Banff Adventure

July 2021 (Date TBA)  |  Alberta, Canada

Thanks to all those who joined us for our inaugural Global Adventures trip to Banff!

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"Jobs fill your pocket,
adventures fill your soul."
                                    - Jaime Lyn Beatty


Vacation Races: Global Adventures- the name says it all! We will be taking you on an adventure that includes trail running, hiking, canoeing, exploring glaciers, relaxing in hot springs and soaking in the splendor of the Canadian Rockies. We will be running, exploring, and adventuring our way through some of the most beautifully rugged terrain our world has to offer in Banff National Park. 

What to expect on the trip?

Every day we will take you on a trail run through Banff and Jasper National Parks. All runs will be around 3-6 miles in length and have some elevation gain. We use the term “trail run” loosely here, as lots of the time you will be hiking because it’s uphill, or because you just want to slow down and take in the scenery. After our runs each day, we will eat lunch together, followed by either free time in the afternoon or another adventure. We’ll end the day with dinner and more relaxing.

Our trip to Banff is our inaugural event and we expect to keep our numbers small to be able to provide the best experience possible as we work out this adventure travel format. This trip will be limited to 20 adventurers. As it is our first event, there will almost certainly be a few hiccups to work through, but no matter what happens you will most certainly be able to rely on the high level of service you’ve come to expect from Vacation Races.

Peyto Lake Overlook

Trip Dates

July 13th-20th, 2019

Trip Meeting Time: Arrive at the Calgary Airport by 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 13th. From the airport you can take the airport shuttle to our accommodations.

Trip Departure Time: We will have you back to Calgary on the evening of Friday, July 19th where we will have our final dinner along with our closing ceremonies for the trip. Most people will be leaving in the morning on Saturday, July 20th.  You’ll have a room booked on Friday night but welcome to leave any time once we’re back in Calgary.

Thank you for an amazingly beautiful and well run event!

Heather Thomas Van Buskirk
Lake Powell Half Marathon Runner

What's included?

This is an all-inclusive adventure! That means that ALL the details of planning your trip are taken care of for you by the Vacation Races Staff. Included in the trip are most meals, hotels, transportation in Canada, park fees, and other adventures included in the itinerary below.  

What's not included?

The main thing not included here is your airfare to and from Calgary. All of your meals will be covered except for one dinner and two lunches, where you’ll get to explore the culinary options of Banff on your own. Apart from that, the only thing you would be expected to cover is any souvenirs or additional food or drink.

Maligne Lake

I want to say how much I enjoyed both the Yellowstone and Glacier half marathons I ran last year, and if my knee starts cooperating I will participate in the Teton half this summer. They were both very well organized and had beautiful courses.

Meredith Zemke
Glacier Half Marathon runner


Pricing and Deposit

$2,900 includes everything mentioned in the itinerary. Deposit of $500 is due at registration, after which the remaining $2,400 balance will be billed to you 90 days prior to the trip departure.

Based on Double Occupancy

This pricing is based on double occupancy of all hotel rooms. If you register with a partner, you will be able to stay with them. If you register as solo adventurer, we will pair you with someone else of the same gender in a hotel room.

Limited Spots Available

This is an inaugural event and the number of participants will be significantly smaller than event sizes of the Vacation Races National Park Half Marathon Series, or the Ultramarathon Series. Spots are very limited and we think it will sell out fast, so don't delay. Please keep in mind that once the event sells out, our permits won't allow us to increase participant capacity. 

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

The deposit of $500 is refundable up to 90 days prior to the event (April 13). After April 13th, the deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to transfer your registration to another participant.

The remaining balance of $2,400 is due 90 days prior to the event. If you choose to cancel within 90 days of the event, there are 3 options available to you.

Option 1: Convert your $2,900 total payment into “store credit” that you may use at a future event

Option 2: Transfer your registration to another participant if you are able to find someone willing to take your place. A $90 credit card processing fee applies here.

Option 3: Receive a refund. If you choose to receive a refund within 90 days of the event there will be a hotel fee of $1,000 applied, which covers the cost of the hotel where we must guarantee rooms.

Stunningly well organized race experience. Everything about the day was just beautiful and well executed. So inspirational and fun, I would like to come work for you. Of course, it didn't hurt that I won my age group so my opinion might be slightly biased. ;)

Derek J Brouwer II
Yellowstone Half Marathon Runner


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What about Vegan and Vegetarian food options?

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What about animals on the trails? Bears? Moose? Mosquitos?

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  • Sharae says:

    Entry for giveaway

  • Janet Freeland says:

    Janet Freeland –

  • Giovanni Quiroz says:

    Entering for free drawing for this adventure

  • Theresa Sweek says:

    Can’t wait

  • Kaci S. says:

    Sounds amazing! Does the $2400 have to be paid all at once or can you set up payments?

  • Manisha P. says:

    Roughly how many people will be participating and when is the deadline to book for this adventure?

    • Curtis says:

      Hi Manisha! We’re keeping our Banff registration numbers very manageable since it is our first event- just 20 participants. And unfortunately we’ve booked our registration for Banff for 2019 already. However, we are coming back to Banff in 2021 and have several other incredible destinations scheduled in 2020 and 2021!

  • Whitney Meier says:

    Entry for giveaway

  • Andrew says:

    Is there a race-only component for your international series or is it package only?

    • Curtis says:

      Hi Andrew- thanks for the question! Right now the registration offered is for the entire experience and we don’t have a race-only option. However, we’re looking at all options for future events!

  • Edell says:

    I would love to run this. Since I can’t register, free entry is my best hope. 🤞🤞🤞

  • Susan Flint says:

    Will already be there for the Calgary Stampede! Can I run with your group? Sounds so fun!

  • Kathy Bardisbanian says:

    Is there an age limit?

  • Bentley says:

    I’d like to sign up for your 2020 event. Are walkers allowed? I’m an experienced race-walker. Have competed in half marathons in multiple states. My pace is usually 13ish minutes per mile, 12ish minutes per mile in 5Ks and 10Ks.

  • Kathryn McLachlan says:

    Just last week it said registration was opening after the 20th. I went to the site today and found that you are now full. How did this happen? We were going to sign up.

  • Theresa says:

    Will/do we have any discounts with the above listed sponsors prior to our trip. I know I need a few items for the trip

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Theresa – I apologize for the delayed response. Curtis, the director of Global Adventures, abruptly quit yesterday and we’re not sure what has been answered and what has not. If you have immediate questions, please email or call Salem Stanley: 949-295-3302

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