Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure Rocky Mountain, Canada

Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure

Rocky Mountain, Canada

Snowshoeing
Ice skating
Hiking
Dog sledding
Fat biking
Biking
10 days
Medium
Transfer, Meals, Accomodation
Family-friendly, For groups, Individuals, Couple
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Overview

  • This action-packed itinerary is stuffed with incredible winter activities that will get your heart pumping: snowshoe, cross-country ski, skate in the great outdoors and try your hand at fat biking (bikes tailor-made for winter conditions, complete with hand warmers!).
  • Winter in the Canadian Rockies will fulfil all your snow-covered fantasies.
  • Go on snowshoe hikes through ancient spruce forests and rugged mountains.

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Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (9 nights)
Meals
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport
  • Private vehicle
Group Leader
Included Activities
  • Fortress Mountain - Guided snowshoe hike
  • Canmore - Grotto Canyon Guided Icewalk
  • Canmore - Learn to Be a Canadian Hockey Player
  • Canmore - Introduction to Curling
  • Columbia Valley - Guided snowshoe hike at Continental Divide
  • Columbia Valley - Ice skating on Windermere Lake
  • Columbia Valley - Radium Hot Springs
  • Panorama Resort - Guided snowshoeing
  • Banff - All Canadian Lunch at Storm Mountain Lodge
  • Banff National Park - Johnston Canyon Guided Icewalk
  • Icefields Parkway - Hike to toe of Athabasca Glacier
Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

