Are you and your family ready for a new family adventure among the lakes, glaciers, and alpine wonderlands of Western Canada? If so, here is a wonderful seven-day adventure to consider when you make plans for a family vacation.
The tour departs at 3:00 PM from Calgary Airport. Your family adventure in the Canadian Rockies starts with a trip to Lake Louise. Walk down to the lake and look up; it’s like you’ve stepped right into a picture postcard, where the forest around you is reflected in the mirror-like water.
Start your day in the Rockies with a drive from Lake Louise to turquoise-blue Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. After lunch, you will set off on an unforgettable journey along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park. There are mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and snowfields as far as the eye can see. There are also moose, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, or bears you may see along the way.
Enjoy a full day in Jasper National Park. Your family can rent bikes, a canoe, a paddle boat or kayak, play tennis or racquetball, or hit a bucket of balls at the driving range.
Today you will enjoy cascading waterfalls, mysterious potholes, age-old fossils, lush plant life, and towering, chalky limestone walls as you explore Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park. One of the most beautiful canyons in the Rockies, it was created about 160 million years ago. Afterward, take off on an exciting white water raft trip along the glacier-fed Athabasca River; fresh from the massive Columbia Icefield, these same waters will eventually flow all the way into the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans.
Today you will visit the Columbia Icefield. As you step across glacial ice more than 400 years old, look up and you’ll see what looks like tiny toy trucks crawling along the ice. They’re specially designed Ice Explorer vehicles which your family will ride as you climb up the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Later, watch for soaring eagles, hawks, grizzlies and caribou as you return to the Icefields Parkway and depart for Banff National Park.
Enjoy the most beautiful Banff National Park’s 2,500 square miles of valleys, mountains, glaciers, meadows and forests. Today, you can shop in the village of Banff or relax in the world-class Willow Stream Spa. Take in a round of golf or engage in other activities such as hiking – or simply sit back and take in the alpine scenery. As an optional tour, you can ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for amazing views of six mountain ranges, and visit the historic Cave & Basin, the Whyte Museum, the Banff Park Museum, and the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum.
Return to your home city.
Upon arrival home, someone will be busy uploading all the pictures into the computer and printing out photo after photo of the most breathtaking sites you have ever seen. This Canadian Rockies adventure is one that will be talked about for years to come. That’s a promise!