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The majestic wildlife and Rocky Mountain landscapes will help you rediscover your wanderlust.

Exceptional alpine scenery and deep valleys filled with ancient forests, moss-draped old-growth cedars or mountain meadows strewn with lichen-covered boulders await in Banff, Yoho and Glacier National Parks. Nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Calgary, lie native pastures on expansive ranches. Wildlife and breathtaking views are par for the course on this Rockies walking tour. Moose outnumber people some mornings at your Kananaskis lodge, and “traffic jam” just means families of bighorn sheep crossing the road at Lake Minnewanka. Paddle downstream on the Columbia River in one of the world’s most important wetlands. North American nature doesn’t get any grander.

Highlights

  • Discover Alberta’s ranchlands in the foothills of the Rockies.
  • Enjoy a tour and tasting at Fallentimber Meadery.
  • Join a local guide along Ghost River in an exploration of plant medicine from an Indigenous lens.
  • Visit Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary for a one-of-a-kind educational experience.
  • Gaze upon the glassy waters of Lake Minnewanka.
  • Engage in farm-to-table dining experiences with traditional, fine cuisine.
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Expert local guides to introduce you to the best of your destination
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Off-the-beaten-path places you’d never find on your own
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Delicious multi-course meals—a majority are included
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A maximum of 18 fun-loving fellow travelers to share the journey
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Gracious accommodations that are a clean, comfortable home away from home
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Experts to handle all the details
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Flight + Tour Combos include plane tickets, airport shuttles, and pre- and post-tour accommodations

Itinerary

Sat, Jul 2 to Fri, Jul 8 - 2022

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind.

Start off your first day in Calgary right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Arts, Calgary

Badger Bowl, McPherson and Bowbend Trails; 6 miles, easy

After enjoying an included breakfast your guides will meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of your Calgary hotel. Please be dressed for walking.

Once you arrive at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park with your guides enjoy a first walk on the Badger Bowl, McPherson and Bowbend Trails led by a guide from the park foundation. During your walk you’ll learn about the history, wildlife, and flora of this park. Afterwards, drive to Fallentimber Meadery for a tour and tasting.

Tonight, gather for a welcome reception followed by dinner at The Crossing.

Accommodation:The Crossing at Ghost River, Cochrane, Alberta
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ghost River walk; 2 miles, easy. Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary; 1 mile, easy

Satisfied from a hearty breakfast, head out for an exploration of plant medicine from an Indigenous lens. Meet our local guide for a walk on the grounds of the 145-acre property. Conclude your walk along the Ghost River and enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by your guides. This afternoon, drive to the nearby Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary for an introductory tour and walk, and learn about wolves and wolfdogs. Travel back to your hotel to relax.

Tonight, enjoy dinner at The Crossing.

Accommodation:The Crossing at Ghost River, Cochrane, Alberta
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Minnewanka; 4 miles, easy to moderate; Wapta Falls; 3 miles, easy.

Savor another full breakfast at The Crossing. Shuttle (1.25 hours driving time) to Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park.

As you follow its pathways along the glassy-surfaced lake, marvel at your first up-close views of Banff National Park, a stunning canvas of spruce and fir trees and rugged peaks skirted by pine-green forest.

In Banff, enjoy free time to visit the Whyte Museum and learn about the cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies and browse the shops in town. After lunch on your own in Banff, travel to Heather Mountain Lodge (1.5 hours driving time), your home for the next two nights. We will stop en route for a hike to Wapta Falls. Upon arrival, check in and unwind before joining your group for dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Heather Mountain Lodge, Golden, British Columbia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hemlock Grove Interpretive Trail; 0.2 miles, easy; Great Glacier Trail; 4 miles, 1,053-ft. elevation gain, moderate

Awake to the cool mountain air and another full breakfast. Today we drive to Rogers Pass Discovery Center in Glacier National Park. Rogers Pass has been designated a National Historic Site in commemoration of its role as an essential link in the building of the transcontinental railway.

First, walk the interpretive boardwalk through old-growth cedar-hemlock forest.

Next, we begin our hike on the Great Glacier Trail. The Illecillewaet Glacier, which has become known simply as the Great Glacier, is the biggest of 131 named glaciers in the park, and its name is Okanagan for “swift water”. The hike starts on a portion of a rail trail, which is what remains of the great Canadian Pacific Railroad in this area, passing the ruins of the Glacier House, once a 90-room luxury hotel. Flora along this trail included Dwarf Dogwood, Leatherleaf Saxifrage, and Lewis Monkeyflower. The view opens up to Illecillewaet Glacier Falls to the east and Cheops, Ursus Minor and Grizzly Mountains to the north. Pause here for your box lunch and then retrace your way back.

Once you are back at the lodge, unwind in your uncomplicated alpine hideaway. Later, enjoy another gourmet cabin-style dinner.