Itinerary

Day 1Canmore
Make your own way to Canmore, a charming mountain town nestled in the Canadian Rockies. There are no airports in Canmore, though we suggest flying to Calgary as a number of companies offer frequent shuttles between the two cities (departing Calgary from either Calgary International Airport or major hotels in the downtown area). Your winter adventure officially begins at your Canmore hotel with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Following the meeting, there’s an optional group dinner at a local restaurant where you’ll have to chance to get to know your tour leader and new travel buddies. Otherwise, the evening is yours to enjoy.
Day 2Canmore
Tick the first item off your winter activity bucket list today as you head to Kananaskis Country for a day of snowshoeing. It’s about a 1.5 hour drive to Fortress Mountain, the filming site of several Hollywood blockbusters (such as The Revenant and The Bourne Legacy), and the location of your guided treeline snowshoe adventure. Spend about 4-5 hours taking in outstanding mountain views as you trek through quintessential winter landscapes. Remember to dress accordingly and wear warm (preferably waterproof) boots, a proper winter jacket, hat and gloves. Then return to Canmore for a free evening. A warming cup of hot chocolate from one of the many cafes is a great place to start.
Day 3Canmore
This morning, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a different kind of winter landscape as you embark on an ice-walk through Grotto Canyon. See daredevil ice climbers scaling frozen waterfalls, ancient native pictographs and unusual icy rock formations as you explore the frozen creek bed floor – wearing special hiking crampons strapped onto your boots for grip – with a local guide. Return to Canmore for lunch (not included), then trade in your ice cleats for ice skates for a lesson at the Canmore Hockey Club. Experts will show you the ropes and explain what you need to know to be a professional hockey player. You’ll have the chance don proper hockey gear and practice your new skills on the ice.
Day 4Canmore
In the morning, head to the Canmore Curling Club for an introduction to another adventure on ice – curling. Discover a thing or two about curling rocks and sweeping techniques, then enjoy a free afternoon. There are plenty of winter activities to keep you occupied. Today is one of two opportunities you'll have on this trip to go dog sledding, cutting through the snow like an explorer of old. Intrepid's commitment to animal welfare means we have chosen companies that adhere to strict ethical guidelines and can prove the humane treatment of the working dogs. Those who like to cycle might want to hire a fat bike; outfitted with extra-wide tires (for traction on snow-covered trails), hand warmers and modified frames, fat bikes are bicycles tailored for winter conditions. There are plenty of scenic trails of varying difficulty, like the Bow River Loop or Horseshoe Loop, worth exploring. Alternatively, Canmore’s snow-covered trees, majestic mountains and occasional animal tracks provide the perfect backdrop for cross-country skiing.
Day 5Banff / Invermere, Columbia Valley
After breakfast, take a short 30-minute drive to Banff, where you’ll have free time to stroll the main avenue and its artisan shops, boutiques and art galleries. You might want to use this opportunity to shop for souvenirs. Though this main drag is undeniably touristy, the ever-present sight of the mountains looming overhead more than make up for it. After lunch, continue west to Canada’s main continental divide (a natural boundary of elevated terrain that separates the drainage basins of the country). This geological phenomenon also happens to separate two provinces (Alberta and British Columbia) and two national parks (Banff and Kootenay). Explore the pristine wilderness of this area on a guided snowshoe hike through ancient forests and lakes. Then continue on to Invermere on the Lake, a pretty lakeside town in the beautiful Columbia Valley.
Day 6Invermere, Columbia Valley
Today is a leisurely day in the Columbia Valley. Start the day skating in the great outdoors along frozen Lake Windermere. Measuring nearly 30 kilometres/18 miles long, Lake Windermere has the distinction of being the world’s long’s ice skating trail. Later on, warm up at the Radium Hot Springs. Located in Kootenay National Park, spend time soaking in mineral-rich hot springs surrounded by snow-covered forest for the ultimate in Canadian winter relaxation.
Day 7Invermere, Columbia Valley
After yesterday’s afternoon of rest and relaxation, head to the Selkirk Mountains for another active day. Let your leader show you around on a guided snowshoe hike at the Panorama Resort, hire a fat bike and explore the region at your own pace, strap on some skis for some cross-country skiing, or if you’re after a bit more speed, why not hire a snowmobile. There are no shortage of ways to get active and explore the winter wilderness. After your day in the mountains, head back to Invermere and find a comfy pub for some apres ski festivities.
Day 8Banff National Park / Lake Louise
Journey back to Banff National Park (about 2 hours), arriving just in time for an all-Canadian lunch at the Storm Mountain Lodge. Dine on meats from Alberta, cheese from Quebec and fish from B.C. in a rustic log cabin while an entirely Canadian playlist croons in the background. There’s even a fireplace and books from Canadian authors if you’d like to brush up on your literature. After lunch, visit Johnston Canyon for an afternoon ice walk. A network of steel catwalks are built into the canyon wall, allowing you to walk right along this cathedral of ice. You’ll see staggering pillars of blue ice and frozen waterfalls towering 30 metres/98 feet above your head. The sheer magnitude of the ice – both above and below you – will leave you in awe.
Day 9Lake Louise
Today marks your last day in the glorious Canadian Rockies. You have the choice of joining your tour leader on a drive along the world-famous Icefields Parkway to see for yourself why this stretch of road connecting Lake Louise to Jasper is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world. After travelling through soaring mountain peaks, ancient glaciers, cascading waterfalls and sweeping valleys filled with pine and larch, you’ll stop for what is bound to be a trip highlight – a hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. Alternatively, you can choose to have a free day in Lake Louise for one last fix of winter activities. Ask your tour leader about where you can go for some dog sledding, skating, cross-country skiing or a sleigh ride. Regardless of what you choose, meet up with your tour leader and fellow travellers again in evening for an included farewell dinner at the Station Restaurant. Located in a heritage railway station, serving hearty Canadian favourites, it’s bound to be a memorable final meal.
Day 10Calgary
Journey to Calgary where your Canadian winter adventure comes to an end.  Travelers can be transported to Calgary Airport or Downtown depending on their plans.  The arrival time depends on each group however If you decide to fly out this day, please don't book a flight before 3pm.

