8 Day National Parks of Canada with Lake Louise 2019
8 days with
Gate 1 Travel
DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Canada
Arrive in Edmonton, capital of Canada's Alberta Province and transfer to your hotel. 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. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 pm on the day of arrival on the exciting journey of Western Canada that awaits you. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.
DAY 2, Monday - Depart for Jasper
This morning, depart Alberta’s provincial capital. Originated as a fur trading post, Edmonton is a city rich in native history. The beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley meanders through the city, providing a scenic backdrop for a network of iconic landmarks and numerous parks. Travel along the scenic roads to Jasper, a laid-back alpine community with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and sparking 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, savor dinner together. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 3, 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 Athabasca River Raft Trip that retraces the route of the early explorers along the Athabasca River. (Breakfast)
Optional: Athabasca River Raft Trip
DAY 4, 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. Afterwards, 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 5, 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.
DAY 6, Friday - Banff National Park, Cave & Basin National Historic Site
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. Afterward, depart to Cave & Basin National Historic Site, the geographical birthplace of Canada’s National Park System. Spend time exploring the naturally-occurring, warm mineral springs that can be found inside the cave, and outside in an emerald colored basin. (Breakfast)
DAY 7, Saturday -Travel to Calgary
This morning, 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 8, Sunday - Depart Canada
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
7 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
9 meals: 7 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
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
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
Edmonton: Delta Hotels Edmonton Centre Suites
Jasper: Chateau Jasper, Lobstick Lodge, Marmot Lodge or Tonquin Inn
Lake Louise: Mountaineer Lodge
Banff: Banff Ptarmigan Inn or Banff Park Lodge
Calgary: Delta Calgary Airport Hotel
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, steps and slopes. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels in National Parks provide limited amenities. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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