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9 Day National Parks of Canada with Lake Louise 2018

9 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Canada
Arrive in Edmonton, the capital of Canada's Alberta Province that originated as a fur trading post. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city’s museums, visit the famous Farmer's Market in Old Strathcona and discover the city’s trendy restaurant scene. Time to settle in before tonight’s briefing by your Tour Manager on the adventure in the Canada that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink together. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at your destination no later than 5 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.

DAY 2, Sunday - Elk Island National Park, Ukrainian Village 
Begin the day viewing the extraordinary wildlife at Elk Island National Park, founded in 1906 as a wildlife refuge for preservation of elk herds in the area and influential in re-establishing the bison population in Western Canada and the U.S. Today, the Park is a sanctuary for bison, moose, elk, beaver and other small animals and home to over 250 species of birds. Afterward, on to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, an open-air museum where costumed performers recreate the life of early Ukrainian pioneers that settled here in the late 1800s. Step back in time to hear stories about the settlement of these pioneers and tour the restored structures including a schoolhouse, grain elevator, and blacksmith shop. Savor a delectable lunch of Ukrainian favorites with time to explore on your own before returning to Edmonton. In the evening, enjoy a drink with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager. (
Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 3, Monday - Depart for Jasper
This morning, depart Alberta’s provincial capital. Travel along the scenic roads to Jasper, a laid-back alpine community with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and sparkling blue lakes. Enjoy leisure time and lunch on your own in the downtown Jasper area before a drive to the Pyramid Lakes area of Jasper National Park to see Pyramid Mountain, one of Jasper's most photogenic sights. Tonight, have dinner together in Jasper. (
Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4, Tuesday - Jasper National Park, Spirit Island Cruise, Maligne Canyon
Drive amidst stunning vistas of deep green forests, snow covered mountains and towering peaks to glorious Jasper National Park, known for its abundant wildlife. Arrive at Maligne Lake, nestled in a ring of towering mountains, the largest glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Here, board a boat to magical Spirit Island, the iconic crown jewel of Jasper National Park. At pine tree covered Spirit Island, a chance to take photos before returning to shore. Then, on to majestic Maligne Canyon to learn about the unique features of this underground system. Time to walk along the canyon's trails with breathtaking views of waterfalls and unusual rock formations. Return to Jasper for an afternoon at leisure, or, participate in the optional Jasper Float Tour that retraces the route of the early explorers along the Athabasca River. (Breakfast)

Optional: Jasper Float Tour


DAY 5, Wednesday - Athabasca Falls, Glacier Skywalk & Adventure, Lake Louise
Traveling on the dramatic Icefields Parkway, enjoy astonishing views of glaciers, rocky peaks, waterfalls, and snowfields at every turn. Arrive at Athabasca Falls flowing from the Columbia Icefields, the most photogenic waterfall in Canada. Next, a thrilling excursion on the Ice Explorer onto the surface of the massive Athabasca Glacier. In this breathtaking mountain setting, stop along the glacier and walk on the ice. Continue to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center for lunch on your own, with time to view informative exhibits about glaciers and the striking geological features of this area. Afterward, get ready for an extraordinary experience -- walk on the magnificent cliff-edge Glacier Skywalk viewing exquisite panoramas from a clear glass platform nearly 900 feet high. Looking down, see hints of life from thousands of years ago along with rushing waterfalls and glacier vistas. Continue on to Lake Louise located in historic Banff National Park. Evening is at leisure. (
Breakfast)

DAY 6, Thursday - Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Travel to Banff
A day filled with unmatched beauty as you travel to Moraine Lake with its indigo blue waters surrounded by the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This glacier-fed lake reflects the remarkable beauty of one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada. Continue to crystal-clear Lake Louise. Linger and enjoy the serenity before continuing to the town of Banff at the base of the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies, in the heart of Banff National Park. Enjoy leisure time to wander along the main streets. Tonight, independently discover Banff’s diverse dining scene. (
Breakfast)

DAY 7, Friday - Banff National Park
Begin the day in the scenic Johnston Canyon. Enjoy some time to see the waterfalls before continuing on the Bow Valley Parkway to wondrous Banff National Park. Nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies, the snow-capped vistas, crystal glaciers and sweeping panoramas are just one part of the astonishing allure of Banff. Continue along the shores of Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka, "Water of the Spirits", a gorgeous glacial lake in the eastern area of Banff where First Nations people inhabited the area around 10,000 years ago. This evening, perhaps join the optional Cowboy Cookout. Enjoy a leisurely covered wagon ride to the BBQ site located near the Sundance Canyon trail followed by some western activities and a hearty dinner. (Breakfast)

Optional: Cowboy Cookout


DAY 8, Saturday - Cave & Basin National Historic Site, Travel to Calgary
Depart to Cave & Basin National Historic Site, the geographical birthplace of Canada’s National Park System. Enjoy time exploring the naturally-occurring, warm mineral springs that can be found inside the cave, and outside in an emerald colored basin. Continue to Calgary, a sophisticated city set between prairies and peaks that grew out of the Canadian West. Arrive at Canada's largest living history museum, Heritage Historical Village, to discover "How the West was Once". A Farewell Dinner tonight caps your amazing journey through Western Canada with your newfound friends. (
Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Canada
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 10 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • View the extraordinary wildlife at Elk Island National Park, founded as a wildlife refuge
  • At the open-air Ukrainian Village, hear stories about early pioneers and enjoy lunch
  • Travel to Jasper, an alpine community with views of sparking blue lakes and the Rockies
  • Cruise to magical Spirit Island, the iconic crown jewel of Jasper National Park
  • Travel on the Icefields Parkway past glaciers, ice fields and majestic mountains
  • Experience the cliff-edge Glacier Skywalk, a glass platform that is nearly 900 feet high
  • Enjoy a thrilling Ice Explorer excursion onto the surface of the massive Athabasca Glacier
  • A day filled with unmatched beauty at crystal-clear Moraine Lake with its indigo blue waters
  • Views of glistening Lake Louise, located in the heart of grand and historic Banff National Park
  • Walk along the picturesque trails of the Johnston Canyon
  • Explore wondrous Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Calgary, set between prairies and peaks, a city that grew out of the Canadian West
Accommodations
Edmonton: Delta Hotels Edmonton Centre Suites
Jasper: Tonquin Inn
Lake Louise: Mountaineer Lodge
Banff: Banff Ptarmigan Inn or Banff Park Lodge
Calgary: Delta Calgary Airport Hotel
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival transfer.
  • It is recommended that passengers select flights that arrive in Edmonton no later than 5 pm on Day 1.
  • Departure transfer is not required as Delta Calgary Airport Hotel is connected to Calgary International Airport.
  • All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and seasonality. In those instances, and until the roads are available for travel, often unpredictable until the last moment, roads, routes and sites will be amended.
  • Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
  • This moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, and you will encounter some uneven or wet surfaces.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.