Route

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Canmore

Banff

+3 more

Calgary

About The Tour

  • Go on two unforgettable ice walks at Grotto and Johnston Canyon, past towering frozen waterfalls, staggering icy rock formations and possibly a few daredevil ice climbers.
  • Learn a thing or two about two proudly Canadian winter sports – hockey and curling. The pros will show you the ropes, then you’ll get the chance to test out your new skills in Canmore.
  • Enjoy a rare opportunity to be ferried over the snow by a pack of gorgeous husky dogs with optional dog sledding in Canmore and Lake Louise, using companies vetted for their humane and ethical treatment of working dogs.
  • Invermere on the Lake is picture-perfect any time of the year, but it’s particularly magical in the winter, when its dusted with snow and its lake (Lake Windermere) freezes over and becomes the world’s longest ice skating trail. Spend time skating in the great outdoors while soaking in the stunning mountain scenery.
  • See for yourself why the world-famous Icefields Parkway – a stretch of road that winds through soaring mountain peaks, ancient glaciers, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and sweeping valleys – is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
  • Hike the frosty Athabasca Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in the world, for a surreal experience that will stay with you long after you’ve gone.
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Adventure-heavy Tour

  • Try your hand at cross-country skiing, skate on a frozen lake in Invermere and go on unforgettable ice walks past towering frozen waterfalls (and possibly a few daredevil ice-climbers) at Grotto and Johnston Canyon.
  • This trip takes you to must-see attractions, as well as off the beaten path in the Rockies.
  • You’ll have the chance to travel the world-famous Icefields Parkway and hike the Athabasca Glacier, and also soak in a natural hot spring amongst stunning winter scenery in the Columbia Valley.
  • Learn a thing or two about curling and hockey – two proudly Canadian sports – from the pros in Canmore, and dine on hearty Canadian favourites in a cosy log cabin in Lake Louise.
  • This action-packed trip is winter in the Rockies at its best, packed with Canadiana.

Physical Preparation

  • 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.

Meeting & Finish Point

  • Grande Rockies
  • Calgary

Group Leader

  • Your leader will provide basic information about the sights and cities you'll be visiting but please note that our leaders are not 'tour guides' in the traditional sense.
  • They are adventure travel specialists and are there to organise your trip, arrange activities and help with questions or problems you may have while on your tour.
  • Your leader will provide you with all the important information you need to embark on your own explorations.
  • They are also responsible for driving the van and navigating across the country.
  • The allowable driving times for drivers is strictly controlled in North America. This ensures our drivers are well rested and are not over-tired from too many hours on the roads.

Weather

  • It might be stating the obvious, but winter in the Rockies is cold!
  • You will need good gear, including boots, snow pants and a jacket.
  • This cannot be hired so you'll need to buy or borrow it before leaving home.
  • It can be expensive so it is best to shop around and see where you can find the best price.
  • Winter weather can be unreliable.
  • Roads in these areas are well-maintained and regularly ploughed, but in the event of unusually heavy snowfall there may still be delays and closures.
  • The weather may also mean that some events are cancelled or scheduled activities become unsafe.
  • We will attempt to rearrange the itinerary or schedule replacement activities if this is the case.

What to Take

  • 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 maximum) per person.
  • Your suitcase/rucksack may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one.
  • A small daypack and camera may also be carried inside the vehicle.

Food

  • While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world.
  • Your group leader 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.

Responsible Travel

  • We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism.
  • Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.

Map

Transport Notes

  • Our large fleet of vans are fully equipped with dual 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/tape or CD players.
  • Your baggage is transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van.
  • The vans are regularly serviced in our own maintenance facility and continuously checked and 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.


DRIVING TIMES



  • All driving times mentioned in our itinerary are intended as a guide only and represent an estimated driving time - not including lunch stops, fuel stops, photo stops, traffic congestion, adverse weather conditions or any last minute alterations to the itinerary for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Please note that there are some long driving days on this tour - we'll have some starts as early as 7am and late arrivals at our final destination, sometimes after dark).
  • As always, your group leader will make stops for viewpoints, short walks and lunch/rest breaks to help break up the journey.
  • We recommend you are fully prepared for these long travel days by reviewing our notes and indicated drive times.
  • Some travellers prefer to bring pillows on board for added comfort, others prefer reading material or games and puzzles.
  • The reality is that to get from one fabulous location to another, the distances are great and we like to think at least some of the adventure is in the journey - not just the destination.
  • You'll be on board with up to 12 other passengers plus your group leader so patience and cooperation goes a long way in making this journey a comfortable one.


