Athabasca (3 Day Tour)
Explore the heart of the Rocky Mountains with a trip through Banff and Jasper National Parks! This 3 day tour through the Canadian Rockies will take you on one of the most scenic roads in the world, the Icefields Parkway! You’ll discover amazing glacial lakes (including Lake Louise), snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine rivers, waterfalls, and wildlife everywhere you look.
Note: the Athabasca is the middle 3 days of the 8 day Caribou tour. Some of your fellow travellers will have started together in Vancouver before you join them, and some will be continuing back to Vancouver after you finish.
Start: Banff/ End Banff (3 days/2 nights minimum)
Schedule: Banff-Rampart Creek via Lake Louise-Jasper-Banff
3 days | Departing Banff
- Explore Western Canada's wilderness stopping at stunning viewpoints along the way, and for hiking and swimming
- Tour through Banff and Jasper National Parks
- Visit Rocky Mountain landmarks such as Lake Louise and Moraine Lake (seasonal)
- Travel the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper to see Bow Lake and the Athabasca Glacier
- See majestic waterfalls including the famous Athabasca Falls
- Enjoy the wicked nightlife and adventure activities in Banff
DAY 1: BANFF TO RAMPART CREEK VIA LAKE LOUISE
Our tour begins with visits to the stunning Moraine Lake (seasonal), and one of the world’s most famous lakes, Lake Louise! Then it’s onto the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We’ll make stops to see the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon, before arriving at our rustic, wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. Why not take a dip in the creek, then relax in the wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a campfire under the stars tonight?
Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek. This is a rustic, wilderness hostel and there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this truly Canadian experience!
DAY 2: RAMPART CREEK TO JASPER
Tick another National Park off your list today because we’re entering Jasper NP! We’ll stop to look for mountain goats at the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint. Our next stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. Then it’s on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. Afterwards, we’ll roll into the Jasper townsite where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.
Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper
DAY 3: JASPER TO BANFF
It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas along the Icefields Parkway as we make our way back south. Our main attraction today is the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres. You’ll have the chance to get up close to the Athabasca Glacier, either on a hike to the toe of the glacier, or on board a massive Ice Explorer vehicle. Our tour ends after a group dinner back in Banff.
Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight. We recommend booking at the Samesun Banff where your fellow travellers doing a longer pass will be staying.
- 2 nights mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation
- Moose Bus transportation
- Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
- 1 group dinner
- National Park fees
- Moose travellers also receive discounts on optional activities!
NB: If you prefer to stay in private rooms or in alternative accommodation, there is a non-accommodated version of this tour
DEPARTURE DATES - 2020
|April 25 to May 31||Wednesdays, Saturdays||Low Season|
|June 01 to 30||Wednesdays, Saturdays||Mid Season|
|July 01 to August 31||Wednesdays, Saturdays||Peak Season|
|September 01 to September 30||Wednesdays, Saturdays||Mid Season|
|October 01 to October 14||Wednesdays, Saturdays||Low Season|
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