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Canadian Rockies Multisport Tour

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 Trip Highlights
  • Soak up sensational views as you ride along the Bow Valley Parkway
  • Walk on massive Athabasca Glacier with informative mountain guides
  • Terrific company, the warmth of a campfire and the beauty of a star-filled sky
  • Float Class II rapids of the Athabasca River
  • A wealth of wildlife - look for deer, moose, elk and black bears

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Bike, Walk & Raft in Banff & Jasper National Parks

Answer: Awe. Question: What do you feel as you travel amid the Canadian Rockies? You need a little awe in your life. So take it one step further. Camp here with us. Wake to the sound of birdsong. Be lured from your tent by the smell of brewing coffee and the sight of peaks and glaciers towering above you. In the evening, tell tales and laugh around the campfire. Wrap yourself in a blanket of stars. Question: What sound will you make as your head hits the pillow after an epic day in the Canadian Rockies? Answer: Ahhhh.

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

Tents & Sleeping Essentials

Our spacious dome tents easily accommodate two adults and their gear. 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.

Attire

Comfortable, casual attire and footwear is strongly recommended - leave those heels or imported Italian leather loafers at home! Also be sure to bring along a few warm layers for the cooler evenings.

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 spacious dome tents easily accommodate two adults and their gear. 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.

Attire

Comfortable, casual attire and footwear is strongly recommended - leave those heels or imported Italian leather loafers at home! Also be sure to bring along a few warm layers for the cooler evenings.

Days 1-3 Soak up sensational views as you ride along the Bow Valley Parkway in the shadow of the Continental Divide The Bow River and towering peaks lead to our campground Along the way, keep your eye on the forest for elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer and black bears Embark on a classic Rockies trek to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse If you can pull your eyes away from the stunning vista of glaciers and vertical peaks, you may spot mountain goats or marmots in the nearby boulder fields From Lake Louise, bike along the breathtaking Icefields Parkway to Waterfowl Lakes, where your cozy tent and gourmet camp cuisine await.

Day 4 Crampons give you the edge as you trek across Athabasca Glacier  Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies, join certified mountain guides for a thrilling ice walk on the Columbia Icefield, which spans more than 100 square miles  Pedal past roaring Athabasca Falls, one of the region's most powerful and breathtaking cascades.

Days 5-6 Terrific company, the warmth of a campfire and the beauty of a star-filled sky Almost too blue to be real, Maligne Lake wows you before a gradual, mostly downhill spin Stroll in spectacular Maligne Canyon, a limestone slot canyon up to 250 feet deep yet at points only three feet wide Float Class II rapids on the Athabasca River, a fun-filled excursion with new friends - and a beautiful perspective on the landscape Marvel at Mounts Edith Cavell and Kerkeslin as you amble through the pristine Valley of Five Lakes.

Deluxe Camping

Lake Louise Campground
Lake Louise Campground

Lake Louise (2 nights) This picture-perfect campsite is situated along the Bow River beneath Mount Temple.

Waterfowl Campground

Banff National Park (1 night) Set on the bank of the stunning and remote Waterfowl Lakes, this campsite is a great spot for viewing wildlife and the scenic grandeur of the Canadian Rockies.

Wapiti Campground

Jasper National Park (2 nights) Named for the elk, or wapiti, that roam the area, our peaceful home base looks onto the Athabasca River just a short ride from the charming town of Jasper.

Guest Reviews About This Trip

This trip was seriously one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! Everything was absolutely amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better time (except that I wish I was still there!!)
Jacob Pollack- New York, NY
What an outstanding experience. I am a "fiercely independent," very experienced world traveler who would normally avoid a "group tour." This Backroads trip was such an unexpected pleasure. One of my best travel experiences ever. Beyond the extraordinary scenery of the Canadian Rockies, the great food and challenging physical activities, the Trip Leaders made the experience what it was for me. Thank you all for such a memorable week.
Tom Roth- San Francisco, CA
The multisport trip to the Canadian Rockies was outstanding. It was everything that I had hoped for and more. The views were spectacular, and I really enjoyed the itinerary. I thought the amount of activity was perfect. Our days were filled and extremely enjoyable. Once again, your leaders are exceptional.
Barbara Rains- Cedar Knolls, NJ

Trip Dates & Prices

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

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
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 16* 500 38 1300 43 1900
Walking/Hiking 1 100
2 Walking/Hiking 6 1200 8 1800
3 Biking 27* 1400 34 1600 48 2100
4 Biking 19 700
Other Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk (2 Hours)
5 Biking 23 400 33 400
Walking/Hiking 2 0
Rafting on the Athabasca River (2 Hours)
6 Walking/Hiking 3* 100
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

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

2015

8 - 9 guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,098 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $2,398 pp dbl. occ.

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

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Banff, Alberta

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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