SEAT BELT POLICY



  • Safety is our priority and therefore our travellers are asked to sign a document on Day 1 of the itinerary indicating your understanding of our seat belt policy.

Accommodation Notes

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation.
  • A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings 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.

Visas

  • Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller.
  • Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information.
  • Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
  • Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas.
  • Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

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Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (9 nights)
Meals
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport
  • Private vehicle
Group Leader
Included Activities
  • Fortress Mountain - Guided snowshoe hike
  • Canmore - Grotto Canyon Guided Icewalk
  • Canmore - Learn to Be a Canadian Hockey Player
  • Canmore - Introduction to Curling
  • Columbia Valley - Guided snowshoe hike at Continental Divide
  • Columbia Valley - Ice skating on Windermere Lake
  • Columbia Valley - Radium Hot Springs
  • Panorama Resort - Guided snowshoeing
  • Banff - All Canadian Lunch at Storm Mountain Lodge
  • Banff National Park - Johnston Canyon Guided Icewalk
  • Icefields Parkway - Hike to toe of Athabasca Glacier
Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

Itinerary

Day 1Canmore
Make your own way to Canmore, a charming mountain town nestled in the Canadian Rockies. There are no airports in Canmore, though we suggest flying to Calgary as a number of companies offer frequent shuttles between the two cities (departing Calgary from either Calgary International Airport or major hotels in the downtown area). Your winter adventure officially begins at your Canmore hotel with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Following the meeting, there’s an optional group dinner at a local restaurant where you’ll have to chance to get to know your tour leader and new travel buddies. Otherwise, the evening is yours to enjoy.
Day 2Canmore
Tick the first item off your winter activity bucket list today as you head to Kananaskis Country for a day of snowshoeing. It’s about a 1.5 hour drive to Fortress Mountain, the filming site of several Hollywood blockbusters (such as The Revenant and The Bourne Legacy), and the location of your guided treeline snowshoe adventure. Spend about 4-5 hours taking in outstanding mountain views as you trek through quintessential winter landscapes. Remember to dress accordingly and wear warm (preferably waterproof) boots, a proper winter jacket, hat and gloves. Then return to Canmore for a free evening. A warming cup of hot chocolate from one of the many cafes is a great place to start.
Day 3Canmore
This morning, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a different kind of winter landscape as you embark on an ice-walk through Grotto Canyon. See daredevil ice climbers scaling frozen waterfalls, ancient native pictographs and unusual icy rock formations as you explore the frozen creek bed floor – wearing special hiking crampons strapped onto your boots for grip – with a local guide. Return to Canmore for lunch (not included), then trade in your ice cleats for ice skates for a lesson at the Canmore Hockey Club. Experts will show you the ropes and explain what you need to know to be a professional hockey player. You’ll have the chance don proper hockey gear and practice your new skills on the ice.
Day 4Canmore
In the morning, head to the Canmore Curling Club for an introduction to another adventure on ice – curling. Discover a thing or two about curling rocks and sweeping techniques, then enjoy a free afternoon. There are plenty of winter activities to keep you occupied. Today is one of two opportunities you'll have on this trip to go dog sledding, cutting through the snow like an explorer of old. Intrepid's commitment to animal welfare means we have chosen companies that adhere to strict ethical guidelines and can prove the humane treatment of the working dogs. Those who like to cycle might want to hire a fat bike; outfitted with extra-wide tires (for traction on snow-covered trails), hand warmers and modified frames, fat bikes are bicycles tailored for winter conditions. There are plenty of scenic trails of varying difficulty, like the Bow River Loop or Horseshoe Loop, worth exploring. Alternatively, Canmore’s snow-covered trees, majestic mountains and occasional animal tracks provide the perfect backdrop for cross-country skiing.
Day 5Banff / Invermere, Columbia Valley
