Motorbiking through the heart of Canada - 10 days, 9 nights

Visit : Vancouver, Cache Creek, Okanagan Falls, Creston, Revelstoke, Banff, Jasper, Kamloops

Canada is home to some of the most scenic mountain routes and coastal roads. On this Canadian motorbiking adventure, ride from Vancouver on the west coast, into the heart of the country, across the towering Rocky Mountains. From the saddles of our metal steeds, breathe in the fresh mountain air as we cross by lakes and forests that serve as home to Canada's diverse flora and fauna. ...

Canada is home to some of the most scenic mountain routes and coastal roads. On this Canadian motorbiking adventure, ride from Vancouver on the west coast, into the heart of the country, across the towering Rocky Mountains. From the saddles of our metal steeds, breathe in the fresh mountain air as we cross by lakes and forests that serve as home to Canada's diverse flora and fauna. Are you ready to get lost in the mountains?

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • On this Canadian bike ride, travellers will be riding for long stretches of up to 5 hours. The journey will predominantly be along smooth tarmac roads with just a few gravel patches. The ride is open to all biking enthusiasts who are looking to experience Canada's extraordinary scenery up close.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Motorbike
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Spend some time along the banks of Lake Louise
  • Ride through the popular Icefields Parkway
  • Spend a night in the Banff National Park
  • Visit the Radium Hot Springs
  • Take your motorbikes through the Glacier National Park

Start of Tour

Vancouver

Total Riding Distance 2884KM.
End of Tour

Okanagan Falls

  • Day 1Arrive Vancouver
    • Welcome the Vancouver, where natural beauty can be found at every corner, and there's delectable food simply waiting to be devoured. On arrival, look for the guide at the arrival gate. They will help with luggage and the transfer to the hotel. Once the check-in formalities are complete, we recommend that you spend the afternoon exploring the city. Walk around the quaint neighbourhoods, or make your way to North Shore to walk across the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. This 140-metre-long bridge sits atop the lush Capilano Canyon, which can be found in the middle of a national park. If you are feeling particularly brave, you can take a stroll along the glass-bottomed cliffside walkway or head through the elevated canopy trail.

      In the evening, head back to the hotel for a quick briefing session with the rest of riders. During this orientation, you will be provided with some information about the upcoming route. Your first day of the Canadian motorbiking experience begins tomorrow.

      Later, enjoy a delicious dinner and turn in early.

    • Meals - None (meals on your own).
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  • Day 2Vancouver - Cache Creek
    • It's the first day of our epic journey together, and the excitement in the breakfast room is almost electric. After filling up on a delicious meal, it's time to get your hands on your rental Harley and rev the engine. Today, tackle the famous Sea to Sky Highway, which leads from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver to Cache Creek, in the heart of the country.

      The first leg of the Canadian motorcycling journey is along the sea and runs parallel to the British Columbia Railway. A few kilometres into the ride, cross a little township along Britannia Beach. Continue along the road to the roaring Shannon Falls before arriving in Squamish. This city is a well-known hotspot for rock climbers hoping to challenge themselves. From Squamish, the road turns inland and away from the crystal clear waters that have accompanied us on the journey so far.

      The next big attraction on the open road is Whistler, where it's easy to spot a cluster of lakes in the little valley below. The shimmering surface of the water bodies perfectly reflects the snow-capped peaks of the mountains that surround them.

      Continue north, towards Pemberton, a delightful village that became accessible by road only in the 1960s. This rustic village is located quite close to Lillooet Lake, another delightful attraction along the highway. The lake is located at an intersection of numerous deep gorges, so its climate is unlike anything else in the area. It's almost desert-like, with soaring temperatures and hardly any relief in the form of rain.

      The blue of the lake will melt into the brown of Fraser Canyon. From the canyon, it's just a short ride on to Pavilion Lake and finally Cache Creek, the final stop for today. On arrival, check in to the motel and freshen up before getting together with the group for a delicious dinner.

    • Riding distance - 337 km
    • Meals - Breakfast.
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  • Day 3Cache Creek - Okanagan Falls
    • Wake up to a spectacular sunrise before catching up with the rest of the group for another hearty breakfast. With full stomachs, it's time to pack up and hit the road once again. The journey today promises to be exciting.

