Canadian Rockies Rail, Sail And Grizzly Bear Adventure

16

days

per person from $ 4,940

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (7 reviews)

Discover the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies on this spectacular train journey. Travel through untouched wilderness from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Northwest. See magnificent grizzly bears with our local guides in Prince Rupert. Then sail down the rugged coast through Inside Passage for a day. Indulge with two nights at a coastal lodge soaking in all the views. Feel awe struck by the vast coastal forests and wildlife to be seen. End your trip with sighseeing in Victoria and Vancouver.
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The ‘Bear’ Essentials

Of all the Canadian rail tours we offer, this package features the most diverse scenery and wildlife of Western Canada. Start off by discovering the magic of Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Continue on your journey by visiting a misty cedar forest, viewing breaching whales appear before your eyes as you gaze from the deck of your inside passage cruise ship, and learning about First Nations heritage. Follow this with an amazing Canadian train journey to the Canadian Rockies where you will see magnificent geological formations, turquoise lakes, mountain goats, and black bears.

What we love about this trip

• 2 days on VIA Rail's Skeena train
• Explore the magnificent Rocky Mountains & Vancouver Island's east coast
• Grizzly watching and whale watching
• Campbell River’s Painter’s Lodge
• Vancouver and the spectacular Butchart Gardens in Victoria
• Inside Passage day cruise
• Option to add a Rocky Mountaineer train journey to the end of your trip

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Vancouver
As you arrive into Vancouver today, you are being met at the Airport and transferred to your hotel downtown.

Day 2 - Vancouver
You have a full day to explore the city of Vancouver. Use your, hop-on hop-off trolley pass, the perfect way to discover the sights of historic Gastown, English Bay, Granville Island, the colorful totem poles of scenic Stanley Park and much more.

Day 3 - Vancouver to Victoria
You leave Vancouver behind today as you join a transfer that will take you from Vancouver via coach and ferry across the Strait of Georgia and on to Vancouver Island. Check into your hotel and explore this quaint little city on your own this afternoon.

Day 4 - Victoria Sightseeing & Butchart Gardens
Take a leisurely day to acquaint yourself with Victoria. A guided sightseeing tour will delight you, before spending time at the world famous Butchart gardens. Afterwards, join locals at a nearby park to gaze at towering totem poles, or sit on the harbor front sipping a drink, listening to the clink of masts in the marina.

Day 5 - Victoria to Campbell River
A sightseeing coach transfer takes you from charming Victoria today to Campbell River up the coast on Central Vancouver Island. Settle into your hotel and enjoy the lovely views of Painters Lodge and Marina. Spend two nights at the historic Painter’s Lodge, considered the world’s finest salmon fishing destination.

Day 6 – Wildlife Watching - Campbell River
Depending on the month, take to the water today to witness Orca whales as they congregate around the rich waters of Telegraph cove. Seeing the Killer Whales in their natural habitat, in such magnificent surroundings, is a once in a lifetime experience.

Day 7 - Campbell River to Port Hardy
Travel north along Vancouver Island today as your motor coach transfer makes its way along the Island’s coast. This scenic transfer takes you to Port Hardy, a quaint fishing town on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Day 8 - The Inside Passage - Prince Rupert to Port Hardy
The Inside Passage stimulates your senses and keeps you in awe all day. This is the Pacific Northwest at its finest. Calm inlets, majestic old-growth forests, and towering coastal mountains appear before you. The salt tinged air of the Pacific Ocean fills your lungs as the breeze tickles your face. Arrive late this evening in Prince Rupert in the North of BC.

Day 9 & 10 – Grizzly Bear Viewing in Prince Rupert
Enjoy these days exploring Northern British Columbia. You may wish to visit the North Pacific Cannery and Museum of Northern British Columbia.

Cruise to the untouched wilderness of Khutzeymateen Valley, home to the highest population of Grizzlies in North America. Listen to your guide tell stories of historic native villages, as you encounter porpoises, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, and blue herons along the way. From rugged coastal mountains of the Khutzeymateen Valley, you will spot your first grizzly bear grazing in a meadow or tending her cubs - a memory you will cherish for life.

