Best of Banff: Our Mountain Heritage
Delve deep into Canada’s pioneer history as you visit Chateau Lake Louise, Banff National Park and take expert walks through the Canadian Rockies to learn about artists and outdoorsmen.
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Program No. 13178RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Explore Canada’s oldest national park, Banff and Lake Louise, and hear about the incredible pioneers who tamed Canada’s Wild West. Learn how the Canadian Pacific railway was instrumental in turning Banff into a Victorian luxury paradise. Explore rocky peaks, vast forests and experience expert-led walks to the waters Bow Falls, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise to see how this natural paradise inspired voyagers, artists and outdoorsmen alike. Discover the incredible geological history and rich ecology at the Cave and Basin Historic Site and leave mesmerized by the ubiquitous beauty of the land.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Varies by date. Active: Walking up to two miles, some stairs, standing. Moderate: Walking up to 1 mile, some stairs. Elevations up to 5,700 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Celebrate the environmental efforts that led to the establishment of Canada’s first national park and the unique geothermal hot springs.
  • Witness Victorian splendor at the Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Springs Hotel and the art of the Whyte Museum.
  • Explore the geological history of the Canadian Rockies on an indepth field trip with a well-known expert.
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Brent MacDonald
Brent has been a resident of the Canadian Rockies for almost 30 years and is educated as a physical geographer, geomorphologist and geologist. His career as a freelance interpreter in natural history and a consultant for a geotechnical engineering company included positions as an interpreter for Parks Canada and a guest lecturer for the University of Calgary. Brent recently retired from instructing backcountry skiing and leading summer glacier excursions, but he still coaches ski racing. He resides with his wife and children in Canmore, Alberta.
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Brent MacDonald
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