With famed national parks and iconic natural landscapes, it’s easy to forget there’s a world outside this wondrous region.
Escape from the sights and sounds of everyday life and into the Canadian Rockies - a frozen wonderland full of awe-inspiring landmarks and untouched wilderness right here in Canada. Set out on extraordinary escapades past rocky mountain peaks, across sparkling turquoise lakes, and through alpine forests on our Canadian Rockies tours, and let this exceptional part of the world fill up your mind with memories to last a lifetime. From cycling, hiking, and camping out under the stars to traversing the unforgettable terrain in comfort, there are a million ways to explore this Narnia-like destination. All you have to do is step through the wardrobe.
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Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travellers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
There are a few ways you can get to the Canadian Rockies depending on where you're travelling from. The easiest (and quickest) way to get to the Rockies is to fly into Calgary, the closest airport to Banff National Park. You can hire a car at the airport that'll easily take you straight into the park and surrounding areas. You can also opt to embark on an epic road trip from your starting destination to the Canadian Rockies as driving is the best way to get around once you're there.
The best way to get around the Canadian Rockies is to drive. If you've flown into Calgary Airport (the closest airport to Banff National Park) then you can hire a vehicle from several car rental companies and continue your journey into the Rockies, giving yourself the freedom to stop along the way and the flexibility to see and do as much as you want. However, you can also catch public transportation to various locations within the Rockies via the Greyhound bus network or the Brewster bus system.
The best time to visit the Canadian Rockies largely depends on what kind of holiday you want to have, with the summer season better for kayaking, swimming, and other outdoor activities, and the winter season better for ice skating, dog sledding, and other snow-related activities. The peak season to visit the Canadian Rockies are the months of June, July, and August (summer) because the weather is at its warmest, however, this also means accommodation is more expensive and the crowds are larger. Try going in the 'shoulder' months such as April and May or September and October.
Packing for a trip to the Canadian Rockies is similar to that of packing for a trip anywhere but what you pack largely depends on the time of year you're travelling in. If you're going in winter, be sure to pack appropriate weather clothing such as gloves, beanies, waterproof jackets, long pants etc. If you're travelling in summer, make sure to pack sunscreen, a sunhat, t-shirts, dresses, and shorts. You should also pack the essentials: a camera, a reusable drink bottle, and a backpack/day bag.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.