All guests will meet in the main lobby of the Delta Bow
Valley hotel. Airport shuttles are available from Calgary International Airport
(YYC) to the Delta Bow Valley hotel. Shuttles depart from the airport every 30
minutes. Please visit the Allied Shuttle counter on the arrivals level near
gate "C" between 8 am and midnight 7 days per week. Outside of
counter hours you may go directly to bus bay #8. Please note: If you are unable
to contact the shuttle vehicle in bay #8 outside of the counter hours please
contact (403) 299-9555 to confirm pick up time. The shuttle fare is $15 CAD per
person. The trip is about 11 miles and will take 20-40 minutes depending on
traffic and stops en-route. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost approximately
$44 CAD. Parking is available in the
“Parkade” facility adjacent to the hotel.
The maximum daily rate is $28CAD.
This is a public facility and vehicles may be left for the duration of
At 10:00 a.m. the VBT coach (look for the driver holding the
VBT sign) will depart for Kananaskis (about 63 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes).
Heading west from Calgary, we will pass from flat plains and into the region
called Kananaskis Country, a charming and historic outdoor recreation area in
the Canadian Rockies. Kananaskis Country is a located west and southwest of
Calgary, bordering the town of Canmore and Banff National Park. It includes
five provincial parks, four wildland provincial parks, one ecological reserve
and several provincial recreation areas. It also encompasses the Canmore Nordic
Centre, a world-class cross-country ski facility built for the 1988 Calgary
If you miss our scheduled transfer from the Delta Bow Valley
hotel to Kananaskis, shuttle buses are available from the Calgary Airport three
times daily from $54 CAD + tax per person. Contact Brewster Airport Express –
1-877-625-4372 for more info. Click here for more info
After lunch on your own, you will meet your VBT Leaders at
our hotel in Kananaskis, the Delta Lodge. From here we walk next door to the
ski shop in Kananaskis, and get outfitted with our equipment for an afternoon
warm-up ski. Advanced skiers will head out onto the trails with recommendations
from the leaders, while beginner skiers have the opportunity for a lesson from
the leaders and/or the local instructors.
Later this afternoon we meet back at the hotel with time to
unpack and settle in. The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis is an exclusive year-round
mountain resort renowned for its unparalleled hospitality. At the Delta Lodge
you'll enjoy picturesque scenery in a spectacular setting with all the service
and amenities that make it a world class destination resort. This evening we
will gather for a welcome cocktail reception in the hotel's bar, followed by
dinner in the hotel's restaurant.
Day 2 - Ski at Peter Lougheed Trails/Picnic lunch/Optional Ice Skating
Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a
review of the day's schedule.
The majesty of the Rockies unfolds as we ride to the nearby
trails at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Here we enjoy a morning ski in the
classic technique, gliding in a winter wonderland of towering mountains, frozen
lakes, evergreen valleys and glacial streams. There are more than 50 miles of
perfectly groomed trails to choose from.
Around noon we break for a picnic lunch, and then we can
continue skiing and return to the Delta Lodge to relax in the late afternoon.
You might enjoy a facial or massage at the spa, take a dip in the heated indoor
saltwater pool, or just curl up in front of the roaring fire in the lounge.
This evening dinner is on your own. There are several
restaurant choices right in the hotel, from Italian to casual Rocky Mountain
fare. For those wanting some fresh air and exercise after eating, head to the
hotel's lit skating rink for a few spins around the ice. Skates can be rented
next door from Kananaskis Outfitters. Close the evening with a glass of wine
with other skiers in the hotel's sports lounge or cozy pub.
Day 3 - Ski Olympic and World Cup trails in Canmore/Transfer to Banff
After breakfast at the hotel we load our bags and depart by
bus for the Canmore Nordic Center (1 hour).
The Canmore Nordic Center was originally constructed for the
1988 Winter Olympics, which hosted the biathlon and cross-country ski events.
The center was re-developed for the 2005 Cross-Country World Cup and future
international events. The Nordic Center hosts national training camps for
Canada's biathlon and cross-country ski teams, in addition to providing winter
and summer recreational facilities to the general public. It boasts 37 miles
(60 km) of world-class cross-country and biathlon trail systems, designed to
meet international Nordic competitive standards. The trails are groomed and
tracked to accommodate both classic and skating techniques on the same trail.
We will enjoy our ski along the gentle and scenic Bow Valley
Trail, stopping for a snack, and to perhaps watch biathletes work on their
target practice, or Olympic athletes training in their backyards.
After skiing we will take the shuttle to the town of Canmore
for lunch on your own, followed by a free afternoon for independent discovery
and exploration. The old downtown area is on an island in the Bow River.
