2024 Canadian Rockies Explorer

July 29 – Aug. 8, 2024 – Waitlist Only (Join the waitlist.)
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $5,991 (airfare included)*
Tour Length: 11 days
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*Please note an airline tax increase of $40 occurred on 12/11/23, after the production of marketing materials. As noted in the brochure, airline taxes, surcharges, and fees are subject to change and upgrades are subject to availability and pricing is subject to change.

One of North America’s great unspoiled wildernesses, the Canadian Rockies offer bountiful rewards for outdoor lovers.  Amid stunning alpine scenery, this 11-day adventure shared by no more than 24 fellow travelers offers a feast for the eyes – and the spirit.  Embark on a nature-focused itinerary that brings you face to face with some truly stunning sights, staying in unique mountain lodges.

Setting out from Calgary, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant located on the shores of serene Waterton Lake, where the prairie meets the mountains.  Majestic Glacier National Park’s splendors are then revealed during a two-night stay that includes a travel highlight:  riding in a legendary Red Jammer sightseeing bus along the fabled Going-to-the-Sun Road.  Spend the next two nights in the authentic mountain town of Whitefish, Montana, taking a leisurely hike along the Whitefish Trail, riding a chairlift to Whitefish Mountain’s summit, and experiencing town life.

After encountering some of the tour’s most striking scenery en route to British Columbia’s world-famous Banff National Park, highlights here include visits to photogenic Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefields, a UNESCO site; and traversing Athabasca Glacier in a special vehicle.  Jasper National Park (another UNESCO site) follows, with the chance to admire the geological marvel of Maligne Canyon and cruise cerulean Maligne Lake.  An exhilarating cliff-edge Glacier Skywalk expedition affords spectacular views.  The final full day in the Canadian Rockies features a ride on the Banff Gondola to Sulphur Mountain’s 8,000-foot peak, and two more natural wonders:  the Hoodoos and Bow Falls.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Calgary / Waterton Lakes National Park / Glacier National Park, U.S.
  • Day 3 : Glacier National Park
  • Day 4 : Glacier National Park / Whitefish
  • Day 5 : Whitefish, MT
  • Day 6 : Whitefish / Lake Louise – Banff National Park
  • Day 7 : Lake Louise / Jasper
  • Day 8 : Jasper
  • Day 9 : Jasper / Banff
  • Day 10 : Banff
  • Day 11 : Banff / Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a Carolina Alumni member in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to become a Carolina Alumni member, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a Carolina Alumni member online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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