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Athabasca

3 Days

Start:
Banff
Ends:
Banff
Runs:
April–October
Price:
From $319 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 highways in the world – the Icefields Parkway! You’ll discover amazing glacial lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine rivers, waterfalls, and wildlife everywhere you look. Departing Banff, the tour will head up to Lake Louise with half a day to hike and explore this iconic area. After visits to the Athabasca Glacier and Falls, we’ll spend a night in a rustic wilderness lodge in the forests just outside of the Jasper town centre.

2018 DEPARTURE DAYS – from Banff

April 28 to May 26: Wednesdays, Saturdays

May 28 to September 24: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays

October 3 to October 13: Wednesdays, Saturdays

TRAVELLING IN 2019? The Athabasca itinerary is changing!
Click to see the 2019 itinerary.   BOOK 2019 DEPARTURES NOW!

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

  • Visit the iconic Lake Louise with an afternoon to explore the area
  • Wildlife viewing and amazing vistas along the Icefields Parkway
  • See the majestic Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • Hike through Maligne Canyon
  • Explore the biggest icefield south of the Arctic Circle at the Columbia Icefield
  • Campfire and star gazing at a wilderness lodge at Athabasca Falls
  • Enjoy optional activities in Banff

We start today exploring Banff’s surrounding lakes - Minniwanka, Johnson, and Two Jack Lake. Soak up the awe inspiring Banff and Yoho National Parks, with visits to Johnston Canyon, Emerald Lake, Natural Bridges, Moraine Lake (seasonal), and Lake Louise. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! Enjoy a real Canadian campfire tonight, and look for the Milky Way.

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the HI Lake Louise
  • Take in the jagged mountain peaks, raging rivers and explore the Icefields Parkway, named one of the most scenic drives in the world by National Geographic. Today we see the Columbia Icefields, Maligne Canyon and Athabasca Falls. Look out for wildlife as we explore the back roads around Jasper before heading back to the rustic Athabasca Falls hostel. It’s another great night by the campfire in a remote location with a star-filled sky, if you're lucky you may be able to see the Northern Lights!

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation are made at the HI Athabasca Falls
  • There’s no wifi in the forest but we promise you’ll make great connections

    It’s another day of jaw dropping vistas and scenic hikes as we make our way along the Icefields Parkway. Stops today include Tangle Falls, Mistaya Canyon and Peyto Lake. The tour returns to Banff, where you get a chance to explore the great nightlife, or relax at the Banff hot springs. Dinner included at Samesun Banff

  • Reservations for tonight’s accommodation, and the next day, are made at the Samesun Banff. These two nights of accommodation are not included in the 6 night Tomahawk accommodation package. If you would like to take these reservations you will need to pay at the hostels daily rate on arrival.
  • 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

     

    *Moose books your accommodation for each night of the tour so all you need to worry about is having fun! We always choose top rated hostels with high quality accommodation and a fun atmosphere. Moose reserves a single bed per passenger in shared hostel dorm rooms. You simply pay for your bed when you arrive at the hostel or you can purchase the optional Accommodation Package.

    You must make your own reservation if a) you would like to upgrade to a private room, b) you choose to stay in a different hostel/hotel, and always c) for the final night of the tour in Banff.

    Listed here are our preferred hostels in the Rocky Mountains. Prices range from CAD$25 to $75 plus tax per person per night. Pre-paid accommodation package is available. Find out more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    TOUR

    DESTINATION

    HOSTEL

    WEBSITE

    DAY 1

    Banff > Lake Louise (2018 departures)

    HI Lake Louise

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 1

    Banff > Rampart Creek (2019 departures)

    HI Rampart Creek

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 2

    Lake Louise > Jasper (2018 departures)

    HI Athabasca Falls

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 2

    Rampart Creek > Jasper (2019 departures)

    New HI Jasper

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 3

    Jasper > Banff

    * see notes below

     

    *In 2018, you will have a reservation made at the Samesun Banff for the night your tour ends, and the night after. If you would like to take these reservations you will need to pay the hostel on arrival. These 2 nights are not included in the Athabasca accommodation package .

    *In 2019, you will need to make your own reservation for the night your tour ends. If you would to stay in the same place, Moose passengers that are continuing on the tour will be staying at the Samesun Banff.

     

      Pick Up Time Pick Up Location
    BANFF > LAKE LOUISE (2018) or RAMPART CREEK (2019)    
    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
    LAKE LOUISE > JASPER (2018 departures)    
    HI Lake Louise 8:30am 203 Village Rd, Lake Louise
    RAMPART CREEK > JASPER (2019 departures)    
    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 (2019 departures) 8:30am 708 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Jasper
    HI Athabasca Falls (2018 departures) 9:00am Hwy 93, Jasper National Park

    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

    11 reviews of “Athabasca

    Reviews

    1. Athabasca
      Hanna Schwinde

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


      Rating: 5/5

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