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12 DAY SPECTACULAR BRITISH COLUMBIA & ALBERTA

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Vancouver, Nanaimo, Port Hardy, Prince Rupert,...
BRITISH COLUMBIA TOUR
Journey through the stunningly diverse landscape of British Columbia and Alberta; from the rugged Rocky Mountains to the dense, lush coastal forest of northern British Columbia and the stunning western coast dotted with pristine islands.
Start Location: Vancouver End Location: Vancouver
TOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cow Bay
  • North Pacific Cannery
  • VIA Rail Skeena Train
  • Maligne Canyon
  • Vancouver City Tour
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Stanley Park
  • Granville Island Public Market
  • Okanagan Wine Tasting and Tour
  • Yoho National Park
  • The Last Spike
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Banff National Park
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Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, located on Canada's Pacific coast is spectacular by nature! Surrounded by ocean and a backdrop of lush rainforest, snow-capped mountains and fjords, this "city of nature" is an ethnically diverse, modern and laid-back metropolis renowned for its mix of urban, outdoor and wildlife adventures. There is no easy way to describe Vancouver, rated as one of the world's topmost live-able cities; you'll just have to see for yourself.
Overnight: Vancouver
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Vancouver, BC

Today we embark on a full day of sightseeing in Vancouver as we explore the culture, art and history that comes together to define the city. Our city tour includes the neighbourhoods of Gastown, Chinatown, English Bay, Robson Street and Stanley Park, a National Historic Site of Canada featuring 400 hectares of coastal rainforest in the heart of Vancouver.Capilano Suspension Park, most well known for the famed Capilano Suspension Bridge also features history and culture of the Salish First Nation. Take a walk across the famed Capilano Suspension Bridge, surrounded by towering forest hanging high above the Capilano River; the bridge was originally built in 1889.Next we take in Granville Island at the Granville Island Public Market featuring an incredible assortment of food and produce, unique gifts and handcrafted gifts that has all been locally sourced and produced.Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure to explore Vancouver how you choose.
Overnight: Vancouver
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Vancouver - Kelowna, BC

Leaving behind the urban metropolis of Vancouver, we travel north to Kelowna. Travelling through the Fraser Valley, a valley created during the last ice age, it was once consumed with glacier stretching across the valley between the surrounding mountains.This afternoon we arrive in Kelowna, located on the shores of Okanagan Lake, in the heart of the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Kelowna is surrounded not only by forest and mountains, but also numerous orchards and vineyards that produce the fresh fruit and wine that makes the region so famous.Indulge tonight as we take in a tour and wine tasting followed by a locally sourced dinner at winery.
Overnight: Kelowna
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Kelowna - Banff, AB

Today our journey continues west today as we venture in to the Great Canadian Rockies. Along the way we make a stop at "The Last Spike", where the ceremonial last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway train line was driven in, in 1885. The Railway line joining British Columbia to the rest of Canada was a necessity in order to get British Columbia to join the Canadian Confederation as a province of Canada.Early this afternoon we arrive in Yoho National Park and explore Takkakaw Falls, the pristine nature and beauty of emerald lake and the Spiral Tunnels, another piece of Canadian Railway history. The Kicking Horse Pass, where the rail line was intended to travel through was far too steep for trains of the time to safely navigate. In 1909, the Spiral Tunnels were completed and have successfully allowed trains to ascend and descend Kicking Horse Pass safely.Late this afternoon, we arrive in the town of Banff, the heartbeat of Banff National Park. Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada's oldest National Park earning a UNESCO World Heritage designation is 1984.
Overnight: Banff
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Banff, AB

Banff is a resort town and one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations. Known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs, it is a destination for outdoor sports. We begin our tour of Banff today with a Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain offering a spectacular view of the surrounding Bow Valley. Our tour continues to Bow Falls, Cascade Gardens, the Mysterious hoodoos and Lake Minnewanka.Lake Minnewanka is a glacial lake fed by the Castle River located just outside of Banff town. Indigenous people inhabited areas surrounding the lake as far back as 10 000 years ago according to archaeologists who have discovered tools and speaks around the lake. We join an interpretive cruise of Lake Minnewanka and delve deeper in to the history of this beautiful lake.
Overnight: Banff
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Banff - Jasper, AB

