9 DAYS CANADA’S ROCKIES WITH CALGARY STAMPEDE

YOU’LL TAKE IN SNOW-CAPPED PEAKS, ICE-BLUE GLACIERS AND ROARING WATERFALLS, ENDING WITH THE CALGARY STAMPEDE ON THIS REGIONAL EXPLORER TRIP.

Your adventure in Canada will come to an end at the Calgary Stampede, a world-famous event filled with toe-tapping music, delicious food, and a spectacular rodeo atmosphere.

July 4th and July 11, 2021 departure dates – Prices starting at $4,455
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Day 1

Arrive Calgary

Tip your Stetson to Canada's 'Cowboy Country', kick-starting your adventure through the inimitable Rockies in Calgary. This evening, gather at your hotel joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

 Hotel - Westin Calgary

 Included Meals - Welcome Reception


Day 2

Calgary – Lake Louise – Jasper National Park (2 Nights)

Embark on a spiritual encounter with the Canadian Rockies, admiring the ethereal beauty of Lake Louise, the surrounding summits and Victoria Glacier, before we continue along the Icefields Parkway. Skirt the craggy peaks, waterfalls and luminous glacial lakes keeping an eye out for bears, elk and mountain goats as you make your way through the wilderness to Jasper.

 Hotel - Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre

 Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 3

Jasper Sightseeing

Soak up pristine natural surroundings enjoying a morning at leisure. Then venture to Maligne Lake and indulge in a Regional Lunch with wine at the Maligne Lake Chalet, a rustic log building situated on a rise of land offering magnificent views of beautiful Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. Take to the aqua waters of Maligne Lake later this afternon (seasonal), admiring views of its three glaciers and Spirit Island, named by the Stoney Nation indigenous people for the experiences their ancestors had at this place centuries ago. It's a tiny grove of trees set in pristine nature separated from the mainland by an isthmus. Spirit Island becomes a true island for a few short days during the summer. Then enjoy the dramatic views as you take a guided walk to Maligne Canyon. Later this evening, indulge in a Regional Dinner.

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Ultimate Jasper, Guided Hike (Routes can change due to weather, wildlife and seasonal closures April-August)

Experience the majestic scenery of Jasper National Park on foot. This 3-hour guided nature walk will feature a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams and stunning glacial lakes. Your licensed interpreter will lead this leisurely walk as you explore the abundant flora and fauna along these routes that often offer incredible opportunities to spot wildlife. Marvel at snow-capped peaks during the months of May and early June, in mid-summer the forest and alpine meadows are ablaze in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow and white. By late August and through the month of September, the mountain landscapes glow with the red, orange, and gold of the Larch and Aspen trees. Routes can change due to weather, wildlife and seasonal closures.

Adult Price: $73.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

*Jasper Float Trip

Join the fun and experience a scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by fur traders over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 7 meter / 25 foot long oar-powered rafts offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry, the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required. Approx. duration: 50-90 minutes

Adult Price: $74.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 4

Jasper – Athabasca Glacier – Banff (3 Nights)

We crunch across the glistening icefield of Athabasca Glacier this morning, stepping aboard an Ice Explorer to learn about glaciers and their impact on the environment. Take a sip of ice cold glacier water and admire the surrounding snowcapped panorama before continuing your journey to the alpine village of Banff. Before dinner, you'll enjoy a rare opportunity to meet a retired Royal Canadian Mountie, dressed in the traditional red serge uniform. This Local Specialist will share colourful stories about life in the 'force' and even pose for a photo or two. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

 Hotel - Banff Park Lodge

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5

Banff Sightseeing

Learn the art of playing the puck like a pro when you meet a real Canadian hockey player in Canmore. Dive into Culture and embrace Canada's national sport, learning the secrets and superstitions of hockey players as a professional coach walks you through a day in the life of a player. Go inside the players' dressing room and put on the full hockey gear with help of a real coach. Grab your stick and it's off onto the ice where you're soon find out whether you are a lefty or righty and learn how to score the big goal. A sightseeing excursion around Banff reveals the exquisite natural beauty of the area. Admire the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Royal Canadian Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)*

This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It's an extraordinary adventure not to be missed. Approx. duration: 20-25 minutes.

