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About your Trip

Explore the true Canada with our 3 day Athabasca tour! We’ll be travelling along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in the world, through the Rocky Mountains in Banff and Jasper National Parks!  You’ll discover amazing glacial lakes (like Peyto Lake), snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine rivers, and thunderous waterfalls, all while keeping an eye out for Canada’s diverse wildlife, like bears, elk, moose and bighorn sheep. We’ll get you off the bus for hikes, swimming, and of course for those Insta-moments!

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS

April 24 to May 31

LOW SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $599 $514

June 01 to 30

MID SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $629 $545

July 01 to August 31

PEAK SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $659 $577

September 01 to 30

MID SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $629 $545

October 01 to 13

LOW SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $599 $514

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $599 $514

3 days/2 nights

Season: April – October

Start: 08:00 Banff

End: ~17:00 Banff

Max Group Size: 24

ITINERARY SUMMARY

  • Day 1 Banff to Rampart Creek
    Banff National Park/Lake Louise
  • Day 2 Rampart Creek to Jasper
    Jasper National Park/Athabasca Glacier
  • Day 3 Jasper to Banff
    Athabasca Falls

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Visit the famous Lake Louise, reportedly the most photographed lake in the world!

Marvel at the aqua blue Moraine Lake (seasonal)

Cozy up to the campfire at the Rampart Creek wilderness hostel

Enjoy the stunning vistas from Mistaya Canyon

Feel (and see) the power of Athabasca Falls!

Hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Banff to Rampart Creek Via Lake Louise

It’s time to visit those famous blue lakes! Lake Louise is calling, as is Moraine Lake (seasonal) before heading onto the Icefields Parkway for breath-taking views of jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers and more turquoise lakes.  Keep your eyes peeled for large furry animals as we make stops at the Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake (our favourite) and Mistaya Canyon before arriving at our rustic wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. We invite you to really take in your surroundings with a dip and a sauna, and perhaps a campfire under the stars.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek. Please note: there are no alternative accommodation options at this location, but we know you’ll love having a true taste of Canada at Rampart Creek’s rustic wilderness hostel.

DAY 2

Rampart Creek to Jasper

Jasper National Park today! But first we’ll stop at Big Bend lookout for a great view of the U-shaped North Saskatchewan River Valley. Get your legs ready because next up is the Columbia Icefield, the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres, where we’ll hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier (conditions permitting.) Then on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, for a hike that crosses several bridges over the canyon with jaw-dropping views. Jasper townsite is our destination, and if you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, there is an option to take a guided mountain bike tour on arrival.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper

DAY 3

Jasper to Banff

Our first stop: Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque in the Rockies! This is followed by a bit of mountain goat spotting (we’re still amazed at how they hold on) at the Goats and Glaciers viewpoint. Then on to Waterfowl Lakes to soak in the backdrop of Mount Chephren, which was named after the 4th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh. Our tour ends after a group dinner back in Banff.

 

Meal inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: There is no accommodation included tonight. You will need to make your own arrangements. We recommend that you do not book onward travel on this day in case of traffic or weather delays.

ACTIVITIES

The Athabasca tour through the heart of the Rocky Mountains offers incredible experiences for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Go mountain biking through the alpine forests, or whitewater rafting through the gushing valleys. There are plenty of options to experience the incredible mountain vistas no matter what your activity level and budget – from hiking to soaking in mountain hot springs. (Note: some of the activities below are only available after finishing the tour in Banff).

Optional activities are booked and paid through your Moose tour guide while on the tour. No need to pre-book! The following optional activities are available on this tour:

ACCOMMODATION

On the accommodated tour option, accommodation is included for all nights of the tour, in mixed gender, hostel dormitory rooms. Please note that you can request female only dorm rooms, and this is usually possible to accommodate, but we cannot guarantee it.

Most travellers book the accommodated tour option because it provides the best value for your money since we receive discounts from our accommodation providers that aren’t available to the general public. We choose hostels for their budget value, as well as offering great facilities and a warm, friendly atmosphere. By staying in shared dorm rooms you get a chance to meet more people, hang out with other tour guests, and keep the price as low as possible.

Not Interested in Staying in Shared Hostel Dorm Accommodation?

If you’d prefer to book your own accommodation, to stay in private rooms or in alternative properties, check out the non-accommodated version of this tour by clicking here.

IMPORTANT NOTES

The Athabasca is the middle 3 days of the 8 day Caribou tour, and is part of numerous combination tours we offer. Some of your fellow travellers will have started together in Vancouver before you join them. After you finish in Banff, many travellers will continue towards Vancouver the following day.

All tour finish times are approximate. We strongly recommend that you DO NOT book onward travel on the final day of the tour, since traffic or other unexpected circumstances may cause delays.

Please note that our itineraries can change and/or activities can be cancelled without notice as a result of circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, traffic and unforeseen events. If this does occur, there may be alternatives available, or you may get to enjoy more free time to explore on your own!

Some sites on this tour are only available seasonally. In 2021, Moraine Lake is accessible from May 25th until October 12th. If you want to visit this site, please choose a departure within the appropriate date range.

This tour starts and finishes in Banff. The closest airport is in Calgary (YYC). Moose travellers receive a discount on the Banff Airporter shuttle, which offers door-to-door service between Banff and Calgary airport. You will receive details after booking your Moose tour.

If you’re flexible about when you can travel, consider the pros and cons of our travel seasons. In Low Season, you’ll get the BEST VALUE on our tours, there’s less traffic, and far fewer people at the most popular sites. The trade off is that the weather is typically more variable, cooler and wetter. Plus, a few sites may be closed, and the glacial lakes may still be frozen in the spring, although that’s also beautiful! In Peak Season, everything is open, the weather is more consistent, warmer and generally drier, and the glacial lakes are in their full glory. However, our tours cost more, traffic is busier, and the most popular locations on our itineraries can be very busy. Mid Season is somewhere in between.

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