Discover some of the most spectacular landscapes of the Northern Rocky Mountains during leisurely hikes and drives through Glacier, Banff, and Jasper National Parks—all World Heritage site parks.

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 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 $6,391 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover some of the most spectacular landscapes of the Northern Rocky Mountains during leisurely hikes and drives through Glacier, Banff, and Jasper National Parks—all World Heritage site parks.

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Tour Details

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.

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Overview

In the northern reaches of the Rocky Mountains craggy peaks laced with snow and glaciers form cathedrals around turquoise alpine lakes. These natural treasures are protected in a string of World Heritage-listed national parks that straddle the border between Canada and Montana. Make your way through four of these parks: Waterton Lakes, Glacier, Jasper, and Banff, exploring on walks and hikes and thrilling glacier excursions. Along the way, enjoy free time to hike or explore western towns, and take in jaw-dropping views from mountaintops, lake cruises, and historic lodges.

Highlights Include

  • Waterton Lakes National Park: Encounter the majesty of the Canadian Rockies during a drive through Waterton Lakes, and stop for lunch with a view at the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel—built in the 1920s on the edge of Upper Waterton Lake.
  • Glacier National Park: Hike between mountains and plains along St. Mary Lake, then take in the stunning scenery on a lake cruise. Ride a historic “Red Jammer” up the breathtaking Going-to-the-­Sun Road. Go for a hike in Whitefish, Montana and ride a chairlift to a mountain summit for 360˚views of the Rockies.
  • Banff National Park: Stay in two different regions of spectacular Banff. Hike along emerald Lake Louise, often called the "crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies," and rise early to see the lake in the early light. In the southern reaches of the park, ride a gondola to the top of 8,000-foot Sulphur Mountain, and drive Tunnel Mountain Road to two of the park’s highlights: the Hoodoos and Bow Falls. At the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, learn oil and watercolor painting techniques from a local artist and enjoy time to create your own work of art—and browse the collection.
  • Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier: Set out on a once-in-a-lifetime "ice coach" tour of Athabasca Glacier, riding onto the ice to explore the glacier up close. Later, venture out onto the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, an observation deck with a transparent floor suspended nearly 1,000 feet above the valley. 
  • Jasper National Park: Discover the fascinating geology of Maligne Canyon and cruise past iconic Spirit Island on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Soar up into the peaks on the Jasper Skytram, and drive along the Columbia Icefields Parkway, watching for bears, moose, elk, and mountain goats.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Calgary, Canada

Arrive in Calgary and check in to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy time to explore this cosmopolitan Canadian city on your own before gathering tonight for an orientation and a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2 — Waterton Lakes National Park / St. Mary, U.S.

Leave Calgary by coach this morning for the scenic drive into the Rockies. Stop for lunch at the famed Prince of Wales Hotel, a relic of the golden age of railway travel in Canada, built in the 1920s on the shores of Upper Waterton Lake. Take in the splendid lake views here, then cross the 49th parallel and enter the United States. Late this afternoon, arrive at your lodge in St. Mary, on the edge of Glacier National Park, and enjoy dinner there together tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Glacier National Park

The tenth national park to be named in the United States, Glacier National Park covers nearly 1,600 square miles of northern Montana, a wilderness of rugged mountains, gem-like alpine lakes, wildflower-strewn meadows, and glacial valleys. Begin your exploration of this national treasure with a morning hike along St. Mary Lake, which marks the transition between the Great Plains to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. Then set off on a cruise, admiring panoramic views of the lake and the peaks that encircle it. You’ll have free time this afternoon to explore the nearby trails or relax at the lodge enjoying the majesty of your surroundings. (B,D)

Day 4 — Glacier National Park and Whitefish, Montana

Step into a bygone era as you board Red Jammers, sightseeing vehicles with roll-back canvas tops used in the park since the 1930s. Your route this morning ascends the fabled Going-to-the-Sun Road, which winds its way up the mountainside to Logan Pass, offering breathtaking views at every hairpin turn. After time for lunch on your own, continue southwest by motorcoach, crossing the Continental Divide and arriving late in the afternoon in the resort town of Whitefish. (B,D)

Day 5 — Whitefish

From the Lion Mountain Trailhead, venture into the forest on a leisurely three-mile hike along the Whitefish Trail, which passes through pristine pine forests and ends at a viewpoint overlooking Skyles Lake. At the popular ski area of Whitefish Mountain Resort, ride chairlifts to the mountain’s summit for 360-degree views of the Montana Rockies. Visit the Summit Nature Center to learn more about the mountain and its flora and fauna. Return to the hotel in time for lunch on your own and an afternoon and evening at leisure to discover the lively mountain town of Whitefish. (B)

Day 6 — Banff National Park, Canada

Follow the Rockies north into British Columbia, Canada during a full-day drive through spectacular scenery. After lunch along the way, trace the western edge of the Canadian Rockies to world-famous Banff National Park. Ascend to Lake Louise, often called the crown jewel of Banff, and settle into your hotel. Before dinner, go on an easy hike for a first view of the stunning lake, originally called Emerald Lake for its brilliant hue. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Columbia Icefield and Jasper National Park

Start the day at a viewing platform soaking up the mystical beauty of Lake Louise in the early morning light. Then travel the Icefield Parkway to the 125-square-mile Columbia Icefield, which straddles the border of Banff and Jasper National Park. Board the Ice Explorer, a specially designed all-terrain vehicle that will bring you right onto the ice of Athabasca Glacier. High up on the glacier, you’ll have time to explore, take photos, and fill your water bottles with the pure glacier water. Descend to the base station for lunch before continuing into Jasper National Park to your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Jasper

Immerse yourself in extraordinary scenery today, witnessing the geological marvel of Maligne Canyon and the cerulean waters of Maligne Lake, the largest glacial lake in the Canadian Rockies. Board a boat for a morning cruise, taking in a vista of sky-scraping mountain peaks, deep-green forests, and three glaciers. Glide by Spirit Island for a chance to capture your own version of the quintessential Canadian Rockies photograph. This afternoon, soar up to the highest peaks aboard the Jasper Skytram and take in magnificent views that include Mount Robson, the highest summit in the Canadian Rockies. (B)

Day 9 — Jasper and Banff

Return to the Icefields Parkway, paralleling the Continental Divide as you head back toward Banff National Park. Set out on a thrilling excursion across the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway that leads to an observation deck with a transparent floor suspended nearly 1,000 feet above the valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch amid this jaw-dropping scenery, then continue to your hotel in lower Banff National Park. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Banff

Your last day in the Canadian Rockies begins with a ride aboard the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, named for the hot springs on its lower flank. Rising 8,000 feet above the town of Banff, the summit affords magnificent views of six mountain ranges on a clear day. Follow Tunnel Mountain Road to a cluster of limestone pinnacles known as the Hoodoos and stop to see storied Bow Falls. Back in Banff this afternoon, head to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, which showcases the art and indigenous cultures of the Rockies. Here, you’ll have a special opportunity to learn oil and watercolor techniques from a local artist. Then find a spot on the museum’s grounds to paint your own work of art. Browse the museum’s collection of artwork and cultural artifacts from the Canadian Rockies at your leisure. Tonight, celebrate your Rockies adventure with a farewell dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 11 — Banff and Depart for the U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the Calgary airport for your flight home. (B)

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