Canadian Rockies Discovery Tour

8

days

starting from US $2,690per person

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Sample Itinerary

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Day 1 – Arrive in Calgary and Transfer to Banff
Welcome to Calgary! Upon arrival, meet your transfer at the Calgary International Airport and travel through the Canadian Rocky Mountains to your Banff accommodation.

Welcome to Banff, the mountain playground of the world! The townsite of Banff, established in 1885, is the main commercial center in Banff National Park. In 1984, Banff was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the mountain landscapes containing peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves as well as ancient fossil beds. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the town.

Feature Dinner in Banff
We want to make sure your trip gets off to a great start! Enjoy a delicious meal in a great setting that ensures you make memories as your trip begins.

Overnight in Banff.

Day 2 – Discover Banff National Park
Head out today and discover the beauty the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks offer.

You have
3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls
This fantastic full day tour includes a visit to an incredible grizzly bear habitat, where resident and orphaned grizzly bear, Boo, lives and plays. What an amazing way to see the icon of the wilderness! Next you head to Kicking Horse Resort and ride the gondola to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain. Here you will dine at Canada's highest restaurant for a gourmet lunch (included). Stops also include the beautiful Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls and the spectacular Spiral Railway Tunnels in Yoho National Park.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Banff National Park Guided Hike
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the natural landscape and beauty of Banff National Park. Based on the day of the week you will get to enjoy a classic hike in the Canadian Rockies led by a professional guide. Hikes will vary in difficulty and length and include a box lunch, bottled water, use of hiking poles and day pack.
Activity rating: Moderate–Challenging

• Option 3: Cowboy Cookout
Enjoy an evening horseback ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a delicious BBQ. While your guides cook, try your hand at calf roping or a game of horseshoe. The return ride will take you along the banks of the Bow River. Lunch tours and the option to ride in a covered wagon is also available.
Activity rating: Easy


Overnight in Banff.

Day 3 – Exploring Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

You have
3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
On this small group tour by vehicle, experience some of the best mountain scenery, lakes, glaciers and forests in the valley best known for spotting moose, black and grizzly bears and other wildlife. Enjoy the short walks and breathtaking views as you get up close to nature. A picnic/patio lunch is included.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
On this sightseeing bus tour visit the jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, and the world-renowned Moraine Lake (available seasonally). This journey gives you plenty of time to take photos and explore the spectacular shorelines and learn the history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3:
Banff Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy a small group tour by bus to discover Banff’s unique heritage and stunning backdrop in the Canadian Rockies. Discover the secrets of this majestic mountain town by taking in the sights, snapping photos and enjoying short walks to view points on the many stops with your guide.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Banff.

Day 4 – The Icefields Parkway – Banff to Jasper
Start your full day tour this morning as you travel the Icefields Parkway with a small group and guide through the natural splendor of Banff and Jasper National Park. The breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges opens to spectacular views of deep valleys stretching to a distant horizon. The tour stops at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture onto the massive Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed snow coach and then head up for an amazing view on the Glacier Skywalk. Picnic lunch included today.

Arrive in Jasper this evening for a relaxing stay in this small mountain town set in the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. Jasper offers visitors a more laid-back mountain experience – with equal options for adventure, discovery, and relaxation.

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 5 – Discover Jasper National Park
Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper.

You have
3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: Evening Canoe Paddle
An evening on a mountain lake is breathtaking – fish breaking the surface of the still water, the call of a loon, a beaver gliding though the water, or perhaps a moose grazing on the shore. Paddle with a guide across the lake, in a large canoe. What a peaceful way to end your day, with the sun setting behind the surrounding mountains.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Best Hike of the Day in Jasper
Enjoy a professionally guided hike today in Jasper National Park. Done at a leisurely pace to allow you to take in the amazing scenery surrounding you. Depending on the day you may be strolling through wildflowers, gazing at the glaciers above, taking in the stunning colors of the mountain lakes and seeing wildlife! Enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own) surrounded by spectacular scenery and crisp fresh mountain air!
Activity rating:
Moderate

• Option 3:
Half Day Train and Sightseeing Tour
This tour begins with a ride on VIA Rail’s Skeena train where you are whisked away down the tracks in comfort of your own seat with viewing window. Sit back and take in the magnificent scenery as you make your way down the Fraser River into beautiful British Columbia’s Robson Valley. Upon arrival in Dunster you will be met by your guide for the return sightseeing adventure back to Jasper along the Yellowhead Highway which includes a stop at the famous Mt. Robson, the tallest mountain in the Rockies.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Jasper.


