Athabasca

3 Days

Start:
Banff
Ends:
Banff
Runs:
April–October
Price:
From $349 CAD
Canadian Rocky Mountains, adventure trip, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, hiking, group travel

Overview

Explore the heart of the Rocky Mountains with a trip through Banff and Jasper National Parks! This 3 day tour through the Canadian Rockies will take you on one of the most scenic roads in the world, the Icefields Parkway! You’ll discover amazing glacial lakes (including Lake Louise), snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine rivers, waterfalls, and wildlife everywhere you look.

Note: the Athabasca is the middle 3 days of the 8 day Caribou tour. Some of your fellow travellers will have started together in Vancouver before you join them, and some will be continuing back to Vancouver after you finish.

2019 DEPARTURE DAYS – from Vancouver

April 27 to June 08: Wednesdays, Saturdays

June 10 to September 09: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays

September 11 to October 12: Wednesdays, Saturdays

**Please note:

This tour is 3 days/2 nights as a single trip.

This tour is a 4 day leg as part of a larger tour package (ie. Caribou, Pacific, Big West), with a free day/2 nights in Banff.

What’s included

  • Moose Bus transportation
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • 1 group dinner
  • National Park fees

Get more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

*Please note that accommodation is not included in the tour price. Accommodation in hostels is pre-booked for those that want it, or you can purchase our accommodation package.

Moose bus pass holders receive discounts on activities, attractions and accommodation.

Itinerary

3 days | Departing Banff

Highlights

  • Explore Western Canada's wilderness stopping at stunning viewpoints along the way, and for hiking and swimming
  • Tour through Banff and Jasper National Parks
  • Visit Rocky Mountain landmarks such as Lake Louise, Johnston Canyon, and Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • Travel the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper to see Peyto Lake and the Athabasca Glacier
  • See majestic waterfalls including the famous Athabasca Falls
  • Enjoy the wicked nightlife and adventure activities in Banff

Our tour begins with visits to the stunning Moraine Lake (seasonal), and one of the world’s most famous lakes, Lake Louise! Then it’s onto the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We’ll make stops to see the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, our favourite Peyto Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon, before arriving at our rustic, wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. Why not take a dip in the creek, then relax in the wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a campfire under the stars tonight?

Moose Accommodation Reservations: HI Rampart Creek. This is a rustic, wilderness hostel and there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this truly Canadian experience!

Our journey continues north along the Icefields Parkway, named one of the most scenic drives in the world by National Geographic. Tick another National Park off your list today because we’re entering Jasper NP! Our first stop in the park is at the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres. You’ll have the chance to get up close to the Athabasca Glacier, or just enjoy the views from the Discovery Centre. Then it’s on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. Afterwards, we’ll roll into the Jasper townsite where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.

Moose Accommodation Reservations: New HI Jasper

It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas and scenic hikes as we make our way back south. Our first stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. We’ll also stop for a photo opportunity at Tangle Falls, and for an energizing hike at Johnston Canyon, before arriving back in Banff where our tour ends.

Meal Inclusions: Dinner at Samesun Banff
Moose Accommodation Reservations: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight. We recommend booking at the Samesun Banff where your fellow travellers doing a longer pass will be staying.

Dates & Prices

Tours run from April to October each year.
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Details

The Athabasca tour through the heart of the Rocky Mountains offers incredible experiences for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Go glacier trekking on Athabasca Glacier, mountain biking through the alpine forests, or whitewater rafting through the gushing valleys. There are plenty of options to experience the incredible mountain vistas no matter what your activity level and budget - from hiking on a glacier to soaking in mountain top hot springs.

ACTIVITY

$CAD

Location

Icefield Snowcoach

From $90

Icefields (near Jasper)

Glacier SkyWalk

From $31

Icefields (near Jasper)

Hiking/Swimming

Free

Various Locations

Wildlife Spotting

Free

Various Locations

 

 

Activities that are available after your tour finishes in Banff *

$CAD

Location

Banff Gandola

$45

Banff

White Water Rafting

From $130

Kicking Horse (near Banff)

Hot Springs

$8

Banff

Horseback Riding (1-3 hrs)

$72 - 174

Banff

Helicopter Ride (12-30mins)

$121 - 291

Banff

Banff Mountain Bike Rental

From $36

Banff

*All activities must be booked while on tour with your Moose guide in order to receive the discounted Moose rate

 

We know that a good night’s sleep is important, especially after a busy day of travelling with lots of fun activities. We choose hostels and backpacker properties that offer budget value, as well as great facilities, and a welcoming atmosphere.

As part of our included service, we pre-book your accommodation so all you need to worry about is having fun! We reserve single beds in mixed gender hostel dorm rooms for every passenger, on every night of the tour. By staying in shared rooms you get a chance to meet more people, hang out with other Moose travellers, and pay less than you would booking a private room or hotel.

How To Pay For Your Accommodation

You simply pay for your pre-reserved Moose bed when you arrive at the hostel. Dorm bed prices range from CAD$29 to $75 plus tax. Alternatively, you can purchase our optional Pre-Paid Accommodation Package.

Pre-Paid Accommodation Package

To make life on your Moose tour as simple as possible, we recommend purchasing our Pre-Paid Accommodation Package. The package covers your accommodation costs for the standard nights of the trip, in mixed gender dorm beds, so you’re already paid up when you check in. This means you’ll be in your room faster, and therefore have more time to enjoy your epic adventure! Important Note: do not purchase the Accommodation Package if you wish to stay in private rooms or alternative accommodation on any night (or multiple nights) of the tour. We do not offer an accommodation upgrade service, nor we do we offer partial refunds of any unused dorm bed nights.