After breakfast, take a short 30-minute drive to Banff, where you’ll have free time to stroll the main avenue and its artisan shops, boutiques and art galleries. You might want to use this opportunity to shop for souvenirs. Though this main drag is undeniably touristy, the ever-present sight of the mountains looming overhead more than make up for it. After lunch, continue west to Canada’s main continental divide (a natural boundary of elevated terrain that separates the drainage basins of the country). This geological phenomenon also happens to separate two provinces (Alberta and British Columbia) and two national parks (Banff and Kootenay). Explore the pristine wilderness of this area on a guided snowshoe hike through ancient forests and lakes. Then continue on to Invermere on the Lake, a pretty lakeside town in the beautiful Columbia Valley.
Day 6Invermere, Columbia Valley
Today is a leisurely day in the Columbia Valley. Start the day skating in the great outdoors along frozen Lake Windermere. Measuring nearly 30 kilometres/18 miles long, Lake Windermere has the distinction of being the world’s long’s ice skating trail. Later on, warm up at the Radium Hot Springs. Located in Kootenay National Park, spend time soaking in mineral-rich hot springs surrounded by snow-covered forest for the ultimate in Canadian winter relaxation.
Day 7Invermere, Columbia Valley
After yesterday’s afternoon of rest and relaxation, head to the Selkirk Mountains for another active day. Let your leader show you around on a guided snowshoe hike at the Panorama Resort, hire a fat bike and explore the region at your own pace, strap on some skis for some cross-country skiing, or if you’re after a bit more speed, why not hire a snowmobile. There are no shortage of ways to get active and explore the winter wilderness. After your day in the mountains, head back to Invermere and find a comfy pub for some apres ski festivities.
Day 8Banff National Park / Lake Louise
Journey back to Banff National Park (about 2 hours), arriving just in time for an all-Canadian lunch at the Storm Mountain Lodge. Dine on meats from Alberta, cheese from Quebec and fish from B.C. in a rustic log cabin while an entirely Canadian playlist croons in the background. There’s even a fireplace and books from Canadian authors if you’d like to brush up on your literature. After lunch, visit Johnston Canyon for an afternoon ice walk. A network of steel catwalks are built into the canyon wall, allowing you to walk right along this cathedral of ice. You’ll see staggering pillars of blue ice and frozen waterfalls towering 30 metres/98 feet above your head. The sheer magnitude of the ice – both above and below you – will leave you in awe.
Day 9Lake Louise
Today marks your last day in the glorious Canadian Rockies. You have the choice of joining your tour leader on a drive along the world-famous Icefields Parkway to see for yourself why this stretch of road connecting Lake Louise to Jasper is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world. After travelling through soaring mountain peaks, ancient glaciers, cascading waterfalls and sweeping valleys filled with pine and larch, you’ll stop for what is bound to be a trip highlight – a hike to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. Alternatively, you can choose to have a free day in Lake Louise for one last fix of winter activities. Ask your tour leader about where you can go for some dog sledding, skating, cross-country skiing or a sleigh ride. Regardless of what you choose, meet up with your tour leader and fellow travellers again in evening for an included farewell dinner at the Station Restaurant. Located in a heritage railway station, serving hearty Canadian favourites, it’s bound to be a memorable final meal.
Day 10Calgary
Journey to Calgary where your Canadian winter adventure comes to an end.  Travelers can be transported to Calgary Airport or Downtown depending on their plans.  The arrival time depends on each group however If you decide to fly out this day, please don't book a flight before 3pm.

Route

Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure Rocky Mountain, Canada #mapImageWidget

Canmore

Banff

+3 more

Calgary

About The Tour

  • Go on two unforgettable ice walks at Grotto and Johnston Canyon, past towering frozen waterfalls, staggering icy rock formations and possibly a few daredevil ice climbers.
  • Learn a thing or two about two proudly Canadian winter sports – hockey and curling. The pros will show you the ropes, then you’ll get the chance to test out your new skills in Canmore.
  • Enjoy a rare opportunity to be ferried over the snow by a pack of gorgeous husky dogs with optional dog sledding in Canmore and Lake Louise, using companies vetted for their humane and ethical treatment of working dogs.
  • Invermere on the Lake is picture-perfect any time of the year, but it’s particularly magical in the winter, when its dusted with snow and its lake (Lake Windermere) freezes over and becomes the world’s longest ice skating trail. Spend time skating in the great outdoors while soaking in the stunning mountain scenery.
  • See for yourself why the world-famous Icefields Parkway – a stretch of road that winds through soaring mountain peaks, ancient glaciers, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and sweeping valleys – is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
  • Hike the frosty Athabasca Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in the world, for a surreal experience that will stay with you long after you’ve gone.

