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Small Group Tours of Canada

Experience this intimate small group tour of spectacular Canada

Dates: 16 September until 8 October 2017 - 23 Days 

Costs: $12,650 pp twin share Single supplement $2,920

We pride ourselves on providing our guests a truly unique Canadian travel experience. Our fully escorted and all-inclusive small group tours of Canada mean you spend more time in the exquisite locations we visit, allowing you to truly experience the local life. 

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Canada Tour Highlights


When people think about a small group tour of Canada they immediately think of the Rocky Mountains and Banff or of Whistler in British Columbia. And why not these are spectacular places. CarolinaSusi Tours has had a long history of capturing not only the iconic places of a region but also lesser known and equally spectacular places. The same holds with Canada.

small group tours canada We have designed a 23 day small group Canadian tour that takes us first to Vancouver. Here you’ll be treated to a wide variety of experiences ranging from waterfalls, mountains and scenic Skyrides to distillery visits and gourmet food tours. Vancouver is a vibrant city in a spectacular setting of ocean and mountains, its downtown area tipped by the sea edged Stanley Park. Grouse Mountain offers stunning views over the city and the majestic peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, are a highlight.

Victoria’s air of refined old English sophistication developed in a country that was otherwise known for the toughness of its lifestyle. Vancouver Island’s Butchart Gardens began life as a stone quarry, which was slowly transformed into a world famous floral garden. The grand Craigdarroch Castle is a celebration of the wealth of its Victorian owner and the beautifully landscaped Beacon Hill Park also dates from the Victorian era.

But on Vancouver Island, it’s not just Victoria, but Salt Spring Island long known as an artists’ haven and for its production of wine and cheese. We stay in Tofino on the west coast, an untouched part of the Island where the Orca whale reigns. The history of the First Nation people of the island is also remembered during this tour. small group tour of canada

Heading out to the interior of British Columbia, we explore the Okanagan region where the mild climate made it the heart of stone fruit production. Then some years ago wine producers found the climate and soil superb for the production of some high quality white wines and superb cheeky reds. Hidden in the mountains is Harrison Hot Springs, an opportunity to relax and unwind.

We travel on, through the Rockies to Jasper, a small quiet town deep in the mountains. Following the scenic Icefield Parkway, there’s a special outing onto the ancient Athabasca Icefields, the largest in the Rockies. From there we move further into Alberta to stay at Canmore which, by the way, has the best ice-cream in Canada.

small group tour of canada Banff, tucked in the mountains has long been the destination for honeymooners and skiers. There’s time to enjoy some lesser known but equally beautiful spots in the National Parks, visiting the scenically stunning Takkakaw Falls, Emerald Lake and Moraine Lake. . No trip to the Rockies would be complete without a trip to Lake Louise, which became an elegant retreat for the rich and famous Canadian traveller when the railway reached eastern Canada.

Calgary, home of the Calgary Stampede, is much more than a stampede. It is a sophisticated energetic city with a growing fine dining movement. It is a blend of the modern and historic. Heritage Park is a living exhibition of the culture and lifestyle of the early years in western Canada. In complete contrast, we spend a day exploring Drumheller, nestled in a canyon deep in the vast open plains of the surreal Alberta Badlands. Drumheller is the site of the world’s largest dinosaur collection.

Our last day is spent on the edge of the Rockies in the little known gems of the Kananaskis Valley. Turner Valley is the site of the first oil well in Alberta. Now it is fast becoming famous for its boutique distillery and its historical setting.

Come and join us on this intimate experience of Western Canada.

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Tour Inclusions


Your Canadian Tour Inclusions: 

* All driver and coach transportation
* 22 nights twin share accommodation (single supplement extra)
* Porterage at all hotels (1 bag per person)
* 22 full breakfasts
* Special Welcome and Farewell dinners,
* Western BBQ lunch
* Signature English afternoon tea
* Gourmet food and wine experience
* Multiple tours and visits to culinary producers, artisan cheese makers and craft markets
* Tasting at multiple boutique wineries, breweries and distilleries
* Multiple tastings of locally produced specialities, wines, beers and spirits
* Guided tours of various locations
* Excursion to Salt Spring Island
* Entrance fees to Butchart Gardens, Craigdarrock Castle, Quw’utsun Cultural Centre, Kwisitis Visitor Centre, Kilby Historical Museum, Royal Tyrell Museum Drumheller, Heritage Park Historical Village Calgary
* Ferry and other local transport as required
* Scenic Grouse Mountain Skyride ,
* Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola ride
* Whale watching and hot springs tour in Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island
* Athabasca Glacier Tour
* Kettle Valley Steam Railway train ride
* Hell’s Gates Airtram
* Full time tour escorts and expert locally based Tour Leader

For more information on your Canada tour please call: Carrol on +61 401150615 or Sue on +61 410 692 003, or click here to send us an email.

