Calgary for Banff and Lake Louise.
Arrive Lake Louise
depart Lake Louise
for town of Banff
arrive Banff for
for tour of Banff and area
Time for shopping
Pick up all
participants and depart for Calgary
Stephen Avenue in Calgary
Our tour starts with a little bit of history
about the city of Calgary. Among the things we will show you in Calgary is
Canada Olympic Park where the 1988 World Olympics were held and is still being
used today to train athletes participating in other Olympics around the world.
We cross the Bow River (Calgary's drinking water supply) many times along our
scenic route (one hour) to the Rockies. The Bow River is run-off water from the
Bow Glacier, which is still active today. In the winter it is frozen over and
in the spring and summer and fall it is a raging little river of clear and
fresh water.As we pass by the
picturesque town of Canmore we see the famous Three Sisters Mountains. The
older "sister" can be clearly seen facing to heaven and crying over
her lost lover. The other two "sisters" are directly behind her
begging for forgiveness but she refuses. They stole her lover away. (It is the
Our travels along this road now take us into the Lake
Louise area. "Ski Louise" is one of the most popular ski retreats in
the world and the fabulous ski area can be seen as we enter into Lake Louise.
We now climb (by coach of course) to the famous "Chateau Lake Louise"
which is on the shores of Lake Louise. This famous hotel is surrounded by
mountains and has a crystal clear lake (Lake Louise) on its doorstep. At the
end of the lake is Mount Victoria capped by the Victoria Glacier. The
combination of these three sites makes Lake Louise the most photographed lake
in the world. More than 4 million visitors per year come here to see this
majestic hotel and its incredible views.
The Chateau is one of Canada's landmarks. You will want to explore this hotel a
bit to walk where Kings and Queens have tread. One hour at the Chateau is just
for a taste because a person could spend many hours (or days) at this pristine
“Always be on the lookout”
After our brief visit to Lake Louise we
re-enter the Trans Canada Hiway and travel to the Town site of Banff. (just a
bit of trivia) the Trans Canada Hiway is the longest highway in the world.
(over 7280 kilometers long)
For our lunch stop we offer you a great
lunch at the famous “Balkan” Greek Restaurant in Banff.Lunch is a choice of steak sandwich or
roasted chicken.Soup, bread roll,
Greek salad, dessert and your choice of coffee or tea.To add to the meal we have included a
glass of wine (can be substituted for beer or your choice of juices.)
After lunch we now go to Bow Falls where
Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum starred in the movie "The River of no
Return". It is a great site and we get to within 50 feet of the falls.
We also visit the Castle in the Rockies-Banff
We now take a very scenic drive along
Tunnel Mountain. As Banff is such a popular tourist destination you can imagine
that there are a lot (and we mean a lot) of tourist type stores selling
souvenirs. It is almost a 'must' to take home a Canadian souvenir to show your
friends that you have indeed visited the most beautiful park in the world.
Adequate time is allowed for shopping. We now return to Calgary.
For centuries, Western European
nations have been fascinated by the mystique of North American Indian culture,
with its dances, ceremonials and tipi's. Come visit Blackfoot Crossing
Historical Park where you can experience it all…
Travel with Legendary
Tours into a land before time...and enjoy an exciting, authentic, Blackfoot
Enter a stunning and
incredible new facility and embark upon an unforgettable journey as you delight
in fantastic exhibitions and dazzling performances.
Sample some delicious
traditional food in the restaurant or take home a
special memory from the gift shop.
Don’t limit yourself
to the building… take a complimentary tour of
the numerous historic sites or with a local interpreter who will explain the
importance of these sites, this building and this valley.
Come……… experience this
mystical place, see the gallery, watch dance & craft demonstrations, eat
traditional food, ask us questions, and take home a little of our culture with
Calgary for Drumheller and Alberta Badlands.Along the way we stop for a 15 minute
picture stop at scenic Horseshoe Canyon.
depart museum for
Historic Last Chance Saloon
arrive for lunch break
Depart Last Chance
Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology
Let's head out for the day to one of the
most intriguing and spectacular areas in Alberta and perhaps one of the most
fascinating in the world. Spend time exploring the many historic sites as we
travel through the "Alberta Badlands". We follow the Dinosaur Trail,
a network of roads that will take us around the Red Deer River Valley to
uncover the man-made and natural wonders of Alberta's Badlands.
As we approach Drumheller the rolling
hills suddenly drop off hundreds of feet into mysterious winding canyons.
Strange land formations rise up on all sides; sculpted by wind and water into
hauntingly beautiful shapes sunbathed in terra cotta, bronze and amber.
A visit to Calgary and the Canadian Rockies
is not complete without a trip to the Drumheller region and a visit to the
spectacular Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology. This
world renowned museum of palaeontology is located on the north edge of the town
of Drumheller, just 6 kilometres from the centre of town. Named for Joseph
Tyrell who discovered the bones of Albertasaurus (a meat-eating cousin of the
Tyrannosaurus Rex) in 1884, it features displays of some of the best fossils in
the world, plus entertaining interactive exhibits and many other
complete dinosaur skeletons have been discovered and are on display.The museum is world class.
