Alberta’s majestic wildlife and Rocky Mountain landscapes are well worth whistling over.
Somewhere near the Continental Divide, a marmot greets you with a whistle. This is what wildlife looks like 7,000 feet above sea level in Banff’s Sunshine Meadows. Waves of mountains stretch to the horizon, and infinite green meadows blaze with fireweed and purple fleabane. By the cobalt waters of Rock Isle Lake, you pause to absorb it all. Wildlife and breathtaking views are par for the course on this Banff walking tour in the Canadian Rockies. Moose outnumber people some mornings at your Kananaskis lodge, and “traffic jam” just means families of bighorn sheep crossing the road at Lake Minnewanka. North American nature doesn’t get any grander.
- Gaze upon the glassy waters of Lake Minnewanka.
- Marvel at the vibrant display of wildflowers from a gondola over Sunshine Meadows, surrounded by soaring, snowcapped mountain peaks.
- Take in magnificent scenery in Banff National Park, pausing to appreciate the enduring beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
- Learn about Banff’s pioneers and artists on a guided historical tour.
- Engage in farm-to-table dining experiences with traditional, fine cuisine.
- Explore pristine Spray Valley Provincial Park in Kananaskis, as you hike the scenic Chester Lake Trail for gorgeous alpine lake views.
- Stretch out by the warm fireplace with your group members at the end of each fulfilling day.
- Spot local wildlife amid sweeping landscapes in what is sure to make a jaw-dropping photograph.
- Unwind with afternoon tea on your last two days, featuring daily baked goods, fresh fruit, local meats, and refined cheeses at your lodge nestled high in an alpine valley.
The Hotel Arts exudes an original and contemporary atmosphere in the heart of Calgary. This fine hotel is located in the up-and-coming Victoria Park neighborhood, home to a wave of exciting new developments, including a mile-long stretch of restaurants and bars. Four blocks north, explore the historic Stephen Avenue, lined with chic bistros, cocktail bars and the citys most fashionable boutiques and shopping. During your stay, sample the hotels raw bar or enjoy dinner on the outdoor poolside patio. If youd like to explore the city by bicycle, the property offers complimentary use of Brooklyn Cruiser bikes.The hotel is air conditioned and free WiFi is available throughout.
Mount Engadine Lodge
Engadine Lodge is an intimate backcountry mountain lodge set in a beautiful alpine meadow at 6,050 feet, in the heart of Kananaskis Country, complete with sauna and wrap-around deck overlooking the stunning Moose Meadow. The range of lodging options include lodge rooms, cabins, and glamping tents with full en suite bathrooms, gas fireplaces, and private decks. Rooms are naturally cooled without air conditioning. The Mount Engadine Lodge is the proud recipient of the coveted ALTO award through Travel Alberta for the category of Sustainable Tourism.
Moose Hotel & Suites
Located just a minute’s walk from downtown Banff, the new Moose Hotel & Suites is a four-star boutique hotel. The property’s rich, natural materials combine to create warm mountain elegance. During your stay, you may wish to partake of the on-site Meadow Spa & Pools, featuring treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, and two spectacular rooftop hot tubs with splendid mountain views. Modern amenities include in-room WiFi and air conditioning.
Linger Longer with a Tour Extension
2021 Post-Tour Extension - Calgary
- 1 breakfast
- 1 night at Hotel Arts or Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
- City Information
- Airport transfer
1 Night From $148
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $148
Once you’ve had an early breakfast at Mount Engadine Lodge, bid farewell to your hosts. At 7:30 a.m. a shuttle will depart for your downtown Calgary hotel, with a drop-off at Calgary International Airport (2 ¼ hours travel time). You’ll arrive at your Calgary city hotel by 11:00 a.m.
After settling in, you can explore this sophisticated city with ease, walking to many of its landmarks and attractions from your hotel. Browse the art collections at the Glenbow Museum, ascend the Calgary Tower for splendid city views, wander among the shops on Stephen Avenue, lined with historical buildings, or explore Prince’s Island Park, a peaceful urban green space in the Bow River. Local favorites include Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, and (just a short stroll away) the Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. From there, continue on the urban pathways along the Bow River to Fort Calgary (a five-kilometer walk). This evening, you will have many options for dinner on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel Arts, Calgary
Alternate hotel: Hotel Clique Calgary Airport (for one tour July 4 – 9)
Included Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to Calgary International Airport for your flight home.
A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport based upon your departure time. (Transfer time to be communicated by your guides on tour.)
Included Meals: Breakfast