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Note: CarolinaSusi Tours wishes to advise that, in order to reach some locations, it is necessary to walk on steep, uneven pathways. This may pose some difficulties for people with mobility impairments or those reliant on walking frames or wheelchairs. Where this is the case, a travelling companion who can provide assistance is recommended. The tour operator reserves the right to ask participants to stay behind or modify their itinerary on any day they feel mobility will be an issue. If you are in any doubt, please consult with the tour operators or Savenio.

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Itinerary


Day 1
Arrival Vancouver small group tour of canada

Highlights: Vancouver, Welcome Dinner

Upon your arrival in Vancouver, you make your own way to the hotel. If you arrive before the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage. Vancouver is a great scenic city, surrounded as it is by a bustling harbour with its mountainous backdrop. The day is yours to start exploring this city independently.

In the evening our small group meets up with our Canadian tour leader to walk to a classic, long established local restaurant for a special Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Vancouver
Highlights: Vancouver Guided Tour, Gastown, Stanley Park, Granville Island Market, Artisan Distillery and Brewery

Our Canadian experience begins with a guided tour of Vancouver show casing some of the landmarks of this remarkable city. Enjoy places like English Bay, Chinatown, the historic Gastown area, the ocean rimmed Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge. Moving on we’ll visit Granville Island where you’ll have free time to explore the many gourmet market stalls and perhaps have lunch at the Granville Island Public Market. We finish the day at a boutique distillery and brewery.

Day 3 Grouse Mountain small group tour of canada
Highlights: Lynn Canyon, Grouse Mountain Skyride, Gourmet Food and Wine Tour

Today is our day for spectacular scenery. Firstly, there’s the Lynn Canyon Park suspension bridge hovering over the creek and waterfall below. We continue on to Grouse Mountain for a scenic Skyride to the top of the mountain. We might be lucky enough to spot some of the local grizzly bears and grey wolves in their habitats on the mountain.

The mountain showcases stunning views across Vancouver (weather permitting). On our return to Vancouver we are in for a gourmet treat, visiting 4 of downtown Vancouver’s award-winning restaurants for a food and wine tasting experience.

small group tours of whistler Day 4 Whistler
Highlights: Sea to Sky Highway, Whistler, Peak to Peak Gondola, Boutique Brewery

If you thought yesterday was spectacular, today we head for the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler. We drive along what’s known as the Sea to Sky Highway. This scenic road runs along the shores of Howe Sound before climbing up through rainforests to Whistler Mountain.

We take the Peak to Peak Gondola to the top of the world with a 360 degree view of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. When in Canada we do as the locals do and finish the day at a boutique brewery.


Day 5
Vancouver Island

Highlights: Vancouver Island, Butchart Gardens, Signature Afternoon Tea, Victoria Orientation Tour

After breakfast, we take the ferry across the Strait of Georgia towards Victoria on Vancouver Island. Our first stop is at the world famous privately owned Butchart Gardens. This garden with its many floral rooms was a labour of love created by Jennie Butchart in the family owned quarry when it no longer produced limestone.

Arriving in Victoria we cannot pass up a traditional formal English style afternoon tea with warm scones with jam and Devon cream and a selection of freshly baked cakes. Following an orientation tour of Victoria’s landmarks, there’s free time to enjoy this historic city.
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Day 6 Victoria 
Highlights: Victoria Guided Tour, Beacon Hill Park, Mile 0 Trans-Canada Highway, Craigdarroch Castle

Today we have a more intimate look at Victoria. Originally inhabited by the First Nations Salish people, this is one of the oldest cities in Canada, named after the reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria. We explore this charming city in and around James Bay, Beacon Hill Park with Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada Highway, Trafalgar Park, Clover Point and Oak Bay.

We finish our exploration at Craigdarroch Castle, a lavish Victorian mansion built by the coal baron Robert Dunsmuir.

