Classic Canadian Rockies

Trip Code: SEKW

Why we love it

See the Athabasca Glacier up close and personal during a walk on an arm of the Columbia Icefield, an experience that will feel other-worldly., Cruise on the magical Maligne Lake, soaking up the mountain views as you navigate to the iconic – and culturally significant – Spirit Island., Soak up traditional knowledge about Banff’s flora and fauna on an Indigenous Medicine Walk around the national park., Find yourself in a fairytale at Moraine Lake, with its deep blue surface surrounded by towering mountain peaks., Finish your adventure at the top of Sulphur Mountain, having a restaurant dinner with an unbeatable and unforgettable view of the Rockies., By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Water First. Donations support their work to provide critical clean, safe water for indigenous communities in Canada.

Is this trip right for me?

As we're travelling through the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable. We advise wearing layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so make sure you have warm clothing with you.

In summer, especially in July and August, be prepared for insects. This is mosquito and black fly season so it's important to bring insect repellent, which will help prevent you from being bitten.

Important information

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 in Calgary. This trip ends in upon drop off in Calgary on the morning of Day 7.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. Please note that the legal drinking age in the US is 21 and in some parts of Canada it's 19.
4. MAY 25, 2024 DEPARTURE:
The Maligne Lake Cruise will not be available on this departure. Instead, you will join a local expert for a wildlife tour in Jasper National Park. You will still be able to visit Maligne Lake for a walk and photos.

What to bring/pack

All luggage is carried in trailers or inside the vehicle so please don't bring more than one medium sized bag, backpack or suitcase (20kg/44lb maximum) per person. Your suitcase/rucksack may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one. A small daypack with your water bottle and camera may be carried with you inside the vehicle.

ESSENTIAL:
 Reusable water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. Tap water in the USA and Canada is safe to drink and there are many places to fill up along the way, so please save plastic by bringing your own water bottle.
 Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
 Lightweight, breathable clothing you can layer. No matter the season, you should be prepared for changing temperatures and weather conditions. Make sure to have a warm outer layer even in summer months as well as a waterproof jacket.
 Closed-in walking/hiking shoes. We highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in/closed-toe walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.
 Personal travel documents which may include a passport, visa, driver's license, travel insurance, flight tickets and your Essential Trip Information. Photocopies of these documents stored separately from the originals will be handy. While not valid, a photocopy of your identification makes it much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

RECOMMENDED:
 Cell phone, camera with spare batteries, charger, and power/plug adaptor (Types A & B are used in the USA and Canada. Voltage is 120V)
 Insect repellent (insects are present intermittently all over the USA and Canada depending on recent rainfall.)
 A cotton bandana or scarf. Can be wetted and worn around the neck to facilitate evaporative cooling in high temperatures, used as sun protection, or used to protect your neck and head from cold/rain.
 Swimwear
 Comfortable sandals/Recovery shoes. To put on after a day of hiking or during a long ride in the van.
 Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, anti-diarrhoeal, antibacterial gel, wet wipes, bandaids/plasters etc.

OPTIONAL:
 Travel pillow if you like to sleep during long drives
 Lip balm and extra moisturizer if traveling to arid desert areas.
 Ear plugs to guard against a snoring roommate
 A good book, a journal or headphones to listen to music with.

WINTER:
If you are travelling on one of our winter trips in North America be prepared for temperatures to drop to well below zero (Celsius). We recommend you bring shoes for walking across snow or ice (good waterproof walking boots with a good grip), a warm wind and waterproof jacket and trousers, gloves or mittens, thermals and base layers, fleece, good head wear and sunglasses.

If you need some further tips for packing, you can always check out our ultimate packing list here:, https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list

Physical rating

 
2

We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the weeks before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.

Joining your group

Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown, 888 - 7th Avenue SW, Calgary, Calgary, T2P 3J3, CANADA, Phone: 403 2378626

The Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel is conveniently located directly on Calgary’s light-rail transit line, quickly transporting you off to all the attractions: Calgary Stampede grounds, Calgary Zoo, TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary Tower, museums, and more.

