Canadian Rockies: Calgary Stampede

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About This Experience

Rodeo riding and wagon racing—this is the Wild West at its most thrilling. The Calgary Stampede is the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, and the Canadian Rockies are a spectacle in their own right. See them from every angle as you explore the jewel-colored lakes and snowcapped mountains of the national parks. Just when you think the scenery can’t get any more magnificent, you’ll ride the rails through the soaring peaks and twisting valleys to the coast.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Calgary, Canada
  • Banff, Canada
  • Lake Louise, Canada
  • Jasper, Canada
  • Kamloops, Canada
  • Vancouver, Canada
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Calgary2 nights - hotel info

Day1

Descend into Calgary—Stampede City

Dinner

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled flight aboard a major airline to Calgary, the Nashville of the North. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and then accompanies you to your hotel and assists you with check-in. Meet your fellow travelers at this evening’s included dinner.

Day2

Cheer on the rodeo riders and wagon racers

Breakfast

Calgary Stampede

The world’s best rodeo riders compete on Canada’s toughest stock during the annual Calgary Stampede, a festival that combines the action of the Wild West with Native American dances, rides, food and fun. Today, spend the day in the middle of the action, and feel as if you’ve just traveled back in time to the days when the West was still a frontier. Tonight, you’ll get to experience the best and most raucous shows the Stampede has to offer, including the rodeo, live music and a chuckwagon race.

Banff2 nights - hotel info

Day3

Get in the Wild West spirit at the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”

Breakfast, Dinner

Calgary Stampede

Return to the Stampede this morning to see everything you missed yesterday, and cheer on your favorite rodeo contenders. Later today, say goodbye to Calgary and take in the gorgeous mountain scenery on the way to Banff. Enjoy dinner with your group upon arrival.

Day4

Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a panoramic view of Banff

Optional Excursion - "Oh Canada Eh?" Dinner Show

Breakfast

Banff National Park, Sulfur Mountain gondola ride

Breathe in the crisp mountain air as you board a Sulfur Mountain gondola ride over Banff National Park’s gorgeous mountains and valleys. The birthplace of Canada’s national park system, Banff is part of the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. Discover a landscape rich in wildlife and history, set against a backdrop of glaciers and towering mountain peaks. This afternoon, continue to explore Banff’s beauty on your own. This evening, opt for an enjoyable “Oh Canada Eh?” dinner and show.

Optional Excursions

"Oh Canada Eh?" Dinner Show $89* pp

Experience a lighthearted look into Canadian culture at a showing of “Oh Canada Eh?” This dinner show is a two-hour musical celebration of songs written or made famous by Canadians. You’ll meet singing Mounties, lumberjacks, hockey players, the loveable Anne of Green Gables and many other famous Canadian characters for a whirlwind adventure through the sights and sounds of Canada. While you are enjoying the show, the performers also serve you a delicious meal of local cuisine.

Lake Louise1 night - hotel info

Day5

Go lake-hopping among emerald-colored waters and alpine peaks

Breakfast

Yoho National Park

Say goodbye to Banff as you depart for the glittering shores of Lake Louise. En route, stop to marvel at Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Upon arrival in Lake Louise, you’ll visit Chateau Lake Louise, where you’ll have free time for lunch. This afternoon, journey to Yoho National Park, where you’ll see the ethereal Emerald Lake, which owes its color to fine particles suspended in the glacier waters, and bask in the unearthly beauty of this alpine gem.

Jasper2 nights - hotel info

Day6

Motor through lakes, glaciers and waterfalls in Jasper National Park

Optional Excursion - Athabasca River Raft Tour

Breakfast, Dinner

Jasper National Park

Leave Lake Louise for Jasper, a picturesque town nestled in the midst of Jasper National Park’s shimmering glaciers, crystal lakes, waterfalls, canyons and evergreen forests, surrounded by towering peaks. En route, visit the turquoise waters of Peyto Lake (weather permitting) before continuing on to the world-famous Columbia Icefield, one of the world’s most spectacular mountain glaciers. Take a guided drive across Athabasca Glacier onboard a vehicle specially designed for glacier driving. This afternoon, visit Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park. While you’re here, opt to join an Athabasca River Raft tour. Enjoy an included dinner this evening.

