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Welcome to big hearted, fun loving Calgary! A beautiful city packed with trendy restaurants, a lively nightlife scene and all the honky tonk fun you could ever want, Calgary is best known for hosting the annual Calgary Stampede, which happens every July. After settling in to your hotel you’ll meet up with your Travel Director this afternoon, then head out to discover the city for yourself. Need a good coffee to wake yourself up after a long flight? Then the neighbourhoods of Inglewood and Kensington should be high on your agenda.
Begin the day with an Iconic Breakfast in Heritage Park Historical Village, where you will be met by an interpreter for an overview of Gasoline Alley Museum, the world's largest public collection of antique vehicles and oil- and gas-related artefacts. Then hit the road in the direction of Lake Louise, one of the most beautiful lakes in North America. The journey is part of the adventure so enjoy watching the changing landscape from the comfort of your seat as the craggy, snow-capped peaks of the Rockies come into view. Continue towards Banff, famed for its world-class national parks, emerald-green lakes and dramatic vistas. You’ll get a taste of all this and more on a sightseeing tour along Tunnel Mountain Drive. Take in sights such as Cascade Mountain, Mt. Rundle, Bow Falls, and the surreal, nature beaten hoodoos rock formations, which have gained their unusual, twisted shapes over years of erosion from water and wind.
Waking up today, we hope you're full of energy! Venture into the stunning wilderness of Banff National Park or, better yet, take advantage of our enticing range of optional experiences to truly appreciate the best of this region. Choose from a variety of helicopter flights (weather dependent) that will have you soaring over iconic sites including the Three Sisters Peak, the Sundance Ranges and the Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers (weather dependent). Or perhaps you'd prefer to catch the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's eye view of the six mountain ranges within the Rockies, with glorious Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in the distance. Enjoy golf with a view at Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course or join the Plain of Six Glaciers hike. As an evening option, you can book a Banff Gondola ride including dinner with a view.
Awaiting you today is the magnificent Icefields Parkway, a striking 232km (144 miles) stretch of road that cuts straight through the backbone of the Rockies, passing ancient glaciers, mountain lakes and broad sweeping valleys. Make your way up to the Columbia Icefield, which covers an area of over 515 square km (200 square miles). Here, you'll ride the giant Ice Explorer across the Athabasca Glacier before trekking across this massive marvel of nature and filling your water bottle with fresh glacial water. After this unforgettable experience, visit Athabasca Falls and continue to unpretentious, heart-warming Jasper, at the heart of one of the most beautiful, protected wildernesses in the world. Choose to spend an evening at your leisure, or see the "From Jasper With Love” live theatre performance.
Today promises to be action packed! Stepping outside and smelling the fresh mountain air, let the prospect of a day exploring beautiful Jasper bring a smile to your face. As the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, your options here are abundant. Perhaps choose a gentle float trip down the Athabasca River (seasonal), with ample wildlife spotting opportunities. Have your heart set on exploring beautiful Maligne Lake? A boat cruise (seasonal) around the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies is right for you. If you’re looking to get active, experience the majestic scenery of Jasper National Park on foot during a guided nature hike. Food-lovers can join a Jasper Food Tour or optional three-course dinner followed by a two-hour twilight wildlife tour & interpretive “Horns and Antlers” talk at Becker's Chalets set along the beautiful Athabasca River.
Heading out of Jasper today you’ll continue your journey through Jasper National Park, passing towering pine forests, surging rivers, vast waterfalls and alpine meadows on the way. The crowning glory of your journey will undoubtedly be catching your first glimpse of Mount Robson, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most prominent mountain in the North American Rockies and the highest point in the Canadian range. You’ll then finish your journey in Sun Peaks.
Today you will drive to the coast where you will board a ferry bound for Vancouver Island. After docking at Swartz Bay and making the short drive into Victoria, you’ll no doubt be struck by the English influence of the city. An introductory sightseeing tour will take you along the waterfront district and into the downtown area, passing the Parliament Buildings, Government Street and through Beacon Hill Park so you can really get your bearings. Keen to explore even further? Victoria has more cycle routes than any other Canadian city, so the best way to get around is undoubtedly on two wheels.
