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Canadian Family Adventure: Glaciers and Dinosaurs

from £1498 excluding flights

  • 9 nights
  • May-Oct
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Search for fossils at UNESCO Dinosaur Provincial Park

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Set foot on ancient ice on an Icefields Explorer experience

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Explore the hoodoos, mesas and gullies of the Canadian Badlands

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Take to the water by raft or scenic cruise in Jasper National Park

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Experience Banff’s Bow River by canoe or on horseback

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Drive the famous Icefields Parkway

Why this trip...

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Activities included

This itinerary features a range of included activities

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe


From the Rockies to the Badlands, this epic Canadian adventure encompasses glaciers, mountains hoodoos and dinosaurs, with a choice of activities to appeal to kids of all ages. Search for real life dinosaur fossils, walk on an ancient river of ice and try your hand at canoeing, horseriding or rafting, all against the spectacular backdrop of Alberta.

Starting and ending in the cowboy city of Calgary, your journey will take you and your family through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The resort town of Banff offers a wealth of activities – you may wish to canoe the scenic Bow River, saddle up for a horse-ride or take the scenic gondola ride to the peak of Sulphur Mountain.

Heading north to Jasper there’s time to stop for an exhilarating Glacier Skywalk experience before travelling right out onto the ice of the Athabasca Glacier. The journey continues along the famous Icefields Parkway before arriving in Jasper for more optional activities – cruise, raft or walk, the choice is yours.

A couple of days spent in Edmonton allows time to recharge and enjoy city life before continuing to your final destination, Drumheller and the legendary Canadian Badlands. Set amongst a surreal landscape of hoodoos, flat topped mountains and deep river gullies, this region is the ‘dinosaur capital of the world’! A visit to the renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is included, before ending your holiday with one last adventure to the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dinosaur Provincial Park.

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Arrive in the Stampede City of Calgary and take the short drive to Banff, a mountain resort town renowned for its stunning natural beauty and alpine wildlife.

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Banff Gondola – enjoy impressive views over Banff National Park with a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

Lake Minnewanka Cruise – admire views of the Rockies as you cruise across this turquoise-hued lake.

River Explorer Canoe Tour – pick up a paddle for a gentle exploration on the Bow River.

Bow River Horseback Adventure – take in the surrounding landscape on a guided horse-riding adventure (minimum age 8 years).

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Views from Sulphur Mountain, Banff

On your journey to Lake Louise, take the scenic Bow Valley Parkway route, a quieter alternative to the Trans-Canada highway which runs parallel. Stop by Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to the lower or upper waterfalls.

Today you follow the spectacular Icefields Parkway through to Jasper. Get up close to the magnificent Athabasca Glacier by taking the Ice Explorer ride and walking out onto the ancient ice. You will also be able to appreciate the view from above on the Glacier Skywalk, a glass platform almost 1000 feet in the air (both included). (Hotel in Jasper to be advised).

Enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Maligne Lake Cruise – enjoy a scenic boat trip on one of Canada’s most spectacular lakes, home to the much-photographed Spirit Island.

Jasper River Raft Float – take a gentle raft trip on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.

Jasper Nature Walk – this guided walk offers spectacular views of jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes.

Spirit Island and Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Travel through the beautiful alpine landscapes of Jasper National Park and arrive in the city of Edmonton where you can spend the remainder of your day exploring the walking trails and parks of the downtown River Valley.

Spend the day in and around Edmonton. You may wish to head out to Elk Island National Park in search of the wild bison and elk that roam there. Or perhaps visit West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping centre in North America which boasts an expansive water park, amusement park, indoor skating rink, mini golf, and over 800 shops!

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Depart Edmonton and head south towards the fascinating landscapes of Drumheller. Shaped by mesas, gullies and sandstone hoodoos, this other-worldy backdrop draws palaeontologists from around the world in search of dinosaur fossils. Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (included) to walk amongst an impressive array of fossils and learn everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs.

From Drumheller, venture further into the rugged Canadian Badlands and make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dinosaur Provincial Park. Interpretive displays allow you to see what an archaeological dig site really looks like, and you can also view the bones of a ‘duck-billed’ dinosaur still partially encased in the sediment that buried it, as well as the full body (articulated skeleton) of a Corythosaurus, the ‘helmet headed lizard’. Don’t forget to allow time to look around the informative visitor centre too.

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Your family adventure ends with the short drive back to Calgary.

Accommodation Options

With a wide choice of accommodation in Canada, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference – from motels and hotels to design properties and wilderness lodges in stunning locations.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1498 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in a family room with private bathroom
  • Intermediate car hire including GPS, unlimited mileage, 2nd driver, loss damage waiver and third-party liability
  • Choice of excursion in Banff: Banff Gondola / Lake Minnewanka Cruise / River Explorer Canoe tour / Bow River Horseback Adventure
  • Choice of excursion in Jasper: Maligne Lake Cruise / River Raft Float / Jasper Nature Walk
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Admission to Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from £1,498 per person, based on 2 adults. Up to 2 children under 10 years travel free if sharing a room with their parents. Price is based on rooms with private bathroom in standard hotels, with rental of an intermediate vehicle. Prices may vary depending on departure date and child ages. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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