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Hiking Escapes Through the Rockies - Fly & Drive

 

Overview

Hotel description:

12 days / 11 nights

See more of majestic Alberta as you drive from Canmore to Jasper and take the time to get out and explore on your own and with carefully selected tours.

Age requirement: Guests must be at least 17 years old to participate in this tour.

Location

Canmore, Saskatchewan River Crossing, Jasper, Calgary

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flight to Calgary (if flight and tour option is selected)
  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • 12-day midsize car rental
  • 3 guided hikes
  • Rafting float trip in Athabasca River
  • Earn & Redeem Aeroplan Miles


Itinerary


Day 1        Arrive Canmore
On arrival at Calgary International Airport, pick up your rental car and head to the mountains! Canmore is about 125km away, 1.5hrs down the Trans-Canada Highway. Your base for the first 4 nights of the tour is in Canmore, at the gates of Banff National Park. Your accommodation will be a 1-Bedroom Suite with a fully-equipped kitchen, so you will have the option of cooking some of your own meals, and have plenty of space to relax. You have 2 excursions booked while staying here, and the freedom to explore on your own too.

Day 2        Glaciers, Lakes and Peaks of Lake Louise
A short 30-minute drive brings you to Banff, where you will meet your tour leader this morning. Discover the majestic mountain views and turquoise lakes of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with an active discovery tour of Banff National Park. Enjoy short guided hikes showcasing the best of the Canadian Rockies, a gondola ride to access breathtaking views, and a hot lunch. Your professional naturalist will give you a close-up look at nature in the mountains.

Meal(s): Lunch
Note: This tour operates daily and can take place on day 2 or 3 of the itinerary

Day 3        Wilderness and Nature in Kananaskis Valley
Today you will be picked up at your hotel and begin an amazing journey. Right next to Banff National Park sits provincially protected Kananaskis Country, a mountain area similar in size to Banff but wilder and less travelled. On this trip we leave early in the morning, and head south along a backcountry road into the Spray Valley, experiencing some off-the-beaten path and lesser known mountain locations. The mountain scenery of jagged peaks, lakes and glaciers provides a stunning backdrop to the wilder forests and streams found here. It‘s one of the best local areas for spotting moose, black and grizzly bears, and other wildlife. The highlight of the day's tour is reaching the summit of Highwood Pass at 2,200m or walking along the shore of Upper Kananaskis Lake. Experience the crisp alpine air, rich views and opportunities to spot wildlife typically found only here.

Meal(s): Lunch
Note: This tour operates on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday and can take place on day 2 or 3 of the itinerary

Day 4        Canmore
Take time to explore Canmore region on your own.

Days 5 & 6        Canmore - Saskatchewan River Crossing (160 km)
Head out from Canmore for a 2-hour drive climbing high into the Rocky Mountains, on the Icefield Parkway, equidistant between Banff and Jasper is The Crossing Resort. Within a 30-minute drive of The Crossing Resort are 14 of the most accessible and spectacular hikes along the Icefields Parkway for every skill level. The resort has knowledgeable staff and all of the information material you need to choose the best hike for you. Helicopter tours ($) are also available if you're interested in getting an aerial view of the mountains, 

Day 7        Saskatchewan River Crossing - Jasper (160 km)

Enjoy staying in a fully-equipped cabin in the Canadian Rockies for the next 4 nights. There are some local hiking trails nearby and Miette Hot Springs is a short drive down the road. There will also be a few day excursions arranged for you too.

Day 8        Maligne Valley  Sightseeing Tour
The Maligne Valley Sightseeing Tour is an amazing guided interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley.  Our exploration will include a stop at Maligne Canyon for a gentle guided walk to the first two bridges above the gorge, a short stop at the “disappearing” Medicine Lake, and finally  Maligne Lake. At this picturesque gem of the Canadian Rockies enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop (3.2km / 2mile – weather and trail conditions permitting). The Maligne Valley Tour is mainly a nature, scenic, and geological voyage but it is also an excellent opportunity to see some of Jasper's wildlife.

Note: This tour operates daily and can take place on day 8, 9 or 10 of the itinerary

Day 9        Athabasca Float Trip
Today you get a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. This 16km, float trip passes through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches. The guide will row the entire time and point out notes of history along the way, so you can sit back and enjoy a leisure exploration of Jasper. You may even see some wildlife!

Note: This tour operates daily and can take place on day 8, 9 or 10 of the itinerary

Day 10        Jasper
Take time to explore Jasper region on your own.

Day 11        Jasper - Calgary (500 km)
Take your time and make your way to Calgary for the last night of your adventure.

Day 12        Return home
Return your car rental to Calgary airport for your return 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.

3-Star and 4-Star Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Canmore: Grande Rockies Resort 4* or similar
  • Saskatchewan River Crossing: The Crossing Resort 3* or similar
  • Jasper: Pocahontas Cabins 3* or similar
  • Calgary: Acclaim Hotel 3* or similar


Room occupancy: Maximum 2 adults (17+)

 

Important notes

2018 Departure Dates
Daily from June 1 - September 21

2019 Departure Dates

Daily from June 1 - September 20

Age requirement: Guests must be at least 17 years old to participate in this tour.

Not included in this package

  • Meals, unless noted
  • Driver/tour director gratuities
  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenses and insurance

Car Rental


Inclusions: AVIS Mid-Size Category D (2 Door) or E (4 Door) for 12 Days. Time (24 hrs basis), Unlimited Kilometres, Loss Damage Waiver (LDW), CAD 1 Million Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage, One (1) Additional Driver, Provincial & Other Taxes, Airport Contract Fees and air conditioning on all vehicles equipped with air conditioning.

Exclusions: Fuel, Personal Accident Insurance Plus (PAI Plus) & Personal Effects Protection (PEP), Other optional services such as refueling charges, applicable one-way service fees, extra additional driver's fee, GPS, baby seats, ski racks, etc., Customer Convenience Fee at Calgary Airport: $6 per day; maximum 7 days charge plus applicable taxes/fees - payable at rental counter / subject to change, Montreal Tire Fee - Applicable Year-Round: $3.60 per day + applicable taxes/fees - payable at rental counter / subject to change, Extra Additional Drivers (third person & above): $10 per driver per day up to a maximum of $50 per driver per rental plus applicable taxes/fees - payable at rental counter, Anything not specifically noted above.

Minimum age for car rental is 21 with a prepaid voucher. A valid driver's license from country of origin must be presented at time of rental. All drivers under the age of 25 will be subject to a surcharge of CA$25.00 per day; subject to change. Certain car classes may not be available to drivers under age 25.