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Majesty of the Rockies

9 Day Canada Tour plus the Rocky Mountains

9 Days
1 Country

Canada

10 Cities

Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park of Canada, Maligne Lake, Maligne Canyon, Jasper, Kamloops, Vancouver

14 Meals

3 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Luxury Gold

Luxury Gold

If you want the finest from life, enjoy curated luxury travel, and are looking for incredible and unique experiences - a VIP vacation like no other, Luxury Gold tours are the perfect choice. Enjoy the finest end to end experience on the world's leading limited edition small group tours. With an average of 20 guests, every journey is filled with unrivalled Passport Moments, the golden threads that create your extraordinary vacation. The sounds of Mozart soaring after hours under frescoed palace ceilings. Flavors of spice from Delhi’s Street vendors. Sustainable ways to live, cook and savor at a pioneering Michelin starred restaurant. If passports were stamped with experiences instead of place, they would be imprinted with these exceptional moments. Curated exclusively for you. Go beyond the velvet rope. Front of the line priority with behind-the-scenes access. Enjoy rare insights into the world’s most majestic landmarks. Meet legendary locals and celebrated icons to mingle with them personally.

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Travel through the majestic Rocky Mountains embarking on a world-renowned train journey aboard the incredible Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service. Delight in immersive nature experiences setting foot on a glacier, hiking across canyons and alongside placid lakes punctuated by stays in the most luxurious mountain retreats and indulging in incredible cuisine.

The Activity Level of this tour is Balanced, meaning there is 1 to 3 miles of walking per day which may include some uneven surfaces such as cobblestones and stairs.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Banff

Your luxury tour of Canada begins at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a “Castle in the Rockies” in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage Site Banff National Park. Tonight, indulge in a dinner of exquisite local specialties on your culinary journey through a selection of the hotel’s finest restaurants.

Castle Mountain, Banff National Park​, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner

Fairmont Banff Springs

About the Hotel

Banff National Park of Canada, Canada

Canada’s 'Castle in the Rockies', the Fairmont Banff Springs has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs resort stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Heritage
Exceptional Dining Welcome Dinner Banff Springs Alberta, Canada
Welcome Dinner in Banff

Meet your fellow travelers and Travel Concierge for a Progressive Dinner in Banff. Enjoy a variety of courses, each served in a different hotel restaurant.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 2

Banff at Leisure

Take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird’s eye view of the Canadian Rockies or tee up at the stunning and world-renowned Banff Springs Golf Course to play nine holes of golf surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Perhaps you would prefer to unwind to the calming sounds of rushing waterfalls and bubbling mineral pools at the Willow Stream Mineral Pools and Spa.

Gondola Ride Above the Trees, Sulphur Mountain, Banff, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Fairmont Banff Springs

About the Hotel

Banff National Park of Canada, Canada

Canada’s 'Castle in the Rockies', the Fairmont Banff Springs has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs resort stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Heritage
Personalise your day View the Canadian Rockies on the Brewster Banff Gondola
Ride the Banff Gondola

Enjoy sweeping views of six mountain ranges as you ascend from Banff to the Sulphur Mountain summit. Once at the top, you can explore the board wal...

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Personalise your day

Personalise your day BSH Golf, Banff, Canada
Play Nine Holes at Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course

Play the Tunnel Mountain 9 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. This captivating and challenging course offers breathtaking views and a fanta...

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Personalise your day

Personalise your day Willow Stream Mineral Pool, Banff, Canada
Willow Stream Mineral Pools & Spa Access

Willow Stream Spa is a serene alpine sanctuary for pampering, relaxation and rejuvenation. Unwind to the calming sounds of rushing waterfalls and b...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Optional Experiences See Mount Assiniboine on this exciting helicopter tour, Canada
Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter Tour

It’s one blockbuster after another zipping in a helicopter to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Get your camera ready t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Get up close and personal with the famous Three Sisters Peaks on this scenic flight tour, Canada
Three Sisters Peaks Tour (25 min)

