Glacier National Park & Canadian Rockies

Trip Date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Trip Location: 
Calgary to Calgary

Day 1 Arrive in Calgary.

Take the free shuttle to our hotel, Homewood Suites by Hilton. Our group will meet in the lobby for a “Meet & Greet” dinner.

 

Day 2 Calgary to Glacier National Park  

We’ll board our mini-bus and head south for Glacier National Park with a stop at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Our guide will describe how this UNESCO World Heritage Site was used by Native people for close to 6,000 years. There is a short film, time to walk the grounds and visit the gift shop.

 

We’ll arrive in St. Mary, Mt. the eastern entrance to Glacier National Park and the border of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Our first stop will be the St. Mary’s Visitor Center. Their interactive displays will allow us to hear elk and wolves. The short video talks about the glaciers and the Blackfeet Tribe.

We’ll check-in to our lodge and take a nature walk led by one of the park rangers.

 

Day 3 Glacier National Park

No trip is complete without experiencing The Going-to-the-Sun Road. It takes us to the top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. We’ll stop and have a short walk with some narrated displays. We’ll continue down the west side of the park for a lunch stop at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge. We’ll climb aboard the historic vessel, DeSmet, for a narrated tour around the lake.

There will be time for an optional 2 – 3 mile hike on one of the trails near St. Mary’s

 

Day 4 Travel to Banff 

After breakfast we’ll make our way to Banff. We’ll make a couple stops along the way to stretch our legs and walk the dogs. After checking into our hotel in Banff, we’ll ride the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola.  Glide up over the treetops to the crest of a steep-sided Rocky Mountain peak and step out at 7,486 feet. The building at the top has interactive interpretive exhibits and a multi-sensory theatre.

 

Day 5 Jasper National Park

This morning we go to Jasper National Park to visit the Columbia Icefields. We ride onto the Athabasca Glacier in the all-terrain Ice Explorer – a massive vehicle specially designed for glacier travel. An experienced driver-guide will share a wealth of information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Our tour includes a walk on the ice to fill our water bottles with fresh glacier water. Then our guide leads us on the cliff edge boardwalk called the Sky Walk. Learn about how water shaped this landscape millions of years ago, the ancient sea creatures that once lived here and the way water flows from the Columbia Icefield to the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. 

 

 

Day 6 Banff National Park & Yoho National Park

We will stop along the Bow Valley Parkway for a short, .5 mile hike up Johnston Canyon. The trail veers out over the rushing water on catwalks bolted to the cliffs. Feel the spray on our faces, and percussive crash of exploding white water. Next we go to Lake Louise (an ideal lunch stop). After strolling along the lake, we travel to British Columbia and Yoho National Park over Kicking Horse Pass. The next stop is Takakkaw Falls, which has an easy paved walk way to the base of the falls where we will hear the roar and thunder. Finally, we’ll stroll along Emerald Lake, a perfect mountain lake before returning to Banff.

 

Day 7 Calgary

After returning to Calgary, we’ll take a tour going by the Calgary Stampede, the 1988 Winter Olympics Park and home of Northwest Mounted Police (precursor of the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police) at Fort Calgary. In the Interpretive Centre, they invite us to hear colourful stories of Calgary’s past. Try on an authentic RCMP uniform or attend one of our Indigenous programs.

 

We’ll also spend some time at Heritage Park Historical Village. It’s Canada’s largest living history museum, with hundreds of exhibits, shops, restaurants and daily demonstrations and activities to keep the young and the young-at-heart captivated in the past.

 

Day 8 Calgary

Check- out and take the shuttle to the airport for your trip home.

 

What’s Included:

7 nights accommodations

All activities as described

Breakfast daily and 2 dinners in Calgary.

Airport Shuttle

Private Bus and Driver

 

PRICES:

$3790. Double    $4590. Single

 

Please Note:

A $500 deposit per person is required to hold space; the balance will be due on June 1, 2018, fees are nonrefundable at this time.

Except where noted, prices are based on double occupancy and do not include airfare, alcoholic beverages, personal items or gratuities. Mind’s Eye Travel recommends trip insurance. 

Our trips are non-smoking and not combinable with any other offer.

 

Day 1

Arrive in Calgary.  Take the free shuttle to our hotel, Homewood Suites by Hilton. Our group will meet in the lobby for a “Meet & Greet” dinner.

 

Day 2 Calgary & Glacier National Park

This morning we board our bus for a short tour of Calgary.  We’ll head south for Glacier National Park with a stop at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was used by Native people for close to 6,000 years. Our guide will describe a way of life at the very place where hunters drove buffalo over the cliff. There is a short film, time to walk the grounds and visit the gift shop.

 

We’ll arrive in St. Mary, the eastern entrance to the park, later this afternoon and check-in to our lodge.

 

This evening, we’ll take a nature walk led by one of the park rangers.

 

Day 3 Glacier National Park

 

Going-to-the-Sun Road Tour

The journey starts on the rugged eastern slopes and follows the glacially carved valleys in the St. Mary region. Proceed into the heart of Glacier National Park on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and to the top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Continue down the west side of the park for a lunch stop at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.  

This afternoon, we’ll take a narrated cruise on Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park . Climb aboard the historic vessel, DeSmet, the flagship vessel in our wooden boat fleet from the shore below the Lake McDonald Lodge.

 

Day 4 Glacier National Park to Banff

On our way to Banff, our Columbia Icefields adventure begins with a ride onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in the all-terrain Ice Explorer – a massive vehicle specially designed for glacier travel. On this thrilling trip, an experienced driver-guide will share a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Our tour includes a stop along the glacier, where you can walk on the ice and fill your water bottle with fresh glacier water.

 

In the afternoon, we’ll arrive in Banff and check-in to our hotel.

 

Optional Gondola Ride, $50.

Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion during this round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

 

Day 5 Banff

This morning, we start a Mountain Lakes Tour. This fascinating tour focuses on the lakes, canyons and waterfalls for which Banff and Yoho National Parks are so well known. It winds along the picturesque Bow Valley Parkway with a short hike up Johnston Canyon where participants walk through a short cave to get close enough to feel the spray of a powerful waterfall. Continuing along the parkway, we wind our way to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise (an ideal lunch stop). From Lake Louise, we travel to British Columbia and Yoho National Park over the infamous Kicking Horse Pass. The next stop is Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest in Canada, where the melt water of the Daly Glacier thunders over a narrow lip. Finally, we visit Emerald Lake, a perfect mountain lake before returning to Banff.

 

Day 6 Calgary

Check-out this morning and return to Calgary and a visit to Heritage Park. When you have the choice of everything from a thundering steam train to antique midway rides to beautifully preserved heritage buildings and homesteads, deciding what to do first isn’t easy. Heritage Park is Canada’s largest living history museum, with hundreds of exhibits, rides, shops, restaurants and daily demonstrations and activities to keep the young and the young-at-heart captivated in the past.

 

We’ll pick a fun place to have our Farewell Dinner.

 

Day 7 Calgary

Check- out and take the shuttle to the airport.

 

What’s Included:

Accommodations

All activities as described

Breakfast and dinner daily

Airport Shuttle

Private Bus and Driver

 

PRICES:

$3790. Double    $4590. Single

 

Please Note:

A $500 deposit per person is required to hold space; the balance will be due on June 1, 2018, fees are nonrefundable at this time.

Except where noted, prices are based on double occupancy and do not include airfare, alcoholic beverages, personal items or gratuities. Mind’s Eye Travel recommends trip insurance. 

Our trips are non-smoking and not combinable with any other offer.

 

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