Canada and the Rockies was a fantastic tour! During the 10 night trip, so much was packed in. Whistler, Jasper, Banff and Vancouver were all great places to visit with some notable sights (such as Mt Robson, Lake Louise, Spirit Island and the Athabasca Glacier) on the journeys in between. The added extras (canoeing, white water rafting, horseback riding, zip lining, gondolas etc) were all amazing experiences too (although perhaps some of the less ‘daring’ activities could have been included rather than being add ons?). The hotels were also of good quality - the chalets in Banff were especially good - and they were all located in excellent positions.
There were 49 people on the trip, ranging from 18 - 35, with most from Australia and United Kingdom. Everyone was friendly and respectful of others - with no expectations of late nights and excessive drinking if that wasn’t your wish! However, there were plenty of fun nights to be had for those that wanted, including a karaoke night in Banff...
The tour would not have been complete without an organised and knowledgeable tour manager and skilled coach driver. Charlotte, the tour manager, did a super job of sorting each day out and providing lots of interesting (to me anyway) information about the local geography and people. She remained lively and positive throughout the whole trip even though she was ‘on call’ 24/7. Rick was an excellent and safe driver - he even drove backwards up a hill just so that we could all visit a famous waterfall!
Overall, I’d highly recommend this trip and I hope to do another Contiki in the near future... My only regret - not doing this in my twenties!!