Day 7 Duncan
Highlights: Boutique cidery, Quw’utsun Cultural Centre, Cowichan Bay

This morning we head north towards Duncan. First stopping at a boutique cider and spirit producer, we then continue to Duncan. Here we visit the Quw’utsun Cultural Centre to experience the culture and lifestyle of the Quw’utsun people, the First Nation people indigenous to Vancouver Island. On our drive back to Victoria, we pause in the unique historic waterfront community of Cowichan Bay, where we relax and wander through the village.

Day 8 Salt Spring Island to Parksville small group tour of canada
Highlights: Salt Spring Island, Artisan Cheese Making, ‘Island of the Arts’ Market, Parksville

Leaving Victoria behind, we take a short ferry ride to Vesuvius Bay for a lazy day on Salt Spring Island. We have an opportunity to meet some of the local artisan cheese makers then there is free time to explore this artisan’s Mecca at the market and sample more of the fresh produce.

Salt Spring Island, the “Island of the Arts” has long held the reputation for internationally acclaimed arts and crafts including world class potters, jewellers, fibre artists, woodworkers, fine art and photography, body care, clothing and accessories. Catching the ferry back to the mainland, we head north to Parksville.

Day 9
Tofino

Highlights: Scenic Pacific Rim Highway, Amphitrite Lighthouse, Ucluelet, Tofino

This morning, we depart Parksville and travel west along the scenic Pacific Rim Highway. This is a road less travelled, inhabited in the past by timber cutters and fishermen. Arriving on the west coast of Vancouver Island, we take a short detour to the south to visit the remote Amphitrite Lighthouse. Then there is free time for lunch and time to explore in Ucluelet before heading north along the coast to reach the little fishing village of Tofino.

Day 10 Tofino and whale watchingcanada whale watching group tours
Highlights: Clayoquot Sound, Thermal Rock Pools, Whale Watching Tour

A change of pace, as we explore the north end of Clayoquot Sound, an area designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, where we may be lucky enough to spot a variety of bears, eagles and seabirds. We travel to the thermal rock pools and natural sulphur hot springs before we head out to sea in search of Killer Whales (Orcas) and other marine life.

This location is considered by many to be the best place in the world to see Orcas.

Day 11 Harrison Hot Springs
Highlights: Scenic Trans-Canada Highway, Fraser Valley, Harrison Hot Springs

Leaving Tofino, this morning we travel back across Vancouver Island to Nanaimo where we catch the ferry back to Horseshoe Bay on the mainland of British Columbia. We join the Trans-Canada Highway travelling towards the scenic Fraser Valley. We arrive at our hotel in Harrison Hot Springs on the shores of Harrison Lake late in the afternoon. Then free time to recharge the batteries with a spa in the natural mineral hot springs at our resort or maybe even a round of golf.

Day 12 Harrison Hot Springs
Highlights: Kilby Historic Site, Artisan Cheeses, Farm Fresh Markets

Celebrating some Canadian history, we spend the day exploring some of the historical sites of this rural area. The General Store in Kilby, for instance, which opened in 1906, was the place where locals gathered to shop and gossip. It now forms part of the historic museum. During this day of wandering through history we meet some of the local producers and sample their artisan products from cheeses to berries.

Day 13 Kelowna and Okanagan Valley okanagan valley tours canada
Highlights: Okanagan Valley, Hell’s Gate, Scenic Coquihalla Highway, Kelowna

In the morning, we head for the Okanagan Valley, the heart of fruit and more recently wine production. For a bit of excitement, a must stop place is the famous Hell’s Gate Canyon where 200 million gallons of water per minute thunder through this 33 meter wide passage. We take a bird’s eye view from the aerial trams. After lunch we continue our journey along the scenic Coquihalla Highway to the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna. There will be free time for you to explore this lakeside town at your leisure.

Day 14 Okanagan Valley
Highlights: Okanagan Valley, Peachland, Steam Train Ride, Oliver, Food and Wine Experience

The southern Okanagan Valley is the heart of the fruit and wine country in Canada. Wandering through places like Peachland and Summerland, we have a historic treat as we board an original steam train ride for a spectacular view of the orchards, vineyards and lake. The scenic drive continues along Lake Okanagan, passing Penticton, Skaha Lake and Vasseux Lake before arriving in Oliver where we are invited for a culinary journey around a farm and winery set in Canada’s desert. Of course sampling the local produce and wine is a must.

