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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multisport Tour

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  • Discover Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park, a joint World Heritage site shared by the United States and Canada
  • Incredible biking and hiking amid alpine streams, towering mountains and wildflower-strewn meadows
  • Kids ride horses and have a cookout at a historic ranch
  • Splash in the chilly invigorating waters of mountain lakes
  • Rafting down the Flathead River - an exciting end to an incredible trip

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Adventure Unleashed in Montana's & Alberta's National Parks

Things feel different here. Vast. Limitless. Pure. I feel different here. Humbled before those immense mountains. Under that endless sky. Can't remember the last time I felt so clear-headed - must be the fresh air and exercise - or when we had so much fun together. Look at the kids smile. As they saddle up with cowboys. Swoosh over river rapids. And spot a real live mountain goat. This place redefines "alpine beauty." Puts things into perspective. How deeply one can breathe. How many wildflowers a meadow can hold. How cozy a lodge can feel. How happy a family can be.

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

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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.


Our accommodations are rustic national park lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, they are the only game in town - and have been selected because of their access to the best riding and hiking in the region.

Generally speaking, service can seem slow and brusque in the national parks when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.

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  Get an eyeful of the surrounding valley from McGee Meadow Overlook.

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! While the younger crowd enjoys a day of special kids-only activities - including horseback riding and a cookout lunch - adults pedal north through ranchland and U-shaped valleys to stunning Waterton Lakes National Park  Activity options abound: take a boat cruise, explore the trails by foot or on horseback, or just relax at the hotel.

Days 5-6 Chances to spot mountain goats, pikas, white-crowned sparrows and more Enjoy spectacular 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 Feeling brave? Perhaps you'll opt for a swim in the chilly waters of Two Medicine Lake 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.

Casual Inns

Lake McDonald Lodge
Lake McDonald Lodge

Glacier National Park, Montana (1 night) Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a large stone fireplace in the lobby and a terrace overlooking the lake.

Many Glacier Hotel
Many Glacier Hotel

Glacier National Park, Montana (1 night) An early-1900s Swiss chalet-style hotel set on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake amid the peaks of the Many Glacier Valley.

Prince of Wales Hotel
Prince of Wales Hotel

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta (2 nights) This historic green-gabled hotel offers vistas of the mountains reflected in glacier-fed lakes.

Glacier Park Lodge
Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier National Park, Montana (1 night) Located on the park's eastern edge in Blackfeet country; immense timbers hold aloft its expansive lobby ceiling. (pool, spa, golf)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

I went on this trip to Glacier as a father-son week with my 15-year-old... When I am 90 and in my dotage, this will stand out as one of the great weeks of my life. Backroads allowed me the time, activities, and atmosphere to really bond with my son!
David Pesikoff - Houston, TX
It has been a dream of mine to be in the Rockies for 32 years, and with that came very high expectations. I'm happy to report, the entire family had a FANTASTIC time.
Mark Germano - Arlington Heights, IL
I love Backroads! It is a fabulous way to travel. Backroads takes all the stress out of the word "vacation." Your routes are carefully chosen with very appropriate activity ranges, from the children to the adults. You can enjoy your family, without the stress of wondering where you are going to eat dinner, find a hotel, or how you are going to get to the next event. The itineraries are well thought-out. The guides are truly wonderful. They are professional, kind, and do an excellent job of making sure you enjoy yourself, while they take care of all the details. Their knowledge of the area, the routes, even of the menus is so helpful. I don't think I would ever be able to replicate a Backroads trip. The experience your company puts into each itinerary is invaluable.
Rachel English - Wauwatosa, WI

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June 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 32 1300
Biking 12* 800
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 200 6 500 7 700
3 Biking 21* 900 33* 1200 50 3000
Kids Horseback riding & cookout (4 hours)
4 Other Optional Activities: hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking or boat cruise (all day)
5 Biking 8* 400 26* 1400 46* 3800
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

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


2 - 3 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 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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All meals included except 1 dinner

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