National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Highlights

Fun & Freedom in the Mountains

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

    $2,990 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    8 days

    7 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Calgary, Banff, Jasper
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.


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 01

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 2 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.

Dinner at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

(2 of 2 activities)

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

Overnight in Banff

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Banff Springs. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 02

Discover Banff National Park

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

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.

Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls

(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 E-Bike Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Cycle the Banff and Bow Valley area with ease on an E-Bike tour. This adventure will journey through the best of Banff and the surrounding area adjusting to the interests of the group and the weather.

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 03

Exploring Banff

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

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

(1 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.

Valley of the Ten Peaks & Larch Valley

(2 of 3 options)

Discover one of the classic hikes of the Banff area with a group and guide as you hike along a switchback trail dotted with lakes. Your guide will pick you up and bring you a packed lunch for this moderate-difficulty hike. Highlights include views of Pinnacle Mountain, Mt. Temple, Minnestimma Lakes, and Sentinel Pass. Distance: 9-10 kilometres (5.5-6.2 miles) Elevation gain of 535 metres (1,755 feet) Hiking time: 5-6 hours Rating: Moderate

Evening Nature Tour

(3 of 3 options)

As the sun sets behind the craggy peaks, your guide will lead a paved road bus tour to the hotspots where you are most likely to see Rocky Mountain creatures and take in the stunning scenery in the park. You’ll also learn about how the park protects these animals and their natural habitat from many threats to the ecosystem.

Day 04

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 full day 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 Columbia Icefield Skywalk (whether you look down or not is up to you)!

Overnight in Jasper

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 05

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 4 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.

Half Day Train and Sightseeing Tour

(2 of 4 options)

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rockies aboard VIA Rail'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.

Jasper Downtown Food Tour

(3 of 4 options)

Enjoy a short guided walk where you will visit four restaurants and taste four carefully handpicked dishes, each paired with an alcoholic beverage. Along the way you will learn about Jasper’s history.

Best Hike of the Day

(4 of 4 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.

Day 06

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.

Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise

(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 picturesque Spirit Island.

Athabasca River Scenic Rafting Float

(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 07

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 in a Superior level hotel, such as the Calgary Airport Marriott Hotel. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 08

Departure from Calgary

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


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 2 double beds, an armchair, desk area, , flat screen TV, and one large window.
Let's personalize this trip idea with your own flair so that it's unique to you.
We're always here to open up possibilities and clear up uncertainties.
We're with you every step to help you plan and enjoy your trip, and get you home safely.


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.


  • 7 hotel nights

Banff Activity Options:

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls
  2. Cowboy Cookout by Horseback
  3. Banff E-Bike Tour

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
  2. Evening Nature Tour
  3. Guided Day Hike from Banff

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 4:

  1. Pyramid Lake Guided Evening Canoe Paddle
  2. Best Hike of the Day
  3. Jasper Downtown Food Tour
  4. Half Day Train and Sightseeing Tour

Day 2 - Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Jasper Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
  2. Athabasca River Scenic Rafting Float
  3. Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Banff

Transfer Inclusions:

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

Other Inclusions:

  • Digital Travel 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:

  • All tours and activities are subject to availability. Some tours run on certain days of the week, or may run seasonally. Ask your Fresh Tracks Vacation Advisor for more help.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities for hotel, scheduled tours and transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended - Please ask for your personalized quote)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes


  • 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 Tour to Jasper: Departures in April, early May and late October may be substituted with a scheduled motorcoach transfer as the Ice Explorer and Skywalk activities may not be operating due to snow and unforeseen weather conditions not allowing it to open.
  • 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.


This trip is available for departures between May and October.

Starting From

$2,990 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2020 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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