Guided tours in Canada for small groupsSpecialist for small group travel, like camping tours, canoe trips and hotel - luxury tours.
Timberwolf Tours is a western Canadian tour operator, based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the gateway to the Canadian north. The private company, established 1986, is a well known and reliable outfitter for adventure and group travel in western Canada.
For 30 years we have been perfecting outdoor and active travel for small groups and families. Thanks to our experience we deliver a high level of service. From your first contact with us to our last fare-well, we strive to make you feel comfortable and your vacation a safe and enjoyable adventure.
Our program is a selection of guided trekking , adventure and canoe tours for small groups as well as family vacations and hotel/bus tours. You find outdoor vacations with accommodations in tents or good hotels in western Canada from the Rockies to Vancouver Island and the Yukon Territories. They usually include activities like hiking, camping and walking and some canoe trips. Here, as well as with the hotel tours for small groups there is time and opportunity for options like whitewater rafting, kayaking, bear or whale watching excursions, mountain biking, trail rides and much, much more.
REFERENCES FROM TRAVEL PROFESSIONALSDozens of travel agents, tour operators large and small from many different countries trust us with their clients. You can believe they have checked us out. They know that we comply with all legal requirements, have all necessary licenses and permits and that we deliver what we promise. Feel free to ask them about Timberwolf Tours. Travel agents who offer our tours.
PHOTO CONTESTPlease send us your Canada holiday photos! Each guest can enter our yearly photo contest. We select the finalists and publish them at the end of the summer season on social media (e.g. Facebook). You all are invited to vote for the proud winner who will collect the $500 cash prize.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2016 contest, Johanna Hildebrandt, for the funny picture of her group cooling off in Chute Lake, all wearing their Timberwolf Tours touques.
OUR SERVICEA complete package! No hidden costs or unpleasant surprises. It is clearly spelled out in the detailed itineraries if meals or activities are not included. Just ask your guide to arrange optional activities or visits. We at Timberwolf Tours are known to take care of every detail. Our guests shall have enough time and leisure to enjoy their holidays in Canada without stress and hopefully get a little closer to nature.
GUIDESOur friendly, qualified guides are familiar with the areas, know the ideal hiking trails for each season, the local history, the best swimming holes, the nicest restaurants and most interesting shops. The Canadian west has so many enchanting and unspoiled regions to offer, our guides show you the hidden natural treasures away from the much visited attractions. They are not merely drivers but accompany you on all hikes, and just like their guests they are looking forward to relax by the evening campfires.
TRANSPORTATIONYou travel in a comfortable, air conditioned minibus in small groups of up to twelve passengers plus your guide who is also the driver. Luggage, trekking and group equipment is transported in a trailer. The 2 and 3-week tours include transfers between airports and hotels.
MEALS ON THE CAMPGROUNDS AND IN RESTAURANTSThe guides are perfectly able to do the kitchen chores alone, but will certainly accept your help. They also appreciate your suggestions for new dishes. You will be amazed what a variety of delights can be prepared on the camp fire, fresh, healthy, balanced and abundant. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Some programs do not include the meals. Everybody pays into a "food kitty" at the start of the tour. The group decides the meal plan. The guide of course has suggestions and recipes and will gladly look after the grocery shopping. You need about $15.00 per day for the three camping meals, or about $70.00 per day for restaurant meals. Many guests on hotel tours buy food for snacks and lunches in the grocery stores and keep in in the guide's cooler.
ACCOMMODATIONWe use good middle class hotels with private bathrooms and usually two beds per room. Most of the guided camping tours start and end with a night in a hotel. For the other nights we supply one tent per two persons. The tents are rated as 4-person tents, which leaves plenty of room for luggage and some privacy. For families we have even larger tents which can sleep up to 6 people.
Why not spend an extra day in Canada before or after the tour for shopping and sightseeing in our friendly western cities? We can arrange the additional hotel accommodations.
GROUP EQUIPMENTIt is modern, in good shape and of course complete. Cooking and eating utensils, propane stoves, spacious two person nylon tents with ground sheets and sleeping mats. Then there is a large rain tarp, folding chairs and smaller items. The canoe trips of course are fully equipped as well.
You can bring your own sleeping bag or buy one for about $60 once you are in Canada. Just ask your guide. Our hard foam mattresses are adequate but if you like it extra comfortable, we strongly suggest you bring your Thermarest mattress.
CAN I DO IT?Of course! If you are reasonably fit, you can take part in all of the activities. Our adventure travel itineraries are usually flexible, there are alternate hiking routes and things to do. One day you may want to test your limits to the max and take it easy on the next day. Our guides gladly suggest alternate activities.
NEVER PADDLED A CANOE & BEFORE?No problem! The training before the trip gives you confidence and you quickly learn the necessary techniques by actually paddling on the river.
ARE YOU TRAVELLING ALONE?The days of living together in nature soon unite a small group of initial strangers to an adventure team and can pave the way for great and lasting friendships. A single traveller should not worry about remaining an outsider. If you don't want to pay the single charge we try to find another same sex single person to share the hotel rooms and the tent with you. If you prefer to have the hotel rooms and the tent guaranteed for yourself you have to add the single charge.
ARE YOU FEELING TOO OLD?Don't let age hold you back either. The average age of our guests is 22 to 45 years. We have had adventurers in their 80s who could teach their young companions a trick or two about stamina and enjoying the moment.
PARTICIPATIONWe don't require it, but it really is the standard in small groups of this kind. On the first campground the guide demonstrates how to set up the tents. After that everybody manages to set up their own tent. If all lend a hand in the kitchen and when loading and unloading the bus the chores are quickly done, the group has more time for the hikes and for more interesting activities than doing dishes.
LIABILITY INSURANCE WAIVERLike all operators of adventure products in Canada and USA we too have to carry liability insurance. As well, without this insurance we would not get operating permits for the national and provincial parks. Insurance companies demand that prior to starting a tour all participants sign a "Waiver of Liability". The operators of optional activities (rafting, whale watching, trail riding etc) will all present you with their own waivers. Nobody joins without a signature.
Unfortunately these waivers are written in a rather unfriendly and offending style, perhaps to discourage frivolous claims. But as any lawyer will agree it is certainly possible to sue in serious cases of fault or negligence and after all, serious cases are the purpose for having liability insurance.
Operators who do not ask their clients to sign a waiver most probably do not even have insurance, consequently they would not have permits to guide groups on hiking trails in the parks. It is very possible that a park ranger will not allow these guides to lead their groups or to use the trails.
The bus and all passengers are insured separately.
Here is a sample of our Waiver of Liability
Before you book your flight to Canada:
Foreign nationals who fly to Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. The cost is only $7. Please check online at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/
For the application form go to www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp