Enjoy views of snowcapped mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows, and spectacular glacier-fed lakes during hikes and walks in Montana's Glacier National Park and Alberta's Waterton Lakes National Park.

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 Vivid sunset over Glacier National Park.  Credit: Tom Crouse  Waterton Village  Many Glacier at Glacier National Park  Black bear in the wild   Bald Eagle in flight  Glacier National Park.  Credit: Ryan Grayson

Exploring Glacier and Waterton National Parks

6 days from $3,995

Enjoy views of snowcapped mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows, and spectacular glacier-fed lakes during hikes and walks in Montana's Glacier National Park and Alberta's Waterton Lakes National Park.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was a trip we have always dreamed of taking! The views were spectacular, the Red Jammer tour on Going to the Sun Road was amazing and the Island Lakes Lodge in Canada was one of the most beautiful resorts, and most delicious food, ever!

- Angela C.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Montana’s Glacier National Park and Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park form the first international Peace Park and protect a vast wilderness of spectacular geology, diverse wildlife, and vivid wildflowers. Discover nature at its best on this new outdoor program, accompanied by top naturalists who lead leisurely hikes and walks through breathtaking valleys surrounded by snowcapped Mountains.

Highlights Include:

  • Glacier National Park (est. 1910): Travel the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road, renowned for its landscape of deep valleys, glacial features, craggy mountains, wildflowers, and wildlife. Discover the wonders at Many Glacier during a variety of hikes; view massive mountains, active glaciers, sparkling lakes, and abundant wildlife; and learn why this area is a favorite for visitors the world over.
  • Waterton National Park: Travel north to Canada and marvel at windswept mountains that rise abruptly out of gentle prairie grassland. Experience several different ecological regions in a landscape shaped by wind, fire, flooding, and features abundant plants and wildlife.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Bring along your binoculars and keep a constant lookout for moose, Big Horn sheep, mountain goats, bears, and more.

This was a trip we have always dreamed of taking! The views were spectacular, the Red Jammer tour on Going to the Sun Road was amazing and the Island Lakes Lodge in Canada was one of the most beautiful resorts, and most delicious food, ever!

- Angela C.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Glacier National Park

This morning meet at 9:00am and depart for Glacier National Park. First, we will see spectacular Lake McDonald, the deepest of all the lakes in Glacier National Park. Travel the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road on the iconic Red Jammers, enjoying breathtaking views at every turn, from deep valleys, glacial features, craggy mountains, and abundant wildlife. Look for Blue grouse, bald and golden eagles, bear, deer, and mountain goats foraging on the slopes. This evening check in to Many Glacier Hotel and enjoy dinner looking out across the stunning Swiftcurrent Lake. (L,D)

Day 2 — Many Glacier Area

Watch the rugged, picturesque mountains of Glacier light up with the rising sun as the morning begins. After breakfast take a quick stroll around Many Glacier Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, with original construction dating back to 1915. Then, we have the full day to hike and explore the beautiful Many Glacier area of this spectacular National Park.  Throughout the day, your special Glacier guide explains the natural and cultural history of the area. Look for wildlife such as Mountain goats, which are common on Grinnell Point, bighorn sheep often seen near Ptarmigan Lake and Grizzly bears which, if you’re lucky, can be seen foraging on the treeless slopes above Many Glacier. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Many Glacier / Waterton Lakes National Park

After breakfast we depart for the Canadian border, enjoying stops along the way to stretch our legs, take in the scenery, and discuss majestic Chief Mountain’s religious significance with the Blackfeet Nation. We arrive in Waterton Lakes National Park in time for lunch before an afternoon boat cruise across Upper Waterton Lake, a long, magnificent lake, stretching from Waterton Township through the mountains across the international border into Glacier National Park. View majestic towering cliffs, unusual geological formations, beautiful waterfalls, and snow-clad mountain peaks. Scan the hillsides for bear, moose, mountain sheep, and mountain goats. Later in the day, check in to the Bayshore Inn, located on the banks of Upper Waterton Lake. 

Day 4 —Waterton Lakes National Park / Island Lake Lodge

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll depart the hotel for hikes and walks in the area. Outings will be based on the interest and skill level of the group. Set out north towards Pincher Creek and then west to the town of Frank where we will discover the town’s unique history as a mining enclave and learn about the devastating Frank Slide of 1903. Walking over and around the large boulders, it’s a powerful experience to imagine the homes, tents, stables, and coal mine that were buried. The surreal landscape is a testament to the ultimate authority of nature and the reality of frontier life in the mountains.

Continue on to the beautiful Elk Valley, surrounded by rugged mountain ranges in all directions. Check in to the secluded, luxury Island Lake Lodge, a private enclave surrounded by over 7,000 acres of wilderness nestled deep in the Canadian Rockies. This evening gather with fellow travelers and your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a festive dinner at Island Lake’s gourmet restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Island Lake Lodge

This morning you’ll have the opportunity to take hikes through cedar boreal forest located right outside your door of this wilderness lodge.  For the more adventuresome there will be an option for a more strenuous afternoon hike. This evening we’ll gather for a final farewell dinner together. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Fernie / Whitefish, Montana

This morning, depart the Elk Valley and travel south to the U.S. border. Cross into Montana and return to Kalispell and Glacier Park International Airport for afternoon flights home.  (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)