Three Oceans of Canada
"This is the journey that keeps giving - a 24-day trip takes in three oceans: the Atlantic, the Arctic and the Paciﬁc Ocean, with stops in between to explore Canada’s extraordinary landscapes. Travelling in private planes, helicopters, seaplanes & ATV's - this a journey like no other."
Canada, Canadian Arctic
- Enjoy the foodie scene of St.John’s George Street or be immersed in the ‘pirate’ history of Newfoundland
- Spot icebergs on the award-winning, rugged yet beautiful Fogo Island
- View thousands of beluga whales near Arctic Watch Wilderness Camp, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle
- Explore Jasper, Yoho and Lake Louise National Parks, Moraine Lake, Columbia Icefield, Spiral Tunnels and Takkakwa Falls
- Half-day kayaking in Clayoquot Sound, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
- Helicopter fishing or hiking excursions in Great Bear Rainforest
- Nature viewing including black bears in British Columbia’s Paciﬁc Rim National Park
- Spend time in cosmopolitan Vancouver from the cobbled streets of Gastown to sights and smells of China Town
- Zodiac whale watching adventure in Victoria across Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits
In the detail
This is bespoke tour of 24 days that excludes international flights. Accommodation choices to be made at time of booking but our recommendations include Fogo Island, Arctic Watch Wilderness Camp, Fairmont in Lake Louise and Jasper, Wickaninnish Inn, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort and the Fairmont in Vancouver.
When to go
UK summer months are usually a good time to fulfil this 24 day exploration to ensure the best experience of each of the locations
Types of transport
Citation X Private Jet, Helicopters, ATV excursions, Seaplanes, Private SUV's
Day 1 - 5 | The Atlantic
Start your exploratory trip on the island of Newfoundland, in Canada’s most eastern region. Here coastal scenery dominates the views – and you’ll have a chance to wander the picturesque Conception Bay where pirates once walked. In the evenings, you’ll be spoilt for choice with dining options: George Street in lively St John’s has more bars and restaurants per square foot than any other street in North America.
Next, you’ll swap bustling St John’s for remote and rocky Fogo Island, staying at a destination hotel that makes the most of its rugged beauty.
Fogo Island Inn
At Fogo Inn, ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows allow endless gazing at the powerful ocean. Learn how Fogo Inn operates as a social enterprise, allowing residents of this inaccessible island to beneﬁt. Spend your days exploring the landscapes, spotting icebergs in winter and picking berries in summer before appreciating the modern-luxe design of Fogo in its peaceful library, hot tub and sauna, and the cosy, yet contemporary bar.
Day 6 - 10 | The Arctic Ocean
An epic journey that sees you ﬂy by helicopter and private jet to Resolute Bay, before transferring by seaplane 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. This area used to be the preserve of intrepid explorers but is now accessible to travellers desirous of discovering this icy wilderness. At the oﬀ-grid Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, you’ll experience comfort in private cabins, with gourmet food paired with Alberta wines. But the real eye-openers will occur in the vast outdoors characterised by glaciers, icy tundra and canyons.
You could have the rare privilege of seeing the largest congregation of beluga whale – kayak around the milky-white mammals on the Cunningham River as they navigate towards open water. On excursions you may also spot polar bears, arctic foxes and snowy owls as you explore by foot, river raft and ATV – you won’t forget this white-on-white wilderness in a hurry.
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
Located 800 km north of the Arctic Circle on the shores of the Northwest Passage in Cunningham Inlet, Somerset Island, Nunavut, is the most northerly fly-in lodge on earth. Experience gourmet fare inspired by every province from locally sourced Arctic Char and Baffin Bay turbot to Alberta Organic Beef, French Canadian cheeses, and more.
Day 11 - 14 | Inland Lakes and National Parks
Leaving behind the Arctic, you will travel by seaplane, private jet and SUV to reach Jasper, Alberta. Perhaps more classic postcard Canadian scenery, Jasper National Park’s beauty is characterised by turquoise glacier-fed lakes and ﬁr-tree forests surrounded by the lofty, snow-dusted peaks of the Canadian Rockies. You’ll have a private tour of the 11,000 square foot World Heritage Site and you may see elk, bald eagle or black and grizzly bears.
Break the stunning mountain reﬂection of Lake Louise’s surface with a kayak on its crystal-clear waters and visit the Columbia Iceﬁelds. For a ﬁnale, a helicopter tour will give you a truly special bird’s eye view of the national park including its three glaciers.
Fairmont Chateu Lake Louise
With breathtaking mountain views, all-encompassing wilderness and the utmost luxury, it’s fair to say that the Fairmont Chateau is the ultimate rural escape. After an action-packed day, nothing is more inviting than the spa. Relax in the steam room or hot tub before enjoying a range of seasonal treatments and massages in the hands of the expert therapies. They’ll leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and ready for more adventur
Day 15 - 24 | The Pacific Ocean
A private jet will whizz you across to Western Canada and British Columbia where you’ll have your ﬁrst glance of the Paciﬁc Ocean. On this last leg on your Canadian ocean tour, the beautifully unspoilt great outdoors provides endless activity. Kayak around the Clayoquot Sounds, spotting marine life and possibly bears and wolves. Take a closer look at the lush rainforest on a hike though giant cedar trees – tread quietly and you might see bears gorging on salmon at the water’s edge. You can even don a wetsuit and surf, take a dip in a hot spring or simply use this untouched wilderness for meditation. Your next stop will be Nimmo Bay, here take to the skies for thrilling heli-adventures.
Fishermen and women among you will marvel at pristine, productive rivers that only a helicopter can reach, and you’ll also discover remote beaches, waterfalls and islands. Vancouver will be the ﬁrst step to integrating back into the real world, visiting landscaped gardens, historic cobbled streets and bustling Chinatown before you board your ﬂight home, ﬁlled with all-natural memories from your three-ocean journey.
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort
A family-run resort located in the Great Bear Rainforest, Nimmo Bay is the place to come for wild experiences accompanied by a high level of service. Cabins set along the river's edge and in the forest allow you to connect with nature from the comfort of contemporary-style accommodation. The real fun starts in the great outdoors. Try heli-fishing in remote, pristine streams, paddle boarding along the river to spot bears or soaking in the cedar-hot tub by a tinkling waterfall.
WHY WE LOVE THIS TRIP
The diversity of locations: from rugged yet dramatic Fogo Island in Newfoundland to the north of the Arctic Circle where beluga whales frolic, the glistening turquoise lakes in the National Parks of Alberta to the outdoor extravaganza in British Columbia. Each part of the journey has an array of wildlife to view combined with unique activities and excursions. This is certainly a Bailey Robinson trip-of-a-lifetime.
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