Banff & Jasper Family Vacation

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    6 - 18 guests

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • Trip End: Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Discover the breathtaking panoramas of snowy peaks, crystalline glacial lakes, and countless wildlife on this epic Canadian Rockies family vacation.

Adventure abounds with glacier hikes, river rafting, horseback riding, and backcountry biking through Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise. At the end of these fun-filled days, relax in one of our cozy lodges before indulging in some of Western Canada’s tastiest gourmet cuisine. Kick back with the family and recount how many elk, bear, and eagles you spied and laugh over the new lifelong memories you created. We can guarantee you’ll never forget your time exploring the pristine wilderness of “Wild Rose Country” on this stress-free, all-inclusive Alberta family vacation. 

  This trip is operated by Austin Adventures

Banff & Jasper Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Calgary, Alberta Canada Trip End: Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • Day 1Horseback riding, biking through K-Country

  • Day 2Hiking Troll Falls Trail, rafting on the Kananaskis River

  • Day 3Explore Lake Louise, Bike Vermillion Lakes Trail

  • Day 4Hiking Sentinel Pass

  • Day 5Glacier hike on Athabasca Glacier

  • Day 6Hike around Johnson Lake, farewell!

  • Day 1

    Horseback riding, biking through K-Country


    After morning pickups, it’s time to saddle up and discover your inner cowboy at Rafter Six Ranch! During this two-hour trail ride, you’ll ride through beautiful forest and breathtaking scenery with experienced guides who know the lands well. An amazing picnic made by your guides will fuel you for your afternoon bike ride through Kananaskis Country, or as it’s known by the locals, “K-Country.” K-Country is a cluster of provincial parks, ecological reserves, recreation areas, and natural areas that are fantastic for exploring the outdoors without big crowds. After your mellow bike ride, you’ll head to your home for the next two nights, Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, to settle in and enjoy dinner with your travel companions. A comfortable and contemporary retreat nestled against the Canadian Rockies, the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge is equal parts rustic mountain retreat and elegant hotel. Rest, relax, and rejuvenate as you take in beautiful views and surrounded with every comfort.

    Kananaskis Mountain Lodge (Lunch, Dinner)

    Horse-back Riding: 2 hours
    Biking: 7 miles (11.2 kilometres)

  • Day 2

    Hiking Troll Falls Trail, rafting on the Kananaskis River


    Start your day with a hike on the Troll Falls Trail to see three waterfalls including the trail’s namesake, Troll Falls. After a hearty lunch, you’ll load into rafts and paddle the exciting class II and III rapids of the Kananaskis River. This thrilling adventure will have you catching waves and river runs with views of the mountaintops in the background. You’re guaranteed to get splashed on this ride! This evening you'll have some time to relax and enjoy the lodge and another great dinner with your family and fellow travelers.

    Kananaskis Mountain Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 2.5 miles (4.0 kilometers)
    Rafting: 3 hours

  • Day 3

    Explore Lake Louise, Bike Vermillion Lakes Trail


    This morning you’ll witness one of Banff’s most famous sites: Lake Louise. Famous for its turquoise waters, Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop, and palatial hotel, Lake Louise is sure to wow. Once you get your fill of photos, it's time to climb onto bikes and pedal along the Vermillion Lakes Trail to Banff, with a picnic lunch along the way. After a fun-filled day, the evening is yours to explore Banff on your own. Located in the heart of Banff, the Fox Hotel is a contemporary lodge hotel with unique amenities like an indoor hot pool with a cave basin theme and an open roof to allow natural light in. Centrally located, the Fox Hotel is within walking distance of Banff’s downtown and a short drive to Bow River and other popular destinations.

    Fox Hotel or Royal Canadian Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Biking: 10 miles (16 kilometers)

  • Day 4

    Hiking Sentinel Pass


    Embark on a full-day hike over Sentinel Pass, rated one of the top hikes in Banff. Ascend from the turquoise waters of Moraine Lake past larch trees and alpine meadows. Take in spectacular vistas of Paradise Valley from nearly 8,900 feet atop the pass as you enjoy your lunch. Enjoy a delicious dinner before indulging in some well-earned relaxation time.

    Fox Hotel or Royal Canadian Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 7 miles (11.2 kilometres)

  • Day 5

    Glacier hike on Athabasca Glacier


    Wake up early today for a scenic morning drive along the Icefield Parkway past numerous ice fields and glaciers. Arrive at Athabasca Glacier on the edge of Jasper National Park, where you’ll be outfitted with crampons and walking sticks. Spend the afternoon hiking the glacier alongside a mountain guide, learning about its formation and the powerful way it shapes the land. Shuttle back to Banff for some time to relax before our farewell dinner.

    Fox Hotel or Royal Canadian Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Athabasca Glacier: 3 hours

  • Day 6

    Hike around Johnson Lake, farewell!


    A short shuttle will bring us to our trailhead where we will have time for one more hike around Johnson Lake. Shuttle back to Calgary to be dropped off at the airport or your hotel for your departure home.

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

    Hiking: 2 miles (3.2 kilometers)

Banff & Jasper Family Vacation Departure Dates

  • Upcoming
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year

Some departures for this trip run in the reverse direction. Contact us, or check your Travel Wallet once booked, to find out the specific itinerary for your trip.
Discounted child prices are available for children 12-years-old and under. Click the BOOK button for your preferred departure below to see child prices.

USD $4699/pp (+tax)

Our New Zealand trip fares are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST 15%)

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Trip Direction & Alternative Itineraries

Some departures for this trip run in the reverse direction, which means the stated itinerary will simply operate in reverse. Some departures for this trip also feature a hiking-focused itinerary, which differs from the one advertised. Contact us, or check your Travel Wallet once booked, to get the specific itinerary for your trip.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Wyndham Garden Calgary Airport at 8:00am or at the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire at 8:30am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Calgary for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Calgary Airport at 1pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Calgary around 1:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Calgary at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Calgary after 3pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travellers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travellers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travellers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

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Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

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Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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