Accommodation: Heather Mountain Lodge, Golden, British Columbia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Canoe or kayak, easy, 3 hours; Marble Canyon; 1 mile, easy

This morning, after a hearty mountain breakfast, travel (1 hour driving time) to the Columbia River, home to the Columbia Wetlands, the largest intact wetlands in North America, and provides the life support system for hundreds of thousands of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. They sustain the second-largest concentration of great blue heron residents in western Canada, more than 300 pairs. Migrating waterfowl—15,000 each spring and autumn—depend on the wetlands to survive their journeys. Songbirds, shorebirds and birds of prey rely on the Columbia Wetlands, as do Kokanee salmon, Rocky Mountain whitefish, ling cod and several varieties of trout.

You will paddle downstream in a canoe or kayak through the wetlands which are nestled between British Columbia’s Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges. These wetlands are the source of the largest river flowing into the Pacific Ocean in North America—the mighty Columbia. It is here in BC’s own wild backyard that everything begins.

These wetlands provide essential winter habitat for hundreds of elk and deer. Moose, wolf, cougar, coyote, beaver, river otter and grizzly bears are just some of the larger mammals that call this place home.

Conclude your float at the Captain’s Dock for a filling BBQ lunch. You will be struck by the sheer beauty and peacefulness of this setting.

Next, you will travel (2 hours driving time) through Kootenay National Park, pausing to walk the interpretive Marble Canyon trail which is located at a hanging valley where Tokumm Creek joins the Vermillion River. (Tokumm is a native word that means “red fox.”). Transfer to your lodge in Kananaskis (1.5 hours driving time), your home for the night. Upon arrival, check in and unwind before joining your group for dinner at the lodge. During our special farewell dinner, savor locally sourced food served family-style accompanied by wines from British Columbia.

Accommodation: Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Kananaskis Country
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an early included breakfast at Pomerpoy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. Then, shuttle to Calgary International Airport (YYC) at 8:30 a.m. (1.5 hours travel time); you’ll arrive by 10:00 a.m. for your return flight. We recommend a flight out of Calgary no earlier than 12:00 p.m.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sun, Jul 3 to Fri, Jul 8 - 2022

Show Itinerary:

Badger Bowl, McPherson and Bowbend Trails; 6 miles, easy

Your guides meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of your designated meeting point hotel in Calgary. They’ll be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking.

If your arrival at the Calgary hotel is scheduled for later than 9:00 a.m. or if you are delayed, you must travel at your own expense to our hotel in Cochrane. Take a taxi (approximately $120), Uber or Lyft. Please contact The Crossing at Ghost River to advise of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your Country Walkers guides. Please note that if you miss the Country Walkers’ transportation from Calgary, you will miss the first walk in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and the Meadery tasting. Once you arrive in Cochrane, check into your room. Meet your guides as soon as they return from the walk with the rest of the group (around 4:00 p.m.)

Once you arrive at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park with your guides enjoy a first walk on the Badger Bowl, McPherson and Bowbend Trails led by a guide from the park foundation. During your walk you’ll learn about the history, wildlife, and flora of this park. Afterwards, drive to Fallentimber Meadery for a tour and tasting.

Tonight, gather for a welcome reception followed by dinner at The Crossing.

Accommodation:The Crossing at Ghost River, Cochrane, Alberta
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Ghost River walk; 2 miles, easy. Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary; 1 mile, easy

Satisfied from a hearty breakfast, head out for an exploration of plant medicine from an Indigenous lens. Meet our local guide for a walk on the grounds of the 145-acre property. Conclude your walk along the Ghost River and enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by your guides. This afternoon, drive to the nearby Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary for an introductory tour and walk, and learn about wolves and wolfdogs. Travel back to your hotel to relax.

Tonight, enjoy dinner at The Crossing.

Accommodation:The Crossing at Ghost River, Cochrane, Alberta
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Lake Minnewanka; 4 miles, easy to moderate; Wapta Falls; 3 miles, easy.

Savor another full breakfast at The Crossing. Shuttle (1.25 hours driving time) to Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park.

As you follow its pathways along the glassy-surfaced lake, marvel at your first up-close views of Banff National Park, a stunning canvas of spruce and fir trees and rugged peaks skirted by pine-green forest.

In Banff, enjoy free time to visit the Whyte Museum and learn about the cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies and browse the shops in town. After lunch on your own in Banff, travel to Heather Mountain Lodge (1.5 hours driving time), your home for the next two nights. We will stop en route for a hike to Wapta Falls. Upon arrival, check in and unwind before joining your group for dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Heather Mountain Lodge, Golden, British Columbia
Included Meals: Dinner

Hemlock Grove Interpretive Trail; 0.2 miles, easy; Great Glacier Trail; 4 miles, 1,053-ft. elevation gain, moderate

Awake to the cool mountain air and another full breakfast. Today we drive to Rogers Pass Discovery Center in Glacier National Park. Rogers Pass has been designated a National Historic Site in commemoration of its role as an essential link in the building of the transcontinental railway.

First, walk the interpretive boardwalk through old-growth cedar-hemlock forest.

