Canadian Rockies Quest

On this journey into the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site, you’ll examine splendor in its best iteration of physical form. Visit three of Canada's best: Jasper, Yoho, and Banff National Parks.

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Departure Dates:

  • July 14-20, 2019
  • August 14-20, 2019
  • July 21-27, 2020
  • August 25-31, 2020

Schedule Highlights:

DAY 1: CALGARY TO YOHO: Meet your guide in Calgary and head to the heart of Yoho National Park. First stop, Takakkaw Falls, Canada’s second-highest waterfall. Next up is Yoho’s Natural Bridge, where theKicking Horse River pushes its way through a natural rock formation. This afternoon we settle into our lodge on the edge of Emerald Lake.

DAY 2: BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE: Yoho isn’t far from Banff National Park, so we head there this morning to explore. We stop at Wapta Falls and visit the Yoho National Park Visitor Center to view its exhibits on the world-famous Burgess Shale fossil site. Enjoy a bit of down time at the lodge early this afternoon to relax, walk around the lake, or paddle a boat. Then it’s back out to one of Banff’s most famous features, Lake Louise.

DAY 3: ICEFIELDS PARKWAY AND JASPER NATIONAL PARK: We set out for Jasper this morning on the stunning Icefields Parkway, which windsthrough mountain peaks, glacial icefields, and broad valleys. Our guide will choose some good hikes for the day, based on conditions and the group’s interest. Tonight we stay at a small resort on Pyramid Lake, just a few minutes from the town of Jasper.

DAY 4: JASPER NATIONAL PARK: An early morning hike to Edith Cavell Meadows leads through a gorgeous subalpine meadow with striking views of Angel Glacier, an impressive hanging glacier on the face of Mount Edith Cavell. Options for the afternoon include a hike in Maligne Canyon, with turquoise waters and waterfalls, or a ride on the Jasper Aerial Tram, for views over Jasper National Park and towards the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.

DAY 5: ICEFIELDS PARKWAY, ATHABASCA GLACIER, AND JASPER NATIONAL PARK: Today we head back down the Icefields Parkway to Banff National Park, stopping at the magnificent Athabasca Glacier for our ice walk adventure! Our guide equips us with crampons and trekking poles and teaches us about glacial movement ice, silt, and crevasses on this two- to three-hour adventure. This afternoon puts us at our hotel on Tunnel Mountain, perched above the town of Banff.

DAY 6: BANFF AND JOHNSTON FALLS: Hikes this morning might include a walk through Johnston Canyon to Johnston Falls, or a wildlife watching hike along the Lake Minnewanks shoreline to Steward Canyon. Enjoy a free afternoon to stroll along Banff Avenue or the Bow River Trail. Tonight’s celebratory farewell dinner is at the eminent Banff Springs Hotel, a castle-like beauty built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1888.

DAY 7: DEPART FOR HOME: After breakfast, we’ll return to Calgary for flights home, with a head full of memories and a camera full of stunning photos.

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To reserve space on any departure please contact our travel partner Off the Beaten Path at 800-445-2995 or travel@offthebeatenpath.com

Our tours feature tiered pricing, with a range of prices for each trip, with the price increasing as the departure fills to allow us to confirm departures as soon as possible.

Most tours run with a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 16 participants maintaining an 8 participant to 1 guide ratio.

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  • Cost:
    From $4,445 per person double occupancy; $1,275 single supplement
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