Adventure-heavy Tour

  • Try your hand at cross-country skiing, skate on a frozen lake in Invermere and go on unforgettable ice walks past towering frozen waterfalls (and possibly a few daredevil ice-climbers) at Grotto and Johnston Canyon.
  • This trip takes you to must-see attractions, as well as off the beaten path in the Rockies.
  • You’ll have the chance to travel the world-famous Icefields Parkway and hike the Athabasca Glacier, and also soak in a natural hot spring amongst stunning winter scenery in the Columbia Valley.
  • Learn a thing or two about curling and hockey – two proudly Canadian sports – from the pros in Canmore, and dine on hearty Canadian favourites in a cosy log cabin in Lake Louise.
  • This action-packed trip is winter in the Rockies at its best, packed with Canadiana.

Physical Preparation

  • 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.

Meeting & Finish Point

  • Grande Rockies
  • Calgary

Group Leader

  • Your leader will provide basic information about the sights and cities you'll be visiting but please note that our leaders are not 'tour guides' in the traditional sense.
  • They are adventure travel specialists and are there to organise your trip, arrange activities and help with questions or problems you may have while on your tour.
  • Your leader will provide you with all the important information you need to embark on your own explorations.
  • They are also responsible for driving the van and navigating across the country.
  • The allowable driving times for drivers is strictly controlled in North America. This ensures our drivers are well rested and are not over-tired from too many hours on the roads.

Weather

  • It might be stating the obvious, but winter in the Rockies is cold!
  • You will need good gear, including boots, snow pants and a jacket.
  • This cannot be hired so you'll need to buy or borrow it before leaving home.
  • It can be expensive so it is best to shop around and see where you can find the best price.
  • Winter weather can be unreliable.
  • Roads in these areas are well-maintained and regularly ploughed, but in the event of unusually heavy snowfall there may still be delays and closures.
  • The weather may also mean that some events are cancelled or scheduled activities become unsafe.
  • We will attempt to rearrange the itinerary or schedule replacement activities if this is the case.

What to Take

  • 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 maximum) per person.
  • Your suitcase/rucksack may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one.
  • A small daypack and camera may also be carried inside the vehicle.

Food

  • While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world.
  • Your group leader 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.

Responsible Travel

  • We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism.
  • Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.

Map

Transport Notes

  • Our large fleet of vans are fully equipped with dual 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/tape or CD players.
  • Your baggage is transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van.
  • The vans are regularly serviced in our own maintenance facility and continuously checked and 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.


DRIVING TIMES



  • All driving times mentioned in our itinerary are intended as a guide only and represent an estimated driving time - not including lunch stops, fuel stops, photo stops, traffic congestion, adverse weather conditions or any last minute alterations to the itinerary for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Please note that there are some long driving days on this tour - we'll have some starts as early as 7am and late arrivals at our final destination, sometimes after dark).
  • As always, your group leader will make stops for viewpoints, short walks and lunch/rest breaks to help break up the journey.
  • We recommend you are fully prepared for these long travel days by reviewing our notes and indicated drive times.
  • Some travellers prefer to bring pillows on board for added comfort, others prefer reading material or games and puzzles.
  • The reality is that to get from one fabulous location to another, the distances are great and we like to think at least some of the adventure is in the journey - not just the destination.
  • You'll be on board with up to 12 other passengers plus your group leader so patience and cooperation goes a long way in making this journey a comfortable one.


SEAT BELT POLICY



  • Safety is our priority and therefore our travellers are asked to sign a document on Day 1 of the itinerary indicating your understanding of our seat belt policy.

Accommodation Notes

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation.
  • A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings 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.

Visas

  • Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller.
  • Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information.
  • Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
  • Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas.
  • Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

All prices are indicative only and subject to availability and changes without obligation.

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