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Best of Banff and Jasper - Camping Trips

 

Overview

Hotel description:

9 days | 8 nights

Set off from Calgary and spend a week in the great outdoors. Discover the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks as your knowledgeable and skilled guide leads you on hikes to picture-perfect vistas, alpine meadows, and lakes. See the incredible glaciers at the Columbia Icefields and marvel at this country’s natural wonders.

If you’re looking for a trip where someone takes care of the details while you get to focus on the fun, then a Guided Tour is the perfect option for you. All of the flights, meals, activities, and accommodations are booked and prepared in advance, which means all you have to do is explore, discover, and have the time of your life.

Location

Calgary, Banff and Jasper

 

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Calgary (if flight and tour option is chosen)
  • 8 nights of accommodation (2 nights in a hotel and 6 nights of camping)
  • Spacious 2-person tent with hard-foam mattress, camping gear (except sleeping bag), cooking and eating utensils, camping fees
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout
  • All meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 8
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles

Itinerary


Day 1        Fly to Calgary
Fly to Calgary and make your way to your hotel.

Day 2        Calgary - Banff
Meet your guide and transfer to Banff National Park where you pitch your tent for the next two days. Enjoy your first hike along the shores of Minnewanka Lake.

Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours
Meal(s): Lunch and dinner

Day 3        Banff National Park
A full-day hike takes you above the tree line to alpine meadows and lakes. On a full day hike you explore passes above the tree line and alpine meadows. For example 7.5 km with 725 m gain (4.6 mi, 2414 ft) to a small lake and possibly 2 km further into the pass at 2470 m (8225 ft). In the evening, enjoy a campfire or head into town for Banff’s many restaurants and shops.

Hiking time 5 to 7 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4        Yoho National Park
Picture perfect Lake Louise is your first stop today before a steep path of 7.5 km with 600 m gain to a viewpoint. Set up camp under the pines of Yoho National Park before you visit Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnels and other attractions.

Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5        Yoho National Park
Take an optional white water rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. Or follow your guide along an 18 km circuit through two flower decorated passes at 1,830 m and 2,180 m and spectacular views of Emerald Lake.

Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6        Jasper National Park
Enjoy frequent stops and short excursions along the Icefields Parkway. At the Columbia Icefields huge glaciers spawn rivers. Saskatchewan Glacier is best viewed from far above after hiking 2.5 km to a windy ridge at 2,260 m. Camp for the next two days is near the little holiday town of Jasper.

Hiking time: 2 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7        Jasper National Park
A day full of possibilities. You could swim and picnic at Pyramid Lake, mountain bike, try canoeing and more. Or join the guide for a trip to Maligne Lake and an 8 km hike with 460 m gain into the hills above tree line at 2,150 m elevation and possibly all the way to a 2790 m (9290 ft) peak overlooking this beautiful lake.

Hiking time: 2 to 6 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8        Jasper National Park to Calgary
Your final hike is an 11 km loop with 335 m gain through Wilcox Pass at 2,375 m with views of the glaciers and surrounding ranges. After lunch, transfer to Calgary.

Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours
Meal(s): Breakfast and lunch

Day 9        Fly home
Make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Standard Room

Guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the guided tour.

The cities and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Calgary Day 1 & Day 8: Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport hotel or similar
  • Days 2 - 7: Spacious two-person tent

Room occupancy: Maximum 2 persons




Important notes

2018 Departure Dates
June 3, 10, 17 & 24
July 1, 8, 15 & 22
August 5, 12 & 26
September 2

2019 Departure Dates (please note flights are available for sale 350 days prior)
June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
July 7, 14, 21 & 28
August 4, 11, 18 & 25
September 1

Exclusions:

  • Transfers between the airport and hotel (accommodation will be at airport hotel)
  • Gratuities for the driver(s) or tour director
  • Sleeping bag, personal equipment, and light day pack
  • Optional tours that can be purchased on site: Miette Hot Springs, White water rafting, Mailgne lake boat Cruise, Trail Riding