      From Cache Creek, enjoy a short journey on the open road to Spences Bridge. The little town is located at the confluence between the Nicola and Thompson Rivers, making it a popular water-sporting destination. The area has a rich history that dates back to the Gold Rush of the 1850s. Although the town continues to be called Spences Bridge, the actual bridge that helped people cross the Thompson River was removed in 2015.

      After a quick stop, it's time to hit the road again and ride towards Merritt, a lovely city in the Nicola Valley. It's known for its numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as for being the home of country music in Canada. The ride through the area will give us a chance to admire all the natural beauty that the country is so famous for.

      The road from Merritt to Princeton invites us to really test the limits of our bikes, as we roll through hilly roads and lush valleys. But, all the beauty around us will pale in comparison to the farms and ranches that await on the Princeton Summerland Road. The corners along this road are quite tight, so it's important to approach them at a decent speed and stick with the group. About 47 kilometres into the ride, the paved road gives way to gravel, which can be a bit loose in certain places.

      From Summerland, the road evens out again, and the ride continues along the bank of the Okanagan Lake to Penticton and eventually, Okanagan Falls. This humble township is home to a number of fascinating geographical features, such as Peach Cliff, Indian Head and Mahoney Lake. The lake is particularly well-known for its vivid purple sulphur bacteria blooms. If you would like to stretch your legs and explore the area, consider heading to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, which houses a solar flux monitor, a 26-metre-wide single-dish antenna and an interferometric radio telescope. At the end of the day, head back to the hotel for dinner and a good night's rest for the rest of your motorbike tour of Canada.

    • Riding distance - 300 km
    • Meals - Breakfast.
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  • Day 4Okanagan Falls - Creston
    • Rise and shine, fellow riders. Today's journey is quite long, but the view along the way will delight our senses and help us feel at peace. Before we kick-start our bikes, though, let's sit down for a delicious breakfast spread. With full stomachs and full tanks, it's time to ride south, towards Osoyoos Lake. From here, ride along the U.S. border towards Rock Creek. The road then curves along the edge of Christina Lake, leading us into the heart of Canada once again, to the town of Nelson.

      The city lies along the western bank of Lake Kootenay, snugly nestled in the Selkirk Mountains. Most of the city appears to be stuck in time, as it has over 350 heritage buildings that are currently preserved. If there's time, we could take a stroll through the historic lanes, which almost feels like opening a history book.

      From Nelson, the ride to Creston takes nearly 90 minutes. The final destination for today lies barely 10 kilometres north of the United States border. The area is known for its unique flora and fauna, and nature enthusiasts can enjoy the evening looking for bitter cherry or maple trees.

      After a long riding day, the riders will be more than happy to tuck in to an early dinner before turning in for the night.

    • Riding distance - 428 km
    • Meals - Breakfast.
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  • Day 5Creston - Revelstoke
    • We are almost half way through the journey now and intend on making the most of every ride left. Today, after a delicious breakfast, it's time to tackle the road that leads from Creston to Revelstoke. The route takes us north, along the Kootenay Bay to Kaslo. Along this road, keep an eye out for gorgeous little villages that can be found along the highway. From Kaslo, the road leads to New Denver, and this leg of the journey is visually spectacular, with crystal clear lakes and lush mountains dotting the horizon. Finally, a ride over the Columbia River, along the Trans-Canada Highway, delivers us to Revelstoke.

      This city is known for its abundant natural beauty, since it sits on the banks of the Columbia River and at the base of the Glacier National Park. After completing all the check-in formalities at the hotel, riders are welcome to explore the area. We recommend carrying the camera along on your evening stroll as there are more than enough gorgeous sights to capture.

    • Riding distance - 323 km
    • Meals - Breakfast.
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  • Day 6Revelstoke - Banff
    • Early risers will be treated to a truly magnificent sight of the sun slowly peeking out from behind the snow-capped peaks. These are the small moments to appreciate while biking in the beautiful Canadian landscape. Once everybody has filled up on breakfast and packed their belongings, it's time to hit the road for yet another spectacular journey. Initially, ride alongside the Mount Revelstoke National Park, before arriving at the Canyon Hot Spring and then continuing through the rolling hills of the Glacier National Park. Today's journey is along the Trans-Canada Highway, so the open road will be fairly smooth and easy to navigate.

