Mountain Peaks & Prairie Landscapes

Tour through a wonderland of historical sites and Rocky Mountain gems with this unique vacation. Venture off the beaten path with visits to the wild provincial parks of southern Alberta, and discover new sights within the Canadian Rockies during this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Discover the many facets of Western Canada’s past with visits to Heritage Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and Fort Steel Heritage Town. Rich in history, these sites are dedicated to preserving Alberta’s ranching and cowboy culture, ancient dinosaur fossils, and gold rush past. Visit the colourful city of Calgary, and road trip through the Canadian Badlands of southern Alberta to Medicine Hat and Cypress Hills.

Visit the hidden gems of Waterton National Park, and Cranbrook, tucked away in the southern Canadian Rockies. Stop for a soak in the soothing mineral waters of Radium Hot Springs, and watch for wildlife in Kootenay National Park. Wrap up your adventure in Banff and Jasper National Parks with visits to the world famous Columbia Icefields and Lake Louise.

Marvel at the rugged mountain landscapes and pristine wilderness of these iconic Canadian places. Discover the beauty of Canada’s first National Park with sightseeing stops at Banff Gondola and the Banff Lake Cruise.This holiday combines out of the way places with the top destinations of the Canadian Rockies. Perfect for independent travellers, and those returning to Western Canada for a second visit.
14 days/13 Nights
from $2,009.00
per person based on double occupancy

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Highlights

  • Explore the many sights of Canada’s largest outdoor museum at Heritage Park
  • Visit the Canadian Badlands where dinosaurs once roamed at Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • Tour Frank Slide historic site, where a deadly rock slide buried an entire town in the early 1900’s
  • Step out onto the ancient ice of Athabasca Glacier with the Glacier Adventure attraction
Features & Inclusions

Features & Inclusions

Accommodations
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
Transportation
  • 13 day mid-size car rental
Admissions
  • Calgary Tower
  • Heritage Park
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park Gallery
  • Brick Plant and Medalta Tour
  • Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
  • Fort Steel Heritage Town
  • Radium Hot Springs
  • Glacier Adventure
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Banff Gondola
  • Banff Lake Cruise
Extras
  • Hotel luggage handling
  • National park entry fees
  • Travel documents
  • Self-drive maps and routing
  • Souvenir photo at Banff Gondola or Glacier Adventure
  • Personalized travel photo book
Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 – Calgary Arrival

Arrive in Calgary and spend the remainder of your day exploring the sights of downtown. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the extensive walking and biking trails along the Bow River. Make a visit to the outdoor gear superstore Mountain Equipment Co-op and browse through an extensive collection of outdoor gear and clothing. Arts and culture lovers head to the eclectic galleries, boutique shops, and the creative cuisine venues of Kensington and Inglewood.

Day 2 – Calgary

Begin your day with a quick ride to an elevated viewing platform at Calgary Tower and gaze out over the city and golden prairies of Alberta. On a clear day you can see the foothills and mountains of Alberta’s Kananaskis region. Continue your adventure at Heritage Park, a living museum dedicated to Alberta’s past. Immerse yourself in a recreated town with costumed interpreters, and discover what life was like for early settlers. A working bakery, café, steam train and paddle wheeler are just a few of the amazing sights and experiences within this large outdoor museum.

Day 3 – Calgary to Medicine Hat

Depart the colourful City of Calgary and head south through ranchlands and golden prairies into the rugged Canadian Badlands. Visit Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving the high concentration of cretaceous fossils found in the area. Check out the onsite gallery for a glimpse into Alberta’s ancient dinosaur past. Continue to the City of Medicine Hat and spend your evening exploring the parks, river valley and walking trails of this prairie setting.

Day 4 – Medicine Hat

Begin your day on the banks of the river valley at Police Point Park, a bird watching haven. An onsite Interpretive Centre offers insight into the local flora and fauna of this beautiful location.  Continue your adventure with a visit to the working museums of the historic clay district at Medalta Potteries National Historic Site. Join a guided tour of the city’s early industries including a large historic brick and tile factory, and a century-old pottery plant.

