banff national park

7 days, 6 nights through the best of the canadian rockies & beyond

Trip Dates: August 10 - 16, 2019

Overview: Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park (third oldest in the world) and was created in 1885 and is a 2,500+ square mile coniferous forest located 112 miles west of Calgary, Alberta. From the crystal clear alpine lakes, dense forests and untapped nature, Banff is home to some of the best hiking and skiing in the North American Rockies. It is also chock full of adventure, from death-defying passes, to adrenaline pumping activities, this is one place that is bound to land on your bucket list.

 

IMPORTANT INFO

+ TOUR OVERVIEW

Overview: Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park (third oldest in the world) and was created in 1885 and is a 2,500+ square mile coniferous forest located 112 miles west of Calgary, Alberta. From the crystal clear alpine lakes, dense forests and untapped nature, Banff is home to some of the best hiking and skiing in the North American Rockies. It is also chock full of adventure, from death-defying passes, to adrenaline pumping activities, this is one place that is bound to land on your bucket list.

+ WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Multiple VRX staff members on hand and by your side every step of the trip and available 24/7
  • Pick up and drop off at the Calgary Airport at the beginning and end of the trip
  • All ground transportation and accommodations
  • All breakfasts, two lunches, and four dinners
  • Gym drop-ins and/or travel workouts (all optional)
  • Hike up Sulfur Mountain and Tram down
  • Canoeing on Lake Bow
  • Guided Via Ferrata Ropes Course up Mt. Norquay
  • Columbia Icefields + SkyWalk Tour
  • Adventurous hike with breathtaking views of Lake Louise
  • Guided horseback riding tour at Lake Louise
  • Hike around Lake Moraine
  • 3-hour ATV Tour in Golden, BC
  • Scenic gondola up to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain
  • Your choice of mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or paragliding in Golden, BC
  • A professional photographer, plus access to all photos after the tour at no extra cost

+ NOT INCLUDED

  • RT flight to and from Calgary (YYC). Once you book, we will work with you on getting the best deals (If you would prefer, we can book flights for you. This will be an additional fee).
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Drinks on the nights out
  • Some additional activities not listed in the 'Included' section of the 'day-to-day' itinerary
  • Travelers Insurance

+ ACCOMMODATIONS

  • All accommodations are booked as double occupancy rooms. If you are a solo traveler booking, you will be placed in a room with someone of the same gender and similar age range.
  • If you are a couple or booking as friends, you will automatically be placed in the same room together for the duration of the trip.
  • If you would like PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS, please select that option during checkout. $150 extra per night will be added to your invoice. Please understand that not all tours can accommodate private accommodations.
  • If you are a group, please specify under the 'notes' section of your booking who you would like to room with who.
  • All hotels are centrally located to the activities and excursions on this trip. Hotel names cannot be given out until after you have signed up for this tour.

+ FLIGHTS

  • Flights are not included for this tour and customers are responsible for booking their own airfare to and from Calgary (YYC)
  • You will want to fly IN to Calgary (YYC) anytime on August 10, 2019 or before
  • You will want to fly OUT of Calgary (YYC) anytime on August 16, 2019 or later
  • You may choose to arrive early or stay late, if you wish, and have the option of having VRX book you a hotel room and adding the cost to your invoice for a small fee. Please note that you will be responsible for booking your own transportation, activities, and meals if you are arriving early or staying late.

+ FITNESS & ACTIVITIES

  • Daily hikes, workouts, and gym drop-ins are part of this tour and included in the price. You do NOT need to be a CrossFit athlete in order to sign-up. We welcome all ages, abilities, fitness levels, and only require you to be willing to step outside your comfort zone and try new things while on this tour.
  • The longest hike on this tour is 3-4 hours at any given time but general physical readiness is always key. Please see the daiy detailed itinerary for more information on specific activities.

+ MORE INFO & CUSTOM TOURS

  • This trip requires a minimum of 10 people to sign-up in order for it to be led as a 'group tour' on behalf of VoyEdge RX. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants at least 150 days out from the tour, you will have the option of either getting a full refund, the ability to transfer to another tour at no charge, or having us book this tour as a private tour for you. Meaning, you can still do this tour as a solo participant (or with your group) while VRX books everything for you and 'digitally' guides you through these destinations with a custom, made-for-you itinerary with a PDF and daily check-ins with our team.
  • Love this tour, but the dates do not work for you? Go on it anytime of year with you and your loved ones by creating a custom tour with VoyEdge RX. For more information, please reach out to us at: staff@voyedgerx.com or visit this page here.