Optional Excursions

Athabasca River Raft Tour $65* pp

Fall in love with the Canadian wilderness on a leisurely journey down the Athabasca River, tracing the same route that early fur traders once followed. Along the way, your river guide will teach you the river’s natural and human history. Your tour passes through a calm stretch of the river, but some splashing is to be expected and waterproof ponchos are recommended. Please note: This optional excursion is seasonal and runs mid-May through September only.

Day7

Cruise mountain-lined waterways from Maligne Lake to Medicine Lake

Optional Excursion - Maligne Lake Cruise

Breakfast

Set off on an expedition into Jasper National Park this morning. Visit the steep walls of Maligne Canyon, travel to Medicine Lake and finally arrive at the shores of beautiful Maligne Lake. Consider joining our optional Maligne Lake Cruise. Or, spend the afternoon at leisure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Maligne Lake Cruise $69* pp

This midday cruise is your opportunity to experience one of the gems of the Canadian Rockies. You'll travel down Maligne Lake, through Samson Narrows and on to Spirit Island, where you are free to disembark for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. The cruise is enhanced by a licensed crew member who will provide narration for the duration of the excursion. Please note: This excursion is offered mid-May through early October and is weather dependent.

Kamloops1 night - hotel info

Day8

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for a magnificent show

Breakfast, Lunch

Today, hop aboard a vintage Rocky Mountaineer train for a truly spectacular full-day ride to the untamed beauty of Kamloops. Take in glacial lakes, towering mountain peaks and raging rivers from the comfort of your train car. The Rocky Mountaineer travels at “Kodak speed,” so be sure to have your camera ready! Enjoy an included lunch on board today. After stopping for the night, choose from an array of optional entertainment provided through the Rocky Mountaineer, such as a musical dinner show, or turn in for the night at your hotel in Kamloops.

Vancouver2 nights - hotel info

Day9

Steam through the dramatic scenery of the Coastal Mountains

Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your journey south on today’s eight-hour ride aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver, a friendly city with the ideal blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty.

Day10

Experience Vancouver’s vibrant, multicultural atmosphere

Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, tour the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with your guide. You’ll visit the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, Chinatown and the historic Gastown district. The afternoon is free to discover this wonderful city on your own. This evening, relive memories with your group over a farewell dinner.

Day11

Fly high over the Rockies on your way home

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home. If you are extending your stay, enjoy two more days to explore Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia’s historic capital.

Extend Your Stay

Add Vancouver City Stay $269*

Delve deeper into the diversity and vibrancy of British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Many cultures meet in the seaport of Vancouver, which boasts thriving Chinese and Indian neighborhoods. Spend your days wandering around the original settlement in Gastown or enjoying the great outdoors. Then, spend your evenings feasting on Chinese food and checking out the lively music scene. Opt to spend a day taking in the beauty and refinement of Victoria or the fresh air and adventurous spirit at Whistler.

Vancouver2 nights - hotel info

Day11

Hear the call of the hoary marmot in Whistler

Optional Excursion - Whistler Village

Breakfast

Explore Vancouver on your own. Alternatively, consider joining our optional excursion to Whistler Village, located just up the coast. As Canada’s premier ski resort, Whistler’s charming shops and cozy restaurants offer something for everyone.

Optional Excursions

Whistler Village $159* pp

Travel up the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, one of Canada's premier ski resorts. Upon arrival, you'll take a panoramic tour of the village followed by admission to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Spend the rest of your day exploring Whistler, where you'll have time to peruse the local shops and take in the spectacular views of the valley during an included peak-to-peak gondola ride.

Day12

Discover Victoria’s blooming gardens and multicultural vibe

Optional Excursion - Victoria Sightseeing

Breakfast

Enjoy your final day at leisure or opt to board a ferry to Victoria, situated on Vancouver Island. Begin your tour in the city’s waterfront, passing the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel. Then, head to Butchart Gardens to explore the enchanting floral displays. With 55 acres of seasonal flora, these are among the most renowned botanical gardens in Canada.

Optional Excursions

Victoria Sightseeing $189* pp

Board a ferry for a scenic ride to Victoria, where a local guide will introduce you to downtown Victoria. Next, take in a passing view of the Parliament Buildings, the city's Inner Harbor and the iconic Empress Hotel. After a few hours to eat lunch and explore on your own, travel through the countryside for a guided tour of the famed Butchart Gardens, home to 55 acres of stunning floral displays. Your evening comes to a close as you head back to the docks to catch your return ferry to Vancouver.

