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.
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 EssentialsOur 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 FacilitiesRestroom 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.
AttireComfortable, 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 3 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.
- 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
Lake Louise Campground (2 nights): This picture-perfect campsite is situated along the Bow River beneath Mount Temple.
Waterfowl Campground (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 (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.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Other||Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk (2 Hours)|
|Rafting||on the Athabasca River (2 Hours)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 7/12-17 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2016 Dates & Pricing*
- 8/28-9/2 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/21-26 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Guest Trip Reviews
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!!)- 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.- 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.- Cedar Knolls, NJ
This being my first Backroads trip I find it hard to believe how well they do what they do. The trip leaders were the best hosts you could have. They were kind, caring and it was like being on vacation with mom and dad as a child. EVERYTHING was taken care of. All I needed to do was to relax and play. The culinary magic that they preformed over a campfire was unbelievable (how do I get the a cook book of recipes?). Finally, the people who were on the trip could not be nicer, by the end of the trip it was hard to say goodbye. I am already looking forward to next year ' s trip! Backroads thank you for the best vacation I have had in years.- Novato, CA
I had a phenomenal time on this trip. I loved every minute of it. I had high expectations of the Backroads trip from talking to previous Backroads travelers and this trip met or exceeded those expectations. The trip leaders did an unbelievable job taking care of everything and such sweethearts and great people.- West New York, NJ
This was tied for the top two best vacations ever. The only reason the other one was up there is I had 16 friends with me and it was like The Big Chill.- Palatine, IL