Revel in the stunning mountain vistas and crystal-clear lakes of the Canadian Rockies as you travel through four National Parks, and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Alberta’s Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. You’ll see powerful waterfalls, emerald lakes, gorgeous meadows and snow-capped peaks, and travel back in time to Gold Rush days. The scenery is magnificent on this relaxing journey along the Continental Divide as you visit Canada’s Banff, Kootenay and Waterton Lakes National Parks, plus Montana’s famous Glacier National Park. Don’t miss it!
- Marvel at the deep, glacier-fed Lake St. Mary
- Spend three nights at Banff, one of Canada’s most popular recreation areas, prized for its mountain scenery, glittering Lake Louise, and abundant outdoor activities
- Travel the Columbia Icefields Parkway, one of North America’s most scenic drives
- Ride the amazing “Ice Explorer” onto the vast Athabasca Glacier
- Take a drive on Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard a 1930s vintage “Red Bus” touring coach
- Travel back to the 1800s in British Columbia’s Heritage Town of Fort Steele, established during the Kootenay Gold Rush
DAY 1–WELCOME TO CANADA!
Tonight meet your traveling companions at an easy-going Welcome Reception.
DAY 2–HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP/TWO NATIONAL PARKS
Start today with a guided tour of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site and remarkable archaeological record of ancient Plains cultures. Then, continue to lunch in Waterton Lakes National Park, whose rolling prairies and sandy cliff sides are home to over 250 types of birds and 1,000 plant species. Across the border, your home for the night is Many Glaciers Hotel. With Divide Peak rising high overhead, and beautiful Swiftcurrent Lake as your neighbor, this is the perfect start to your time in Glacier National Park. B, L
DAY 3–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Start today enjoying the amenities and surroundings at Many Glacier Hotel right in Glacier National Park, or opt for our cruise.
Option—Lakes Cruise Take a refreshing cruise on two lakes at the heart of Glacier NP. You’ll marvel at the crystal-clear waters and surrounding peaks. (Note: requires moderate walking at elevation.) Price: $30 per person.
After lunch at Rising Sun Motor Inn you’ll board a famous Red Bus, one of the park’s fleet of vintage touring coaches. Built in the late 1930s, these 17-passenger buses have become a symbol of the park. After a unique “roll call”, the driver rolls back the canvas top and heads for Going-to-the-Sun Road. Have your camera ready to catch the park’s spectacular scenery en route to Lake McDonald and your lakefront lodging for the night. B, L
DAY 4–KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK/BANFF
Today you’ll return north to British Columbia, Canada—and back to the 1890s in the Heritage Town of Fort Steele. First established in 1864 during the Kootenay Gold Rush, it thrived throughout the late 19th-and early 20th centuries, until the BC Southern Railway bypassed the town. After lunch in this historic town, it’s on to gorgeous Kootenay National Park near the Continental Divide. The park’s diverse landscapes vary from snow-capped mountain peaks to warm, dry grasslands. Later, continue on to Banff, the largest town in Banff National Park and one of Canada’s most popular recreation destinations. Every year, millions are drawn to its mountain scenery and glittering Lake Louise. Unpack and settle in for the next three evenings at the attractive Banff Caribou Lodge, perfectly nestled in the town of Banff. B, L
DAY 5–BANFF NATIONAL PARK/LAKE LOUISE
In Banff National Park this morning, you’ll behold Lake Louise, known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. After a delicious lunch surrounded by stunning scenery at the majestic Banff Springs Hotel, you’ll have time on your own in Banff. For a spectacular view of the peaks, take an optional gondola ride. B, L
Option—Banff Gondola Get a bird’s-eye view of the Canadian Rockies. The fully-enclosed, four-passenger gondola cabin climbs 2,292 feet to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The view is absolutely breathtaking! Price: $38 per person.
DAY 6–COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS PARKWAY/ THRILLING GLACIER RIDE
Today travel along the famous Columbia Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in the world. You’ll see powerful waterfalls, emerald lakes, gorgeous meadows and snow-capped peaks. Ride a specially designed “Ice Explorer” onto the huge Athabasca Glacier—it’s formed from snow that fell as long as 400 years ago! You’ll marvel at the incredible views of the surrounding mountains from the surface of this ancient ice. Enjoy a special farewell dinner back in Banff. B, D
DAY 7–FOND FAREWELLS, INDELIBLE MEMORIES
Return home from Calgary with majestic memories of the great Canadian Rockies. B
Jul 25-31 | Aug 15-21
Depart/Return: Calgary, AB
Price Per Person: Double: $2,097; Single: $2,615
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $128/night
DAY 2 Option - Glacier NP Lakes Cruise
Start Day 2 with a refreshing cruise on two lakes at the heart of Glacier National Park. You’ll marvel at the crystal-clear waters and surrounding peaks. (Note: requires moderate walking at elevation.) Price: $30 per person
DAY 5 Option - Banff Gondola
See the Canadian Rockies from the eagle’s-eye view of the Banff Gondola, a fully-enclosed, four-passenger cabin that climbs 2,292 feet to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The view is absolutely breathtaking! Price: $38 per person
During your tour, temperatures will vary depending upon location and elevation. Highs in July and August range from the Mid-70’s to near 80 Degrees Fahrenheit. Lows can range from the Upper-30’s to Mid-50’s.
Schedule to arrive at Calgary Airport by 5PM on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home to depart after 12:30 PM on Day 7.
Hotel offers complimentary shuttle to the airport.
Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel in Calgary.
Moderate walking is required to enjoy this tour to its fullest.
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Hair dryers, iron & ironing board, TV/Cable and coffee makers at most hotels. Exercise room & swimming pool at most hotels. (Exceptions are Nights 2 & 3, which feature "historic lodging" inside Glacier National Park – these rooms do not have many of the modern amenities mentioned above, including televisions.)
Dress on tour is casual. Elevations reach 7,000 on this tour. (See related article, Travel Tips: Traveling at High Elevations.)
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
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