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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Spectacular views along Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Kids ride horses and have a cookout at a historic ranch
  • Cozy campsites in awe-inspiring settings
  • Unforgettable biking and hiking amid alpine lakes, peaks and glacier-carved valleys
  • Rafting down the Flathead River - an exciting end to an incredible trip

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Biking, Hiking & Rafting in Montana's & Alberta's National Parks

You know the sun sets every day. Lakes, they're not rare. Neither are mountains. And sky. Sky is not a limited resource. But somehow, in Glacier, the combination of these common things is uncommonly spectacular. Every activity you'll share from simple hikes along the St. Mary River Valley to rafting the Flathead River will be epic, unforgettable. Every bird could be a bald eagle. Every movement in the distance, a rare glimpse of a black bear. It'll be just you, your family and the perfect combination of very common things.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Tents & Sleeping Essentials

Our roomy four-person dome tents accommodate two adults and two small children snugly, without luggage. Sleeping bag, sleep sheet and an extra-thick inflatable sleeping pad are all provided to make sleeping on the ground more comfortable. Backroads does not supply pillows, so please bring your own. No lighting is provided in your tent, so a small flashlight is essential.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are available at each campground. The restroom floors can be wet, so be sure to bring flip-flops! We also recommend bringing a hanging toiletry bag since space is limited and surfaces are wet. Be advised that outlets and mirrors are few. Backroads does not supply towels, so please be sure to pack your own.


Keeping your cell phone charged while on a camping trip is usually done during the day via a car charger in the Backroads van. Backroads will provide car chargers with USB ports, so please make sure to bring your USB connecter cord with you. You’ll be responsible for plugging your phone in and retrieving it at a later time.

Day 1 Astonishing alpine scenery that just won't quit Pedal a scenic route along the shore of Lake McDonald, formed by retreating glaciers ten thousand years ago  Cool off with a dip in the chilly lake - if you're feeling brave!

Day 2 Travel along the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road: you'll hardly believe the views Plunging waterfalls, vast virgin woodland, snowcapped peaks and glacier-carved valleys greet you at every turn Hike through a shady forest of spruce and fir before descending into St. Mary Valley Can the stunning turquoise color of glacier-fed St. Mary Lake be for real?

Days 3-4 Welcome to Canada! Adults pedal through ranchland and U-shaped valleys to spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park while kids are treated to a horseback ride and cookout What's your pleasure? Take a boat cruise across Waterton Lake and hike to Rainbow Falls or Kootenai Lake, explore the trails by foot or on horseback, browse in the shops of Waterton Townsite or simply relax at the campground.

Day 5 Chances to spot mountain goats, pikas, white-crowned sparrows and more Enjoy amazing views of the sweeping prairies and plains of Montana as you pedal a roller-coaster route along the eastern border of Glacier into Two Medicine Valley.

Day 6 Raft down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River with expert guides who provide a unique perspective on the flora and fauna along the way.

Deluxe Camping

Apgar Campground
Apgar Campground

West Glacier (1 night) Situated near Lake McDonald and within easy walking distance of Apgar Village.

Johnson's of St. Mary Campground

Glacier National Park (1 night) This grassy meadow, encircled by aspen trees, makes for an ideal camping spot.

Waterton Townsite Campground

Waterton Lakes National Park (2 nights) Our campsite is set at the edge of Upper Waterton Lake amid a stunning landscape of jagged peaks.

Lodgepole Tipi Village

Browning (1 night) Sleep in an authentic Blackfeet Indian tipi, complete with a fireplace inside.

Guest Reviews About This Trip

I'm a great fan of Backroads, and your Trip Leaders are what differentiates you from other active travel companies.
Barbara Sidor - Palo Alto, CA

Trip Dates & Prices

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June 2015
July 2015
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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
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1 Biking 7* 0 24 1400
Biking 12* 800 30 1500
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 200 6 500 7 700
3 Biking 18* 900 30* 1200 49 2300
Kids Horseback riding & cookout (4 hours)
4 Other Optional biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking or boat cruise (all day)
5 Biking 8* 400 34 3500
Biking 15* 1200
Other Scenic boat ride (1 hour)
6 Rafting On the Flathead River (3 hours)

On this Family Trip, liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities, and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


8 - 9 guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $1,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $2,298 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Montana tour experts. See our award-winning USA multisport tours, USA biking tours and USA walking and hiking tours.


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