Best of the Canadian Rockies
August 9–16, 2013
Enjoy a "Wild West" welcome dinner... go flightseeing by helicopter over the Three Sisters Peaks... climb up the surface of a glacier on an Ice Explorer... learn park history, legends and folklore at a presentation by a Parks Canada official... keep an eye out for elk, bighorn sheep, moose and grizzlies... discover the Icefields Parkway... explore Jasper National Park "your way" with a choice of wilderness adventures... attend an educational wine tasting... and stay in the Canadian Rockies' best resorts – at The Fairmont Banff Springs and The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, in Signature Club rooms at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis, and in lake-view rooms at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Day 1 - Arrive independently at Calgary International Airport; Transfer to Delta Lodge at Kananaskis - Alberta, Canada; Enjoy a “Wild West” welcome cocktail reception and dinner featuring rodeo entertainment at an upscale ranch
Day 2 - Start the day with a morning helicopter excursion that showcases the stunning Three Sisters Peaks. Then head high up into the Canadian Rockies and cross the Continental Divide through Kicking Horse Pass on a day of Alberta travel on which you'll see some of the most beautiful lakes in North America and Yoho National Park. Arrive at the historic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise overlooking Victoria Glacier in Banff National Park, where you'll enjoy lake-view accommodations; dinner at the hotel tonight.
Day 3 - Join our naturalist guide for an excursion to Moraine Lake located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
Day 4 - Travel along the Icefields Parkway whose 143-mile length past more than 600 glaciers, six icefields and spectacular rocky peaks, waterfalls and snowfields around every turn. Watch for bears, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats – en route to The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. D
Day 5 - Explore magnificent Jasper National Park with your choice of an included "Jasper Your Way" discovery tour. You may choose from among an Athabasca River whitewater rafting adventure* led by Rocky Mountain River Guides; a "Wilderness Discovery Tour," joining a wildlife interpreter to search for bear, elk and more; or a trip on the Jasper Tramway through alpine tundra, leading to the interesting alpine town of Jasper.
Day 6 - Travel back to Banff National Park today.Take a memorable ride across the surface of Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer, a specially designed glacial vehicle, for a close look at the glacier's geological features. Arrive in Banff National Park for a stay at The Fairmont Banff Springs, built more than a century ago to resemble a Scottish baronial castle.
Day 7 - Today is yours to explore Banff National Park. Special farewell reception at The Banff Centre, a world-renowned cultural center. Your evening includes a special musical performance and dinner overlooking the gorgeous Bow Valley
Day 8 -Travel back to Calgary, approximately 80 miles, to Calgary International Airport.
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