Departing Banff today, we travel the historic Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise, the Jewell of the Rockies. Spend some time at leisure to enjoy the view and explore the area around this iconic lake.We continue to the Icefield Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in the world and the main highway connecting the resort towns of Banff and Jasper. Rich with wildlife, ancient glaciers and pristine lakes, keep your cameras handy as there is a photo opportunity at along every curve in the road.This afternoon we arrive at the Columbia Icefields Discovery Centre where we board the Ice Explorer, a specially designed vehicle which travels right on to the Athabasca Glacier, the largest non-polar icefield in the world. You can walk, feel and even drink from the Athabasca Glacier, it is truly the opportunity of a lifetime!At the conclusion of our spectacular day on the Icefield Parkway, we arrive in Jasper National Park and the quaint mountain town of Jasper.
Overnight: Jasper
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Jasper - Prince George, BC

This morning we discover Jasper and the Maligne Valley, a journey abundant in wildlife viewing opportunities and history of the surrounding natural landscapes. A short walk in to Maligne canyon allows for fantastic views of waterfalls carving in to the ancient limestone. Next up is Medicine Lake, a mysterious disappearing lake whose waters change seasonally as flow rates from surrounding glaciers fill the empty lake basin.This afternoon we board the VIA Rail train and begin our journey along the Skeena line to Prince Rupert. Sit back, relax and enjoy the panoramic view afforded by the glass domes car in touring class. The departure from Jasper takes the train past Moose Lake, before traversing Mount Robson Provincial Park with a view of Mount Robson. Take a moment to contemplate a landscape dotted with sparkling lakes, rustic hamlets along the way.Tonight we disembark the train in Prince George for a comfortable overnight in a local hotel.
Overnight: Prince George
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Prince George - Prince Rupert, BC

Early this morning we once again board the VIA Rail train and continue our journey along the famed Skeena Rail line. The section between Smithers and Terrace is said to be the most picturesque part of the journey along with the approach into Prince Rupert.This evening we arrive in Prince Rupert, a remote port town in Northwest British Columbia, with a rich history and culture surrounded by dense forest that offers a gateway to the Inside Passage.
Overnight: Prince Rupert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Prince Rupert, BC

Today we discover this beautiful coastal city and the rich history it possesses. We visit the North Pacific Cannery, the longest running cannery in British Columbia's history for an in depth guided tour.The North Pacific Cannery was formed in 1889 and operated as a premier salmon production and canning facility for almost 90 years until the late 1970's. No operating as a museum to preserve the history of the Cannery, we will explore the site with a guided tour and finish with a historically inspired lunch at the Cannery.This afternoon enjoy some time at leisure to explore Cow Bay and the many shops and restaurants along Prince Rupert's pristine waterfront.
Overnight: Prince Rupert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Prince Rupert - Port Hardy, BC

This morning we board a BC Ferries vessel to begin our journey through the Inside Passage. The Inside Passage is a heavily used route for all types of sea faring vessels - container ships, cruise ships and fishing craft. This Inside Passage spans the distance from southeastern Alaska through Western British Columbia and in addition to being a scenic route for passenger vessels, offers a calmer sailing and protection to large freight vessels from the often rough and unpredictable waters of the open ocean.The full day sailing allows for unobstructed views of British Columbia's spectacular coast rainforest, mountains, beaches and waterfalls that dot the islands and mainland coast.
Overnight: Port Hardy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Port Hardy - Nanaimo, BC

Our Inside Passage cruise comes to an end this morning as we disembark in Port Hardy, a small town located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island.Vancouver Island is a paradise on the pacific coast, known for spectacular scenery, a thriving arts community, pristine wilderness and is home to Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia.Early this afternoon we arrive at Horne Lakes Provincial Park, home to over 1000 protected caves, filled with crystal formations and fossils to explore. We'll go in to the caves with a park interpreter that will expertly guide us through these spectacular caves.Early this evening we arrive in Nanaimo, a wonderful harbour-side town that is a gateway to natural adventure on Vancouver Island and famous of a specialty cake aptly named Nanaimo Bar.
Overnight: Nanaimo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Nanaimo - Vancouver, BC

We take a relatively short, but scenic cruise to Vancouver where your journey comes to an end.
Meals: Breakfast
DATES & PRICES
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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 11 nights of accommodation (3.5-4 star)
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Transportation on deluxe motorcoach
EXCLUSIONS
  • Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
  • Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not listed
  • Attractions not listed
  • Credit card payment fees, where applicable
  • Airfare — domestic and international (Unless Specified)
  • Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)

Why Take An Anderson Tour?

