Mountain Parks Discovery
SELF DRIVE TOURING
CALGARY | KANANASKIS | RADIUM HOT SPRINGS | NELSON | REVELSTOKE | FIELD
Journey through six protected parklands, four mountain ranges and places with such epic names such as Valley of A Thousand Lakes and “majestic” Elk Valley as you take to the less travelled routes. Along the way, you’ll be immersed in the beautiful settings of the Rockies. From local attractions like hot springs to secluded walking and hiking trails, you’ll feel replenished and at one with nature throughout your journey.
- The rolling grasslands and ranches of Kananaskis
- Spectacular Glacier National Park
- Ice Explore ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
- Soak in the serene and therapeutic waters of the Radium Hot Springs
- Journey through the Kootenay Region
- Explore the vibrant city of Calgary
- Travel through Yoho and Banff National Parks
Mountain Parks Discovery
Day 1 : UK - Calgary
Upon arrival at Calgary airport pick up your rental car and make your way to your hotel.
Day 2 : Calgary
Today is free for you to explore this hip and stylish city.
Day 3 : Calgary – Kananaskis (75 miles)
At the foot of the mountains, the grassy plains of Kananaskis where they transition into deep, verdant forests at foot of the Rockies are the traditional home of the ranchers and cowboys that make Alberta famous.
Day 4 : Kananaskis – Radium Hot Springs/Invermere (180 miles)
Banff and Kootenay Rockies National Parks are your first stunning examples of the unforgettable Rockies. Admire from the comfort of the roadside stops; head out on a short hike of plan for a lunch stop in Banff.
Day 5 : Radium Hot Springs/Invermere – Nelson (235 miles)
A day of incredible scenery and small mountain towns and communities such as quaint Cranbook Fort Steele – a Gold Rush town that still echoes with the vitality of its prospector past. Afterwards arrive in Nelson along the soothing waters of Kootenay Lake.
Day 6 : Nelson
Today is free to explore the abundant local natural attractions. The waters of the Ainsworth Hot Springs near the shores of Kootenay Lake are a hidden treasure, and the walking and hiking trails of Valhalla Provincial Park offer an outdoor experience away from the larger parks of the province.
Day 7 : Nelson – Revelstoke (155 miles)
The journey northward through the heart of the Kootenay Region reveals the high-altitude beauty of this lesser traveled route. The peaks of the Selkirk Mountains create an unforgettable impression. Perhaps en route to Revelstoke, plan to stop for a rest at the Halcyon Hot Springs set along the shores of placid Arrow Lake. The healing waters offer an ideal respite for weary travellers.
Day 8 : Revelstoke
Today is free to perhaps pay another visit to Halcyon Hot Springs, or make the short journey to Canyon Hot Springs on the east side of Mt. Revelstoke National Park. For a complete day of outdoor adventure, combine a short hike at the park and a refreshing soak at the springs!
Day 9 : Revelstoke – Field (125 miles)
A short journey westward today leaves ample time for perhaps a stop at Glacier National Park – one of the most stunning beautiful protected parks of the Canadian West. Several easily travelled trails from elevated walkways through ancient forests to developed trails that follow and cross over rugged rivers entice all who visit. Continue on to beautiful and secluded Field to end the day.
Day 10 : Field
Travelling through Yoho and Banff National Parks, some of the country’s most famous and iconic landscapes are just outside your window enroute to your visit to the Columbia Icefield. An all-terrain Ice Explorer vehicle will take you on a 90-minute adventure across the ancient ice on a massive glacial sheet. In addition, visit the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre and Glacier Skywalk suspended 277m over the Sunwapta Canyon. Continue on to the quiet serenity of Field and your overnight accommodation.
Day 11-12 : Field – Calgary (139 miles) - UK
Today your journey comes to an end today when you drop off your rental car at Calgary Airport and board your flight to the UK