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Four National Parks of Western Canada

Highlights

  • Watch the cowboys, horses and bulls at the Calgary Stampede, held during the first 2 weeks of July.
  • Feel the spray on your face from Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada.
  • Rent a canoe and get out on the brilliant blue waters of Lake Louise or the emerald green waters of Emerald Lake.
  • View 515 million year-old remains of marine animals through the telescopes, or get up close on a strenuous, guided hike to the fossil beds.
  • Hike onto the Plain of Six Glaciers for tea in the 1927 Teahouse at the edge of the glacier.
  • Ride in a giant snocoach onto Athabasca Glacier.
  • Watch for moose, bears, elk and deer on an early morning drive.
  • Soak in the hottest hot springs in Jasper National Park.
  • Get a little wet and have a lot of fun on a mild whitewater raft trip.
  • Fly above the huge glacial icecaps or get up close with a guided hike over the crevasses.
  • Pull some icebergs out of Angel Lake after your walk through the wildflowers.
  • Find out what a "whistle pig" really sounds like.
Season: June to September
Duration: 11 to 14 Nights
Starting from: $6,200 for a family of four

Destinations

  • Calgary - 1 night: The largest city in the Province of Alberta, Calgary is your gateway city to Banff and Jasper National Parks.

  • Banff National Park - 1-3 nights: Banff National Park was created in 1885 after the now-famous natural hot springs were discovered.  Take an icefield tour, raft, hike, or climb.

  • Kootenay National Park - 1-3 nights: Kootenay National Park is home to abundant wildlife, Columbia Wetlands, a birder's paradise, as well as biking, hiking, rafting and fishing opportunities.
  • Yoho National Park - 1-3 nights: Yoho is a park of rock walls, waterfalls and glacial lakes.  See how water has formed a rock bridge over Kicking Horse River, and don't miss the Hoodoos, also formed by water erosion.
  • Jasper National Park - 1-3 nights: The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper offers Snocoach tours of the Athabasca Glacier, abundant recreational opportunities, and Miette hot springs.
  • Lake Louise - 1-3 nights: The grand Chateau Lake Louise sits on the shores of the amazingly turquoise waters of Lake Louise.  Canoe, hike, or take a horseback ride at this pristine locale.
  • Calgary: Return to Calgary to complete your Canadian adventure and return home.
  • Friendly guidance from an experienced Trip Planner
  • Personalized Adventure Kit trip portfolio

  • First night accommodation in a 3-4 star hotel in your gateway city
  • Rental of a deluxe RV, sized to suit your group
  • Nightly reservations in carefully chosen campgrounds in or around the National Parks

Banff Horseback Ride - 3 hour

Majestic landscapes await you on the Bow Valley Loop ride. This ride offers the greatest variety of scenery; traveling through the Cave and Basin and along the Sundance Canyon Trail to a thick, lush forest. You'll spend approximately 45 minutes riding through the tranquility of the woods, where wildlife is often spotted. Continue your ride around the Windy Knoll as you climb Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views of the Bow Valley, then follow the river back to the stables.  $118/Person, Minimum age 6

Banff Scenic Float Trip - half day

Sit back and enjoy the grandeur of some of the tallest peaks of the Rocky Mountains while floating on the crystal clear Bow River. Excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography. A short nature walk rounds out this leisurely float trip. Your experienced river guides will share information on the Bow Valley's natural and local history.  $58/Adult; $8/Child (ages 3 to 15)  Minimum age 3

Banff Western Cookout by Covered Wagon

A horse-drawn covered wagon will take you on a scenic ride to the BBQ site, located near the Sundance Canyon trail. While your steak is grilled to order, try a hand at roping, tossing some horseshoes, or just relaxing. Your ride back to the stables follows the banks of the Bow River. 

By Wagon:  $100/Adult; $86/Child (Ages 4 through 12)

Rather do it by horseback?  $122 per person, minimum age 6.

 

 

Jasper Guided Hike - Half Day

Spend 1/2 day (5 hours total including driving time) with a knowledgeable guide on a moderately strenuous hike to beautiful Angel Glacier. Learn about the ecosystem, flora and fauna as you hike through spectacular alpine meadows. You'll stop for a picnic lunch across from Angel Glacier. Along the way, you'll have a chance to observe avalanche action, wildlife and abundant wildflowers.  $75/Adults; $40/Child (up to 12 years old - minimum age 5).

Jasper Horseback Ride - 1 hour

This trip offers stunning vistas of the Athabasca River Valley and captures the beauty of three mountain ranges. $40.66/person.  (Minimum age 6)

Jasper Horseback Ride - 2 hour

Experience the beaver dams, waterfowl and woodland life of Cottonwood Creek, along with the beautiful vistas of the open ridgeline. Two-hour trail ride. $69.55/Person (Minimum age 6)

 

 

Jasper Horseback Ride - 3 hour

This excursion takes in the Athabasca River Valley, the woodland life along Cottonwood Creek, and the rolling terrain overlooking Pyramid Bench. A spectacular trip with breathtaking views! $84.55/Person (Minimum age 6)

Jasper Scenic Boat Tour - 1 1/2 hours

For over 70 years no trip to the Canadian Rockies has been complete without a cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.  This diminutive Canadian icon, floating amid turquoise, glacial waters is accessed via glass-enclosed and heated boats. Learn of the local history, geology, wildlife and glaciology of Maligne Lake and of Jasper National Park as some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies drifts past your window. (This is a 90-minute interpretive tour.)  $55/Adult; $27.50/Child (ages 6 through 12).

Jasper River Raft Float Trip

This rafting excursion passes through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allows your National Park Licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. The Athabasca River is the same route that was used by the “fur traders” many years ago. The river is rated Class II - meaning that this is a float trip with some sections with rapids that do little more than get your backside wet!  $64/Adult; $25/Teen (ages 15 to 17); $20/Child (ages 6 to 14); $5.00 (children ages 2 to 5)

Lake Louise Horseback Ride - 2 hour

This 2-hour ride travels along the northwest edge of the lake through a century old sub-alpine forest of spruce and fir trees. As you travel to the end of the lake, Mount Fairview can be seen to the east, with Mount Victoria to the south. The emerald color of the lake can be seen through the trees as your ride progresses. At the end of the lake, your final destination, you can look back to view the Chateau Lake Louise and have a great photo opportunity. $75/Person (minimum age 8 or 52" tall)

For experienced adult riders, half-day (4-hour) rides to a 1900's teahouse for refreshments are also available.