Head to the world-famous Butchart Gardens where you’ll be surrounded by beautiful blossoms and blooms. Stroll through this 55-acre showcase of gorgeous gardens to gain an insight into why it has been named a national historic site of Canada. The rest of the day is yours to explore Victoria your way. Take in all that Victoria has to offer, taking in sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, James and Sydney Islands, and the Saanich Peninsula on the Victoria Panorama tour. Or enjoy a Victoria Whale Watching Excursion and keep an eye out for other local wildlife you might spot along the way.
The outdoorsy, trendy city of Vancouver awaits as you traverse the Georgia Straight by ferry. Regarded as one of the world's most naturally beautiful cities, Vancouver is framed by dramatic vistas on all sides. Given its proximity to nature, Vancouver residents (and visitors) can ski in the morning and go for a swim in the ocean during the afternoon. You'll kick off your stay here with a sightseeing tour of historic Gastown, vibrant Chinatown and the green jewel in the city's crown, the much-loved Stanley Park. You have the rest of the day to explore Vancouver your way before this evening’s optional winery tour and tasting, followed by a three-course dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate an amazing end to your adventure.
No doubt leaving with happy memories of warm Canadian hospitality and glorious glacier fed lakes, your trip will come to an end today. Depart at leisure today and bid a fond Canadian Farewell.
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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Available on Day 3
You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly-by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 11,870 feet along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget!
Adult Price: CAD 399
The most action-packed twenty minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore. Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.
Adult Price: CAD 294
Inspiring mountain views, sparkling river water, and the chance to view wildlife while you sit back and relax on a scenic horseback ride along the river. Ride past the Cave & Basin - the original historic hot springs. The trail loops around the marsh following the Bow River back to Warner Stables.
Adult Price: CAD 72
This ride is an extension of the 1 Hour Bow River Ride, which rides along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows – and passes by the historic Cave and Basin, the birthplace of Banff National Park. Here craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water. The ride then continues with fantastic scenery as you climb up Sulphur Mountain around the Windy Knoll viewpoint before returning to the stables.
Adult Price: CAD 135
Your hike starts by hiking along the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the color of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. The trail turns into single track and the immensity of the valley and its peaks becomes even more apparent. Near to your final destination is the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House where cakes and tea are served all day long – be sure to bring some cash! Just past the teahouse, you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise. If time and group ability allows, you may be able to hike further to view the historic Abbot Pass. Rated: Moderate. Hiking Time: 5 hours. Return distance: 6.6 miles. Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet.
Adult Price: CAD 127
At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 2,281 to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Subject to weather conditions.
Adult Price: CAD 70
Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning bird’s-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges. With breathtaking vistas in every direction, you’ll understand why the Banff Gondola is a Canadian Rockies must-see destination. Your adventure begins with an eight-minute journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. Glide up over the treetops to the crest of a steep-sided Rocky Mountain peak and step out into a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience. Then take a seat with breathtaking views in the restaurant and enjoy chef-attended stations including carvery, salads, pizza, burgers, pasta and desserts—all created by the culinary team with regionally-sourced ingredients.
Adult Price: CAD 105
Italian for “iron road”, the Via Ferrata is perfect for those who want a blend of rock climbing and hiking but may not have the experience to go it on their own. It’s just like climbing a series of ladders, all of which are located on the side of a mountain, leading to a magnificent viewpoint and crossing a suspension bridge. This seasonal high-alpine climbing experience above the Mt. Norquay Ski Resort includes all the equipment you’ll need along with a ride on the open-air chairlift to access the Via Ferrata. Light and moderate exertion throughout.
Adult Price: CAD 247
Renowned for its panoramic beauty, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course in Alberta is a captivating and challenging layout set in the heart of Canada's Rocky Mountains. Enjoy 9-hole golfing with breathtaking views in every direction. Amateurs and professionals alike are constantly amazed by its challenging layout. From hole design to optical illusions created by the surrounding mountains, this Alberta golf course will delight and tempt you. Included are green fee as well as club rental.
