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CANADIAN ROCKIES & YELLOWSTONE GEYSERS

Wildlife, glaciers, mountains & geysers

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CANADIAN ROCKIES & YELLOWSTONE GEYSERS

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Description

The Canadian National Parks in Alberta and British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains were created to protect a unique and natural landscape: massive glaciers, snow-covered peaks up to 3000 feet-high, tumultuous rivers, and impressive waterfalls can be seen within these exceptional parks, along with the variety of wildlife that call it home.   It’s no surprise that early pioneers were drawn to this region and willing to face the elements in order to be the first to conquer the West! What better way to observe grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, elk, deer, or pikas, and explore this exceptional environment than hiking up a mountain or weaving your way through a glacier’s moraine?  Straddling both the Canadian and American Rockies, we find the famous Glacier National Park.  On the Canadian half the mountains meet the open fields providing rich concentrations of a variety of exceptional plants; the prairies span across the immense valleys and rolling hills, providing excellent opportunities to spot wildlife. Across the border into the United States, the landscape slowly shifts to alpine prairies, crystal blue lakes, and countless glaciers.  Keep alert as we look for grizzly bears, mountain goats, and eagles!

We continue the tour with the extraordinary Yellowstone National Park, exploring its magnificent canyons and waterfalls.  Hike through the heart of a caldera, weaving around geysers and natural hot springs before reaching the park’s highest point.  Finally, let the incredible landscapes of Grand Teton National Park take you through rocky peaks and plains, beautifully interlaced by the Snake River, to finish off this extraordinary experience.

From the Rockies to Yellowstone, an incredible journey awaits you!

Highlights

  • Travel through the heart of the Rocky Mountain chain, in Canada & USA
  • Numerous wildlife observation opportunities: bisons, elks, mountain goats, grizzlies and more!
  • Off the beaten track walks and hikes to explore Canada & USA wilderness
  • The geological wonders of Yellowstone, including its famous geysers
  • The western town appeal of Bozeman to Jackson Hole
  • The discovery of Native Americans culture
  • The variety of landscape of this great journey of the Canadian and American National parks

Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival in Edmonton

Hotel***

Arrive in Edmonton. Free time to explore the city depending on your flight’s arrival time. RDV at the hotel with the rest of the group to meet your guide and hear the tour presentation. Independent dinner. Night at the hotel.

Day 02
Edmonton – Hiking in Jasper National Park

Camping in the Park

365 km, 3h45 drive

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Tour presentation and last preparations before hitting the road. This morning we head out for Jasper NP, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984. Stop en route for our first hike at Sulphur Skyline, or similar. As you breathe in the summit’s fresh air, overlooking the beautifully ridged landscape, you’ll know without a doubt that you’re in Canada! At the end of the day, if time permits, enjoy a soak at the Miette Hot Springs (optional), attracting numerous visitors for over a century! The natural geothermal heating warms the water to 53°C, and is then cooled to a comfortable 42°C. We then continue to the town of Jasper where we’ll install our camp for the next two nights. Meals : L, D

Hike

Suplher Skyline 8 km, 700 m elevation gain, 4h30 walk
Day 03
Hiking in Jasper national Park – Lake Maligne area

Camping in the Park

80 km, 1h drive

Jasper is famous for its breathtaking alpine landscapes, abundant wildlife, and emerald lakes and glaciers. Take in all the splendor of this region on today’s two beautiful hikes. On our way to Maligne Lake we’ll stop and take a stroll along Maligne Canyon, carved out over the years by the river. Later, the hike ot Bald Hills allows us to access a beautiful, high-altitude, flowered prairie surrounded by snow-capped peaks, all while overlooking Maligne Lake. Picnic in this gorgeous setting before continuing to Jasper. Enjoy some free time to explore the charming village in the late afternoon. Meals : B, L, D

Hike

Bald Hills 10 km, 500 m elevation gain, 5 hours walk
Day 04
Hiking in Jasper National Park – Mount Edith Cavell area

Jasper has many amazing places to visit. Today we explore the Mont Edith Cavell area, known to be one of the finest trails in Jasper. As we hike our way up to the Cavell meadows, views of Mount Edith Cavell, Angel Glacier, Cavell Glacier are stunning. In the spring and early summer wildflowers will be blooming all around you.
Meals : B, L, D

Hike

Cavell Meadows Trail 7km, 500m elevation, 6 hours
Day 05
Icefields Parkway, the Scenic Road to Banff National Park

Camping in the Park

300km, 2h30 drive time

Leaving Jasper for Banff National Park, we take the famous Icefields Parkway, spanning 300km of coniferous forests, snow covered mountains, massive glaciers, and emerald lakes and waterfalls. Keep your eyes open for local wildlife en route: elk, black bears, mountain goats, etc. You can trust your guide to know the best stops along the way to admire the scenery. Discover subalpine forests at Parker Ridge, walk on the famous Columbia Icefields and visit Athabaska Falls. Set up camp near Lake Louise where we spend the next two nights.
Meals : B, L, D