Pleasant, pedestrian-friendly blocks are lined with shops, brewpubs,
restaurants and boutiques. The Canmore Museum tells the story of the community
from its days as a coal-mining camp to its pinnacle as Olympic host. These
days, more than 20 Olympians call Canmore home including 2002 Gold Medalist
Becky Scott. You can walk anywhere in town without having to use a city street
– the trails give the town a feeling of being connected with the natural beauty
that surrounds it. And the views from within the town are about as good as they
get: Canmore is surrounded by Grotto Mountain, Mount Lady Macdonald, Mount
Lawrence Grassi and most famously, the Three Sisters.
After lunch and strolling the streets, we will depart for
Banff (30 minutes) to settle in at the Caribou Lodge. The Caribou Lodge is
nestled in the outdoor wonderland of Banff, and offers luxurious spa services
and facilities as well as decorative and comfortable accommodations. The lobby
is dominated by a massive fieldstone fireplace and displays hand-hewn timbers,
ranch-style furnishings and original alpine-scene artwork. Here you can relax for
the afternoon or head out for a 10-minute walk to explore the beautiful town of
Banff dazzles – not just with its chic cafes and luxury
shops, but also with its astounding mountain splendor. The park region is among
the most rugged and wild in the world with its jagged, snow-covered peaks.
Skiing here is world-class. The resorts of Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village, and
the jewel of the parks, Lake Louise, are among the largest ski areas on the
planet, and site of many World Cup alpine races.
Dinner tonight will be with the group at the Caribou Lodge,
in their well-known steakhouse, Keg Grill.
Day 4 - Exploration of local trails/Enjoy Banff Hot Springs
After breakfast we take the public ski bus to the Banff
Springs Hotel, where we will walk to the Spray River ski trail. The classic ski
trail winds through a pine forest and offers spectacular views of the Rockies.
After skiing, stop in at the Banff Springs Hotel for lunch
on your own or grab a bite in town on your way back to our hotel, the Caribou
Lodge. The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore in town. Before dinner
tonight, we transfer together to the famous Banff Hot Springs for a relaxing dip
in the outdoor facility. Banff Upper Hot Springs offers visitors the
opportunity to soak outdoors in soothing hot, 100% natural spring water,
surrounded by magnificent mountain views. The Banff Upper Hot Springs is one of
Banff's most famous attractions. Discovered in 1884, the hot springs were the
centerpiece of Banff National Park, the first National Park in Canada.
Dinner tonight will be on your own.
Day 5 -
Ski Lake Louise
This morning we will enjoy breakfast in the hotel and then
transfer through rugged terrain from Banff to Lake Louise (about 38 miles, or 1
hour). We will arrive in Lake Louise and
ski from town to our hotel on the Tramline Trail. We will arrive in time for a
group lunch at our hotel, the Deer Lodge, followed by time to ski or explore
the surroundings on your own. The ski trails await just outside our hotel.
Lake Louise is known as “Canada's Diamond in the
Wilderness,” beloved for its tremendous diversity of recreational and
sightseeing opportunities. The region abounds with spectacular scenery, from
glaciers to waterfalls, and is also home to one of North America's finest
downhill ski areas.
Following your afternoon ski, perhaps you'll enjoy the
sauna, or soak in the rooftop hot tub with fabulous views of the Victoria
Enjoy dinner on your own tonight.
Day 6 - Ski Lake Louise/Local exploration
Following our breakfast and trail review at the hotel, we
enjoy a relaxed morning ski on the Lake Louise trails. Afterwards, you can grab
lunch at a restaurant in Lake Louise or enjoy a bite at our hotel. The
afternoon is free to spend more time exploring the area. Perhaps you'll choose
to rent alpine ski equipment for a run down the famous Lake Louise World Cup
Downhill trails, or opt for a more relaxed afternoon at the hotel spa.
We'll meet back at the hotel in the late afternoon for a
stroll to the Lake Louise Stables for a twilight sleigh ride. Marvel at the
spectacular scenery we enjoy from the ski trails while letting the horses do
After our sleigh ride, we'll enjoy a special farewell dinner
at our hotel.
Day 7 - Transfer to Calgary
Our tour ends today in Calgary. Following a group breakfast
at the Deer Lodge, you will say goodbye to your Trip Leaders and board the
coach for a 9 a.m. transfer from Lake Louise back to Calgary (about 128 miles,
or 2-21/2 hours). You'll arrive at the Calgary Airport (YYC) around noon.
Guests who drove to the Delta Bow Valley Hotel will be transferred to our first
hotel, arriving around 1:00 p.m.