Day 6 – Explore Jasper
Spend another day exploring Jasper National Park. Today you have admission and a shuttle included to the Jasper Skytram, the longest and highest aerial tramway in the Canadian Rockies.

You have
3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1:
Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
Head out for a thrilling tour in the sidecar of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Visit your choice of Athabasca Falls, Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake or Mount Edith Cavell. Enjoy the sights as you cruise along winding roads, rivers, and beautiful forests.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
Enjoy a tour to Maligne Canyon to see thundering waterfalls, unique rock formations, and mysterious disappearing Medicine Lake. Afterwards, enjoy a boat cruise on stunning Maligne Lake to the famous Spirit Island.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3:
Scenic Float Trip on the Athabasca River
Take a guided scenic raft trip on the Athabasca River, navigating through small sets of rapids and stretches of calm waters. Sit back and let your guide do the rowing while you take in the magnificent scenery! Tour leaves from the Jasper train station in town.
Activity rating: Easy


Overnight in Jasper.

Day 7 – Transfer from Jasper to Calgary Airport
This afternoon, meet your transfer from Jasper to the Calgary Airport. Each turn reveals sparkling blue-green rivers and lakes, glaciers, mountain ranges and wildlife, so have your camera ready! Spend the evening at a Calgary Airport hotel.

Overnight at Calgary Airport hotel.

Insider tip: If you have flights departing Calgary in the later afternoon tomorrow, ask about moving your hotel from the Calgary Airport to downtown Calgary. Alternatively, ask about ending your trip in Edmonton rather than Calgary.

Day 8 – Departure from Calgary
Depart Calgary today on your flight home, with fond memories made of your Canadian Rocky Mountain vacation.

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What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Jasper Tramway Admission - Jasper Tramway Admission
Jasper Tramway Admission
Ice Explorer Ride - Ice Explorer Ride
Ice Explorer Ride
Feature Dinner in Banff - Feature Dinner in Banff
Feature Dinner in Banff
Transportation between Calgary and the Rockies - Transportation between Calgary and the Rockies
Transportation between Calgary and the Rockies
Accommodations:
• 7 nights of hotel accommodation

Banff Experiences:
Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour
2. Banff National Park Guided Hike
3. Cowboy Cookout Horse Ride

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
2. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
3. Banff Sightseeing Tour

Icefield Parkway Experiences (between Banff and Jasper):
• Small Group Sightseeing Tour (Includes picnic lunch)
• Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier
• Glacier Skywalk at the Athabasca Glacier

Jasper Experiences:
• Jasper Skytram Admission and Shuttle
PLUS
Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Evening Canoe Paddle
2. Best Hike of the Day in Jasper
3. Half Day Train and Sightseeing Tour

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
2. Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
3. Scenic Float Trip on the Athabasca River

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature Dinner in Banff

Transfer Inclusions:*
• Transportation between Calgary Airport and Banff
• Transportation between Jasper and Calgary Airport

Other Inclusions:
• Documentation package
• Gratuities for some private tours and transfers
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you will have your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Inclusion Notes:
Scheduled transfers are included for Comfort and Superior guests
Private transfers are included for Deluxe guests

