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6-Day Private Canadian Rockies and Big Blue Sky Country Escape

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This is big-sky, big-land country. It passes easily for the American West. Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian prairie, in the high ranching country of Alberta, is the historic Cowboy Trail. This scenic route along highway 22 through Canada’s Rocky Mountain Foothills features horseback trail rides, farm and ranch vacations, guest ranches, western themed attractions, accommodations, adventures, historic sites and western themed shopping. Hollywood have been making movies here for years here. This day you will discover the filming location in Kananaskis, Alberta Provincial Park and create memories you cannot forget.

Banff and Jasper, two of the national parks under the Parks Canada banner, account for 6,672 spectacular square miles of Alberta Province. What the two neighboring parks share in common: the Canadian Rockies; the Icefields Parkway. Banff National Park and Jasper National Park are also within the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage site

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Day 1: Arriving Calgary → Airport transfer to Turner Valley

Stop At: Turner Valley, Turner Valley, Alberta
Turner Valley is a town in the Calgary Region of Alberta, Canada within Foothills County. It is located on Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail),[5] 3 km (1.9 mi) west of Black Diamond and approximately 60 km (37 mi) southwest of Calgary. It was named after Robert and John Turner who settled in the area in 1886.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: House on an acreage just west of Turner Valley in the foothills of Alberta just minutes from Kananaskis Country.

Day 2: Cowboy Trails and Hollywood in the Rockies

Stop At: Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, Township Rd 17B and Township Rd 17A, Longview, Alberta T0L 1H0 Canada
The Bar U Ranch, originally owned by George Lane (one of the four founders of the Calgary Stampede), can be found 13 km south of Longview. It has been preserved as a National Historic Site. Also nearby is the ranch of Canadian country music legend Ian Tyson (songwriter and performer of the timeless folk song “Four Strong Winds”).
After stop at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site we drive to Highway 40. This extraordinary route will takes us to the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains. In fact, once you reach the Highwood Pass, you'll be traveling on the highest elevation of any highway in Canada (2006 meters / 7,273ft). You'll be traveling close to the treeline where you can find pockets of snow even in the middle of summer. Throughout the journey, you'll be rewarded with abundant views of wildlife and spectacular mountain vistas.

This intricate montage of peaks and hills opens the Brokeback Mountain film. The shot is taken from near Hwy 22 next to Bar U Ranch.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Longview, Longview, Alberta
In 1936 there was nothing there but an empty prairie field. Then, in 1937, oil was discovered at the 6,828-foot (2,081 m) level and people, most of them long out of work because of the great depression, came flocking and Little Chicago and Little New York were born. Buildings appeared like mushrooms. For the first time in years, men who without so much as a coat on their backs or a nickel in their pockets had the first money they had earned since the depression began. Today Little Chicago is gone and except a monument near the Cowboy Trail to the north of the village, little remains to show it ever existed. Little New York was more fortunate, as it is now the village of Longview.

Filming involved a handful of communities including Nanton and Longview.

Clint Eastwood and Unforgiven was filmed near the town of Longview.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Elbow Falls Provincial Recreation Area, Hwy 66 18 km's west of Highway 22 / Highway 66 intersection, Bragg Creek, Alberta T0L 0K0 Canada
Ahhh, if you know you know. Brokeback Mountain ruffled some feathers, changed some lives, made us fall more love with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal than we already were. Remember the campsite scenes? They were shot in Goat Creek, Upper Kananaskis Lake and Elbow Falls.

The beauty of the Kananaskis is presented in modes both lush and piercingly sharp in Robin Wright’s directing debut, “Land.”
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sheep River Provincial Park, Sheep River Road, Okotoks, Alberta T0L 1K0 Canada
Brad Pitt made trip to Kananaskis Country in 2005 to film the movie.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: House on an acreage just west of Turner Valley in the foothills of Alberta just minutes from Kananaskis Country.

Day 3: The Canadian Rockies are calling...and you must go

Pass By: Highwood Pass, Alberta Canada
Highwood Pass, the highest elevation of any highway in the country (7,310ft) is also named Kananaskis Trail.

Pass By: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country, Alberta
Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and Kevin Hart spent four days shooting among the snow-capped peaks at Fortress Mountain Resort.

Leonardo DiCaprio filmed in Alberta and the one that finally got him an Oscar. The film was shot in Kananaskis Country using entirely natural light.

Stop At: Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta
Banff has a rich and vibrant cultural and natural history, recognized globally by the United Nations, which designated the area of the Canadian Rockies as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta
Lake Louise is a hamlet in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Moraine Lake Rd off Great Divide Hwy, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
Its waters are the most amazing colors, a vivid shade of turquoise that changes in intensity through the summer as the glaciers melt. Set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a scene so stunning it almost seems unreal.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Crowfoot Glacier, Improvement District No. 9, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
The Crowfoot Glacier, named for its three glacier toes that once formed a very visual representation of the black bird’s foot, has retreated so much since early explorers discovered and named it that it has actually lost an entire digit. Despite its lost toe in 1940's, the Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint on the Icefield Parkway is still spectacular. Watch for wildlife such as deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
Sitting at an elevation of 1,920 m (6,300 ft), it is one of the largest lakes in Banff National Park. Fed by meltwater from the Bow Glacier in the Wapta Icefield, the lake lies at the base of Bow Summit, which is perfectly reflected in its aquamarine waters on a calm day. Great place for a short walk. Just up the road is the best Bow Lake lookout where you can get an excellent shot of the historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge across the sparkling turquoise lake. Nestled on a shoreline of evergreens, the iconic log and stone chalet with crimson roof was built by legendary pioneer and mountaineer Jimmy Simpson.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
A hidden secret of Banff National Park
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: North Saskatchewan River, Saskatchewan Canada
North Saskatchewan Crossing is a significant location where three rivers meet; the mighty North Saskatchewan, the Howse and the Mistaya. The North Saskatchewan River rises in the Canadian Rockies and empties into Lake Winnipeg over 1,600 km (1,025 miles) east across the country. ​

