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Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

1. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Get an entry ticket to Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this experience. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to get to the skywalk. Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal-clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

Victoria: The Butchart Gardens Tour

2. Victoria: The Butchart Gardens Tour

The famous Butchart Gardens exist on the site of an exhausted limestone quarry. The first garden, the Sunken Garden, was built when the Butcharts hired a Japanese landscape architect to transform the quarry space into something beautiful. On the 35-minute bus ride from Victoria, your experienced driver will provide an overview of Victoria’s history past, present & future. Once the bus gets you to Butchart Gardens, you will have the opportunity to explore the enchanting grounds for yourself. The gardens span 55 acres and provide a total sensory experience. The flowers and scents transform with the seasons, and you will have a spectacular experience no matter what time of year! As you wander the gardens, we encourage you to enjoy the view while sipping from a cup of coffee at one of the restaurants or seasonal cafés scattered across the grounds. The gardens have become a major attraction on Vancouver Island, and have been honored as a National Historic Site of Canada because of their international popularity.

Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

3. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

Your experience begins at the local partner's day lodge, conveniently located on the TransCanada Highway. After a warm welcome, your crew distributes top-of-the-line rafting gear (wetsuit, wetsuit booties and gloves, spray jackets, life jackets, and helmets). In the comfort of heated change rooms, change into the provided gear before taking a quick shuttle to the "put-in" (starting point), where you receive your extensive safety briefing before jumping in the river. This is the biggest whitewater river in the Rockies, with rapids such as Hopi's Hole, Cable Car, Table Saw and the famous Portage and Shotgun. Prepare to hold on and get wet. Enjoy the canyon environment and possibly get a glimpse of a mountain goat, wolf, or bear. Following your trip, another quick shuttle returns you back to the warmth of the base. Once changed back into dry and comfortable land clothes, enjoy snacks and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Stop by the gift shop for a souvenir or photo of the trip to take back home.

Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

4. Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

Enjoy the most popular tour of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and provides a complete aerial view of the city, as well as its surrounding parks and beaches. As if the scenery isn't enough, the thrill of flying will really carry you away. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. With over 50 aircraft currently, your hosts operate the largest all-seaplane fleet and the first carbon neutral airline in North America. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

5. Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

The waters off Victoria, British Columbia are known as the Salish Sea. Discover its wonders and rich marine environment with this ultimate whale and marine wildlife tour! Board a brand new high speed coastal explorer boat and set sail to look for orcas (also known as killer whales), humpbacks, harbor seals, California sea lions and over 127 species of marine birds!  Take a tour of the west coast aboard a luxurious coastal explorer, with two outside viewing areas and a fully heated cabin. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate as you set off on an adventure to learn all about the local marine wildlife and important landmarks. From playful orcas to giant humpbacks, your experience is sure to be memorable. Discover the marine wildlife in the waters off Victoria with the help of marine biologists and learn about efforts to establish Victoria as a world renowned whale watching destination. 

Golden: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting Trip with Lunch

6. Golden: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting Trip with Lunch

This fast paced float is our family rafting tour. Suitable for kids as young as 4, and anyone who doesn't want to raft on big whitewater. Meet at our rafting base in Golden, BC. We'll get you into your rafting gear and our bus will drive you to the river. You'll raft 14 km on the calm Upper Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. This trip starts in Yoho National Park and will have you floating through beautiful forests and mountain scenery. There are some splashes, but it's not a big whitewater trip. You have the option to go for a swim if you're feeling up to it and will finish your tour with a riverside BBQ lunch. Choose an item hot off the grill, and from a variety of other snacks and drinks. At the end of your trip, our bus will drive you back to our rafting base where you can get changed and enjoy our hot showers.

Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

7. Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

Meet your professional and fun tour guides in Whistler Village then get geared up for your adventure. This tour is accessed via the Whistler Village Gondola with a short walk to the first zipline launching at an elevation of 3,280 feet (1,000m) right on Whistler mountain. From here, your adventure continues with 5 breathtaking ziplines and 4 treetop bridges. The first zipline is side-by-side so you can zip next to a friend and the last zipline brings you right back into Whistler Village. This tour is perfect if you've ziplined before or crave an adrenaline rush!

Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

8. Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

Discover even more of Whistler's majestic mountains and glaciers as you fly high over the scenry on this 30 minutes flight.  Experience British Columbia’s supernatural beauty with this eagle’s eye flight over the majestic glaciers, rugged peaks, unique volcanic formations and lush alpine meadows that surround the turquoise waters of mile-high Garibaldi Lake. Don’t forget your camera! With currently over 50 aircraft, Harbour Air, Westcoast Air, and Whistler Air operate the largest seaplane fleet in the world. Dehavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otter service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Maindland, and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands, and a Cessna 185 aircraft is available for charter. What started as a two airplane operation in 1982 to service the BC forestry sector, Harbour Air Seaplanes has grown into North America’s largest seaplane airline and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll enjoy flying aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter, or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

From Banff: Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

9. From Banff: Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

Discover soaring mountains, emerald lakes, and breathtaking waterfalls on a full-day tour of the Canadian Rockies. Visit the most spectacular places in Banff and Yoho National Parks to explore the awe-inspiring scenery. Travel through the Canadian Rockies in a comfortable bus, as you learn about the area from your knowledgeable guide. The tour will take you to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Emerald Lake to admire the incredible landscape. Enjoy some free time at each of the lakes to stroll along the shore, or sit by the water and soak it all in. From October to June, when the road to Takakkaw Falls and Moraine Lake is closed due to snow, alternative stops will be made. These might include the Bow Valley Parkway, Johnston Canyon, Marble Canyon, or the Natural Rock Bridge. During the tour you’ll stop for lunch at the historic lodge in Yoho National Park.

Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

10. Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

Fly high above scenic Victoria BC and explore its beautiful scenery by seaplane. This thrill-a-minute tour will reveal a spectacular landscape and unforgettable aerial views. The Panoramic Seaplane Tour of Victoria will glide over the Olympic Mountains and along the Victoria waterfront to the white sand beaches of James and Sydney Islands. From here the tour heads north to the Saanich Peninsular and over the famous Butchart Gardens before returning back to Victoria Harbor. It is an experience not to be missed, especially if time is limited in Victoria and the photo opportunities just cannot be bettered. A fantastic day out for aviation lovers.

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Well it all started because senior management ( My Wife) made a corporate decision that as it was her Significant birthday that had us in Vancouver then we were going to Whistler. We don’t ski, never have and as for snow boarding , well let’s just I couldn’t stand on a surf board on the beach so theres no chance either if of us could do it on a snowboard!! We booked a trip and were picked up from our hotel in a very luxurious bus, very friendly driver who even came to the lobby to find us. We met up with the rest of the tour group and set off with our driver, historian and Dad joke specialist Leslie. The weather was terrible but the journey was brilliant due to the constant chatter from Leslie about all the local history and characters that had carved out the province of British Colombia. We stopped at the sea to sky Gondolas ride, amazing experience. On to Whistler and if you like shopping , food, beer your in heaven, oh yea and snow ! Return journey was as good and dropped to Hotel.

While it was a long day it was most enjoyable. There was plenty of information provided by our driver/guide that made it interesting. The ferry trip was fascinating and lots to see while onboard. Victoria was beautiful to see and the trip gave me a general look at the destination. We had a bit under 2 hours there, wish it was longer. It’s a long day to only get a short time there. But considering the ferry lineup and the time spent on the ferry it’s just how it is. Later in the day we did the Butchart Gardens which was a wonderful experience. Definitely a must see. I would have loved more time there too. We had 2 hours which gives you time to wander around.

It was a fantastic trip, Steven our driver and guide was fantastic and keep the whole trip entertaining and interesting! The sites were gorgeous and the food in Whistler was delicious! High recommend this trip! Definitely recommend sitting on the left side of the bus (driver side) you will get the most of the tour!

The Gardens were beautiful. The coach we travelled in was comfortable and had charging ports for your phone. Guide was terrific and very knowledgeable. Would recommend this trip to anyone.

Our tour guide/driver was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.