Explore the national parks of the Northern Rockies, including Glacier National Park in northern Montana and Jasper and Banff National Parks in the heart of Canada. 

Starting at: $5,991 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Landscape of Glacier National Park  St. Mary Lake and Windjammer drive, Glacier National Park  The scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park  Landscape of Glacier National Park  Vivid sunset over Glacier National Park.  Credit: Tom Crouse  Black bear near Banff  Bull elk in Jasper National Park  Coyote in Banff National Park  Mountain goat, as seen along Icefields Parkway  Bighorn Sheep, as seen along Icefields Parkway  Banff National Park  Scenic Lake Louise, Banff  Ice coach tour of Athabasca Glacier, Banff National Park  Jasper National Park  Town of Jasper nestled amid the mountains

The Northern Rockies

Featuring Glacier, Banff, and Jasper National Parks

11 days from $5,991 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore the national parks of the Northern Rockies, including Glacier National Park in northern Montana and Jasper and Banff National Parks in the heart of Canada. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

“Great division of time spent between Montana and Canada. Spectacular, jaw-dropping scenery and overall one of our best trips ever!”

- Susane and Paul, N.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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Hyatt Regency Calgary

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Well-located near the heart of downtown Calgary, the Hyatt Regency Calgary offers a restaurant and bar, fitness center, hot tub, steam room, spa, and indoor pool. Each of the air-conditioned guest rooms offers private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, WiFi internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 1

St. Mary Lodge

St. Mary, United States

St. Mary Lodge is an upscale full-service lodge located just outside Glacier National Park's east entrance in St. Mary, Montana.

Number of nights: 2

Grouse Mountain Lodge

Whitefish, MT, United States

Set along the 18th fairway of Whitefish Lake Golf Course, Grouse Mountain Lodge offers a rustic, yet contemporary retreat just a short drive from downtown Whitefish, Montana. The lodge includes a restaurant and bar with fireside seating, indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, fitness center, sauna, gift shop, coin-operated laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (please note that service may be intermittent). The lodge also offers a complimentary shuttle to downtown Whitefish. Each air-conditioned guest room has private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Lake Louise Inn

Alberta, Canada

The Lake Louise Inn sits in Lake Louise village, amidst the stunning Canadian Rockies and just a short drive from its famed namesake lake. Amenities of this authentic lodge retreat include three restaurants, fitness center, heated indoor pool and whirlpools, coin-operated laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (which may be limited). Our guest rooms feature private bath with hairdryer, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 1

Whistler’s Inn

Jasper, Alberta, Canada

Whistler’s Inn is located in the specialized municipality of Jasper, Alberta – a town that sits in the very center of Canada’s Jasper National Park.  With stunning natural scenery on all sides, Whistler’s Inn offers a restaurant and pub, steam room, two rooftop hot tubs, three gift shops, laundry service, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath with hairdryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Rimrock Resort

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Seemingly dropped into the middle of the mountains and soaring pines of Banff National Park, Rimrock Resort offers unmatched views of the Canadian Rockies.  The hotel’s amenities include two restaurants, two lounges, a café, fitness center, indoor pool, spa, sauna, laundry service, and complimentary WiFi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone. 

Number of nights: 2

Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

“Great division of time spent between Montana and Canada. Spectacular, jaw-dropping scenery and overall one of our best trips ever!”

- Susane and Paul, N.
Reading List

Highly Recommended

Switchbacks: True Stories from the Canadian Rockies
By: Sid Marty
In Switchbacks, Sid Marty draws on his own memories and those of friends and former colleagues in relating a series of true mountain tales. Among his subjects are: the old guide who built a staircase up a cliff; the stranded snowshoer who was rescued between rounds of beer in a Banff tavern; the man who catered to hungry grizzlies; an opinionated packrat with a gift for larceny; and a horse named Candy whose heart was as big as a stove.Along the way, Marty tries to answer the kind of questions that all of us must face some day. Do we really have to “grow up” and abandon adventure as well as youthful ideals? Can the mountains draw old friends back together, when politics and life styles have set them apart?Sid Marty writes gracefully of the land he loves and lampoons a few bureaucrats whose policies sometimes threaten its integrity. His portraits of the people – and creatures – that make their lives in the mountains are affectionate and respectful. But, above all, this is a collection of engaging, surprising, funny, and superbly told true stories by a gifted writer.
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants & Animals (A Pocket Naturalist Guide)
By: James Kavanagh, Waterford Press
One of the world's premier wilderness areas, Glacier Bay is known for its large, contiguous, intact ecosystems, still dominated by natural processes. This beautifully illustrated guide, produced with the assistance of Alaska Geographic, highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of mammals, birds, fishes, seashore creatures, trees, shrubs and wildflowers and includes a regional map. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Created in collaboration with Alaska Geographic. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this guide goes to support the important work of Alaska Geographic. Made in the USA.
Moon Canadian Rockies: With Banff & Jasper National Parks: Hike, Camp, See Wildlife (Travel Guide)
By: Hempstead, Andrew
Moon Glacier National Park (Travel Guide)
By: Lomax, Becky

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