      The ride along the Columbia River will deliver us to the Radium Hot Springs, which lies on the outskirts of the Kootenay National Park. This peaceful village is home to mineral pools and hot springs that promise to bring peace to your heart and mind. After a quick look around, return to the road for the ride to Banff. This journey will be through the Kootenay National Park, so one can only imagine the beauty that is simply waiting to be seen. Ride past Stanley Peak and finally settle down in Banff. The small settlement exists simply to serve the national park area that surrounds it, and you are almost always likely to find more tourists than locals walking around. The evening is free for you to explore the area. We recommend the gondola ride from Sulphur Mountain that allows you to truly enjoy the lush greenery all around.

    • Riding distance - 386 km
    • Meals - Breakfast.
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  • Day 7Banff - Jasper
    • Sunrises in the Canadian Rockies are truly a sight worth savouring every single morning. After another delightful breakfast with our fellow riders, get back on the bikes to explore more of the national park area. A short ride leads from Banff to Lake Louise. The ride along Highway 1 will provide iconic panoramic views that would fit perfectly on the back of a postcard.

      At Lake Louise, there's time to stretch our weary legs. Walk around the emerald lakes that dot the landscape or enjoy a short hike along one of the surrounding mountains, whose snow-capped peaks are reflected on the smooth surface of the lakes. With heavy hearts, we bid the serene scenery adieu and mount our bikes once again, to complete the journey to Jasper.

      This leg of the journey is through the Icefields Parkway, which is considered the most beautiful ride through the Rockies. The road is lined by pristine mountain lakes, glistening glaciers, and lush valleys. The mountain town of Jasper is known as the gentle giant of the Rockies, and with good reason. The laid-back town offers visitors a chance to relax with a round of golf or a calming hike through the hills. The evening is free for riders to enjoy the surroundings any way they please, although we do recommend enjoying a cruise tour along the shimmering surface of the Maligne Lake, which is right in the heart of the national park. Once the sun sets, don't forget to glance up at the night sky, which will be lit up with twinkling stars.

    • Riding distance - 300 km
    • Meals - Breakfast.
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  • Day 8Jasper - Kamloops
    • Today, we shall undertake the longest ride of this journey, so it's important that everybody fills up on a hearty breakfast. The first leg of the journey is through the national park, from Jasper to Mount Robson, the second highest peak of British Columbia. If there's time, stop here for a quick photo op with the towering mountain before continuing towards Valemount. The road ahead continues through the rolling hills, so it's important to navigate the twists and turns with care. On the ride from Valemount to Blue River, the North Thompson River will flow alongside the road, making for some spectacular scenes.

      Blue River is a little village that is located roughly halfway between Jasper and Kamloops, which is the destination for the day. Tourists often visit the area to enjoy outdoor adventures and spot a few black bears. The road starts to even out from Blue River, and the final leg of the journey is pretty easy to complete.

      After spending 5 hours in the saddle, we are all thrilled to dismount and freshen up at the hotel in Kamloops. As always, the evenings are pretty chilled out, and riders can opt to stretch their legs at the Riverside Park, or go for a swim in the refreshing waters of the Thompson River.

      Post an enjoyable day out, it's time to get together with the riders for a delectable dinner and a good night's rest.

    • Riding distance - 440 km
    • Meals - Breakfast.
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  • Day 9Kamloops - Vancouver
    • There's just one last ride left on this holiday, so let's wake up early to truly make the most of it. After breakfast, let's kick-start the bikes for the ride to Vancouver. Head to the Princeton-Kamloops Highway, which is a scenic ride with towering mountains on one side and lakes on the other. In the Nicola Valley, there's time to stop at Merritt, home to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. The area is also known for its ranches, which provides visitors a chance to try their hand at horseback riding.

      The road that leads from Merritt to Hope is quite amazing. It's along a number of rolling green hills. There are a few tight corners, twists and turns that make riding along this road an absolute dream. The route cuts through the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, before ending at Hope. The biggest draw here is the Othello Tunnels, which can be found in the neighbouring provincial park. These five tunnels were built back in 1914 to connect the Kootenay area with British Columbia. Today, the man-made structure is known for its walking trails.

