CANADA Alberta Manitoba British Columbia Banff N. P. Jasper N. P. ChurchillHudson Bay VANCOUVER Vancouver Isl Canada Vancouver is a beautiful city in a wonderful coastal setting and with a backdrop of pine- covered peaks. There is plenty to do, with lush Stanley Park a great place to start your explorations by foot or bike. You could also take a trip across to Granville Island to look around the tempting array of produce on offer at the local market. Vancouver has some excellent restaurants, bars and coffee shops, and the main downtown area around Robson Street is great for shopping. Fairmont Waterfront Hotel HIGH The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel is within easy walking distance of all the city's amenities and has great views of its busy harbour and the Vancouver skyline. It's a large hotel with well- appointed rooms and all the facilities you would expect of a modern city- centre accommodation. St. Regis Hotel MID This is a smaller, boutique property located in the heart of Vancouver's downtown area. Recently renovated, it boasts an award- winning steak restaurant, and convenient bar and grill. A good base from which to explore. Best Western Downtown MID A comfortable hotel in the downtown area, overlooking False Creek, convenient for trips to Granville Island. A large hotel, its rooms are all air-conditioned with TV, telephone, and tea and coffee making facilities. There's also a steam room and fi tness centre. Vancouver In focus July The islet- dotted waters of Canada's west coast is perhaps the best- place to see orcas, until early September. Canada contains some of the world's greatest untamed lands. These wild, beautiful habitats are home to three of the eight species of bear - black bear, brown ( or grizzly) bear and polar bear. Its vast wilderness areas are the bears' last stronghold; it is undoubtedly the best bear- viewing location in the world. Off the coast, the rich waters of the west coast islands draw whales and dolphins aplenty. Over the next few pages, you'll fi nd a selection of ideas and itineraries following our favourite routes through Canada - from classic self- drive road journeys, to those designed to show you the best of the country's marine and wildlife, to some of the best stand- alone lodges for bear- viewing. With our advice, you'll have the best bear- viewing holiday. 122Talk to an expert 0845 130 6982 October Polar bears gather in Churchill on the west coast of Hudson Bay. They pass through the area until November.
Whistler Whistler is set to the backdrop of stunning mountain vistas all around and offers a plethora of activities in both summer and winter. Just two hours along the stunning Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver, it is regarded as one of the top four- season resorts in North America and is home to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. A stay here is delightful; Whistler successfully blends the charm of an alpine village with the amenities of a top resort - whether you want to walk, mountain bike, take helicopter rides, go rafting... or simply relax with a nice glass of wine and look at the views. Alpine Lodge MID Located on the edge of Whistler village, Alpine Lodge has comfortable bedrooms with en- suite facilities and mountain views. After a hard day's activities ( or relaxation!) you can enjoy the steam room and Jacuzzi at the lodge. Canada is a real paradise when it comes to wildlife viewing holidays. Spectacular pristine wilderness areas combined with incredible wildlife, great food and top class accommodation, a photographers dream. So what are you waiting for?" Sally Jefferis, sales consultant and Canada expert. Banff and Jasper Banff and Jasper are located in the heart of the Rockies, connected by the scenic Icefi elds Parkway. Jasper is a park characterised by limestone- lined canyons and hanging glaciers where caribou and bears abound. You can explore the Athabasca valley, looking out for mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Why not take the Jasper Tramway up Whistler's Mountain where at 2,285 metres you will have stunning views of the mountain ranges. A hiking trail leads those so inclined to the summit of the mountain. Blue Mountain Lodge, Banff MID Located only a couple of minutes walk from Banff centre, Blue Mountain Lodge offers delightful accommodation to the visitor. First built in 1908, it has been tastefully decorated, with some rooms refl ecting different historical and wilderness themes and with stunning mountain views. Mountain Mist Guesthouse, Jasper MID A small, family- run guesthouse offering only two rooms and a friendly welcome. Each room has a private bathroom and is nicely decorated. It's located only fi ve minutes' walk from Jasper centre. THE AMERICAS | CANADA 123 SUGGESTED ITINERARY Day 1 Depart UK for Calgary. Banff, 2- nights, Blue Mountain Lodge. Banff is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and the perfect place to explore your mountainous surroundings ( B) Day 3 Jasper, 2- nights, Mountain Mist Guesthouse. Drive along the Icefi elds Parkway to Jasper ( B) Day 5 Clearwater, 1- night, Clearwater Lodge. Stay in this lovely town by the Thompson River ( B) Day 6 Whistler, 2- nights, Alpine Lodge. Enjoy one of the many activities on offer, or relax! ( B) Day 8 Tofi no, Vancouver Island, 3- nights, Wickaninnish Inn. Whale- watching in Pacifi c Rim National Park ( B) Day 11 Victoria, 1- night, English Inn. Explore Vancouver Island's historic capital ( B) Day 12 Vancouver, 1- night, St. Regis Hotel. Enjoy the sights of this Pacifi c city ( B) Day 13 Depart Vancouver for UK ( B) Day 14 Arrive UK Departure dates Daily, throughout the year Cost per person From £ 1949 ( May - June, Sept - Dec), £ 2249 ( July - Aug) What's included Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, fourteen nights hotel accommodation, guided activities. Ferries are paid locally. WHALES & MOUNTAINS This is the ultimate self- drive road trip through western Canada and includes the celebrated sites of the Rocky Mountains and Pacifi c Rim National Park on Vancouver Island, famed for whale- watching. TAILOR- MADE Fact! Canada is one of Wildlife Worldwide's most popular destinations. We've been organising holidays here for 15 years and have built-up relationships with the best local suppliers, accommodations and guides. Allow us to use that experience to tailor- make your perfect holiday. Or visit us on the web www. wildlifeworldwide. com