Glacier National Park & the Canadian Rockies (CS) - 2015 / 2016

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9 Day Tour from Calgary to Calgary

Glacier National Park & the Canadian Rockies
Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta
Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta
Visit metropolitan Calgary
Glacier National Park in Montana
Calgary skyline
Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park
Ice Explorer
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks
Beautiful view of downtown Calgary at sunset
Glacier National Park in Montana

Vacation Overview

This compact vacation delivers the pristine wilderness of several national parks and the soaring beauty of the Rockies on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border. From Calgary, travel to Waterton Lakes National Park, a beautiful national park with rugged mountains, beautiful water, and wilderness. Enter Montana through Glacier National Park, where you’ll enjoy a thrilling drive on the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard the famous red "Jammer" bus. The Going-to-the-Sun Road crosses 6,664-foot-high Logan Pass and offers alpine scenery where jagged mountain peaks, deep green forests, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape.

Re-enter Canada and visit the historic mining town of Fort Steele, the famous health spa at Radium Hot Springs, and Kootenay National Park in British Columbia. On to Alberta for 2-night stays in both Banff and Jasper National Parks. In Banff, enjoy a ride on the Banff gondola up Sulphur Mountain and leisure time to explore on your own. As you head to Jasper National Park, stop for a memorable ride aboard an Ice Explorer at the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield. In Jasper National Park, take a cruise to Spirit Island. Visit famous Lake Louise, a highlight of your vacation, before returning to Calgary. Your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner in Calgary—a wonderful way to end this scenic, thrilling vacation to Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies.

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  • The June 29 departure with Calgary extension features the Calgary Stampede.

DAY 1Arrive in Calgary

Welcome to Calgary! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Calgary skyline Visit metropolitan Calgary Beautiful view of downtown Calgary at sunset 

DAY 2Calgary–Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump–Waterton Lakes National Park

Before departing Calgary, enjoy an orientation tour of the city’s highlights. Travel south along the Macleod Trail. Just outside the town of Fort Macleod, visit HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, on to scenic WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK with a photo stop at Cameron Falls. (Breakfast)

The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 3Waterton Lakes National Park–Glacier National Park–Going-to-the-Sun Road–Whitefish

Enter Montana through Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and behold the awesome snowcapped peaks of GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. A highlight awaits you as you board the famous vintage red “JAMMER BUSES” that will take you along one of North America’s most spectacular highways: Going-to-the-Sun Road. After crossing 6,664-foot-high Logan Pass, enter a geographical wonderland of alpine scenery where jagged mountain peaks, deep-green forests, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape. Before arriving at your resort, enjoy a made-from-scratch piece of Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HUCKLEBERRY PIE or ICE CREAM—a delicious treat to end your day. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Whitefish–Fort Steele–Radium Hot Springs–Kootenay National Park–Banff

Re-enter Canada today, with two stops in British Columbia before crossing into Alberta. First, visit the restored town of FORT STEELE, where fortunes were made during the Kootenay Gold Rush; then, stop at RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, a famous health spa. Drive through the steep red cliffs of Sinclair Canyon and KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK before entering BANFF NATIONAL PARK, the heart of the Canadian Rockies. (Breakfast)

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta 

DAY 5Banff

This morning, take a scenic ride on the BANFF GONDOLA to the top of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy the spectacular views of the valley below. Additional morning sightseeing includes stops at Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure, or maybe join an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for unsurpassed views of the Rockies. (Breakfast)


DAY 6Banff–Columbia Icefield–Jasper

Follow breathtaking Icefields Parkway today and head for JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake. Then, climb to Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glacier masses. Next is the highlight of the day: stop at the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a memorable ride aboard an ICE EXPLORER. Still time this afternoon for an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. (Breakfast)

Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada Peyto Lake in Banff National Park Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies Ice Explorer 

DAY 7Jasper. Excursion to Maligne Lake

The morning is at leisure. Optional activities include hiking, canoeing, and strolling the streets of Jasper. Maybe take an optional hike to learn about glacier formations found in the area. This afternoon, journey to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE of the glacial lake and Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lakeside dinner with incredible views and local fare including famous Alberta beef. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park 

DAY 8Jasper–Lake Louise–Calgary

This morning, visit Athabasca Falls and then retrace the route south along Icefields Parkway. One more highlight saved for the last day of your vacation: a visit to famous LAKE LOUISE. Continue to Calgary, where your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Over dessert, be entertained by a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite COWBOY POET who will bring the region’s Western heritage to life through stories and songs, a perfect ending to your vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Take in the magnificent scenery of the Icefields Parkway 

DAY 9Calgary

The tour ends after breakfast this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Calgary International Airport. (Breakfast)



Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Calgary

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Years of Experience: 16 years

Born in Calgary, I caught the travel bug while teaching in Europe-and I haven't looked back since! Western Canada is my preferred travel destination, and having the Rockies in my backyard to enjoy year round is indeed a privilege! I've also had the thrill of introducing many visitors to Calgary's famous Stampede every July. I'm a proud Canadian and proud Calgarian. I am here to share the pride and love I have for my country--its people, culture, food, geography, and history.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Glacier National Park & the Canadian Rockies:

  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park
  • Kootenay National Park
  • Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump