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 Banff

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, Wapiti), 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/2 nights | 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 an energizing hike at Johnston Canyon, before 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, 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!
  • Tick another National Park off your list today because we’re entering Jasper NP! We’ll stop to look for mountain goats at the Goats and Glaciers Viewpoint. Our next stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. 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 along the Icefields Parkway as we make our way back south. Our main attraction today is 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, to enjoy the views from the glass-bottomed Glacier Skywalk, or to learn more about glaciation at the Discovery Centre. After a group dinner back in Banff, enjoy the great nightlife, or relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

  • 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 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 to soaking in mountain hot springs.

    ACTIVITY

    Approx.  Price (CAD)

    Location

    Ice Explorer Glacier Tour (Sno-coach)

    $75

    Columbia Icefield (en route to Banff)

    Glacier Skywalk $35 Columbia Icefield (en route to Banff)

    Banff Gondola

    from $64

    Banff

    White Water Rafting (3 hrs, includes BBQ lunch)

    $135

    Banff

    Banff Upper Hot Springs

    $8

    Banff

    Horseback Riding (from 1-3 hrs)

    from $61

    Banff

    Helicopter Flight over the Rockies (from 12-30mins)

    from $143

    Banff

    Banff Bike Rental

    From $28

    Banff

    Big Canoe Tour (1.5 hrs) $46 Banff
    Via Ferrata (from 2.5 - 6 hrs) from $161 Banff

    Hiking/Swimming

    Free

    Various Locations

    Wildlife Spotting

    Free

    Various Locations

    * Prices shown may not include applicable taxes

    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

    Sector Name Sector Departs From Overnight Destinations En Route Sector Finishes At Sector Length 2019 Departure Date Range Sector Departure Days Sector Finish Days
    Athabasca Banff Rampart Creek, Jasper Banff 3 days Apr 27 to Jun 08 Wed Fri
    Sat Mon
    Jun 10 to Sep 09 Wed Fri
    Sat Mon
    Mon Wed
    Sep 11 to Oct 12 Wed Fri
    Sat Mon

     

    1. Bring proper clothing for the tour. The weather in Canada can be unpredictable, and 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 and post departure accommodation in advance. Moose tours pick up and drop off at major hostels in Banff. 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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