Backroads Glacier & Waterton Lakes Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Glacier & Waterton Lakes Walking & Hiking Tour
Glacier & Waterton Lakes Walking & Hiking Tour
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Backroads Glacier & Waterton Lakes Walking & Hiking Tour
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Montana's Glacier Family Walking & Hiking Tour - 20s & Beyond

National Park Adventures in the US & Canadian Rockies

Fifty miles of superlative scenery on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Sixty-two species of mammals, from pygmy shrews to majestic mountain goats and grizzly bears. More than 260 species of birds, 780 miles of trails and 10,000 years of natural history. And some spectacular national park lodges. Your family has six days. It all adds up to one incredible story to tell.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights


FROM: $3,499 pp dbl occ
($600 for sgl occ)

Glacier and Waterton Walking & Hiking map
Glacier and Waterton Walking & Hiking map


Start/End Whitefish

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

  • Venture through stunning national parks and two countries on one phenomenally exciting trip—don't forget your passport! 
  • Hike through verdant scenery flanked by towering mountain peaks and snowfields 
  • Travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road as it winds up and over the Continental Divide, showcasing incredible scenery and engineering 
  • NOTE: Select departures do not visit Canada due to the current closure of the US/Canada border. View the Detailed Itinerary or call us at 800-462-2848 for more information.
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Things might look a little different here... this is Big Sky Country! | Find turquoise Avalance Lake as you follow the Trail of the Cedars through a dense forest | Back at the lodge, take a dip in Lake McDonald... if you dare! | Soak up the immensity of the Montana night sky from our rustic Swiss-style retreat.

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana
Lake McDonald Lodge
Glacier National Park
| Casual Hotel

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

Days 2-3

Behold stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road, 'the most beautiful 50 miles in the world' | As you hike on the Highline Trail, marvelous geologic features, including Haystack Butte, embellish the landscape | Take in gorgeous panoramic views from Logan Pass and the Continental Divide on our way to Canada | Settle in to the grand Prince of Wales Hotel with its soaring roofs, gables and balconies and a timber-framed interior... it's no surprise that it's the most photographed hotel in North America! | ​Options abound, including exploring trails on foot, kayaking, shopping in Waterton Townsite or a cozy afternoon tea at our hotel.

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

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

Days 4-6

Follow the Carthew-Alderson Trail, considered one of the best hikes in Alberta | Experience numerous botanical life zones and past Forum Peak to the west and Mount Custer to the south | Back in Montana, explore the striking Many Glacier Valley | Hike to a lake cold enough to harbor icebergs well into the warmer months | Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, mule deer and maybe even a grizzly bear | The quiet of morning is the perfect time to circumnavigate Swiftcurrent Lake on foot before traveling the eastern edge of Glacier National Park to Whitefish. 

Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, Montana
Many Glacier Hotel
Glacier National Park
| Casual Hotel

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

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. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 9 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Day 3
Optional Activities in Waterton Lakes National Park (including walking & hiking options of 3-11 miles) | Full Day
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 11 miles | 2300 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 5 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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

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, Meals & Service Standards

While the accommodations on this trip reflect the natural surroundings of the national parks and provide unparalleled access to the best activities in the area, they are simpler than is typical of Backroads lodging. Many buildings date back to the turn of the century and have only been minimally renovated, in accordance with park regulations. These historic hotels have basic guest rooms that are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning; breakfasts and dinners throughout the week may lack variety and tend toward simple ingredients. Overall, the service standards can seem slow and casual when compared with the hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Please note that internet and cell phone service are extremely limited throughout the parks.​

Weather in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a special place where four seasons can occur in three months. For that reason, our itinerary may change based upon road and trail status due to weather (including snow) or bear activity. Going-to-the-Sun Road often opens the third week of June and the Highline Trail opens around the first week of July.

COVID-19 Considerations

According to local COVID-19 regulations and park operation limitations, most national park lodge meals this season will be to-go style and outdoors. Chilly mornings and evenings are not unusual, so please come prepared with plenty of layers. Of course, you are welcome to take any meals back to your room. We recognize that this will not be a typical Backroads dining experience; we are working hard behind the scenes to provide an excellent trip experience while following all regional restrictions and guidelines. Please note that regulations are subject to change, and we will take advantage accordingly.

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