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Length:  11 days from Calgary to Calgary

2017 Season Departs From:  Calgary


Overview

This Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park tour delivers the pristine wilderness of several national parks and the soaring beauty of the Rockies on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border. In Canada, overnight in Waterton Lakes National Park, with its rugged mountains and beautiful water. Visit the historic mining town of Fort Steele, Kootenay National Park, and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.

Also in Canada, stay two nights in both Banff and Jasper National Parks. In Banff, enjoy a ride on the Banff gondola up Sulphur Mountain and leisure time to explore on your own. As you head to Jasper National Park, stop for a memorable ride aboard an Ice Explorer at the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield. In Jasper National Park, journey to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, and take a cruise to Spirit Island. Also visit gorgeous Lake Louise, another highlight of your vacation.

In Montana, visit stunning Glacier National Park, where you’ll enjoy a thrilling drive on the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard a famous, vintage red “Jammer" bus. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of North America’s most spectacular drives. It crosses 6,664-foot-high Logan Pass and offers alpine scenery where jagged mountain peaks, deep green forests, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape. A breathtaking experience indeed!

On this Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park tour, TravelToe has also arranged special experiences for you. In Glacier National Park, enjoy a made-from-scratch piece of huckleberry pie or ice cream. Or how about entertainment by a local cowboy poet in Calgary? The region’s Western heritage comes alive through the cowboy poet’s stories and songs. You’ll also have two days admission to the Calgary Stampede with its chuckwagon races, outdoor stage show, and rodeo.

From the stunning scenery to the fun experiences, this Canadian Rockies vacation has it all!

Duration:  11 Days

Schedule:   

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City Highlights

CALGARY
Orientation tour; [LF] farewell dinner with cowboy poet

HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Travel along Going-to-the-Sun Road in Red Jammers; [LF] sample made-from-scratch huckleberry pie or ice cream

FORT STEELE
Visit the restored town

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Gondola ride to the top of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain; sightseeing

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Cruise Maligne Lake and [LF] enjoy a lakeside dinner with incredible views

LAKE LOUISE
Visit the lake

CALGARY STAMPEDE
2-day Admission to Stampede grounds, visit authentic First Nations Village, reserved seats for Chuckwagon Races, Outdoor Stage Show, Rodeo, and Souvenir Program





Day 1   Arrive in Calgary. Welcome to Calgary! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2   Calgary–Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump–Waterton Lakes National Park. Before departing Calgary, enjoy an orientation tour of the city’s highlights. Travel south along the Macleod Trail. Just outside the town of Fort Macleod, visit HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, on to scenic WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK with a photo stop at Cameron Falls. (B)

Day 3   Waterton Lakes National Park–Glacier National Park–Going-to-the-Sun Road–Whitefish. Enter Montana through Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and behold the awesome snowcapped peaks of GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. A highlight awaits you as you board the famous vintage red “JAMMER BUSES” that will take you along one of North America’s most spectacular highways: Going-to-the-Sun Road. After crossing 6,664-foot-high Logan Pass, enter a geographical wonderland of alpine scenery where jagged mountain peaks, deep-green forests, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape. Before arriving at your resort, enjoy a made-from-scratch piece of [LF] HUCKLEBERRY PIE or ICE CREAM—a delicious treat to end your day. (B,D)

Day 4   Whitefish–Fort Steele–Kootenay National Park–Banff. Re-enter Canada today, with a stop in British Columbia before crossing into Alberta. Visit the restored town of FORT STEELE, where fortunes were made during the Kootenay Gold Rush. Next, drive through the steep red cliffs of Sinclair Canyon and KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK before entering BANFF NATIONAL PARK, the heart of the Canadian Rockies. (B)

Day 5   Banff. This morning, take a scenic ride on the BANFF GONDOLA to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy the spectacular views of the valley below. Additional morning sightseeing includes stops at Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure, or maybe join an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for unsurpassed views of the Rockies. (B)

Day 6   Banff–Columbia Icefield–Jasper. Follow breathtaking Icefields Parkway today and head for JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake. Then, climb to Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glacier masses. Next is the highlight of the day: stop at the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a memorable ride aboard an ICE EXPLORER. There’s time this afternoon for an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. (B)

Day 7   Jasper. Excursion to Maligne Lake. The morning is at leisure. Optional activities include hiking, canoeing, and strolling the streets of Jasper. Maybe take an optional nature walk to learn about glacier formations found in the area. This afternoon, journey to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE of the glacial lake and Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a [LF] lakeside dinner with incredible views and local fare including famous Alberta beef. (B,D)

Day 8   Jasper–Lake Louise–Calgary. This morning, visit Athabasca Falls and then retrace the route south along Icefields Parkway. One more highlight saved for the last day of your vacation: a visit to famous LAKE LOUISE. Continue to Calgary, where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Over dessert, be entertained by a local [LF] COWBOY POET who will bring the region’s Western heritage to life through stories and songs. (B,D)

Day 9   Calgary. Today, explore the CALGARY STAMPEDE grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park and enter a world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian village, or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping CHUCKWAGON RACES in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. Afterward, get ready for a gigantic OUTDOOR STAGE SHOW featuring hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians who dazzle you in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular. (B)

Day 10   Calgary. Explore the stampede grounds at your leisure. Maybe visit Rope Square with its variety of Western entertainment and fun. This afternoon, see the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class RODEO action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! Take home an included SOUVENIR PROGRAM to remind you of your time in Calgary. (B)

Day 11   Calgary. The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Calgary International Airport. (B)

Meals:  Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Calgary

Transportation

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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