Banff & Jasper Family Vacation

6 Days Starting and ending in Calgary, Alberta

Visiting: Calgary, Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Autograph Collection, Troll Falls, Kananaskis River, Lake Louise, Vermilion Lakes, Banff, Sentinel Pass, Moraine Lake, Athabasca Glacier, Johnson Lake

Tour operator:

Active Adventures

Tour code:

BanffJasF

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 12

Physical rating:

Medium, 3: Step It Up

Age range:

6-80

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

History

From: $4699 $4551 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$148

NB: Prices correct on 22-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Discover the breathtaking panoramas of snowy peaks, crystalline glacial lakes, and countless wildlife on this epic Canadian Rockies family vacation. Adventure abounds with glacier hikes, river rafting, horseback riding, and backcountry biking through Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise. At the end of these fun-filled days, relax in one of our cozy lodges before indulging in some of Western Canada’s tastiest gourmet cuisine. Kick back with the family and recount how many elk, bear, and eagles you spied and laugh over the new lifelong memories you created. We can guarantee you’ll never forget your time exploring the pristine wilderness of “Wild Rose Country” on this stress-free, all-inclusive Alberta family vacation.

Highlights

  • Scenic bike ride in K-Country.

  • Hike in Marble Canyon's waterfall, Sentinel Pass, the Athabasca Glacier

  • Experience rafting adventure tackling the Class II and III rapids of Kicking Horse River.

  • A scenic morning drive along the Icefield Parkway past numerous ice fields and glaciers.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Horseback Riding, Biking Through K-Country

Location: Calgary, Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Autograph Collection

Accommodation: Lodge, Lodge

Accommodation Name: Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner,

After morning pickups, it’s time to saddle up and discover your inner cowboy at Rafter Six Ranch! During this two-hour trail ride, you’ll ride through beautiful forest and breathtaking scenery with experienced guides who know the lands well. An amazing picnic made by your guides will fuel you for your afternoon bike ride through Kananaskis Country, or as it’s known by the locals, “K-Country.” K-Country is a cluster of provincial parks, ecological reserves, recreation areas, and natural areas that are fantastic for exploring the outdoors without big crowds. After your mellow bike ride, you’ll head to your home for the next two nights, Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, to settle in and enjoy dinner with your travel companions.

A comfortable and contemporary retreat nestled against the Canadian Rockies, the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge is equal parts rustic mountain retreat and elegant hotel. Rest, relax, and rejuvenate as you take in beautiful views and surrounded with every comfort. Horse-back Riding:2 hoursBiking:7 miles (11.2 kilometres)

Day 2 : Hiking Troll Falls Trail, Rafting On The Kananaskis River

Location: Troll Falls, Kananaskis River, Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Autograph Collection

Accommodation: Lodge, Lodge

Accommodation Name: Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Start your day with a hike on the Troll Falls Trail to see three waterfalls including the trail’s namesake, Troll Falls. After a hearty lunch, you’ll load into rafts and paddle the exciting class II and III rapids of the Kananaskis River. This thrilling adventure will have you catching waves and river runs with views of the mountaintops in the background. You’re guaranteed to get splashed on this ride! This evening you'll have some time to relax and enjoy the lodge and another great dinner with your family and fellow travelers. Hiking:2.5 miles (4.0 kilometers)Rafting:3 hours

Day 3 : Explore Lake Louise, Bike Vermillion Lakes Trail

Location: Lake Louise, Vermilion Lakes, Banff

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Fox Hotel or Royal Canadian Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,

This morning you’ll witness one of Banff’s most famous sites: Lake Louise. Famous for its turquoise waters, Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop, and palatial hotel, Lake Louise is sure to wow. Once you get your fill of photos, it's time to climb onto bikes and pedal along the Vermillion Lakes Trail to Banff, with a picnic lunch along the way. After a fun-filled day, the evening is yours to explore Banff on your own.

Located in the heart of Banff, the Fox Hotel is a contemporary lodge hotel with unique amenities like an indoor hot pool with a cave basin theme and an open roof to allow natural light in. Centrally located, the Fox Hotel is within walking distance of Banff’s downtown and a short drive to Bow River and other popular destinations. Biking:10 miles (16 kilometers)

Day 4 : Hiking Sentinel Pass

Location: Sentinel Pass, Moraine Lake

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Fox Hotel or Royal Canadian Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Embark on a full-day hike over Sentinel Pass, rated one of the top hikes in Banff. Ascend from the turquoise waters of Moraine Lake past larch trees and alpine meadows. Take in spectacular vistas of Paradise Valley from nearly 8,900 feet atop the pass as you enjoy your lunch. Enjoy a delicious dinner before indulging in some well-earned relaxation time. Hiking:7 miles (11.2 kilometres)

Day 5 : Glacier Hike On Athabasca Glacier

Location: Athabasca Glacier, Banff

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Fox Hotel or Royal Canadian Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Wake up early today for a scenic morning drive along the Icefield Parkway past numerous ice fields and glaciers. Arrive at Athabasca Glacier on the edge of Jasper National Park, where you’ll be outfitted with crampons and walking sticks. Spend the afternoon hiking the glacier alongside a mountain guide, learning about its formation and the powerful way it shapes the land. Shuttle back to Banff for some time to relax before our farewell dinner. Hiking:Athabasca Glacier: 3 hours

Day 6 : Hike Around Johnson Lake, Farewell!

