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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multisport Tour
Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multisport Tour

You know the sun sets every day. Lakes, they're not rare. Neither are mountains. And sky. Sky is not a limited resource. But somehow, in Glacier, the combination of these common things is uncommonly spectacular. Every activity you'll share from simple hikes along the St. Mary River Valley to rafting the Flathead River will be epic, unforgettable. Every bird could be a bald eagle. Every movement in the distance, a rare glimpse of a black bear. It'll be just you, your family and the perfect combination of very common things.

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 roomy four-person dome tents accommodate two adults and two small children snugly, without luggage. 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 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.

Day 1 Astonishing alpine scenery that just won't quit Pedal a scenic route along the shore of Lake McDonald, formed by retreating glaciers 10,000 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 and cookout 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 Chances to spot mountain goats, pikas, white-crowned sparrows and more Enjoy amazing 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.

Day 6 Raft down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River with expert guides who provide a unique perspective on the flora and fauna along the way.

Trip Highlights
  • Spectacular views along Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Kids ride horses and have a cookout at a historic ranch
  • Cozy campsites in awe-inspiring settings
  • Unforgettable biking and hiking amid alpine lakes, peaks and glacier-carved valleys
  • Rafting down the Flathead River—an exciting end to an incredible trip
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Deluxe Camping

Apgar Campground (1 night): Situated near Lake McDonald and within easy walking distance of Apgar Village.

Johnson's of St. Mary Campground (1 night): This grassy meadow, encircled by aspen trees, makes for an ideal camping spot.

Waterton Townsite Campground (2 nights): Our campsite is set at the edge of Upper Waterton Lake amid a stunning landscape of jagged peaks.

Lodgepole Tipi Village (1 night): Sleep in an authentic Blackfeet Indian tipi, complete with a fireplace inside.

Routes For All Abilities

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
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* 0 24 1400
Biking 12* 800 30 1500
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 200 6 500 7 700
3 Biking 18* 900 30* 1200 49 2300
Kids Horseback Riding & Cookout (4 Hours)
4 Other Optional Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking or Boat Cruise (All Day)
5 Biking 8* 400 34 3500
Biking 15* 1200
Other Scenic Boat Ride (1 Hour)
6 Rafting On the Flathead River (3 Hours)

* Includes a shuttle

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 8/9-14 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

2016 Dates & Pricing*

  • 6/26-7/1 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/3-8 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/10-15 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/17-22 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/31-8/5 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/7-12 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/14-19 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Kazoo or in a Burley Cub trailer. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

I'm a great fan of Backroads, and your Trip Leaders are what differentiates you from other active travel companies.
Barbara Sidor- Palo Alto, CA