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Glimmering icefields . . . soaring peaks . . . lakeside forests . . . We invite you to discover some of the world’s most incredible natural beauty — in your own backyard! Join us on Heart of the Canadian Rockies, an exciting adventure designed to explore the celebrated treasures of three Canadian national parks like never before. Revel in the dreamlike beauty of the UNESCO-named Rocky Mountains as you take to the skies during a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, climb a glacier in the sparkling Columbia Icefield, and spot wildlife as you cruise along the crystal waters of Maligne Lake. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the flexibility to explore on your own and enjoy a number of features designed to appeal to the whole family. Plus, you’ll stay in historic lodges designed to reflect your rustic setting while still offering the comfort you expect from Vantage.
With an easy Saturday-to-Saturday itinerary, this Canadian adventure is perfect for traveling alone, with your spouse or favorite travel partner, or with the entire family. Plus, you can add on a pre-trip extension to Glacier National Park! We've designed this grand adventure to make it easy to bring your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and children along. What’s more, solo travelers will find limited free Single Supplements on every departure. With five guided tours and the intimate experience of small group travel, this scenic adventure is sure to delight travelers of all ages.
The clear blue waters of Lake MacDonald. The unmistakable shape of majestic Chief Mountain. The spectacular, serpentine by-way known as Going-to-the-Sun Road. Glacier National Park is truly a jewel in America’s national park system: a natural wonderland teeming with fascinating wildlife and postcard-perfect vistas. Nature’s majesty unfolds for you as you tour this remarkable swath of rugged splendor, admiring the mountain ranges, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildflowers along the way. Whether driving in your specially fitted “jammer” bus or cruising from Canada to the United States aboard the M.V. International, the jaw-dropping beauty of this region will be in full display on this extension.
Arrive in Calgary and enjoy a Welcome Dinner
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 can explore the Western culture of this unique city before a enjoying a reception and delicious Welcome Dinner at our hotel’s award-winning bistro this evening.
Savor lunch at the famous Emerald Lake Lodge and explore Yoho National Park
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Yoho National Park, stopping for lunch at the famed Emerald Lake Lodge. This historic lodge looks out over a picture-perfect glacial lake of brilliant green, offering outstanding ambience for our meal. The natural splendor of Yoho (whose name is a Cree exclamation of awe) is reason enough to visit — and this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great introduction to the Canadian wilds. Yet you’ll also see the famed Spiral Tunnels, a 100-year-old marvel of engineering, as well as Natural Bridge, a remarkable rock formation over the Kicking Horse River. Your day also includes a stop at stunning Sunwapta Falls, a perfect opportunity to capture unforgettable photos, as you make your way to Jasper. Dinner is at your hotel, and your evening is at leisure.
Scenic Maligne Lake cruising and a Spirit Island nature walk
Multigenerational Feature: This morning after breakfast, you’ll go on an easy walk down the Maligne Canyon to see how the water, over millennia, has etched this remarkable natural landscape. This is an leisurely stroll with amazing scenery, so it’s great for kids. Walk along the upper parts of the canyon, taking in views of the waterfalls, as well as the first and second bridges that span the narrow gorge. We’ll then head to Maligne Lake, where we’ll enjoy an included lunch at the Maligne Lake Chalet & Guest House. This rustic lodge was built between 1927 and 1941, and has been listed as a national historic site in Canada since 2014. Revel in the rustic decor, admiring the peeled log construction style, while enjoying your lunch in this beautiful setting. After lunch, we’ll set off on a breathtaking cruise along the glacier-fed Maligne Lake, a jade-colored treasure in the heart of these Canadian wilds. We’ll enjoy a guided tour taking in the full panorama, on our way to Spirit Island. Accessible only by boat, Spirit Island is one of the most photographed places in all of Canada, and we’ll enjoy a short nature walk here. After returning to shore, we’ll drive back to the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure. Dinner is on your own.
Morning at leisure and then a mountainous panorama aboard the Jasper Skytram
After breakfast, your morning will be at leisure. Then you’ll travel by coach to the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada: the Jasper Skytram. You’ll travel for seven minutes to an altitude of more than 7,400 feet, as a guide on-site points out sights. The views will be breathtaking, and we’ll touch down at Upper Station for a panorama of lakes, rivers, and mountain peaks that will have you reaching for your camera once again. There will be time at the top to truly absorb the beauty, before you return to your hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Ride on a glacier in a specially fitted snow coach and stroll along the Glacier Skywalk
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. Multigenerational Feature: The perfect end to this experience is a stroll on the Glacier Skywalk, where you can view waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting one-kilometer walkway that leads to a glass viewing platform. Lunch is included, and we’ll have even more world-famous scenery for you after we’re done. You’ll make a photo stop at legendary Lake Louise, one of Canada’s most jaw-dropping picturesque vistas. We’ll then travel to Banff, where we’ll check in to our hotel and enjoy an included dinner.
Take in spectacular vistas on a Banff Gondola Ride and listen to the stories of a Mountie
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. Multigenerational Feature: There is so much for all ages to appreciate here at the peak. For one, there’s the short and easy hike along a boardwalk. The whole family can marvel at the surrounding views of Bow Valley, Lake Minnewanka, and more, as you sit and learn about this region from the interpretive signs posted along the way. Cultural Connection: We’ll then get unique insights and stories about the Royal Canadian Mountain Police from an actual “Mountie.” Dinner is on your own this evening.
Full day to explore Banff on your own, including a special pass to local museums
Multigenerational & Active Feature: You’ll have a full day to explore the beauty of Banff, and you’ll have a tool designed to maximize your explorations: the Banff Heritage Passport, which includes admission to the popular Whyte Museum and Buffalo Nations Museum. There’s so much for you to experience here: you may wish to 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.
Transfer to Calgary for your flight home
After an included breakfast at the hotel this morning, you’ll transfer to Calgary for your flight home after a thoroughly enriching and unforgettable Canadian adventure.
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.
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