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Rocky Mountain Family Holiday Keep Everyone Happy With This Action Packed Adventure

13 nights

The Canadian Rocky Mountains, one of North America's natural treasures and an UNESCO World heritage site, are an impressive playground offering a multitude of outdoor activities.

During these two weeks you can spend your days hiking mountain trails, biking world class tracks, practising your camping skills, rappelling on a mountaineering course and of course sightseeing. There are opportunities for whitewater rafting and trail riding too, and a thrilling three day canoe trip down the North Saskatchewan River retraces the ancient transportation route of the Natives and fur traders.

This is a fantastic family holiday with lots of exciting activities to keep everyone entertained.

The Breakdown

Here's a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by adding them to your wishlist, so we can give you the best price.

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Day 1

Calgary

Arrival in Calgary and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy light snacks and pre-trip informat...

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Day 2

Calgary to Banff

Board the bus for the ninety minute drive west into the mountains of Banff National Park. On a ca...

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Day 3

Banff

Today you hit the trails on a mountain bike on some of the best cross country trails in Rockies....

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Day 4

Banff

Experience fun and thrills with an optional 5 hour white water rafting adventure (on the Kicking...

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Day 5

Banff

Don’t you wish you were as sure footed on the rocky slopes as mountain sheep and goats? Tod...

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Day 6

Banff to Jasper

Leaving Banff, you pass picture postcard Lake Louise as you travel one of the most spectacul...

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Day 7

Jasper

The side trip to Maligne Lake takes you through a valley once thought to be magical because of an...

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Day 8

Jasper to Hinton

The peak experience of Sulphur Skyline is a perfect last impression of the Rocky Mountains. Start...

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Day 9

Hinton

Get ready for canoe training on a quiet lake, gaining paddling skills and confidence. No experien...

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Day 10

Hinton to Drayton Valley

There is an opportunity for last minute shopping before you move to a campground (with showers) b...

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Day 11-12

North Saskatchewan River

Non-essential luggage will be stored safely as for the next two nights you pitch your tent o...

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Day 13

North Saskatchewan River to Edmonton

Today is the end of the canoe trip, in downtown Edmonton, after 160km on the river. The bus with...

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Day 14

Edmonton

Take breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Edmonton airport....

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Day 1

Calgary

Arrival in Calgary and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy light snacks and pre-trip information in the hotel with the guides.

1 night in Calgary.

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Day 2

Calgary to Banff

Board the bus for the ninety minute drive west into the mountains of Banff National Park. On a campground under pine trees you pitch your tent for the next four nights. This afternoon you go for the first hike, perhaps following the shore of Lake Minnewanka, for 2-3 hours. Dinner is at the campground.

4 nights camping in Banff National Park.

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Day 3

Banff

Today you hit the trails on a mountain bike on some of the best cross country trails in Rockies. After a one hour skills course you are ready to spend the day exploring the trails and single track. The bikes are first rate and the trails offer such variety that everyone will enjoy this day. An evening of stories around the campfire makes the perfect end to a Canadian mountain day.

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Day 4

Banff

Experience fun and thrills with an optional 5 hour white water rafting adventure (on the Kicking Horse River in eight person rubber rafts), or join the guide for a day hike into the mountains. For example take an 8 km hike into a wide alpine meadow for scrambling and exploring. From here you can ascend into a pass at 2330m elevation. Hiking time 4 to 6 hours.

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Day 5

Banff

Don’t you wish you were as sure footed on the rocky slopes as mountain sheep and goats? Today is your chance to learn. During a mountaineering course with expert instructors you practise abseiling and climbing skills, using ropes and a harness.

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Day 6

Banff to Jasper

Leaving Banff, you pass picture postcard Lake Louise as you travel one of the most spectacular alpine routes; the Icefields Parkway. At the immense Columbia Icefields you will hike Parker Ridge with magnificent wide angle views of Saskatchewan Glacier, Mounts Athabasca and Andromeda, and the icy cap of Snow Dome. Mighty Athabasca Falls is among the attractions of Jasper National Park. You can make your way down into an abandoned canyon carved out of the rocks by the raging waters over millions of years.  Hiking time 1 to 2 hours.

2 nights camping near Jasper.

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Day 7

Jasper

The side trip to Maligne Lake takes you through a valley once thought to be magical because of another lake along the way which disappears during the summer. Once at Maligne Lake you hike a 8 km circuit through flower covered alpine meadows to an elevation of 2150m or take a boat cruise (optional) to Spirit Island at the far end of the lake. Suggested for this afternoon is a 2 hour trail ride in western saddle into the mountains on quiet horses and led by experienced horse wranglers.

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Day 8

Jasper to Hinton

The peak experience of Sulphur Skyline is a perfect last impression of the Rocky Mountains. Starting almost at tree line with a short but steep climb you reach a ridge with the most excellent views. Of course you can alternatively relax in the warm outdoor pool of the Miette Hot Springs (optional). Now you leave the National Parks and enter the forest and lakes region of the eastern foothills. Soon you reach a remote log house resort nestled between two lakes. Each family moves into their own cabin with private bath. Meals served in the main lodge for the next two days. Hiking time 3 hours.

2 nights in Hinton.

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Day 9

Hinton

Get ready for canoe training on a quiet lake, gaining paddling skills and confidence. No experience is necessary. You learn the basic paddle strokes and safety procedures for the open Canadian canoes. You will receive tips regarding personal equipment and work sharing of the crews. This evening local Natives come by for a visit, story telling and drumming.

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Day 10

Hinton to Drayton Valley

There is an opportunity for last minute shopping before you move to a campground (with showers) by the North Saskatchewan River where you prepare for tomorrow’s canoe trip. The selected river stretches are not dangerous, even for the beginner, but the current and gravel bars demand vigilance. Safety and the comfort of the participants are the main concerns of the guides.

3 nights camping by the North Saskatchewan River.

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Day 11-12

North Saskatchewan River

Non-essential luggage will be stored safely as for the next two nights you pitch your tent on sandy islands or comfortable spots along the shore. This "Canadian Classic" is an excellent river trip. It starts out just east of the Rocky Mountain foothills entering the Prairies. One of the most appealing aspect of this river is that a paddler can choose whether or not to run the 'big' water. Moose, deer, black bear and other wildlife are common in the forested valley. Five or six hours daily are spent on the river, sometimes leisurely drifting downstream, but always with an eye for gravel bars and obstacles. There will be time for swimming, fishing, exploring and evening campfires. 

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Day 13

North Saskatchewan River to Edmonton

Today is the end of the canoe trip, in downtown Edmonton, after 160km on the river. The bus with the luggage you left behind is waiting for the short drive to your hotel. Tonight enjoy dinner independently.

1 night in Edmonton.

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Day 14

Edmonton

Take breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Edmonton airport.

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Price Includes:

Airport transfers, transportation in 14 passenger van, 2 nights in hotel (twin), 2 nights in 4-bed cabins, other nights in spacious tents (2 pers./tent), welcome gift, all meals from breakfast day 2 to breakfast on day 14, camping equipment (except sleeping bag), hard-foam mattress, admission to the National Parks, camping fees, full day mountain bike rental with 2 hour skills course and tour of the trails, mountaineering and rappelling course, evening with local Native, canoe training, 3 days with 2-pers. open Canadian canoes, 30 litre dry bag, services of two guides.

 

Price Does Not Include:

Personal equipment, sleeping bag, dinner day 1 and day 13, white water rafting £70, trail riding £27 for two hours, Maligne Lake boat cruise £27, Miette Hot Springs £5 (approx prices).

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