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Best known for the Calgary Stampede and for being the center of Canada’s oil industry, Calgary is also a launchpad for unforgettable outdoor adventures. From Banff and Jasper’s trails and glaciers to the Badlands’ dinosaurs and hoodoos, here are some top day trip destinations and activities outside of Calgary.
 
Banff — 79 miles (127 km) away
Located 90 minutes east of Calgary by road, Banff National Park is one of Canada’s top tourist attractions. The resort town of Banff, with its hot springs and inviting surrounding areas, boasts some of the most picturesque landscapes in the country. A visit to Banff is a popular day trip from Calgary any time of year. Summertime hikes yield gorgeous views of turquoise- and emerald-colored lakes in front of snow-capped mountains; rafting and cycling are also popular summer pastimes. In winter, Banff is a skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise.

Canadian Badlands — 84 miles (135 km) away
Explore the surreal, moon-like landscapes of Alberta’s Badlands on a day trip from Calgary. In Drumheller—also known as the Dinosaur Capital of the World—examine the intricate rock layers of Horseshoe Canyon, then visit the dinosaur exhibits at the world-class Royal Tyrrell Museum. Taking a guided tour from Calgary is a good way to learn about the dinosaur fossils and oddly shaped hoodoos (thin rock spires) from scientists and local experts. 

Columbia Icefield — about 190 miles (310 km) away
It makes for a long day, but a day trip from Calgary to the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park is well worth the time. The majestic mountain scenery combined with ancient glaciers along the Icefields Parkway will especially appeal to photographers and to lovers of the outdoors. A tour of the icefield (between May and October) is an excellent way to see the massive ice formations that shaped the geography of the region’s wild landscape over thousands of years. On a guided tour, visit iconic sites like Lake Louise, explore the glaciers by ATV, and even get a chance to walk along the Athabasca Glacier.
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Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Skirt the slopes of the Continental Divide as you explore Yoho National Park and beyond with an experienced local guide all year around. Spend time meandering along the shores of Moraine Lake's opalescent waters and examine the natural span of a river-carved bridge created over thousands of years. Find out how railway engineers overcame the Continental Divide's steep terrain with a visit to the serpentine Spiral Tunnels. From a central meeting location in Calgary, heading toward the evergreen forest and granite peaks of Yoho National Park. Look for moose, bear, and elk that call this stunning landscape home, and make a stop at Lake Louise to snap photos of its turquoise waters. In the winter, snow capped mountains surround the famous lake with Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise providing a classy backdrop. *Moraine Lake is closed before June and after mid-October. Will be replaced by other sightseeing points.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.33
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Banff Area 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Banff Area 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Explore many of Banff National Park’s key sights—and don’t worry about driving yourself—on this stress-free, full-day tour from Calgary or Banff Town. Set off in the morning, and travel in an air-conditioned coach. You’ll visit landmarks like Sulphur Mountain (upgrade for a gondola ride) and the dramatic Bow Falls, will tour the Johnston Canyon Walk, and will have time at leisure for wandering and lunch (own expense) in Banff Town.
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  • 10 hours
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$121.33
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Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing

Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing

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Experience the picturesque scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to Banff National Park – Lake Louise. Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s best destination spots. Whether you only have a short stay in Calgary, ABest Experience™ is here to make your trip a memorable one. No Rush ... No Hassle sightseeing tour of Banff, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake is the highlights of this 10 hour (approx.) Day Tour from Calgary. Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Calgary. • Update: We only offer a Private Tour exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this Private Tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$275.00
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Heritage Park General Admission

