Learn more about our Book with Confidence and Travel Updates.

Heart of the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise - 2020

Saturday to Saturday Itinerary: Calgary • Lake Louise • Jasper National Park • Banff National Park
Moderate Deluxe
Your Flight, Your Way
Low cost flights available from over 150 cities, the most of any deluxe travel company!
Leader in Solo Travel
FREE Single Supplements on every departure, limited availability — reserve now!
The more friends you refer the more you earn, even a free trip. Total value up to $6,400!
Looking for a great family adventure? Then prepare for the jaw-dropping natural beauty just over the border in Canada. Join Vantage on Heart of the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise and discover postcard-perfect scenery while enjoying thrilling activities on an easy Saturday-to-Saturday itinerary perfect for families, solo travelers, and couples alike!

You’ll visit brilliantly colored Lake Louise and Sunwapta Falls, set off on a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake — including a chance to stroll on one of Canada’s most photogenic places, Spirit Island — and relax as you glide along the Athabasca River on a nature-filled floating excursion.

You’ll also explore the celebrated treasures of two Canadian national parks — Banff and Jasper — as you enjoy 10 included features and Cultural Discoveries, as well as all the majesty of the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, you’ll be in the heart of wildlife country, so you’ll have the opportunity to spot animals such as bears, elk, and moose, as well as a variety of birds.

We've designed this adventure with a variety of features and flexibility, making it perfect for bringing your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and children along for the ride. Looking to take this adventure on your own? You’re in luck — there are FREE Single Supplements available (limited availability, so act fast)! Plus, enhance your adventure and your value by tacking on an extension to one of America’s most spectacular wildernesses: Glacier National Park.

This is a Canadian Rockies adventure you won’t want to miss!

Calgary to Banff

Close All

DAY 1:

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 enjoying a reception and delicious Welcome Dinner at our hotel’s award-winning bistro this evening.

Included Meals:


DAY 2:

Savor lunch overlooking breathtaking Lake Louise and marvel at Sunwapta Falls

After breakfast, we’ll drive to legendary Lake Louise, one of Canada’s most jaw-dropping picturesque vistas, enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Our restaurant will have views legendary Lake Louise and the surrounding area, which will offer outstanding ambience for our meal. The brilliant green, mountain fringed lake — justifiably renowned around the world for its beauty — will instantly make your day, yet there is so much more to see. 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.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3:

Scenic Maligne Lake cruising and a Spirit Island nature walk

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 a 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.

Please note: The Maligne Lake Chalet and Maligne Lake cruise will not be available until late May.

Included Features:

  • Hike Maligne Canyon
  • Cruise on Maligne Lake

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lunch at Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 4:

Embark on a relaxing and resplendent floating excursion on the Athabasca River

After breakfast at your hotel in Jasper, you’ll set off for an exhilarating activity: Floating down the Athabasca River, soaking in the stunning scenery and perhaps spying some wildlife along the way. There is nothing like gliding leisurely down this picturesque river, breathing in the crisp mountain air and reveling in the sounds of nature. There may be some gentle rapids, but this will overall be an easy and enjoyable trip down the river. You’ll then have the afternoon at leisure, and both lunch and dinner will be on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Athabasca River float trip

Included Meals:


DAY 5:

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. Along the way you’ll make a number of stops for sightseeing, including a photo stop the picturesque Athabasca Falls. Later, you’ll stop at the Columbia Icefield Centre to embark on a special snow coach ride specifically designed to drive over the 900-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier.

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. After lunch we’ll travel to Banff, where we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy an included dinner. 

Included Features:

  • Ride on an Ice Explorer
  • Stroll the Glacier Skywalk

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6:

Take in spectacular vistas on a Banff Gondola ride and listen to the stories of a Mountie

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.

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.

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.

Included Feature:

  • Banff gondola ride

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lecture by a Royal Canadian Mounted police officer

Included Meals:


DAY 7:

Full day to explore Banff on your own, including a special pass to local museums

You’ll have a full day to explore the beauty of Banff, and 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. You will also be provided with a tool designed to maximize your explorations: the Banff Heritage Passport, which allows admission to the popular Whyte Museum and Buffalo Nations Museum. 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 Feature:

  • Visit Whyte Museum and Buffalo Nations Museum

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8:

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.

Included Meals:


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. The hotel ratings are based on the hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

Meet Your Vantage Team

Contact Vantage

CALL 1-800-848-5773

View Journey Map

Be prepared for
your journey with
our Adventures
get your gear

Heart of the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise - 2020

Call us to reserve your next vacation:

Earn up to $1,200 cash and
a FREE trip as a Vantage
Chat with an Expert
Promo Code: WB50500
Please provide this promotion code to your Vantage call center agent.