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Alberta Explorer

Tour Description

Duration

Date

Price per Adult

Start Building

Inclusions

  • Entrance to Wolfdog Sanctuary
  • High Tea at Banff Springs Hotel
  • Banff Gondola ride
  • Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise
  • Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer ride
  • Entrance to Glacier Skywalk
  • Rocky Mountain Wildlife Tour
  • Athabasca River Float
  • Various sightseeing opportunities
  • 4 nights accommodation in Banff
  • 4 nights accommodation in Jasper
  • All taxes

Top Sites

  • Townsites: Banff, Jasper
  • Lakes: Minnewanka, Louise, Moraine, Pyramid
  • Mountains: Sulphur, Norquay, Rundle, Lake Louise
  • Canyons: Johnston and Maligne
  • Bow Valley
  • Cave and Basin
  • Athabasca Glacier / Skywalk
  • Pyramid Lake
  • Athabasca Falls

Accommodation

  • Canalta Lodge Banff
  • Chateau Jasper

Postcard Views

Suggested Itinerary

From Calgary, head west to the one and only Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. This tour takes you inside their Engadine enclosure into a viewing platform with one of their guides. Enjoy the opportunity to learn all about the Sanctuary and get an introduction to what wolfdogs are all about through their 30-minute presentation. This is a great way to photograph one of their packs of wolfdogs as well as having full access to your very own wolfdog expert. Depart the Sanctuary and make the scenic 90 minute drive to Banff. Overnight at the Canalta Lodge, your majestic back-country home for the next few nights!
Enjoy a delicious meal at the award-winning Park Distillery in Banff. Their water originates at six glaciers high in the Rocky Mountains and gains minerality as it travels across rich limestone deposits.

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Upgrade your Wolfdog experience to the Interactive Tour of the Sanctuary and come face to face with the animals. Or you can upgrade your accommodations at the Canalta Lodge in Banff to include a king size bed or a room with a balcony. Optional: If you arrived in Calgary, add a night or two in Alberta’s largest city before or after your trip. You can visit Calgary Olympic Park, Calgary Tower, the Calgary Zoo or go in search of the many outdoor art installations. If you have time, you can enjoy 17th Ave and the many interesting restaurants, pubs and local shopping sites. Option to include accommodations in Calgary the night before.
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Good Morning! It’s your first day in the Canadian Rockies and today is going to be wonderful! Take some time and get acquainted with your surroundings. Get out early to embark on a 2.8km hike to the very popular Johnston Canyon’s Upper Falls. Here you can take a light hike through a deep mountain canyon with many beautiful waterfalls along the way. In the afternoon, it’s time for high tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The hotel has been serving Afternoon Tea for over 130 years as Anna, Duchess of Bedford, intended it to be when she first invited her guests for tea and scones. This activity is an enjoyable experience even for those non-tea drinkers. This evening, you will take the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain for an extraordinary sunset dinner. Experience a world of beauty at the summit with epic views of six stunning mountain ranges and the sweep of the Bow Valley.
If you’re up for it, hike beyond Johnston Canyon’s upper falls for another 3.1km to the Ink Pots – seven cold mineral springs bubbling to the surface in the open meadows that can be slightly different colours depending on the time of year.

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Want to so some sightseeing in style? Climb on board a vintage-inspired vehicle that has the look and feel of the 1930s—including a fully-open roof and a guide in period costume.
Today we have an Iconic activity, the Lake Minnewanka boat cruise! You will head out on the turquoise water of Banff’s largest lake, Lake Minnewanka. Surrounded on all sides by enormous, towering mountain peaks, your boat tour will include an interpretive guide who will share the history, geology, animals, park policies and native involvement in the area. From the boat, you can discover deer, moose, big horn sheep, American bald eagles, ospreys, and even bears. Following the trip, enjoy the views a little longer by snagging a picnic table or grabbing a snack from the cafe and relax by the water. On the way back towards town, plan to take a short drive up Mt. Norquay road for terrific photo opportunity of Mt. Rundle across the valley. Then lace up your shoes and take a light hike along the Cave and Basin Trails. This 3.4 kilometer moderately trafficked loop leads visitors to the site where the Cave and Basin steam vent was originally found. Beyond the vent, you can follow the boardwalk along a river and to two smaller springs bubbling from the mountainside.
If you’re driving up to Lake Minnewanka, please arrive at least two hours prior to your cruise time to ensure you find a parking spot and have time to explore the area from the shore.

