Canadian Rockies 2023
June 5 - 14, 2022
Canadian Rockies 2023
June 5 - 14
Over 10 days, we explore the heart of Alberta, the most beautiful province of all in Canada. Known for the mountains, especially Banff National Park, which is part of the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. See historic cities that cradles Alberta: Calgary & Edmonton. Get lost in the world’s largest shopping mall, West Edmonton Mall. Plenty viewings of wildlife, lakes and mountains, including short walking trails. Return home with an unforgettable memory and you’ll want to return to Canada again!
Per person, double occupancy.
VIEW UNIQUE LANDSCAPES
No better place to have access to mountainous terrain, packed with spectacularly scenic valleys, peaks, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers. Did you know that Banff was a UNESCO site?
WALK INTO HISTORY
Home to the several First Nations with rich trading histories from lumber to cattle to fisheries and more. Visit living museums to go back in time and appreciate the beginning of civilization.
JUMP INTO ADVENTURE
Go canoeing on pristine lake with a backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. Ride the cable car to atop of the mountain. Walk the Beaver Broadwalk to catch sights of beavers at work.
GET CLOSE TO WILDLIFE
Can you spot a moose? How about an elk? A brown bear? A mountain goat? An eagle? Get your camera ready for images to share to your friends and families.
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
DAY 1 • • • Arrival into Calgary aka “Cowtown” due to its cattle industry. Your guide will meet you at the airport, and transfer you to hotel. Free time. Stroll around in the heart of downtown to see outdoor sights like the drop-dead gorgeous public library. Welcome dinner. Stay in Calgary for 2 nights.
DAY 2 • • • A whole day exploring the sights and learning the history around Calgary: Stevens Avenue, Calgary Tower, Heritage Park, Eau Claire Market, Peace Bridge, Kensington Village and Fort Calgary.
DAY 3 • • • Rise up and get on the famous Highway 1, the gateway to the Canadian Rockies! Head to the town, Banff and start exploring. Go up to the top by gondola and enjoy the panorama view of the Rockies. Dare to walk the Skywalk. Check out two cool stations – Meteorological and Cosmic Ray. Return to the bottom and go and see the pretty Bows Falls. Nearby, a tour inside the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Return to town for the evening. Optional: you can take a dip in the Upper Hot Springs Pool before it closes at 10pm. Stay 2 nights in Banff.
DAY 4 • • • With a good cup of coffee, we head out to see Vermillion Lakes briefly in the morning when the water is calm. Then go to Lake Minnewanka. You have several choices – take 1.5 hours cruise to see vantage points of the mountains, kayak on the lake on your own and/or sit down and chill with a beer or so. Have lunch. After feeling refreshed, we head to an adorable town, Canmore, for the rest of the day. Free time. There’s a neat 2 miles long walking trail with view of the mountains, if desired. Return to Banff. Optional: you can take a dip in the Upper Hot Springs Pool before it closes at 10pm.
DAY 5 • • • Again, rise up early but stock up with drinks and snacks for a whole day on the famous scenic drive on the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper with plenty of quick stops for photo ops. First stop is at Lake Louise, a pristine turquoise colorful lake, thanks to its glacier water. Enjoy the Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park as well as check out the Fairmont Chateau. Continue and stop by Peyto Lake briefly with a short trek. Before arriving in Jasper, we stop by Columbia Icefield Discovery Center to understand all about icefields. Arrive in Jasper by evening and free time afterwards. Stay 2 nights in Jasper.
DAY 6 • • • Put on your good hiking shoes/boots for a whole day exploring Jasper National Park. There’s plenty to see – visitor’s center, walking trails, short walk to Maligne Canyon, rent a canoe (if desired), ride in a tram up to Whistlers Mountain, observe wildlife and more! Return to Jasper. Free time.
DAY 7 • • • Say goodbye to the Rockies as we head for Edmonton. Stop by Hinton and walk on a two mile broadwalk to see, with luck, the Canada’s National Animal, beavers! After lunch, arrive in Jasper and check in hotel. Stretch your legs before strolling and/or shopping at the largest mall in North America, West Edmonton Mall. Free time afterwards. Stay 2 nights in Edmonton.
DAY 8 • • • A relaxing day of exploring Edmonton. See sights such as: Ft. Edmonton Park, Alberta Legislature grounds, Beaux-Arts buildings, Borealis Gallery, watch 4-D interpretive video, ride on a vintage streetcar, explore Strathcona area, City Hall and more. Have dinner at Craft Beer Market, home to 100 Canadian microbrews.
DAY 9 • • • After a hearty breakfast, head to Elk Island National Park for wildlife viewing: elks, bison, deers, and more. Nearby, a quick stopover at this unique Ukrainian Cultural Center where Ukrainians settled from 1890 to 1930. Finally, we depart from Edmonton to Calgary with a few fun stops, especially two world’s largest fishing lures and bucking bronco. Arrive in Calgary by early evening. Check-in hotel and have a farewell dinner at a nice restaurant.
DAY 10 • • • Transfer to Calgary airport for your flight destination at any time.