Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Arrive Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Arrive in Calgary, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore this magnificent Scottish Baronial castle, often called the Castle of the Rockies, or walk to the charming nearby town of Banff.
Banff | Mountain Heli-hiking Adventure
Accompanied by your expert guide, lift off for a helicopter ride over pristine lakes and stunning mountain valleys in the Canadian Rockies. Land on an alpine meadow and trek through the wilderness watching for elk, deer, bighorn sheep and other mountain dwellers in their natural habitat. This afternoon, hike around Johnson Lake and spot wildlife, beaver dams and an old trapper’s cabin, surrounded by exquisite views of Mount Rundle.
Jasper | Jasper National Park
Drive through the spectacular Canadian Rockies to Jasper, along the Icefields Parkway through Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop en route for an exhilarating ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier, taking in vistas of the Columbia Ice Field with its ice-blue crevasses, which extend across the Continental Divide. Listen as your guide explains the concept of active glaciation and points out the highlights of the glacially carved landscape. After arriving at your hotel, inside Jasper National Park, stroll along emerald-green Lake Beauvert, watching for elk, moose and deer. This evening, weather permitting, make your way to Jasper's Maligne Canyon for a guided stargazing experience with a local astronomer, exploring some of the darkest skies in the Rockies using a state-of-the-art telescope, with hot chocolate and snacks at the ready. You might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights (aurora borealis), before privately transferring back to your hotel.
Jasper | River Float & Canyon Trek
Set out this morning on a canyoning trek through Morro Canyon. The art of descending steeply walled gorges and valleys using ropes, canyoning is a thrilling way to experience nature. Meet your expert climbing guides at a designated trailhead and get outfitted in top-of-the-line gear. Head out on a moderate hike up from the canyon’s entrance, and then begin your descent, sliding, scrambling and rappelling your way down the mountainside. After completing your rousing adventure, return to town for lunch at leisure. This afternoon, relax as you embark on a scenic float trip down the gentle Athabasca River, tracing a route once used by the 18th-century fur traders. Listen as your guide captivates your family with tales of the frontier past and keep an eye out for beaver, elk and osprey, while perhaps even glimpsing a moose, bear or wolf. Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Lake Louise | Hiking Parker Ridge
Drive to Lake Louise, stopping en route for a brief hike along Parker Ridge with its magnificent vistas of the Saskatchewan Glacier. Enjoy the scent of the forest and the wild flowers as you walk, observing the abundant birds and wildlife, including the iconic mountain goats that dot the steep surrounding terrain. Then, continue to postcard-perfect Lake Louise, a shimmering freshwater gem ringed by majestic glaciers and peaks, and check in to your hotel, a luxury destination in its own right for generations of travellers.
Lake Louise | Moraine Lake
This morning, join your expert guide for a moderate hike around the iconic glacially fed Moraine Lake, absorbing breathtaking views of its brilliant turquoise waters. Learn about the region’s ecology and geography from your local guide, who also tells colorful stories of local history, culture and wildlife on your way to the Lake Louise Summer Gondola, a protected grizzly bear habitat. Sit back and relax in the chairlift as you climb to 6,850 feet above sea level, keeping an eye out for resident bears along the way. Admire sweeping views of Lake Louise and the Bow Valley when you reach the top, and then enjoy a break for lunch at a picturesque mountainside restaurant. Head back into town for a relaxing afternoon horseback ride to a remote mountain teahouse nestled high above Lake Louise. Arrive in time for afternoon tea — or your beverage of choice — while admiring the surrounding massive peaks. Descend back down the mountain and enjoy your evening at leisure.
This morning, privately transfer to Calgary International Airport for your departing flight.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
VIEW SIX GLACIERS ON A SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT
Lift off for a brief yet vista-filled 20-minute helicopter flight over six glaciers, to view amazing natural splendors, including a 900-foot-tall waterfall and two sparkling, aqua-green lakes.
MEET A MOUNTIE
For an experience that’s as Canadian as it gets, meet a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Resplendent in red serge jackets, dashing brown felt hats, tall polished leather boots and classic riding pants, Canada’s iconic Mounties rank among the country’s greatest national symbols. Enjoy an informal chat and take part in a Q&A session with a retired Canadian Mountie dressed in full regalia. Hear exciting and colorful stories of the rich history and traditions of the legendary national police force, and pose for a memorable photo.
WHITEWATER RAFTING ON THE FRASER RIVER
Embark on an exhilarating ride down the Fraser River on challenging Grade 3 rapids — a wet and wild adventure suitable for the entire family. From your launching point in the shadow of the Mount Robson, test your mettle against the turbulent rapids and swirling eddies of the “Mighty Fraser.” Make a short portage around thundering Rearguard Falls and continue down the river, splashing through large rapids dwarfed by steep canyon walls and watch for wildlife and spawning salmon.
Explore Canmore’s Rat’s Nest Cave system on this underground adventure. Meet your expert spelunking guide for gear-fitting and a quick safety briefing, and then set out on a brief hike up a mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the way, listen as your guide points out fossils, discusses the geology of the region and identifies any wildlife you may encounter. Once inside the cave, be prepared for climbing and crawling, as you explore this magnificent wonder. Wend your way through "the Box," the Five Way Chamber and the Grand Gallery before finally ending up in the Grotto — one of the highlights this two-hour-plus adventure, with its crystal-clear pool and walls covered in stalactites and stalagmites.