Autumn Colours, Northern Lights! - the 2-in-1 trip

Canadian Rockies, Canada

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Canadian Rockies: Autumn Colours, Northern Lights! - the 2-in-1 trip

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" The raw beauty and majesty of the mountains are always an inspiration to me. I never cease to be amazed whenever I walk up one. Sometimes sitting and immersing myself in their presence is enough. I live for these opportunities. "
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Tour Dates: 19 to 30 September 2018

The Canadian Rockies in Autumn (or Fall, as we call it here) brings forth an amazing array of colours – golds, yellows, and reds. This brilliant display only lasts for a short spell from late September to early October. It is a time when the beauty of the forests covers the whole mountain landscape with the warmth of colours, as if preparing it for the arrival of the cold winter.

This tour will bring you to the heart of the Rockies in Banff and Lake Louise to experience this spectacular work of nature. We will visit rushing waterfalls, meandering rivers, magnificent mountain ranges and valleys, tranquil lakes, and beautiful meadows. But most of all, you will be thrilled by the beauty nature displays as it changes its foliage to the wondrous shades of autumn.

Then on our second part of the tour, you will be transported to the surrealistc beauty of the Yukon. There, in vast open landscapes, you will have the opportunity to capture the sight of the Aurora Borealis - the Northern Lights. Winter and snow comes early in this northern city, so get the chance to do some winter activities like dogsledding, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing.

Autumn Colours, Northern Lights! - the 2-in-1 trip starting at Canadian Rockies, CanadaAutumn Colours in the Canadian Rockies!

Autumn Colours, Northern Lights! - the 2-in-1 trip starting at Canadian Rockies, CanadaThe Aurora Borealis, when our group was in the Yukon in Jan 2017

Autumn Colours, Northern Lights! - the 2-in-1 trip starting at Canadian Rockies, CanadaYou will see lots of brilliant golds in the mountains of Banff Naitonal Park

Autumn Colours, Northern Lights! - the 2-in-1 trip starting at Canadian Rockies, CanadaMoraine Lake

Autumn Colours, Northern Lights! - the 2-in-1 trip starting at Canadian Rockies, CanadaLake Louise, world-renowned and probably most photographed lake in the world (IMHO)
Rent a kayak at the boat house on the left and kayak on this famous lake

Autumn Colours, Northern Lights! - the 2-in-1 trip starting at Canadian Rockies, CanadaWe get to travel on one of the most beautiful mountain highway routes in the world - the Icefields Parkway.
You will stop to see mirrored lakes, stunning valleys, magnificent peaks, brilliant waterfalls, and even beautiful meadows - all along this stretch on highway.


19 Sep (Wed)    Banff

Arrival in Calgary airport in the afternoon, transfer by van (1.5h) to Hostel in Banff 2-nt stay

Free evening in town of Banff


20 Sep (Thu)       Banff                                     Meals: BF, Lunch

Banff Gondola – ride up Sulphur Mountain in a gondola (cable-car), Lunch at the summit with views, boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak. Take gondola back down.

Visit Cave and Basin National Historic Site – discover the birthplace of the Canadian National Parks

Return to hotel mid-afternoon.

Walk through Banff Town to Horse stables for horseback riding activity. Return: Same walk on your own.

Horseback Riding - 1hr (Optional: Upgrade to 2hr, 3hr, or 3h with BBQ dinner)


21 Sep (Fri)         Banff - Lake Louise          Meals: BF,

Hike: Larch Valley / Valley of the Ten Peaks (or altenative hike depending on group’s ability)

Rated: moderate to difficult; Hiking time: 4 to 6 h; Distance: 9km return; Elevation: 535m

Late Afternoon: Check-in to hotel in Lake Louise 2-nt stay


22 Sep (Sat)        Lake Louise – Icefields Parkway – Lake Louise                   Meals: BF

8am: Icefields Parkway Tour – A sightseeing tour in a passenger van through this amazing scenic route with views of mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife

Lunch (own expense) at Columbia Icefields Discovery Centre

Optional: Glacier Adventure – Ride on Ice Explorer then SkyWallk (CAD 99)

5pm: Head back to hotel, arrive about 8pm


23 Sep (Sun)       Lake Louise - Calgary - Whitehorse      Meals: BF

Early morning: Visit Lake Louise – free day in Lake Louise: walk along lake shore for different scenic points, have high tea at the hotel’s café with views, or do the optional hike or canoe.


  1. Hike Lake Agnes and Teahouse (CAD 30) – moderate hike with views of Lake Louise as you climb the switchbacks, admire the beautiful and tranquil Lake Agnes from the teahouse beside the lake.

