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Alberta
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 19, 2015
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($780 single supplement)

Canadian Rockies Vacations

On our Alberta vacations you’ll be hiking, biking, and rafting your way through Banff and Jasper National Parks. Discover the delicately maintained balance between humans and nature while hiking through wildflower meadows and trekking across the Athabasca Glacier. Round off a full-day of exploring by taking a dip in a whirlpool or curling up with a book by the distinctive Rundle Rock fireplace and your favorite libation.

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Soaring, snow-clad peaks, crystalline glacial lakes, alpine meadows and countless species of wildlife set the perfect stage for your six-day adventure vacation in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Keep your eyes peeled for wolves, elk, and big-horn sheep on a bike ride along the Bow Valley Parkway
  • Explore limestone potholes and plunging waterfalls on a hike through Johnston Canyon
  • Trek alongside tottering rock walls and soaring pinnacles on Sentinel Pass
  • Tackle the Class III-IV whitewater rapids of Kicking Horse River
  • Hike from the pristine shores of Lake Agnes to the Teahouse on Lake Louise
  • Pick your way – crampons and all – to the top of Athabasca Glacier alongside one of Canada's leading experts in mountain exploration
  • Soak up the spectacular snow-capped Rocky Mountain scenery on a bike ride from Minnewanka Lake to Two Jack Lake
  • Browse the internationally acclaimed shops and galleries of Banff
  • Kick back after a savory dinner and listen to the gurgle of Baker Creek from the porch of your cozy mountain chalet
Bicyclist in the Canadian Rockies
Photo: Bicyclist in the Canadian Rockies

Another excellent trip with Austin Adventures! From the food, to the skilled guides, to the locale -you know how to package it!

Martha Arguelles Billings, MT

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Calgary, Alberta (YYC)

Day 1: Bow Valley Parkway / Johnston Canyon
Bow Valley Parkway / Johnston Canyon
Meals Included:  L, D

On Day 1, prepare for early morning pick-ups in Calgary.

After a short welcome meeting, loosen up with your first bike ride. Bow Valley Parkway offers some of the best wildlife viewing and breathtaking panoramas in all of Banff National Park. Fuel up with a trailside picnic before hiking the beautiful Johnston Canyon.

Dinner tonight will be served at the Baker Creek Bistro. Afterward, relax for the rest of the night at the Baker Creek Chalet, your home for the next 3 nights.

About Baker Creek Chalets
Nestled in a peaceful wooded setting, beside Baker Creek, this lodge and cabins blend magically into their surroundings, far from the bustle of Lake Louise.

Baker Creek is an intimate casual mountain resort consisting of log chalets, lodge suites, Bistro restaurant and a Heritage Executive Conference Centre. It is family owned and operated year round.

Day 2: Moraine Lake / Consolation Lakes
Moraine Lake / Consolation Lakes
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On Day 2, we'll embark on a full-day hike over Sentinel Pass, rated one of the top hikes in Banff.

Ascend from turquoise Moraine Lake past larch trees and alpine meadows to an above-the-line lunch. Descend from the pass with spectacular vistas of Paradise Valley - it boasts some of the finest views in the Canadian Rockies.

For dinner tonight, enjoy an amazing meal at The Station!

Day 3: Athabasca Glacier / Jasper National Park
Athabasca Glacier / Jasper National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, wake up early for a scenic morning drive along the Icefield Parkway past numerous ice fields and glaciers.

Arrive at Athabasca Glacier on the edge of Jasper National Park, where you’ll be outfitted in crampons and walking sticks. Spend the next few hours hiking the glacier alongside a local guide, learning about its formation and the powerful way it shapes the land.

At the end of the day, shuttle back to the Baker Creek Chalets for some R&R before tonight’s BBQ.

Day 4: Kicking Horse River / Lake Louise
Kicking Horse River / Lake Louise
Meals Included:  B, L

After a hearty breakfast, gear up for a new and exciting adventure as we shuttle to our put-in before tackling the rapids of the Kicking Horse River. And after working up your appetite, indulge in a freshly prepared meal along the riverside.

This afternoon, strap on your hiking boots and journey up one of the best trails in all of the Canadian Rockies. The Lake Agnes Teahouse trail that leads to Lake Agnes and Lake Louise offers a variety of equally magnificent views ranging from:

  • Old growth forests of spruce and fir trees
  • Blue glacial-fed lakes
  • Magnificent waterfalls

After your spectacular day, enjoy dinner at a local’s favorite as you explore Banff on your own tonight. Your home for the next 2 nights will be the beautiful Banff Royal Canadian Lodge.

About the Banff Royal Canadian Lodge
Located in the heart of the mountain town, Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge is the quintessential Canadian lodge, with a distinctive Rundle Rock fireplace and walls covered in Canadian artwork.

The rooms are elegantly appointed with custom-made Canadian furnishings and Canadian artwork. The oversized bathrooms have an Alberta granite topped vanity and full bathtub and shower. Considered one of Canada's premiere national parks, Banff National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site, renowned for its majestic mountain ranges, and pristine mountain lakes and forests.

Day 5: Banff Springs / Minnewanka Lake
Banff Springs / Minnewanka Lake
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, jump back on your bike and enjoy a ride around the stunning Banff Springs Golf Course, nestled at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. Following, enjoy an amazing picnic made by your guides to fuel you up for another spectacular bike.

Pedal Lake Minnewanka Loop to Lake Minnewanka, Banff’s largest lake, and Two Jack Lake. Take advantage of the awe-inspiring views as the mountains reflect off of the turquoise lake waters.

Tonight, our farewell dinner will be served at the Evergreen Restaurant at the lodge.

Day 6: Legacy Trail / Calgary
Legacy Trail / Calgary
Meals Included:  B

A short shuttle will bring us to our trailhead where we will have time for one more bike ride together!

Keep your eye out for rock climbers as you make your way down this beautiful trail surrounded by snow capped-peaks and amazing views of the valley.

Afterward, shuttle back to Calgary to be dropped off at the airport or your hotel for your departure home.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 19, 2015
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($780 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Jul 19, 2015
  • Aug 02, 2015
  • Aug 23, 2015
  • Aug 23, 2015
  • Sept 06, 2015

Departure Information

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 or 8:20 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Calgary airport (1:00 pm) or your Calgary hotel (1:30 pm).

Additional Trip Information

Activities

  • Hiking: 3 to 12 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Biking: 5 to 20 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Whitewater rafting: Class II-IV rapids, no experience necessary.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in the Trip Price

  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners – except one dinner on own your own – refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.

Not Included in the Trip Price

  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The solitude: You'll often be the only humans in sight for hours on end.
  • 2. Sentinel Pass: One of the top-rated hikes in the Canadian Rockies, it's not to be missed.
  • 3. The hike over Yoho Pass: Reward your hard work with a spectacular view of Takakkaw Falls, Western Canada’s second tallest.
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