Day 1: Calgary
Begin your discovery journey of the Canadian Rockies as you arrive in Calgary, an alluring and magnetic city fixed on the banks of the Bow River. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at the exclusive Char Cut Roast House. Over good food and company get ready for this exciting trip of a lifetime. Your home is located amid historic buildings and along the vibrant Stephen Avenue Walkway, known for some of Calgary’s finest eclectic mix of boutiques, shops, restaurants and bars.
Day 2: Banff National Park
Get ready for a picturesque drive to Banff, starting your day with a visit to Canada Olympic Park – the top of the tallest ski jump overlooking the city of Calgary. En route to Banff soak in vistas of expansive farm land and cattle ranching as the prairies turn to peaks. Nestled in the heart of the park, the town of Banff provides access to unspoiled wilderness and modern amenities. Explore the bustling downtown while you enjoy lunch on your own. You may choose to walk along the Bow River pathways and picnic with a resident elk. In the afternoon, catch the eight-minute Banff Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for an unsurpassed panoramic perspective. At an elevation of almost 7,500 feet, the mountain provides 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks, Lake Minnewanka and the Bow Valley. Later, soak in the sites as you explore Bow Falls, The Hoodoos and Surprise Corner. Tonight, view the Cave and Basin World Heritage Site by lantern and learn how the Canadian National Parks system was founded. Your home is a beautiful mountain lodge. Enjoy dinner at the steakhouse, one of Alberta’s best.
Day 3: Banff National Park
Wake up to spectacular views of Cascade Mountain as you tour Lake Minnewanka where elk, deer and big horn sheep make their daily rounds. Continue down the historic 1a highway to Johnston Canyon. Wander past waterfalls tumbling from sheer rock cliffs and experience some of the freshest air on Earth. Back in Banff, join a Historic Banff walk private guided tour and visit Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
Day 4: Lake Louise
Nothing can prepare you for your first look at Lake Louise or its neighbor Moraine Lake. The turquoise waters of these lakes draw their color from “rock flour” comprised of fine particles of glacial sediment suspended in the water, reflecting blue and green wavelengths of light. Walk to the top of a rock pile at Moraine Lake to listen to the hush of the backcountry air. At Mt. Whitehorn, the site of the Lake Louise Ski hill, enjoy lunch in the Lodge of The Ten Peaks and a gondola ride up the mountain for a panoramic view.
Day 5: Jasper
Travel along one of the 10 most scenic drives in the world, the Icefield Parkway, on your way to Jasper. Everywhere you look there are snow-covered mountain peaks and with over 100 glaciers to see along the roadway you will be amazed at the glacial formations that carved the valleys of Alberta. Stop at sights like Crowfoot Glacier, Bow and Peyto Lake as you make your way towards The Athabasca Glacier. Here, walk upon this 17,000-year-old glacier by embarking on the Ice Explorer bus. Sample ancient glacial water as it is expelled from the glacier and stand on ice that is as thick as the Eiffel Tower is tall. As you travel along the parkway search for bear, elk, moose and mountain goats amongst towering waterfalls and rock formations. Your exceptional hotel is located right in Jasper and offers all comforts and amenities.
Day 6: Jasper
Discover the Maligne Valley as you drive past Medicine Lake, and enjoy a 90-minute interpreted boat cruise on Lake Maligne. The drive through Maligne Valley takes you to Maligne Canyon to marvel at the power of water as it carved its way through the limestone structures. Enjoy lunch on your own in the heart of Jasper town and explore this quaint mountain town where locals will make you feel like family. In the afternoon, a gentle float down the Athabasca River, guided by a local, is the best way to experience the river which is fed by the glacier you walked on only a day prior. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, especially Osprey hunting for their day’s meal.
Day 7: Edmonton/Return Home
It’s sadly time to say goodbye to this stunning part of the world as you head to Edmonton to board your flight home.