+ PRICING OPTIONS & DISCOUNTS

VoyEdge RX offers two pricing methods: Early Bird Rate and Regular Rate unless otherwise stated. Early bird rates are offered to people who choose to sign-up before anyone else. These are first come, first serve and are usually limited to the first five spots of any tour. Regular bookings are at the regular rate price of the trip. If you have a promo code, you may use it at any time. Discounts may not be combined. Group leaders, please email us at: staff@voyedgerx.com once you have your group locked in and ready to book.

Discounts are as follows:

  • Group of 5-9 = 4% off per person
  • Group of 10+ = 7% off per person
  • Military, First Responders, & Veterans = 4% off your invoice
  • Repeat customer = 3% off your invoice
  • Refer a friend = $35 off your invoice per person after you sign up Group leaders must contact us first to receive the percentage discount.
  • Please note that discounts cannot be combined, but referrals are always credited.

+ WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SIGN UP?

In order to sign up, you must put down a $300 deposit (that goes towards the overall price of your trip). From there, VoyEdge RX will send you an invoice for the remaining balance for you to make payments as you wish. All invoices must be paid off at least 90 days before the trip kicks off.

After you sign up, you will also enjoy monthly trip updates about the tour from our team, help with flights, and other insider travel tips from our community and fellow travelers.

Please see the bottom of this page for information on group discounts, referral rates, and other information.

Any questions? Email us at: staff@voyedgerx.com Or call to book: 617.866.9573

Please see our FAQ's and Terms & Conditions for our cancellation policy, refunds and more

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ITINERARY

arrive into calgary & head to banff town

august 10th, 2019

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Day 1 - welcome to calgary. let's head to banff, shall we?

Welcome to Calgary, Alberta, home to one of Canada's most adventurous provinces! After you arrive, we'll meet the group at the airport before hopping in a van and driving Banff. We will check in to our accommodations and get ready for a group dinner and night out to explore the town! 

Fun Fact:  Banff is located at an elevation of 4,537 feet, making it the highest town in Canada. It also has over 1,600 km of hiking trails. That's 994 miles for you, American folks. 

Avg temp. in Banff in August = 71 F / 22 C

hike sulphur mountain & kayak through lake bow 

August 11th, 2019

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Day 2 - hike sulphur mountain & nature kayak through lake bow preserve

Wake up at our accommodations with breakfast and get ready for a big day. Today, we will hike Sulphur Mountain to enjoy some incredible views of Banff National Park. After a scenic gondola back down, we will enjoy an included lunch at a local eating establishment.

Then we will head to Lake Bow to rent canoes/kayaks and explore the lakes and streams in the area. Have cameras ready, as a chance for an encounter with wildlife will be high! After that, you'll have some free time to explore Banff on your own before returning to our accommodations.

Fun Fact:  Banff is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 and is the third-oldest national park in the world. Sulphur Mountain also has naturally occurring hot springs and a gondola to the top

Avg temp. in Banff in August = 71 F / 22 C

via ferrata clim up mt. norquay 

august 12th, 2019

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Day 3 - mt. norquay's via ferrata

Today is a big day! We will grab breakfast at the hotel, load your luggage in the van, and depart early for the Via Ferrata tour on Mt. Norquay. This tour is an epic combination of hiking, rock climbing, and elevated obstacles up, down, and along the side of a mountain. It will give you breathtaking views of Banff National Park and will be a closely guided and monitored tour. You need no experience or equipment to do the tour, and will surely get an adrenaline rush.

From there, we will get lunch together (on VRX) and then depart in the vans to Lake Louise to check in to our accommodations for the next two nights. Get a unique first look at Lake Louise as we embark on a guided evening horseback riding tour. The rest of the night is yours to explore!

Fun Fact:  Italian for, "The Iron Road" Via Ferrata's are located in some of the most adventurous mountain areas in the world. Led by a certified guide, you will climb your way up to the top of Mt. Norquay's ski area. No climbing experience is necessary.

