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Canadian Rockies Explorer

Sept. 4–14, 2018

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Activity Level: Moderate

One of North America’s great unspoiled wildernesses, the Canadian Rockies offer bountiful rewards for outdoor-loving travelers.  While staying in unique mountain lodges, you ride in Glacier National Park’s famed Red Jammers, visit cerulean Lake Louise, and set foot on Athabasca Glacier.  Amid stunning alpine scenery, it’s a feast for the eyes – and the spirit.


Day 1
Depart the U.S. for Calgary, Canada

You depart the United States today for your flight to Calgary.  Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel then gather for a briefing on the journey ahead.

Day 2
Calgary/Waterton Lakes National Park/Glacier National Park

You leave Calgary by coach this morning for the scenic drive to Glacier National Park in northern Montana.  For lunch you stop along the shores of Upper Waterton Lake, the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies.  After time to take in the splendid lake views here, you cross the 49th parallel and enter to the United States.

Day 3
Glacier National Park

Today you get your first look at Glacier National Park. You begin with a morning hike along St. Mary Lake, the park’s second largest and the clear divide between the Great Plains to the east and the soaring Rocky Mountains to the west.  Then you embark on a cruise for panoramic views of the lake and its surroundings.

Day 4
Glacier National Park/Whitefish

Enjoy a travel highlight today as you step back in time and board one of Glacier National Park’s legendary sightseeing buses: the Red Jammers. Your ride this morning takes you along the fabled Going-to-the-Sun Road. After lunch, you meet up with your motorcoach at Lake McDonald Lodge, then continue southwest across the Continental Divide. You arrive late this afternoon in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana.

Day 5 
Whitefish, MT

You head into the forest this morning for a leisurely three-mile hike along the Whitefish Trail.  Your trek ends at a lookout over postcard-worthy Skyles Lake.  Then you continue on to the popular ski area of Whitefish Mountain Resort, where you board chairlifts bound for the mountain’s summit.  After taking time to enjoy the 360-degree mountain views and crisp summit air, you visit the Summit Nature Center to learn more about the mountain and its local environment.  

Day 6 
Whitefish/Lake Louise – Banff National Park

Today’s full day of travel presents some of the most striking scenery of the tour.  You begin the day passing through forests, by lakes, and across high plains before crossing from the U.S. back into Canada.  After a stop for lunch and a drive along the western edge of the Canadian Rockies, you enter world-famous Banff National Park and ascend to Lake Louise, and your hotel, late this afternoon.  

Day 7
Lake Louise/Jasper

Today you depart via the Columbia Icefields Parkway for the drive to Columbia Icefield in Banff National Park, a UNESCO site. Here you bundle up for a tour highlight as you board the Ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle for the ride to Athabasca Glacier.  Upon reaching Athabasca, you disembark to explore before you begin your drive northward again to the town of Jasper. 

Day 8 

The scenery on display today is nothing short of breathtaking.  First you view Maligne Canyon, a geological marvel where the limestone bedrock has been eroded to a depth of 160 feet.  You continue on to cerulean Maligne Lake.  Your morning lake cruise is placid as you take in the sky-scraping mountain peaks, dark green forests, and three glaciers all visible from the lake.  You cruise to Spirit Island, a tiny yet acclaimed islet of a few trees which makes for a wonderful – and uniquely Canadian – photo opportunity.

Day 9 

You return today to the Columbia Icefields Parkway for more scenic views, and a thrilling expedition.  Mid-day enjoy an exhilarating experience as you tiptoe across the Glacier Skywalk.  One of the most unique ways to experience the majesty of the Canadian Rockies, this cliff-edge walkway leads to a semicircular glass-bottomed observation deck suspended nearly 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

Day 10

Your last full day in the Canadian Rockies begins with a ride aboard the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. You can see six mountain ranges during this excursion.  Then you visit Bow Falls, a wide waterfall just outside of the town of Banff, before traveling Tunnel Mountain Road to visit the Hoodoos, a collection of eroded limestone spires strung along a wooded hillside.

Day 11
Banff/Depart for U.S.

This morning you transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Program Itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Cost Details

Land Only: $3,995
With Group Air from Seattle: $4,291
Single Supplement: $1,295

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