Adult Price: $289.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)*

You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 3,611meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget! Approx. duration: 30 minutes.

Adult Price: $347.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Three Sisters Peaks Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)*

The most action packed twelve minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the world famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore. Approx. duration 12 minutes

Adult Price: $158.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Brewster Banff Gondola

At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Adult Price: $70.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 6

Banff Free Time

This afternoon, head for LJ Ranch, a family-owned and operated working cattle ranch located in the beautiful Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. These rolling hills with plenty of wide-open space, fresh clean air, and plentiful creeks, rivers and streams, provide some of the best and most scenic ranching and riding country on the continent. Meet Joy and Lindsay Eklund, your hosts for a unique 'Be My Guest' dinner experience, and their extended family of six grown "kids", and seven grand kids.

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake Excursion

Explore the jewels of the rockies, and head to Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake in the Valley of Ten Peaks. See Takakkaw Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in British Columbia. Stradle the continental divide at kicking Horse Pass as you head to view the Spiral Tunnels, the famous railway built in the early 1900's. Approx. duration: 4 hours.

Adult Price: $36.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 7

Banff – Calgary (2 Nights)

Bid farewell to your newfound friends and transfer to your hotel in Calgary. Brace yourself for the wonder of the GMC Rangeland Derby, and the TransAlta Grandstand Show. Chuckwagon racing is followed by an epic stage show.

 Hotel - Westin Calgary

 Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 8

Calgary Stampede

Don your Stetson and put on your finest pair of cowboy boots and immerse yourself in the action today. This 10-day spectacle has drawn in fun-seeking cowboys and cowgirls for the past 100 years, and you’ll immediately feel part of it today. Originally a farming festival, the Stampede has evolved over the years, attracting crowds that are looking for so much more. Today you’ll easily find something that suits your tastes - from western culinary shows to rollercoasters, there’s always something to do. You could find yourself at a concert singing along to some of the world’s greatest country musical acts or watching in awe at the pageantry of a marching show band. There are shows featuring ice-skating and acrobatics, and for dog lovers, there’s a show that’s sure to delight. You’ll also love to browse the stands packed with traditional Western arts and crafts, and you can talk to the artists about their work, purchasing work directly from their stands. After all this exploring you’re sure to be hungry, so take a stroll around the main grandstand and re-fuel with some succulent barbecue and a refreshing drink as you soak in the atmosphere of this world-famous event.

 Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 9

Depart Calgary

Take a transfer to the Calgary International Airport this morning.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

All optional experiences for this trip

Book with your travel director when you travel

AVAILABLE ON DAY 3

Ultimate Jasper, Guided Hike (Routes can change due to weather, wildlife and seasonal closures April-August)

Experience the majestic scenery of Jasper National Park on foot. This 3-hour guided nature walk will feature a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams and stunning glacial lakes. Your licensed interpreter will lead this leisurely walk as you explore the abundant flora and fauna along these routes that often offer incredible opportunities to spot wildlife. Marvel at snow-capped peaks during the months of May and early June, in mid-summer the forest and alpine meadows are ablaze in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow and white. By late August and through the month of September, the mountain landscapes glow with the red, orange, and gold of the Larch and Aspen trees. Routes can change due to weather, wildlife and seasonal closures.

Adult Price: $73.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 3

*Jasper Float Trip

Join the fun and experience a scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by fur traders over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 7 meter / 25 foot long oar-powered rafts offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry, the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required. Approx. duration: 50-90 minutes

Adult Price: $74.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 5

Royal Canadian Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)*

This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It's an extraordinary adventure not to be missed. Approx. duration: 20-25 minutes.

Adult Price: $289.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 5

Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)*

You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 3,611meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget! Approx. duration: 30 minutes.

Adult Price: $347.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 5

Three Sisters Peaks Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)*

The most action packed twelve minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the world famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore. Approx. duration 12 minutes

Adult Price: $158.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 5

Brewster Banff Gondola

At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Adult Price: $70.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 6

Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake Excursion

Explore the jewels of the rockies, and head to Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake in the Valley of Ten Peaks. See Takakkaw Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in British Columbia. Stradle the continental divide at kicking Horse Pass as you head to view the Spiral Tunnels, the famous railway built in the early 1900's. Approx. duration: 4 hours.

Adult Price: $36.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

 

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