7 daysActivity Level
ChallengingOur challenging trips are the most active adventures that we have and require a high level of fitness. These trips generally involve over four hours of strenuous activity on multiple days. While these trips can be demanding, they are rewarding and gratifying at the end. These adventures are perfect for families to bond over unique experiences that will challenge and excite.
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Spend an unforgettable week on this family vacation in the heart of the Canadian Rockies— with its grand-scale landscapes of snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, glittering glaciers, and high alpine meadows carpeted in summer wildflowers— on a series of non-stop family adventures that give everyone the choice of how they want to explore!
Choose Which Paths to Take Through the Rocky Mountains
Choose which trail to hike or bike and while you find your perfect challenge, your kids will be able to find theirs.
Whitewater Rafting on the Kicking Horse River
Jump into a raft and cruise down the exhilarating Kicking Horse River, going over and around rapids with enough time to catch your breath until dipping into another adrenaline pumping turn.
Discover Gorgeous Lakes
Hike to and relax by some of the most beautiful lakes in the world from dazzling glacial blue Peyto Lake to the expansive and breathtaking Emerald and Moraine Lakes.
Venture Down Mountain Paths
By foot, by horseback, and by bike, explore the Rocky Mountain Range keeping an eye out for weasels, mountain goats, big horn sheep, and bears.
Drive the Icefields Parkway
The Icefields Parkway is one of the best stretches of road to take a ride down in all of North America, with unrivaled views of the iconic mountain landscape.
Fly to Calgary, Canada
Option: Giddy-up on a Classic Trail Ride
Head for Boundary Ranch, surrounded by the beauty of the Kananaskis Valley, and enjoy a classic trail ride in the Rockies. You’ll ride through peaceful forests and flowered alpine meadows with lovely views and keep an eye out for wildlife—our leisurely ride means there’s plenty of time to take photos!
Option: Take a 16K Mountain Bike Ride
Gear up for a 10-mile mountain bike ride on the Bill Milne Pathway in Kananaskis Village.The path runs through open meadows,pristine woods and alongside crystal-clear creeks. You’ll make a return loop on the Evan Thomas Trail and join your friends at Boundary Ranch. (Helmets provided.)
Hike to Troll Falls
You’ll hike a 1.7-mile loop trail through the forest to a magical, mossy creek and see Troll Falls, which tumbles down a steep cliff.
Visit a Dog-Sledding Base Camp
Visit a dog-sledding camp to learn about huskies, kennel operations and summertime training. Best of all? You get to play with puppies!
Option: Explore Rat's Nest Cave
Travel deep into the earth on an exciting spelunking expedition to the undeveloped Rat’s Nest Cave, part of an amazing network of underground caverns where you’ll only have headlamps to guide you!
Option: Cycle Legacy Trail
Enjoy an easy 25K (15.5 miles) mountain bike ride along the famous Banff Legacy Trail toward stunning views of the Three Sisters peaks and Mount Rundle. You may even see a moose!
Drive the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper
Drive through the heart of the Canadian Rockies along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most spectacular road trips. Every bend in this stretch of road is sure to elicit a non-stop series of “oohs” and “ahhs.”
Ice-Walking on the Athabasca Glacier
An unforgettable adventure waits as you strap on your gear for an ice-walking foray across the base of the stunning and impressive Athabasca Glacier.
Ride the Rapids of Kicking Horse River
You’ll take a drive over to the banks of the Kicking Horse River for your choice of rafting options. Both offer lots of excitement and plenty of fast-moving water!
Middle Canyon / Whitewater Exciter
Thrills abound on this set of 14 rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV. In-between, gentler waves will give you the chance to look around at the towering canyon walls and wilderness scenery.
Tell your tales of derring-do as you enjoy lunch at the rafting basecamp on the banks of the Kicking Horse River.
Explore Yoho National Park
You’ll explore Yoho National Park, aptly named from the Cree expression for awe and wonder, visiting the Spiral Tunnels historic site and the spectacular 833-foot-tall Takakkaw Falls.
Evening at Leisure or Banff Hot Springs
With free time this evening, take an exploratory stroll through the picturesque town. Or opt to take the shuttle over to the world-famous Banff Hot Springs, boasting therapeutic sulfuric waters that have drawn worldwide travelers to this remote spot for the past 125 years.
In the heart of Banff National Park lies Lake Louise, the fabled subalpine lake known for its extraordinary milky blue waters created by finely sifted glacial rock. As you walk along the lakefront, the backdrop of glacier-draped peaks makes for an unforgettable scene – perfect for that iconic photo along the shores.
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks Hiking
Choose between two backcountry hiking options, both beginning from the shores of teal-toned Moraine Lake in the dreamy Valley of the Ten Peaks.
Larch Valley Trail (6 Miles, 1,700-foot Elevation Gain)
Follow the trail uphill through a sun-dappled larch tree forest to a high-alpine meadow covered in seasonal wildflowers. Enjoy views of the tranquil Minnestimma Lakes as they reflect the sapphire skies and towering pinnacles of the Ten Peaks Mountains, an awe-inspiring panorama.
Sentinel Pass Trail (7 Miles, 2,375-foot Elevation Gain)
Those who are up for the challenge can continue from Minnestimma Lakes to Sentinel Pass, where 360-degree panoramas of Paradise Valley below make for impressive “we were here” posts!
Dates & Prices
07/19-07/25Adult $5090Teen $5090Child $4890
08/16-08/22Adult $5090Teen $5090Child $4890
$500 discount for child under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Additional $1,990 for single accommodations
$2,000 discount for family of 4 booked in family style accommodations (2 queen beds)
Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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All entrance fees, double occupancy, land transportation, private guide throughout, most meals, water & snacks in the vehicle.
Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.
Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.
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