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What You May See:
A spine of glacier-clad mountains strewn with peacock-blue lakes, the beauty of the Canadian Rockies is no mystery. Some areas have grown incredibly popular, so this trip takes you along a quieter route. You’ll visit Waterton Lakes, Banff and Kootenay National Parks and small mountain towns that are slightly off-grid, go hiking through unspoiled wilderness and spot wildlife amongst the craggy peaks as you go.
The Audley Way:
Browse ideas on the Audley website, then speak to a country specialist to gain firsthand advice and start planning your trip. A conversation with a country specialist will ensure they understand who you are and what you want.
Your specialist will design a full itinerary based on your tastes and interests. They will work with you to perfect the trip until every detail is just right. The itinerary will reflect your requests as well as incorporate the specialist's local insight.
After confirming your plans, your specialist will be on hand to answer any questions you have and provide helpful tips to prepare for your departure.
The adventure begins. Audley's service continues throughout your trip while abroad, you'll be in the capable hands of Audley's partners and have access to support 24-hours a day.
Nobody will be more excited to hear about your trip than your Country Specialist. They'll call you upon your return to see how things went and suggest a cure or two for any remaining wanderlust. Audley will be ready to help you start planning the next adventure.
Sample Itinerary - The Canadian Rockies: a quieter path ~ 9 nights ~ 9 meals - All breakfasts
Day 1: Calgary
Today you begin your journey by boarding your outbound flight to Calgary. On arrival in Calgary make your way to your downtown accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2: Waterton Lakes National Park
Collect your rental car from downtown Calgary and drive south along the Cowboy Trail to Waterton Lakes National Park. The afternoon is free to go walking or explore the small town of Waterton.
Day 3: Waterton Lakes National Park
Spend a day discovering the beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park. We recommend a leisurely cruise on the lake to the US border, looking out for moose and bald eagles.
Day 4: Fernie
Drive from Waterton Lakes National Park into British Columbia. The two-and-a-half-hour route to the mountain town of Fernie takes you from rolling prairies to deep valleys and craggy mountains. You also cross the Crossnest Pass and have views of Turtle Mountain, where a huge landslide occurred in 1903. Once at Fernie, settle into your accommodation and begin exploring this historic town.
Day 5: Fernie
Spend the day in the small alpine town of Fernie. There's plenty here to satisfy an array of interests - from hiking trails and mountain biking, to fishing and boating on the region's scenic rivers and lakes.
Day 6: Kootenay National Park
Today continue your journey into the mountains and on to Kootenay National Park. This three-hour drive passes through several towns, including Cranbrook, Invermere and Radium Hot Springs. You then climb to the Sinclair Pass before arriving in Kootenay National Park. After settling in to your accommodation, you can set out to explore the park's beautiful wilderness scenery, perhaps following one of the area's shorter walking trails while looking out for moose, elk and bears.
Day 7: Kootenay National Park
Spend a full day in Kootenay National Park. There are many activities available and some wonderful scenery to explore. You may wish to take a picnic and hike to the beautiful Cobb, Dog or Olive mountain lakes or try fishing, mountain biking or kayaking.
Day 8: Canmore
Drive for around two and a half hours from Kootenay National Park through Banff National Park to the small town of Canmore. You may wish to stop and explore the shops of Banff en route or take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Day 9: Canmore
Spend a full day exploring the iconic scenery of Banff National Park or trying some of the many available activities, including mountain biking, white water rafting, canoeing and hiking. We like the trail that leads along the Johnston Canyon to the Ink Pots - seven cold mineral springs that bubble to the surface of open meadows.
Day 10: Return Home
The morning is free for last minute sightseeing or shopping before driving to Calgary Airport to drop off your car prior to boarding your onward flight.
Terms and Conditions:
Rates vary by departure date and selected experiences. Prices shown are per person based on double occupancy, exclusive of international airfare. They are intended as a broad indication of how much you should budget for a similar trip. Your trip can be customized to match your preferred budget, interests, trip duration, departure date and accommodation style. The deposit price is 5% of the total cost of the tailor-made tour. Call a AAA Travel advisor for more details.