Do I Ever Need To Book My Own Accommodation?

If you’ve booked our Pre-Paid Accommodation Package, you ONLY need to make your own reservation:

  • for your pre & post tour nights in Banff

If you haven’t booked our Pre-Paid Accommodation Package, you ONLY need to make your own reservation:

  • for your pre & post tour nights in Banff,
  • if you would like to upgrade to a private room, and/or
  • if you choose to stay in a different hostel/hotel

NOTE: there is no alternative accommodation anywhere near HI Rampart Creek, therefore please DO NOT make your own reservation for this night (or it’ll be a long walk to rejoin the group!)

BOOKING YOUR OWN ACCOMMODATION ANYWHERE?
Please advise us if you book your own accommodation on any standard night of the tour, so that we can cancel the pre-reserved bed we are holding for you.
Send us an email (include your Moose Confirmation Number): info@moosebus.travel

 

Here are the hostel locations where we reserve beds on this tour:

TOUR

DESTINATION

HOSTEL

WEBSITE

DAY 1

Banff > Rampart Creek

HI Rampart Creek*

www.hihostels.ca

DAY 2

Rampart Creek > Jasper

New HI Jasper

www.hihostels.ca

DAY 3

Jasper > Banff

N/A

*Bed not reserved

NOTES:

* Rampart Creek is a rustic, wilderness hostel with no running water, and solar & propane generated power. It features a cozy fireplace, outdoor fire pit, and a wood-burning sauna! Please note there are no alternative accommodation options nearby, but we think you’re going to love this truly Canadian experience!
* Moose groups will stay at HI Athabasca Falls (also a rustic, wilderness hostel), instead of HI Rampart Creek, on the following dates: 04-May-2019, 18-May-2019, 01-Jun-2019

  Pick Up Time Pick Up Location
BANFF >  RAMPART CREEK    
HI Banff 8:00am 801 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff
Y Mountain Lodge 8:10am 102 Spray Ave, Banff
SameSun Banff 8:15am 433 Banff Ave, Banff
RAMPART CREEK > JASPER    
HI Rampart Creek 9:00am Highway 93 N, Banff National Park
JASPER > BANFF    
Jasper Train Station 8:15am 607 Connaught Dr, Jasper
New HI Jasper 8:30am 708 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Jasper

  1. Bring proper clothing for the tour. The weather in Canada is predictable, but changes in temperature can occur throughout the day depending on location (this is especially true in the mountains or during the spring and fall months elsewhere). Find out what else to bring on our FAQ page.
  2. If possible bring a credit card with you while traveling. Credit cards can be used as identification and for making deposits on rentals if needed.
  3. Don't forget your camera - we will guarantee that you will want to take photos of new friends, beautiful scenery and wild animals!
  4. Book your pre-departure accommodation in advance. Moose tours pick up at major hostels in Vancouver. Not sure where to stay? Contact our office for recommendations.
  5. Join our Facebook travel community and hook up with you future bus mates. If you have any questions we can surely answer them there. Possibly peruse some of the pics of passengers past! 
  6. If you have any other questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our office.

Reviews

12 reviews of “Athabasca

Reviews

  1. Athabasca
    Theresa

    female, 19, Germany
    Great tour, great guide, great hikes & beautiful nature. Would do it again 👍


    Rating: 5/5

  2. Athabasca
    Hanna Schwinde

    female, 24, Germany
    A great experience and excellent way to travel.


    Rating: 5/5

  3. Athabasca
    Ron Lowe

    Male, 52, Australia
    Cody our guide was spot on in every regard. I really appreciate his patience and encouragement to climb that big hill above Lake Louise to the Tea house.


    Rating: 5/5

  4. Athabasca
    Peter Wright

    Male, 31, Australia
    Good variety with sights and lots of hike options.


    Rating: 4/5

  5. Athabasca
    Sara Henderson

    Male, 24, England
    The lakes were ace!


    Rating: 4/5

  6. Athabasca
    Michel Stuber

    Male, 26-29, Germany
    Loved HI Athabasca Falls Hostel – great change from other places!


    Rating: 4/5

  7. Athabasca
    Cameron Mcellister

    Male, 34, United Kingdom
    Loved the whole tour. Awesome group lead by an exceptional guide.


    Rating: 5/5

  8. Athabasca
    Georgory Smith

    Male, 31, Australia
    What a trip! This tour has everything the Icefields parkway has to offer. A must do on anyones list.


    Rating: 5/5

  9. Athabasca
    Niels Verweij

    Male, 18-20, Switzerland
    The short hikes to the waterfalls were fantastic.


    Rating: 4/5

  10. Athabasca
    Peter Blood

    Male, 18-20, United Kingdom
    Krista was great fun and made us all feel welcome.


    Rating: 5/5

  11. Athabasca
    Thomas Rukavina

    Male, 21-25, Finland
    It was a fun and awesome trip with Hayley making a lots of stops which interested us. Friendly and helpful office staff.


    Rating: 5/5

  12. Athabasca
    Sam Ackerman

    Male, 21-25, Australia
    Relaxed and organized system. HI Athabasca falls was very good.


    Rating: 4/5

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