Calgary - Kananaskis (59 km)
Guests are asked to please meet at the Domestic Claim belt #8 at the Calgary Airport at 2:15pm to meet up with the rest of the group. We will transfer to our local hotel and have the rest of the day to relax until 6:15pm, when the group will meet in the hotel lobby to review the tour itinerary. It is highly recommended that we take a thrilling helicopter tour
for an amazing view of the area.
Summer Plus: Guaranteed accommodation in Town of Banff instead of Kananaskis ( July and August Sunday departures only) After transferred to Banff, gather at the hotel lobby at 4:30pm to meet our tour coordinator for an overview your itinerary.
Standard Hotel: Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino or similar; Inns of Banff or similar (Summer Plus Customers Only)
Dinner: Meal Plan (All inclusive meal plan only)
Kananaskis - Banff National Park - Banff (110 km)
We will pass by Castle Mountain, continue our journey to Moraine Lake (subject to road condition), see the Ten Peaks' view and stroll along the Lake Louise. We will have meal at the Chateau Lake Louise (meal plan). Later, we will arrive at Banff and explore this alpine town. Then, we will be able to partake in optional activities like rafting, horseback riding and more.
Banff National Park, AB
Canada's oldest national park-- and one of the first national parks in the world-- is home to an icy but gorgeous landscape.
This glacial lake in Banff National Park's Valley of the Ten Peaks has a brilliant bright blue color due to rock flour that runs into its water. This beautiful and famous lake has appeared in advertisements the world over.
Valley of the Ten Peaks
A region located in Banff National Park, this area is so named because the ten summits of the mountain range in the distance are clearly visible. It is an open valley area that also includes Moraine Lake.
Lake Louise is a glacial lake in Alberta, Canada's Banff National Park. The lake is known for its vibrant blue-green coloration, which comes from rock flour carried into the lake by the water of the nearby melting glaciers.
The Bow Falls are a 30-foot-high, 100-foot wide waterfall just outside the city of Banff. The falls are popular with tourists because they are just a short walk from the town and can be reached on foot from most hotels.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
This luxury hotel, one of Canada's grand railway hotels, is located in the heart of Banff National Park in Alberta, built in the Scottish baronial style. There is a local legend that the hotel is haunted.
Standard Hotel: Elk+Avenue Hotel / Inns of Banff / Sunshine Mountain Lodge or similar
Breakfast: Included (complimentary)Lunch: Meal Plan (All inclusive meal plan only)Dinner: Meal Plan (All inclusive meal plan only)
Jasper National Park - Jasper - Valemount (88 km)
In the morning, we will drive along the Icefields Parkway, pass by the Bow Lake and proceed to the Jasper National Park. We will arrive at the Columbia Icefield, ride on the "Ice Explorer" (adm) onto the Athabasca Glacier followed by a walk on the Glacier Skywalk (adm). After visiting the Athabasca Falls, we will head to the Jasper town. Then we will proceed to Mt. Robson and arrive at Valemount by evening.
Jasper National Park, AB
Offering visitors a more laid-back mountain experience - with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation. The park includes the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls and mountains.
Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure
Ride the Ice Explorer, a large vehicle specially-designed to enable mobility over the incredible Columbia Icefield to the Athabasca Glacier.
The Athabasca Glacier is the most-visited glacier in North America. It is one of the eight major glaciers of the Columbia Icefield. The Icefield Interpretive Centre is next to the glacier, and is where visitors can arrange tours.
Visitors to the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre in Jasper National Park are treated to something new for 2014-- the Glacier Skywalk. Modeled after the Grand Canyon Skywalk, this horseshoe-shaped bridge lets guests walk out over the cliffside glacier.
A powerful, picturesque waterfall, Athabasca Falls is not known so much for the height of the falls (23 metres), as it is known for its force due to the large quantity of water falling into the gorge.
This town in the wilderness of Alberta, Canada serves as the gateway to the national park of the same name, where visitors can see the Athabasca Glacier. There are many lakes in the area.
Standard Hotel: Canada's Best Value Inn or similar
Lunch: Meal Plan (All inclusive meal plan only)Dinner: Meal Plan (All inclusive meal plan only)
Valemount - Clearwater - Kamloops - Vancouver (677 km)
Travel along Thompson River and pass the district of Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park. Heads west to Kamloops, a city with over 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. Visit the only GMP certified Ginseng factory in west Canada and learn about the amazing healing power of Ginseng. After passing by Hope and Hunter's Creek, we will then return to Vancouver, where we should arrive in the late afternoon, and transfer to the airport. Please see "Departure and Return" for more information.
Kamloops is a city for every season. A place where you skip the crowds, stretch your legs and just escape to the unexpected. Known as the birthplace of freeride mountain biking, Kamloops attracts mountain bikers from around the world looking to ride the rugged landscapes and the desert like climate.
Sunmore Ginseng Factory
The Sunmore Ginseng Factory and Spa in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada is the only ginseng manufacturer in North America and was founded in 1991 by Chinese doctor Zhang Shunmei. Visitors can enjoy the relaxing ginseng spa.
Breakfast: Included (Free breakfast in Hotel)Lunch: Meal Plan (Rockies meal plan)