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Two Week Camping Trek in Alberta
July or August, 2017
Day 1 – Arrive in Calgary and transfer to Kananaskis Country, approximately 45 minutes drive from Calgary. Here you will stay in authentic Sioux tipis.
Day 2 – After a light breakfast, you will head over to one of the local ranches for a 2 hour trail ride with a spectacular view of the Kananaskis area, followed by a delicious barbecued steak lunch. This afternoon, you will enjoy a hike along the banks of the Kananaskis River. Return to your camp for dinner.
Day 3 – This morning you will travel to the town of Canmore for breakfast and some free time in its picturesque downtown. After lunch, you will take in a two hour white water rafting experience on the Kananaskis River. Return to the camp for dinner.
Day 4: After breakfast, you will travel into Banff National Park. Enjoy a half day hike up Tunnel Mountain to visit the Cave and Basin Historic Site & Banff Upper Hot springs. In the evening, enjoy cooking by the open campfire and commence three nights of camping in Banff National Park.
Day 5 – Full day hiking in the surrounding Banff area. In the evening return to camp and enjoy the campfire under a star filled sky.
Day 6 – This morning you will travel to the beautiful Lake Louise, where you will have time for lunch and shopping. On your way back to the camp, stop at Johnston Canyon for a half day hike to the Upper Falls.
Day 7 – You will need to leave early this morning as it is going to be a busy day ! Travel North to the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains of North America. Your glacier adventure will begin with a ride onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier in an all-terrain Ice Explorer. The tour includes a stop on the glacier and a stroll along the cliff-edged walkway of the Glacier Skywalk. In the evening, you will camp just outside the town of Jasper.
Day 8 – Today, you will experience breathtaking views as you take the Jasper SkyTram to the top of Whistler Mountain. Spend some time hiking and exploring before enjoying lunch in the Treeline Restaurant.
Day 9 – After breakfast students spend the morning mountain biking on some of the incredible trails in and around Jasper. In the afternoon, visit the incredible Maligne Canyon for a short hike along the amazingly tight gorge that plummets more than 50 metres into the abyss.
Day 10 – Today we return along the Icefield Parkway to the David Thompson Highway. Enjoy a half day hike to Siffleur Falls at Kootenay Plains. In the evening we arrive at a picturesque hostel, our base camp for the next two nights.
Day 11 – The day is spent canoeing and swimming at Fish Lake. You will also visit the beautiful Crescent Falls.
Day 12 – Depart the camp after breakfast and travel South to Drumheller, located in Alberta’s Badlands, where we camp again for two nights and enjoy a camp fire dinner.
Day 13 – Today, you will visit 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 the Tyrell Museum, but the group will also take in some of the spectacular scenery of the area including the mysterious hoodoos. Return to the camp for dinner and the overnight.
Day 14 – If time allows, you may have a chance to enjoy waffles at Whifs Flap Jack House. Travel back to Calgary to board your flight home.
- 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:
– All Meals for 14 Days (Dinner, Lunch, & Breakfast)
– 3 Nights Accommodation Tipi Style Camping
– 8 Nights Tent Camping
– 2 Nights Accommodation in a rustic mountain hostel
– 2 Hour Horse Back Riding Adventure and BBQ Steak Lunch
– Half-day Whitewater Rafting
– Cave & Basin Historic Site and Banff Upper Hot Springs
– Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer & Glacier Sky Walk
– Jasper Skytram
– Mountain bike rental
– Canoes & Gear for full day of canoeing
– 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