Explore the heart of the Rocky Mountains with a trip through Banff and Jasper National Parks! This 3 day tour through the Canadian Rockies will take you on one of the most scenic highways in the world - The Icefields Parkway! You’ll discover amazing glacial lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine rivers, waterfalls, and wildlife everywhere you look. Departing Banff, the tour will head up to Lake Louise with half a day to hike and explore this iconic area. After visits to the Athabasca Glacier and Falls, we’ll spend a night in a rustic wilderness lodge in the forests just outside of the Jasper town center.
Today we’ll soak up the awe inspiring Banff National Park Area, including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake (seasonal), jagged mountain peaks, raging rivers, Johnston Canyon, various wildlife, the massive Takkakaw Falls (seasonal, but 2nd highest in Canada) and more. Enjoy a real Canadian campfire and look for the Milky Way! Reservations for tonight are made at the HI Lake Louise.
Banff to Rampart Creek via Lake Louise
Our tour begins with visits to the stunning Moraine Lake (seasonal), and one of the world’s most famous lakes, Lake Louise! Then it’s onto the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We’ll make stops to see the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, our favourite Peyto Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon, before arriving at our rustic, wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. Why not take a dip in the creek, then relax in the wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a campfire under the stars tonight?
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): HI Rampart Creek. This is a rustic, wilderness hostel and there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this truly Canadian experience!
Explore the Icefields Parkway, including Columbia Icefields and Maligne Canyon. Look out for wildlife as we explore the back roads around Jasper, before heading back to the rustic Athabasca Falls hostel! It’s another great night by the campfire in a remote location with a star-filled sky. Reservations for tonight are made at the HI Athabasca Falls.
Rampart Creek to Jasper
Our journey continues north along the Icefields Parkway, named one of the most scenic drives in the world by National Geographic. Tick another National Park off your list today because we’re entering Jasper NP! Our first stop in the park is at the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres. You’ll have the chance to get up close to the Athabasca Glacier, or just enjoy the views from the Discovery Centre. Then it’s on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. Afterwards, we’ll roll into the Jasper townsite where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): New HI Jasper
It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas and scenic hikes as we make our way along the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include Parker Ridge (seasonal) and Peyto Lake. Tonight we explore the great nightlife in the pubs, bars and clubs of Banff! (Dinner included). Reservations for tonight are made at the Samesun Banff.
Jasper to Banff
It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas and scenic hikes as we make our way back south. Our first stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. We’ll also stop for a photo opportunity at Tangle Falls, and for an energizing hike at Johnston Canyon, before arriving back in Banff where our tour ends.
Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation Reservations (not included): None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight. We recommend booking at the Samesun Banff where your fellow travellers doing a longer pass will be staying.
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Trip Name: Moose: Athabasca Tour
Duration: 2 Days
From Price: $412
Supplier Tour ID: YBAATH/201113
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