Athabasca (3 Day Tour)
Explore the true Canada with our 3 day Athabasca tour! We’ll be travelling along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in the world, through the Rocky Mountains in Banff and Jasper National Parks! You’ll discover amazing glacial lakes (like Peyto Lake), snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine rivers, and thunderous waterfalls, all while keeping an eye out for Canada’s diverse wildlife, like bears, elk, moose and bighorn sheep. We’ll get you off the bus for hikes, swimming, and of course for those Insta-moments!
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
- ? Visit the famous Lake Louise, reportedly the most photographed lake in the world!
? Marvel at the aqua blue Moraine Lake (seasonal)
? Cozy up to the campfire at the Rampart Creek wilderness hostel
? Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon
? Feel (and see) the power of Athabasca Falls!
? Hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield
DAY 1: BANFF TO RAMPART CREEK VIA LAKE LOUISE
It’s time to visit those famous blue lakes! Lake Louise is calling, as is Moraine Lake (seasonal) before heading onto the Icefields Parkway for breath-taking views of jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers and more turquoise lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for large furry animals as we make stops at the Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake (our favourite) and Mistaya Canyon before arriving at our rustic wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. We invite you to really take in your surroundings with a dip and a sauna, and perhaps a campfire under the stars.
Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek. (Rampart Creek offers a truly rustic wilderness experience and is the only accommodation available - we’re sure you’ll love it!)
DAY 2: RAMPART CREEK TO JASPER
Jasper National Park today! But first we’ll stop at Big Bend lookout for a great view of the U-shaped North Saskatchewan River Valley. Get your legs ready because next up is the Columbia Icefield, the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres, where we’ll hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier (conditions permitting.) Then on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, for a hike that crosses several bridges over the canyon with jaw-dropping views. Jasper townsite is our destination, and if you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, there is an option to take a guided mountain bike tour on arrival.
Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper
DAY 3: JASPER TO BANFF
Our first stop: Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque in the Rockies! This is followed by a bit of mountain goat spotting (we’re still amazed at how they hold on) at the Goats and Glaciers viewpoint. Then on to Waterfowl Lakes to soak in the backdrop of Mount Chephren, which was named after the 4th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh. Our tour ends after a group dinner back in Banff.
Meal inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation: There is no accommodation included tonight. You will need to make your own arrangements. We recommend that you do not book onward travel on this day in case of traffic or weather delays.
? 2 nights mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation (Accommodated Option only)
? 1 night mixed gender, hostel dormitory style accommodation at Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel (Non-Accommodated Option only)
? Moose Bus transportation
? Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
? 1 dinner
? National Park fees
NB: If you prefer to stay in private rooms or in alternative accommodation, there is a non-accommodated version of this tour
DEPARTURE DATES - 2021
|April 24 to May 31||Wednesdays, Saturdays||Low Season|
|June 01 to 30||Wednesdays, Saturdays||Mid Season|
|July 01 to September 30||Wednesdays, Saturdays||Peak Season|
|October 01 to October 13||Wednesdays, Saturdays||Low Season|
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