Gear up for the most action packed twenty minutes of your life. You won’t want to miss your chance fly past famous Three Sisters Peaks. Get up clos...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Lakes of Banff National Park

Take in Moraine Lake (in season) and bask in the natural beauty of this azure-colored lake tucked beneath 10 towering peaks. More astounding scenery awaits at Lake Louise. Stroll the lakeshore admiring your surroundings and perhaps a few daring rock climbers tackling the distant peaks. After lunch and the afternoon at your leisure, feast on the local specialties on an included Dine-Around evening at your Château Lake Louise. Then relax in your decadent room. 

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park​, Canada
Fairmont Château Lake Louise View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Fairmont Château Lake Louise

About the Hotel

Lake Louise, Canada

Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, the iconic Fairmont Château Lake Louise resort is nestled deep within Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enveloped by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the natural beauty of this destination permeates every nook of the historic resort.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Heritage
Magnificent Stays Restaurant, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise​, Lake Louise, Canada
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, the iconic Fairmont Château Lake Louise resort is nestled deep within Banff Natio...

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Magnificent Stays

Exceptional Dining Bar, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise​, Lake Louise, Canada
Your Choice Dinner in Lake Louise

Choose from a variety of distinct restaurants at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise during your Dine-Around Evening.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Passport Moments Lakes Banff National Park, Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake Visit

In season, visit Moraine Lake to bask in the natural beauty of this azure-colored lake tucked beneath 10 towering peaks – each over 9,800 feet high...

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Passport Moments

Day 4

Along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper

Travel the Icefields Parkway and step aboard an Ice Explorer with a Local Expert onto the gleaming white surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Meet the First Nations Warrior Women for an illuminating conversation about their Indigenous culture over a homecooked barbecue dinner with storytelling, drumming and songs.

Icefields Parkway to Jasper, Canada
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

About the Hotel

Jasper National Park of Canada, Canada

Situated in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience the Great Canadian Lodge, surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a 700 acre year-round luxury mountain resort which wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Ice Explorer Columbia Icefield, Jasper, Canada
Tour the Columbia Icefield

Board the Ice Explorer for an exhilarating tour of the Columbia Icefield. Walk on the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains and experience the e...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Trefoil Lake BBQ, Jasper, Canada
Trefoil Lake BBQ Dinner

Savor a crafted-for-you experience dining in the forest of Jasper Park Lodge. Your exceptional location in the Rocky Mountains in the secluded Fair...

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Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Curated Experiences Warrior Women Show, Jasper, Canada
Meet the Warrior Women, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience

Join the First Nations Warrior Women for an evening by the fire over conversation about Indigenous culture with stories, drumming and songs. Warrio...

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Included in Trip

Curated Experiences

Day 5

Jasper National Park

Journey to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in the park for a walk on several of the scenic bridges crossing bubbling streams. Afterwards, glide across the crystal waters of magical, glacier fed Maligne Lake past mountain peaks to Spirit Island, a remote destination only accessible by boat (seasonal). Or, pedal your way on the scenic trails of UNESCO World Heritage Site Jasper National Park to take in sights only visible from these winding paths.  Unwind this evening in your lodge where you’ll be surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife on this 700-acre luxury mountain resort on the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert.

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Canada
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

About the Hotel

Jasper National Park of Canada, Canada

Situated in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience the Great Canadian Lodge, surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a 700 acre year-round luxury mountain resort which wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Traditional
Personalise your day Maligne Lake Cruise, Jasper, Canada
Cruise Maligne Lake

Cruise along the crystal-clear, reflective waters of Canada's most famous lake. Prepare for a breathtaking display of nature's beauty as you learn ...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day Half Day Bike Rental, Jasper National Park
Bike Ride in Jasper National Park

Spend your morning exploring Jasper National Park via bike. Pick up your bike, helmet, and trail map from the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and hit o...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Passport Moments Maligne Canyon Walk, Jasper, Canada
Maligne Canyon Walk

Your Travel Concierge will lead you on a hike through Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park. Hikers of all levels can explore ...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Day 6

Jasper to Kamloops

Enjoy majestic scenery in an unforgettable setting aboard one of the most famous train journeys in the world, the Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service. From your glass-domed coach or outdoor viewing platform, take in unobstructed views, be transported by engaging stories and spot wildlife, your journey enhanced by gourmet meals of locally sourced ingredients paired with local wines.

