Around the Rugged Rockies

Tour highlights

  • Calgary, home to the world renowned Calgary Stampede
  • Witness Kananaskis with its 4,000 square kilometres of mountain parks
  • The spectacular scenery of Golden
  • Revelstoke, known for its vibrant display of summer wildflowers
  • Visit Radium Hot Springs
  • Explore Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Take an included cruise on Maligne Lake
  • Drive the Icefield Parkway, one of the world’s most iconic drives
  • Explore the resort town of Banff
  • Discover the local residents of Banff National Park on an evening wildlife tour

Days 1 - 6: Calgary to Radium Hot Springs

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Days 1 – 2: UK – Calgary

Set dramatically between prairies and peaks, Calgary is a chic metropolis in Southern Alberta, buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western heritage. The city is nicknamed ‘Cowtown’, which is evident in the Calgary Stampede, a massive rodeo and festival in July. With its numerous skyscrapers, Calgary owes its massive growth to its status as the centre of the Canadian oil industry.

Days 3 – 4: Kananaskis

Distance: 120 km / 75 miles

Kananaskis, or K-Country as the locals call it, is actually a collection of over 10 provincial parks and wildlife reserves. It's a wildlife haven being a breeding ground for elk, moose, bear, mountain goats and sheep. At higher elevation, some types of crickets can only be found here.

Days 5 – 6: Radium Hot Springs

Distance: 177 km / 111 miles

Radium Hot Springs has it all: unlimited outdoor activities, fine dining, golfing, skiing, natural hot springs, and the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. Located on the 'warm' side of the Canadian Rockies, Radium Hot Springs offers mineral pools. These odourless pools are surrounded by natural rock walls, and are guaranteed to soak away your worries and your woes.

Days 7 - 12: Golden to Clearwater

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Days 7 – 8: Golden

Distance: 103 km / 64 miles

Located in the Columbia River, Golden is located at the point where the Columbia River and the Kicking Horse River meet, and is surrounded by three different mountain ranges. It's a haven for outdoor adventurers, a relative hotbed of delicious food, and the ideal starting place for seeing six of Canada's breath-taking national parks.

Days 9 – 10: Revelstoke

Distance: 148 km / 93 miles

Revelstoke is a mountain paradise high in the Kootenay Rockies and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in all of British Columbia. Enjoy the breath-taking views of rugged mountains, glistening glaciers, lush forests, tumbling waterfalls and crystal clear lakes.

Days 11 – 12: Clearwater

Distance: 275 km / 172 miles

Wells Gray Provincial Park is a true wilderness, certainly one of Canada’s most beautiful parks. Immerse yourself in natural surroundings, with pounding waterfalls, guided walks, hiking trails, white water rafting and kayaking.

The wildlife is exceptional: black bears, grizzlies, moose, mountain goats, caribou, wolves and cougars. Don’t miss Dawson and Spahats Falls, and especially Helmcken Falls which is three times higher than Niagara Falls, plunging 140 metres down into a mist-filled abyss.

Days 13 - 18: Jasper to Banff

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Days 13 – 15: Jasper

Distance: 318 km / 199 miles

Jasper is a friendly, small town set in the natural splendour of Jasper National Park and not as touristy as Banff. Much of the reason for this comes from the fact that nearly 25% of Jasper’s population has no dependency on tourism and instead they work for the railways.

On your included Maligne Lake Classic Cruise you will sail 14 km / 9 miles along Maligne Lake, past towering peaks and glaciers, to the peaceful and remarkable Spirit Island. You will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy vibrant stories form the on board tour guide, including the history of the lake and its earliest explorers, along with the flora & fauna of the area. Upon arrival at Spirit Island, the boat docks and guests are able to disembark and enjoy a short nature trail leading to a viewing platform for that bucket list photo overlooking Spirit Island.

Days 16 – 18: Banff

Distance: 288 km / 180 miles

Today you’ll be driving the famous Icefields Parkway Highway 93, rated as one of the top drives in the world with spectacular sightseeing of pristine turquoise lakes, tumbling waterfalls and ancient glaciers. Along the stretch, big horn sheep, deer, black bears, and coyotes are frequently spotted. To really appreciate the parkway, you need to take the time to enjoy the scenery and sights. 

Set in the heart of Banff National Park and snugly embraced by Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, the little town of Banff boasts a worldwide reputation. Its charming streets are abuzz year round due to an annual influx of millions of visitors. 

During your time in Banff there is an included evening Wildlife Safari (2 hours), as the sun sets behind the craggy peaks, the wildlife of Banff National Park become more active in the cool hours before dark. Wildlife is seen on 95% of tours, so this is your best chance to get up close with some of Banff’s wildest residents.

Days 19 - 21: Calgary to UK

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Day 19: Calgary

Distance: 127 km / 80 miles

Return your motorhome to the depot before being transferred to your Calgary hotel for your last night in Canada. Perhaps take a ride to the top of the Calgary tower for some amazing views across the city and over the prairies to the distant Rockies.

Days 20 - 21: Calgary - UK

Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before returning to Calgary airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

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