Canadian Rockies Parks & Resorts

A sampling of world-class Canadian resorts combined with breathtaking scenery highlight this 7-day journey into the Canadian Rockies from July 27 - August 2, 2017.

CanRockiesAccompanied by two Expedition Leaders, find adventure in the vast lands and magnificent ranges of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and amidst the glacial masses of Icefields Parkway.

Ride on top of the largest expanse of glaciers in the Rockies in a private Ice Explorer, cruise to world-famous Spirit Island, and get a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges on a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. Return to the region's premier resort lodgings for a guided nature walk nearby, or simply relax and enjoy the comforts these exceptional resorts have to offer.

Shared with travelers from cosponsoring associations, space is limited, so please contact the Alumni Travel Study Program at (866) 325-8664 or email to travelstudy@columbia.edu for more information and to reserve your place today.

Dates & Prices

Trip Dates: July 27 - August 2, 2017

Price: from $3,995 to 4,795 per person based upon double occupancy

Single space is  limited. If available, the single rate is $5,695. Please contact us to check single availability prior to sending your reservation, or to inquire about possible roommate options.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
After arriving in Calgary, meet your traveling companions and Orbridge Expedition Leader for a welcome reception at your hotel.
Overnight: The Westin Calgary (R)

Day 2: Calgary / Lake Louise
This morning, your guide will show you the highlights of Calgary on a tour of “The Stampede City,” before the group makes a special foray to the glacially-fed Moraine Lake. Next, drive to the village of Lake Louise where you'll have numerous options for lunch on your own. Reconvene with the group to enjoy a locally guided tour where you'll learn the history of this chateau-style resort located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, check in to your hotel room and relax in the ambiance of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or perhaps take a stroll along the lake before dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (B,D)

Day 3: Lake Louise / Icefields Parkway / Jasper National Park
Journey north on the Icefields Parkway and admire spectacular vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glacier masses. Learn how glaciers are formed, and understand the geological features as you take a memorable ride over the Columbia Icefield in the safety and comfort of an Ice Explorer. Step out onto ice that has been forming from snow falling as long as 200 years ago and feeds into The Continental Divide and out to three separate oceans. Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.
Overnight: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B,D)

Day 4: Jasper National Park / Maligne Lake
After breakfast, enjoy a fully-narrated cruise on Maligne Lake. At world-famous Spirit Island, photograph surrounding ridges against the lake's glacier-fed blue waters. Afterward, return to Jasper to explore the town, perhaps shop at some of its specialty stores, and enjoy lunch on your own. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. You can choose to join an optional guided raft trip on the Athabasca River; or take a nature walk to Mount Edith Cavell to see glacier formations, icebergs, and waterfalls; or simply take the time to enjoy the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, offering a scenic golf course where Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, and Bing Crosby are known to have played.
Overnight: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B)

Day 5: Jasper / Yoho / Banff National Parks
This morning, stop at thundering Athabasca Falls before continuing your sightseeing with visits to Banff and Yoho National Park. See the towering rockwalls and powerful waterfalls—the inspiration for Yoho's name: a Cree word meaning awe and wonder. The Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River—sculpted by the erosive rushing water—is an impressive demonstration of natural forces. Arrive in Banff and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Overnight: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (B)

Day 6: Banff National Park
Marvel at the six mountain ranges you can see as you ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Keep your camera close at hand for a scenic drive around Tunnel Mountain, and watch for elk, deer, and the unique landscape features of the Hoodoos and Bow River. With the afternoon at leisure, you'll have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip to see even more dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains, or stroll the colorful streets of Banff. This evening, share photos and stories with your travel companions at a special farewell dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (B,D)

Day 7: Banff National Park / Depart Calgary
After breakfast, take your complimentary transfer to Calgary International Airport for your flight home, or to the train station if you are continuing on the Vancouver extension. (B)

R = Reception, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters.


Program Activity Level - Moderate
The majority of the program’s activities will take place outdoors and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain is to be expected. Many of the parks have dirt trails, but they are usually fairly smooth for walking, some do have paved pathways and boardwalks. It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to get in and out of a motorcoach without assistance and be sure-footed on frozen or ice-covered terrain. If you are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, you will be able to enjoy all of the excursions. However, there are opportunities for different abilities to enjoy the national parks. Also keep in mind that you will experience varying altitudes, rising up to 7,705’, to which you may not be accustomed.



Program Highlights:

  • Discover the epic natural beauty of Canada’s Banff National Park, overnighting at beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
    Admire magnificent views along Icefields Parkway.
    Ride a specially designed vehicle onto the Columbia Icefield to photograph and walk the ice.
    At Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, fresh mountain air and forest trails beckon. A narrated cruise on the glacial blue waters of Maligne Lake brings you to spectacular viewpoints.
    Ascend Sulphur Mountain on a scenic gondola ride.
    Find luxurious comfort in the pristine wilderness at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

What's included:

  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Welcome reception, 6 breakfasts, and 3 dinners
  • Full guiding services of an Expedition Leader
  • All gratuities
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times


What’s not included:
Airfare; Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees if required; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; excess baggage charges on aircraft; transfers and baggage handling to/from hotel on day of arrival and/or departure if you  if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section of the program brochure.

Please call us toll-free at (866) 325-8664 or email us at travelstudy@columbia.edu for more details.