This trip is for you if you want to experience the best of Canada’s Rocky Mountain chalets with stays in the wild without wanting to sacrifice comfort. This trip is mostly self-guided and self-driving.
Day 1: Arrive in Calgary. Pick up your car and drive to Cathedral Mountain Lodge.
Day 2: Visit Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake, and Lake Louise. Today is yours at leisure, and the options are endless! Discover the protected wilderness surrounding Lake Louise, paddle a canoe through the turquoise waters of Emerald Lake, or enjoy a trail ride on horseback. Accommodations are at the Cathedral Mountain Lodge in a Riverside Premiere Cabin.
Day 3: Travel north to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Wind your way through Canada’s Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site for the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway. The scenic views of pristine lakes, ancient glaciers, and lush old-growth forests all provide gorgeous photo opportunities. Try a refreshing dip in glacier-fed Bow or Waterfowl Lakes along the way. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a W histler Cabin.
Day 4: Explore Jasper National Park, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site on your private guided tour from inside your custom photo vehicle. You’re in ‘Bear Country’, so don’t be surprised if you see a Black Bear mother tending to her playful cubs. In the afternoon spend time at your leisure exploring the scenic Hiking trails of Lac Beauvert. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a W histler Cabin.
Guided tour of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site | Wildlife spotting
Day 5: Today is entirely up to you. For thrill-seekers there’s endless opportunities for an adrenaline rush. Prefer water to land? Grab a paddle and hold on tight while you go white water rafting down the Athabasca River Canyon Run. Seeking serenity? Indulge in a boat cruise on nearby Maligne Lake, a round of golf, or a guided fishing tour. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a W histler Cabin.
Day 6: Drive through the majestic Icefields Parkway. Travel south to Moraine Lake Lodge, near the mountain town of Banff. Along your three and a half hour journey is the Mt. Kerkeslin Goat Lick viewpoint. Fifteen minutes north of Sunwapta, the exposed mineral deposits attract mountain goats who indulge in their favorite snack of salt licks. The afternoon is yours to explore. Accommodations are at Moraine Lake Lodge.
Day 7: From your base near Lake Louise, you have a number of optional water or land-based activities to choose from. Overwhelm your senses with an icefield helicopter tour over alpine meadows, or hike the numerous trails in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Accommodations are at the Moraine Lake Lodge.
Day 8: Drive from Banff to Calgary Airport | End of your journey
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
Ideally located, your home base of Field is close to the attractions of Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake, and Lake Louise. Today is yours at leisure, and the options are endless! Discover the protected wilderness surrounding Lake Louise, paddle a canoe through the turquoise waters of Emerald Lake, or enjoy a trail ride on horseback. Accommodations are at the Cathedral Mountain Lodge in a Riverside Premiere Cabin.
A recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award, this cabin-style resort hotel is located 15 minutes from the town site of Jasper, on the shores of Lac Beauvert. Its 446 rooms are spread among a “village” of 56 chalets and heritage log cabins—in addition to the main lodge— all of which are connected by paths on a 903-acre property. The hotel features nine restaurants and lounges, a health/fitness centre with heated outdoor pool, and a full spa. Suggested Room: With a view of Lac Beauvert
Located on Moraine Lake, close to the town of Lake Louise, Moraine Lake Lodge sits on the site of a teahouse established in 1912. In 1991, the owners commissioned famous Canadian architect Arthur Erickson to design a new lodge and cabins that would blend with the environment. The resulting main lodge is built of hand-hewn timber and comprises the dining room, library, gift shop, café, outdoor patio, 8 guestrooms and 1 suite. The surrounding cabins have vaulted open beam ceilings, and panoramic views of Moraine Lake. Rooms do not have TVs or phones. Room description: Overlook Moraine Lake. 400 sq feet. Rustic luxury. One king or two double beds.
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