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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 (-)

Situated along the Bow and Elbow Rivers, Calgary is a perfect gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Calgary for your group meeting at 6 pm and follow that up with a group meal to get to know your fellow travellers. Included: Pre Departure Meeting, Hostel Calgary
A short drive from Calgary will take us into the Canadian Rockies. Banff is a popular tourist destination, and for good reason. Hike up Sulphur or Tunnel Mountains and have a soak afterwards in the local Hot Springs. Day 2 will take us to explore the famous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake preceded or followed by a drive down the Bow Valley Parkway. Included Activities: Banff Hot Springs, Visit Lake Louise /Moraine Lake, Banff National Park Optional Activities: Hiking Sulphur or Tunnel Mountain, Banff Gondola, Rock Climbing, Canoe Rentals, & More
Hands down this is one of the most picturesque roads in all of North America. Glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls line the road to make even the most basic camera take professional looking pictures. We will be stopping many times throughout the day to take short walks to viewpoints and stop for a multitude of animal sightings. Included: Scenic Drive Icefields Parkway
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper gives the adventure traveler ample opportunities at exploring wilderness or adrenaline pumping activities. Take in the charm of Jasper downtown and wander back in time exploring the Jasper National Park Info Center, train station, post office, old fire hall, Jackman House, and Robson House. Experience the fall colors and elk rut that will have you looking around every corner to make sure you don’t have a difficult encounter with one of these majestic creatures. Included Activities: Group Dinner at a local food restaurant Optional Activities: Mountain biking, hiking, Jasper Tram, Whitewater Rafting, Horseback Riding, and Fishing
With mountains and river valleys abound, we follow the Fraser River through the history of the Cariboo Gold Rush and Fur Trading Post area, traversing Alberta crossing into British Columbia. The dense forest and agricultural lands drive the economy and the Fraser Lake area has been dubbed “White Swan Capital of the World.”
Today we venture out to visit the ‘Ksan Historical Village. The ‘Ksan village is a great example of how the First Nation has continued to survive in harsh environments and keep their culture alive. View original totem poles and Indian history. Included Activities: ‘KSan Historic Village and Museum
The junction at Meziadin Lake Provincial Park has a large concentration of black and brown bears fishing along the many creeks. Alaska just sits 40 miles away and many on the Canadian side of the border like to argue that this is part of their land. We’ll visit the massive Bear Glacier that once filled the Bear River Pass only 50 years ago. Included: Bear Glacier
The Cassiar Highway is one of the most scenic and prolific roads to spot black bears, moose, and stone sheep. The road passes deep canyons, high glaciers, mountains, and can be rough at times and, but the reward of travelling roads like this will truly give you a feel of being out in the wilderness! Included: Jade City
The day will start off with the preparation of our sign to be included at the Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake. There are already of 100,000 signs from around the world! If you want, bring one from home. Camping along the Nisutlin Bay and visiting the Northern Wildlife Museum will give you a great perspective of Tlingit First Nation. Their livelihood is centered around traditional hunting, trapping and fishing. Included: Sign Forest & Northern Wildlife Museum
We’ve crossed over into the Yukon Territory where there are more caribou than there are people! Whitehorse is located on the Yukon River where you can check out the old paddleboat, the SS Klondike. Included in the trip is a worthwhile visit to soak our tired and weary bones in the Takhini Hot Springs. Included Activity: Takhini Hot Springs Optional Activity: Yukon River canoe trip
A visit to this lively and historic city includes checking out Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, Klondike Gold Rush, Midnight Dome, Robert Service Cabin and the Jack London Museum. Some might even dare to try the Sour Toe Cocktail! This small town was once home to over 40,000 gold fevered prospectors and we’ll even try our hand at a little gold panning to try and strike it rich! Included Activities: Entrance Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall, Gold Panning Optional Activities: Visit Jack London Museum, hike Midnight Dome, Paragliding, or gambling the night away!
Cross over the Yukon River on a short ferry ride to drive the “Top of the World Highway.” As we make our way to Tok, there are many remnants of old mining sites throughout these wooded areas. As we reach the highways apex, Poker Creek border crossing awaits us. The most northerly land border in the USA, it’s an experience few have had the pleasure. Then, it’s down the hill to Chicken, Alaska! Chicken, Alaska?? Why would they call someplace chicken? You’ll just have to visit it to find out. Included: Ferry Ride Yukon River, Border Crossing
A beautiful drive surrounded by the Wrangell and Chugach Mountains. There are some spectacular views of the Matanuska glacier, taiga forests, and some of the highest peaks in North America. The trip will end by 3pm. Included: Lunch Stop at Matanuska Glacier

Dates & Rates

Dates: 3 – 19 Sept 2017 (Anchorage – Calgary)

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
  • Tips

Trip Info

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.

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