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Canadian Rockies Adventure: A Week in Banff & Lake Louise

7 days |  10 days with Glacier National Park Region extension
Group size1022 travelers
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park in Alberta Canada
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Traveler overlooks a mountain lake on a misty morning in the Canadian Rockies
Red canoes in the blue waters of Lake Louise in Banff National Park Alberta Canada
Waterfall along the Johnson Canyon trial in Banff National Park Canada
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Imagine your next best travel memory—with postcard-perfect mountain views as the backdrop.

When it comes to bucket-list scenery, the Canadian Rockies set the bar high. You'll find yourself doing double takes as you hike over catwalks built into the surrounding landscape (hi, Johnston Canyon!), and wondering how a lake can be so blue. Nature lovers, if off-the-beaten-path moments are up your alley, this small group Adventure Tour has your name all over it.

Your tour package includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Banff National Park
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site
  • Lake Louise
  • Fairview Lookout
  • Johnston Canyon Lower Falls
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Calgary, Alberta1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Calgary
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Canada! Settle in to your hotel, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Canmore, Alberta2 nights
Day 2: Canmore via Banff & Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Included meal: Breakfast

Head to the outdoors capital of Canmore, home to craggy mountains and stunning natural scenery. Stop along the way for guided tours in Banff, a resort town known for its mix of outdoor activities, art galleries, and vibrant culture.

  • Join your Tour Director for a tour of Banff National Park, which is rich in history and home to a wide variety of wildlife
  • Stop to snap photos at Bow Falls and the Banff Springs Hotel
  • Enjoy free time for shopping and lunch in the town of Banff
  • Enter the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s first national park, and learn about the natural and cultural history of the mountains
  • Discover the hot water that seeps from rocks at the Historic Site, and set off to explore some trails
Day 3: Free day in Canmore
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Canmore or add excursions.

Canmore Brewery Tour & Dinner

From $105 per person

Canadian Rockies Whitewater Rafting

From $149 per person

Lake Louise, Alberta2 nights
Day 4: Lake Louise hike & village visit
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to the turquoise Lake Louise, which is framed by the Rockies, and set out on a leisurely walk with your Tour Director.

  • Stroll along the lake’s shore path and look for birds, wildflowers, and wildlife
  • Hike up to the Fairview Lookout with your Tour Director for stunning views of the lake and its surrounding mountains
  • View the historic Fairmont Château Lake Louise
  • Enjoy free time to explore the Lake Louise Village
Day 5: Free day at Lake Louise
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day at Lake Louise or add an excursion.

Icefields Parkway & Glacier Experience

From $119 per person

Calgary, Alberta1 night
Day 6: Calgary via Johnston Canyon nature hike
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Drive through the Canadian Rockies to Johnston Canyon for a guided hike with your Tour Director.

  • Set off on a short, tree-lined walk on metal and wooden catwalks to the Lower Falls
  • Hike through short tunnels and over elevated catwalks surrounded by cliff walls
  • Admire creeks flowing next to and underneath you on this easygoing walk

Then, continue on to Calgary and celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Flight Home
Day 7: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore Glacier County.

Extension to Glacier National Park Region
Want to cross another incredible national park off your North America bucket list? Silly question, we know! Leave Canada behind, and prepare to be wowed in Montana, where you'll explore the Glacier National Park region and the Rocky Mountains with your Tour Director in the lead.
Glacier County1 night
Day 7: Glacier County via Waterton Lakes National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Before leaving Canada and crossing into the United States, embark on a guided hike through Waterton Lakes National Park. This picturesque area is dotted with rugged mountains and dense wilderness, and you’ll see it all alongside your Tour Director.

  • Hike up Bear’s Hump for beautiful views of Waterton Lake and Glacier National Park in the distance
  • Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including bears

Then, cross the border into the United States and continue on to Glacier County, Montana, for a free evening.

Whitefish, Montana2 nights
Day 8: Whitefish via sightseeing tour of Glacier National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Head toward Whitefish, Montana, stopping along the way to explore the beauty of Glacier National Park with a local guide.

  • Travel along Going-to-the-Sun Road, a national landmark considered to be one of the world’s most scenic drives
  • Marvel at cedar forests, rocky cliffs, and glacial lakes as you wind your way through Glacier National Park, which makes up a portion of the UNESCO-listed International Peace Park
  • Appreciate the wilderness of the park, and take in the sight of melting glaciers that experts estimate will be gone within the coming decades

Then, arrive in Whitefish for a free evening.

(Please note: Activities in Glacier National Park may vary depending on the season and weather conditions.)

Day 9: Free day in Whitefish
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Whitefish or add an excursion.

Raise a glass, and toast to your trip with a farewell drink this evening.

Kayaking in Glacier National Park

From $85 per person

Flight home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport in Kalispell for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown
Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown

This comfortable hotel is located near the Victoria Park neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center and on-site restaurants. Nearby you’ll find shops...

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Canmore Inn & Suites
Canmore Inn & Suites

This mountainside hotel is located in the center of Canmore. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center, and beautiful views. Nearby you’ll find the...

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Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn

This lodge-style hotel is located in Banff National Park. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and restaurants. Nearby, you’ll find spectacular scener...

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St. Mary Village
St. Mary Village

This lodge style hotel is located at Glacier National Park’s doorstep. Guests enjoy views overlooking Divide Creek, restaurant and complimentary area ...

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Hampton Inn & Suites Whitefish
Hampton Inn & Suites Whitefish

This modern hotel is located just a couple minutes from Whitefish’s historic downtown area. Guests enjoy a heated indoor saltwater pool, fitness cente...

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Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ

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Passport & visa requirements 
  • In order to enter Canada (or the U.S. on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States. If you plan to use a state-issued ID or driver's license on or after October 1, 2021, it will need to meet Real ID requirements. Real ID compliant versions of these IDs will have either a yellow or black star, white star inside a yellow or black circle, or a white star inside a bear in the top righthand corner. Please visit dhs.gov for more information.
  • Canadian citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within Canada.
Tour pace 
  • You will walk for at least 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and paths with some steep inclines. During certain seasons, there may be snow or ice on the paths. Some activities will take place at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information 
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive and depart from Calgary, Alberta (or from Kalispell, Montana, on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance 
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips 
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing during spring and fall departures, we recommend packing a warm coat, hat, and gloves. Avoid wearing cotton whenever possible as it is an ineffective insulator.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
Health 
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 6,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine 
  • Canadian cuisine closely resembles British cuisine, with elements that will be very familiar to Americans as well. While in Canada, you may want to try local favorites like butter tarts, poutine, and anything with maple syrup.
  • On the tour extension, the western region of the United States is known for barbecue, especially in the plains and mountain states like Montana where the cowboy tradition lives on. Try a bison burger or a steak for a true local dining experience.
Electricity & air conditioning 
  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity 
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones 
  • All destinations visited on this tour are on Mountain Time (MT), which is two hours behind Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.
Currency 
  • You will use the Canadian dollar on this tour (plus the U.S. dollar on the tour extension).
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping 
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour 
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.