Banff, CANADA EXPEDITION
Simplicity marks the origin of Banff—Canada’s first national park. In 1883, on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, three railway workers discovered a natural hot spring, and from there the park was born. Nowadays, Banff is one of the world’s premiere destinations, spanning a region of unparalleled majestic mountain scenery. Every year, millions of visitors make the pilgrimage to Banff to take in its stunning views and arsenal of activities.
- Explore the many sights that Banff has to offer from stunning blue lakes to beautiful mountainous terrain.
- Experience the magnificent waterfalls of Yoho National Park and visit the iconic Emerald Lake.
- Relax and take a boat cruise to the world famous Spirit Island in Jasper National Park
ITINERARY | 7 DAYS
Day 1: Arrive at Calgary airport and transport to hotel in Banff National Park. Stroll downtown, get oriented, visit the info center. Once you arrive, you will also get an overview of the trip's itinerary from your guide, Tiffany. We will drive over to Vermillion Lakes - a popular photo spot but also a nice place to relax after a long day of traveling. You will also have the chance to visit Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Lake Minnewanka is a large glacial lake about 3 miles from the town of Banff. The summer is a perfect time to hike around and take in all of the beauty. We will end the evening with a relaxing welcome dinner. Accommodation: Banff Hotel
Day 2: Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast from Banff Hotel. You will have the chance to drive through Bow Valley Parkway. This scenic drive offers viewpoints, picnic sites, hiking trails and quaint cottages nearby. We will visit Castle Mountain, which is noteworthy because it is the easternmost mountain of the Main Ranges in the Bow Valley of the Canadian Rockies. There is also a nice reflecting pool spot for awesome photos. The end of Bow Valley Parkway is Lake Louise – where you will be visiting Johnston Canyon en route. Lake Louise is the most famous and most photogenic place in Banff National Park. We will also have the chance to walk along Moraine Lake and climb up to the top of the rock pile and see the jaw-dropping scenery of mountain peaks and blue waters. You may choose to do a half-day hike from Moraine Lake or Lake Louise. Accommodation: Banff Hotel
Day 3: Today you will spend an entire day at Yoho National Park. Visit the famous spiral tunnels, where two vast tunnels are running figure eight loops through the snowcapped mountains. After the tunnels, we will walk over the natural bridge over the Kicking Horse River where you will find an impressive natural rock formation that spans the flow of Kicking Horse River. We will also visit Takakkaw Falls, the second highest waterfall in Canada. But, don't forget about Wapta Falls - It's a really short and easy hike, but definitely worth it. Finish your visit at Yoho National Park with a hike around Emerald Lake and lookout for some wildlife! Accommodation: Banff Hotel
Day 4: Check out of Banff hotel, where we will drive to Bow Lake and photograph some awesome glacier falls. Then we will drive 30 minutes north and visit Peyto Lake which is located in Banff National Park. The lake gets its color from large amounts of glacial rock flour that flow into it during the summer months to get that awesome blue color. Your guide, Tiffany will teach you how to photograph some amazing photos on this amazing hike. spend most of the day driving to Jasper.
After Peyto Lake, we will visit The Columbia Icefield and check out some awesome glaciers at our rest stop. Once we arrive in Jasper, we will enjoy Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls before ending our day at Jasper Hotel. Accommodation: Jasper Hotel
Day 5: Start your day with a delicious hearty breakfast from Jasper Hotel. We will start visiting must-sees in the Jasper area including Mt. Edith Cavell. Mt. Edith is one of the finest hikes found in Jasper National Park. As you work your way up to the meadows, views of Mount Edith Cavell, Angel Glacier, Cavell Glacier are stunning. You will find dramatic waterfalls when you get to Maligne Canyon as you hike through there. We will stop at Medicine Lake where there will be an amazing viewpoint at the north end of the lake. We will end our day visiting Mount Robson Provincial Park. Accommodation: Jasper Hotel
Day 6: After a long day visiting some of Jasper National Park’s wonders – we will take it easy with a stop at Maligne Lake where there will be an amazing viewpoint at the north end of the lake. We will also take you on a journey to Pyramid Lake, where you can appreciate the serene beauty of the lake back dropped by the Pyramid Mountain as you hike along the 2km lakeshore trail. Pyramid Island is a great place for photographs and also to relax by the shore. We will end our day with a boat cruise around Spirit Island. Accommodation: Jasper Hotel
Day 7: We will leave Jasper National Park and drive Icefields Parkway back to Calgary and connect with our international flights back home.
Trip Summary: Banff, Alberta, Canada | 7 Days
Private Dates: Year Round
Group Dates: June 2017
Group Size: Max 16 Participants
Trip Cost: $3000