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Canadian Rockies Parks & Resorts

Day 1: Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada / Lake Louise
Day 2: Lake Louise / Banff / Lake Louise
Day 3: Lake Louise / Moraine Lake / Jasper
Day 4: Jasper National Park / Maligne Lake
Day 5: Jasper National Park / Banff National Park
Day 6: Banff National Park / Kootenay National Park / Yoho National Park
Day 7: Banff National Park / Calgary / Depart for U.S.

Optional Post-Tour: Banff to Vancouver by Rail

Day 1: Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada / Lake Louise

After arriving in Calgary, transfer to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise—located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built over 100 years ago, the property is surrounded by a glistening emerald lake, towering mountain peaks, and the majestic Victoria Glacier. Elegant and polished, yet relaxed and inviting, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, and has also been awarded an AAA Four Diamond rating.

After arriving in Calgary, transfer to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise—located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This evening, meet fellow travel companions and your Expedition Leader for a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (D)

Day 2: Lake Louise
After breakfast, connect with nature and take in the fresh Rockies air during a guided walk around Lake Louise. Admire the turquoise waters, towering pines, and picture-perfect mountains dotting the serene landscape. Morning is the ideal time to capture photographs of the lake.

Rejoin the group for a visit to the Whyte Museum and a guided historic walking tour through Banff to hear the stories of the pioneers who helped build and shape this town.

Established in 1968, the Whyte Museum “acquires, preserves, interprets, and makes accessible the history and culture of the Rocky Mountains of Canada by inspiring and cultivating the exchange of knowledge and ideas though or collections, programs, and exhibitions.” This informative mix of historic information and art puts the town of Banff into context. Browse the gift shop’s collection of art posters, books, and original works by Canadian artists. Original cabins and log homes adjacent to the museum offer a glimpse into the life of pioneers and settlers of time past.

Lunch will be on your own before returning to the property for a locally guided walking tour featuring the history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (B)

Day 3: Lake Louise / Moraine Lake / Jasper
Journey to Moraine Lake for a short walk and more remarkable photo opportunities of natural beauty. Nestled in the Valley of Ten Peaks of Banff National Park—and featured on Canadian currency—Moraine Lake is only half the size of Lake Louise, but it’s one of the most sensational bodies of water in the Rockies. Glacially fed and displaying an intense blue-green color, it’s surrounded by forests and mountains, creating a bucolic, and almost surreal, scene.

Continue to the Lake Louise Ski Resort to board a gondola for aerial sightseeing over the impressive mountain before arriving at the Wildlife Interpretive Centre for a guided Trail of the Great Bear walk.

The Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola and Wildlife Interpretive Centre offers a unique opportunity to ascend to one of Banff National Park’s most incredible viewpoints. Along with soaring peaks and impressive glaciers, delight in lush carpets of alpine wildflowers and glimpses of wildlife. Grizzly bears may be seen roaming below the safety of the sightseeing lift.

At the Wildlife Interpretive Centre, peruse interactive presentations and displays featuring native and endangered species.

Take a gondola back to the base for lunch followed by a pleasant wildlife- and scenery-rich drive to Jasper.

After checking in to the hotel, explore the grounds before dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4: Jasper National Park / Maligne Lake
After breakfast, embark upon a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake. When artist and explorer Mary Schaffer laid eyes on Maligne Lake in 1908 she exclaimed, “…if Lake Louise is a pearl, Maligne is the entire pearl necklace.” Witness in wonder panoramic mountain views surrounding the water as a knowledgeable guide shares Maligne’s history, geology, flora, and fauna.

Discover the world-famous, and often photographed, Spirit Island—a tiny grove of trees separated from the mainland. Surrounded on three sides by the same mountain range—a rare and particularly notable feature—Spirit Island is a significant place for the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, as they believe mountains are physical representations of ancestors.