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour is available for May 31 to September 29 trip departures.
Banff National Park Guided Hike has a minimum age of 13.
• Cowboy Cookout Horse Ride is available until the September 21, 2019 departure date. This activity has a maximum weight restriction of 250lbs per rider and a minimum age of 13. Ask your agent about the wagon ride alternative.
• The Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour operates on Sunday, Tuesday and Fridays. Have your agent plan your trip start date accordingly if you wish to participate in this activity.
• The Half Day Train & Sightseeing Tour in Jasper operates on Sunday, Wednesday and Fridays. Have your agent plan your trip start date accordingly if you wish to participate in this activity.
• Maligne Lake Cruise is available for late May to early October trip departures; weather conditions may cause season delays out of our control. A walking excursion will replace the cruise when it is unavailable.
• The Best Hike of the Day in Jasper is available for mid-June to late September trip departures; weather conditions may cause season delays out of our control.
• The Scenic Jasper Float Trip on the Athabasca river is available until the Oct 1 departure (weather dependent).


Not Included
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for hotel, scheduled tours, and scheduled transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Add-on a car rental to explore further
Add-on a car rental to explore further
Add a stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Add a stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Add a Helicopter tour in the Canadian Rockies
Add a Helicopter tour in the Canadian Rockies
Add a visit to the Calgary Stampede
Add a visit to the Calgary Stampede
• Customize your tour to include a car rental through the Canadian Rockies
• Add additional time to explore the city of Calgary, home of the Stampede
• Add-on an unforgettable helicopter tour in the Canadian Rockies
• Add-on a night at the famous Chateau Lake Louise

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Exterior of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Lobby of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Pool of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Night exterior of lodge

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

An example of our Comfort accommodations

After a full day of skiing, hiking and sightseeing in the mountains it is wonderful to retreat to this quiet mountain lodge and relax in your comfortable room. Soak your muscles in the jetted whirlpool or get a massage at the Red Earth Spa. The hotel is also home to one of the most popular steakhouses in Canada, so treat yourself to a special meal while you watch the sunset over the mountains.

Rimrock Resort - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow ValleyRimrock Resort - Resort interior with an upscale feelRimrock Resort - Spectacular setting in every season

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow ValleyFairmont Banff Springs - Stylish interior designed as Scottish Baronial CastleFairmont Banff Springs - Enjoy relaxing spa treatments and other activities

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

 

Trip Start Dates

2019 Calgary Start Dates
Daily

May 31 to Oct 6

Trip Prices

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $2,690to US $3,207per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
from US $2,840to US $3,435per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $4,880to US $5,719per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

What you'll love about
this trip

Stunning glaciers, emerald lakes, and forests of the Canadian Rockies

Amazing photographic opportunities

Great choice of activities catered to your interests

Discover Canada’s National Parks

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

What is included in the price?

Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

Can I customize this trip?

Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

Explore the best of the Canadian Rockies National Parks on a week-long independent vacation. See Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper National Parks, whilst enjoying your choice of guided activities. Everything is pre-planned, including transfers, the best Canadian Rockies hotels, and unique tours. Choose from sightseeing, wildlife viewing, train experiences, guided hikes, and more.

Trip Outline

Arrive Calgary 3 nights Banff 3 nights Jasper 1 night Calgary Depart Calgary

Canadian Rockies Discovery Tour – Map View over Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies Banff town in the Canadian Rockies Group hiking in Banff National Park Horseriding along a river in Banff The Glacier Skywalk between Jasper and Banff national parks Jasper town in the Canadian Rockies Guided canoe tour in the Jasper National Park Motorcycle tour along the Icefields Parkway Maligne Lake boat cruise in Jasper National Park
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  • Sightseeing tour including stunning Sea to Sky Gondola

Add a free night in Banff, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Evening Wildlife Safari
  • Banff Gondola experience to the top of Sulphur Mountain
  • Guided canoe tour along the Bow River

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  • Food tour to discover Toronto's unique culinary culture
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  • 9 minute helicopter tour, from downtown Toronto

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  • Scenic St. Lawrence River Cruise
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And here is another great reason – if you book one of our spectacular Canadian winter vacations before December 31, you'll receive up to $600 per couple in add-on travel credits to enhance your trip.

Here are some of our favorite add-on ideas:

  • Extend your trip – add a night in Vancouver or the Canadian Rockies.
  • Join a professional photographer on a private tour, to get the best pictures of Banff National Park in its winter splendor.
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