Alberta/British Columbia
Spectacular Western Canada by Train and Ferry: Grizzlies, Orcas and Totems
Breathtaking vistas, unique wildlife, ancient cultures and traditional ways of life — discover this and more as you explore Western Canada from Alberta to the Inside Passage.
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Program No. 21439RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

Discover the breathtaking range of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta and the magnificent natural beauty of British Columbia. The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks are richly adorned with mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, limestone caves and fossils. In British Columbia, the Inside Passage teems with marine life, while on shore the ancient coastal rainforest provides habitat for grizzlies and many other mammals. Join naturalists for an exploration of the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Coast Mountains and the waterways of the West on this wildlife and wilderness adventure.
Activity Level
Walk up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Embarking/disembarking ferries, trains and vessels. Some late-night arrivals and long days due to ferry and train schedules (subject to change).

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Banff, Yoho and Jasper national parks with experts and learn about their rich ecology and geology.
  • Experience British Columbia’s diversity of landscapes aboard Via Rail's Skeena train and on a BC Ferry cruise.
  • In the Khutzeymateen, observe North America’s highest grizzly bear concentration in their natural environment.
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Hugh Southee
A Geotechnical Engineer with experience in coal mining, Hugh has been leading people around the Burgess Shale area for five summers. With his love of education, he is dedicated to helping others learn about the wonders Mother Nature has created in the West. Living in the Rockies for eight years, nothing makes him Hugh happier than getting outside. Hugh has traveled the world for over a decade seeking rock and ice climbing adventures, and he also enjoys skiing and canoeing.
Bill Spiller
Kirsten Schmitten
Krista Bogen
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