Landscape, Athabasca Falls, Jasper, Canada
Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer

About the Hotel

Kamloops, Canada

Your hotel in Kamloops is assigned by Rocky Mountaineer; which may include one of the following properties: Delta Hotels by Marriott Kamloops • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kamloops • Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Center • Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel • Wingate by Wyndham Kamloops • Hampton Inn by Hilton Kamloops • Hampton Inn by Hilton Kamloops • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Kamloops • The Thompson Hotel & Conference Center

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Rocky Mountaineer Train, Vancouver, Canada
Goldleaf Service aboard Rocky Mountaineer

Journey in exceptional comfort from Jasper to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train with GoldLeaf Service. Admire the pristine views...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Rocky Mountaineer Train Meal, Vancouver, Canada
Goldleaf Service Dining

Savor every moment aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Service as you enjoy elegantly plated meals prepared with local ingredients.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 7

Kamloops to Vancouver

Ease into another glorious day with a gourmet breakfast in the exclusive dining room of your dome coach. Marvel at the dramatic changes in scenery while you dine on a three-course gourmet lunch before arriving in Vancouver. Your sustainably designed hotel welcomes you with its rooftop urban park in the heart of the city.

View, Kamloops, Canada
The DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection Hotel, Vancouver View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

The DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection Hotel, Vancouver

About the Hotel

Vancouver, Canada

Experience the Douglas, Autograph Collection, an elegant hotel in Vancouver, Canada paying homage to the original Douglas firs that laid the foundation for Vancouver's thriving economy. Masterfully reconnecting people and place, while seamlessly introducing nature into a chic urban environment.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Contemporary
Exceptional Dining Rocky Mountaineer Train Meal, Vancouver, Canada
Goldleaf Service Dining

Savor every moment aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Service as you enjoy elegantly plated meals prepared with local ingredients.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 8

Vancouver Sightseeing

Take in the best of Vancouver touring downtown, the historic Gastown neighborhood and along the seawall of Stanley Park to see the First Nations totem poles of Brockton Point. You’re treated to an intimate historical and cultural immersion at Salmon n' Bannock savoring lunch prepared with traditional ingredients. This afternoon, personalise your day as you embark on a scenic cruise or visit the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.

Stanley Park Vancouver, Canada
The DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection Hotel, Vancouver View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

The DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection Hotel, Vancouver

About the Hotel

Vancouver, Canada

Experience the Douglas, Autograph Collection, an elegant hotel in Vancouver, Canada paying homage to the original Douglas firs that laid the foundation for Vancouver's thriving economy. Masterfully reconnecting people and place, while seamlessly introducing nature into a chic urban environment.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Contemporary
Exceptional Dining Salmon n Bannock Meal, Vancouver, Canada
Enjoy a Lunch, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience

Support Salmon N' Bannock, a local restaurant that’s owned and operated by members of Canada’s First Nations. Sample authentic, flavourful dishes w...

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Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Personalise your day Aerial view  of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver Harbor Tour

Embark on a scenic tour through Canada's "Gateway to the Pacific," the Burrard Inlet. Cruise up to Vancouver's most famous landmarks including Stan...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day The Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, Canada
Bill Reid Gallery

Explore the Bill Reid Gallery honoring the multifaceted legacy of Haida master artist Bill Reid (1920 - 1998). Join a guided tour to delve into Rei...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Day 9

Depart Vancouver

After breakfast you are transferred to Vancouver International Airport as your awe-inspiring luxury tour comes to an end.

