Do the XXI Winter Olympics have you ready look north for your summer vacation? Check out these Canadian adventures from the trip experts Austin-Lehman Adventures, voted #1 Tour Operator in 2009 by Travel + Leisure readers.

The XXI Winter Olympics are underway, and there’s so much excitement in the air we can practically taste it! As countries begin to rack up medals and energy builds, onlookers are left brimming not only with pride, but also with what we’ve coined the “Olympic Itch” – an overwhelming desire to get out there and try something new, to get in shape, to test their athletic prowess.

If you’re feeling The Itch, travel like an Olympian and let ALA take care of all the details large and small so you can focus on the fun part – the adrenaline rush!

There’s no better time to start planning than now. So go ahead, make like an Olympian as you tackle Canada’s spectacular terrain on a weeklong, action-packed British Columbia adventure vacation.

Both the ALA British Columbia adult and family multisport itineraries begin and end in the thriving metropolis of Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

By day, hike old-growth hemlock rainforests in Alice Lake Provincial Park. Bike quiet trails through wildflower meadows in Whistler Valley. Ride the gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain before trekking the last 1,000 vertical feet to the summit for jaw-dropping panoramas of alpine lakes, wildflower meadows and glacier-covered peaks. By night, unwind with a scenic sunset drive along the Sea to Sky highway and a well-earned meal at one of Whistler’s tastiest restaurants.

Whether traveling with family, friends or on your own, follow in the footsteps of the world’s most elite athletes and experience for yourself the thrill of navigating Canada’s Olympic territory on an Austin-Lehman British Columbia Wilderness or Mountains, Meadows & Wildlife adventure.

Just east of British Columbia lies a province chock full of vast wilderness, soaring peaks, age-old glaciers, alpine lakes and broad, sweeping valleys; while it may not be home to the Winter Games, Alberta is no doubt an adventurer’s paradise.

Bike, hike and paddle your way through Canada’s Rocky Mountains on one of ALA’s three Alberta adventures. Saddle up for a 6-day Rocky Mountain Treasures biking vacation and pedal the eye-popping landscape of Kananaskis valley, Banff and Lake Louise. Strap on your boots for an Ultimate Rocky Mountain hiking adventure through the glacier-clad wilderness of Banff, Paradise Valley, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise.

Looking for the perfect family getaway? Pack up the the kids for an unforgettable Mighty Peaks to Mountain Goats family adventure. Hike wildflower meadows, trek across a glacier, bike around turquoise lakes, paddle the playful rapids of the Kananaskiks River and soak up the views of Paradise Valley on a spectacular hike through Sentinel Pass.


Step into a postcard as you hike, bike, paddle and dine in one of Canada’s hottest vacation destinations
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Whistler wows with wildflowers, whitewater, wilderness and wildlife.
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A vast wilderness of soaring peaks, age-old glaciers, spectacular alpine lakes and broad, sweeping valleys
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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".