Bindlestiff Tours

Canada Wildlife & Vancouver Island

  • Vancouver Island Grizzly Bear
  • Vancouver Island Killer Whale Whale Watch
  • Vancouver Island Totem Pole
  • Vancouver Island Lake Louise
  • Vancouver Island Moose
  • Vancouver Island Mount Robson

Rugged peaks, untouched fir forests and radiant glaciers interspersed with valleys rich with wildlife, from Black Bears, to deer, moose and coyotes.

Tour Description:

This tour visits the unmissable sights of the Rockies and Lake Louise, but also delves deeper, venturing far off the beaten track. Bella Coola and Tweedsmuir are rarely visited by tourists and offer a true wilderness experience. You’ll enjoy two dedicated boat trips from Vancouver Island to spot bear and whales in their natural habitat. This trip is a rare blend of the highlights and the lesser-visited gems, showcasing Canada’s spectacular wilderness and the wildlife which lives here.

Important Information:

The minimum age requirement to join this tour is 16 years old. Children 16- 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
This tour offers guaranteed departures!

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From $3879 Twin Share

From $5279 Solo private room


 

Highlights

  • Orca viewing Zodiac tour around Victoria
  • Bear viewing Zodiac tour in Tofino
  • Unforgettable Inside Passage ferry journey spotting whales and birdlife
  • Relax in Miette Hot Springs
  • Visit remote Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and Bella Coola Valley
  • Explore Jasper and Banff national parks
  • Drive along the stunning Icefields Parkway, one of the ‘best drives in the world’
  • See Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies
  • Endless wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Many walks and hikes amongst stunning scenery

