Arrive Calgary International Airport - Airport greeting, Hotel
Check/in, City Tour and dinner atop the Calgary
or Regency Palace (Canada's
largest Chinese Restaurant). Evening tour of the Calgary "nightscene". Overnight Calgary (Welcome Dinner)
This morning we drive West to Kananaskis
Mountain National Park for an exciting and fascinating (gentle)
guided raft trip down the "Bow
River" by whitewater raft. (all equipment supplied).
Kananaskis is on the very edge of the eastern portion of the Rocky
Mountains and the views are spectacular. We visit Kananaskis
Village, a must to see, as it is one of the Jewels
of the Rockies.
Now it's on to the most famous tourist town in the world: Banff.
Situated in Banff National Park. We start with a trip to the top
of the mountain. Sulphur Mountain Gondola
transports visitors to an elevation of 2,281m (7,486 feet) above
sea level at the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff. This offers
the best view in the Canadian Rocky Mountains - an unobstructed
360 degree view of the most memorable mountain scenery you will
is free to discover the romantic beauty and excitement of this
town and take in the breath-taking views of the majestic Rocky
Mountains that surround this beautiful Jewel in the Rockies. A
'must' to see while in Banff is the legendary and world famous
Banff Springs Hotel
with its 'castle-like' appearance and also famous for its multi-million
dollar 'hot spring' pools and saunas. Overnight Banff (B)
After a hearty breakfast its away to another Jewel, Lake Louise
with its grandeur hotel the "Chateau
Lake Louise" and more breathtaking views of the
Great Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is Canada's "Diamond in
the Wilderness," set amid grandiose walls of ice and sheets
of rock in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, shimmering like an emerald
jewel. Each year more than two million visitors pay homage to
the grandiose setting at the shores of Lake Louise, sightseeing,
photographing, dining, hiking, climbing and canoeing.
We now travel
north through the valley of glaciers, the Icefield
Parkway. The canyon of the glaciers. Our next stop
is Peyto Lake, chosen by Kodak
because of its unbelievable colors. You won't believe the colors
are real. Now get ready to get lost in a sea of ice and an ocean
of mountains as we visit another Jewel and board the Snow-Coach
and travel to the top of the only glacier in the world that is
accessible by road. The Athabasca Glacier.
Make sure you bring a warm jacket and sunglasses. After the Snow-Coach
we pose for a Group Photo
with the glacier in the background.
We now travel
further north, winding our way through the mighty canyon to the
town of Jasper, situated in Jasper National
Park. Established in 1907, Jasper National Park is
the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies with 10,878
square kilometres of mountain wilderness. Jasper is the wildest
of the mountain parks, and contains a superb backcountry trail
system as well as the world famous Columbia Icefields. It is internationally-renowned
for wildlife viewing, and is home to some of North America's rarest
animals, including healthy populations of grizzly bears, moose,
caribou and wolves. Overnight Jasper (B)
This morning we board the Jasper Skytram
and travel to the top of the world where they say one can see
for a thousand miles. The experience of being gently transported
into Jasper National Park's alpine tundra will captivate all ages,
you will discover views unsurpassed in the Canadian Rockies. Gaze
over six mountain ranges, glacial-fed lakes, meandering rivers,
and the scenic Jasper Townsite. Witness the snow-capped splendor
of Mt. Robson, the highest
mountain in the Canadian Rockies. At 3954 meters (over 12,000
feet) above sea level, you will truly expand your horizons.(up-top
restaurant & gift shop, hiking etc.) Time will be allowed
for a nice hike along some of the finest and most scenic gentle
hiking trails in the Rockies.
its on to another Jewel, Maligne Lake for a breathtaking 1 1/2
hour Boat Cruise to Spirit Island.
This lake is very famous and one of the most photographed in the
world. It is said that a beautiful Indian Princess is buried there.
She died from a broken heart after her warrior husband was killed
in a battle. There are claims that she sometimes roams the island
appearing out of the mist as if searching for her lover.
to hike and explore around the town of Jasper.
(coach available for transporting guests to and from attractions
in Jasper Park this evening. Overnight Jasper (B)
Today we head for Edmonton
(4 hour drive) International Airport for our flight home.
on the groups departure time it may be possible to visit West
Edmonton Mall and certain other attractions on the
way to Edmonton or we can add an additional night to this tour.
(your choice, of course)