Glacier National Park & Canadian Rockies

Trip Date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Monday, September 10, 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 & 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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