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Private Guided Tours of Alberta
7 to 8 Day Super Deluxe Tour
By Private Vehicle (Minimum 2 persons)

PRIVATE TOURS


We can accommodate tours that start from Calgary, Banff and Jasper, your choice
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Origin: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada    JASPER MAP  |  BANFF MAP  |  ICEFIELDS PARKWAY
Day 1
Arrive Edmonton, or Calgary. We greet your at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Depending on arrival times we include a downtown city tour including one of the most impressive City Halls in any city, Winpsear Center and the Alberta Parliament Buildings. From here, and time permitting, we head across the North Saskatchewan River to Whyte Avenue where we stop into one of the many pubs or restaurants. Overnight West Edmonton Mall Hotel or the majestic Hotel MacDonald downtown.

Day 2 We have the full day to visit spectacular West Edmonton Mall. We are dazzled by the 800 stores, theaters, night clubs and restaurants in the World's largest shopping mall. The multi-acre water park is fun, there is an NHL size hockey arena, submarine rides and dolphin shows. For those who prefer, we can introduce you to life on the prairies in the largest "Olden Days" park of its kind in Canada. FORT EDMONTON PARK is a great step back in time to the days of fur trading and outposts of the Hudson's Bay trading company. You can even step into the modern day Hudson's Bay store (a large department store) which is the oldest corporation in North America! Enjoy our dinner theater this evening!!

Day 3 Depart Edmonton for JASPER NATIONAL PARK, Alberta on VIA RAIL TRAIN in the early afternoon. Roll across the great Canadian prairies into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Overnight in the first of our world heritage centers. JASPER, BANFF, Kootenay and Yoho Parks together make up a Unesco World Heritage sight. Your dinner this evening in JASPER TOWNSITE is at the L and W restaurant includes great dining, wine, coffee and dessert. Overnight at the fabulous JASPER PARK LODGE, nestled directly between 2 lakes.

Day 4 A highlight of the trip is hiking and exploring the trails that have made Jasper world famous. We tour MALIGNE LAKE, one of the jewels of the Rocky mountains. Later we hike PYRAMID LAKE and we can arrange bicycling and hiking through the nature trails in the area. See hidden lakes and wildlife while riding through primary forest. We’ll also see the lake where top-secret experiments were carried out in WWII. The allies need a way to safely get men and equipment across the Atlantic Ocean and an ingenious idea was hatched and tested in a lake right here. We’ll soak in the hottest hotsprings (53 degrees C) in Canada at MIETTE, in the Fiddle Valley. There is no better way to "get in touch" with Alberta. Of course there is time for souvenir shopping this evening. What a great day! Overnight Jasper Park Lodge.

Day 5 Depart south on the ICEFIELDS PARKWAY. Stare in awe at the rush of water at Athabasca Falls. We ride a sno-coach onto the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD, the largest ice-cap south of the Arctic Circle (Sno-Coaches available May through early November). What river (s) and oceans does this massive ice cube feed? How far does this water flow? What affect does the nearby continental divide play in the path this water will follow to the ocean? We’ll learn that the great glacier is receding 16 feet per year and is as tall as a hundred story building. Continue south to BANFF NATIONAL PARK, Alberta. We pass Peyto Lake and Bow Lake. World famous LAKE LOUISE shines with an incredible aquamarine blue found only in the Canadian Rockies. Learn about rock flour and the cause of this amazing phenomenon. Continue down the Bow Valley Parkway before we overnight in a first class hotel in Banff. The BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL never fails to impress!

Day 6 Those traveling in April and early May can choose to ski for a day at Sunshine Ski resort. Depart to the southeast to visit our next UNESCO world heritage sight "Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump" near Fort Macleod.. See the spot where thundering herds of Buffalo were stampeded to their deaths. An ingenious start to the world’s original slaughter house! Natives then carved meat, hides and bone into the essentials of life. Today the bones of thousands of years of buffalo bones are piled 10 meters high!! Near the Crowsnest pass is the town of Frank. It is here that a catastrophe occurred in 1903 involving 92 million tons of rock. The Fay Wray fountain is dedicated to Cardston’s most famous citizen-actress. Continue to another of Alberta’s World heritage sights and the sight of the world’s first international peace park. We visit WATERTON PARK and return late in the day to our hotel/lodge.

Day 7 After breakfast our motor coach takes us east to "Writing on Stone Provincial Park" to visit to see the continent’s largest collection of petroglyphs. The latter part of the day will find us hiking the Hoodoo trails. Step into the ROYAL TYRELL MUSEUM one of North America’s great dinosaur museums and learn of the geology and topography of our great province. Dinosaurs roamed this area millions of years ago and then vanished forever from the face of the earth. Why? See the equivalent of Tyranosaurus Rex (Albertosaurus) and the gigantic fossil of a fish that had just swallowed another fish. This museum has the largest collection of large full dinosaur skeletons in the world. Time permitting we visit the Reptile World where we can wave at a real Alberta Rattlesnake? Can rattlesnakes really live in Alberta? Transfer to Edmonton or Calgary for another overnight or the flight home.

We can accommodate tours that start from Calgary, Banff and Jasper, your choice!
 
PRICES START AT $550 PER DAY INCLUDING DRIVER, MILEAGE, TAX, GASOLINE AND VEHICLE.
   
Athabasca Falls     EDITH CAVELL VALLEY

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