      Finally, it's time to undertake the last leg of our entire journey, the ride from Hope to Vancouver. This ride will take roughly 90 minutes, and will give the riders one last opportunity to soak up all the beauty along the route. Once back in the city, there's time to freshen up and relax before dinner with the group. If there's time in the evening, riders can go kayaking in Deep Cove or cycle around Stanley Park. Those with a hunkering for some lip-smacking Chinese food can head to China Town for Dim Sum.

    • Riding distance - 370 km
    • Meals - Breakfast.
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  • Day 10Depart Vancouver
    • After enjoying yet another spectacular sunrise in Vancouver, it's time to pack our bags and bid a fond farewell to our Canadian biking holiday. As much as we would love to enjoy one last ride on the open roads, we are happy to head back home with some wonderful memories and a heart full of happiness.

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    • Meals - Breakfast.
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Inclusions

  • Motorcycle - Harley Davidson - Street Glide (Touring) or similar.
  • 09 night's accommodation on twin / triple sharing basis.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary (Airport - hotel - Airport).
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All en route feasible sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for Jasper and Banff National Park.
  • Services of an English speaking guide.
  • Support van for luggage (1 piece per person).
  • Travel insurance.

Exclusions

  • Fuel for mentioned motorcycles.
  • Upgrade to other available motorcycles.
  • Personal riding gears / helmets.
  • If, the rider because of any circumstances leaves the ride in between then the charges for transporting the bike from the leaving point till end are chargeable from the rider.
  • Visa charges.
  • International / domestic air ticket.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Any transport to Vancouver / from Vancouver. Your tour price starts ex Vancouver.
  • Over-seas mediclaim insurance.
  • Admission fees or guide charges to various monuments, temples, forts etc.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
  • Cost of foreign exchange for personal use.
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary 'HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES' head.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Jul 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Pillion Rider
Ex Vancouver ₹ 2,18,300 ₹ 3,71,700
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Note:

  • Tour operates with a minimum of 10 adults travelling together.
  • Rider minimum age is 21 years old and must hold valid driver's license suitable for machine being hired.
  • Rates for September 2019 on Twin room sharing basis as below:
  • INR 4,42,500/- for Solo Rider (1 Motorbike 1 Adult).
  • INR 2,36,000/- for Dual Rider (1 Motorbike 2 Adults).
  • Any price mentioed here is not valid for travel during trade fair period and special events.
  • Should the period of travel, or the number of participants, or the type of accommodation, or the type of transport or the duration of the trip, change, the quote will be adjusted accordingly.
  • At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.
  • Above price is only for Indian nationals.
  • In the event of increase in the ROE taken into account. The prices defined may be amended.
  • It is advisable to have proper safety gears for rider and pillion.
  • If you are looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we will be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you.
  • If minimum group strength is not met, we have the right to cancel the departure.

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

You will stay at various hotels, motels, lodge and boutique hotels through the course of the journey.

Motorbikes

Things to Carry

Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light and try to stay under 45 lb (20 kg).

BAGS:

  • A sailor bag would be perfect, a walker's bag too (without steel bar). You can close it with a padlock if you want to (don't forget to tag it before leaving with your address
  • A small backpack of 20 litres is advised for daily necessities such as camera, sunscreen lotion

CLOTHES AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • 2 light pants
  • 4 shirts (including some with long sleeves, to protect yourself from the sun)
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat
  • Sport shoes or trekking shoes
  • 1 litre canteen (flask) and a flashlight (don't forget the batteries)
  • Some sweats and cereal bars


PERSONAL MEDICINE:

  • Sun screen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic
  • Paracetamol
  • Anti-diarrhoea
  • Elastoplast
  • Skin disinfectant
  • Bandages and special blisters bandage
  • Glucose

SPECIAL MOTORCYCLE CLOTHES:

  • Motorcycle boots are strongly advised or ankle high shoes
  • Motorbike jacket (synthetic preferred)
  • Motorbike pant (synthetic preferred)
  • A rain suit (just in case!)
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Bandana

Travel Tips

  • Trip Summary

    • Start of tour: Vancouver
    • End of tour: Vancouver
    • Total days: 10
    • Riding days: 08
    • Rest days: 02
    • Total riding distance: 2885 km
    • Average distance per day: 360 km
    • Route: Vancouver - Cache Creek - Okanagna Falls - Creston - Revelstoke - Banff - Jasper - Kamloops - Vancouver
    • Season: July & September
    • Upgrade: Harley Davidson - Street Glide (Touring) or Road King (Classic) or similar.

