A sampling of world-class Canadian resorts combined with breathtaking scenery highlight this Canadian Rockies vacation. Start your trip in Calgary and travel to Lake Louise to spend an evening at the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, known for its beauty, comfort, and Old World charm. Travel north on Icefields Parkway and savor stunning views of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glacier masses. Next: a highlight of your vacation—take a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Columbia IceField, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies.
Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada. For two nights, stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, set deep in the Canadian Rockies and the embodiment of peace, tranquility, and natural beauty. See Maligne Lake and enjoy a narrated cruise to Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy leisure time in Jasper, strolling through the pretty streets and relaxing at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge with its spectacular, outdoor adventure opportunities.
Finally, head to Banff and take in the natural beauty of Banff and Yoho National Parks. Spend two nights at the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a symbol of the Canadian Rockies with its championship golf course, world-class spa, and luxurious comfort in a pristine wilderness. Enjoy a sightseeing tour with a ride on the Banff gondola up Sulphur Mountain. You’ll also have time to explore Banff on your own. Your vacation in the Canadian Rockies ends back in Calgary.
Arrive in Calgary
Welcome to Calgary! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming Canadian Rockies adventure.
This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Calgary before heading to Lake Louise. Enjoy a leisurely guided walk along the lake and hear about the area’s first settlers, some of the unique characters, and the history of this incredible setting. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy a canoe excursion, stroll along the lake, or just relax at this historic Canadian resort.
Lake Louise-Columbia Icefield-Jasper
North on Icefields Parkway to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glaciers. We’ll stop at Peyto Lake, considered the best view in Canada and among the best in the world. Next, a trip highlight: the Columbia Icefield for a memorable ride on an ice explorer. Stand on 1,000 feet of ice and come face to face with the glaciers that feed into a Triple Continental Divide. On to Jasper National Park.
Jasper – Excursion to Maligne Lake
This morning, cruise on Maligne Lake. The balance of the day is at leisure, so enjoy your resort. Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, and Bing Crosby were known to play a round of golf on this scenic course—and you can, too. Treat yourself to a spa treatment, or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores.
Jasper-Yoho National Park-Banff
This morning we stop at thundering Athabasca Falls before continuing our sightseeing with visits to Banff and Yoho National Park. See the Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River and Emerald Lake. Arrive in Banff, with the balance of the day at leisure.
Enjoy sightseeing with a ride on the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain. Afterward, a scenic drive around Tunnel Mountain—watch for animals like elk and deer and unique landscape features like the Hoodoos and Bow River. Later, take advantage of an optional helicopter flightseeing trip with dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff or stroll the town’s colorful streets. This evening, enjoy a historic tour of your hotel followed by a wine tasting. Then, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner, the perfect finale for your vacation!
Your journey comes to a close today as you arrive at Calgary International Airport for your flight home. Flights should be scheduled after 1 pm.