Alternate Joining Point

For trips departing on the following dates
use this joining point.
06 Jul 2024 (SEKW240706)
Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport
25 Hopewell Way NE

Calgary
T3J 4V7
CANADA

Joining instructions

The Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel is located 20 km / 12 miles from Calgary International Airport (YYC). A taxi will take 20 minutes and cost approximately $40-$45CAD.

Finishing your trip

Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown, 888 - 7th Avenue SW, Calgary, Calgary, T2P 3J3, CANADA, Phone: 403 2378626

Alternate Finish Point

For trips departing on the following dates
use this finish point.
06 Jul 2024 (SEKW240706)
Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport
25 Hopewell Way NE

Calgary
T3J 4V7
CANADA

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 6

Lunches included: 2

Dinners included: 2

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader or local representative will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

Climate & seasonal information

WEATHER IN NORTH AMERICA
Due to the size and topography of the US and Canada, there's a huge amount of variation in the climate. We recommend you consider both the season and the part of North America you intend to visit, so that you can best pack for your adventure. We recommend you check the weather in your destination 10 days prior to your arrival to help guide your packing choices.

WEATHER IN WESTERN CANADA & THE ROCKIES

Coastal Areas & Vancouver Island:
Coastal regions, including Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Victoria, have a temperate maritime climate. This means mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. In winter, temperatures rarely drop below freezing. Winter high temperatures range from 7°C to 10°C (45°F to 50°F) and lows range from 1°C to 4°C (34°F to 39°F). Rain is common in winter, and there may be some snowfall, particularly in the surrounding mountains. Summers are warm and dry, with average high temperatures 20°C to 23°C (68°F to 73°F) and lows 12°C to 15°C (54°F to 59°F). Vancouver Island’s microclimates can vary significantly from one region to another. The west coast is known for its lush rainforests, while the eastern side is drier. The northern areas tend to be cooler than the southern regions.

Interior Areas:
Interior regions, including towns like Kelowna and Kamloops in British Columbia, have a semi-arid climate characterized by hot, dry summers and cold winters. Winter highs average 1°C to 4°C (34°F to 39°F) and lows average -5°C to -2°C (23°F to 28°F). In summer, highs average 27°C to 32°C (81°F to 90°F) and lows are 13°C to 16°C (55°F to 61°F).

Mountainous Areas:
The mountainous regions, including Whistler, Jasper and Banff, are known for their changeable weather, and rain or snow showers can occur even in summer. Be prepared for variable conditions and pack accordingly. Expect significant temperature variations between day and night. Be prepared for cooler temperatures in the evening, especially in the shoulder seasons (spring and fall). Spring in the mountains is cool and marked by melting snow, which may impact activities such as boat tours and alpine hikes. Crowds are much less dense. Springtime average highs are 4°C to 11°C (39°F to 52°F) and lows are -6°C to 1°C (21°F to 34°F). Summers are the busiest season and experience daytime temperature highs from 18°C to 22°C (64°F to 72°F) and lows from 3°C to 7°C (37°F to 45°F). In Fall, temperatures begin to cool, especially in the evenings, and foliage changes color. Average highs are -6°C to 1°C (21°F to 34°F) and lows are -1°C to 4°C (30°F to 39°F). Winters are snowy and cold with average high temperatures -6°C to -1°C (21°F to 30°F) and lows -15°C to -11°C (5°F to 12°F).

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

POLICE AND AMBULANCE
In case of an emergency, local authorities can be contacted by calling 911 – this is the toll free phone number for the police, fire department and the ambulance in the USA and Canada. In case of doubt, call the operator on 0.

For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on the number below.

Intrepid local operator : Available for phone call on +1 514 948 4145

Accommodations

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Transportation

NORTH AMERICA VEHICLES
Our large fleet of 15-passenger vans are fully equipped with air-conditioning system, V8 engines and any camping or cooking equipment needed for your trip. Most have cloth-upholstered seats and carpeted interior with radio or CD players. Your luggage is typically transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van.

The vans are regularly serviced by a well-established network of maintenance and service facilities throughout the continent. However, unforeseen maintenance problems can still occur while on the road and we appreciate the patience of our travellers as we make necessary repairs as quickly as possible.

While your group will have a van for all included activities on the trip, the services of the van and leader may not be available for your use during free time, or after you have arrived for the day. If you need a special trip into town you may need to arrange transport or a taxi.