Heritage Park General Admission

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Step back in time and delve into Canada’s colorful past with this Heritage Park general admission ticket. With your ticket in hand, head inside the family-friendly park and begin exploring at your leisure. In the summer months, you can learn all about life as a 19th-century fur-trader or railway worker, and visit old-fashioned blacksmith’s shops and lumber yards. Admire antique automobiles at the Gasoline Alley Museum, where vintage 1908 REO Autobuggies and 1912 Buicks take pride of place. Stroll through Heritage Town Square and perhaps chat to the locals in their traditional clothing.
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  • 1 day
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$8.23
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Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy of the Crowfoot Glacier on this day trip around Banff and Jasper's national parks. Hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider consider an OPTIONAL tour to the Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer, once in a lifetime experience to visit the heart of the incredible Icefields Parkway. Continue on to the shores of Bow Lake, where you can snap photos of the Waputik Range's jagged peaks, and check out the icy foot of the Crowfoot Glacier. Learn how this massive sheet of ice carved out the area's mountain-studded skyline, and then swing by Peyto Lake, whose blue-green waters seem to glow due to their high mineral content.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Calgary YYC Airport to Banff – Private Shuttle (Round Trip)

Calgary YYC Airport to Banff – Private Shuttle (Round Trip)

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After a long, tiring flight, the last thing most travelers feel like doing is driving the two-plus-hour journey from Calgary Airport to Banff. Simplify your arrival process with this private shuttle. Your driver will meet you at the airport and help with your bags. This is a round-trip service so you can enjoy the convenience of a pick-up again before your departure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$260.00
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Drumheller (Dinosaur Valley) & Horseshoe Canyon 1-Day Tour

Drumheller (Dinosaur Valley) & Horseshoe Canyon 1-Day Tour

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Learn more about dinosaurs on this fascinating tour to Drumheller’s Dinosaur Valley. You’ll get the chance to look for your own dinosaur bone discoveries, just like an archeologist. Also check out the other amazing rock formations in the area, including rugged canyons and hoodoo monoliths. This is an informative tour that kids and adults alike will enjoy.
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  • 10 hours
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$121.33
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Calgary YYC Airport to Lake Louise – Private Shuttle

Calgary YYC Airport to Lake Louise – Private Shuttle

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After a long flight to Calgary the last thing you’ll want to do is drive the two-plus hours to Lake Louise. And the views are fantastic: sit back, relax, and admire them on this private airport shuttle. You’ll be met at the arrivals hall of the airport and dropped off right at the door of your hotel in the Banff National Park.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$150.00
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Winter-Banff/ Sulphur Mountain One Day Tour

Winter-Banff/ Sulphur Mountain One Day Tour

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Visit the Banff National Park, which is Canada's oldest national park and most spectacular Heritage Site. ☆ Newly upgraded boutique niche groups of less than 12 people, free pick-up and drop-off, meticulous service, flexible itinerary. ☆ No compulsory shopping, enjoy Alberta, the lowest tax province in Canada, we sincerely invite you to buy big goose together.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$115.45
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$115.45

Rocky Mountain Day Tour: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake

Rocky Mountain Day Tour: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake

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Discover the uniquely striking scenery of the Canadian Rockies—and get up close and personal with the highlight lakes and landmarks of Banff and Yoho National Parks—on this full-day tour from Calgary. Depart in the morning via comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle: your first stop is dramatic Lake Louise, followed by the turquoise-hued Moraine Lake. Next, continue to Emerald Lake, and finish with a stop at Kicking Horse River.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$104.86
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Banff Day Trip From Calgary

Banff Day Trip From Calgary

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Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to the mountain town of Banff and its surrounding attractions. Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s premier destination spots. Whether you only have a short amount of time in Calgary, or are looking for a no-hassle way to experience the celebrated natural beauty of Alberta, this day trip is a great choice. Itinerary: • Start your trip from your Hotel (7:00am) • Banff Gondola Ride: Enjoy a 360 view of Banff. (Stop for about 2 hours) • Bow Falls: A gushing waterfall near town which offers great photo opportunities. (stop for about 20 mins) • Surprise Corner: Great spot where most of the famous pictures have been taken of the Fairmont Banff Spring Hotels. (Stops for about 15 mins) • Banff Town: The biggest town of national towns, many shops and restaurants wait for your discovery. Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake. • Finally, we return to Calgary and arrive around 5pm.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$660.65
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Winter Banff/ Johnston Canyon/ Lake Minnewanka 1 Day Tour