Rated: Moderate; Hiking time: 3 – 4 h; Distance: 7km return; Elevation: 400m

  1. Canoe on Lake Louise - Approx: CAD 110 to 120 (1/2 to 1 Hour) Max: 3 adults per canoe

Evening: Transfer to airport – Depart on flight from Calgary to Whitehorse at 9.10pm

10.40pm: Arrive in Whitehorse - Takeover: Tour Operator in Whitehorse

24 Sep (Mon)     Whitehorse    

4-days / 3-nights of Aurora Borealis viewing (and Winter adventure activities) in the Yukon

10am: City Tour of Whitehorse

Afternoon: Either Optional winter activity (half day) Or Transfer to Lodge stay (2-nt) if upgraded

10pm – 2am: Aurora Borealis viewing


25 Sep (Tue)       Whitehorse

Optional winter activity (full day or half day)

10pm – 2am: Aurora Borealis viewing


26 Sep (Wed)    Whitehorse

Optional winter activity (full day or half day)

10pm – 2am: Aurora Borealis viewing


27Sep (Thu)        Whitehorse - Calgary

Free morning in Whitehorse

Early afternoon transfer to airport

3.30pm: Dep on flight from Whitehorse to Calgary

8.20pm: Arrival in Calgary, transfer to Airport Hotel 1-nt stay


28 Sep (Fri)         Calgary - SIN                      Meals: BF (if time permits)

Transfer from hotel to airport to Depart on flight home

Arrive in SIN on 29 Sep at 11.30pm or past midnight or early morning (30 Sep)

Cost of this tour Per Person in CAD is listed below:
(please see Important Notes below)

*The exchange rate that is used is CAD to SGD: 1.05

Group of 6: $2,580 > SGD 2,709

Group of 12: $2,363.44 > SGD 2,481.62

*Please not that your payment will be adjusted to the exchange rate that is prevailing at the time when the payment is received by me.
If the exchange rate is higher than 1.05, you just top up the difference. If it is lower, I will refund the difference. This will be done in cash when you arrive in Calgary. The amount that is transacted will normally be around CAD 5 to 25.

Important Notes:
- regarding Cost, Accommodation and Bed Assignments:

For the 2 nights in Banff, you will be accommodated in hostel dormitories with bunk beds (double-decked beds).
We may have the dormitory exclusively to ourselves or we may be sharing it with other people depending on our group size. You will be assigned the top or bottom bunk bed based on first-confirmed-first served basis.

Lake Louise
For the 2 nights in Lake Louise, the group will be staying in a 1 Bedroom Apartment with Loft. This is the cheapest accommodation in a very popular tourist destination. This Apartment will fit 6 persons with various types of beds - 2 single beds, 2 Queen beds, 1 bunk bed.
If our group has exactly 6 persons or 12 persons, it will be prefect!
If we have more than 6 but less than 12, the first 6 that confirmed will have the Apartment and thereafter the 7th to the 11th person will be in twin-sharing rooms and the cost for each one of these persons will be higher than what the first 6 will be paying - as they will be accommodated in Twin-sharing hotel rooms.

Beds in the Apartment will be assigned by me based on first-confirmed-first served basis, by gender, by number of persons in each gender group, and other factors deemed relevant to me.

If there are 7 and 8 persons in the group, and you are agreeable to share a Queen sized bed with someone of the same gender, and we have an agreed pair, you can opt for this, and be included in the Apartment. The cost will be lowered for the 2 of you sharing the Queen sized bed. This is only possible based on the number of persons in each gender group and the room configurations in the Apartment. The Apartment is allowed to fit up to 8 persons max (i.e. the 2 Queen sized bed can take 4 persons).

Cost includes:

- All Transfers

- All Tour Activities as indicated in itinerary (not including optional tours)

  1. Banff Gondola ride and Lunch at Northern Lights Café
  2. Entry to Cave and Basin National Historic Site
  3. Horseback Riding 1 hour
  4. Hike to Larch Valley / Valley of the Ten Peaks (or alternative hike depending on group's ability)
  5. Icefield’s Parkway: Sightseeing tour with numerous scenic stops including Columbia Icefield Centre
  6. Lake Louise sightseeing visit

- All accommodation:

  1. Hostel dormitory (Banff) – 2 nights,
  2. 1-Bedrm Apt with Loft for 6 persons with single, queen, sofa and bunk beds (Lake Louise) – 2 nights (upgrade to twin-sharing rooms available: add-on cost)
  3. Hotel with twin-sharing rooms (Calgary airport – 1 night, and Whitehorse – 4 nights)

- Meals as indicated in itinerary

- Return air tickets: Calgary – Whitehorse – Calgary

- All transfers by van including English speaking driver / guide in Whitehorse

- Airport transfers, introduction, city tour, Aurora viewing and assistance in Whitehorse

- 3 nights of Aurora watching including hot drinks and snacks in Whitehorse

- City tour in Whitehorse


Cost do not include:

- Return Air tickets from Singapore to Calgary

- ESTA (USA) or eTA (Canada) fees or visa application fees

- Travel Insurance

- Meals that is not indicated on itinerary

- Optional or Upgraded activities

- Upgraded accommodation or rooms

- Personal Expenses – for tips/gratuities, shopping, souvenirs, snacks, or any other necessities

Please contact me if you have any questions at or Whatsapp at +1-403-397-6776

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Please read through the following terms of participation before RSVP:

DISCLAIMER: Your safety and well-being during the trip are your sole responsibility.  By RSVP for this event, you have confirmed that you have read, acknowledged, agreed and accepted the terms and conditions of participating this trip.

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