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Canada Overlanding Adventure
Canada Overlanding – take a yellow school bus, remodel it into an overland vehicle and bring together a small group of adventure travellers to explore the wilderness of Canada’s infamous gold rush trail on the ultimate camping road trip.
Experience the rugged landscapes and animals that stood in the way of these frenzied prospectors. The Fraser River Valley and Cassiar Highway will give a glimpse back in time with visits to the K’san First Nation Village and Barkerville Historic Town.
The renowned Cassiar Highway offers plenty of opportunities to see moose, beavers, fox, and black bear as you head ‘into the wild’ before soaking weary bones in the Takhini Hot Springs.
Not to forget driving the ‘top of the world highway’ and the famous Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise.
See the trip notes for full details about this wilderness Canada camping experience.
Day 1: Arrive for Group Meeting and Dinner (H)
Days 2-3: Enjoy the small but vibrant town of Banff. Hike Tunnel or Sulphur Mountains then visit the Banff Hot Springs to soak your weary bones. Day 2 will include a visit to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with another round of Rockies hiking. (C)
Day 4: One of the most picturesque drives in all of North America. Make sure batteries are charged because your camera will be firing non-stop with all the breathtaking views. (C)
Day 5-6: Less touristy than Banff, Jasper is no less an entertaining little town. Hiking, mountain biking and other activities are available. (C)
Day 7: Traverse Alberta into British Columbia along the Yellowhead Highway. Camp along the Fraser Lake and explore this old fur-trading post area. (BC)
Day 8: Visit the ‘Ksan Historical Village where you’ll experience the village as it has existed for centuries. (C)
Day 9: A frequent hotspot for bears, we’ll make our way to the start of the Cassiar Highway. A visit to the Bear Glacier is not to be missed. (BC)
Day 10: One of the most scenic and prolific roads to spot black bear or moose. “Into the wild” is an understatement. (BC)
Days 11: Home of the Tlingit First Nation, whose livelihood is centered around traditional hunting, trapping and fishing. Make sure to get out your creative side for the “Sign Forest.” (BC)
Day 12-13: Whitehorse is located on the Yukon River where you can check out the old paddleboat, the SS Klondike. Included in the trip is a canoe trip on the Yukon River. (C)
Day 14-15: A visit to this lively and historic city perpetually set in 1896, includes checking out Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall, Jack London’s cabin, and trying the Sour Toe Cocktail. (C)
Day 16: Cross over the Yukon River on a short ferry ride to drive the Top of the World Highway. See remnants of old mining operations along the way to Chicken, AK. (C)
Day 17: A beautiful drive on our final day surrounded by the Wrangell and Chugach Mountains. There are some spectacular views of the Matanuska glacier on our way to Anchorage (-)
Dates & Rates
Price: 2,390 USD p.p.
Included in Trip Price
- 17-day tour in overland vehicle
- Accommodations outlined for nights in Hostel/Campsites
- All meals cooked off the truck (16xBreakfast, 13xLunch, 13xDinner)
- Visit K’san Historical Village Visit K’san Historical Village
- Canoe the Yukon River
- Visit Banff Hot Springs
- Gold Panning Dawson City
- Entrance into Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall Dawson City
- Hike Tunnel or Sulphur Mountains
- Hikes at Lake Luise and Icefields Parkway
- Admission to National Parks and Monuments
- Pre-departure meeting to welcome and provide you with a good understanding of the trip ahead
- Services of two trained/commercially certified leaders/drivers
- Fully equipped Overland vehicle
- High quality four person tents (sleeping only two), camp chairs and cooking equipment
- Information regarding places to be visited, history, flora and fauna
Not included in Trip Price
- Flights to Calgary and Anchorage
- Airport Transfer
- ESTA-Fee/Visa Fee for USA
- Snacks and Drinks
- Optional activities
Group Size: 4-16
Please bring your own sleeping bag and pad/mat
If you like outdoor activities and nature and want to explore the amazing culture, landscape and animals of Alaska or concentrate on the beautiful National Parks in the western United States then going on an overland trip is probably the best way to do it and you’ll be in very good hands with this fantastic operator.
Throughout the summers they bring together a small group of adventure travelers to explore the wilderness of Alaska, Canada, and Western America in an old school bus they remodeled and got back on the road.
One thing we love about their trips is that their itineraries are the right mix of the essentials and leaving enough space to explore: on your own or with the group, which make them great for people who are more used to independent travel – just without the hassle.
The owners are a really passionate pair who aren’t interested in ticking boxes and rushing from campsite to campsite. Their amazing overland vehicle gives the group flexibility. If they find a beautiful place during the day and the weather is great they might decide for an extended lunch break and go for a short hike or just relax in the sun. If it is pouring down with rain they know where to find the visitor centre, a great cafe to hang out or the hidden local history museum.
Overlanding-style trips offer the right mixture of meeting lots of like-minded people, but having the freedom to make your own choices and being involved in the adventure: You can get the camp fire started yourself if you like to but you can also rely on your tour leaders organizing a bunch of stuff which you don’t want to deal with on your holidays.
Canada Gold Rush Trail Overland
- Trip Code: AWA120
- Dates: 3 – 19 Sept 2017
- Price: from 2,390 USD
- Depart: Anchorage, Canada
- Arrive: Calgary, Canada
- Length: 17 Days
- Adventure: Travel overland and experience the rugged landscapes and wonderful wildlife