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Canadian Rockies Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Natural and historic treasures discovered by foot, bike and boat
  • Ice walk on massive Athabasca Glacier with informative mountain guides
  • Bike to impossibly blue Lake Louise and teal-hued Maligne Lake
  • A float trip down the Athabasca River
  • Spot signs of marmots, deer, elk and coyote

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Natural & Historic Treasures in Banff & Jasper National Parks

Breathtaking. It's an interesting word, really. Looking up at the ice-draped Rockies is "breath taking." But stepping out on the glacier, feeling it crunch under your feet. Being humbled by the enormity of it is a different kind of breath taking. It's the difference between "taking it in" and "diving in." Rafting on a glacier-fed river. Hiking a slot canyon. Biking among crystalline lakes. Moose. Bighorn sheep. The more you get into the Canadian Rockies, the more you'll get out of it. Some vacations are about catching your breath. This one's about losing it.

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.

Accommodations

The historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge is our home for one night. While this property is simpler than the typical Backroads standard, we’ve chosen it because of its character, proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic views. Please note that the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge does not have in-room phones.

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.

Accommodations

The historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge is our home for one night. While this property is simpler than the typical Backroads standard, we’ve chosen it because of its character, proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic views. Please note that the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge does not have in-room phones.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Pedal past virgin forests and vibrant wildflowers as you follow the winding Bow River A scenic hiking trail leads through Johnston Canyon to a picturesque waterfall Walk through a subalpine forest lined with larch trees Marvel at the blue-green hues of Moraine Lake, beneath the striking Wenkchemna Peaks Take advantage of a late-afternoon photo op at Lake Louise, a world-renowned beauty and World Heritage site ringed by towering glaciated peaks.

Day 3 Bike the stunning Icefields Parkway with sweeping vistas of mountains, glaciers, lakes and evergreens Got keen eyes? Use them to spot wildlife, including moose, bighorn sheep and black bears Wander along the shore of Bow Lake for a closer view of Bow Glacier Falls.

Day 4 Explore Athabasca Glacier with expert mountain guides This glacier is just one part of the enormous Columbia Icefield! Continue along the Icefields Parkway and enter Jasper National Park Check out the impressive Athabasca Falls, where the most powerful river in the park plunges over a cliff of eroded limestone Back on your bike, continue down the Athabasca Valley, tracing the path of the river.

Days 5-6 Be wowed by teal-hued Maligne Lake  After a gradual downhill spin, hike through spectacular Maligne Canyon, up to 250 feet deep and at points only three feet wide Ready to take the plunge? Float gentle Class II rapids on the Athabasca River, following a route used by early fur traders and explorers Traveling by boat offers a new perspective on the landscape - as well as more chances to see wildlife Amble through pristine mountain wilderness in the Valley of Five Lakes, winding past its blue-green namesakes.

Casual Inns

Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Baker Creek Mountain Resort

Lake Louise (2 nights) This hidden gem, nestled in a wooded setting beneath the Canadian Rockies, features a great location next to a babbling brook.

Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge

Bow Lake (1 night) This rustic and simple mountain retreat offers an atmosphere of secluded tranquility on the banks of Bow Lake.

Tekarra Lodge
Tekarra Lodge

Jasper (2 nights) A cluster of simple cabins with fireplaces and porches, nestled in pines above the confluence of the Athabasca and Miette Rivers.

Guest Reviews About This Trip

FANTASTIC trip—absolutely exceeded any expectations I had. The accommodations were stellar, the scenery spectacular and the leaders truly "off the charts." I am 37, and this so far has been the best, most relaxing, most invigorating, most moving vacation so far...but I am sure I will say that about the next Backroads trip as well! Several of us shed a tear or two when saying our goodbyes.
Jennifer Murkison- Hamilton, Bermuda
Thank you for a wonderful trip! The activities were perfect—the scenery unmatched, the food—delicious, the lodging offered exactly what I had hoped for!! I loved our guides as I felt like I was hanging with two of my best buddies!! What a way to experience the Canadian Rockies! I couldn't have asked for more!
Jody Stover- Boise, ID
This was one of the best trips that I have had in a long time. I will highly recommend Backroads to my friends and family and hope that they will sign up for a trip in the future. Our leaders were superb. They really made the trip so enjoyable and helped me overcome my fear of heights during our hikes. Hats off to Backroads for a fabulous vacation that I will always remember. I look forward to future trips with your company.
Wendy Jaffe- Westchester, IL

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 SINGLES-SOLOS DATES
July 2015
August 2015
2015 CLASSIC DATES
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015

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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 17* 500 30 1000
Walking/Hiking 1 100
2 Walking/Hiking 5 1800 7 2400
3 Biking 24* 1400 31 1800
Biking 36 2500
Walking/Hiking 4 500
4 Biking 19 700
Other Guided Ice Walk (2 Hours)
5 Biking 24 400 31 400
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

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

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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