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Canadian Rockies Discovery Tour

8

days

starting fromUS $2,495per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
Canadian Rockies Discovery Tour – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
View over Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies
View over Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies
Discover the best of the Canadian Rockies on your Canadian Rocky Mountain vacation.
Banff town in the Canadian Rockies
Banff town in the Canadian Rockies
Arrive into the bustling mountain town of Banff and settle into your Canadian Rockies hotel.
Group hiking in Banff National Park
Group hiking in Banff National Park
Enjoy a great choice of handpicked tours in Banff National Park.
Horseriding along a river in Banff
Horseriding along a river in Banff
From enjoying a guided hike to learning how to be a cowboy, there is an option for everyone.
The Glacier Skywalk between Jasper and Banff national parks
The Glacier Skywalk between Jasper and Banff national parks
Between Banff and Jasper National Parks visit the famous Glacier Skywalk along the Icefields Parkway.
Jasper town in the Canadian Rockies
Jasper town in the Canadian Rockies
Arrive into the quaint town of Jasper deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Guided canoe tour in the Jasper National Park
Guided canoe tour in the Jasper National Park
Choose to bask in the serene atmosphere of the Rockies on a guided canoe tour in Jasper.
Motorcycle tour along the Icefields Parkway
Motorcycle tour along the Icefields Parkway
Or enjoy the freeing feeling of wind in your hair on a sidecar motorcycle tour.
Maligne Lake boat cruise in Jasper National Park
Maligne Lake boat cruise in Jasper National Park
With two full days in Jasper National Park there is plenty of time to explore the Canadian Rockies.
  • Quick Overview

    What we love about this trip

    • Stunning glaciers, emerald lakes, and forests of the Canadian Rockies

    • Amazing photographic opportunities

    • Great choice of activities catered to your interests

    • Discover Canada’s National Parks

    Explore the best of the Canadian Rockies National Parks on a week-long independent vacation. See Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper National Parks, whilst enjoying your choice of guided activities. Everything is pre-planned, including transfers, the best Canadian Rockies hotels, and unique tours. Choose from sightseeing, wildlife viewing, train experiences, guided hikes, and more.

    Trip Outline

    Arrive Calgary 3 nights Banff 3 nights Jasper 1 night Calgary Depart Calgary

  • Sample Itinerary
    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Calgary – Canadian Rocky Mountain Vacation Begins
    Welcome to Calgary! Upon arrival, meet your transfer at the Calgary International Airport and travel through the Canadian Rockies to Banff.

    Welcome to Banff, the mountain playground of the world! The townsite of Banff is a centre for tourist activities and cultural events. In 1984, Banff, together with the other national and provincial parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the landscapes containing mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, limestone caves and ancient fossil beds. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the town.

    Feature Dinner in Banff
    We want to make sure your trip gets off to a great start! Enjoy a delicious meal in a great setting that ensures you make memories as your trip begins.

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 2Discover Banff National Park
    Explore the beauty of Banff on your Canadian Rocky Mountain vacation.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes, and Waterfalls Tour
    This fantastic full day tour includes a visit to an incredible grizzly bear habitat, where resident and orphaned grizzly bear, Boo, lives and plays. What an amazing way to see the icon of the wilderness! Next, head to Kicking Horse Resort and ride the gondola to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain and dine at Canada's highest restaurant for a gourmet lunch (included). Stops also include the beautiful Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls and the spectacular Spiral Railway Tunnels in Yoho National Park.