Following lunch on your own, continue to Maligne Canyon—the deepest in the Rockies—for time to explore this incredible natural landmark. Numerous canyon bridges and trails offer extraordinary views of craggy, lichen-covered canyon walls, natural rock formations, spectacular waterfalls, interpretive displays, and a myriad of flora and fauna—all from different perspectives and elevations. Keep an eye peeled for black swift and raven nests.

Afterward, return to Jasper to explore the town and perhaps shop at some of its specialty stores. Alternatively, choose to join an optional leisurely rafting excursion on the Athabasca River—the longest river in Alberta, with the first 104.39 miles designated as a Canadian Heritage River. (This optional excursion may be purchased in advance from our Guest Services team. We recommend reserving early for best availability, as space is limited.)

The evening is yours to take advantage of the amenities at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Perhaps stroll along the shore of Lac Beauvert, book a treatment at the full-service spa (additional charges apply), or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool.
Overnight: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B)

Day 5: Jasper National Park / Banff National Park
Today's highlight includes a pictorial drive to Banff—with brief photography stops at Sunwapta Falls and Tangle Creek Falls—before arriving at Bow Lake.

The water of the Sunwapta River originates from the Athabasca Glacier down the road on the Icefield’s Parkway. The Sunwapta Falls consists of two waterfalls, one above the other. Admire the roaring falls carving deep into limestone with a forceful torrent and see why Sunwapta is a Stoney word meaning, “turbulent water.”

A picturesque waterfall along the highway, Tangle Creek Falls looks like a beautiful curtain of water. The multitiered cascade has as many as half a dozen braids dropping down a broad cliff that consolidate and plunge three more tiers before funneling under the parkway via a culvert.

Approximately 30 minutes north of Lake Louise is Bow Lake, one of the largest lakes in Banff National Park, and home to the red-roofed Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Learn the amazing tale of legendary outfitter Jimmy Simpson, who first built the lodge as a small "shack" and later expanded it with the help of his family into the beautiful log and stone hotel it is today. The unique name of the lodge comes from a Stoney word for pine marten, a small animal similar to sable.

Following lunch at Herbert Lake, set out for Fairmont Banff Springs for a heritage history tour, then relax during an evening at leisure. This stunning hotel will amaze you with its size, majestic façade, and extensive outdoor patios and terraces to enjoy the views of the Bow Valley.
Overnight: Fairmont Banff Springs (B,L)

Day 6: Banff National Park / Kootenay National Park / Yoho National Park

Journey to Kootenay National Park to discover a place of unique contrasts—from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs—aside deep canyons, tumbling waterfalls, and lush grasslands. In the summer, fields of fuchsia fireweed mark where naturally occurring wildfires once occurred.

Behold the unique pallete of rich colors found in paint pots, beds of red ochre formed by the accumulation of iron oxide around cold mineral springs. In the early 1900s, ochre was mined and shipped to Calgary, where it was used as a pigment in paint. The ochre was originally used by the Kootenay, Stoney, and Blackfoot tribes as body and clothing paint, and for pictograph illustrations on rocks. 

During the restful return drive to the hotel, stop at Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park for panoramic sightseeing and additional photography opportunities of the pastoral landscape. This lake was discovered in 1882 when famed mountain guide Tom Wilson was rounding up horses that had gone astray, and it continues to be an admired destination of pristine nature to this day.

This evening, share photos and stories with your travel companions at a special farewell dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Banff Springs (B,L,D)

Day 7: Banff National Park / Calgary / Depart for U.S.
After an early breakfast, take the complimentary group transfer to Calgary International Airport for flights home, or to the Banff train station if you are continuing on the Vancouver post-tour. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level:


The majority of the program’s activities will take place outdoors and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain is to be expected. Many of the parks have dirt trails, but they are usually fairly smooth for walking, some do have paved pathways and boardwalks. It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to get in and out of a motor coach without assistance and be sure-footed on uneven terrain. If you are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, you will be able to enjoy all of the excursions. However, there are opportunities for different abilities to admire the national parks. Also keep in mind that you will experience varying altitudes, rising up to 7,705 feet, to which you may not be accustomed.