National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Highlights

Fun & Freedom In The Mountains – And All The Details Taken Care Of

Explore the best of the Canadian Rockies National Parks on a week-long independent vacation. See Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper National Parks, whilst enjoying your choice of guided activities. Everything is pre-planned, including transfers, the best Canadian Rockies hotels, and unique tours. Choose from sightseeing, wildlife viewing, train experiences, guided hikes, and more.

  • Starting From

    $2,690 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    8 days

    7 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Calgary, Banff, Jasper
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP
Aerial view of turquoise lake surrounded by forests and expansive mountain range.

The Breathtaking Beauty of the Canadian Rockies


A guest once told us: ‘when I was 16 years-old my parents took me on a road trip to the Canadian Rockies from our home in Brooklyn, New York, and it changed my life. I thought the mountains were the most beautiful thing I had ever seen…. That trip was why I became an environmentalist.”

Need we say more?

3 passengers on a sidecar motorcycle, cruising down a highway towards a large mountain range. One passenger has arms in the air.

Daily Options for Every Age, Taste & Ability


Make this trip your own by selecting from more than 12 different activity options – and if what you see is not exactly what you have in mind, just give us a call and our friendly Canadian insiders will help you fulfill your dreams.

Couple standing in an outdoor pool with mist rising off the water and snow-capped trees in the background.

Time to Relax & Explore On Your Own


We’ve been doing this for a long time (since 1992) and we know that not everyone wants to cram as much in as they can – some people like to go deeper and get to know a place better and take their time. So we have built some of that into the itinerary shown – and we can add much more if you call and ask.

YOUR TRIP DAY-BY-DAY

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 1 View Map

Arrive in Calgary

Welcome to Calgary! Upon arrival, meet your transfer at the Calgary International Airport and travel through the Canadian Rockies to Banff.

Private Transfer to Banff

(1 of 1 activities)

A private transfer is well worth it – saving both time and hassle. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as you travel to Banff.

Executive 3-course dinner at the Keg

(1 of 3 options)

This evening we've booked a delicious three course dinner at the Keg Steakhouse & Bar in downtown Banff.

3 Course Dinner FIT Menu at Primrose Dining Room

(2 of 3 options)

This evening we’ve made reservations for you at the luxurious Primrose Dining Room at the Rimrock Resort Hotel. The Rocky Mountain Italian inspired dinner menu will be savored alongside the magnificent views that accompany every table. While enjoying the view through floor to ceiling windows, and admiring the beautiful floral paintings of renowned French artist of the millennium Michel Henry that adorn the walls, we are confident that you will have a memorable evening.

Dinner at the Banff Springs Hotel

(3 of 3 options)

The Fairmont Banff Springs offers a world-class selection of restaurants, featuring gourmet fare. We'll book your dinner based on your favorite style of cuisine, at your preferred time.

Overnight in Banff

Overnight at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Canada's ‘castle in the Rockies’. Just a short stroll from the town, the hotel features superbly appointed rooms and attentive personalized service. With a variety of on-site restaurants and bars, an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, spa and salon, the resort offers year round activities from golf to unparalleled skiing.

Day 2 View Map

Discover Banff National Park

Explore the beauty of Banff on your Canadian Rocky Mountain vacation.

Insider Tip

There is so much to see and do in Banff that many guests wish they could stay longer. Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding more nights in the Rockies to explore Banff and try activities such as a sunrise photography tour with an experienced photographer.

Grizzly Bear and Nature Tour

(1 of 3 options)

See an orphaned grizzly bear named Boo in his mountainside habitat. Next, enjoy a spectacular gondola ride for a meal at the top of Kicking Horse Mountain. Stops also include beautiful Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls and Spiral Railway Tunnels in Yoho National Park.

Banff National Park Guided Hike

(2 of 3 options)

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies is one of the best ways to explore the natural landscape and beauty of Banff National Park! Enjoy hiking with a professional guide and small group as you take in the views and enjoy an alpine lunch together.

