Canadian Rockies: Culture & Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure & First Nation Culture

5 days | Alberta

Travel from the vibrant city of Calgary to the majestic town of Banff, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. This adventure will take you river rafting, hiking through alpine meadows in Banff National Park, and sharing Indigenous cultural experiences.

Start Price

$675 per person*

Duration

5 days

Region

Alberta

Activity Level

Moderate

Availability

May - September

Canadian Rockies: Culture & Outdoor Adventure Itinerary

Glenbow Museum

Banff Gondola

Traditional Crafting Courses

Whitewater Rafting

Spring Medicine Walk

Region: Alberta

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Flight to Calgary International Airport (YYC)

Flights are not included in the package price but our travel agents can arrange flights from most cities within Canada and beyond.  

Car Rental Pick-up from National Car Rental System, Inc.

Your rental car will be booked and waiting for you upon arrival to get your trip off to an easy and relaxing start. 

Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

Stay at the modern, 4-star Tsuut’ina First Nation-owned Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary. Enjoy gorgeous, upscale rooms, an outdoor hot tub, and indoor pool, or check out the large, high-limit casino downstairs for an exciting evening of games. 

Website: GreyEagleResortAndCasino.ca
Dinner at Little Chief Restaurant: Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

Dine at the Little Chief Restaurant at the Grey Eagle Resort and Hotel to sample modern and traditional Indigenous cuisine.  The Executive Chef’s passion for locally sourced cuisine shines in the great tasting food at Little Chief Restaurant. Enjoy the wide selection of craft beers, and wines, or try something off of the Indigenous Inspired Menu by Chef Bill Alexander like Smoked Bison, Maple Salmon, or Indian Fry Bread. 

Website: GreyEagleResortAndCasino.ca/Dining/Little-Chief-Hotel-Restaurant

Day 2

Glenbow Museum

Experience the stories, history, and culture of the Blackfoot peoples from the plains of Alberta and Montana at the Glenbow Museum. View interactive displays and exhibits to see Indigenous artifacts and art such as Plains quillwork, and designs of the Northwest Coast Peoples. The Glenbow museum offers a unique view fo the diversity of cultures of First Nations People in Canada. 

Website: Glenbow.org

Day 3

Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola is an experience like no other.  Soar above the trees on your way to the Sulfur Mountain boardwalk which sits at 2900 feet above Banff.  The boardwalk offers stunning views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains all year round.  At the top of the gondola, you can explore the interpretive center and the interactive exhibits of the Gondola Summit or grab some delicious food while taking in the scenery. 

Website: BanffJasperCollection.com
Check in: Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino

Check in to the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino in beautiful Kananaskis foothills which allows you an unobstructed and unique view Rocky Mountains.   This modern, friendly resort has everything you need, from comfortable, stylish rooms, to a state-of-the-art casino, an indoor pool and waterslide, and a delicious buffet.  The Stoney Nakoda Restaurant offers a family-friendly buffet, a la carte options, and complimentary breakfast. 

Website: StoneyNakodaResort.com
Traditional Crafting Courses

Create a traditional Indigenous medicine bag in this family-friendly craft course, for yourself or as a gift. The design is for a small and simple bag and covers the following: 

  • Cutting and creating the pattern 
  • Creating beadwork patterns 
  • Various types of bead embroidery for beginners and advanced beaders 
  • Sewing techniques and refining. 
Website: Mahikan.ca

Day 4

Canadian Rockies Rafting and Adventure 

Experience Canadian river rafting!  Navigate class 2 and 3 whitewater rapids, on the beautiful Kananaskis River with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Stop for a swim in the cool, clean water, and spot some Alberta wildlife.  Photographs are available for purchase after the tour. 

Website: Rafting.ca

Day 5

Spring Medicine Walk

Make your own traditional Indigenous medicine on a guided Spring Medicine Walk! Spring tonics and strengtheners are introduced in this unique course. Below are a few recipes you will learn: 

  • Convalescing Tonic 
  • Springtime Nourishing chai 
  • Moisturizing Spruce body butter 
  • Nervine Glycerites 
  • Spring cold remedies, sprays and lozenges 
  • And tons more! 
Website: Mahikan.ca
Leisurely Drive back to Calgary

Drive back to Calgary at your own pace, and easily drop your car off at the airport. 

Return Flight from Calgary International Airport (YYC)

What's Included

This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:

  • Grey Eagle Resort & Casino and Little Chief Restaurant: owned by Tsuut’ina Nation
  • Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino: owned by the Stoney Nakoda First Nation
  • Mahikan Trails: owned by Brenda Holder (Cree/Iroquois Métis)

Package includes:

  • 4 nights deluxe Indigenous accommodations
  • Glenbow museum admittance
  • 1 dinner at little Chief restaurant
  • Guided First Nations cultural experiences including crafting courses and Traditional Territory medicine walk
  • 4 day car rental booked and organized
  • Comprehensive package and booking information including driving directions and suggested stops along the way

* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.

** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.

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