Vancouver, Canada
Included Meals Breakfast

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Top rated highlights

Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Personalise your day
Ride the Banff Gondola

Enjoy sweeping views of six mountain ranges as you ascend from Banff to the Sulphur Mountain summit. Once at the top, you can explore the board wal...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Play Nine Holes at Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course

Play the Tunnel Mountain 9 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. This captivating and challenging course offers breathtaking views and a fanta...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Willow Stream Mineral Pools & Spa Access

Willow Stream Spa is a serene alpine sanctuary for pampering, relaxation and rejuvenation. Unwind to the calming sounds of rushing waterfalls and b...

See More
Included in Trip
Magnificent Stays
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, the iconic Fairmont Château Lake Louise resort is nestled deep within Banff Natio...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Moraine Lake Visit

In season, visit Moraine Lake to bask in the natural beauty of this azure-colored lake tucked beneath 10 towering peaks – each over 9,800 feet high...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Tour the Columbia Icefield

Board the Ice Explorer for an exhilarating tour of the Columbia Icefield. Walk on the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains and experience the e...

See More
Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
Meet the Warrior Women, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience

Join the First Nations Warrior Women for an evening by the fire over conversation about Indigenous culture with stories, drumming and songs. Warrio...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Cruise Maligne Lake

Cruise along the crystal-clear, reflective waters of Canada's most famous lake. Prepare for a breathtaking display of nature's beauty as you learn ...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Bike Ride in Jasper National Park

Spend your morning exploring Jasper National Park via bike. Pick up your bike, helmet, and trail map from the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and hit o...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Maligne Canyon Walk

Your Travel Concierge will lead you on a hike through Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park. Hikers of all levels can explore ...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Goldleaf Service aboard Rocky Mountaineer

Journey in exceptional comfort from Jasper to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train with GoldLeaf Service. Admire the pristine views...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Vancouver Harbor Tour

Embark on a scenic tour through Canada's "Gateway to the Pacific," the Burrard Inlet. Cruise up to Vancouver's most famous landmarks including Stan...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Bill Reid Gallery

Explore the Bill Reid Gallery honoring the multifaceted legacy of Haida master artist Bill Reid (1920 - 1998). Join a guided tour to delve into Rei...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.  
In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  
Included at all hotels.
Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.  
On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.
Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.  

Authentic Dining

3 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs

Welcome Dinner in Banff

Meet your fellow travelers and Travel Concierge for a Progressive Dinner in Banff. Enjoy a variety of courses, each served in a different hotel restaurant.

Your Choice Dinner in Lake Louise

Choose from a variety of distinct restaurants at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise during your Dine-Around Evening.

Trefoil Lake BBQ Dinner

Savor a crafted-for-you experience dining in the forest of Jasper Park Lodge. Your exceptional location in the Rocky Mountains in the secluded Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on Lac Beauvert is one of the top hotels in Jasper, Canada. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery of snow-capped peaks and pine forest, dine in an intimate fireside meal on the shores of Trefoil Lake. You'll embrace the total privacy of the lake in this authentic experience.

Goldleaf Service Dining

Savor every moment aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Service as you enjoy elegantly plated meals prepared with local ingredients.

Goldleaf Service Dining

Savor every moment aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Service as you enjoy elegantly plated meals prepared with local ingredients.

Enjoy a Lunch, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience

Support Salmon N' Bannock, a local restaurant that’s owned and operated by members of Canada’s First Nations. Sample authentic, flavourful dishes with a modern twist, all prepared with traditional ingredients.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Fairmont Banff Springs
Fairmont Château Lake Louise
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer
The DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection Hotel, Vancouver

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter Tour

It’s one blockbuster after another zipping in a helicopter to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Get your camera ready t...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Three Sisters Peaks Tour (25 min)

Gear up for the most action packed twenty minutes of your life. You won’t want to miss your chance fly past famous Three Sisters Peaks. Get up clos...

