Wonders of the Canadian Rockies    *alt*

7 days, from £2270
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Stay inside Banff and Jasper national parks at celebrated mountain resorts - The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and The Fairmont Banff Springs - on this most exciting of family Rocky Mountain holiday tours! Climb along a glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer. Check out age-old fossils in a canyon once covered by a prehistoric sea. Go whitewater rafting on the Athabasca River. Enjoy bicycling, boating and more with an included Summer Resort Activities Card at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Take an interactive hike with a park official; learn about the natural history and management of Canada's national parks; and look for moose, elk and more along the Icefields Parkway. Ride the Banff Gondola for amazing views... check out museums and historic sites with a Banff Heritage Passport... have fun at a Tauck Exclusive "scavenger hunt" in Banff... and enjoy Canadian-style 5-pin bowling at our farewell bowling reception!


 Day 1 Arrive Calgary & head to Lake Louise

Tauck Bridges' Canadian Rockies holiday departs: 2:30 PM from Calgary International Airport. For guests who are spending the previous night in Calgary, an airport transfer from Calgary International Airport to the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire Hotel is included; pick-up time today is 1:00 PM at the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire Hotel. The ultimate of family Canadian Rockies tours begins as you head west through the part of Alberta called Kananaskis Country; it's famous for great scenery, a lot of parks and protected areas, and outdoor adventure opportunities. Prepare to be dazzled when you reach your home for tonight, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, set on the banks of a sparkling lake deep in Banff National Park - when you look up, all you can see are the mountains that soar... and we mean really soar... above you! Meet your fellow Canadian Rockies explorers at a welcome reception and dinner tonight.

 Day 2 Lake Louise & the Icefields Parkway

An interpretive guided hike along the shores of shimmering Lake Louise is a wonderful way to get up-close-and-personal with Mother Nature as you begin your family's most excellent of Canadian Rockies tours. Neat wildlife, like bald eagles, moose and many other animals, make their homes here. How many different kinds of animals and birds will your family be able to count as you hike through this accessible wilderness in Banff National Park together? This afternoon, set off on a memorable ride along a world-famous stretch of highway - western Canada's Icefields Parkway - surrounded by mountains, glaciers and snowfields as far as the eye can see! And keep that eye peeled for glimpses of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer and other wildlife all the way to The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, your spectacular lakefront resort in the middle of Jasper National Park, for a three-night stay.

 Day 3 A day of fun - your way - at Jasper Park Lodge

Start off the morning by joining a national park official for an interactive (and active) family strategy game on the grounds of the lodge that's fun for everyone. Then spend the rest of the day just as you please in the wilderness wonderland of Jasper National Park, at your inside-the-park resort set in the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Best of all, you'll receive a free Summer Resort Activities Card* to use for fun things like a free hour of bicycle rental, a boat for an hour, one hour of tennis court and racket rental, or a bucket of balls and club rental at the golf driving range; your card is good for the entire time you're staying at Jasper. Maybe you and your family will go off in search of the wildlife that calls the area home or play in the swimming pool... or perhaps engage in other optional activities (available at an additional charge) like golf or horseback riding. It's up to you! Join us tonight for a private lakeside barbecue at your lodge!

 Day 4 Maligne Canyon & Athabasca River rafting

This most inspiring of family Canadian Rockies tours continues with an exciting expedition to Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park, created more than 150 million years ago! One of the most spectacular gorges in the Canadian Rockies, the views way down deep between its steep, smooth canyon walls are memorable. Each bridge you cross brings something new - from lush plant life and ancient fossils to mysterious potholes and cascading waterfalls. Then, board a rubber boat for a wet and wild rafting trip* down the mighty, glacier-fed Athabasca River, encountering both calm waters and "whitewater" along the way as you float through some amazing scenery.

 Day 5 Ride across a glacier & on to Banff

Get set for something really cool as you board a specially designed Ice Explorer

 Day 6 A gondola car, Mounties & more in Banff

Start the day with a ride up to the "top of the world" on the Banff Gondola; looking around you from your gondola car at the summit of Sulphur Mountain, you'll have a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges! On your way back to Banff, you're joined by a real 'Mountie' who relates tales of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Check out this chic alpine resort town with a fun scavenger hunt through the heart of town, and an afternoon spent as you please. We've included a Banff Heritage Passport, good for admission to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies - featuring collections of local art, historic exhibits, and seven restored early Banff cabins and homes - and the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, dedicated to the appreciation, interpretation, demonstration and display of the cultures, traditions, and values of the First Nations of North America and their trading partners. Or stay at your resort and swim, rent mountain bikes* or canoes*, pamper yourself at the Willow Stream Spa or get in a round of golf (both available at an additional charge), or just follow your nose to spot wildlife. Join us tonight for a special farewell bowling party - featuring Canadian-style five-pin bowling at the Banff Bowling Center - and dinner for a fun-filled close to a great family trip!

 Day 7 Journey home

Your family's most memorable of Canadian Rockies tours ends this morning as you travel back to Calgary (approximately 80 miles) for your flight home. Tour ends: 10:00 AM at Calgary International Airport.