Canada Tours Into The Wild
Backcountry Canada Tours come in many different shapes and colours. It is important to check out the various options and decide what it is you want.
You can travel the Canadian backcountry on horseback or by bicycle, on a motorbike or in a rental car, in a canoe or kayak. Or you can experience the Canadian backcountry in the air-conditioned comfort of a luxury bus.
Guided tours can last for a few days or many weeks, it can be an adventurous or just luxurious, you have the choice, you can decide.
There are many backcountry destinations to choose from, but no Canada tour package will cover them all.
It’s important to decide on your travel destinations, what parts of Canada you want to see. Is it the East, the West or North? What kind of experience are you looking for?
The Canadian East and the West are like two different worlds. There are lots of reasons to see them both. Canada is a vast country and much of the land still remains uninhabited. This means, whatever Canada tour you decide on, you will experience only a small part of the country.
Most people, when they come to Canada for the first time, come out to West Canada. The image of the Real Wild West still lives on in the minds of many visitors.
For luxury Canada tours, do your research. Check with a travel agent specialist, or contact one of the Canadian visitor centres.
But, you don’t want to be a typical tourist, right? You are looking for a special kind of adventure tour!
Best Value and Most Flexible Backpacker Tour Companies
A couple of adventure tour companies specialize in Canada tours for backpackers, students and young at heart travellers and guarantees an adventure of a lifetime experience! They travel through large cities, but mainly take you to backcountry locations where you can enjoy the great Canadian wilderness.
These tours are all about adventure, giving you the opportunity to try activities such as whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, zip trekking, as well as canoeing, kayaking, and horseback riding.
Chilcotin Holidays – a western Dude Ranch in the Chilcotin Mountains, offering authentic Horseback Adventure.
Viator – a trusted tour company with a huge selection of sightseeing tours, day trips, things to do. Find and book city tours, helicopter tours, day trips, show tickets, and lots more.
The Moose Travel Network – offers Jump On, Jump Off Canada Tours that gives you the flexibility to create your own itinerary based on what you want to see and do. And what’s so great about it, you can take up to six months to complete the Jump-On, Jump Off routes. So how cool is that for your backcountry Canada tours adventures!
Activities are at additional cost and you can add them according to your interest and budget and there is no need to book these activities in advance. The package price includes mostly transportation. Accommodation you have to book separate, but a bed in a hostel is guaranteed for the night.
Out Here Travel – a new Adventure Travel Company, based in Eastern Canada offering a similar deal and is worth checking out.
Intrepid Travel – is another tour company I recommend. They offer small groups and big adventures and been around for a long time. You can choose between ten different route and trips go as long as 20 days. Have a peek at their website and check out the different travel styles they offer to see what suits you best.
- Basic – For travellers on a budget, simple and flexible
- Original – The original Intrepid style, includes some activities, some meals and accommodation tourist-class hotels
- Comfort – Trips with an added degree of comfort.
What To Look For
If my recommended tour companies don’t appeal to you, there are many other tour operators to choose from and possibilities are endless.
Trip ideas offered by various Canadian tour operators
- Canadian rocky mountain tours
- Quebec and Ontario explorer
- Atlantic Canada
- The North (and the northern lights)
- Haida Gwaii, the Queen Charlotte Islands
- Churchill polar bears
- Vancouver Island
- Newfoundland and Wild Labrador
- Canoeing and kayaking trips
- Multi-day horseback trips
It is possible to combine some of the trips. For example, if you want to travel through the rocky mountains, but you want to see the polar bears in Churchill as well, make sure it’s added to the tour you choose.
What I look for when choosing a tour company
- small group, between 10 and 15
- authentic camping trip, sleeping in tents
- campfires at night and campfire cooking
- visiting off the beaten track places and not just go to the well-known tourist attractions
- a tour that allows plenty of time to hike, swim and explore.
On some of the trips, you get spoiled, on other ones you will be expected to pull your weight, unload the truck, collect wood, build a fire and help with meals and cleanup.
I have joined adventure tours in many parts of the world, but not many in Canada, apart from week-long horse pack trips in the Chilcotin mountains. It seems, that once you settle here, you choose other ways to travel.
Finding The Best Backcountry Canada Tours
If you are not the wilderness type like myself, or if the idea of having to put up your own tent doesn’t excite you, don’t worry, there are many other options out there.
Many travellers want to see as many places as possible. And no matter how much all the Canadian backcountry tour operators try to be unique in their brochures, at the end of the day most conventional tours are very similar.
The best way is to check out their website and inquire by email or phone before spending money. See how they handle the inquiry and listen to your gut.
Check out small companies first
Often, smaller businesses take more pride in what they can offer. You get to know the employees, they stick around longer and are interesting to talk to.
Look for something a bit different and unique!
Don’t choose Canada tours that pack in the most of the stuff, in the least amount of time, for the least amount of money, it’s not worth it. If you haven’t been to Canada before, you underestimate the distances between places. I guarantee you, you will spend lots of time on that bus, more than you ever expected!
And, if the main reason that you want to join a tour in the first place is, that you feel it’s too dangerous to travel by yourself, then maybe you should reconsider.
In many circumstances booking a tour is the best choice to capture a unique travel experience.
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