Next, we begin our hike on the Great Glacier Trail. The Illecillewaet Glacier, which has become known simply as the Great Glacier, is the biggest of 131 named glaciers in the park, and its name is Okanagan for “swift water”. The hike starts on a portion of a rail trail, which is what remains of the great Canadian Pacific Railroad in this area, passing the ruins of the Glacier House, once a 90-room luxury hotel. Flora along this trail included Dwarf Dogwood, Leatherleaf Saxifrage, and Lewis Monkeyflower. The view opens up to Illecillewaet Glacier Falls to the east and Cheops, Ursus Minor and Grizzly Mountains to the north. Pause here for your box lunch and then retrace your way back.

Once you are back at the lodge, unwind in your uncomplicated alpine hideaway. Later, enjoy another gourmet cabin-style dinner.

Accommodation: Heather Mountain Lodge, Golden, British Columbia
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Canoe or kayak, easy, 3 hours; Marble Canyon; 1 mile, easy

This morning, after a hearty mountain breakfast, travel (1 hour driving time) to the Columbia River, home to the Columbia Wetlands, the largest intact wetlands in North America, and provides the life support system for hundreds of thousands of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. They sustain the second-largest concentration of great blue heron residents in western Canada, more than 300 pairs. Migrating waterfowl—15,000 each spring and autumn—depend on the wetlands to survive their journeys. Songbirds, shorebirds and birds of prey rely on the Columbia Wetlands, as do Kokanee salmon, Rocky Mountain whitefish, ling cod and several varieties of trout.

You will paddle downstream in a canoe or kayak through the wetlands which are nestled between British Columbia’s Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges. These wetlands are the source of the largest river flowing into the Pacific Ocean in North America—the mighty Columbia. It is here in BC’s own wild backyard that everything begins.

These wetlands provide essential winter habitat for hundreds of elk and deer. Moose, wolf, cougar, coyote, beaver, river otter and grizzly bears are just some of the larger mammals that call this place home.

Conclude your float at the Captain’s Dock for a filling BBQ lunch. You will be struck by the sheer beauty and peacefulness of this setting.

Next, you will travel (2 hours driving time) through Kootenay National Park, pausing to walk the interpretive Marble Canyon trail which is located at a hanging valley where Tokumm Creek joins the Vermillion River. (Tokumm is a native word that means “red fox.”). Transfer to your lodge in Kananaskis (1.5 hours driving time), your home for the night. Upon arrival, check in and unwind before joining your group for dinner at the lodge. During our special farewell dinner, savor locally sourced food served family-style accompanied by wines from British Columbia.

Accommodation: Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Kananaskis Country
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an early included breakfast at Pomerpoy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. Then, shuttle to Calgary International Airport (YYC) at 8:30 a.m. (1.5 hours travel time); you’ll arrive by 10:00 a.m. for your return flight. We recommend a flight out of Calgary no earlier than 12:00 p.m.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Alberta & British Columbia: Banff, Yoho & the Canadian Rockies 6
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2022

2022 Post-Tour Extension - Banff

  • Two nights at Fox Hotel and Suites
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

2 Nights From $648
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $548

Once you’ve had an early breakfast at Pomerpoy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, shuttle at 8:30 a.m. to Banff (one hour travel time). You’ll arrive at your Banff hotel by 9:30 a.m. The hotel offers complimentary Banff Roam bus passes and you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Fox Hotel and Suites, Banff
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Fox Hotel and Suites, Banff
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation is provided to Calgary International Airport based upon your departure time and shuttle bus schedule.

Included Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Flight + Tour Combo
Tour Only
Exceptional mountain accommodations Check Check
14 on-tour meals: 5 breakfast, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour (two guides for groups of 8 or more) Check Check
Local wine and/or beer with dinner Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance Check Check
Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour Check Check
Roundtrip airfare Check
One extra night in Calgary Check
Airport car service for arrival and at departure Check
Pre-tour breakfast Check
Business-class upgrades available Check
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Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

7 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $948

Departing From Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Tour Only

6 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $848

Call Required

Sat, Jul 2 - Fri, Jul 8, 2022

$4,348

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Sun, Jul 3 - Fri, Jul 8, 2022

$3,648

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Private Group

Sat, Jul 30 - Fri, Aug 5, 2022

$4,348

Private Group

Sun, Jul 31 - Fri, Aug 5, 2022

$3,648

Sat, Aug 13 - Fri, Aug 19, 2022

$4,348

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Sun, Aug 14 - Fri, Aug 19, 2022

$3,648

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Sat, Aug 27 - Fri, Sep 2, 2022

$4,348

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Sun, Aug 28 - Fri, Sep 2, 2022

$3,648

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Sat, Sep 10 - Fri, Sep 16, 2022

$4,248

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Sun, Sep 11 - Fri, Sep 16, 2022

$3,548

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Sat, Sep 17 - Fri, Sep 23, 2022

$4,248

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Sun, Sep 18 - Fri, Sep 23, 2022

$3,548

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Sat, Sep 24 - Fri, Sep 30, 2022

$4,248

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Sun, Sep 25 - Fri, Sep 30, 2022

$3,548

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