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.