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.
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.
Crosswaters Resort is located in the picturesque Kananaskis Valley framed by glacier-fed creeks and ponds, the cascading Kananaskis River, and offering glimpses of majestic wildlife. Bright, polished spacious rooms provide all the modern amenities needed. The resort partners with the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, so guests can choose from five unique food and beverage outlets with inspired farm-to-table options, and take advantage of the Kananaskis Nordic Spa on a first-come first-served basis (fees apply). For massage services please call 403.591.6800 or email [email protected] The hotel is air conditioned and offers WiFi throughout.
Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
Surrounded by 360 degrees of stunning mountain views, the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge offers the luxuries of an authentic and comfortable retreat. The newly renovated rooms offer serenity surrounded by the natural beauty of Kananaskis country, providing a feeling of well-being and relaxation. Guests can choose from five unique food and beverage outlets with inspired farm-to-table options, and take advantage of the Kananaskis Nordic Spa on a first-come first-served basis (fees apply). For massage services please call 403.591.6800 or email [email protected] The hotel is air conditioned and offers WiFi throughout.
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 $198
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $148
Once you’ve had an early breakfast at your 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
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional mountain accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 2 lunches and 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour (two guides for groups of 8 or more)|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz|
|One extra night in Calgary|
|Airport car service for arrival and by your guides at departure|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Despite being a true French Canadian, David Bazin’s accent might surprise you with it’s Australian twang with a bit of British and even some French! One might say that he is well traveled, but, as he likes to say : “as long as we understand each other”! The mountains are David’s first love, although his passion for wildlife is a close second. His dedication to and knowledge about the environment are true assets as he takes you to some of the most spectacular places in Canada.
Simon Fortier is always in pursuit of the next adventure and his desire to discover Canada’s natural wonders has taken him all over the country. Particularly memorable are the times he’s guided wildlife observation and multi-sport expeditions across the Canadian arctic, where he has sometimes spent more than 30 consecutive days out on the land! He has trekked, skied, rafted, kayaked, and canoed through some of the most beautiful areas his native Canada has to offer. Simon is known for having kept his childish heart with his endless energy and curiosity and it’s his desire to live great experiences that makes every trip with Simon inspiring and so much fun.
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