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Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada. This is the site of natural thermal mineral springs around which Canada’s first national park (Banff National Park) was established. View the natural hot spring cave which was first explored in 1883 and the exhibits which share its interesting past.
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Postcard views await you today as you take a drive to see two of Canada’s most iconic Lakes. The most spectacular images of Lake Louise are taken across the valley from the adjacent slopes. You will travel up to the Lake Louise ski resort and take a ride on the gondola that will give you a chance to capture your own brilliant images. A short walk away is Whitehorn lodge with a tasty bistro snack and a huge deck overlooking the valley and pristine vistas that surround you. It’s now time to descend and head to Moraine Lake for the views that adorned our $20 bill for years. Situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the lakes has a very distinctive shade of azure blue which it receives its unique colour due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis by surrounding glaciers. Naturally, you will top off the day with a stop at the shore of Lake Louise itself. If you are feeling up for a hike, then take the trail up to the Lake Agnes Tea House 3.6km from the Fairmont Chateau Hotel. Recharge with some specialty tea and homemade baking before heading back.
In the warmer months, these places tend to get busy with tourists. Parking at these destinations is often full by early morning and remains full throughout the day in peak season. Park your car and ride Roam Transit to Lake Louise, or reserve a seat in advance on a Parks Canada shuttle and leave your car at the at the Park and Ride.

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While at Lake Louise or Moraine Lake, venture out onto the water to enjoy a peaceful canoe/kayak experience on your choice of one of the lakes.
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Say goodbye to Banff as you head north on the scenic Icefields Parkway that parallels the Continental Divide, traversing the rugged landscape of the Canadian Rockies. There are two more iconic Canadian Lakes to be seen. Peyto and Bow Lakes are vibrant, glacially-fed, turquoise beauties easily accessible from the highway. Snap some postcard pics and keep on rolling; the next stop is breathtaking. About an hour later, you’ll arrive at the foot of the extraordinary Athabasca Glacier. Here you will delve far into unique ice formations on a 4-hour guided hike and view some spectacular ice carved landscapes and other alpine glaciers. Fill your water bottle with fresh water before heading to the Skywalk portion of the tour where you will stride boldly across a glass-floored lookout where giant glaciers perch above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spreads out below. Depart the glacier and make your way to the town of Jasper to overnight at the Chateau Jasper.
If you want a more relaxing day, then plan to skip Peyto and Bow Lakes and arrange to visit these lakes on your way back south (if you are returning to Calgary).

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Guests also have the option to upgrade their accommodations to include a king size bed, a room with a view or breakfast.
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Today you have time to leisurely explore the beautiful town of Jasper. Take a short drive up to Pyramid Lake to enjoy your morning coffee, or check out the Jasper townsite and visit the many local shops and eateries. The Rocky Mountains are home to some spectacularly diverse wildlife and while in Jasper, you are bound to see lots of it. Charge your camera batteries or your phone and prepare to embark on an informative evening wildlife tour to seek out the regions furry original inhabitants. Bear, moose, elk, deer, mountain goats, and big horned sheep are just a sample of the many animals that roam this area.
We recommend visiting the DownStream Lounge to indulge in a meal that captures Jasper’s mountain town spirit and casual feel with the freshest and most innovative plates.

