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Canadian Rockies Discovery Tour

8

days

starting fromUS $2,690per person

  • Get this trip plan customized to cover everything you want to see.
  • Learn which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.

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 at a glance

8 Days / 7 Nights

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

  • View Details Of Each Day

    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 and Transfer to Banff
    Welcome to Calgary! Upon arrival, meet your transfer at the Calgary International Airport and travel through the Canadian Rocky Mountains to your Banff accommodation.

    Welcome to Banff, the mountain playground of the world! The townsite of Banff, established in 1885, is the main commercial center in Banff National Park. In 1984, Banff was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the mountain landscapes containing peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves as well as 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 2 – Discover Banff National Park
    Head out today and discover the beauty the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks offer.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls
    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 you head to Kicking Horse Resort and ride the gondola to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain. Here you will 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 of Banff National Park. Based on the day of the week you will get to enjoy a classic hike in the Canadian Rockies led by a professional guide. Hikes will vary in difficulty and length and include a box lunch, bottled water, use of hiking poles and day pack.
    Activity rating: Moderate–Challenging

    • Option 3: Cowboy Cookout
    Enjoy an evening horseback ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a delicious BBQ. While your guides cook, try your hand at calf roping or a game of horseshoe. The return ride will take you along the banks of the Bow River. Lunch tours and the option to ride in a covered wagon is also available.
    Activity rating: Easy


    Overnight in Banff.

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

    You have
    3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
    On this small group tour by vehicle, experience some of the best mountain scenery, lakes, glaciers and forests in the valley best known for spotting moose, black and grizzly bears and other wildlife. Enjoy the short walks and breathtaking views as you get up close to nature. A picnic/patio lunch is included.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
    On this sightseeing bus tour visit the jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, and the world-renowned Moraine Lake (available seasonally). This journey gives you plenty of time to take photos and explore the spectacular shorelines and learn the history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 3:
    Banff Sightseeing Tour
    Enjoy a small group tour by bus to discover Banff’s unique heritage and stunning backdrop in the Canadian Rockies. Discover the secrets of this majestic mountain town by taking in the sights, snapping photos and enjoying short walks to view points on the many stops with your guide.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 4 – The 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 splendor of Banff and Jasper National Park. The breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges opens to spectacular views of deep valleys stretching to a distant horizon. 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. Picnic 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.

    Day 5 – Discover Jasper National Park
    Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1: 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, with the sun setting behind the surrounding mountains.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Best Hike of the Day in Jasper
    Enjoy a professionally guided hike today in Jasper National Park. Done at a leisurely pace to allow you to take in the amazing scenery surrounding you. Depending on the day you may be strolling through wildflowers, gazing at the glaciers above, taking in the stunning colors 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:
    Half Day Train and Sightseeing Tour
    This tour begins with a ride on VIA Rail’s Skeena train where you are whisked away down the tracks in 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 beautiful 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 Rockies.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Jasper.


    Day 6 – Explore Jasper
    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.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1:
    Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    Head out for a thrilling tour in the sidecar of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Visit your choice of Athabasca Falls, Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake or Mount Edith Cavell. Enjoy the sights as you cruise along winding roads, rivers, and beautiful forests.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2:
    Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
    Enjoy a tour to Maligne Canyon to see thundering waterfalls, unique rock formations, and mysterious disappearing Medicine Lake. Afterwards, enjoy a boat cruise on stunning Maligne Lake to the famous Spirit Island.
    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 leaves from the Jasper train station in town.
    Activity rating: Easy


    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 7 – Transfer from Jasper to Calgary Airport
    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.

    Overnight at Calgary Airport hotel.

    Insider tip: If you have flights departing Calgary in the later afternoon tomorrow, ask about moving your hotel from the Calgary Airport to downtown Calgary. Alternatively, ask about ending your trip in Edmonton rather than Calgary.

    Day 8 – Departure from Calgary
    Depart Calgary today on your flight home, with fond memories made of your Canadian Rocky Mountain vacation.
Canadian Rockies Discovery Tour – Map

Availability

MayJunJulAugSep

Places Visited

CalgaryJasperBanffCalgary

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll 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

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    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.

  • 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.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • 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).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 7 nights of hotel accommodation

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

    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
    2. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
    3. Banff Sightseeing Tour

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

    Jasper Experiences:
    • Jasper Skytram Admission and Shuttle
    PLUS
    Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Evening Canoe Paddle
    2. Best Hike of the Day in Jasper
    3. Half Day Train and Sightseeing Tour

    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    2. Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
    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

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour is available for May 31 to September 29 trip departures.
    Banff National Park Guided Hike has a minimum age of 13.
    • Cowboy Cookout Horse Ride is available until the September 21, 2019 departure date. This activity has a maximum weight restriction of 250lbs per rider and a minimum age of 13. Ask your agent about the wagon ride alternative.
    • The Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour operates on Sunday, Tuesday and Fridays. Have your agent plan your trip start date accordingly if you wish to participate in this activity.
    • The Half Day Train & Sightseeing Tour in Jasper operates on Sunday, Wednesday and Fridays. Have your agent plan your trip start date accordingly if you wish to participate in this activity.
    • Maligne Lake Cruise is available for late May to early October trip 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 for mid-June to late September trip departures; weather conditions may cause season delays out of our control.
    • The Scenic Jasper Float Trip on the Athabasca river is available until the Oct 1 departure (weather dependent).

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

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Customize your tour to include a car rental through the Canadian Rockies
    • Add additional time to explore the city of Calgary, home of the Stampede
    • Add-on an unforgettable helicopter tour in the Canadian Rockies
    • Add-on a night at the famous Chateau Lake Louise
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 Calgary Start Dates
    Daily

    May 31 to Oct 6

    Pricing For This Trip

    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 $2,690to US $3,207per 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 $2,840to US $3,435per 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 $4,880to US $5,719per 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.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are 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 - Exterior of lodge

    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 - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow Valley

    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 - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow Valley

    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.

This Trip in Pictures

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.

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