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Canadian Express BLT

  • Code #NCB
  • 19 Days
Duration
19 Days
/18 Nights
Availability
Jul,2017-Jul,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
New York Area
Ends in: 
Calgary
Accommodation
Budget Lodging
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Trip Overview

If you want to explore Canada with a little bit of America thrown in for good measure, then look no further! Travelling from east to west, get a real taste of city life coupled with pure national park wilderness. Head out of the New York area and on to Toronto for amazing views of Niagara Falls, then experience some European flair in Montreal and American history in Boston. Take to the skies and fly west to Vancouver, your gateway to incredible outdoor adventure. Discover the wonders of Banff and Jasper alongside Wells Gray Provincial Park and the adventure capital of Whistler. It's the best of both worlds on this exciting and fast-paced tour!

Included Highlights 
  • Canadian canoeing on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park
  • Take in amazing views from aboard Jasper’s scenic SkyTram
  • Experience the mighty Niagara Falls by night and day
  • City sightseeing in Toronto, Montréal & Boston
  • Hiking & swimming in Stowe's great outdoors
  • Tour the original Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory
  • Walk the Freedom Trail to discover Boston's rich history
  • Student led tour of the famous Harvard University
  • Scenic walks & hikes amonst peaks, glaciers, lakes & waterfalls
  • Drive the famous Icefields Parkway through the Rockies
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities - Grizzly Bear, caribou & more
  • Visit beautiful Lake Louise, the 'Gem of the Rockies'
  • Admission to national & Provincial Parks - Wells Gray, Jasper & Banff/Lake Louise
  • International flight from New York to Vancouver (Day 10)
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
Mountains
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Budget Lodging
11 Nights
Hotel
7 Nights

Food & Meals

  • All meals to be paid locally

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi (USA only)
  • 1 flight included in the itinerary (New York to Vancouver)
  • All accommodation

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of all en route accommodation.

Resources

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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

This tour links together our Northeastern BLT and Canadian BLT tours. Your tour leader may change and your group will not be escorted during the en route flight (Day 10).

Departing the New York area, you make your way right across New York State to say hello to the incredible Niagara Falls. The sheer volume of water and thundering noise is immense, and an illuminated evening view of these magnificent falls will blow you away.  This is a great introduction to the East and the perfect first day of the tour.

 

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

First up today is the truly epic sight of one of Mother Nature's most epic creations by day. Made up of three waterfalls, what the falls lack in height they definitely make up for in volume! Bordering the USA and Canada, the best way to see them is to take an optional ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise - prepare to get wet as you get a truly awesome perspective of the falls up close and personal. Then it's time to travel cross Rainbow Bridge and into beautiful Canada.

Toronto is where all the trendy people are at; with high-fashion stores and cosy cafes on College and Queen Streets, there’s no shortage of cool places to hang out! To view the city from above, zoom to the top of the CN Tower and gaze across beautiful Lake Ontario.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Maid of the Mist cruise (summer only) US$19
CN Tower CA$35
Baseball game CA$20-$50

Expect a little European flair, as Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world (beaten only by Paris). Museums, galleries, eateries and clubs make up a cocktail of the best bits from both continents, and we promise you're definitely in for a good time here. Don't miss out on the ‘Underground City’ which includes 30km devoted to all things retail, or an adventurous jet boat ride on the river. Ever eaten your dinner in complete darkness? Well, now you can with a visit to O'Noir, a restaurant where you eat in the pitch black. Make sure you don't wear your best clothes, it's sure to get messy!

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Jet boat ride CA$67
French cuisine CA$varies
O'Noir restaurant in the dark from CA$39-$47

Stowe is known as an incredible winter ski destination, but in the summer it's awesome for hiking, biking and swimming; this really is an adventure lover's playground. If 'Chunky Monkey' and 'Phish Food' mean something to you, then you're going to love it here, with an included visit to the one and only Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory. Ice cream and adventure… what more could you want?!

Accommodation

Motel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Mountain biking (summer only) US$45-$60

Head to Boston for a slice of history, starting with a walk along the Freedom Trail and a stop at some of America's historical hotspots. Boston's not all about the history though; we've also laid on a trip to the famous Harvard University to see the brains of America hard at work. Sports lovers rejoice: Boston is famous for its baseball and football teams, so try to catch a game to experience real Bostonian pride. A trip to Boston wouldn't be complete without sampling some of its delicious and famous seafood, so head to the local food stalls at Quincy Market – a bowl of clam chowder anyone?

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Walk the Freedom Trail  FREE
Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market FREE
Visit the famous 'Cheers' bar FREE
Baseball game from US$20

Return to the New York area. In the evening, explore the city that never sleeps by taking a train from New Jersey into Manhattan to soak up the buzz of the city. Hit the top of the Empire State Building or enjoy the trendy, laid-back vibe of Greenwich Village. Whatever you do, make sure you finish your day in New York City with a famous Grimaldi's pizza, or some say you should head to rival Juliana's next door...you decide! Either way you won't regret it, it's delicious.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge FREE

From one awesome city to the next, say goodbye to the New York area and hello to one of the coolest cities in Western Canada, Vancouver! Today you'll take a flight from New York to Vancouver with other Trekkers on your tour. There may be time upon arrival to head out in the late afternoon and evening and sample a real slice of Vancouver life and meet a few Vancouverites!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Depart Vancouver and head to Whistler, Western Canada's mecca for thrill-seekers, where you can hit the trails, get on your bike or even zip line through the trees. This truly is a beautiful place to start your Canadian adventure. The main draw to Whistler is the epic mountains coated in the white stuff, but Whistler is so much more than just snow! There are so many hiking and biking trails around town, you won't know where to start! This truly is a beautiful place to start the next leg of your adventure in Western Canada.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Mountain bike rentals CA$20-60 
Extreme zip lining course CA$119-199
Gondola ride CA$57

Wells Gray has something to offer every lover of the outdoors, from lush alpine meadows to excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities. If it's waterfalls you're after then you've come to the right place! Helmcken Falls, a 141 metre waterfall on the Murtle River, is just one of the 40 named waterfalls around the park. With beautiful meadows full of wildflowers and bear roaming freely around the park, Wells Gray is a Canadian wonderland just waiting for you and your Trek mates to explore! For the ultimate rustic experience, you'll be staying in a rustic bunkhouse at an authentic guest ranch, within the park.

