Panoramic view from the East Coast Trail |  <i>Sherry Ott</i> Cycling the Veloroute Des Bleuets. |  <i>Jean Tanguay</i> A beautiful day hiking in Tombstone Territorial Park |  <i>Shawn Weller</i>
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Private Trips with Great Canadian Trails

Explore Canada – on your own custom itinerary

What is a private trip?
Customising your trip is the ultimate way to see Canada just as you dreamed it. Alter one of our pre-existing itineraries to match your interests or create a new custom-made itinerary completely from scratch.

A private trip is a specially-tailored itinerary for groups of two or more. You may be a family looking to tailor an experience to suit the kids, a cycling or walking club looking to travel together, a school planning an educational experience, a group of friends or even a couple planning a special outdoor adventure. 

There are no limits when defining a private trip; it is simply a customised tour that has been perfected for you.

Do private trips cost more than regular tours?
The quick answer is no – but it does depend on the type of tour you’re planning. Our self-guided cycling and hiking trip prices are based on two travellers, so a private trip would not be more expensive if inclusions remained unchanged and group size remained small. On a private guided trip, the cost varies depending on how many people are in your group. A good starting group size to achieve competitive prices is six people. Of course, for a completely customized trip, the pricing will depend on things like trip duration and standard of accommodation. Let us know your budget, and we’ll let you know what’s possible. Talk to us to learn more about how you could save by creating a private group.

Riding the P'tit Train du Nord bike path into the forest |  <i>Nathalie Gauthier</i> Hiking from Bow Lake towards Bow Glacier Falls |  <i>Kalaya Mckenzie</i> Whale-watching from the East Coast Trail, Newfoundland

Why go private with Great Canadian Trails?
Private group travel is for travellers seeking unique experiences. This can be in the form of an educational trip, a group or family bonding adventure, or just plain fun in the great outdoors. Here are some of the reasons you might wish to organise a private group:

Perfect for friends and special-interest groups
Private departures are ideal for friends, clubs and other groups who share special interests like hiking and cycling. Let our experts take care of all the planning and logistics, while you and your group enjoy your private outdoor adventure.

Tailored itineraries
We provide private departures on any of our regular group itineraries, usually based on a minimum of six paying passengers (depending on the trip). Want to personalize your trip to really make it yours? A private departure of any existing itinerary includes all the advantages of travelling with Great Canadian Trails, with the ability to tailor the trip to your own needs and wants. Plus, you get to choose your travelling companions, benefit from the expertise of our operations, and enjoy the leadership of our guides who know your destination inside and out.

Individual Itineraries
Our expertise helps makes your adventure literally come to life. We will liaise closely with you to work out the best places to visit, the right time to visit them, and what you’ll need to take with you along the way. We’ll design the inclusions that suit your unique needs. All of your trip logistics are taken care of by us, from arranging excellent local guides and cultural experiences, to organising permits and local transport, and much more. Your group will be left free to focus on the destinations, sharing the excitement of new discoveries and the pleasures of time spent together.

Exceptional Quality and Reliability
Great Canadian Trails is an exclusive ground operator as well as retail tour operator. We run almost all of the trips we create and sell. Because we are the actual ground operator for our key trips, we can provide exceptional quality and reliability for the trips that we operate.

Unbeatable destination knowledge
We have the expertise, operations, guides, equipment, permits and insurance to take your group almost anywhere in Canada. Because we actually create the trips we operate, our knowledge of the destinations is unbeatable. Our staff are true professionals and have worked with us for years to create fantastic trips. Knowledge from the field filters throughout the business, from reservations to management.

Great Value
By booking directly with the local operator, you have direct access to local expertise and gain fantastic insight at best prices.

Personalised Service
All of our private groups receive personalised service from our experienced staff, who is dedicated to enriching your journey, offering local insight, adding unique personal perspective, and generally making each trip the very best it can be.

How do I begin?
Simple. Just get in touch with us and talk to one of our experienced staff. They’ll ask you the right questions in order to supply you with a free quotation. Once we get it exactly how you want then you can go ahead and book.



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