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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour – Teens & Kids

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National Park Adventures in Montana & Alberta

From $1,998 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

You know the sun sets every day. Lakes, they're not rare. Sky is not a limited resource. Neither are mountains. But somehow, out here in Montana and Alberta, the combination of these common things is uncommonly spectacular. Like you, your family and this vacation. The perfect combination of very common things.

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Montana & Alberta

Whitefish, Montana/Calgary, Alberta

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Highlights

  • Savor spectacular views along Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Ride horses through Waterton Lakes National Park—a thrilling adventure for the younger set
  • Bike and hike amid alpine lakes, peaks and glacier-carved valleys
  • Enjoy the brilliance of the star-filled sky and wake to the aroma of a fireside breakfast
Montana & Alberta

Whitefish, Montana/Calgary, Alberta

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Itinerary

Day 1 Astonishing alpine scenery that just won't quit | Pedal a scenic route with views of Lake McDonald, formed by retreating glaciers ten thousand years ago | Cool off with a dip in the chilly lake—if you're feeling brave!

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! | Adults pedal through ranchland and U-shaped valleys to spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park while kids are treated to a horseback ride | What's your pleasure? Take a boat cruise across Waterton Lake and hike to Rainbow Falls or Kootenai Lake, explore the trails by foot or on horseback, browse in the shops of Waterton Townsite or simply relax at the campground.

Day 5 Admire superb views of the surrounding mountains during a morning hike through open grassland and lush aromatic forest | Make your way to lovely Crandell Lake in the Blakiston Valley, an ancient meeting place and camping area of the First Nations people for thousands of years.

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. View cancellation policy.

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2018 June

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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 the selection of dates below for your group of 16 or more. If your party has fewer than 16 guests, or your preferred date is not available, call or email us and we'll work together to find a trip just for you.

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From $1,998 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

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Deluxe Camping

Apgar Campground
Apgar Campground

Glacier National Park (1 night)

Johnson's of St. Mary Campground

Glacier National Park (1 night)

Backroads camping
Waterton Townsite Campground

Waterton Lakes National Park (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Glacier and Waterton Lakes

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5.0

Fun for the whole family

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from CT

Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

Our whole family had a fun week being active outdoors, meeting other families, and not having to worry about any of the planning!

 
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Awesome Multi-Country Experience

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from El Cerrito

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Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

When I packed my passport for this trip (since it goes into Canada), little did I know that the border crossing would become a lifelong memory! It was the first time I had crossed an international border by bike and if you've never experienced it, there's something about it that is just so darn fun and memorable! That was the awesome extra bonus of the trip. We chose to do the camping trip so we could really experience the national parks first hand and have an old fashioned summer vacation with tents, s'mores, lake swimming, mountain hikes, fun bike rides -- and no work!!! And our leaders delivered on all accounts. Thank you Backroads!

 
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Incredible trip! Gorgeous scenery and amazing trip leaders!

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from Los Angeles

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Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

We had a truly wonderful family vacation, making new friends, challenging ourselves and experiencing our National Parks in a way that only Backroads can make happen. The trip leaders were cheerful, helpful, knowledgable and super energetic! The food was delicious and plentiful and the camping was comfortable and easy. We would consider doing it again if there weren't so many other trips to do!

 
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All time favorite Family trip!

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from Berkeley, CA

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Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

We still talk about it, and its the standard to which we have held all of our other camping trips. The scenery is so breathtaking, I still dream about the beautiful lakes, looking down into water so blue and smooth, it seemed like I was looking into a giant hole, and the stars and mountains were both below and above me. There was never a dull moment, and tons of flexibility in activities. The leaders were phenomenal, and kept an energetic and adventurous attitude, which permeated through the group.

 
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An outstanding family adventure!

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from Salt Lake City, UT

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Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

When it comes to family fun nothing - absolutely nothing - beats Backroads camping trips! The scenery of Glacier is jaw dropping, the activities somehow magically suited all five of us, the kids had a blast with all of the other kids, I have no idea how our camp crew managed to create such incredible meals day after day, the leaders were exceptional... I could go on but I'll stop and simply say, sincerely, THANK YOU Backroads!

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Best trip ever

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from Minneapolis

Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

We had a great time. Kids (at the time they were 7 and 9) had fun, the guides (Sydney, Brandon, and Eric) and crew were fantastic. We made some good friends on the trip. The scenery was so great, the food was awesome, and the rides and hiking were excellent.

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Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Camping Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

This was my 2nd Back Roads vacation and my wife's 1st time. We found thought the whole experience was wonderful. The leaders were great with everything. This included setting up the camp site, cooking, and providing extra snacks and water from the van support. Back Roads is a great company and we look forward to our next adventure with them.

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Deluxe Camping

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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.

Backroads camping

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.

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 7* 300 13* 1100 32 2200
2 Walking/Hiking 3* 200 5 200 7 600
3 Biking 18* 900 30* 1200 49 2300
Kids Horseback Riding & Cookout (4 Hours)
4 Other Optional Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding or Boat Cruise (All Day)
5 Walking/Hiking 3* 400
 

Note: On this Family Trip, liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary and mileage is moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Custom Kids Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert.

Custom Kids Bikes

Custom Kids Bikes (Included)

Burley Kazoo trailer bike (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Burley Cub trailer (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Cub trailer, for one or two children 60 pounds and under, is sturdy carrier that attaches to our bikes. It provides a comfortable and safe ride in the spacious interior with inner pockets for snacks and drinks, a reclining seat with a secure five point padded harness system and an adjustable sunscreen.

Burley Cub trailer

Burley Cub trailer

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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 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.

 

Why Travel with Backroads in Glacier and Waterton Lakes

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.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Glacier and Waterton Lakes with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure 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.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-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.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Glacier and Waterton Lakes have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Glacier and Waterton Lakes you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Glacier and Waterton Lakes—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

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.

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.

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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 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 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.

 

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