Day 11 - Canadian Train - Prince Rupert to Prince George onboard VIA Rail’s Skeena
Start your train vacation back onboard VIA Rail’s Skeena. Enjoy the rugged beauty and pioneering character of a landscape once solely traveled by First nation people and fur traders. The train follows the turbulent currents of the Skeena River traveling through the spectacular canyons and open valleys in the presence of ever present mountain ridges.

Day 12 - Canadian Rockies by Train - Prince George to Jasper onboard VIA Rail’s
Skeena
Continue your train journey, bound for the Rockies today. All around you are windows – 360 degrees of spectacular scenery surround the Skeena train as you travel through the dense forest of British Columbia. Endless mountain ranges, remote communities and native history are just outside your window, so don’t take your eyes off the horizon. Arrive into the small Rockies town of Jasper tonight and overnight at the Sawridge Hotel.

Day 13 - A Full Day in the Rockies - Discover Jasper
Today is a full day in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Explore the rich Maligne Valley with a guide, and then relax on a cruise across mystical Maligne Lake.

Day 14 - The Icefields Parkway - Jasper to Lake Louise
Many wonders await you today on a small group tour along the Icefields Parkway. The most exciting of these is a visit to the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest and most accessible icefields south of the Arctic Circle. Step out of the Ice Explorer and set your feet on ice millions of years old. Elk, moose, mountain goats and even bears like to make an appearance for our guests, seen clambering up mountainsides or drinking from the cool mountain streams. After nearly a full day touring and a delicious picnic lunch, you arrive in Lake Louise. Enjoy your evening! Overnight at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 15 - Lake Louise to Banff
After a leisurely morning in Lake Louise, transfer with a guide to vibrant Banff, biggest town in the Rockies. Spend the afternoon exploring the many shops and atmosphere of this bustling town.

Day 16 - Explore the Southern Canadian Rockies - Banff
Wake up to the sound of swaying mountain pines - soon a Fresh Tracks Canada guide will take you on an intimate tour of Banff and its surrounding areas. The Bow Valley, Lake Minnewanka, and the history of Banff reveal their secrets on your small group tour. Finally, soar to the peak of Sulphur Mountain, before heading back to your hotel. Overnight in Banff.

Day 17 - With Fond Memories Made – Depart to Calgary
Much too soon, you leave the clean air and colorful sights of Canada behind as your Canadian train vacation comes to an end. A coach transfer will take you to Calgary Airport and your flight home.

Note - the drive from Banff to Calgary is around 2 hours.

 

 

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What's Included

Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...

Grizzly bear viewing excursion - Grizzly bear viewing excursion
Grizzly bear viewing excursion
Butchart Gardens and Victoria tour - Butchart Gardens and Victoria tour
Butchart Gardens and Victoria tour
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea - Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer

 

 

 

Customize this trip a little... or a lot

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Bear watching at Knight Inlet Lodge - Bear watching at Knight Inlet Lodge
Bear watching at Knight Inlet Lodge
Renting a car and exploring the area - Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Salmon fishing guided adventure - Salmon fishing guided adventure
Salmon fishing guided adventure
Canoe paddling Lake Louise - Canoe paddling Lake Louise
Canoe paddling Lake Louise

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

• 16 nights of hotel accommodation
• 2 spectacular days on Via Rail’s Skeena train, from Prince Rupert to Jasper (touring class from June 8th departure onwards, including dedicated dome car access and 3 meals each day
• BC Ferries Inside Passage Day Cruise, in an outboard private cabin
• Hop on / off tour of Vancouver
• Victoria sightseeing with Butchart Gardens tour
• Grizzly bear viewing in Prince Rupert or Campbell River (see notes below)
• Whale watching in Prince Rupert or Campbell River (see notes below)
• Nature tour along Maligne Valley, and a cruise on stunning Maligne Lake (note - cruise available from early June onwards)
• Small group sightseeing transfer along the Icefields Parkway, including a picnic lunch and a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
• Small group sightseeing tour of Banff and its surroundings (3 hour)
• Banff Gondola Ride
• A private transfer between Vancouver airport and hotel
• Coach and ferry transfer from Vancouver to Victoria
• Sightseeing transfer from Victoria to Campbell River
• Transfer from Campbell River to Port Hardy
• Train station transfer in Jasper
• Interpretive transfer between Lake Louise and Banff
• Bus transfer between Banff and Calgary airport
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