Seasoned Tour Guides Get a deeper understanding with storytelling tailored to your interests.
Space To Breathe We never max out buses even if we use the same size bus as the competition.
All Inclusive No hidden expenses along the way. Competitors offer activities as an extra - we don't

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FEATURED ACTIVITIES

Experience the Canadian Rockies from a new perspective while cruising beautiful Lake Minnewanka on this panoramic one-hour interpretive cruise. Bask in the breathtaking mountain scenery and...

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Tour Questions

What is the maximum number of travellers in a group?

Anderson Vacations specializes in Small Group Fully Escorted tours. If the tour is classified as a 'Classic Tour', up to of 24 persons may join the tour although tours commonly travel with anywhere between 18 to 24 travellers. However, if the tour is classified as a 'Tour of Distinction, only up to of 18 persons join the tour and many Tours of Distinction travel with 12 to 18 travellers.

What are Guaranteed Departures?

After dreaming about travel to an exciting destination, arranging for time off work, booking your flights the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled. Anderson vacation's Pre-Guaranteed tours take the uncertainty away from planning your travel and give you peace of mind to book our tours. Pre-Guaranteed Tours are group tours that we have already confirmed as certain to travel on the specified date. All 'Guaranteed Tours' will travel except in the event of a natural disaster or a catastrophic event that is beyond our control. They may already have the minimum number of people booked or else are tours that are known to be popular. Select departures of many tours are 'Pre- Guaranteed'.

What is the average age of passengers for this tour?

Our tours are suitable for all age demographics. The average age of travelers is typically 45+

How physically demanding is this tour? Are you able to accommodate people with mobility restrictions/limitations?

Some tours are mainly coach based and may not be physically demanding while others may require walking inclines or on rough surfaces to access interesting locations. Please check with us and your booking agent carefully and discuss your mobility restrictions before completing any tour booking to ensure this style of travel is right for you.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

What is your recommended spending amount for non-included meals?

The suggested allowance for non-included meals is $40.00 – $60.00 CAD per day (with tipping).

Can you accommodate passengers with dietary restrictions (food allergies, vegan, vegetarian etc.)?

Yes, but within reason. There are many meals included on our fully escorted tours. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking so we can ensure there are alternative meal choices.
Booking & Flight Questions

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Yes! We can help with booking airport transfers for you in most locations at a reasonable extra cost. Several tours have airport transfers already included. Please ask for details.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking additional nights of hotel accommodation for you before and after your fully escorted tour. Please inquire for further information and prices.

Can you assist with booking airline flights?

Yes! We can help with booking your flights for you. We do not recommend you book any flights until you receive your booking confirmation from Anderson Vacations including specific confirmation that your tour is 'Guaranteed'. Please be aware that you may be liable for airline cancellation costs should your tour not become guaranteed and your travel dates need to be amended or cancelled.

I am a solo traveler. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel rooms with another same gender traveller. No Single Supplement payment is charged to you in this case.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire about this option, as prices and availability varies from tour to tour.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

Anderson Vacations works with many private groups and helps to customize a tour to travellers needs. Please ask us for details.

Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate)and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.
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Seasoned Tour Guides Get a deeper understanding with storytelling tailored to your interests.
Space To Breathe We never max out buses even if we use the same size bus as the competition.
All Inclusive No hidden expenses along the way. Competitors offer activities as an extra - we don't
CLASSIC TOURS

The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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TOURS OF DISTINCTION

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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CUSTOM TRIPS

These travel experiences are fully customizable to better fit your needs. Every itinerary is created based on your comfort level, accommodation choices, and personal interests. Whether you are looking for a rail adventure, self drive holiday, unique experiences, or a short city stay our team will work with you on combining accommodation, transportation, and activities based on your preferences to create the perfect itinerary for you.

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BUBBLE TOURS

Types of Bubble Tours: Independent Travel (FIT), Self-Drive Small Custom Groups limited to 12 persons

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