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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Breakaway Multisport Camping Adventure Tour

 
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Epic Natural Beauty in Montana's & Alberta's National Parks

  • Journey on legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road—you won't soon forget the trip! 
  • Enjoy views of the Continental Divide at the top of Logan Pass 
  • Witness Waterton's rolling ranchland and extraordinary glacier-carved valleys 
  • Mountain goats, bighorn sheep and bald eagles are a frequent sight 
  • Savor the brilliance of the star-filled sky and wake to the aroma of a fireside breakfast

Can this mountain landscape, with its waterfalls, vast virgin forests, glacial valleys and towering ice-glazed peaks, truly exist? It's a fun thought to ponder as you and your family walk through a forest full of red cedar and fir. Is that really a bighorn sheep perched on the bluff? Amazing to consider. Even better to experience.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Big Sky Country!  After meeting in Whitefish, head out on a warm-up ride into Glacier National Park  Pedal to an overlook where stunning views of Lake McDonald and the surrounding valley await  Stop in Apgar Village and check out regionally made crafts in the shops and galleries, or drop by the visitor center to learn about the park's flora and fauna.

Day 2 A shuttle whisks us to Logan Pass via the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road,  which, according to Outside magazine, "provides a year's worth of extraordinary scenery in one trip"  Embark on a hike through the surrounding area with plunging waterfalls, enormous virgin forests, towering peaks and glacier-carved valleys as our backdrop.

Days 3-4 Journey north to the Canadian border through ranchland and past stands of aspen  Pedal a hilly route to an overlook with spectacular vistas of Chief Mountain  Tackle a scenic climb that ends at Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park  Spend the day in Waterton Lakes National Park as you choose: hike, go horseback riding, fish or simply relax  Hop aboard a boat shuttle to Goat Haunt, the northern gateway to Glacier National Park  Hike to Rainbow Falls or Kootenai Lake, where you might spot a moose.

Day 5 Savor views of the surrounding mountains during a morning hike through open grassland and lush aromatic forest  Arrive at Crandell Lake in the Blakiston Valley, an ancient meeting place and camping area of the First Nations people for thousands of years.

Mile after spectacular mile, you and your family will be thrilled by the pristine beauty of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. Flavored with Western pioneer history and filled with mountains, glacially fed lakes, vibrant wildflowers and fascinating creatures—from bald eagles to black bears—this multisport adventure is a two-for-one treat to be experienced by bike, foot and boat. Hope to see you out there!
Linda Cassell- Regional Manager - Central US

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.

Tents & Sleeping Essentials

Our spacious dome tents comfortably accommodate two adults plus luggage. On Family Trips we provide two adjacent tents for parents and children. Cots with an extra-thick inflatable sleeping pad, sleeping bag and sleep sheet are all provided. Backroads does not supply pillows, so please bring your own. No lighting is provided in your tent, so a small flashlight is essential.

Restroom & Shower Facilities

Restroom facilities are available at each campground but do not have flush toilets, running water or electricity. Shower facility 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.

 

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Apgar Campground

Apgar Campground

Glacier National Park (1 night)

Camp at the foot of Lake McDonald, 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.

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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.

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Mile after spectacular mile, you and your family will be thrilled by the pristine beauty of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. Flavored with Western pioneer history and filled with mountains, glacially fed lakes, vibrant wildflowers and fascinating creatures—from bald eagles to black bears—this multisport adventure is a two-for-one treat to be experienced by bike, foot and boat. Hope to see you out there!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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.

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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 12* 800 24 1400
Biking 30 1500
2 Walking/Hiking 3 200 5 200 7 600
3 Biking 18* 900 30* 1200 49 2300
4 Other Optional Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking or Boat Cruise (All Day)
5 Walking/Hiking 3 400
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Glacier and Waterton Lakes

Borders Don't Count out Here

Beyond the obvious opportunity to explore some spectacular landscapes, the idea behind this trip is simple: why settle for just one renowned national park when you can explore two – and cross an international boundary in the bargain? Discover Glacier National Park on the Montana side of the Rockies , then cross the U.S.-Canada border into equally stunning Waterton Lakes – and in both countries, settle into campsites where your Backroads team looks after everything.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Glacier and Waterton Lakes trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Glacier and Waterton Lakes trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

No One Else Camps Like This

Only Backroads offers our style of Deluxe Camping in Glacier and Waterton Lakes. Whether you're a first-timer or an old pro, you'll love how we immerse you in spectacular surroundings—and look after all the chores. Enjoy a great meal by the fire with interesting companions, then a peaceful night on your comfortable cot. Here's more on how we do the great outdoors.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Glacier and Waterton Lakes designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

The Best Leaders in Glacier and Waterton Lakes

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Glacier and Waterton Lakes, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

We Were Born Here (in 1979)

Backroads has been inviting active travelers to explore our own backyard since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. We offer more trips than anyone else in Glacier and Waterton Lakes, and we've spent more years finding the best ones. What keeps it real is having a consistent vision and the same passionately committed leadership for nearly four decades.

We Invented the Multisport Trip

After 30 years of creating Backroads Multisport Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multisport trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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.

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