To accommodate the best wildlife viewing seasons, the following activities occur at these times:

May & June start dates
Wildlife Adventure Cruise from Campbell River
Bear Viewing Tour from Prince Rupert

July start dates
Whale Watching Cruise from Campbell River
Bear Viewing Tour from Prince Rupert

August start dates
Wildlife Adventure Cruise from Campbell River
Whale Watching Cruise from Prince Rupert

September start dates
Bear Viewing Tour from Campbell River
Whale Watching Cruise from Prince Rupert

 

Customization & Upgrade Ideas

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize it to match your needs...

• Upgrade your hotel and lodge accommodations
• Include a stay at the Knight Inlet Lodge in Campbell River, to fully immerse yourself in the bear watching experience and to experience a fly-in floating lodge
• Head out with a guide for a half day fishing adventure in Banff
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore the nature trails with a naturalist guide, enjoy a gentle guided canoe paddle on Lake Louise, indulge in afternoon tea in the Fairview dining room, add a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure
• Add on a few days in the Olympic town of Whistler, along with a food tasting tour or exhilerating zip line tour
• For a full loop of spectacular British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies, add a Rocky Mountaineer train journey back to Vancouver at the end of your trip

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Train station and ferry transfers in Prince George and Prince Rupert (quick taxi ride)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

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Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Exterior of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Lobby of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Pool of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Night exterior of lodge

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Enjoy the ambiance of a beautiful Banff mountain lodge. After a day of skiing, the Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is an oasis of relaxation. Comfortable rooms with mountain inspired décor beckon. Relax your tired muscles in the jetted whirlpool or for the ultimate treat, visit the Red Earth Spa for an après-ski massage. One of Canada's most popular steak houses is located on site; visit for lunch, dinner or an evening appetizer and cocktail. Located just 10 minutes from downtown Banff, the lodge is perfectly located near the mountains and the village.

Sawridge Inn - Exterior of hotelSawridge Inn - Restaurant at hotelSawridge Inn - Hotel in winter

Sawridge Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.

Painter’s Lodge Resort - A historic lodge in a stunning locationPainter’s Lodge Resort - Let the lodge guides take you on a once in a lifetime Pacific salmon fishing expeditionPainter’s Lodge Resort - Relax in a spavious room, many with an ocean view

Painter’s Lodge Resort

An example of our Coastal Lodge accommodations

Nestled on the pristine shores of Vancouver Island, Painter's Lodge offers world-class BC salmon fishing, thrilling wildlife and nature tours, breathtaking scenery and all the amenities you'd expect from a resort. Enjoy the complimentary 10-minute water taxi across Discovery Passage to beautiful Quadra Island, where you can enjoy the Lodge's sister property.

 

 

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Prices & Dates

2014 Start Dates

Starts in Vancouver on:
May 11, 15, 25, 29
June 8, 12, 22, 26
July 6, 10, 20
August 3, 7, 17, 21, 31
September 14, 18

To accommodate the best wildlife viewing seasons, the following activities occur at these times:

May & June start dates
Wildlife Adventure Cruise from Campbell River
Bear Viewing Tour from Prince Rupert

July start dates
Whale Watching Cruise from Campbell River
Bear Viewing Tour from Prince Rupert

August start dates
Wildlife Adventure Cruise from Campbell River
Whale Watching Cruise from Prince Rupert

September start dates
Bear Viewing Tour from Campbell River
Whale Watching Cruise from Prince Rupert


