Explore Emerald Lake with a naturalist guide, enjoy a lesson in nature photography, ride across the Athabasca glacier, enjoy a barbecue lunch near Sunwapta Falls and float down the Bow River in Banff.
• Enjoy a warm Canadian welcome with a special ceremony
• Wake up to magnificent lakeside views at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
• Receive a lesson in nature and landscape photography from a professional photographer at scenic Moraine Lake, one of the most picturesque in the Canadian Rockies
• Hike Emerald Lake with one of the country’s best naturalist guides.
• Savor a barbecue picnic lunch and enjoy a lecture by an expert park naturalist with Sunwapta Falls in the background
Itinerary North America: Canadian Rockies: Day 1: ARRIVE IN CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA Arrive in Calgary, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a cocktail reception and welcome dinner. Fairmont Palliser | Meals: D
Day 2: LAKE LOUISE / Pristine Waters Drive through the Bow Valley to Johnston Canyon, with its sheer walls, waterfalls, tunnels and pools. Stroll the interpretive walkway before heading to glacially-fed Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. Later, get a hands-on lesson in the art of wildlife and landscape photography from a professional photographer. Try your skills on one of the most picturesque lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Finish your day at your luxury hotel on Lake Louise (5,700 feet). Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Meals: B L D
Day 3: LAKE LOUISE / Flora and Fauna Travel through serene Yoho National Park to Emerald Lake, which owes its vibrant color to the glacial sediment in its waters. Meet with your expert guide, who reveals the geological and natural forces behind this scenic lake, and describes the breathtaking natural surroundings and habits of the endangered local grizzly bear. After lunch, weather permitting, pause at Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnel and Kicking Horse Natural Bridge. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Lake Louise at your own pace. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Meals: B L D
Day 4: JASPER / Through the Icefields Travel the scenic Icefields Parkway, along the backbone of the Canadian Rockies. Named after the sprawling ice fields in the area, this is one of the world’s great drives, with roadside wildlife a common sight and vistas of verdant forests and soaring peaks all around. Stop at the massive Athabasca Glacier (7,200 feet) for a thrilling ride across its surface on a specially designed vehicle. You also visit lovely Sunwapta Falls, enjoying a barbecue lunch and lecture by a local park naturalist in this beautiful, remote setting. After lunch, continue to magnificent Jasper National Park, via Crowfoot Glacier. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: B L D
Day 5: JASPER / Canyon Skyscrapers Cruise along the mile-high Maligne Lake to the famous Spirit Island, a tiny islet surrounded by the towering snow-capped Rockies. You may opt to join your fellow guests for a guided hike through the Maligne Canyon, with its impressive 200-foot-tall limestone walls. Later, return to your lodge, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy its natural surroundings and amenities. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: B D
Day 6: BANFF / Canada’s Stunning First National Park This morning, visit glacier-fed Peyto Lake and Mount Rundle view point before you continue to Banff National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site established in 1885 as Canada’s first national park. Arrive at your extraordinary hotel, which is styled after Scottish Baronial castles and is often called the “Castle in the Rockies.” Fairmont Banff Springs | Meals: B L
Day 7: BANFF / Nestled in Nature Bordered on all sides by wilderness, Banff is a national park resort community surrounded by spectacular nature, home to roaming deer, elk and other wildlife. Begin with a relaxing and memorable float trip down the majestic Bow River. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy Banff at your own pace, perhaps exploring the community’s restaurants, galleries and unique shops. This evening, gather with fellow guests to attend a special farewell dinner. Fairmont Banff Springs | Meals: B D
Day 8: DEPART BANFF Depart for the airport and your return flight home. Meals: BLESS