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

Things feel different here. Vast. Limitless. Pure. I feel different here. Humbled before those immense mountains. Under that endless sky. Can't remember the last time I felt so clear-headed—must be the fresh air and exercise—or when we had so much fun together. Look at the kids smile. As they saddle up with cowboys. Swoosh over river rapids. And spot a real live mountain goat. This place redefines "alpine beauty." Puts things into perspective. How deeply one can breathe. How many wildflowers a meadow can hold. How cozy a lodge can feel. How happy a family can be.

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.


Our accommodations are rustic national park lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. Please note that the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, they have been selected because of their access to the best riding and hiking in the region.

Generally speaking, service in the national parks can seem laid-back when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.

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  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! While the younger crowd enjoys a day of special kids-only activities—including horseback riding and a cookout lunch—adults pedal north through ranchland and U-shaped valleys to stunning Waterton Lakes National Park  Activity options abound: take a boat cruise, explore the trails by foot or on horseback, or just relax at the hotel.

Days 5-6 Chances to spot mountain goats, pikas, white-crowned sparrows and more 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 Feeling brave? Perhaps you'll opt for a swim in the chilly waters of Two Medicine Lake 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
  • Discover Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park, a joint World Heritage site shared by the United States and Canada
  • Incredible biking and hiking amid alpine streams, towering mountains and wildflower-strewn meadows
  • Kids ride horses and have a cookout at a historic ranch
  • Splash in the chilly invigorating waters of mountain lakes
  • Rafting down the Flathead River—an exciting end to an incredible trip
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Casual Inns

Lake McDonald Lodge (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 (1 night): An early-1900s Swiss chalet-style hotel set on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake amid the peaks of the Many Glacier Valley.

Prince of Wales Hotel (2 nights): This historic green-gabled hotel offers vistas of the mountains reflected in glacier-fed lakes.

Glacier Park Lodge (1 night): Located on the park's eastern edge in Blackfeet country; immense timbers hold aloft its expansive lobby ceiling. (pool, spa, golf)

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 32 1300
Biking 12* 800
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 200 6 500 7 700
3 Biking 21* 900 33* 1200 50 3000
Kids Horseback Riding & Cookout (4 Hours)
4 Other Optional Activities: Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking or Boat Cruise (All Day)
5 Biking 8* 400 26* 1400 46* 3800
Other Scenic Boat Ride (1 Hour)
6 Rafting On the Flathead River (3 Hours)

* Includes a shuttle

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 8/3-8 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/10-15 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)

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

2016 Dates & Pricing*

  • 6/20-25 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/27-7/2 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/11-16 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/18-23 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/25-30 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/1-6 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/15-20 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/22-27 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 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 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.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


2 - 3 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.


2 - 3 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.

Please note: Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

Guest Trip Reviews

I went on this trip to Glacier as a father-son week with my 15-year-old... When I am 90 and in my dotage, this will stand out as one of the great weeks of my life. Backroads allowed me the time, activities, and atmosphere to really bond with my son!
David Pesikoff- Houston, TX

It has been a dream of mine to be in the Rockies for 32 years, and with that came very high expectations. I'm happy to report, the entire family had a FANTASTIC time.
Mark Germano- Arlington Heights, IL

I love Backroads! It is a fabulous way to travel. Backroads takes all the stress out of the word "vacation." Your routes are carefully chosen with very appropriate activity ranges, from the children to the adults. You can enjoy your family, without the stress of wondering where you are going to eat dinner, find a hotel, or how you are going to get to the next event. The itineraries are well thought-out. The guides are truly wonderful. They are professional, kind, and do an excellent job of making sure you enjoy yourself, while they take care of all the details. Their knowledge of the area, the routes, even of the menus is so helpful. I don't think I would ever be able to replicate a Backroads trip. The experience your company puts into each itinerary is invaluable.
Rachel English- Wauwatosa, WI

The trip exceeded all expectations. We had fun experiencing new activities, i.e., biking, rafting, mountain biking. We loved the games of football, volleyball, Taboo and just talking with and getting to know the group. Our leaders were very informative, fun to be with, and made the whole experience relaxed and organized.
Pamela Cepero- Midland, TX

The entire trip was extremely well organized and the leaders were very efficient in moving things along on schedule, while still allowing some flexibility if needed. I liked that we ended most days in the mid-afternoon with plenty of time to relax and enjoy our accommodations/ surroundings. I truly enjoyed staying in the historic lodges; it lent a great deal to the whole experience.
Susan Oliver- Saint Petersburg, FL

This was one of the best Backroads trips yet. They guides worked fabulously well together. They struck the right balance of biking/hiking for the best athletes to the smallest child. They made us laugh, made sure we were well fed, made us feel cared for, and made the parents feel the kids were safe. They made the trip priceless.
Jordan Busch- Wayland, MA

It was a fabulous trip. Our guides were outstanding, and were particularly great with the children. The biking was amazing, with gorgeous scenery at every turn. It was definitely one of our best vacations, and we're already talking about which Backroads adventure we want to do next year!
Seth Rosenblatt- San Carlos, CA