Pricing chart guide
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people occupying a room
• Triple and child rates are available

Comfort Hotels and Lodges, starting in VancouverUSD
SingleDouble
May 11 - May 29, 20147,6124,940
Jun 8 - Jun 26, 20149,0395,734
Jul 6 - Jul 20, 20149,3025,950
Aug 3 - Aug 21, 20149,0355,681
Sep 4 - Sep 18, 20149,0425,824

 

 

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Thank you so much for a great Vacation

Thank you so much for a great Vacation

Star Rating 5
June 28, 2013

We enjoyed every minute of our experience in BC and Alberta. We are interested in returning for the Vancouver to Calgary itinerary one day. I understand that Rocky Mountaineer runs that route. We are 'singing your praises' for a... read more trip well done to all our travel friends in Florida. You attended to all the details that made it perfect. The limo service could not have been better. Such helpful and nice young men! Rocky Mountaineer and BC Ferries... WOW. You have spoiled us for anything but the best in the future. Georgian Court Hotel was wonderful. Excursions were fun and educational for us. Thank you for the surprise of wine for our last evening in Vancouver. We all toasted you for a job well done. We owned a travel agency in the 80's and I remember the hard work involved in planning these vacations. You made it seem so simple!

Everything was beyond our expectations

Everything was beyond our expectations

Star Rating 5
June 16, 2013

We want to tell you how much we enjoyed the travel arrangements you made for us. Everything was beyond our expectations. The extra arrangements, such as the cabin on the BC Ferries, transportation transfers, and room upgrades, just... read more made it more enjoyable. The most notable parts included the Rocky Mountaineer and the BC Ferries – much nicer than we ever expected. We had exceptionally good weather, with rain only in Jasper for the boat tour on Lake Maligne and one part of the ferry ride. We had clear days for a rare view of the complete Mount Robson, the grizzly bears and eagles out of Prince Rupert, Vancouver from Grouse Mountain, all of the scenery along the VIA Rail route, and much of the inland passage. We visited Capilano Suspension Bridge on our last day and had a very enjoyable morning before our flights home. And we certainly enjoyed the bottles of wine in our rooms on our last night in Vancouver. I am very glad I called you to make these custom travel arrangements. Thank you very much.

A splendid trip around your great country

A splendid trip around your great country

Star Rating 5
June 16, 2013

We have safely returned home after a splendid trip around your great country and British Columbia. Jan and I extend our thanks for all your efforts to arrange this trip and make it a very special one indeed. It turns out my initial... read more worries were quite unfounded and all went extremely well. We will recommend this trip to friends and neighbors and without hesitation refer them to Fresh Tracks Canada and you personally for travel assistance.