    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Banff National Park Guided Hike
    Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the natural landscape and beauty on your Banff National Park trip. Depending on the day of the week, enjoy one of the iconic Canadian Rockies trails with a guide and small group. Transportation and a hearty lunch is included in this tour.
    Activity rating: Moderate to Challenging

    • Option 3: Cowboy Cookout
    Enjoy the mountain air on your trail ride along the base of Sulpher Mountain, be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife, as you ride towards a delicious BBQ meal. Relax trail side as your cowboy guides prepare your feast and treat you to genuine western hospitality and entertainment. Your day comes full circle as you ride back along Sulphur Mountain Trail and a climb up to dazzling views of the sky-piercing mountains.
    Activity rating: Easy


    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 3 – Exploring Banff
    Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Canadian Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today, to help you enjoy Banff:

    • Option 1: Wilderness and Nature Tour to Kananaskis Valley
    On this small group tour experience some of the best mountain scenery, lakes, glaciers and forests in the valley. Watch for moose, black bears, grizzly bears and other wildlife. Enjoy the escape from the crowds today and a picnic/patio lunch in the Kananaskis Village.
    Activity rating: Easy
    to Moderate

    • Option 2:
    Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
    On this afternoon guided sightseeing tour you will visit Lake Louise, and the world-renowned Moraine Lake, both of which are part of a UNESCO world heritage site. You will have time to take photos at both lakes and enjoy a walk to the Rockpile, a spectacular viewpoint at Moraine Lake. Story telling abounds on this trip as you learn of the mountaineering history and local legends of the area.
    Activity rating: Easy


    • Option 3:
    Banff Sightseeing Tour
    Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints surrounding the Banff town site on a small group bus tour.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Banff in a Canadian Rockies hotel.

    Day 4The Icefields Parkway – Banff to Jasper
    Start your full day tour this morning as you travel the Icefields Parkway with a small group and guide through the natural splendour of Banff and Jasper National Park. The breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks and endless mountains opens to spectacular views of deep valleys. The tour stops at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture onto the massive Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed snow coach and then head up for an amazing view on the Glacier Skywalk. Lunch included today.

    Arrive in Jasper this evening for a relaxing stay in this small mountain town set in the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. Jasper offers visitors a more laid-back mountain experience – with equal options for adventure, discovery, and relaxation.

    Overnight in Jasper National Park.

    Day 5Explore Jasper
    Spend the day exploring Jasper National Park.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: Half Day Train and Sightseeing Tour
    This tour begins with a ride on VIA Rail’s Skeena train where you are whisked along the tracks in the comfort of your own seat with viewing window. Sit back and take in the magnificent scenery as you make your way down the Fraser River into British Columbia’s Robson Valley. Upon arrival in Dunster you will be met by your guide for the return sightseeing adventure back to Jasper along the Yellowhead Highway which includes a stop at the famous Mt. Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canaidan Rockies.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Best Hike of the Day in Jasper
    Enjoy a professionally guided hike in Jasper National Park. Hike at a leisurely pace to take in the amazing scenery. Depending on the day you may be strolling through wildflowers, gazing at the glaciers above, taking in the stunning colours of the mountain lakes and seeing wildlife! Enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own) surrounded by spectacular scenery and crisp fresh mountain air!
    Activity rating:
    Moderate

    • Option 3: Evening Canoe Paddle
    An evening on a mountain lake is breathtaking – fish breaking the surface of the still water, the call of a loon, a beaver gliding though the water, or perhaps a moose grazing on the shore. Paddle with a guide across the lake, in a large canoe. What a peaceful way to end your day.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Jasper.


    Day 6Explore Jasper National Park
    Spend another day exploring Jasper National Park. Today you have admission and a shuttle included to the Jasper Skytram, the longest and highest aerial tramway in the Canadian Rockies.

    Additionally, you have
    3 options to choose form today:

    • Option 1:
    Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake
    Watch out for antlers peeking through the trees on this small group sightseeing tour by mini-coach to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and a cruise to breathtaking Spirit Island.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2:
    Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    A sightseeing tour unlike any other! Take in the beautiful vistas of Jasper from the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle – view famous lakes, lush forests, and staggering mountains in Jasper National Park.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 3:
    Scenic Float Trip on the Athabasca River
    Take a guided scenic raft trip on the Athabasca River, navigating through small sets of rapids and stretches of calm waters. Sit back and let your guide do the rowing while you take in the magnificent scenery! Tour departs from the Jasper train station in town.
    Activity rating: Easy


    Overnight in Jasper in a Canadian Rockies hotel.