.The Last Chance Saloon
Step back in time.Deep in the heart of Alberta’s
“Badlands” On a four mile lonely stretch of road, between Rosedale and Wayne,
you will travel over 11 one-lane bridges, and in only 4 miles reach what's left
of this legendaryghost town...The
Rosedeer Hotel and the Last Chance Saloon.Located 14 km southeast of Drumheller, Wayne is one of the Badlands'
quirkiest places. Parts of the movie "Shanghai Noon" with Jackie Chan
were filmed there and, hundreds of Harley Davidson riders meet there every
summer for the Wayne Rally. The saloon is one of Alberta's only operating cowboy
relics and is full of antiques from yesteryear.When you arrive, plan for a great
lunchat the Last Chance Saloon.
Even bullet holes in the walls.You really can't get more Albertan than that.
Canadian Badland outdoor Steak Barbecue with all the trimmings.AAA Alberta Black Angus steaks are world
famous and are renowned for their excellent taste.Complete meal with 12 oz steaks are
waiting and the barbecue is hot and ready anticipating your arrival.You get to cook them
yourself.Of course, supervision is
provided if necessary to ensure you have a world famous steak done to Alberta
AAA perfection and standards. (we are fussy about our beef).
take millions of years to form and stand approximately 7 meters tall. Each
Hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick layer of shale that is capped
by a large stone acting like an umbrella to protect it from rain and other
weather.The name “Hoodoo” comes
from the word ’voodoo’and
the name was given to these strange geological formationsby the early European explorers.In the Blackfoot and Cree traditions,
however,the hoodoos are believed
to be sleeping giants who come alive at night and roam these ancient hills and
valleys to terrorize the local inhabitants.
Stone Fruit Wines is Alberta’s first cottage winery.It opened its doors and fields in 2005
and in a short time became world famous for its fine tastes.All their wines are 100% produced from
their luscious local crops ofstrawberries, raspberries, wild black cherries, Saskatoon berries and
black currants.Their vintage wines
are now ripe and ready for tasting.For those wishing to expand their wine tasting knowledge the owners are
on site to give you the history of making these fine wines and to let you
sample their wares.A wine store is
also on site.A great way to bring
today’s tour to a close.
Calgary for Head Smashed in buffalo Jump.
Arrive Head Smashed
in Buffalo Jump
depart HS in BJ
for Pincher Creek
Creek for lunch
for tour of Cowboy Trail
Join us on a scenic
journey into the native past as we travel to the world famous Heritage Site -
‘Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump‘, one of the oldest and most interesting buffalo
jumps in North America.The best preserved
site known to exist in the world.This site is known to have existed for over 6,000 years and is
designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For thousands of
years, the Bison provided the aboriginal peoples of North America’s Great
Plains with many of life’s requirements: meat for food, hides for clothing and
shelter, sinew, bone and horn for tools and dung for fuel.The principal means for killing large
numbers of buffalo was the buffalo jump where herds were stampeded over cliffs
and butchered at the bottom.
Buffalo jumps were
common on the Northern Plains.The
biggest and oldest and best preserved buffalo jump in North America is the Head
Smashed In Buffalo Jump in the Porcupine Hills of South Western Alberta.
Our lunch break is in the town
of Pincher Creek at the Swiss Alpine Restaurant.A great home cooked style meal with all
the trimmings including desert.Pincher Creek is famous for its ‘Wind Farms’ and hundreds and hundreds
of them can be seen with their huge giant blades turning in the wind.
After lunch we travel along
the Cowboy Trail on the way back to Calgary.The Cowboy Trail follows the eastern
edge of the Rocky Mountains through extremely scenic ranch country in the
foothills of the porcupine mountains.It is more than a trail though, it is a “feeling“.One can get a sense of the early
pioneers that blazed their trails with their great cattle herds and wagon
trains on the way to cow-town. (Calgary)Along the way we stop in the tiny
ranch-townof Longview for an ice
cream stop.Country Western star
Ian Tyson owns the cafe.After our
stop we return to Calgary.
Alberta's Cowboy Trail
It's not just a place -- it's a feeling.
The Cowboy Trail extends along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, bumping up
against mountains and rolling out to forests, grasslands and (south of Calgary)
the Porcupine Hills. From fur trading routes to ranches, and from historic
oilfields to lines of wind turbines spinning gracefully in the wind, this
landscape traces Alberta's economic history better than any other.
Tour Price: $115.00 per person
(full day tour)
washroom equipped motor-coach, and driver
lunch at Swiss Alpine Restaurant in Pincher Creek
Kananaskis is the Rockies best kept secret. To the southwest of Banff National
Park, “K” Country (as it is known by the locals) is an unspoiled paradise.Full of picture perfect mountain
scenery, wildlife and flora, Kananaskiscan be visited at any time of the year.Towering mountains, pristine lakes,
evergreen valleys, and glacial streams, Kananaskis is an area that will take
your breath away and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.Best of all…..its only minutes away from
brunch is in the Fireweed Grill at the beautiful Delta Lodge at Kananaskis in
Kananaskis village where the world G8 summit took place a few years back and is
also where the 1988 World Olympic skiing took place.‘Brokeback Mountain’ was also filmed
here.Take some time and see the
awesome splendors of this pristine village in the Great Canadian Rocky