horse-riding through silent sagebrush-covered hills or tour a First Nations desert cultural centre. Take the ferry across to Vancouver Island; studded with colourful, quirky communities and the perfect place to ‘crank up’ the activity notch. Take a whale-watching trip to spot majestic humpbacks and playful orcas or a grizzly trip to see bears fish for salmon in a coastal inlet. Explore the vast wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park with its majestic waterfalls and opportunities for camping, canoeing and star gazing.
End your Canadian adventure holiday in Vancouver, the ‘City of Glass’, with its sunset-framed beaches squeezed between unfurling ocean and mountain panoramas. Add on as much adventure as you wish with white-water rafting, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, canyoning and glacier hikes available.
- The UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of four national parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay) covering 20,000sqkm
- The highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies is Mt. Robson at 12,972ft
- Banff National Park’s wildlife can cross the Trans-Canada highway on specially built over and under passes
- The largest lake in Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka (yes that really is its name) is man-made. When it was dammed the tiny resort village of Minnewanka Landing was drowned
- It is possible to see the Northern Lights in the Canadian Rockies. The best time to see them is in August and September
- Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, is the Bathtub Racing capital of the world
- All of the grey squirrels in Stanley Park, Vancouver, are descended from eight pairs given to Vancouver by New York City in 1909
- Whistler is named after the hoary marmot which gives a piercing whistle sound to warn of danger
- Famous people who were born or lived most of their life in Vancouver include Michael Buble, Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson, Michael J. Fox and Ryan Reynolds
We have recently returned from a simply amazing trip Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. Having just read through the comments from other people I can only reiterate these. Sally plans things meticulously, so important when you're travelling around with children catching ferries etc - she advised us on how long it would take to get from place to place and gave us loads of options of what we could do when we arrived, so there was no time wasting - we could make the most of every moment. She encouraged us to book activities in advance, sending through all the options and links that we needed, so we squeezed every last drop of adventure out of our trip. I'll most definitely book with her again
I have just returned from a fabulous family holiday to Canada organised by Sally. I set the budget and we chatted about what we wanted to achieve. Sally made suggestions of trips and activities I wouldn't have thought of, away from the usual tourist areas. Sally booked all the flights, car hire, hotels and some trips. She then gave me so much information of other things to do while travelling and places to stop and admire the views. All the time I was in control and could change the itinerary during the planning process. As an independent traveller, that was important to me. Sally has travelled to many places on my bucket list and I will definitely use her again on our next adventure.