Travel Challenge: Canada's west coast

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Every week we invite three competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a family trip to Canada's west coast, departing early August. Prices are for four people. All hotels are room only...

Canadian Affair

£3,999: Vancouver & Whistler

Includes return Thomson Airways flights on 4 August from Gatwick to Vancouver with accommodation at the Rosedale on Robson hotel in Vancouver (six nights) and the Delta Whistler Village Suites in Whistler (four nights). "Whether you choose to go whale watching in the Strait of Georgia, or explore Whistler with a "Peak 2 Peak" gondola tour, this trip offers the chance to see spectacular British Columbia," says Kathryn Munro of Canadian Affair (020-7616 9999;

Virgin Holidays

£5,399: Vancouver, Salmon Arm, Whistler & Victoria

Includes return United Airlines flights on 1 August from Heathrow to Vancouver (via Chicago), accommodation at four bases, and car hire for the duration of this self-drive holiday. "This whistle-stop tour allows you to explore Vancouver's wonderful scenery, the Canadian wilderness, one of the premier mountain destinations in the world and the stunning green spaces of the Garden City," says Neil Jones of Virgin Holidays (0844 557 3865;

Thomson Tailormade

£7,188: Vancouver, Banff, Calgary & Rockies

Includes Delta Airlines flights on 1 August from Heathrow to Vancouver (via Newark) and accommodation in Vancouver, Banff and Calgary. A two-day excursion on the Rocky Mountaineer train – through the Rockies range – is also part of the deal. All transfers are included, except for the airport journeys at either side of the trip. "The package crams in a huge variety of Canadian experiences and the best the west has to offer in one seamless nine-night holiday," says Verity Rice of Thomson Tailormade (0871 664 0273;