    Day 7Transfer from Jasper to Calgary
    Early this afternoon, meet your transfer from Jasper to the Calgary Airport. Each turn reveals sparkling blue-green rivers and lakes, glaciers, mountain ranges and wildlife, so have your camera ready! Spend the evening at a Calgary Airport hotel.

    Day 8 – Canadian Rockies Vacation Comes to an End – Depart Calgary
    Depart Calgary today on your flight home, with fond memories made of your Canadian Rocky Mountain vacation.

    Insider tip: Ask your Vacation Advisor about departing from Edmonton instead of Calgary.
  • What's Included
    Accommodations:
    • 7 nights of hotel accommodation

    BANFF EXPERIENCES:

    Banff Day 1:
    • Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour
    2.
    Banff National Park Guided Hike
    3. Cowboy Cookout

    Banff Day 2:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Wilderness and Nature Tour to Kananaskis Valley
    2. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
    3. Banff Sightseeing Tour

    Icefield Parkway Experiences:
    • Small Group Sightseeing Tour (Includes picnic lunch)
    • Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier
    • Glacier Skywalk at the Athabasca Glacier

    JASPER EXPERIENCES:

    Jasper Day 1:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Half Day Train and Sightseeing Tour
    2. Best Hike of the Day in Jasper
    3. Evening Canoe Paddle

    Jasper Day 2:
    • Jasper Skytram Admission and Shuttle
    Plus
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake
    2. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    3. Scenic Float Trip on the Athabasca River

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner in Banff

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Transportation between Calgary Airport and Banff
    • Transportation between Jasper and Calgary Airport

    Other Inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Gratuities for some private tours and transfers
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you will have your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Inclusion Notes:
    Scheduled transfers are included for Comfort and Superior guests
    Private transfers are included for Deluxe guests
    • Please confirm with your Vacation Advisor prior to booking your flights to ensure you coordinate with the transfer times available to and from the Calgary Airport.
    • Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.

    Seasonal Restrictions:
    • Maligne Lake cruise is available on May 28 to October 8 departures; weather conditions may cause season delays out of our control. A walking excursion will replace the cruise when it is unavailable.
    The Best Hike of the Day in Jasper is available on June 12 to September 27 departures; weather conditions may cause season delays out of our control.
    Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour is available on June 1 to September 30 departures.
    • Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour is available on April 19 to October 8 departures; weather conditions may cause season delays out of our control.
    • Wilderness and Nature Tour in the Kananaskis Valley is available on June 1 to October 15 departures.

     

    Not Included

    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities for hotel, scheduled tours and transfer staff
    • Trip Cancellation and Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

    • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
    • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
  • Accommodations

    Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

    An example of our Comfort accommodations

    After a full day of skiing, hiking and sightseeing in the mountains it is wonderful to retreat to this quiet mountain lodge and relax in your comfortable room. Soak your muscles in the jetted whirlpool or get a massage at the Red Earth Spa. The hotel is also home to one of the most popular steakhouses in Canada, so treat yourself to a special meal while you watch the sunset over the mountains.

    Rimrock Resort

    An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

    The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

    Fairmont Banff Springs

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

     

  • Prices & Dates
    2018 Calgary Start Dates
    Daily

    May 31 to Oct 7

     

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Comfort Level Hotels
    from US $2,495to US $2,992per person

    Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

    Superior Level Hotels
    from US $2,680to US $3,337per person

    Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

    Fresh Tracks Favorite
    Deluxe Level Hotels
    from US $4,440to US $5,270per person

    On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

  • Common Questions

    Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

    What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

    Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

    New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

    When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

    Are your tours escorted?

    No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

  • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.