Day 5 – Medicine Hat to Cypress Hills

Depart Medicine Hat and travel to the hidden gem of Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Along the way, stop at Red Rock Coulee and take a walk through the unique landscape decorated with hoodoo rock formations. The Cypress Hills rise 600 metres above the plains of Southern Alberta, shaped by a glacier pushing up debris and sediment to form an elevated landscape. Discover a surprising array of topography from prairie to lush forests to rich wetlands within the provincial park borders. Home to Alberta’s first dark sky preserve, the park minimizes artificial light after dark to enhance the natural light of the night sky. A star-gazer’s paradise, this area sees little cloud cover, and offers spectacular views of the night sky.

Day 6 – Cypress Hills to Waterton

Depart Cypress Hills and head west towards the Canadian Rockies and Waterton National Park. Make a stop at the Writing on Stone Provincial Park and discover the preserved rock carvings and paintings of the First Nations people who inhabited the area long ago. Continue to the resort town of Waterton, nestled between towering peaks and bordered by the beautiful shores of Waterton Lake. Spend an evening relaxing in this quaint mountain town.

Day 7 – Waterton

Spend a day exploring the scenic highlights of Waterton National Park. Make a photo stop at Cameron Falls, and take a short drive up a high mountain roadway to the rugged beauty of Cameron Lake. Take the 3 kilometre lakeside trail and immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of this wilderness setting. Don’t miss the unique landmark of Red Rock Canyon with red, green and white banded rock cliffs carved by bubbling white waterfalls. Find a park bench and watch the sun set over Waterton Lake in this picture perfect destination.  

Day 8 – Waterton to Cranbrook

Depart the peaceful setting of Waterton and drive west towards the province of British Columbia. Venture through the pristine wilderness of Crowsnest Pass with a stop at Frank Slide.  Take the 1.5 kilometre trail through the site of Canada’s deadliest rockslide. At the Visitor Centre, learn why the mountain fell in 1903 and buried the town of Frank beneath 82 million tonnes of rock. Continue to the city of Cranbrook for an evening at leisure.

Day 9 – Cranbrook

Enjoy a day relaxing and exploring the sights of Cranbrook. Discover the historic boomtown past of Fort Steel Heritage Town, built during the 1860’s gold rush. After gold was found in nearby Wildhorse Creek, this boomtown flourished with an influx of miners seeking to make a fortune, and the wily businessmen who profited from the miners. The site is now a restored pioneer boomtown with over 60 outdoor heritage shops and display buildings. Railroad buffs will enjoy a visit to the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel chronicling the historical significance of railroads and rail travel in Western Canada.

Day 10 – Cranbrook to Radium

Depart Cranbrook and drive north to the town of Radium Hot Springs, situated in the Kootenay mountain range of British Columbia. Named for the nearby sulphur hot springs, this quiet mountain town is a vacation destination for golfers, hikers, mountain bikers, and those seeking a soak in the mineral hot springs.

Day 11 – Radium to Lake Louise

Journey into the heart of the Canadian Rockies with a scenic drive through Kootenay National Park to the alpine village of Lake Louise. This high winding mountain road is a hotspot for wildlife viewings, with moose, bear, and deer often spotted along the roadside. Arrive at Lake Louise and gaze out over the beautiful emerald green waters backed by mighty Mount Victoria. Spend a night in this enchanting wilderness setting.

Day 12 – Columbia Icefield Day Trip

Depart Lake Louise for the road trip of a lifetime today along the Icefield Parkway to Columbia Icefield. This mountain roadway is home to over 100 visible glaciers, sparkling rivers and streams, and towering mountain peaks. Along the way, stop and marvel at the landmark sights of Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and Peyto Lake. Highlight your day with a visit to the Columbia Icefield where you will experience the powerful forces of glacial ice first-hand. Take a ride onto the ancient ice of the Athabasca Glacier and learn how glaciers shaped and formed this unique landscape. Continue to the award-winning Glacier Skywalk and tiptoe out onto a glass platform suspended from a mountain-side. Conclude your adventure with a return trip along the Icefields to the resort town of Banff.

