Trip Overview

In January or March 2020, spend seven amazing days enjoying active winter sports in the Canadian Rockies! Cross-country ski, snowshoe, bike and enjoy a high octane dogsledding experience in Alberta, Canada with other women who share your passion for the great outdoors!

This active winter adventure in Alberta, Canada in the frosty fresh air, audible quiet, and awesome majesty of the Canadian Rockies puts you squarely in touch with the revitalizing forces of nature. Experiencing winter in this very special destination in Canada is a high definition, whole-body experience!

Begin your week by jumping on a fat-tire bike and cruising groomed snow trails through snow-capped trees and fields of white. Women of all fitness levels will love this gorgeous bike ride, with miles of trail options to suit each cyclist’s abilities. Then hike on to Troll Falls, walking around a solid wall of toothy blue ice where water froze mid-air as it tumbled over the cliff.  The next day, grab your sunglasses for a full day of cross-country skiing in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Take a one-hour cross-country skiing lesson then set out with professional guides on trails through the quiet, shaded forests and sun-soaked snowfields. Every skier will find trails that suits her pace, from gentle to challenging. This is also the habitat of elk, lynx, and wolves so make sure to watch for these beautiful creatures along your route. At day’s end, rejuvenate in a Nordic hydrotherapy spa treatment as you spring into a cold-plunge pool, then wrap yourself in a plush, pre-heated blanket in your own “winterized hammock” for an indescribable calming experience enveloping both body and mind.

Spend the next three nights far from town, relaxing by a fire in upcountry Canadian log-cabin comfort. You’ll also relish nightly bonfires under the stars, steaming hot drinks in hand, recounting every great moment you each experienced during the day with your Canadian Rockies companions. For your dogsledding adventure, button up and get ready to fly fast! First, you learn how to help your guides harness the sled dogs which are prancing and ready to run. Mush! Gee haw! Learn the musher’s commands, then with your musher companions bundle up on the sled and try guiding your dogsled team of huskies as they run along miles of snowy trails around Mount Nestor.

On a peaceful snowshoe trek across the Bow River Icefields in Banff National Park, watch for wildlife as your snowshoes crunch rhythmically in the snow. Then step off the snow and onto the ice! Whether you can land a double-lutz, or never stepped on ice before, the truly grande finale of your trip is 100% Canada: ice skating on glacier-fed Lake Louise, a tour de force of nature. Skate around sparkling ice sculptures such as a crenelated ice castle, Inuit totems, or towering ice wolves chasing a moon. On your final free afternoon in Banff, splurge on a dip in the Banff Hot Springs before the farewell dinner. Over hot drinks and an exquisite meal, it’s time to toast each other for the amazing things each of you tried and loved, and the Canadian Rockies experiences you’ll never forget.

Main Attractions

  • Enjoy multi-sport winter fun from cross-country skiiing to dogsledding, fat tire biking to snowshoeing and ice skating
  • Relax the way they do in Norway, with a cold pool plunge followed by the warm blankets of a cozy “hammock”
  • Spot and photograph winter wildlife in the snows of Banff National Park and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
  • Warm up around a bonfire and swap stories with your fellow Adventure Women

What You'll See and Do

  • Bicycling
  • Dog Sledding
  • Glacier Exploration
  • Hiking
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Snowshoeing
  • Spa Element

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Calgary
Meet at 3:00pm at the Calgary International Airport near the big horse statue for your group transfer to the beautiful Kananaskis Valley.

After settling in to your room, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner before introductions and orientation to hear from your guides about the exciting upcoming adventures for the week.
Dinner

Overnight: Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Day 2

Kanananskis Country
Hop on your fat-tire bike and cruise groomed snow trails through snow-capped trees and fields of white. Women of all fitness levels will love this gorgeous bike ride, with miles of trail options to suit each cyclist’s abilities.

Enjoy lunch in Kananaskis Village after your morning out on two wheels.

Take a short hike to Troll Falls, a completely solid wall of ice where water froze in mid-air as it tumbled over the cliff. Take some photos in front of the glittering falls before heading back to your hotel.

Enjoy dinner as a group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Day 3

Kanananskis Country
You’ll start today’s adventure with a group cross-country skiing lesson tailored to the group’s experience and abilities. After finding your skiing legs, set off with professional guides on the trails through the quiet, shaded forests and sun-soaked snowfields. There are a lot of trails to choose from, ranging from gentle flats to challenging rolling terrain. Enjoy lunch along the trail.

After a long day of skiing, spend some time relaxing at the Nordic Spa. Start in the hot pool, move to the warm pool, and then plunge into the cold pool or a snow bank! When you can’t possibly stay in the cold any longer, hop into a warm, winterized hammock to relax.

Enjoy some downtime after your spa visit before having dinner with your group.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Day 4

Kanananskis Country to Banff Area
Drive about an hour where you will meet your transportation for the day – local dogs and sleds! After meeting the dogs and learning how to set up the teams, you’ll head out on the trails. You can decide if you want to ride in the sled or on the rails at the back of the sled.

