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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Multi-Adventure Tour

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National Park Adventures in Montana & Alberta

From $3,099 - $3,199 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$530 for sgl. occ.)

An inspiring journey in Glacier and Waterton Lakes. Cross the Continental Divide on Montana's legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road. Bike over the border into Canada and discover Alberta's iconic peaks and stunning valleys. From unforgettable hiking trails, follow the flight paths of eagles and osprey high above. Then go with the flow as you paddle white-water rapids on Glacier's Flathead River. By bike, on foot or over water, and from one enchanting mountain lodge to the next, this national park adventure will move you.

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Highlights

  • Discover Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park, a joint World Heritage site shared by the United States and Canada
  • Splash in the chilly invigorating waters of alpine lakes while taking in majestic mountain scenery 
  • Embark on incredible biking and hiking routes amid rushing streams, towering peaks and wildflower-strewn meadows
  • Raft down the Flathead River and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the banks—an exciting end to an incredible trip
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Glacier & Waterton Lakes National Parks Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Witness astonishing alpine scenery that just won't quit | Pedal a scenic route with views of Lake McDonald, formed by retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago | Get an eyeful of the surrounding valley from McGee Meadow Overlook.

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! | Pedal north through ranchland and U-shaped valleys | Pause to take in the views of Chief Mountain, one of the most sacred areas of the park to the Blackfeet tribe | Enjoy a thrilling descent to Waterton Lakes National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with dramatic mountains and a chain of dazzling lakes | Activity options abound: take a boat cruise, explore the trails by foot or on horseback, or just relax at the hotel.

Days 5-6 Enjoy spectacular views of the sweeping prairies and plains of Montana as you pedal a roller-coaster route along the eastern border of Glacier into Two Medicine Valley | Maybe you'll spot mountain goats, pikas, white-crowned sparrows and more | Feeling brave? Perhaps you'll opt for a swim in the chilly waters of Two Medicine Lake | Our adventure concludes with a splash during a guided rafting trip on the Flathead River as it flows along the southern boundaries of the park.

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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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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,099 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,699 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,699 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,199 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,499 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,099 - $3,199 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$530 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana
Lake McDonald Lodge

Glacier National Park (1 night)

Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, Montana
Many Glacier Hotel

Glacier National Park (1 night)

Prince of Wales, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
Prince of Wales Hotel

Waterton Lakes National Park (2 nights)

Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier National Park (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Glacier and Waterton Lakes

More On This Trip

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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.

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana

Lake McDonald Lodge

Glacier National Park (1 night)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a large stone fireplace in the lobby and a terrace overlooking the lake.

Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, Montana

Many Glacier Hotel

Glacier National Park (1 night)

An early-1900s Swiss chalet-style hotel set on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake amid the peaks of Many Glacier Valley.

Prince of Wales, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Prince of Wales Hotel

Waterton Lakes National Park (2 nights)

This historic green-gabled hotel offers vistas of the mountains reflected in glacier-fed lakes.

Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier National Park (1 night)

Located on the park's eastern edge in Blackfeet country; immense timbers hold aloft its expansive lobby ceiling. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 13* 1100 32 2200
2 Walking/Hiking 6 200 7 600
3 Biking 16* 200 28* 1900 33* 2800 51 3500
4 Other Optional Activities in Waterton Lakes National Park: Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking or Boat Cruise (All Day)
5 Biking 26* 1900 31* 3300 46 4500
Other Optional Scenic Boat Ride on Two Medicine Lake (1 Hour)
6 Rafting On the Flathead River (3 Hours)
 

Note: The hiking terrain on this trip includes well-maintained but often rugged mountain trails, with some steep climbs and descents.

* 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 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.

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)

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.

Accommodations

Our accommodations are authentic and rustic lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. The buildings were constructed at the turn of the century and have been only minimally renovated over the years, in accordance with national park regulations. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than is typical of Backroads lodging, they do provide unparalleled access to the best routes in the region. Please note that the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning. Generally speaking, customer service in the national parks can seem slow and casual when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips.

Why Travel with Backroads in Glacier and Waterton Lakes

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.

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.

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.  

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

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.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Glacier and Waterton Lakes that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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 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.

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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.

Accommodations

Our accommodations are authentic and rustic lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. The buildings were constructed at the turn of the century and have been only minimally renovated over the years, in accordance with national park regulations. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than is typical of Backroads lodging, they do provide unparalleled access to the best routes in the region. Please note that the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning. Generally speaking, customer service in the national parks can seem slow and casual when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips.
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