Thank you for arranging a truly spectacular trip

Thank you for arranging a truly spectacular trip

Star Rating 5
May 18, 2013

It was truly a wonderful trip! We are now completely exhausted and feel we now need a real vacation. We do want to give you some feedback. But first, thank you for arranging a truly spectacular Canadian Rockies trip with the add-on... read more of a Seattle cruise at the end. Features of the trip – The Vancouver City Highlights Tour, Museum of Anthropology and Sutton Place Hotel were all well worth experiencing. We had been to the museum before, and were determined to enjoy it again, so we thank you for that. Although it's a bit out of the way, it is a truly spiritual experience (and we don't say that often), especially the thrilling modern sculpture illustrating the raven legend. Rocky Mountaineer, Vancouver to Jasper, was a sheer delight. We were wined, dined and coddled until it was quite embarrassing. The trip was worth it for the Rocky Mountaineer itself. It was the Gold Leaf Service that did it. One slight glitch was the location of the pickup for the Rocky Mountaineer—from a different hotel from the one where we were staying. Although the pickup point was specified in our detailed itinerary, that went by us, and it took an alert hotel desk clerk to notice the problem as we waited for the transfer to arrive to pick us up. He arranged for a cab to take us to the station. At the same time, he made sure that the fare would be paid for by your company. Nothing was lost, just a bit of anxiety. We actually wouldn't have been able to get to the pickup hotel (two sloping blocks away) on foot with all our baggage. Incidentally, it was very important to have Jack's 'roller' with us, and it was easily accommodated by everyone along the way. The Banff Tour, the gondola, and Lake Louise were jewels and the Banff Caribou Lodge was a good choice. Lake Louise deserves more time. For us, the ice explorer could have been omitted—too much transferring from one vehicle to another without great reward, as the ice, alas, is in retreat. Unfortunately, we were too exhausted to visit the Whyte Museum of the Rockies. Next time! After the Rocky Mountaineer, I am sure you can appreciate that the Via Rail was not up to the same standard. The food on sale was particularly dreadful but we know we were out of season in that regard. All other arrangements were well handled, and the viewing of the spectacular scenery was fine. The stop in Prince George was lackluster but we didn't expect otherwise. On the other hand, Prince Rupert was potentially an absolute jewel and deserved more time, especially since we were there on a Sunday when, as it turned out, everything was closed. Even the buses didn't run. We inquired about hiring a cab to visit the famous cannery somewhere out of town and were told that it would cost $100 for the trip there and back. We didn't feel that we could manage that. Also, the famous museum in town was also closed on Sunday so we missed both attractions in this unusually attractive town. Oh well, next time. The Inside Passage was scenic and relaxing, though we unfortunately did not meet up with even one whale. Again, next time. The bus trip from Port Hardy to Victoria was relaxing and scenic. Not much to see, as you probably know. Victoria is another Jewel and deserves more time. We especially enjoyed the tour of the town and the Royal BC Museum which you so kindly added to our itinerary. It matches the Vancouver Anthropology Museum and may even outdo it in certain ways especially when it comes to First Nation artifacts. We missed the Gardens due to fatigue. All the restaurants we visited were very good but I believe that two deserve special recognition. The Sala Thai in Vancouver serves exceptional Thai food and a Japanese Restaurant in Banff was unforgettable. We experienced one mishap on the trip. One night, at the Banff Caribou Lodge, we were awakened at about 12:30 AM by the fire alarm. Everybody came streaming out of their rooms sniffing for smoke, but it turned out to be a false alarm and we all fell back into bed. We were rewarded the next day by the hotel management who gave us a $15 credit for food on the hotel bill. You gave us a great trip for which we will always be beholden to you. You were the maker of it and our family and friends will hear all about it.

Thanks so much for helping make our anniversary so memorable

Thanks so much for helping make our anniversary so memorable

Star Rating 5
May 17, 2013

We had a terrific trip, everything went so smoothly we couldn't have asked for a more carefree time. My favorite part of the trip was Butchart Gardens and my husband absolutely loved the train trip. We can confirm the Canadian reputation... read more of its residents being friendly and helpful, everyone we encountered was so pleasant. Thanks so much for helping make our anniversary so memorable!

Perfectly organized

Perfectly organized

Star Rating 5
May 16, 2007

Everything went exceptionally well - perfectly organized and great places and people - we really enjoyed it all.

We enjoyed every moment

We enjoyed every moment

Star Rating 5
November 11, 2006

We arrived home safe and sound yesterday afternoon – what a wonderful trip you planned for us – we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our stay in Canada.

 

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Trip Map & Outline

Canadian Rockies Rail, Sail And Grizzly Bear Adventure  – Map
Arrive Vancouver
2 nights Vancouver
2 nights Victoria
2 nights Campbell River
1 night Port Hardy
3 nights Prince Rupert
1 night Prince George
2 nights Jasper
1 night Lake Louise
2 nights Banff
Depart Calgary

What Clients Say

Thank you so much for a great Vacation

Star Rating 5

We enjoyed every minute of our experience in BC and Alberta. We are interested in returning for the Vancouver to Calgary itinerary one day. I understand that Rocky Mountaineer runs that route. We are 'singing your praises' for a trip well done to all our travel friends in Florida. You attended to...

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