Winter Banff/ Johnston Canyon/ Lake Minnewanka 1 Day Tour

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In the winters of Banff National Park, sub-zero temperatures turn mighty waterfalls into glittering pillars of ice. ☆ No regrets for a trip and fun through the Rocky Mountain Happy Ice and Snow Season. ☆ Come along with warmth, free borrow rivet crampons to experience the fun of ice and snow.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$115.45
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Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip

Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip

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Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to the Lake Louise, Banff and its surrounding attractions. Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s premier destination spots. Whether you only have a short amount of time in Calgary, or are looking for a no-hassle way to experience the celebrated natural beauty of Alberta, this day trip is a great choice. Itinerary: • Start you trip from your Hotel (7:00am) • First Up, we'll visit Moraine Lake. (30 Mins) • Then will head to Lake Louise. (30 Mins) • Banff Town: The Biggest town of National towns, many shops and restaurants wait for your discovery.(Stop here for 2 Hours) • Bow Falls: A gushing waterfall near town which offers great photo opportunities. (stop for about 15 mins) • Surprise Corner: (Stops for about 15 mins) • Banff Gondola Ride: Enjoy a 360 view of Banff. (Stop for about 2 hours) • Finally, we return to Calgary and arrive around 5pm.
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  • 10 hours
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$724.32
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Half-Day Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration

Half-Day Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration

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Trek through a canyon in the heart of the Canadian Rockies on this guided hiking tour from Canmore. Explore waterfalls, pictographs, and more over the course of an easy trail, and learn about the local wildlife as you hike along with your guide and your small group.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Banff and Lake Louise Full-Day Tour from Calgary City (Truck or Sedan)

Private Banff and Lake Louise Full-Day Tour from Calgary City (Truck or Sedan)

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Experience the picturesque scenery of a private tour through the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to Banff National Park – Lake Louise. We provide 2 options for our private tour. 1. GMC Sierra Full Size Pick up Truck. Fully equipped with 4x4, off road tires, full black leather heated interior, sunroof, tinted windows, and Bose Sound System. Large covered rear truck bed storage for luggage, skis, and outdoor equipment. Seats 4 adults plus the driver comfortably. 2. Mercedes E Class Sedan. All wheel driver, leather equipped, panoramic sunroof executive sedan with seating for 4. The trip will begin at the travelers choice of location anywhere in the City of Calgary. Each trip is customized and catered specifically to allow the traveler to enjoy the sights, sounds, and taste of what the Rocky Mountains have to offer. We will reach out to you prior to the trip to discuss the interests and food selection, allowing the trip to be catered to each and every individual.
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  • 4 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$818.57
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Listen to a Tour Guide as You Drive & Walk with our Discover the Rockies Package

Listen to a Tour Guide as You Drive & Walk with our Discover the Rockies Package

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'Discover the Rockies' package includes: Two Walking Tours. Your phone becomes your tour guide as you explore Banff & Canmore with two GPS-guided audio walking tours! Each with 30 fully narrated points of interest. Driving Tour. Listen to a tour guide as you drive between Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Nakiska! Over 50 points of interest. Freedom. Enjoy anytime, not just on your booking date. No directions or time limits. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Hands Free. Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Easy to Use. Download the app. Select the tour. Go! Family Friendly. Fun Tripvia Guides keep you laughing & engaged along the way! Trivia Fun. Each point of interest has a fun multiple choice trivia question. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive. Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle / group. Play audio through vehicle's stereo so everyone can hear.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lake Louise & Abraham Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Lake Louise & Abraham Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Attractions: ● Lake Louise Ski Resort - Tubing & Gondola (Optional) ● Heli Tour (Optional) ● Bubble Lake (Abraham Lake) For adventurous people who like winter outdoor activities, this experience gives you the opportunity to enjoy tubing, sightseeing gondola, and helicopter tours at Canadian Rockies in the winter. Also visiting the Abraham Lake, an artificial lake and Alberta's largest reservoir and known as "Bubble Lake". Decaying plants on the lake bed release methane gas, which creates bubbles that become trapped within the ice, in suspended animation, just below the surface as the lake begins to freeze. The visual effects formed by the resulting stacks of bubbles, frozen while rising toward the surface, combined with the clear blue water, have made Abraham Lake a popular destination for photographers and nature observers.
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  • 10 hours
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$121.33
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Snow Activity Winter Fun 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Snow Activity Winter Fun 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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If you want to experience some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Canadian Rockies in the winter without the hassle of self-driving on icy, snow-bound roads, this tour is ideal. Starting from Calgary or Banff, you’ll head into the national park. Take a sightseeing ride on a gondola, try tubing at Lake Louise, and stop at picturesque Lake Minnewanka.
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  • 10 hours
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$121.33
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BC Golden Town 1-Day Tour

