Rocky Mountain Pioneer - Family Vacation

A genuine Canadian experience in breathtaking landscapes. A family trip in the Canadian Rockies with fun activities for children, teenagers and parents.

Tour J, 10 days

The Canadian Rocky Mountains are an impressive outdoor playground offering a multitude of fun activities. During these ten days you spend the days hiking mountain trails, biking world class single track, floating down a mountain river, sightseeing, practising camping skills and much more.

The Timberwolf trained guide for the group ensures that everyone is active and stimulated, while parents, if they so desire, have time to recharge. These days in the fresh mountain air make an unforgettable family adventure.


   

Departs From

Calgary



up to 12 persons
in 10 Days

Family tour in the Rockies with outdoor fun activities and new experiences for young adventurers
Book or Enquire $2225
Les pionniers des rocheuses - vacances en famille

What's Included:

Airport transfers, transportation in 14 passenger van, 2 nights in hotel, other nights in spacious tents, welcome gift, all camping meals from lunch day 12 to lunch day 9, camping equipment (except sleeping bag), hard-foam mattress, admission to the National Parks, camping fees, Banff Gondola, 3-hour rafting trip, full day mountain bike rental with 2-hour skills course and tour of the trails,  hot springs in Jasper, Galaxy Land in Edmonton, services of an expert guide.

Not included:

Personal equipment, sleeping bag, meals in the hotels.

Extras:

Trail-riding $85.00 for two hours
Maligne Lake boat cruise $75.00

Demands:

Moderate hikes with light day pack, activities are suitable for beginners and include necessary equipment and safety gear.
 
Minimum Age: 8 years
 
 

Schedule 2018:

Tour J
07.07 - 16.07
21.07 - 30.07
04.08 - 13.08
Prices: CDN$: CDN$ 2485.00/person
including taxes in twin room and tent:
3rd and 4th person as triple /quad:
CDN$ 2225.00 / person

A family of 4 sharing hotels and tent pays CDN$ 9420.00
Group size: maximum 12
 




  • Complete package for young people.
  • Stimulating outdoor activities.
  • Learning new mountain bike skills.
  • Float trip down a mountain river
  • Five rewarding guided day hikes.
  • Campfire evenings and family time.
  • Extra large, spacious family tents.
  • West Edmonton Mall amusement park
 
 
   

Tour Details

Day 1: CALGARY, Alberta, Canada
Arrival in Calgary, transfer the hotel. Dinner and pre trip information with the guide.

Day 2: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
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
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 3 hour float trip on the Bow River in rubber rafts (included). You sit back and relax as you drift past breathtaking scenery. Wildlife, waterfowl and wildflowers are abundant on this section of the river.

Day 4: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
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 a Canadian mountain day.

 

Day 5: BANFF NATIONAL PARK/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: JASPER NATIONAL PARK
You travel one of the most spectacular alpine routes in the world, the Icefields Parkway. 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
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: 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: 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 ($149.00/adult, $75.00/child 15 years or younger) and hotel in Calgary.

Day 10: Transfer to the Edmonton airport.



Building Block:

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.
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What People are Saying
Wonderful! We loved it. This is a stunning part of Canada; so much to see and do. Dennis was a terrific guide, he made the trip fun and enjoyable!

Amy R. 2016 Tour P9
Absolutely fantastic. Crappy weather for canoeing but even the challenge we faced made the trip great. I grew as a person from this experience, and I loved each place we went to so much. The group dynamics were also excellent!

Laura W. 2016 Tour F
Very good, a lifetime adventure canoe trip. Due to our children being on this trip it was great to have Garrett (a teenager) come along and relate to them. Best day was the Gooseneck Rapids day, including the "recovery" of both the guides..

Rob O 2015, Tour K5