Family Vacation and Adventure Tour in CanadaA family camping tour in the Canadian Rockies with outdoor fun for children, teenagers and parents. A genuine Canada adventure holiday for active families in breathtaking mountain settings.
Rocky Mountain Pioneer - Outdoor adventure tour and family vacation, 10 daysThe Canadian Rocky Mountains are an impressive outdoor playground offering a multitude of fun activities. During this guided family trip from Calgary to Edmonton you spend your time hiking mountain trails, biking world class single track, floating down a mountain river, sightseeing, learn camping skills and much more. The tour guide for the group ensures that everyone is active and stimulated, while parents, if they so desire, have some holiday time to recharge. The days in the fresh mountain air make an unforgettable family adventure.
What's Included:Airport transfers, transportation in 14 passenger van, 2 nights in hotels with breakfasts, other nights in spacious tents, welcome gift, camping equipment (except sleeping bag), hard-foam mattress, admission to the National Parks, camping fees, Banff Gondola, 1-hour rafting trip, full day mountain bike rental with skills course and tour of the trails, hot springs in Jasper, Galaxy Land in Edmonton, services of an expert guide.
Not included:Personal equipment, meals (calculate $130.00 for the food kitty), sleeping bag and Thermarest mattress.
Extras:Trail-riding about: $115.00 for two hours
Maligne Lake boat cruise about: $65.00
Demands:Moderate hikes with light day pack, activities are suitable for beginners and include necessary equipment and safety gear.
First Meeting: 18:30 in our hotel in Calgary.
Group size: 4 to 12 persons. Minimum Age: 8 years.
Tour DetailsDay 1: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Arrival in Calgary, transfer the hotel. Dinner and pre trip information with the guide.
Day 2: Banff, easy first hike in the Rocky Mountain National Parks
You board the bus for the ninety minute drive west into the mountains of Banff National Park. On a campground (showers) under pine trees you pitch your tent for the next four days. After lunch on the campground you go for the first hike, perhaps following the shore of Lake Minnewanka. Dinner and evening camp fire on the campground. Hiking time 2 to 3 hours.
Day 3: Banff National Park, gondola and river rafting
The gondola (included) takes you to the summit of Sulfur Mountain where you have a bird’s eye view of the broad valley, the little town of Banff and Tunnel Mountain, shaped like a giant buffalo, sleeping beside the river. From here the easy 1 km trail leads to Sanson Peak where Norman Sanson used to live for many years to record the weather. For the afternoon, a fun filled 7 km float trip on the Bow River in rubber rafts (included). You sit back and relax as you drift past the hoodoos (bizarre rock formations) in the valley between Tunnel Mountain and the towering face of Mount Rundle.
Day 4: Banff National Park, mountain biking
Today you hit the trails on a mountain bike on some of the best cross country trails in Rockies. After a one hour skills course you are ready to spend the day exploring the trails and single track. The bikes are first rate and the trails offer such variety that everyone can enjoy this day. An evening of stories around the campfire makes the perfect end to the day of your family vacation.
Day 5: Banff National Park, side trip to Lake Louise
In the picture postcard scenery around famous Lake Louise you are in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Walk the shore of the turquois colored lake, rent a canoe, or find a bench and just take in the view. Among the number of easy to more strenuous trails the guide suggests the 3.5 km (2 mi) path with 400 m gain (1325 ft) to the historic tea house by an alpine lake. Here a network of trails is tempting you to go further and higher to nearby peaks and glaciers. Hiking time 3 to 5 hours.
Day 6: Icefields Parkway into Jasper National Park
You travel one of the most spectacular alpine routes in the world, the Icefields Parkway of the Canadian Rockies. Bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wapiti and bears can often be seen right by the side of the road. At the immense Columbia Icefields you hike 2.5 km to a ridge with magnificent wide angle views of Saskatchewan Glacier, Mounts Athabasca and Andromeda and the icy cap of Snow Dome. Mighty Athabasca Falls count among the attractions of Jasper National Park. You can make your way down into an abandoned canyon carved out of the rocks by the raging waters over millions of years. Three days on a campground (showers) near the mountain village of Jasper. Hiking time 1 to 2 hours.
Day 7: Jasper National Park, hiking at Maligne Lake
You walk along the narrow Maligne Canyon, the river roaring through the narrow gorge, up to 50 m (165 ft) below you. A side trip high into the mountains to Maligne Lake takes you through a valley once thought to be magical because of a large lake along the way, which disappears during the summer. Here again is a good chance to see wildlife from close up. At Maligne Lake you hike an 8 km (5 mile) circuit through flower covered alpine meadows to an elevation of 2150 m (7190 ft), or take a 90 minute boat cruise (optional) to Spirit Island at the far end of the lake. This evening a photo safari to spot more animals. Hiking time 2 – 4 hours.
Day 8: activities and options in Jasper National Park
So many choices. Suggested is a trail ride in western saddle into the mountains on quiet horses, led by experienced horse wranglers. There are also bike and canoe rentals, white water rafting, as well as swimming in a clear mountain lake. The guide will be happy to make the arrangements. The peak experience of Sulphur Skyline is a perfect last impression of the Rocky Mountains. Starting almost at tree line with a short but steep climb you reach a ridge with the most excellent views. The reward is the relaxing warm outdoor pool of the Miette Hot Springs (included). Hiking time 3 hours.
Day 9: end of family trip in Edmonton
Now you leave the mountains behind and drive 4 hours through ranch and farm country to Edmonton. Your hotel is near West Edmonton Mall, the gigantic shopping and amusement center with a roller coaster, wave pool, ice skating rink, mini golf, hundreds of shops, dozens of restaurants and much, much more. A day pass for any of the rides in Galaxy Land is included. Your tour ends with arrival at the hotel.
Please let us know well in advance if you prefer to end you tour in CALGARY. We can book the bus transfer on day 9 from Jasper to Calgary (app. $160.00/adult, $85.00/child 15 years or younger) and hotel in Calgary.
Day 10: Transfer to the Edmonton airport.
Day 1: Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
Day 9: Quality Hotel West Edmonton
Tour K5 – Mountain Rivers Canoe Adventure (5 days). On day 9 you join your new group in Jasper for canoe training on a quiet lake in the foothills. Your trip ends 4 days later with arrival in the hotel in Edmonton late afternoon. Minimum age is 12 years for the canoe trips.