Avg temp. on Mt. Norquay in August = 67 F / 19 C

columbia icefields tour, skywalk & saddleback pass

august 13th, 2019

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Day 4 - athabasca falls & columbia icefields tour

Today we'll wake up, enjoy an included breakfast, and take off for the Columbia Icefields Tour and Glacier Skywalk. On this tour we will be walking across a sprawling glacier which retreats during the summer, revealing some of Banff's most majestic and untouched lands. We will take special vehicles onto the glaciers and explore their surfaces, before climbing to an overlook known as the 'Skywalk' that has panoramic views of the area.

After the tour, those with energy left in the tank will venture out to Saddleback Pass - a gorgeous two hour 7.4 km RT hike near Lake Louise. After the hike, it's back to our accommodations for some free time and an included group dinner before we head to Golden, British Columbia tomorrow!

Fun Fact:  The Columbia Icefields are considered one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle and can reach depths of 2,000 feet. These Icefields also feed the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and are incredibly important to the ecosystem.

Avg temp. on Columbia Icefields in August = 58 F / 14.6 C

moraine lake & head to golden, bc

august 14th, 2019

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Day 5 - lake moraine & atv'ing in golden, b.c.

Day 5 kicks off with a very relaxed morning. After breakfast at our accommodations, we will head over to the most photographed lake in the Banff National Park area, Moraine Lake. Complete with stunning and serene blue waters and adjacent mountains on the opposite side, the group will take an hour to circle the lake. This is a flat hike, more of a nice morning walk showcasing some of the breathtaking views that make Banff so inviting.

From there, the group will depart for Golden, British Columbia (about an hour away) for a ride up the Kicking Horse Sightseeing Gondola and optional lunch at the Eagle Eye Restaurant. A lazy morning makes for a thrilling afternoon. After lunch, we will head out on an ATV ride through the woods and game preserve of Golden. We will end the evening with an included dinner, before setting the group loose for  a night on the town.

Fun Fact:  Golden, B.C. is located between six Canadian National Parks and lays at the intersection of three major rivers. It has developed itself as one of the premiere adventure-related outdoor activity destinations in all of Canada

Avg temp. in Golden, B.C. in August = 73 F / 23 C

pick your included adventure

august 15th, 2019

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Day 6 - choose from whitewater rafting, paragliding or mountain biking

Day 6 is arguably one of the most adventurous days of the trip. With Golden, BC known for being the 'Adventure Sports Capital of Canada,' any of these tours will be well worth your time. That being said, different people like different things, and VoyEdge RX is prepared to cater to you! Today you choose one of these tours, on us: White water rafting on the Kicking Horse River (full day with lunch included), Paragliding, or a full day of Mountain Biking (downhill bike rental, full downhill gear, and a lift ticket included).

After your selected activity concludes for the day, we will regroup for an included dinner and a final night out before heading home midday tomorrow! Get pumped up and have an EPIC last day in Golden, BC!

Fun Fact:  Golden, B.C. was originally settled by rum-runners & bandits who also worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Around 1900, Europeans came over and inspired a more family-oriented town and an economy focused on the outdoor industry. Much of the architecture in Golden is also paralleled with Swiss designs

Avg temp. in Golden, B.C. in August = 73 F / 23 C

feast your eyes on the canadian rockies one last time

august 16th, 2019

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Day 7 - say goodbye to golden & the canadian rockies

Today is the last day of the tour. We will depart Golden and drive back through Banff town for an early breakfast/lunch before making our way to Calgary. If you wish to continue your travels, you may stay in Golden, Banff, or Calgary!

Today will be flexible based on the groups needs, and we'll break up the drive from Golden, BC back to Calgary as needed. Rest up, put a smile on, and soak in the scenery on the way back home! Thank you for joining us on this EPIC adventure and we hope you've made some newfound friends for life.

Fun Fact:  Banff National Park has an excess of 1,000 glaciers and has mountains estimated to be 45 to 120 million years old. Lastly, Banff National Park has had more than 4,000,000 visitors to the park since 1996 

Avg temp. in Banff . in August = 71 F / 22 C