Serendipity has always been kind to me, and I believe that cultivating the ability to trust serendipity – to follow its compass — is one of the essential travel arts. A journey I took a few years ago to Easter Island provided the perfect example of the gifts that serendipity can sometimes bestow. That journey […]
On this journey into the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, you’ll examine splendor in its finest form – turquoise lakes, massive mountains, hanging glaciers, colorful wildflowers, and delightful trails. After each day of exploring in the great outdoors, you’ll retreat to well-located lodges for exploring Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks.
After meeting in Calgary, make a dramatic transition from prairie to mountains. Stop at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake – Wow! – before ending the day on the edge of Emerald Lake in the heart of Yoho National Park. Spend a full day in Yoho visiting waterfalls, a natural bridge, and the Burgess Shale Fossil interpretive site, before traveling north along the Icefields Parkway, one of the continent’s most scenic drives, to Jasper National Park. Stop to take in the innumerable lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, gorges, and sheer beauty, and set out on a guided “Icewalk” at the Columbia Icefields.
From a cozy bungalow on a lake in Jasper, hike to wildflower-filled Edith Cavell Meadows, explore Marble Canyon, and take a tram to the top of The Whistlers. Return south along the Icefields Parkway to spend the last two nights in Banff atop Tunnel Mountain, with time to hike, explore, and stroll Banff Avenue or the Bow River Trail.