DISCOVER THE WINTERTIME MAJESTY OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
11 DAYS — 1 PROVINCE  — 2 CITIES — 3 TOWNS

Go in search of the elusive ‘northern lights in the night skies of Alberta. Watch for moose, white-tailed deer and elk as you drive through pristine Canadian wilderness. Admire stunning curtains of ice along a steel catwalk built into the rock walls of Johnston Canyon. Meet and greet your team of canines before ticking ‘dogsledding’ off your bucket list of wintertime activities. Or just wrap your hands around a mug of hot chocolate and lose yourself in the grandeur of the Rockies. Packed with eye-popping views of snow-peaked mountain ranges and frozen wonderlands, this is the ultimate Great White North escape.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Navigate the frozen waterfalls, ice caves and imposing ice formations of Maligne Canyon on a guided exploration of the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park
• Peace River is located in Northern Alberta and is a prime location for Aurora viewing. Little light pollution, flat landscape and generally clear winter skies allow for ideal Northern Lights viewing conditions
• The world-renowned drive from Jasper to Banff on the Icefields Parkway is astonishing. Even better when you don’t have to do the driving
• Join an included sleigh ride around stunning Lake Louise, a bucket-list Canadian experience in Banff National Park
• Meet your canine crew in Canmore before setting out on an unforgettable dog sledding experience
• Take a backcountry snowshoe hike in the mountains above Banff that includes a unique picnic of cookies and hot chocolate in the snow

INCLUDES

• Transfers throughout
• 10 nights hotel accommodation
• Meals - 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
• Activities:
  Peace River - Snowshoeing
  Jasper National Park
  Jasper - Maligne Canyon Icewalk
  Jasper - Jasper Tramway
  Icefields Parkway - Hike to toe of Athabasca Glacier
  Lake Louise - Sleigh Ride
  Lake Louise - Snowshoeing
  Banff National Park
  Banff - Johnston Canyon Icewalk
  Banff - Guided snowshoe hike on Top of the World
  Canmore - Dog-sledding

ITINERARY
DAY 1 EDMONTON
Welcome to ruggedly beautiful Canada. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you arrive early perhaps visit the nearby Ukrainian Cultural Village or explore the small theatres and diners of the University District.
Meals included: None

