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

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

Early Arrival
In order to be on time for the group departure on August 4th, we recommend that participants arrive in Whitefish, Montana on August 5th. Lodging suggestions will be provided.


Walks and Hikes
This is an easy to moderate hiking adventure. Excursions will be taken at a leisurely pace suitable for study. All travelers should be in good health and be able to keep pace with an active group of travelers during our full and exciting days of adventure.

Passports Required
Participants will need a valid U.S. passport or passport from their native country to cross the border into Canada. Please be sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after departure.

Crossing the Border with Children
Due to international concern over child abduction, single parents, grandparents, or guardians traveling with children often need proof of custody or notarized letters from the other parent authorizing travel.

Crossing the Border with Medication
If you are entering Canada with prescription drugs and syringes used for medical reasons, be sure to keep the medication in its original and labeled container to avoid problems. Syringes should be accompanied by a medical certificate that shows they are for medical use and should be declared to Canadian Customs officials.

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)