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Connections Boutique Group Journeys

North America: Canadian Rockies 2017


8 Days from TBA

Limited to 24 guests

Hike vibrant Emerald Lake with a naturalist guide, ride across the Athabasca glacier, enjoy a barbecue lunch near Sunwapta Falls, trek the thrilling Glacier Skywalk and float down Banff's Bow River.

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Discover Alberta's bright blue lakes, endless mountains and wildlife, experiencing epic hikes, floats and adventurous drives

Experience a hands-on lesson with a professional photographer at Moraine Lake, enjoying a Boutique Connection at one of the most picturesque lakes in the Canadian Rockies

Feed your adrenaline on the exciting clifftop Glacier Skywalk, which extends along the Sunwapta Valley

Hike Emerald Lake with one of the country's best naturalist guides during a fascinating Boutique Connection

16 meals, with 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
DAY 2
LAKE LOUISE | Pristine Waters
DAY 3
LAKE LOUISE | Flora and Fauna
DAY 4
JASPER | Through the Ice Fields
DAY 5
JASPER | Canyon Skyscrapers
DAY 6
BANFF | Canada’s Stunning First National Park
DAY 7
BANFF | Nestled in Nature
DAY 8
DEPART BANFF
DAY 1
ARRIVE CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

Arrive in Calgary, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a cocktail reception and welcome dinner.

Fairmont Palliser Hotel
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
LAKE LOUISE | Pristine Waters

Drive through the Bow Valley to Johnston Canyon, with its sheer walls, waterfalls, tunnels and pools. Stroll the interpretive walkway before heading to glacially fed Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. Later, experience a Boutique Connection with a hands-on lesson in wildlife and landscape photography from a professional. Try your skills on one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Finish the day at your historic resort set on Lake Louise (5,700 feet).

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
LAKE LOUISE | Flora and Fauna

Travel through serene Yoho National Park, pausing to explore Takakkaw Falls, before proceeding to Emerald Lake, vibrantly colored by glacial sediment. Meet with your expert guide, who reveals the geological and natural forces behind this scenic lake, and describes the breathtaking natural surroundings and habits of the endangered grizzly bear. After lunch, weather permitting, view the Spiral Tunnel and Kicking Horse Natural Bridge. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Lake Louise at your own pace.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4
JASPER | Through the Ice Fields

After a visit to Crowfoot Glacier and the glacier-fed Peyto Lake, travel the scenic Icefields Parkway, along the backbone of the Canadian Rockies. Named after the sprawling ice fields in the area, this is one of the world’s great drives, with roadside wildlife a common sight and vistas of verdant forests and soaring peaks all around. Stop at the massive Athabasca Glacier (7,200 feet) for an exciting ride across its surface on a specially designed vehicle. You also visit Sunwapta Falls, enjoying a barbecue lunch in a stunning, remote setting, before continuing to Jasper National Park and your iconic mountain lodge.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
JASPER | Canyon Skyscrapers

Cruise along the mile-high Maligne Lake to the famous Spirit Island, a tiny islet surrounded by the towering snow-capped Rockies. You may opt to join your fellow guests for a guided hike through the Maligne Canyon, with its impressive 200-foot-tall limestone walls. Later, return to your lodge, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy its natural surroundings and amenities.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
BANFF | Canada’s Stunning First National Park

Today, stop for photos at Athabasca Falls and Mount Kerkeslin. Take a thrilling walk across the new Glacier Skywalk, with a breathtaking view of Sunwapta Valley from a glass-floored platform. Continue to Banff National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site established in 1885 as Canada’s first national park. Arrive at your extraordinary hotel, which is styled after a Scottish Baronial castle and known as the “Castle in the Rockies.”

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
BANFF | Nestled in Nature

Bordered on all sides by wilderness, Banff is a national park resort community surrounded by spectacular nature, home to roaming deer, elk and other wildlife. Begin with a relaxing and memorable float trip down the majestic Bow River. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy Banff at your own pace, perhaps exploring the community’s restaurants, galleries and unique shops. This evening, gather with fellow guests to attend a special farewell dinner.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
DEPART BANFF

This morning, drive to Calgary International Airport where your tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey Details

This journey will have some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: Calgary International Airport arrival at 12:00 p.m. on Day 8.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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