Day 13 – Banff

Spend a day exploring the scenic landmarks of Canada’s first national park. Elevate your view at the Banff Gondola, with a ride to the peak of Sulphur Mountain. From here, panoramic views of mountains and valleys extend as far as the eye can see. Drive the scenic Minnewanka Loop with opportunities to photograph Cascade Mountain and Cascade Falls. Stop and take a walk around Johnson Lake, and watch for Bighorn Sheep near Lake Minnewanka. At the Banff Lake Cruise, take a one-hour interpretive cruise to Devil’s Gap and learn about the submerged Minnewanka landing ghost town, and Banff’s coal mining past.

Day 14 – Banff to Calgary

Depart Banff and drive to Calgary where your memorable vacation concludes. Return your rental car at the Calgary International Airport before checking in for your ongoing travel arrangements.
Accommodation Options

Accommodation Selection

 
Location Moderate First Class
Calgary International Hotel of Calgary Calgary Marriott Hotel
Medicine Hat Medicine Hat Lodge Coast Medicine Hat
Cypress Hills Elkwater Lake Lodge Elkwater Lake Lodge
Waterton Aspen Village Inn Waterton Lakes Resort
Cranbrook Heritage Inn Cranbrook Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort
Radium Prestige Radium Hot Springs Bighorn Meadows Resort
Lake Louise Deer Lodge Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Banff Banff International Hotel Rimrock Resort
 
prices

Prices

 
  Moderate Accommodations
  Double Triple Quad Single Child
20 May - 5 June $2,306.00 $1,752.00 $1,476.00 $4,117.00 $157.00
6 June -9 June $2,405.00 $1,819.00 $1,526.00 $4,316.00 $157.00
10 June - 6 July $2,498.00 $1,883.00 $1,576.00 $4,502.00 $157.00
7 July - 17 July $2,597.00 $1,950.00 $1,626.00 $4,701.00 $157.00
18 July - 31 Aug $2,398.00 $1,817.00 $1,526.00 $4,303.00 $157.00
1 Sept - 30 Sept $2,265.00 $1,728.00 $1,460.00 $4,037.00 $157.00
1 Oct - 7 Oct $2,009.00 $1,536.00 $1,300.00 $3,581.00 $130.00
 
  First Class Accommodations
  Double Triple Quad Single Child
20 May - 5 June $2,679.00 $2,115.00 $1,770.00 $4,862.00 $157.00
6 June - 9 June $2,679.00 $2,115.00 $1,770.00 $4,862.00 $157.00
10 June - 6 July $3,108.00 $2,415.00 $1,997.00 $5,721.00 $157.00
7 July - 17 July $3,245.00 $2,509.00 $2,061.00 $5,994.00 $157.00
18 July - 31 Aug $2,972.00 $2,322.00 $1,933.00 $5,448.00 $157.00
1 Sept - 30 Sept $2,819.00 $2,220.00 $1,857.00 $5,143.00 $157.00
1 Oct - 7 Oct $2,294.00 $1,814.00 $1,514.00 $4,149.00 $130.00

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All prices quoted are per person and shown in CAD funds. Rates are for 2016 and do not include taxes. All prices include administration, planning, and operational expenses. All prices are subject to change without notice and are subject to international exchange rate fluctuations. Infants (less than 2 years old) travelling with an adult and not occupying a seat may travel free of charge. For children 2-11 years old, we provide reduced rates – please contact one of our vacation planners at 1-877-791-5500 for more information. A deposit of $200 per person is due at time of booking (unless otherwise stated at the time of booking). Final payment is due 45 days prior to tour departure. Tours booked within 45 days of departure require full payment before reservations can be confirmed.

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