During the ride, you’ll have breathtaking views of the Spray Valley as you ride out over the frozen lake, then up into the trees to navigate an exciting trail around Mt. Nestor. Enjoy a hot campfire lunch along the way, where you can warm up and learn a bit about the history of dog sledding in the area.

After dog sledding, you’ll head to your hotel, where you’ll have time to relax before dinner. Share stories of driving the dog sled with your AdventureWomen friends!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Baker Creek Chalets

Day 5

Banff National Park
Head to the northern end of Banff National Park where glaciers, frozen lakes, and wildlife are waiting to be discovered. Strap on your snowshoes and walk through thick forests, over hills, and through deep snow, all while being dwarfed by grand glaciers on the rugged peaks above.

After your day snowshoeing, enjoy some time to relax this afternoon! Kick up your feet and warm up by a fire!
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Baker Creek Chalets

Day 6

Banff National Park to Lake Louise
You’ve saved the best for last! What could be better than a true Canadian pastime in a truly Canadian setting? Each year an ice castle is constructed on the lake, and warm drinks and lunch are waiting to warm you up inside where you have a view of the Victoria Glacier. Skate for as long as you’d like!

Take the afternoon to explore the may shops and cafés of Banff, or take some time to sit in the upper hot springs. Banff boasts museums, natural beauty, and of course Canadian treats like beaver tails and fudge!

Gather for a delicious farewell dinner to celebrate the end of this fantastic and fun week in the Canadian Rockies!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Day 7

Depart Banff
Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home. One group transfer is included; please don’t book any flights departing before noon!
Breakfast

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Alberta, Canada



Arrival/Departure Information

January 18 Departure

Arrive: Arrive at Calgary International Airport (YYC) on January 18, 2020. There is one group transfer included. Please meet at 3:00pm at the airport.

Depart: Depart Calgary (YYC) on January 24, 2020 afternoon.

March 1 Departure

Arrive: Arrive at Calgary International Airport (YYC) on March 1, 2020. There is one group transfer included. Please meet at 3:00pm at the airport.

Depart: Depart Calgary (YYC) on March 7, 2020 afternoon.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Money

The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Credit cards are generally accepted and ATMs will be available.

Suggested Gratuities:

  • Guides (2): $15 per guide per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms & Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

January 18 Departure Final Payment Date: October 20, 2019
March 1 Departure Final Payment Due Date: December 2, 2019

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included:

  • All accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional guides throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees
  • One 60-minute massage
  • Drinking water
  • Gratuities for waitstaff and lodge/hotel

Not Included:

  • International airfare to and from Canada
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
Get swept away from everyday life as you relax, rejuvenate, and refresh in the picturesque Kananaskis Valley - the perfect place to start your winter adventure! You’ll feel like you can reach out and touch the mountains from the lodge.

Baker Creek Mountain Resort
With the cozy charm of a mountain log home and the spectacular setting of Banff National Park, the Baker Creek Mountain Resort is a delightful base of exploration. The chalets, furnished with hand-made wooden chairs and tables, each feature a fireplace/ wood-burning stove and front porch—perfect for watching the local wildlife amble by. The casual Bistro offers up delicious meals for hearty appetites in a pioneer-times atmosphere. Baker Creek is the winner of the “Banff Heritage Tourism Award” for its authentic mountain lodging experience.

Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge
Situated in the heart of the resort town of Banff, the Delta Banff is the perfect base for exploration of the region’s fabled mountains and lakes, and just a few minutes walk to the downtown shopping and dining center. The lodge features 99 spacious rooms along with a restaurant, pool, spa and fitness center. The airy guest rooms are stylishly furnished with sanctuary beds and table and chairs; amenities include a mini fridge, flat-screen TV, coffee/ tea-making facilities, bathrobes, and an en suite bathroom with tub.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you.

Weather is always unpredictable in the mountains - dress accordingly. You should expect temperatures anywhere from 32°F to -15°F. Usually you can expect the temperatures to be in the low 20s during the day in January. You need to dress warmly and insulate. A good down jacket, fleece, warm hat, gloves, neck warmer, long underwear, and warm boots are a must.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack with rain cover
  • Sturdy winter boots you can hike in
  • 2-3 long underwear tops
  • 2-3 long underwear bottoms
  • 1 wool, fleece, or synthetic mid-layer top
  • 1 down or synthetic winter jacket
  • 1 pair synthetic pants (jog­ging or hiking pants work)
  • Gore-Tex/waterproof jacket
  • Gore-Tex/waterproof pants (insulated or shell pants)
  • Warm winter hat
  • Warm gloves/mittens
  • Neck warmer
  • Bathing suit
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 4-5 pairs of wool hiking socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Water bottle or thermos
  • 1-2 casual outfits for eve­nings at hotels
  • 1 nicer outfit for farewell dinner

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries (or cell phone)
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest) - optional
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lens­es, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF (sun reflects off of snow - you definitely will need it!)
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www. earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686