Cowboy Cookout by Horseback

(3 of 3 options)

Enjoy the fresh mountain air and real cowboy hospitality, with a morning horseback ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a freshly prepared BBQ served up at the 3 Mile Cabin by the Sundance Canyon Trail.

Day 3 View Map

Exploring Banff

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Canadian Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Explore Kananaskis and Spray valleys with an expert naturalist. These are outstandingly beautiful areas of jagged peaks, alpine meadows, lakes and glaciers – home to moose, grizzly bears and many other species.

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

(2 of 3 options)

On a guided sightseeing tour, stroll the shoreline at Lake Louise, and snap photos of the Valley Of The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake.

Banff Sightseeing Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Enjoy a small group tour by bus to discover Banff’s unique heritage and stunning backdrop. Take in the sights, snap photos, and enjoy short walks to view points with your guide.

Day 4 View Map

Travel the Icefields Parkway

Start your full day tour this morning as you travel the Icefields Parkway with a small group and guide through the natural splendour of Banff and Jasper National Park.

Icefields Parkway Tour to Jasper

(1 of 1 activities)

On today's sightseeing tour, you’ll explore the Icefields Parkway in all its glory. You’ll walk on the Athabasca Glacier, stop for lunch, and step bravely out onto the Glacier Skywalk (whether you look down or not is up to you)!

Overnight in Jasper

Overnight at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Nestled in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort is surrounded by stunning mountains and wildlife seven kilometres (4.3 miles) from the Jasper townsite. The main lodge accompanies 56 adjacent cedar chalets and luxury signature cabins, connected by picturesque paths. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge features a heated outdoor pool, a world-class golf course, health club and spa, as well as several gourmet restaurants.

Day 5 View Map

Explore Jasper

Jasper is a great base to explore Jasper National Park – the largest in the Canadian Rockies. Jasper is the gentle giant of the Rockies and this small mountain town offers visitors a more laid-back mountain experience - with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation.

Pyramid Lake Guided Evening Canoe Paddle

(1 of 3 options)

An evening on a mountain lake is breathtaking – the call of a loon, a beaver gliding though the water, or perhaps a moose grazing on the shore. Paddle with a guide across the lake, in a large canoe for a peaceful way to end your day.

Best Hike of the Day in Jasper

(2 of 3 options)

Enjoy a professionally guided hike in Jasper National Park. Hike at a leisurely pace to take in the incredible scenery. Depending on the day you may be strolling through wildflowers, gazing at the glaciers above, taking in the stunning colours of the mountain lakes and seeing wildlife! Enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own) surrounded by spectacular views and crisp fresh mountain air.

Half Day Train & Sightseeing Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Ride the Steel Rails! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rockies aboard VIA's Skeena Train. Experience both the train and a small personalized sightseeing tour all in the same afternoon. Travel the shores of the mighty Fraser River to the historic Dunster Station and into British Columbia's stunning Robson Valley.

Day 6 View Map

Explore Jasper National Park

Take today to get out and explore what beauty and amazing scenery lies just outside of Jasper.

Jasper Skytram with Shuttle from Downtown Hotel

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy a ride on the longest and highest aerial tramway in the Rockies! You'll see unprecedented views from the interpretive boardwalks at an elevation of 7,500 feet or venture out onto the Summit Trail to explore the unique alpine plants and wildlife at an elevation of 8,100 feet above sea level!

Jasper Motorcycle Sidecar Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Jasper's alpine passes and winding mountain roads, on a professionally-driven Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar.

Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake

(2 of 3 options)

Watch for antlers peeking through the trees on this small-group mini-bus tour to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and - by boat - to mystical Spirit Island.

Athabasca River Scenic Raft Float Trip

(3 of 3 options)

This fun and easy scenic float trip travels down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A Jasper National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating along the same route used by the fur traders over 2 centuries ago.

Day 7 View Map

Jasper to Calgary

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful vistas as you make your way out of the rugged Rocky Mountains and back to Calgary.

Private Transfer from Jasper to Calgary Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

You will be met by a guide from Sundog Tours for your private transfer from Jasper to the Calgary Airport. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you make your way along the Icefield Parkway and out of the Rockies.