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Calgary
On day 1, we welcome you to a cosmopolitan Alberta city named Calgary. Historically, this Alberta city is known best for its Wild West roots where its Western culture earned it the nickname ‘Cowtown’. Today, it is evident in the rodeo and the Calgary Stampede but it has also become a vibrant city of skyscrapers in the middle of Canada’s oil industry. We will browse around the city before our welcome meeting at 6pm in the hotel lobby where you will meet your tour leader and travel companions.
Included: Hotel
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 2 – Banff National Park
Already, we’re at a highlight for any visitor to Western Canada – Banff National Park. With magnificent skyscraping mountains, lakes, and forests, it’s Canada’s first national park and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff town can easily be explored on foot and has an assorted amount of optional activities to fill up your day and your cameras storage space. Check out the iconic Banff Springs Hotel where tourism in the Canadian Rockies first began and visit some of the many souvenir shops in town or take a short trail to the tumbling Bow Falls – we recommend any one of these options! We also recommend walking along Tunnel Mountain trail for a view of Banff and the Bow Valley and hop on the gondola to Sulphur Mountain for rewarding panoramic views of the Rockies. Top off this day of seemingly endless options by relaxing in the naturally heated pools of the Banff Hot Springs.
Included: Lodge
Optional Activities: Aerial gondola/tramway CAD$62 | Sulphur Mountain hot springs CA$9
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 3 – Banff National Park
Check your watch because it’s time to see a lot more of the magnificent mountains, lakes, and forests that Banff is famous for. We will drive to Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks – the highest of which is Deltaform Mountain (3,424m). From there, take a relaxing hike on one of the many trails at nearby Lake Louise. try one of our personal favorites -a hike up to the Plain of Six Glaciers, offering incredible views of the valley. Both of these lakes are famous for their stunning blue glacial color which is caused by rock flour carried into the lakes by meltwater from surrounding glaciers. This is without a doubt a picture-perfect scene you will never forget!
Included: Lodge
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 4 – Icefields Parkway – Jasper National Park
This morning you will want to brace yourself as you hit one of the most famous and beautiful drives in the whole world – the Icefields Parkway. This spectacular road traverses the Rockies as it runs parallel to the Continental Divide. Mountain passes, glaciers and high peaks are just a few of the many scenic highlights where you’re presented with opportunities to see elk, caribou, bears, Bighorn Sheep, and goats, which often graze on the vegetation found at the roadside. Don’t worry – you will stop at all of the must-see sights, including Bow Summit and Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. There’s also the option for a guided glacier walk along the way. Your overnight location will be approximately forty minutes out of town.
Included: Cabin
Optional Activities: Guided glacier walk CA$90 (CA$60 for under 17s)
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 5 – Jasper National Park
This is a much quieter and less developed place than Banff which is great! We get to escape the crowds and spend the day getting a better look at Jasper National Park’s landscape. SkyTram which provides fantastic views over the Canadian Rockies. Alternatively, there are various hikes at Mount Edith Cavell including a short hike in the alpine meadows with chances to see wild caribou. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of Angel Glacier at the top, a beautiful hanging glacier in the shape of angel wings. After this long day, you’re going to love a visit to Miette Hot Springs to relax your muscles.
Included: Cabin
Optional Activities: SkyTram cable car CA$45 | Float trip on the Athabasca River CA$70
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 6-7 – Mount Robson – Spruce Hill Ranch
A day of peaceful refuge at Spruce Hill Resort and Spa. Our guests are surrounded by scenery reflecting the true Canadian west. With 20,000 acres of wilderness in the middle of a cattle ranch, the area provides unforgettable hiking, canoeing, and biking. To top it off, there are 100 miles of trails, acres of rolling range lands, lakes and meadows, and your guide will lead you on hiking trails to see wildlife, high vistas, and mountain tops.
Included: Hotel
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 8 – Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
As we head towards Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, an authentic Canadian wilderness awaits us. Named after the 15th Governor General of Canada, Baron Tweedsmuir, who traveled extensively throughout the area by floatplane and horseback, the park has varied landscapes, rugged mountains, deep valleys, and ocean fjords. Your overnight location is close to the shores of Anahim Lake, a popular lake for fly fishing that supports plenty of wildlife. We offer an optional canoeing excursion on the lake and in the evening, we highly encourage you to relax by the fireplace! Please note, this area has very basic facilities but is extremely beautiful and off the tourist trail.
Please note: due to the remote nature of this property, some cabins will be more basic than others, often with a shared bathroom and a capacity of two to four people. Although it is rare, you may have to use the bathrooms in the main lodge. A small and unique feature in the grand scheme of this landscape marvel.
Included: Cabin included (shared bathroom, cabins two or four people)
Optional Activities: Canoeing Anahim Lake CA$12 per hour
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 9 – Tweedsmuir Provincial Park – Bella Coola
Named as British Columbia’s most beautiful park, we go to an astonishing place that is completely off the radar. Spend time on the southern side of the park and enjoy a hike through an area of thick forest with a healthy population of Grizzly and Black Bears that exist throughout the park alongside elk, deer, moose, and coyotes. It is possible to see any of these while hiking Tweedsmuir. Aside from an upclose look at wildlife, the colors of the mountains will ensure that Tweedsmuir makes a mark on your memory. After some hiking, you’ll drive over ‘the Hill’ with amazing views of Bella Coola.
Included: Hotel
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 10 – Bella Coola
Bella Coola is located at the point where the Bella Coola River joins with the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean. It is here in this lush valley with snow-capped peaks that some of the largest Grizzly Bears in the world reside. This small community has earned a reputation as one of the finest places to spot bears in British Columbia. The best time of year to view Grizzly Bears is late August and September when they descend from the mountains to catch salmon in the rivers and eat berries. In this season, you will be able to join an optional excursion in search of Grizzly Bears. Outside of bear season, there’s a selection of excellent hikes on offer and plenty of optional activities, such as fishing and a scenic float excursion.
Included: Hotel
Optional Activities: Grizzly bear watching excursion (mid Aug – end Sept) CA$140 | Wildlife rafting tour CA$95
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 11 – Inside Passage – Port Hardy
An absolute wonder for wildlife lovers – the Inside Passage is one of the most visually immersive ferry crossings in North America. With frozen fjords to forest-covered hillsides that flank your route, we will take two ferries for an approximate duration of 16.5 hours. This will give you plenty of time to take in the scenery – it is absolutely wonderful with towering forest-clad peaks that surround the deep fjords. Be sure to keep an eye out to spot Bald Eagles and bears on this trip, the Inside Passage supports one of the world’s richest marine environments and it may be possible to see Gray, Orca, Pacific White Sided and occasionally, Humpback Whales. The isolated area the Inside Passage provides is its most stunning feature; this area is largely inaccessible by road and the tiny communities that spread along it rely on boats for transportation. You’ll spend tonight in Vancouver Island’s most northerly town, Port Hardy.
NB: One of the ferries is more basic, without a restaurant or lounge area, but offers an excellent opportunity to spot wildlife.
Included: Hotel
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 12 – Tofino – Ucluelet
As we drive from the northern side of Vancouver Island to Tofino we will drive through some beautiful scenic areas. We will stop at Cathedral Grove as it meanders through the Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Grand Fir and Western Red Cedar trees. Here, you will marvel at the scenery and breathe in fresh island air before your stay in Ucluelet for the next two nights.
Included: Hotel
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 13 – Tofino – Ucluelet
Well-known for its whale and bear sightings, the west coast of Vancouver Island is wild! Board a boat trip for a unique opportunity to get up close with the iconic Black Bear – but not too close. You’ll be guided by an experienced on-board specialist and you might be lucky enough to spot whales on your trip – watch out! The afternoon is your free time and we encourage you to kayak, hike or even whale watching on a boat trip.
Included: Hotel
Optional Activities: Zodiac whale watching adventure CA$120 | Sea kayaking CA$75-$90
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 14 – Victoria
Travel to Victoria, Vancouver Island’s main city and the capital of British Columbia. It’s a fantastic mix of English Edwardian, First Nations and even impressive Chinese style buildings, a testament to the first Chinatown in Canada. Victoria is well-known for being the ultimate place to spot Orca so we’ve included a Zodiac boat tour to search out these magnificent mammals in their natural environment. Later in the afternoon, we will enjoy a brief tour of the city with plenty of free time to explore.
Included: Hotel
Included: Meals paid locally
Day 15 – Victoria – Vancouver
Hop aboard a ferry across the Salish Sea and gaze at the small island panorama of Vancouver City. This metropolis is a real contrast to the rest of British Columbia and is always a highlight to everyone who comes across its path. Take a scenic drive through Stanley Park, a 400-hectare green wonderland with authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s; and stop by Prospect Point, a scenic lookout to gaze out at spectacular views of Lions Gate Bridge, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.
Our tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 5pm. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly in the evening, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm.
Included: None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs
Included: Meals paid locally