BC Golden Town 1-Day Tour

Attractions ● Golden SkyBridge (Optional) ● Kicking Horse Mountain Gondola (Optional) [Golden] The railway town, named after the legendary gold mining, is located at the exit of Kicking Horse Canyon. Due to its geographical location, Golden town is famous for its outdoor activities. Many outdoor sports bases around attracts tourists all year around.
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  • 10 hours
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$150.85
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Kootenay National Park 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Kootenay National Park 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Canada’s most stunning natural landscapes can be tough to navigate, but you’ll discover a pre-selected mix of self-guided walking trails, panoramic viewpoints, and canyon visits during this full-day tour to Kootenay National Park. Private, climate-controlled transportation from Banff or Calgary is included. Upgrade to include an optional soak in thermal waters at Radium Hot Springs.
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  • 10 hours
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$150.85
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Waterton Lakes National Park 1-Day Tour from Calgary

Waterton Lakes National Park 1-Day Tour from Calgary

Discover one of Canada’s most spectacular national parks on this full-day tour of Waterton Lakes National Park from Calgary. Depart in the morning from central Calgary, and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll discover the craggy mountains, namesake lakes, and vivid rock formations that make this park so distinct—and can look forward to seeing highlights like the Prince of Wales Hotel, Cameron Falls, Red Rock Canyon, and more.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Dinosaur World 1 Day: Drumheller-Badland-Hoodoo-Mine National Historic

Dinosaur World 1 Day: Drumheller-Badland-Hoodoo-Mine National Historic

If you see the world’s largest dinosaur, you’re in the right place. The towering replica – 4.5 times the size of a real T-rex ※ Learn something: The Royal Tyrrell Museum will have you needing out in no time. It’s home to some of the most remarkable prehistoric specimens ever unearthed. That includes an armored nodosaur that is so amazingly well preserved that it looks more like a statue than a fossil. ※ Cretaceous outdoors: Take a self-guided tour through the Badlands
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$77.18
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Intro to Mountains - 6hrs

Intro to Mountains - 6hrs

Get a bird's-eye view of the world! No crowds, nothing but you and the mountain peaks. One of the most amazing 360 degree views of the Rocky Mountains.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$79.63
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Seeking Alberta Melting Glaciers in Canadian Rockies - Private Tour

Seeking Alberta Melting Glaciers in Canadian Rockies - Private Tour

Seventy per cent of Western Canada’s glaciers will likely be gone by the end of this century. These glaciers are an important part of our landscape, and we take it for granted . . . the landscape isn’t going to look the same. The Icefield Parkway, between Lake Louise and Jasper, is a beautiful, gorgeous tourist destination where you can get on glaciers there . . . it’s hard to see how that will be anything like the present. The Athabasca Glacier, believed to be the most-visited glacier in North America, which is losing more than five meters of ice every year and is in danger of disappearing within a generation. The glacier is the largest of six ice sheets that form part of the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park. Meanwhile, most of the ice loss is predicted to happen between 2020 and 2040. The desire to offer this tour is to show my guests to see the scale of the glaciers melt and opportunity to learn more about the impacts of climate change.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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