Overnight at the Calgary Airport

Overnight at the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel. This hotel is conveniently located with direct access to the Airport's international terminal. With breathtaking views and modern luxury, amenities include an indoor pool, fitness centre, and onsite restaurant and bar. The vibrant downtown is only a short drive away, as are attractions.

Day 8 View Map

Departure from Calgary

Depart Calgary today on your flight home, with fond memories made of your Canadian Rocky Mountain vacation.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Hotel room featuring a king size bed, sitting area with 2 armchairs, a dresser, flat screen TV and a large window with mountain views.
Hotel room featuring a king size bed, sitting area with 2 armchairs, desk space, and a large window with mountain views.Hotel bathroom featuring a single sink with extended counter top, a large mirror, toilet, a bath/shower combo, and white towels.
Hotel room featuring 2 queen size beds, an armchair, desk area, dresser, flat screen TV, and one large window.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink with extended counter space, large mirror, toilet, and glass-panelled shower.
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We're with you every step to help you plan and enjoy your trip, and get you home safely.

HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


Accommodations:

  • 7 hotel nights

Banff Activity Options:

Day 1 - Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls
  2. Banff National Park Guided Hike
  3. Cowboy Cookout Horse Ride

Day 2 - Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
  2. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
  3. Banff Sightseeing Tour

Icefield Parkway Activity (between Banff and Jasper):

  • Sightseeing Tour from Banff to Jasper (includes box lunch, and admissions to Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk)

Jasper Activities Included:

  • Jasper Skytram Admission and Shuttle

Jasper Activity Options:

Day 1 - Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Evening Canoe Paddle
  2. Best Hike of the Day in Jasper
  3. Half Day Train and Sightseeing Tour

Day 2 - Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
  2. Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
  3. Scenic Float Trip on the Athabasca River

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Banff

Transfer Inclusions:*

  • Transportation between Calgary Airport and Banff
  • Transportation between Jasper and Calgary Airport

Other Inclusions:

  • Documentation package
  • Gratuities for some private tour and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

*Inclusion Notes:

  • Deluxe level includes a personal chauffeured transfer service between Calgary airport and Banff and Jasper and Calgary airport. Superior and Comfort levels include a scheduled bus transfer.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour is available for May 31 to September 29 trip departures.
  • Banff National Park Guided Hike has a minimum age of 13.
  • Cowboy Cookout Horse Ride is available until the September 21, 2019 departure date. This activity has a maximum weight restriction of 250lbs per rider and a minimum age of 13. Ask your agent about the wagon ride alternative.
  • The Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour operates on Sunday, Tuesday and Fridays. Have your agent plan your trip start date accordingly if you wish to participate in this activity.
  • The Half Day Train & Sightseeing Tour in Jasper operates on Sunday, Wednesday and Fridays. Have your agent plan your trip start date accordingly if you wish to participate in this activity.
  • Maligne Lake Cruise is available for late May to early October trip departures; weather conditions may cause season delays out of our control. A walking excursion will replace the cruise when it is unavailable.
  • The Best Hike of the Day in Jasper is available for mid-June to late September trip departures; weather conditions may cause season delays out of our control.
  • The Scenic Jasper Float Trip on the Athabasca river is available until the Oct 1 departure (weather dependent).

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour: Tour only operates Sunday, Tuesday, Friday from June 1 to October 15 as walking trails are not open in early or late season due to not having optimal trail conditions.
  • Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake sightseeing tour – Moraine Lake is closed and not included in this tour each year from early October to late May due to avalanche risk. Alternative stops and locations included when Moraine Lake is closed.
  • Icefields Parkway Sightseeing tour runs from early May to mid October. Motorcoach transfer will be substituted in the early and late seasons.
  • Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake - Operates from late May to early October. Weather conditions may cause season delays on early and late season departures. A walking tour will be offered when the lake cruise is unavailable.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
  • Gratuities for hotel, scheduled tours and transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended and don't hesitate to ask!)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between May and October.

Starting From

$2,690 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2019 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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