Day13

Terminal City is the terminus of your tour

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport this morning for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). Please note, you’ll need a small carry-on bag for your overnight in Kamloops. There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. Hiking boots might come in handy, if you plan to do any extensive walking or hiking. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Restaurants are typically informal in this region of Canada. Remember to bring a small carry-on bag for your overnight in Kamloops.

Health

Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health problems with travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and lightheadedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Otherwise, there are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling far. Most of the cuisine on this tour is well-known, but look out for especially delicious French, Acadian and indigenous influences.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Calgary, where a Go Ahead representative escorts you to your hotel for check-in. Return flights depart from Vancouver. A train ride is included on the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Vancouver via Kamloops, where you’ll enjoy RedLeaf Service. SilverLeaf Service and GoldLeaf Service upgrades may be available upon request for an additional cost. All other included transportation on tour is by private motor coach.

Electricity

All regions operate on the Canadian standard 110 volts.

Time Zones

Most of your tour will fall on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). Vancouver is on Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is three hours behind EST. For most of your tour, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.

Currency

Canadian dollars will be the currency on your tour. You can find kiosks at the airport with good exchange rates, but the best way to change your money is simply by using an ATM.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Canadian Rockies Rave Review

We just returned from one of the most beautiful tours we've taken with Go Ahead. Having recently toured New Zealand, we thought we had seen the most gorgeous scenery ever, but the Canadian Rockies tour beats even beautiful New Zealand. Shimmering lakes, gorgeous glaciers, and towering mountains abound. David Goren, our terrific tour director, was the ultimate expert on the Canadian Rockies. He provided us with detailed commentary and hilarious humor. David's superior organizational skills made our trip a flawless experience. He was always there to provide restaurant and sightseeing suggestions that were spot on. Plus he frequently joined our dinners that were not included, since we had a tiny tour group of 14. As usual, we feel we got excellent value for our money with the hotels and included sightseeing and meals. We were pleased with our upgrade to Silverleaf service on the 2 day Rocky Mountaineer train excursion from Jasper to Vancouver. This trip was an outstanding experience that we will remember forever!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

simply marvelous !!

I had been looking forward to going on this trip for years,finally did it. The views were breathtaking,wildlife plentiful ( Eagles,Bears,Elk & Osprey ) Stampede races were exciting to watch.As for the rodeo in my opinion we could have stayed all day Saturday. ( didn't see enough rodeo events.) Train ride was picturesque Accommodations were excellent Dinners were top shelf Breakfast were great Overall a wonderful experience,I would,and have recommended it to others WALTER BJORK

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Canadian Rockies

Spectacular scenery, knowledgeable tour conductor who showed us sights not on the itinerary (e.g. amazing Takkakuh Falls), compatible travelers, overwhelmed by the Calgary Stampede, enjoyed the 2 day train ride.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

canadian rockies and calgary

I have recommended trip that includes the stampede and the Mountaineer train ride these are the top hiighlights David Goren was and excellent tour guide

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2012

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Canadian Rockies/Calgary Stampede

I have taken 2 EF tours and this was my 2nd GoAhead tour. This tour was fabulous! The tour guide the bus driver were perfect! I know I saw and experienced most of what the Rockies and the Stampede had to offer. The scenery was spectacular. The waterfalls I saw were beautiful and the wild animals just added another interesting dimension to a great trip!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Canadian Rockies ROCK!

Words and photos may come close, but they cannot capture the phenomenal beauty, majesty, and awe of the Canadian Rockies. Added to the overwhelming beauty of the mountains, waterfalls, icefield glaciers, and wildlife is the "greatest outdoor show on earth"--the Calgary Stampede. Many in our group bought the requisite white cowboy hats and big belt buckles, but more relaxed outfits were just fine. I advise all my colleagues at work to run--not walk--to visit the Canadian Rockies, especially if they can travel in mid-July to enjoy the Calgary Stampede, truly the largest rodeo in the world and probably the most exciting. Our tour director was knowledgeable, personable, and enjoyable, and the driver was an absolute delight. In addition to visiting Calgary, we traveled to Banff, Lake Louise, more pristine lakes than most of us could count, and Jasper National Park, before taking the two-day Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver. Don't miss seeing the Canadian Rockies! This is a must-see for anyone who loves gorgeous scenery and a genuinely good time.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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