  • Generic Notes

    • Tour operates with a minimum of 10 adults travelling together.
    • Rider minimum age is 21 years old and must hold valid driver's license suitable for machine being hired.
    • The above price is not valid for travel during trade fair period and special events.
    • Should the period of travel, or the number of participants, or the type of accommodation, or the type of transport or the duration of the trip, change, the quote will be adjusted accordingly.
    • At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.
    • Above price is only for Indian nationals.
    • It is advisable to have proper safety gears for rider and pillion.
    • If you are looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we will be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you.

  • Type of Food

    Canada has been a haven for immigrants for several years, and this is evident in its cuisine. Some ingredients that are native to the country include beans, peppers, wild rice, salmon, squash, lobster and berries. In the country, you will be able to try tourtiere made with pork instead of the traditional pigeon as well as sushi made with salmon instead of tuna. While you are riding through the country, there are a few traditionally Canadian dishes you can try like poutine, lobster rolls, Montreal-style bagels and simple bread known as bannock. End meals on a sweet note with a delectable butter tart or slice of Saskatoon berry pie.

  • Clothes to Carry

    Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light and try to stay under 45 lb (20 kg).

    BAGS:

    • A sailor bag would be perfect, a walker's bag too (without steel bar). You can close it with a padlock if you want to (don't forget to tag it before leaving with your address
    • A small backpack of 20 litres is advised for daily necessities such as camera, sunscreen lotion

    CLOTHES AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

    • 2 light pants
    • 4 shirts (including some with long sleeves, to protect yourself from the sun)
    • 1 bathing suit
    • Sun glasses
    • Hat
    • Sport shoes or trekking shoes
    • 1 litre canteen (flask) and a flashlight (don't forget the batteries)
    • Some sweats and cereal bars


    PERSONAL MEDICINE:

    • Sun screen lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Broad-spectrum antibiotic
    • Paracetamol
    • Anti-diarrhoea
    • Elastoplast
    • Skin disinfectant
    • Bandages and special blisters bandage
    • Glucose

  • Equipment Checklist

    SPECIAL MOTORCYCLE CLOTHES:

    • Motorcycle boots are strongly advised or ankle high shoes
    • Motorbike jacket (synthetic preferred)
    • Motorbike pant (synthetic preferred)
    • A rain suit (just in case!)
    • Gloves
    • Helmet
    • Bandana

  • Our Crew

    Road captain / tour guide.

  • Flight Information

    Air Canada and other international flights have connectivity options available from major cities in India.

  • Medical facilities Available

    Basic first aid available.

  • Luggage Info

    1 luggage per person will be carried in the luggage van.

  • Books to Read

    Old Indian Trails of the Canadian Rockies by Mary T. S. Schaffer - This autobiography was first published in 1911, when the explorer Mary Schaffer decided to venture into the heart of the Canadian Rockies by herself. Apart from the glorious descriptions of the actual trails itself, the book touches upon Mary's adventures in the mountains, while also detailing the relationship between Native and non-Native people in the country in the early 20th century.

    The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy - This unique novel provides us with glimpses of life in Vancouver's Chinatown through the eyes of the Chen family's children. The young siblings each narrate their stories, and we see how all three struggled with embracing the idea of becoming Canadian, while still clinging onto the legacy of being Chinese. Set in the midst of the Second World War, the book also touches upon the devastation of the Pearl Harbour tragedy.

  • Approximate Group Size

    10 - 14 adults.

  • Money to carry

    Approximately CAD 500 or USD 500.

  • Tipping

    In Canada, tips are not mandatory, but they have become customary. In restaurants, diners are expected to leave between 15-20% of the bill amount (before tax) for the servers. If service wasn't great, you could opt to leave a little less. In hotels, it's always nice to give the bell boys, cleaners and valets a little something for their troubles. If you are moving around with the help of a driver or guide, it's a good idea to provide them with a small tip of anything between USD 2 to USD 5.
    For instance: Tips for driver and guide: it's a custom to give tips of USD 2 - 3 for the driver; USD 3 - 5 for the guide and USD 2 for the city tour guide.

  • Getting Around

    Motorcycle, walk.

  • Places to eat

    There are plenty of food outlets available in Canada.