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How to choose the Best Canada Tours

Which are the best Tour Companies if you don’t want to travel solo? 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.

See Grizzly ears in the wilderness of Canada

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A large selection of tours is offered

You can travel the Canadian backcountry on horseback or by bicycle, on a motorbike or in a rental car, or in a canoe or kayak. Or you can experience Canada in the air-conditioned comfort of a luxury bus.

Guided tours can last for a few days or many weeks. They can be adventurous or just luxurious, you have the choice, and you can decide. There are many travel destinations to choose from, but no Canada tour package will cover them all.

It’s important to decide on your travel destinations, and what parts of Canada you want to see. Is it the East, the West, or the North? What kind of experience are you looking for?

The huge and diverse country of Canada

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 Western Canada. The image of the Real Wild West they know from old movies still lives on in the minds of many visitors.

Because of the enormous size o the country, advanced planning is important. In the end, it will save you money and time later.

For luxury Canada tours, do your research. It might be wise to check with a travel agent specialist or to 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 Tour Companies

A couple of trusted adventure tour companies offer small group Canada Tours in their travel catalog with various activities. Some companies specialize in Canada tours for backpackers, students, and young-at-heart travellers and guarantee an adventure of a lifetime experience! They travel through large cities, but also 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.

If none of my recommended tour companies appeal to you, there are many other tour operators to choose from. The possibilities are endless.

G Adventures 

G Adventure is an operator of small-group escorted tours. The company is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with 28 offices worldwide. It offers more than 700 itineraries in more than 100 countries. If you want to pack in a lot in a short time with the convenience of a local guide, check out the trips they offer and read some reviews.

The Moose Travel Network

They offer Jump On, Jump Off Canada Tours for backpackers that give 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 tour adventures?

Activities are at additional cost and you can add them according to your interest and budget there is no need to book these activities in advance. The package price includes mostly transportation. The accommodation you have to book separately, but a bed in a hostel is guaranteed for the night.

Out Here Travel 

This is a new Adventure Travel Company, based in Eastern Canada offering a similar deal and is worth checking out. Read more: Out Here Travel

Western Dude Ranches

A western Dude Ranch in the Chilcotin Mountains, offering authentic Horseback Adventure.

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
  • Authentic Wilderness Ranch Vacations
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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 going 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.

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What about travelling through the Canadian Mountains on Horseback?

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 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!

Search for Canada tours on horseback or with kayaks, if you want to experience something different and want to get away from the masses. Try to get a seat on the mail train.

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.