Day 15 Kelowna and Kettle Valley
Highlights: Kelowna Markets, Myra Canyon, Kettle Valley Runway, Wine Tasting

It’s Market Day in Kelowna! This morning we have free time to visit the Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market featuring locally produced foods, handcrafted jewellery, leatherwork and more. Then it’s on to Myra Canyon to see the scenic portion of the Kettle Valley Runway. Built by hand along a steep walled canyon it allowed the railway to run between the Kettle Valley and Kelowna. This impressive landmark is highlighted by tunnels and trestle bridges that are too spectacular for words. We finish the day with a wine tasting.

Day 16 Kelowna small group tours kelowna canada
Highlights: Morning at leisure in Kelowna, Wineries Tour

This morning is free, so it’s an excellent opportunity to explore the city or relax at the resort and enjoy the views across the lake. Prepare your palate as this afternoon as we hit the wine trail to sample some of the distinctive wines of the area. We will visit different wineries to taste the diverse variety of wines produced in this microclimate.

This area is known for its fruity whites that are elegant, fresh and intense in flavour.

Day 17 Kamloops and Jasper, Alberta
Highlights: Scenic drive via Monashee Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Albreda Icefields, Mount Robson, Jasper

Leaving Kelowna behind, we follow the Thompson River past Kamloops, hub of the Interior. The route follows the rolling plateaus and snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. We get our first glimpse the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Maybe grizzly bears, moose, beaver and osprey might make an appearance. We pass by Mount Robson, the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies. Crossing into the province of Alberta, we arrive in the peaceful alpine town of Jasper.

jasper rocky mountains canada group tour to glacier Day 18 Jasper to Canmore
Highlights: Scenic drive Icefield Parkway, Rocky Mountains, Athabasca Falls, Glacier Tour Athabasca Glacier, Canmore

Today we travel on one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefield Parkway. Sometimes the wildlife comes out to see and be seen. Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, bear and elk are only some of the locals species found in this part of the Rocky Mountains.

En route we stop at Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. We have arranged a spectacular glacier tour on the million year old Athabasca Glacier.

Then we continue to Canmore, Alberta, a town located in the Bow Valley which has the grandeur of the Rockies as a backdrop.

Day 19 Banff and Lake Louise
Highlights: Banff, Lake Louise, Hoodoos, Valley of Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake

An early start today as we spend the morning enjoying Banff and Lake Louise. We will stop at the spectacular rock formations known as the Hoodoos, before taking the scenic route to the elegant Lake Louise. After some leisure time, we venture into the Valley of Ten Peaks to the shimmering turquoise blue of Moraine Lake. Our journey takes us to Yoho National Park and the scenic Yoho Valley with sites such as Takkakaw Falls (one of the highest falls in the world) and Emerald Lake.

Day 20 Calgary beer tasting canada small group tours
Highlights: Bow Valley Provincial Park, Western Style BBQ Lunch, Calgary Highlights, Boutique Brewery

Leaving Canmore and the Rockies behind us, we continue our journey following the Trans-Canada Highway to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometres, extending as far south as Mexico. We enjoy a scenic stop at Bow Valley Provincial Park before visiting a local ranch as guests for a Western style BBQ Lunch.

Arriving in Calgary, we explore some of the iconic highlights of the city such as the Stampede Grounds, Fort Calgary, Chinatown and the downtown core before finishing the day with a boutique beer tasting.

Day 21 Drumheller
Highlights: Alberta Badlands, Drumheller Royal Tyrrell Museum, Dinosaur Fossils, Craft Beer Market

This morning we head east to Drumheller. This is a truly unique experience. Drumheller is the site of the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world. It is located deep in the Alberta Badlands. The surreal landscape of the Badlands was created by the waters of an earlier Ice Age. The museum contains a remarkable collection of fossils but also traces the development of life on Earth. Returning to Calgary there is a tasting of craft beers at a Craft Beer Market which features Canada’s largest selection of draft beers.

Day 22 Calgary and Kananaskis Valley canada small group tours australian tour operators
Highlights: Calgary Heritage Park Historical Village, Bragg Creek, Kananaskis Valley, Turner Valley, Distillery, Farewell Dinner

One of Calgary’s oldest attractions is Heritage Park Historical Village where we will see live displays of the social, economic and cultural affairs of Western Canada’s early development. After free time to journey back in time, we head for Bragg Creek in the Kananaskis Valley, a vibrant arts community nestled in and around the mountains. We drive south to historic Turner Valley site of the first oil wells now the hub for a boutique local distillery. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 23 Calgary Departure

This is the final day so you make your way to Calgary International Airport or to your other onward travel options. The hotel will store luggage until you are ready to leave.

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