ATHABASCA ACCOMMODATED

About your Trip

Explore the true Canada with our 3 day Athabasca Tour! We’ll be crossing the Rocky Mountains, touring through Banff, the Jasper National Parks and the Icefields Parkway – one of the most scenic roads in the world!  You’ll discover amazing glacial lake (Lake Louise), snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine rivers, and thunderous waterfalls, all whilst keeping an eye out for Canada’s diverse wildlife, like bears, elk, moose and deer.

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2021 DEPARTURE DAYS

Looking for Summer 2020 departures? Click here!

April 24 to May 31

LOW SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $469

June 01 to 30

MID SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $499

July 01 to August 31

PEAK SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $529

September 01 to 30

MID SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $499

October 01 to 13

LOW SEASON

WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS

FROM CAD $469

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $469

3 days/2 nights

Season: April – October

Start: 8:00 am Banff

End: ~5:00 pm 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 Falls
  • Day 3 Jasper to Banff
    Columbia Icefield/Athabasca Glacier

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

Let’s start as we mean to go on! Stunning views of Moraine Lake (seasonal) are first up, followed by the world famous turquoise Lake Louise with its soaring mountain backdrop.  Then it’s onto the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more picturesque lakes, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for Canada’s wildlife. We’ll make stops to see the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon, before arriving at our rustic, wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. Here you can enjoy the true Canada experience, taking a dip in the creek, enjoying a wood-burning sauna and moseying on down to the campfire for a night under the stars.

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Rampart Creek. Please note: No other alternative accommodation options are available here, but we know you’ll love the rustic, wilderness experience of HI Rampart Creek!

DAY 2

Rampart Creek to Jasper

It’s an exciting day today as we enter Jasper National Park! We’ll stop to look for mountain goats at the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint. Our next stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. Then it’s on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. Finally, we enter Jasper townsite where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own – or with your Moose mates!

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Jasper

DAY 3

Jasper to Banff

We head along the Icefields Parkway today as we make our way back South, crossing the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres! You’ll have the chance to get up close to the Athabasca Glacier, either on a hike to the toe of the glacier, or on board a massive Ice Explorer vehicle. Our tour ends after a group dinner back in Banff, where you can say goodbye to your fellow travellers and take home an experience to remember!

 

Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff

Moose Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight. We recommend booking at the Samesun Banff where your fellow travellers doing a longer pass will be staying.

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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