British Columbia Self Guided Hike
Canada 6 days ex Vancouver

There is no better way to experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Western Canada than to lace up your hiking boots and head for the
hills.  If you only have a week to explore this beautiful part of the world, or if you want to add some alpine adventure to a longer stay in North
America, this tour offers an unforgettable adventure in the Canadian mountains.  

This itinerary takes you into the backcountry of E.C. Manning Provincial Park, a 70 000 hectare wilderness preserve in the Cascade
mountain range in southwestern British Columbia.  Your accommodation, food, camping gear, detailed route maps, local sightseeing
information and ground transportation are all arranged by our experienced local guides who know and love the Western Canadian
wilderness.  All you have to do is get yourself and your hiking boots to the Vancouver International Airport, and we'll take it from there.
Itinerary
Trip Details
Day 1 Arrive Vancouver
Arrive at the Vancouver International Airport and transfer to your hotel downtown.  Your
local guide will meet you at the hotel, go over the plans for the next few days, answer any
questions you may have, deliver your food and campstove fuel, take you on a walking tour
of the downtown area, and recommend some great local restaurants for dinner.

Day 2 Drive to trailhead
Pick up your rental car and drive east out of Vancouver for three hours to E.C. Manning
Provincial Park.  The route takes you out of Vancouver on the historic Trans-Canadian
Highway, then onto the smaller Crowsnest Highway, and into the park.  Enjoy stopping at
the few interesting local sightseeing spots along the way--the village of Hope, where the
original Rambo movie was filmed, and, for those who aren't afraid of heights, the rushing
rapids at Hell's Gate.  Park at the trailhead and hike 5km through alpine meadows to your
first wilderness campsite.

Day 3 E.C. Manning Park hike
You wake up this morning to the signature sound of Canada: mountain silence.  Enjoy a
leisurely breakfast--just make sure to guard your meal from curious marmots and
whiskeyjack birds.  Today's hike takes you through 18km of alpine meadows, which are
carpeted in brilliant wildflowers during July and early August.  The last part of the trail
takes you down from a ridge overlooking Nicomen Lake to a lakeshore wilderness
campsite.

Day 4 E.C. Manning Park hike
Today's walk takes you from Nicomen Lake out to the trailhead at Cayuse Flats (17km).  
Unlace your boots and take a quick dip in the glacier-fed river before transferring by
prearranged taxi back to your car at the original trailhead and driving back west to the town
of Harrison Hot Springs.  Enjoy a soak in the naturally heated baths at the Harrison Hot
Springs resort and dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5 Return to Vancouver
After feasting on the gourmet breakfast on offer at the resort, you can check out the
famous Harrison Lake sandcastle competiiton, take a few fly fishing lessons or stroll
around town before driving back into Vancouver for a relaxing dinner cruise around
Vancouver Harbour.

Day 6 Depart Vancouver
You can depart anytime after check-out, or book a few more nights in Vancouver to explore
more of this lively city.  If your legs are up for it, we can arrange a half-day cycling tour of the
Fraser River Delta, or, if you've really built up stamina in the mountains, a guided hike up
the legendary Grouse Grind trail.  Just let us know what you want to do!
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