Hike

Parker Ridge 5km, 250m elevation, 5h30
Day 06
Hiking through Yoho National Park’s Waterfalls and Valleys

Camping in the Park

40km, 1hr drive

Today we head out for Yoho National Park. At less than an hour away, though less known than its famous neighbor, it’s just as extraordinary. Fun fact: the word “Yoho” is actually a Cree expression for awe and wonder! En route, stop and admire the spiral tunnels, a system designed to allow train access to Kicking Horse Mountain. The 380m high Takkakkaw Falls, in the heart of the park, cascades onto Daly Glacier. Explore this area by hiking the Iceline Trail overlooking the Yoho river valley, just above the trees. Return to camp in the late afternoon.
Meals : B, L, D

Hike

Iceline Trail 12km, 695m elevation, 5 hrs
Day 07
Banff National Park – Hiking around Lake Louise and Lake Moraine

Camping in the Park

60km, 1hr drive time

Banff National Park was Canada’s first national park, created in 1886. We will spend the next two days exploring this enormous park. First, we stop at Lake Louise to admire the Victoria Glacier. We then continue to see deep blue waters of Lake Moraine, another favorite. We hike the Larch Valley/Sentinel Pass trail for exceptional views over the valley and ten summits. At the end of the day we transfer to Banff village, setting up camp nearby.
Meals : B, L, D

Hike

Larch Valley/Sentinel Pass 11.6km (round trip), 725m elevation, 5hrs
Day 08
1001 Possibilities in Banff

Camping near the Park

In the heart of the park we find Banff village, its buildings reminiscent of its historical foundation. The administrative building for Parks Canada is located here, surrounded by beautiful gardens, as well as many old houses and the Banff Park Museum. This morning we take the short climb to Tunnel Mountain offering a spectacular view of the village and the Bow River Valley. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to relax in the hot springs. The guide can also suggest various hikes in the area.
Meals : B, L, D

Hike

Tunnel Mountain 4.3km, 300 m elevation, 2hrs
Day 09
From Banff to Kananaskis

Camping near the Park

150km, 2h15 drive time

We head south this morning into the magical region of Kananaskis visting one of its many provincial parks: Peter Lougheed. Via the Ptarmigan Cirque we traverse alpine prairies with breathtaking views of Highwood pass and the Kananaskis region. In the end of the afternoon we set up camp for 2 nights and head down to Kananaskis lake for sightseeing.
Meals: B, L, D

Hikes

Ptarmigan Cirque Trail 5km, 230m elevation, 3h30
Day 10
Hiking in Kananaskis Park

Camping near the Park

50km, 2hrs drive time

Full day hiking in Peter Lougheed. We head to Burstall Pass trailhead. The trail is a classic hiking adventure along Smith-Dorrien Trail to lofty mountain vistas with glaciers. Once atop the pass, the trees really open up, and beautiful views down into Banff National Park and Mt. Assiniboine reward you for your trek. Back to camp at end of day.
Meals : B, L, D

Hikes

Burstall Pass 15km, 475m elevation, 6h
Day 11 - 12
Hiking to Glaciers in Glacier National Park (USA)

Camping

475km, 6hrs drive time

We pursue our journey south, crossing the Canadian / USA border into Glacier National Park. Mother Nature’s talent as an artist is in evidence everywhere at Montana’s Glacier National Park, from the verdant glacier-carved valleys to the effervescent waterfalls and razor-edged peaks. Stretched across the massive back of the Continental Divide, Glacier manages to be spectacularly wild. The journey takes a good part of the day. Arriving in the park in afternoon, we visit the historic park wardens expo and learn about the history if the park and first nations. We set camp for 2 nights and head for a small walk searching for the elusive beaver in his natural habitat.
Our second day in Glacier takes us onto the celebrated and panoramic “Going to the Sun “ road traversing the park from east to west which cuts a scenic 80 kilometer path through dramatic mountains, past shimmering lakes and around hairpin bends. We stop on route for a hike on the Highline trail. At every step, and every turn, hikers will have absolutely spectacular scenery as the Highline follows along the Continental Divide, also known as the Garden Wall in this area. The exceptionally beautiful views, the excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife, and the wildflowers, all combine to make this a hike you'll remember the rest of your life.
Meals : B, L

Hikes

Beaver Pond Loop 6km, 106m elevation, 2h
Highline Trail 11.3 km, 250m elevation, 4-5hrs
Day 13
From Glacier to Bozeman – Picnic and Missouri River Cruise

