Canadian Rockies: Culture & Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure & First Nation Culture
5 days | Alberta
Starting in the vibrant city of Calgary and traveling at your own pace through the Kananaskis region to the majestic town of Banff, Alberta. This adventure has you rafting rivers, hiking alpine meadows and sharing cultural experiences.

Start Price

$675 per person*

Duration

5 days

Region

Alberta

Activity Level

Moderate

Availability

May - September

Trip Highlights

Glenbow Museum
Banff Gondola
Traditional Crafting Courses
Whitewater Rafting
Spring Medicine Walk

Region: Alberta

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Itinerary

Day 1

Flight from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Car Rental Pick-up from National Car Rental System, Inc.
Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

Grey Eagle Resort and Casino is one of Calgary’s newest entertainment destinations, located on the Tsuut’ina First Nation in Calgary. We offer our guests professionally conducted, exciting entertainment in a unique environment. 

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

The Little Chief Restaurant resides in the Grey Eagle Resort Hotel on the Tsuut’ina Nation. This beautiful land has been a fixture of the Calgary scene since the turn of the century, and has taken on an exciting objective: to modernize without losing its First Nation tradition. With so many wonderful options to choose from we know you will find everything you are looking for and more at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino Little Chief Restaurant.

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

Day 2

Glenbow Museum

Journey through the Blackfoot Gallery and uncover the traditions, values, and history of the people who have lived for thousands of years in the northwestern plains of Alberta and Montana. The Blackfoot share their story in their own words, with interactive displays and artifacts that guide visitors through Nitsitapii history and to the present day. Discover the stories of Canada’s first inhabitants. From the northern beauty of Inuit carvings to the intricacy of Plains quillwork and distinctive designs created by Northwest Coast Peoples, enjoy an authentic glimpse into the diversity of First Peoples’ traditional culture. Visit the New Sun gallery on Glenbow’s third floor. 

Website: Glenbow.org

Day 3

Banff Gondola

Journey to the top of the Banff Gondola to see a whole new side of Sulphur Mountain and the Canadian Rockies. We’ve completely rebuilt, redesigned and reimagined our mountaintop experience, creating a world-class indoor experience that equals the awe-inspiring ridgetop boardwalk 2900 ft. above Banff. From new restaurants and interactive exhibits to a multisensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck, the all-new Banff Gondola experience heightens every sense. 

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

Discover the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino, a vibrant combination of affordable comfort, premier casino gaming, family-friendly adventure and entertainment with first-class service and warm hospitality in Kananaskis. 

Escape to the “Basecamp of the Rockies,” only 30 minutes west of Calgary in beautiful Kananaskis Country! Surrounded by stunning views, our mountain resort playground offers countless amenities, including 110 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, a state-of-the-art casino, an exhilarating pool and waterslide, two restaurants and exciting adventures throughout the year. 

All hotel rooms come with complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet. Rooms are equipped with their own dedicated wifi, as well as a minimum 43″ HD TV. Come find everything you need for the perfect vacation at the only casino resort in the Alberta Rockies – the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino! 

Website: StoneyNakodaResort.com
Traditional Crafting Courses

Create a medicine bag 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 

Join us for an exciting half-day whitewater rafting adventure on the Kananaskis River. Your experienced guide will chauffeur you down this class 2-3 river in style! Enjoy a beautiful mountain river located along the front ranges of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. This tour offers multiple whitewater sections, an optional swim and you may even spot some native Alberta wildlife along the way. 

Our photographer will be on site to take action photos of your rafting adventure, which will be available for purchase after the tour. Transportation is provided at no extra cost from Banff and Canmore. 

Website: Rafting.ca

Day 5

Spring Medicine Walk

Make your own medicine! Spring tonics and strengtheners are introduced. Below are a few recipes you will learn: 

  • Convalescing Tonic 
  • Springtime Nourishing chai 
  • Moisturizing Spruce body butter 
  • Nervine Glycerites 
  • Spring cold remedies, sprays and losenges 
  • And tons more! 
Website: Mahikan.ca
Leisurely Drive back to Calgary
Flight from Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

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 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 intermediate car rental
  • Comprehensive documentation package 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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