North America: Canadian Rockies - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2023)

Discover Canada’s breathtaking natural wonderland on an expertly led itinerary that reveals misty forests and flowery meadows, rapid rivers and vibrant lakes, and astonishing wildlife — all wrapped up in the stunning Canadian Rockies.

Journey Overview

Discover Canada’s breathtaking natural wonderland on an expertly led itinerary that reveals misty forests and flowery meadows, rapid rivers and vibrant lakes, and astonishing wildlife — all wrapped up in the stunning Canadian Rockies.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover Alberta’s bright blue lakes, endless mountains and wildlife, experiencing epic hikes, floats and adventurous drives
  • Take part in a hands-on lesson with a professional photographer at Moraine Lake, one of the most picturesque in the Canadian Rockies
  • Feed your adrenaline as you traverse the massive Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer
  • Hike the vibrantly coloured Emerald Lake region with one of the country’s best naturalist guides
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

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 | Meals: D

Day 2: Lake Louise | Pristine Waters

Drive through the Bow Valley to Johnston Canyon, witnessing its sheer walls, waterfalls, tunnels and pools. Stroll the interpretive walkway before heading to glacially fed Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, where you experience an A&K-exclusive, hands-on lesson in wildlife and landscape photography from a professional. Try your new skills on one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Finish the day at your historic resort set on Lake Louise.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Lake Louise | Flora & Fauna

Travel through serene Yoho National Park, pausing to explore Takakkaw Falls before proceeding to Emerald Lake, vibrantly coloured 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.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Meals: BL

Day 4: Jasper | Through the Ice Fields

Travel to the scenic Icefields Parkway for a full day of adventure. Set along the backbone of the Canadian Rockies and named after the area's sprawling ice fields, the parkway represents one of the world's great drives. See Crowfoot Glacier and the glacier fed Peyto Lake. Stop at the massive Athabasca Glacier (2,133 metres) 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.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: BLD

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 hike with your Resident Tour Director through the Maligne Canyon, taking in its impressive 60-metre-tall limestone walls.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: BD

Day 6: Banff | Canada’s Stunning First National Park

Today, stop for photos of Athabasca Falls and Mount Kerkeslin as you return along the Icefields Parkway 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 | Meals: BL

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. This evening, gather with fellow guests to attend a farewell dinner.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 8: Depart Banff

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

Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains 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 10:00 a.m. on Day 8.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Connections Boutique Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Boutique Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jun 24, 2023 - Jul 1, 2023
Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$4,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jul 22, 2023 - Jul 29, 2023
Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$4,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Aug 12, 2023 - Aug 19, 2023
Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$4,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Aug 19, 2023 - Aug 26, 2023
Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$4,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Aug 26, 2023 - Sep 2, 2023
Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$4,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 2, 2023 - Sep 9, 2023
Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$4,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 16, 2023
Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$4,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire

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