Accommodation

Rustic bunkhouse included (multi share)

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Lose yourself in one of Canada's largest national parks, Jasper, where wildlife such as Grizzly Bear, wolves and caribou roam, making it the perfect place to be at one with nature. Savour the incredible views on an included trip on Canada’s longest and highest aerial tramway, the Jasper Skytram. This sprawling natural expanse offers hiking trails through some of the most spectacular scenery that the Canadian Rockies has to offer, and if you're looking for more adrenaline then opt for some mountain biking. One of the most scenic trails in the park is the hike to Maligne Canyon; cross bridges and follow the twisting river up through the deep limestone canyon for picture perfect views. Join your leader for a hike to Athabasca Falls and be astounded by its incredible power as the water crashes to the pools below. For a true Canadian experience, take an included canoe trip on Maligne Lake and soak up the beautiful scenery. This place is stunning!
 

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Mountain biking CA$15-$75

The widescreen scenery keeps on coming as you cruise along the Icefields Parkway. You'll be treated to panoramic views of endless valleys, sheer ridges, glaciers and spruce forests - truly one of the world's ultimate drives and there are opportunities for glacier walking too. Arrive in Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and definitely up there with the best in the world. However you choose to explore Banff, you'll be left speechless by its endless beauty. With 1600km of trails, a town full of heritage and some incredible wildlife, you won't want to leave this mountain wonderland. Your leader will take you to Johnston Canyon, one of the national park's most popular day hikes, or you can enjoy a leisurely hike to Stewart Canyon for more stunning forest scenery. Before you leave, treat yourself to some time relaxing in the local hot springs; after hiking all those trails your weary feet will thank you!

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Guided glacier walk CA$110
Aerial gondola/tramway CA$60
Sulphur Mountain hot springs  CA$8
Banff National Park - Horseback riding CA$65
Scenic glacier flight CA$210-$345

As soon as you lay eyes on Lake Louise you'll have no problem understanding why it was given its nickname as the ‘Gem of the Rockies’. The turquoise lake will have you pinching yourself in disbelief that somewhere could be this picture-perfect! Once you've stopped gawking at the incredible scenery that surrounds you, we suggest taking a hike out to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House, or walking to the far end of the lake on the Lakeshore Trail. After exploring Lake Louise, make your way towards the city of Calgary where your Canadian adventure comes to an end, leaving you with a bunch of new friends and a bag full of memories.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00hrs

Meals

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Canoeing (rental) CA$85 per hour
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT

1170 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £76 | US$99 | Eur92 | AU$130 | NZ$136
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £133 | US$173 | Eur160 | AU$227 | NZ$238
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - NEWARK AIRPORT

Transportation from Newark International Airport is the cheapest and most convenient. From Baggage Claim at the airport, take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. The journey will take approximately 10mins, depending on traffic. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag).

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - JFK & LA GUARDIA AIRPORTS

From both JFK and La Guardia airports you must first transfer to New York Penn Station located at 31st and 7th Streets in Midtown Manhattan and then take another transfer to Newark International Airport. 

1). To transfer from the airport to New York Penn Station: 
By Shuttle: You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Penn Station" landmark when prompted. A shared transfer service costs US$19 plus tip. 

By Bus: The most convenient service is the "New York Airport Express Service Bus". This bus departs from both airports every 20-30 minutes (7am- midnight) and stops are located at the 'Express Bus Stop' at each airport terminal. Cost is US$15. For reservations or for more info call (718) 875-8200 or visit their website at www.nyairportservice.com/. Use taxis for transport during the hours of midnight-7am. 

2). To transfer from NY Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station: 
Trains depart New York Penn Station every 10-15 minutes to Newark Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for approx. $12.50 and wait until the train board displays your track. ALL trains that go to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station are displayed as "EWR." The train ride to the airport station is about 25 minutes and you will be asked to show you ticket while on the train. 

3.) To transfer from Newark Liberty International Train Station to the Hilton Newark Airport: 
After exiting the train follow the signs for the "AIRTRAIN". Take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag). 

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

CALGARY - RAMADA DOWNTOWN

708 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H2

The hotel is an easy walking distance to local attractions and entertainment and complete with a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £89-190 | US$112-247 | Eur103-228 | AU$146-322 | NZ$154-338
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £150-331 | US$195-431 | Eur180-398 | AU$255-563 | NZ$268-591
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

To transfer to the hotel visit the Allied Shuttle airport service before exiting the airport terminal, which drops at multiple hotels and costs CAD$15 plus tax per person, a CAD$1-2 tip is also expected. Alternatively, take a taxi which costs approximately CAD$35-30 and takes between 35 to 40 minutes depending on traffic.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
  • We are ATOL protected and IATA licensed
  • Personal service - you're more than just a number

Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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