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Additional Cost Applies

Canada

  • Official Languages across Canada: English the official language of Canada.
  • Currency used in Canada: The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (C$).
  • Capital Cities:: The capital of Canada is Ottowa.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA & Canada: Several time zones are used across different regions of Canada to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Atlantic Standard Time (AST), and Newfoundland Standard Time (NST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

USA & Canada passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Canada.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather and climate in Canada vary significantly due to its vast size and diverse geography. In general, Canada experiences four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The country's northern regions have a subarctic and arctic climate characterized by extremely cold winters and short, cool summers. The central and eastern regions have a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters, while the western coastal areas have a milder maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. Canada also has various microclimates due to its mountain ranges, such as the Rockies, which can bring significant variations in weather patterns. The Canadian Rockies encompass a large area that includes national parks such as Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay.

The weather in the Canadian Rockies can vary widely depending on the time of year and the specific location within the region. Typically, weather in the Rockies looks like this over the seasons:

  • Spring (March to May) is a transitional period, with temperatures gradually warming up. Snow can still be present in higher elevations during early spring. Weather can be unpredictable, with a mix of sunny days, rain, and occasional snow showers.
  • In Summer (June to August), the peak tourist season, expect milder weather and longer daylight hours. Daytime temperatures are generally pleasant, ranging from mild to warm. Be prepared for cooler temperatures in the evenings, especially at higher elevations.
  • Fall (September to October), is also a popular time for visitors due to the stunning fall foliage and fewer crowds. Daytime temperatures start to cool down, and nights can get quite chilly. September can still offer pleasant hiking weather, but by October, snow can start to fall in higher elevations.
  • Winter (November to February) brings colder temperatures, snow, and a popular skiing and snowboarding season. Daytime temperatures can range from chilly to very cold, especially at higher elevations. Winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating are popular. Be prepared for road closures and limited access to certain areas due to heavy snowfall.

Keep in mind that weather conditions can change rapidly in mountainous regions, so it's essential to be prepared for a range of temperatures and conditions regardless of the time of year. If you're planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies, it's a good idea to check the weather forecast and pack layers to stay comfortable and adaptable to changing weather conditions.

Additionally, Canada is known for its heavy snowfall in many regions during winter, particularly in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. Canada offers a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities. We suggest shoes you can wear for light hikes or long walks. 
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the coastal regions, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: It's always a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).
  • Small travel hair dryer

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour of Canada, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. 

  • Voltage and Plug Type: Canada operates on a standard voltage of 120V and a frequency of 60Hz, which is similar to the electricity standards in the United States. This means that most American electronic devices, including laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, will work in Canada without the need for a voltage converter.
  • Compatibility: In Canada, you'll likely only need a plug adapter to fit your American devices into Canadian outlets. A voltage converter is usually unnecessary because of similar voltage standards. While the voltage is the same as in the United States, the plug types in Canada might be different depending on the region. In most of Canada, Type A and Type B plugs are used. Type A plugs have two flat parallel pins, and Type B plugs have two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin (like the standard US plugs).
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in Canada provide outlets compatible with American plugs. However, it's still a good idea to carry a plug adapter for convenience.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Most hotels in Canada, especially those in urban and tourist areas, provide hair dryers as a standard amenity in guest rooms or available upon request. Hair dryers are generally found in the bathroom or within the bedroom area. 

If you prefer to use your own hair dryer, it's essential to consider voltage compatibility. As Canada uses a standard voltage of 120V, similar to the United States, if your hair dryer is designed to work with 120V (as most American devices are), you should be able to use it without any issues. Make sure you have the appropriate plug adapter to fit your hair dryer's plug into the Canadian outlets.

If your hair dryer is not compatible with 120V or the local voltage, you might need a voltage converter to prevent damage or overheating. Alternatively, you could consider using the hair dryer provided by the hotel to avoid any voltage-related concerns.

You can check out your hotels' websites for specific details about the amenities they offer, including hair dryers, to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free stay in Canada.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in Canada, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history and current health status.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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