Embark on a high-altitude adventure. Explore the meandering roadways, forested walking paths and spirited waterways of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Cycle along the most spectacular parkway in the country, lined with dazzling snow-capped peaks and abundant wildlife. Retreat to the peace and tranquility of the walking trail as you discover stunning mountain passes rising from the shores of iridescent blue lakes. Feel the energy of the living landscape as you paddle the glacier-fed waters clear enough to reflect the wooded slopes around you. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the ancient rocky landscape by day, and enjoy the luxurious comfort of mountain lodges at night. The magnificence of these dramatic surroundings will leave an impression that is bound to last a lifetime.

Location

Banff

Banff, AB, Canada

Day 1

Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka, Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada

Day 2

Kicking Horse River

Kicking Horse River, Columbia-Shuswap A, BC, Canada

Day 3

Lake Louise

Lake Louise, AB, Canada

Day 4+5

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

4 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
White-water rafting instruction and excursion
Luggage transfers
Transfers to trailheads
Detailed route instructions & maps
GPS data of the route
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Start any date between June 15 and September 15
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

5 days / 4 nights with 3½ days of activities

ARRIVE / DEPART

Banff / Lake Louise

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderately-challenging. Hiking: 10 to 18 km (6 to 11 miles). Cycling: 45 to 50 km average (28 to 31 miles). White-water Rafting: along the Kicking Horse River, through Class II to IV+ rapids (no previous experience is necessary).

TERRAIN

Hilly for cycling, mountainous for hiking.

COST

Classic Accommodation: CAD $1,800
Single Supplement: CAD $500

Luxe Accommodation: CAD $2,100
Single Supplement: CAD $675

Price per person before tax. Alberta applies a 5% GST.

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Hotel availabilities may also necessitate alterations. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us.
Getting to Banff Your tour starts in Banff the oldest and largest town in the National Parks of the Rockies. Located 150 km (94 miles) west of Calgary, Alberta; Banff is situated in the scenic Bow Valley surrounded by Cascade Mtn, Tunnel Mtn, Mt. Rundle, Sulphur Mtn, and Mt. Norquay. There is regularly scheduled air service to Calgary from across North America, with non-stop flights to Calgary from all major Canadian and many US centres, including: Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Dallas & Seattle. Additionally, non-stop international flights are available from London and Frankfurt. A number of companies offer an airport shuttle service to Banff from the Calgary Airport. If you are flying home from Calgary Airport, a special transfer might be necessary to enable you to catch a flight on the same day as the tour end.

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Day 1

Banff

Arrival in Banff. First settled in 1888, this historic resort town has been a magnet for visitors for it’s mountainous surroundings, hot springs, and vibrant town center. Our Area Manager will meet you on your arrival and give you some suggestions on what to see and do here. If time allows on your arrival day, we suggest an easy hike to Johnson Lake.
Hike Distance: 3km, elevation gain minimal.*

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Day 2

Lake Minnewanka

Pedal the scenic network of roads around Banff – exploring Tunnel Mountain and the weirdly shaped Hoodoos. Add on a loop up to Lake Minnewanka, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the Rockies. Once known as Devil’s Lake or Cannibal Lake, Minnewanka is the site of many ghostly occurrences in native legends.
Ride Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 470 m or 51 km, gain 286 m.*

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Day 3

Kicking Horse River

Experience the thrill of whitewater paddling as you are picked up from your accommodation for a day of instruction and excitement on one of Canada’s premier whitewater rivers. Feel yourself whisked downstream by the power of the Kicking Horse River as it carves a path through the rugged wilderness. After the day’s adventure, you will be transferred to your wonderful accommodation near the stunning Lake Louise.
Whitewater rafting: 20 km.*

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Day 4

Lake Louise

You have a number of choices today to explore the staggeringly beautiful scenery of Lake Louise. Step out of your lodge and begin with a hike to the highest teahouse in Canada, hidden in a picturesque alpine valley. Take in the Plain of Six Glaciers and the Beehive formations. You could also take a canoe onto the lake to enjoy a leisurely paddle on the crystalline Lake Louise. Perhaps choose to transfer to the quieter Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks for some peaceful time at this hidden gem.
Hike Distance: 17 km, elevation gain 500 m.*

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Day 5

Departure Day

Take a final stroll through the unforgettable landscape of Lake Louise before your transfer arrives to return you to Banff and onward to home or your next adventure.

(Extra: extend your vacation by spending an extra night or two in Banff or Lake Louise)

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen/available for specific departure.

Classic

The Banff Centre, Banff

Nestled on the side of Tunnel Mountain and just five minutes from downtown, Banff Centre hotel features newly renovated rooms and breathtaking vistas.


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Mountaineer Lodge, Lake Louise

Nestled in a forest with tremendous views, it feels secluded, yet is a scenic five-minute walk from a variety of services and shopping. Guests can visit the whirlpool and steam room area to relax.


Luxe

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

The main lodge complements its natural setting with square timber, post and beam construction and high open ceilings. The decor boasts old-world craftsmanship and a simple, elegant design.


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Post Hotel, Lake Louise

Lake Louise is only a few minutes walk from this rustic inn; after a day of activities, enjoy the rooftop hot tub with a dazzling Victoria Glacier view. The dining room is one of the best in the region.


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Trip starting at
CAD $1,800

Tour Reviews

April 12, 2019

“[Your area manager] was extremely helpful and very nice and supportive. He listened well to us and to the teenage girls and helped us use our open time to the max” and “the trip exceeded our expectations.”

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