Location: Johnson Lake, Calgary

Meals Included: Breakfast,

A short shuttle will bring us to our trailhead where we will have time for one more hike around Johnson Lake. Shuttle back to Calgary to be dropped off at the airport or your hotel for your departure home.Hiking:2 miles (3.2 kilometers)

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation throughout your trip.

  • Meals

    All meals as listed in itinerary.

  • Guide

    Professional guides.

  • 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio

  • Our ‘Red Carpet’ pre-trip customer care service available to answer questions

  • Travel Wallet: a resource for everything you need to know about your trip in one secure space!

  • Picnic lunches, unlimited snack baskets & unique destination snacks

  • Specially curated tour ‘Wow’ moments throughout your trip

  • All activities described in the itinerary

  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities

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What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

    Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance

  • International Travel

  • Optional

  • Transportation (air and land) to and from start/end points

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Local English speaking guide on this tour.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International/Domestic Flights are not included.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All park and other entry fees are inclided.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Activity Level 3: Step It Up, I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings. Hiking: Typically, 3-6 hours per day on well-formed backcountry trails. Expect some significant gradient inclines and declines. Altitude: Your trip may include some moderate altitude areas, though these don't form the focus of the trip and are generally manageable. Biking: 1-3 hours on well-formed paths or roads where you can expect some hills with moderate climbs and descents. Kayaking: 1-3 hours, entry-level sea kayaking with specialist guides and stable boats. Other activities (i.e. caving): Always optional and very little exertion required. A highlight for many!

  • What is the tipping policy?

    You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The max group size is 12 peoples.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are covered by our Active Adventures Assurance policy.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1996

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our trips attract a wide range of people from all different backgrounds, countries and ages, which makes our small group adventures all the more interesting and fun. All our people tend to enjoy active lifestyles, great food, good company and new experiences. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be in good company

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We send online booking information via our club page you’ll gain access to your trip notes, destination information, a detailed gear list and all the information you need for your trip. There are a few things to fill in – medical and dietary information, extra accommodation requests, gear hire requests etc. – to ensure you are well prepared for your adventure vacation.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Travellers Against Plastic

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes,

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    When it comes to the safety of our guests, it has always been our number one priority. We’ve introduced strict protocols to adhere to current Covid safety guidelines that are relative to the destination, country and location of your adventure – these are dependent on the current rules and restrictions that are in place at the time of your trip.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Health and safety are just as important as the amazing places in the most stunning parts of the world we travel. Another focus of ours is having a good place to rest and rejuvenate at the end of a busy day, and to make sure we are fully charged for the next day’s activities, so you’ll always find yourself in a clean, comfortable room.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    No

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Tony  

Our time in Canada with Sydney and Santana

14-Jun-2023

Our overall experience was excellent. Every activity exceeded our expectations but our guides made the trip memorable.

Barbara  

Banff & Jasper Family Vacation

13-Jul-2022

We had a great time with Lisa and Tabs; they are fabulous guides and they are very personable and knowledgeable. We felt very spoiled by all the treats and the little touches. The food was really good and we were all very happy with our overall trip and experience.

Paula  

Spectacular Trip

13-Jul-2022

This was a spectacular trip. Not only were the parks beautiful, but also our family loved all of the activities, the variety and the number of activities. Our Austin team was incredible - Will, Ian, Sydney - warm, welcoming and very experienced.

Luke  

Banff & Jasper Family Vacation

13-Jul-2022

From the moment we were picked up at the hotel in Calgary, we knew that we had a special group of individuals leading our adventure. They were warm, welcoming, and ready to get moving. My kids were continually entertained, and the team did a fantastic job accommodating the entire group. It's hard trying to plan some of these activities when mother nature has other ideas, but they had a plan B and C in just such an event. Overall, our experience was phenomenal and we have already booked a trip for next year!

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  • Low Deposit

    Active Adventures requires a minimum deposit of 500 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of active adventures charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Testing For trips in the United States:?Vaccination is not required. All guests must adhere to the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations and guidelines.

    For all International trips (all destinations except the United States):?All guests aged 13 years and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of travel.? We accept vaccines authorized or recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Adults who cannot be vaccinated due to valid medical exemptions will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result (official paper or official electronic record) showing the test was carried out no later than 72 hours before the trip starts. Testing must be performed by an approved entity.Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test (where applicable) must be provided prior to the start of your trip (only official vaccination card or electronic record will be accepted). Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test must include identifying information (full name), as well as the vaccination or the test dates.Proof of Vaccination must demonstrate the final dose of the vaccine was administered at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of your trip.You will be required to upload Proof of Vaccination into your Travel Wallet prior to departure. If Proof of Vaccination or a Negative Test is not produced at the commencement of travel with us, you will not be allowed to travel. You will not be eligible to receive a refund of any sums paid to us if this occurs.?? Guests must comply with any additional vaccination or testing requirements and/or additional health and safety measures that are required to travel in their chosen destination. We recommend using?CIBT for up-to-date requirements.? We do not grant any exceptions to this vaccination and testing policy.?

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