WONDERS OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
August 16th – 25th
10 Days – 9 Nights
Join Ann’s Adventures in Travel in one of the world’s most scenic destinations, with endless snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, thundering waterfalls, glistening crystal glaciers, alpine villages and wildlife surprises. Be prepared to be blown away since wherever you turn, the views will be simply breathtaking with living technicolor for your best postcard-like photos ever. Whether you are into outdoor activities, admire great scenery, or love the mountain air – there is something for everyone in the Rockies.
Day 1: Calgary to Banff
Fly into Calgary airport and take our van or provided shuttle to Banff for the night. We will stop in Canmore – a fun local town for lunch. Check into our beautiful hotel, the Banff Aspen Lodge. Walk around town, relax at the hotel or take a swim! Tonight, meet your tour leader and fellow travelers at our welcome Burger Bash – the best hamburger in Banff! Overnight in Banff.
Day 2: Icefield Parkway to Jasper
After breakfast we will take our scenic drive to Jasper. This is the most unforgettable tour in the Rockies.This journey is rated in the World’s Top 10 Drives by National Geographic! Stops on the magnificent Iceland Highway include: Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and Athabasca Falls. Rest stop at Sunwapta bakery for lunch or bring snacks. Check into the amazing Sawridge Inn. Jasper is a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. It’s a wildlife-rich version of the other Rocky Mountain Parks with its rugged backcountry, teeming with bears, elk, moose and caribou. Jasper is more remote, smaller and laid back than Banff and renowned for its wildlife viewing as you are on the road. Check into our hotel and take some time to relax before dinner. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 3: Jasper to Maligne Canyon and Lake Cruise
This morning we will drive to Maligne Canyon to experience this magnificent work of nature. We will hike through beautiful rock formations, bridges, deep canyons and waterfalls. There are different trails, but this can be an easy hike or longer if you choose. Then we will go on our Cruise on Maligne Lake. Declared “Best Boat Cruise” in Canada – it is an experience like no other. The guide will tell the history and explain the geology and the wildlife. We will cruise to Spirit Island, a “world famous” destination, only accessible by boat. This island is a tiny grove of trees and pristine nature, separated from the mainland. You will have some time to walk around the island. The scenery here is just spectacular. Late afternoon is leisure time. Evening is free (Will give out list of restaurants and bars). Overnight in Jasper.
1) Jasper Sky Tram at night to see the stars: $50.00
2) Night time yoga classes: Free
3) Evening spa treatment
Day 4: Iconic Glacier Adventure (2-3 Hours)
We will drive back down Iceland Highway for our Glacier Ice Tour. Again, we get to experience the other side of this drive of a lifetime. On our full day journey, witness the evidence left behind by many ice ages, icy blue glaciers that cling to the face of several majestic mountains and deep blue lakes. Board a specially designed Ice Explorer bus and ride up onto the glacier, passing an ancient forest and spectacular viewpoints. Then, step out on the glacier itself, which is the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic. The exhilaration of walking on a glacier is tremendous.
A highlight of the day is the engineering wonder, Glacier Skywalk, on a glass-floored observation platform over the Sunwapta Valley. Step into a world where glaciers rest above, and birds soar below. Photograph waterfalls, wildlife and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop! If you are not into heights, you can still view from a lookout point nearby. On the return, be on the lookout for wildlife including elk, moose, bighorn sheep, black bear and coyote. Capture wonderful photos. You will be talking about this experience for the rest of your life! Arrive back into Banff and check into the Banff Aspen Lodge where we will stay for the remainder of our trip.
Day 5: Wildlife Tour and Gondola Ride
Uncover the secrets of Banff, an historic mountain haven, with our local guide leading the way. Gaze at stunning views, stroll down spectacular trails and hear legends of Banff’s past.The town filled with culture and history, is surrounded by an untamed wilderness. Hear stories of 11,000 years of history, hidden in these rugged hills. We’ll stop at the iconic Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and the “oh wow” view at Surprise Corner! We will venture down peaceful pine-scented trails and learn about the wildlife habitat. Our tour ends in downtown where we will have free time for lunch and shopping.
Later in the day, glide on the Banff Gondola, up over the treetops to a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at 7,486 feet. Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain and appreciate a stunning birds-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges, with breathtaking vistas in every direction. Take one of the scenic walks, like the self- guided Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak. More adventurous hikers can try the South East Ridge Trail that runs along the ridge of the mountain, taking you to Sulphur Mountain’s true summit. While on top, don’t miss the new multi-sensory Above Banff Theater. You can just enjoy some food or a glass of wine and just enjoy the views from the glass top restaurant as well. Tonight, we will go for Karaoke in Wild Bill’s Saloon-home of the mechanical bull! Overnight in Banff.
Day 6: Banff Exploration
First stop is Johnson Canyon, a beautiful easy hike to 2 waterfalls. You will walk on the catwalks and cliff-mounting staircases to the gorges lower and upper falls. Then we will go to Moraine Lake located in the incredible Valley of the 10 Peaks.This alpine lake looks too beautiful to be real. You can choose times and activities. If you want to hike in Moraine Lake, you will need more time (45 minute hike) or just go to viewpoints and/or lodge with bakery and deli. Get back into town and go shopping or enjoy our hotel’s hot pools or a nice massage. Option tonight to go bowling in a big ole beer hall! Bring your skills – you can order pizza, appetizers and beer! Overnight in Banff.
Day 7: Lake Louise
Drive after breakfast to beautiful Lake Louise. This lake is like a postcard you can step right into. UNESCO has protected this lake because of its priceless beauty. There will be 1 million photo ops! This emerald-colored lake will leave a lasting impression. Late afternoon, back to Banff.
You have many options today to enjoy this lake:
1) Walk around the rim of the lake.
2) Hike the trail up to Beehive and Lake Agnes Tea House. This is a great place for lunch or a snack.
3) Take an optional horseback ride to Lake Agnes Teahouse. I did this years ago and it was wonderful. I am afraid of horses, but it is very slow and no galloping! $130.00
4) Take a canoe ride for an hour: $95.00
Day 8: Rafting and Hot Springs or Cave and Basin Site
The Canadian Rockies offers rafting in both mild and wild rivers for every level of adventure! Experience a great morning of rafting, one of the highlights of our trip. The best part is you get to choose your adventure speed. The Kananaskis river is just a beautiful easy river paddle ride. The Kicking Horse River white water is a class 3 and 4 wild rafting experience! Afternoon at leisure. Take this opportunity to visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs and relax and soak in the steamy hot mineral water where travelers have come for over 100 years. The elevation of Banff Upper Hot Springs, at 5,200 feet makes it the highest in Canada.
Your other choice is to walk over to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. This is the birthplace of Canada’s first National Park.Three railroad workers discovered warm springs on this site in 1883. Two interpretive boardwalk trails explain the history of the area, and the fascinating plants and animals that flourish in these warm springs habitat.This place is very cool!
Day 9: Calgary
Today we will drive back to Calgary and check into the downtown, lovely Fairfield Inn. There will be some free time to explore this city. Next, will be going for a BBQ at Giselle’s home (our driver) outside of Calgary and enjoy meeting her local friends. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 10: Departure
Say goodbye to the majestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies. Take a provided shuttle back to the airport to fly home.
Wonders of the Canadian Rockies
Double Occupancy: $2569.00
Single Supplement: $1200.00
Balance Due: May 16th
9 Nights Accommodations
Welcome Dinner and Last Night BBQ
All Listed Activities and Transportation
Tour Leader, Guide and Private Driver
Airport Transfers, Taxes and Surcharges