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Learn to rock climb in the Jasper National Park. Your guides will show you the ropes in a safe and fun environment, whether it’s your new to the sport or still working on your skills. You will have an opportunity to climb a variety of routes ranging from “easy” to “challenging” while you receive coaching from instructors. This is a thrilling activity to participate in all while you breathe in the views of the Athabasca river. No experience necessary!
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Rise and shine! The day begins with an exhilarating Class 2 whitewater rafting experience. (Class 3 available if you’re ambitious). Fun splashes and scenic vistas along the Athabasca River will be an hour you’ll never forget. Next up, Maligne Canyon. This afternoon you hike through the Rockies deepest Canyon; complete with spectacular rock formations and flowing waterfalls. Whether you’re a bird spotter, plant seeker or waterfall watcher, the canyon is rich with diversity to catch the eye of any nature lover. It’s a must-see and only a short drive from town.
Evil Dave’s Grill is a funky, upbeat, family-owned restaurant with a globally inspired menu. They make “wicked food” with fresh ingredients and creative flare! Try their El Diablo, Wicked Burger, Typhoon Noodles, or Nefarious Chicken. And don’t forget to save room for a dessert!

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Participate in an evening of cosmic discovery with Jasper Planetarium. Take a virtual guided tour in their domed theatre with an astronomy guide to explore local First Nations constellations, view recent Northern Lights displays in Jasper, watch the Milky Way soar overhead and take journey into space. Include a Telescope Experience where you can view the stars or a filtered solar viewing, planets, and more with the most powerful telescopes in the Rockies.
This is your last full day in the Rockies, so it can be anything that you want. Visit the sites of Edith Lake, Athabasca Falls, Maligne Lake or the 360 degree view of the towering mountains and valley below Old Fort Point. If you are making your way back to Calgary, consider heading back down Hwy 93 taking in all the favourites again, or stopping to take in the spots missed on the way up. Overnight options can be in Jasper, Banff or Edmonton.
Charge your phone and camera battery. There is still lots to see today!

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Take a dip in the Miette Hot Springs. Submerge yourself in the 37 and 40ºC mineral-rich water for a soothing soak. Relaxing in the outdoor pool among the peaceful panorama is a magical experience to end your trip in the Jasper National Park.
If you stayed in the mountains for the night, its time to pack up the vehicle and depart. If you are heading towards Edmonton or Calgary, enjoy the drive and stop off at some of the small towns along the way to explore the little places on route to Alberta’s biggest cities.
Wherever you travel, stop along the way to enjoy the view.

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If you are going towards Edmonton, add a night or two in Alberta’s capital city. Explore the beautiful river valley, be amused in the sports and entertainment district, attend one of the hundreds of annual festivals, emerse yourself the funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue or shop West Edmonton Mall; the largest mall in North America. Option to include accommodations in Edmonton.
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Price Details

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy (assuming 2 adults in the room)

The inclusions are listed above.

Our prices include hotel taxes and GST!

What else you Might need

Below is a list of common things you might need to purchase for your tour at an extra cost. (not included)

  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Meals & Gratuity
  • Transportation / Flights
  • Parking Fees
  • Travel Insurance

Cancellation Terms

We understand that plans can change. If you need to make an adjustment, you can do so without any change fees up to three days prior to the departure date (based on availability). With our flexible cancellation policy, you can cancel your tour 72 hours prior to the travel day. See our full Terms & Conditions page for details.

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Something Not Perfect?

That’s ok. We can customize any part of this tour so that it suits you perfectly.

Leisure

Leisure activities are the least physically demanding and are accessible to almost everyone. You should be able to stand and walk in short bursts. Examples: Sightseeing, nature walks, golfing, food tours. 

Active

A step up from easy. For those looking to do something more exciting and get their heart rate elevated. Examples: Skiing, hiking, canoeing, skating. 

Challenging

Difficult yet rewarding activities. You should be in great physical shape to participate in these activities. Examples: Rock climbing, heli-skiing, whitewater rafting, diving.