Adult Price: CAD 159
Available on Day 4
Your evening will begin with a delicious, 3-course meal at the award-winning Beckers Gourmet Restaurant. Set on the banks of the Athabasca River with stunning views of Mount Kerkeslin, Beckers combines inspired fare and superb service in an intimate but relaxing atmosphere. After dinner, you will set off with your guide in search of Jasper's original inhabitants. As the sun begins to set, wildlife viewing opportunities abound and the scenery is spectacular. You will have plenty of opportunities for photography while learning about the ways the wildlife in this area contributes to the rich diversity of the National Park.
Adult Price: CAD 100
Available on Day 5
Join the fun and experience an easy rafting/scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the “fur traders” over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 25-foot long, oar-powered rafts; offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first-time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery drifting down a route that was used by fur traders many years ago. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required.
Adult Price: CAD 87
Experience the majestic scenery of Jasper National Park on foot. This guided nature hike will feature a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes. Your licensed interpreter will lead this leisurely walk as you explore the abundant flora and fauna along these routes that often offer incredible opportunities to spot wildlife. Marvel at snow-capped peaks during the months of May and early June, in mid-summer the forest and alpine meadows are ablaze in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow, and white. By late August and through the month of September, the mountain landscapes glow with the red, orange, and gold of the Larch and Aspen trees. Routes can change due to weather, wildlife and seasonal closures. Guides will provide hiking poles, water, and will guide the guest through both trail networks. Guests should be of a basic fitness level and comfortable walking for about 2 hours.
Adult Price: CAD 73
Nestled in a ring of towering mountains, Maligne Lake is the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Here you’ll discover world-famous Spirit Island, the crown jewel of Jasper National Park. The Maligne Lake Cruise is an experience like no other with an experienced crew who will guide you through the rich history, ecology and geology of Maligne Lake. This interpretive tour has been declared the “Best Boat Cruise in Canada” by 8 million Reader’s Digest subscribers. You’ll be inspired by the beauty of Maligne Lake’s vibrant blue waters and by the stunning lofty peaks as you cruise to Spirit Island, a world-famous destination and one of the most photographed locations in the Rockies, accessible only by boat. Subject to weather conditions.
Adult Price: CAD 84
Get a little wet and have a lot of fun on the Athabasca River. Raft the Mile 5 section of the glacier-fed river. This section of river is a great introduction to river rafting as it begins with an approximately 10-minute float before the class II rapids start. Experience the gentle thrill of some bumps and splashes on your 2-2.5 roundtrip (approximately 1 hour of “river time”). Experience white water rafting in the Rocky Mountains. This soft adventure is perfect for kids and beginners. Includes roundtrip transport from your hotel. Also provided a neoprene wetsuit, a pair of neoprene boots, and a lifejacket. If the weather calls for it, we may also provide splash jackets, neoprene jackets, fleeces, toques (aka beanies or warm hats), or gloves. All participants are required to sign a waiver. Digital waivers will be available upon your arrival at the meeting location. Age range: 5 to 85 yrs old
Adult Price: CAD 87
Join Warrior Women, who are First Nations Cree from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, in an evening by the fire, make yourself comfortable and be prepared to engage in conversation about Indigenous culture, with stories, drumming, and songs. Warrior Women will guide you through an hour of immersive experience through drumming, singing, creation storytelling and cultural teachings. You will go away fulfilled after this adventure!
Adult Price: CAD 44
Available on Day 8
Our most popular tour departing from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This half-hour trip is an ideal introduction to seaplane aviation and includes spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan De Fuca, with the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Enjoy unique views of the buildings surrounding the harbor and the grand houses perched above the rugged coastline. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. Includes in-flight commentary system, flyGuide.
Adult Price: CAD 149
A unique walking tour of Victoria that combines a history lesson with modern food. Tour includes 7 foodie stops including craft beer at a local brewery. This tour explores the bustling Victoria Public Market, iconic Chinatown neighborhood, and Market Square. Guests visit Fan Tan Alley and historic Fisgard Street.
Adult Price: CAD 74
Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see a number of different species of whales including Bigg’s killer whales (orca), humpback whales, South Resident orca, Minke, and gray whales.
Adult Price: CAD 140
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