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Marvel at the majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains while experiencing the joy of camping in the great outdoors. We recommend that this tour be considered between May and September as many of the activities are weather dependent.
Day 1– Arrive in Calgary and transfer to Kananaskis Country, approximately 45 minutes drive from Calgary. You choose! Stay in an authentic Sioux tipi or a rustic trappers tent.
Day 2 -After a light breakfast, travel to one of the local ranches for a two hour trail ride through the spectacular views of the Kananaskis area, followed by a delicious barbecued steak lunch. In the afternoon, you will then enjoy a vigorous hike along the beautiful banks of the Kananaskis River before returning to your camp for dinner.
Day 3 –You will travel to Banff National Park after breakfast to spend the next three nights staying in accommodation that melds the architecture of both an A-frame cabin and a prospector’s tent. Following lunch, a Parks Canada staff member will orient you to the topography and environment of the area. Take some time to explore your surroundings before heading into the charming town of Banff for dinner.
Day 4 –The Banff Upper Hot Springs will be your stop after breakfast today for a soak in the warm natural mineral water, surrounded by stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Lunch will be at the café, after which you are welcome to visit the incredible Banff Springs Hotel and then spend some free time exploring the Banff town site until dinner, before returning for your last night at the camp.
Day 5 –ExquisiteLake Louise will be today’s stop, where you will have time for both lunch and shopping. On your way back to the camp, stop at Johnston Canyon for an invigorating half day hike to the Upper Falls, followed by a delectable take-out meal to be relished back at base camp.
Day 6 –An early morning departure will take you northto the Columbia Icefield, the most massive and majestic icefield in the Rocky Mountains of North America. Your glacier adventure will begin with an exciting ride upon the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in an all-terrain Ice Explorer. The tour includes a thrilling stroll along the cliff-edged Glacier Skywalk. Enjoy a yummy lunch in the cafe before continuing to the town of Jasper. Here you will stay in rustic tent cabins for three nights.
Day 7 – Today, breathtaking views will be spread out before you as you take the Jasper SkyTram to the top of Whistler Mountain. Spend some time hiking and exploring this gorgeous region before enjoying lunch in the Summit Cafe. Later, discover nearby mountain lakes and enjoy a swim in their refreshing waters prior to returning to the camp for an evening meal.
Day 8 –Weather dependent, anafternoon picnic beside one of the stunning mountain lakes is planned for today! Enjoy some free time in the Jasper town site for any last minute souvenir shopping and sightseeing before dinner at the camp.
Day 9 – Depart the camp after breakfast and travel South to the memorable landscapes of Drumheller, located in Alberta’s Badlands. After a lunch in town, you will transfer to the haunted hotel in the local community of Wayne. Take time to explore the mysterious town, then eat a tasty dinner in the Last Chance Saloon.
Day 10 –Today’s visit is to the world famous Royal Tyrell Museum, which features ten signature galleries devoted to paleontology, 40 dinosaur skeletons, and more than 110,000 fossil specimens. It would be easy to spend an entire day at this engaging museum, but the group will also experience the spectacular scenery in the area, including a trip to the mysterious hoodoos before dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11 –For breakfast, youmay have a chance to devour some waffles at Whifs Flap Jack House! Then it’s time to travel back to Calgary to board your flight home full of memories of this incredible camping adventure in the mountains.
- Schedule may vary depending upon weather
Participants must bring a sleeping bag and a signed permission form if they plan to take part in swimming, rafting, or canoeing activities.
Minimum group size of 12 students + 1 adult chaperone
Students aged 14 – 17 at the time of arrival
What is Include in the Program:
– breakfasts and dinners
– 2 Hour Horse Back Riding Adventure and BBQ Steak Lunch
– Cave & Basin Historic Site and Banff Upper Hot Springs
– Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer & Glacier Sky Walk
– Jasper Skytram
– Royal Tyrell Museum
– Tents and Camping Equipment (excluding personal equipment such as sleeping bag & mattress *)
– All National Park Entry Fees
– All Transportation (by 15 Passenger Bus or similar)
– Driver / guide
* sleeping bag and / or mattress rentals or purchases may be arranged by request