Crown of the Continent: Glacier

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

August 2, 2015 through August 7, 2015

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 - $3,495 per person double occupancy; $775 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Glacier National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

August 2-7, 2015

Only 8 spots remain on this summer journey.

With more than 10 million acres of plunging valleys, sparkling waters, dramatic mountains, native prairie, and abundant wildlife, the Crown of the Continent is also home to America’s Glacier National Park and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Together, they are known as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

We spend our days hiking and walking the classic park trails within the parks, each one offering stunning views of snow-clad peaks, wildflowers, waterfalls, and towering cliffs. Striking views aren’t limited to our time on foot. Two famous roads--the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier and the Chief Mountain Highway in Waterton Lakes-- will have you gaping in wonder and grasping for words. We hope for some key wildlife sightings along the way.

Distinctive small towns also mark the region’s character, with their Native American legends and pioneer history.

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Tour Highlights

Wildlife Watching

Bears, wolves, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, moose, deer, eagles, marmots, pikas, and ptarmigan start the list of species you might see.

Distinictive Lodging

Many Glacier Hotel offers the park lodging, with stunning mountain views from inside the park. Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort is a modern lodge sitting one block from the lakeshore in Waterton Lakes National Park. Each building is decorated with local art, and rooms offer either a lake or mountain view. Island Lake Lodge, tucked into the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, offers distance from the pressures of everyday life.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Kalispell, Montana

Length of Tour

6 days/5 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets.

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Daily Itinerary

Note: Please be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails; actual hikes will vary depending on weather conditions and participant activity levels and interests. Optional activities include some additional fees.

August 2: Head into Glacier National Park

Head straight to Glacier National Park this morning to begin your adventure! On the drive up and over the Going-to-the-Sun Road, breathtaking scenery and wildlife viewing prevail. Your guides on this journey are experienced naturalists familiar with the region, and they are excited to introduce you to what many people consider the most pristine national park in the Lower 48. Many Glacier Hotel (L,D)

August 3: Glacier National Park

With a full day to experience Glacier National Park, your guides will tailor the day’s hikes based on the interests of the group. There’s no shortage of trails to explore, with epic scenery and stimulating interpretation of the flora, fauna, and history of the park at every turn. Enjoy lunch on the trail before continuing your exploration in the afternoon, ending the day with some time to relax at your historic Swiss Chalet style hotel before dinner in the evening. Many Glacier Hotel  (B,L,D)

August 4: Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park

Your day begins with a final hike in Glacier before setting off across the border into Canada and your next stop, Waterton Lakes National Park. On the way you’ll see towering cliffs, unusual geological formations, beautiful waterfalls, and snow-clad mountain peaks as you scan the hillsides for bear, moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.  Dinner on the shores of Lake Waterton completes a fabulous day. Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort (B,L,D)

August 5: Fernie, British Columbia, Canada

After a nice morning hikein Waterton Lakes, we set out north through Pincher Creek and west to Crowsnest Pass. At the town of Frank, we stop to visit the site of a devastating rockslide that thundered down over the town in 1903. The surreal landscape is a testament to the ultimate authority of nature and the reality of frontier life in the mountains. Later this afternoon we arrive in the beautiful Elk Valley. Our luxury backcountry lodge is in a secluded and pristine wilderness setting with a world of nature at our fingertips. Island Lake Lodge (B,L,D)

August 6: Island Lakes Lodge, Fernie, British Columbia

Accommodating only 32 guests, Island Lake Lodge is a private enclave surrounded by 7,000 acres of Canadian wilderness. Hiking is right out the door, and today you’ll have guided options ranging from a one-hour walk in old-growth forest to a full-day hike to a mountain peak. Fly-fishing on the Elk River is also an optional activity for the day (for additional cost). Island Lake Lodge (B,L,D)

August 7: Departures from in Kalispell, Montana

Head back across the border to catch afternoon departures from Kalispell—or stay a day or two longer to explore the fun town of Whitefish! (B)

Note: The itinerary for the days in the park may vary based on weather conditions and wildlife behavior. Also, participants will be required to have a valid U.S. passport.

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 - $3,495 per person double occupancy; $775 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Alternate Departures

If you cannot join us for the NPCA departure there are alternate departure dates for this tour which are

July 12-17, 2015
July 19-24, 2015
August 16-21, 2015

If you choose to travel on an alternate departure date rest assure that 10% of your tour cost will still be donated to NPCA from Off the Beaten Path.

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Our Travel Partner

The National Parks Conservation association is delighted to be partnering with Off the Beaten Path (OBP) to bring you excellent, insider experiences in our cherished national parks. This well-respected travel company shares our love of national parks, and understands the significant role they play in safeguarding America’s most majestic landscapes. Off the Beaten Path also shares our travel philosophy of small group sizes and unique itineraries.

NPCA’s collaboration with Off the Beaten Path allows us to open up an even broader range of opportunities through which you can appreciate and enjoy your national parks. Off the Beaten Path is offering additional dates with similar kinds of experiences to the trip described in this official ParkScapes departure.

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Lodging Info

Many Glacier Hotel

Waterton Lakes Lodge

Island Lake Lodge

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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