Camping

550km, 6h30 drive time

Driving day to get to Bozeman, Montana, through rolling hills and farm lands. We plan a stop at “Gates of the Mountains” a must see to understand the legacy of Lewis and Clark, the first explorers to cross the USA from the Atlantic to the Pacific. We board a small boat for a commented cruise offering great views of the area. We continue to Bozeman a unique little town with a cowboy vibe. Pure Montana! Diner at the restaurant (not included) and overnight in a local hotel or motel. Many microbreweries will charm the beer lovers in you.
Meals : B, L

Day 14
Yellowstone National Park – Mammoth Hot Springs Area

Camping near the Park

170 km, 2h30 drive time

Today we drive to the most famous American National Park: Yellowstone. This enormous park, spanning over 9000 km², is a volcanic plateau with a 2300m elevation and is surrounded by mountains on all sides. This afternoon we visit part of the park and enjoy some wildlife observation. Walk along the Minerva terraces lined with colorful, petrified water basins. Set up camp near the edge of the park depending on availability for the next three nights.
Meals : B, L, D

Hikes

Mammoth Hot Springs
Mt Bunsen trail 6 km, 300m elevation, 2h30
Day 15 - 16
Canyon & Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

Camping in the Park

70 km, 1hr drive time (each day)

The next two full days are dedicated to hiking and exploring Yellowstone. Begin with a hike in Yellowstone Canyon where two imposing waterfalls pour into the yellow-orange tinted canyon. Uncle Tom’s trail offers a spectacular view of Artist Point and Lower Falls. We then descend onto Mount Washburn, an ancient volcano forming the Yellowstone caldera. From the summit, take in this unique and incredible landscape. On the second day, we walk through the most beautiful geysers in the world, including the famous – Old Faithful – erupting at specific times. With the ability to reach over 60m high, the eruptions will amaze you. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife so keep an eye out for bears, elk, bison, and more. Camping in or near the park.
Meals : B, L, D

Hikes

Uncle Tom’s trail 1 km (round trip), 150m elevation, 45 mins
Mt Washburn trail 9 km (round trip), 425m elevation, 4hrs
Upper Geyser Basin trail Walk along the wooden boardwalk trail and watch the geysers
Day 17 - 18
Hiking in Grand Teton National Park

Camping

165 km, 2hrs drive time

We continue our tour with Grand Teton National Park, located just south of Yellowstone. This park was named for its unique imposing granite peaks, the largest – the Grand Teton – measures at 4197m. The park, extending 1250km², includes the Jackson Hole Valley, 80km of the Snake River, over one-hundred lakes, seven glacial lakes, and numerous wildlife and vegetation. We begin hiking at Jenny Lake continuing to Inspiration Point and a portion of Cascade Canyon. The next day we hike to Surprise Lake and Amphitheatre Lake at the base of the Grand Tetons, the youngest of the Rockies. This hike is the most difficult on our tour but offers spectacular views of Lake Jenny and the Snake River. Set up camp for the next two nights, either in the park or near the parks edge, depending on availability.
Meals : B, L, D

Hikes

Jenny Lake, Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point & Cascade Canyon 4-10km (round trip) 150m elevation, 3-5hr
Amphitheatre Lake Trail 15 km return, 930m elevation, 7hrs
Day 19
Jackson Hole

Hotel

70 km, 1hr drive time

This morning we transfer to Jackson Hole, a mecca for Western lovers. Free time in the afternoon. Possible to enjoy an optional rafting tour on the Snake River. Check-in to the hotel in Jackson for our last night. Possible to attend a rodeo on Wednesday nights (optional): locally famous cowboys compete in various events including riding wild horses and bulls, lassoing, etc. Last group dinner (not included).
Meals : B, L

Day 20
End of the Tour

End of the Tour

Note: B = breakfast L = lunch D = diner
Itinerary note: The guide reserves the right to modify the itinerary for the group’s safety depending on the weather and general operating conditions.

Dates & prices

  • 4 August 2018 4325 $CA (CAD)
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Inclusive

  • Accommodation: 3 nights in standard 2-3* hotel/motels, 15 nights camping with facilities
  • Ground transportation by 12-passenger minibus with enclosed trailer for 8 passengers
  • The services of a bilingual driver-guide (French & English) from 5 to 9 participants , and an additional assistant-driver from 10 to 12 participants
  • Camping meals: 17 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 15 diners – prepared by the guide and clients
  • National Park entrance fees in Canada and USA
  • Wildlife observation lead by our guide
  • Parks and village visits, and orientation tour in cities
  • Camping and cooking equipments: tents, mattresses, stoves, dishes...

Non inclusive

  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Meals in Edmonton, Bozeman, and Jackson Hole
  • Flights & travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

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Renée-Claude Bastien

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