 

Included

  • Services of a professional tour guide
  • All transportation by private vehicle, ferry and zodiac boat
  • Wi-Fi available in some hotels
  • 1 dinner; all other meals paid locally
  • 3 resorts, 4 lodges, 5 hotels and 2 cabin nights

Not Included

  • Optional Activities
  • Meals other thank listed
  • Tour Guide Gratuities

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Testimonials

  • There were total 12 of us in this tour. It was an interesting international combination and we fitted in the van perfectly as we are all in average size. Our tour guide Michael is knowledgeable, friendly and always tried to accommodate our request.

    Do not miss out the Antelope Canyon (optional item), It’s one the best spots in this tour.

    The tour was the best as we had good tour guide and a group of good people! all the places are worth-seeing and itinerary is well arranged. Thanks mike and Bindlestiff Tours!

    5star

    A 3-day national park tour that you CANNOT miss!
  • Bindlestiff Tours was the highlight of our trip to the USA. We took a national parks tour to Zion, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. High quality tour with fabulous hotels- And I found all the hot tubs!
    We never went away hungry from the food choices Khriss made which included the surprise “Home made pie”, the chocolate cookies he provided for us during the long drives were very much appreciated.

    Indeed, our group, to a person, said unsolicited that Khriss was the BEST driver/guide they had ever had and valued his shared knowledge, his expertise, his professional, punctual service, his books, and his patience. They especially remembered his contagious smile, Southern wit, love of John Wayne and the West, and his amazing ability to have all our luggage [those big bags our girls always take] in place at the agreed departure time! Yes, we had a great time and are so appreciative of Khriss, who went above and beyond to see to the needs of everyone in our group. I speak for the group in thanking you all for a wonderful and unique SW experience! THANK YOU!

    5star

    Our small group had a very best trip to the SW US!
  • I recently came back from USA and I felt I had to share my experience with everyone.
    After a lot of research in internet about which Company to use to travel from Vegas and see the Grand Canyon and the highlights around there, I am so happy I finally chose Bindlestiff tours.
    My highlight of the trip was of course the helicopter flight over Grand Canyon, which was breathtaking. I would advise anyone to book the 55 mins flight in advance to avoid disappointment, for a bit more money than the 20 mins flight, you will be able to explore the Canyon best.
    Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable , funny but professional and made the whole group bond. We started as 12 strangers and ended the tour as friends .The fact of being a small group made the interaction with each other very easy .
    I felt this trip met my expectations if not exceeded them. This is a great choice if you don’t have a lot of time to drive freely and you want to see the National Parks highlights around Vegas.
    If you are looking and looking and you are not sure which Company you should go for, don’t think anymore. Choose Bindlestiff tours and it won’t disappoint !

    5star

    I cannot recommend this trip and Company enough
  • I spent 3 of my best days in the US on that tour. Perfectly organized and guided by JD Boyle, it gives the opportunity to visit legendary places and really feel the desert. To see the moon rise and the night fall over Monument Valley and the first sun rays above the same rocks the next morning was a dream come true. Thanks JD, thank you Bindlestiff! I hope to travel again with you some day:)

    5star

    National Parks Mini Explorer
  • Last summer I booked a 3 day trip covering Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, Horseshoe bend, Grand Canyon, departing and end at Vegas. After one year, I still think this is the best trip I ever booked from a tour company. I was extremely lucky to have Vern as our guide & lead (also driver), a guy with great personality, also so experienced and professional in organizing everything. We were able to be quite flexible in deciding how long we wanted to stay in each place, which hiking trek to take, etc. I enjoyed every hiking route Vern recommended! I was travelling solo and was a bit concerned if I would be totally comfortable in joining a group tour, but it proved my concern was nonsense. The others in the group were very easy going and we got along well.

    Every park has its own uniqueness and amazing views. I loved every place really. The highlight for me is Monument Valley, apart from the sunrise (we had a great camping spot for watching sunrise!) and the safari tour, the whole place just felt so spiritual (my very personal feeling).

    I never felt rushed or bored during the 3 days. Most of the time I even forgot I was travelling with a tour company, I felt I was just travelling with a group of friends. Arizona and Utah not only have unique nature landscapes but also interesting social and culture characters.

    I would love to highly recommend Bindlestiff to everyone. If I have the chance, I will do another trip with Bindlestiff.

    5star

    Best tour ever, an unforgettable journey