DAY 2 PEACE RIVER
Get a full-on sense of Alberta’s past with an included morning visit to Fort Edmonton Park, an interactive living history museum along the North Saskatchewan River. The park replicates the region’s fur-trading era with an 1846 fort, the settlement era on 1885 Street, the municipal era on 1905 Street and metropolitan era on 1920 Street. Ride a fully functional steam train, interact with actors in period costumes or maybe barter for beads at the trade store. You’ll next drive through spectacular wilderness to the town of Peace River (approximately 6 hours). After dinner you will head out in search of—conditions permitting—a view of the spellbinding northern lights.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 3 PEACE RIVER
Today you are free to choose your own Canadian winter adventure. Perhaps head to Peace River Wildland Provincial Park, an important wildlife corridor for elk, deer and bears. This is a perfect place to practice snowshoeing before your excursion to Lake Louise on Day 7. Or maybe meander along the Peace River, which may or may not be frozen, and breathe in pristine mountain air. You may even try your luck at ice fishing. After dinner it’s back to looking for the highly unpredictable northern lights, which occur when several factors—including local cloud levels and solar flares on the sun or solar wind—converge to produce lights described as nature’s winter magic.
Activities Included: Snowshoeing
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 JASPER
Drive to Jasper National Park (approximately 6 hours) arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon, maybe go for a walk to spot wildlife such as moose, elk, deer, bears and coyotes. In the evening head out for dinner in Jasper, as there are a variety of restaurants to choose from. Ask your local leader for suggestions on where to go.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 JASPER
Experience the frozen caves, teeth-like icicles and towering frozen waterfalls of Maligne Canyon today. A local guide will safely escort you through this maze of natural ice sculptures (tread-enhancing cleats will be provided) while you learn about Jasper’s karst topography and the mystery of disappearing Medicine Lake. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps try one of Jasper’s short walking trails. You can also have some indoor fun at the Jasper Brewing Company sampling local beers.
Activities Included: Maligne Canyon Icewalk and Jasper Tramway
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 LAKE LOUISE
Prepare yourself for the drive of a lifetime—and make sure your camera’s fully charged—as you set out on the Icefields Parkway. The world-renowned roadway between Jasper and Banff stretches 232 kilometres (144 miles) through a mind-blowing landscape of jagged mountaintops and over 100 ancient glaciers. At its heart is the Columbia Icefield, the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains of North America. As the massive 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) long and 1 kilometre (.62 mile) wide Athabasca Glacier flows to within walking distance of the roadway, your 3-hour trip includes a hike to its ‘toe’. You will arrive in Lake Louise, inside Banff National Park, after nightfall.
Activities Included: Icefields Parkway - Hike to toe of Athabasca Glacier
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 7 LAKE LOUISE
What better way to explore a postcard-perfect glacial lake than from the back of a horse-drawn sleigh? Better yet, your sleigh ride is one of two included activities today—the other’s a snowshoe hike along one of the lake’s many trails. Later, perhaps pop on a pair of skates and practice some figure eights (or ice stumbles) while gliding across the surface of frozen Lake Louise. Afternoon tea at the towering Fairmont Chateau is an option if you’re looking to put your feet up. For those in Lake Louise during its annual Ice Magic Festival in January, be sure to admire the precision and delicate skill on display in the various ice sculptures by the lake.
Activities Included: Sleigh Ride and Snowshoeing
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 BANFF
Drive to nearby Banff (approximately 1 hour), Canada’s most famous mountain resort town. While located inside a national park, Banff offers plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to temporarily distract you from the surrounding natural splendour. Gain a sense of Canadian Rockies culture at the Whyte Museum, where over 200 years of artwork tells the story of the rugged men and women who settled in Banff. Sub-zero temperatures turn Banff’s waterfalls into glittering ice sculptures, and today you will visit Johnston Canyon Icewalk to see this natural display. Hike along steel catwalks built into the canyon walls and wander among massive pillars of ice. Have you ever been curious about the peculiar Winter Olympics sport of curling? You have the option of booking curling time at the local recreation centre. Just ask your local leader, who will be happy to help organise a time for you.
Activities Included: Banff National Park and Johnston Canyon Icewalk
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a free morning in Banff before an included trip to the Sunshine Village Ski Resort. First a chairlift ride will transport you above the tree line. Then you’ll don snowshoes and trek across a white powder paradise with a professional guide. Your backcountry hike will be made surreal with a stop for hot cocoa and cookies on top of the world. Note that weather conditions may present challenges and if conditions are unfavourable an alternative activity will be arranged.
Activities Included: Guided snowshoe hike on Top of the World
Optional Activities: Cable Car up Sulphur Mountain - Approximate cost CAD30 and Hot springs - Approximate cost - CAD8
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10 BANFF/CANMORE
At this point in your Canadian Rockies travels you might think you’ve done and seen it all. That’s where you’re wrong. This morning take a short drive to Canmore, which is within the Kananaskis Country park system, and embark on an included dogsledding adventure. Meet and greet the dogs on your team before being pulled along idyllic trails by these magnificent canines. Return to Banff for the final night of the trip. Gather the group and perhaps head out for a final night’s dinner.
Activities Included: Dog-sledding
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 11 CALGARY
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before a drive onto Calgary where your winter escape comes to an end. You can expect to arrive into Calgary Airport at approximately 11:00am.
Meals included: Breakfast

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
13 March
8 December

2020 DEPARTURE DATES
19 January
1 March
6 December

PRICE
From $5,080* per person~

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share, land only and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold out and for departures as specified. ~Based on 3 March & 8 December 2019 departures; add an extra $255 per person for the other departure dates. Seeing the Northern Lights is of course dependant on weather and geomagnetic activity, clear sky and dark nights. Warm clothing is a must. Seasonal surcharges may apply. Offer is only available for new bookings and prices are subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations, change in fees, taxes or surcharges. Prices correct at December 2018. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.