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Athabasca River Cycling, Jasper, Alberta

Classic Canadian Rockies

Calgary to Jasper, Alberta - Example 7 Day Tour
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Enjoy this 7-day tour escorted by a local that begins in Calgary and continues through Banff National Park, Lake Louise, the Icefields Parkway, and Jasper National Park. Your rides are both challenging and rewarding, delivering breathtaking scenery and unforgettable moments. This is the stuff of fantasies — snow-capped peaks, azure lakes, gleaming glaciers, and thriving woods. Many people only see the Canadian Rockies through bus windows.
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Highlights
  • Explore through Calgary, a fun-filled and friendly city.
  • Discover the awe-inspiring landscapes of Banff National Park
  • Cruise on the magical Maligne Lake and navigate to the iconic Spirit Island
  • See the Athabasca Glacier up close and personal during a walk on an arm of the Columbia Icefield
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.
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Day 1: Calgary, Alberta

Welcome to Calgary, eh? Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, where you’ll be briefed on the upcoming activities and meet your local leader and fellow travellers. If you arrive in the city with time to spare, you might like to experience some renowned Canadian hospitality at Calgary’s budding dining scene. If you’d prefer to get out and about, you could check out Prince’s Island Park, see the skyline from the top of Calgary Tower or work up a sweat at Canada Olympic Park.

Day 2: Lake Louise

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning you’ll head out from the city and into the mountains, your sights set on a pair of impossibly blue glacier-fed lakes. See the splendour of Moraine Lake, backed by ten snow-dusted peaks and world-famous Lake Louise. They'll leave you either wide-eyed, open-mouthed or some combination of the two, and there’ll be ample time to explore the lakes and their surrounding areas.

Included Activities:
      • Visit to Moraine Lake (seasonal)
      Driving Distance: Approximately 2.5 hours

        Day 3: Jasper National Park

        • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
        Rise early to head up the Icefields Parkway into Jasper National Park. This is one drive where the journey really is the destination. The Parkway runs between towering glacier-capped peaks and past pristine lakes and offers plenty of opportunities to break for a short hike (which you’ll do). Before arriving in the town of Jasper, stop off at fox-shaped Peyto Lake the powerful Athabasca Falls. Throughout the day, keep your eyes peeled for quintessential Rockies wildlife like elk, moose, deer, bears and bighorn sheep. In the afternoon you’ll have some time to explore the park at your own speed. To pick up the pace you might consider renting a bike from one of the shops in town and exploring some of the local trails, or slow things down with a ride on the Jasper SkyTram up Whistlers Mountain – the highest and longest aerial tramway in Canada.

        Included Activities:
              • Jasper National Park
              Driving Distance: Approximately 3 hours

              Day 4: Maligne Lake | Jasper National Park

              • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
              Today you’ll find out for yourself why Maligne Lake is featured on so many jigsaw puzzles. Make sure your phone or camera is fully charged, ready to capture shots of the jagged mountains and bright green pine forests that surround its glacial waters. Take to the water on a panoramic cruise down the lake, sailing in a glass-enclosed and heated boat while a guide describes the area’s geology, ecology and history. The highlight will be a stop for a nature walk to views of iconic Spirit Island which is only accessible by boat, where you’ll learn about its significance to the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. This evening, join your group for an included dinner at a local restaurant.

              Included Activities:
                    • Jasper - Maligne Lake cruise
                    Driving Distance: Approximately 2 hours

                    Day 5: Athabasca Glacier | Banff

                    • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
                    After gazing at glaciers from a distance, today you’ll get the chance to step foot on one! Board a custom-built all-terrain vehicle and head out on an ice explorer tour of the Athabasca Glacier. You will be able to walk on the glacier and even take a drink from its icy meltwater. Enjoy a picnic lunch to finish the outing before continuing to the town of Banff.

                    Included Activities:
                              • Banff National Park
                              • Columbia Icefield Adventure - Athabasca Glacier Explorer
                              Driving Distance: Approximately 3.5 hours

                              Day 6: Banff National Park

                              • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
                              Buckle up for the beauty of Banff National Park. Today’s all about seeing as much of the park as you can, weaving your way through history as you see the Rockies’ valleys and mountain chains which began forming up to 75 million years ago. There’s also time to connect further with the land on an Indigenous Medicine Walk, where your guide will share traditional Cree knowledge of the area’s plants, trees and bushes. To end the day on a high, you’ll take the gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Named for the two sulphurous hot springs found on its lower slopes, the peak offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the Rockies – which you’ll be able to bask in during a farewell dinner on the mountaintop.

                              Included Activities:
                                        • Banff - Indigenous Medicine Walk
                                        • Banff - Cable Car up Sulphur Mountain
                                        Driving Distance: Approximately 3.5 hours

                                        Day 7: Calgary | Return Home

                                        • 1 Breakfast
                                        Today you’ll complete your grand tour of the Rockies and drive back to Calgary. There are no activities and accommodations planned for the day, and your adventure will end on arrival.

                                        Driving Distance: Approximately 1.5 hours

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                                        A single supplement is available if you prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
                                        Included
                                        • 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
                                        • 5 Nights Accommodations
                                        • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
                                        • Accommodations as listed
                                        • Ground transportation as listed
                                        • Activities as listed
                                        • Meals as listed
                                        • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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                                        • Gratuities
                                        • Travel Insurance
                                        • Personal Expenses
                                        • Flight costs (please request a quote)
                                        • Additional excursions during free time
                                        • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
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