Heart of the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise - 2018

Saturday to Saturday Itinerary: Calgary • Jasper • Emerald Lake • Lake Louise • Banff
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Revel in the dreamlike beauty of the Rocky Mountains as you traverse glimmering icefields, soaring peaks, and lakeside forests on Heart of the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise, new for 2018. You’ll explore the celebrated treasures of three Canadian national parks while uncovering hidden gems like the dazzling beauty of Emerald Lake. Take to the skies during a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, drive over a glacier in the sparkling Columbia Icefield, and spot wildlife as you cruise along the crystal waters of Maligne Lake. What's more, you'll enjoy plenty of leisure time for kayaking, hiking, and other family-friendly activities.   

We've designed this itinerary with a carefully-curated selection of sightseeing excursions, balanced by the time and flexibility to explore the natural wonders of each new destination your own way, so it's easy to bring your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and children along for the ride. With a convenient Saturday-to-Saturday schedule and the intimate experience of small group travel, this exploration is filled with pictorial destinations you won’t want to miss!

Itinerary at a Glance

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DAY 1:

Begin your canyon lands adventure in Calgary

Arrive in Calgary today to begin your tour of Canada’s canyon lands. You’ll be greeted by a Vantage representative, who will assist with the transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you’ll explore the Western culture of this unique city on a tour before enjoying a delicious Welcome Dinner at our hotel’s award-winning bistro this evening. 

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DAY 2:

A freewheeling bobsledding adventure, and a visit to Jasper National Park

Multigenerational Feature: This morning finds us in Calgary's Olympic Village, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics; channel your inner athlete and race your children and grandchildren during a bobsledding adventure. From here, we head up into the gorgeous Canadian Rockies towards Jasper National Park. As you relax and savor this truly stunning drive through the Icefields Parkway, watch for majestic waterfalls, spectacular rocky peaks, glistening snowfields, and regal wildlife around every turn. We’ll reach our hotel in the heart of Jasper this evening; after settling in, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel. 

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Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3:

Scenic cruise of Maligne Lake and a Spirit Island nature walk

After breakfast, experience the stunning Canadian scenery in an unforgettable way as you embark on a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake. Fed by the waters of the glaciers of Jasper National Park, this stunning lake is the perfect place to observe the surrounding scenery and wildlife. As we cruise, you'll enjoy the stories of our onboard tour guide regarding the history of the lake and its earliest explorers, along with the geology, glaciology, flora, and fauna of the area. Our cruise docks at Spirit Island, a world-famous destination on accessible by boat, where we'll disembark and set off on a short nature walk for fantastic photo opportunities. Your afternoon is free to further explore on your own. 

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DAY 4:

Icefields Parkway sightseeing and a snow coach ride across a glacier

Continuing our epic journey today, we’ll travel the legendary Icefields Parkway, the scenic stretch that connects Banff and Jasper national parks. Along the way, soak in views of majestic peaks, ice-blue glaciers, and thick pine forests. Unforgettable Moment: Along the way you’ll make a number of stops for sightseeing, including at the picturesque Athabasca Falls and the Columbia Icefield Centre. Later, you’ll embark on a special snow coach ride specifically designed to drive over the 900-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier. During your tour, your expert driver-guide will share details of this frozen natural wonder. This evening, we’ll enter Yoho National Park, where emerald lakes reflect the regal peaks above them and reach our hotel, a delightful lodge perched on the edge of the gorgeous Emerald Lake. With lake-view rooms and a cozy fireplace, you’ll experience this national parks gem in comfort and style. We’ll enjoy dinner in the lodge’s restaurant this evening. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

A day at leisure after exploring Takakkaw Falls

Active Feature: This morning, we set off on a short walk to the thundering Takakkaw Falls. Tumbling over 1,000 feet of mountainside, these falls are the second highest in Canada and the perfect snapshot of the natural wonders found in Yoho National Park. We'll stop next in town of Field and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for the balance of an afternoon at leisure. Multigenerational & Active Feature: Take some time to explore the area’s assortment of recreational and sightseeing opportunities, including fly-fishing, kayaking, and wildlife observing, or simply relax and enjoy the rustic elegance of our hotel.  

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 6:

Traveling the Continental Divide toward Banff

Today we travel the Continental Divide through the picturesque Kicking Horse Pass towards Banff National Park. During our journey, we'll pass the famous Spiral Tunnels, the ingeniously-engineered passages that burrow through the steep Canadian Rockies. We’ll reach Lake Louise, known as the “jewel of the Rockies” for its spectacular sapphire color, in time to enjoy an included lunch at the celebrated Post Hotel. In the afternoon, we’ll traverse the glistening Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rockies, before arriving in Banff this evening. Our stylish hotel in this quintessential Alpine-style village will give you majestic views of the surrounding valley, a perfect preview of the natural beauty you'll explore tomorrow. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 7:

Gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, then a day at leisure to explore

Unforgettable Moment: This morning, you’ll enjoy incredible aerial views of Banff as we embark on a gondola ride up the side of Sulphur Mountain. At the top, step out onto the 360 degree observation deck for jaw-dropping views of the surrounding Rockies. On our way back to the hotel, we’ll drive along Tunnel Mountain Drive for fantastic views of Banff, Cascade Mountain, Mt Rundle and Bow Falls. 

Multigenerational & Active Feature: The rest of the day is yours to explore Banff National Park as you please; embark on a guided nature walk, seize the opportunity for horseback riding or mountain biking, or rent a canoe or kayak and travel the Bow River. Whatever activity calls to you most, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to delve into the rich natural gems of this magnificent park with your family, friends, and favorite travel partners. Tonight, share your Banff adventure tales with fellow travelers during a Farewell Dinner back at the hotel. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8:

Return to Calgary for your flight home, or stay on for the Vancouver extension

After an included breakfast at the hotel this morning, you’ll transfer to Calgary for your flight home. Or, board a flight to Vancouver if you’re embarking on the post extension or continuing to the second half of your ultimate Canadian adventure.  

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Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary. That hotel ratings are based on the Hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

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