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Abraham Lake, Abraham Lake, Clearwater County, Alberta
We will return on 3 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Cabin has a Quinn-size sofa in private room. In the private bathroom, there is a toilet and shower.

Day 4: Great Spirit of Kootenay Plains...Alberta's most guarded tourism secret

Stop At: Abraham Lake, Abraham Lake, Clearwater County, Alberta
Kootenay Plains of central Alberta stretching between two mountain ridges and are one of the largest unspoiled mountain eco region left in Alberta. These plains, situated on the banks of the upper North Saskatchewan River, are the warmest and driest areas in the Rocky Mountains.
The Kootenay Plains is the traditional homeland of the Stony First Nations. The Kootenay Plains are significant for local Aboriginals because of the grave sites located on the plains. The Kootenay Plains is a sacred place.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area, Alberta Canada
The Crescent Falls is one of Alberta’s most beautiful waterfalls.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Nordegg, Nordegg, Clearwater County, Alberta
On your guided walk you will learn about this unique community and its coal mine. This is a rare opportunity to visit an industrial historic site in Alberta and to learn about how coal fueled the development of Western Canada. Nestled in the mountainside you will get to visit a variety of historic buildings from houses to mine entrances while glimpsing stunning views of Mount Baldy and Coliseum across the valley. This is one of Canada’s largest industrial heritage sites and has stood abandoned since the mid 1950’s. On February 21, 2002 the Canadian Government designated the Nordegg coal mining landscape a National Historic Site of Canada.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Cabin has a Quinn-size sofa in private room. In the private bathroom, there is a toilet and shower.

Day 5: The Ultimate Glacier Experience today...the Icefields Parkway

Stop At: Jasper National Park, Jasper National Park, Alberta
Spanning over 11,000 square kilometres, Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Known for its vast wilderness, majestic peaks, abundant wildlife and outstanding natural beauty, visitors from all over Canada and round the world travel here to experience this very special place.
Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Columbia Ice Field Highway Highway 1, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada
Visiting the Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Valley is like peering into the heart of the planet. Geologically, time moves incredibly slow here. And yet, we can see change happening right in front of our eyes. Though apparently tranquil, the Columbia Icefield is a powerful, dynamic force, constantly shaping the regional landscape. Located in Jasper National Park, glaciers here endlessly advance and retreat in an ancient elemental dance. This is a place where time is measured in millennia and yet the present moment is incredibly powerful. ​It’s the adventure of a lifetime at the Columbia Icefield. Ancient stories, astounding scenery and a deep sense of wonder are at the heart of this unforgettable experience.
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Athabasca Glacier, 127 km north of Lake Louise 103 km south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada
The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal 'toes' of the Columbia Icefield, located in the Canadian Rockies.

Stop At: Athabasca Falls, Hwy 93, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0 Canada
The 23-metre Athabasca Falls is not very high by Canadian Rockies standards, but the size of the river makes it one of the most powerful falls to be found in the mountain national parks. Pouring over a layer of hard quartzite, the falls have cut into the softer limestone beneath, carving intricate features, including potholes and a short canyon.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner: Goodbye Dinner
Accommodation included: Cabin has a Quinn-size sofa in private room. In the private bathroom, there is a toilet and shower

Day 6: The End of Tour → Airport transfer to Calgary

Pass By: Rocky Mountain House, Rocky Mountain House, Clearwater County, Alberta
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site is one of Canada’s fine examples of how the fur trade helped shape the nation. Enjoy exhibits, walk through archaeological remains of the four forts, get hands on experience with Métis skills of the fur trade. Stay awhile and camp in Indigenous trapper’s tents and tipis.

Pass By: Caroline, Caroline, Clearwater County, Alberta
Legendary Canadian figure skater, Kurt Browning was born in 1966 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and was raised in his hometown of Caroline, Alberta.

Pass By: Sundre, Sundre, Alberta
Sundre is a small town of approximately 3,000 people located on Highway 22, which is also known as the Cowboy Trail.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • 5x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
  • Entry/Admission - Elbow Falls Provincial Recreation Area
  • Entry/Admission - Sheep River Provincial Park
  • Entry/Admission - Moraine Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Crowfoot Glacier
  • Entry/Admission - Bow Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Mistaya Canyon
  • Entry/Admission - North Saskatchewan River
  • Entry/Admission - Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area
  • Entry/Admission - Columbia Ice Field
  • Entry/Admission - Athabasca Falls

6 days

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