Canadian Rockies Adventure

Canadian Rockies Adventure

Trip Highlights

  • Hike some of the most scenic trails in the Canadian Rockies
  • Explore Banff and the natural playground that surrounds it
  • Enjoy views of limestone peaks and hanging glaciers
  • Challenge yourself on Sentinel Pass and/or the Iceline Trail
  • Take in the views at scenic Lake Louise and its surrounding peaks and glaciers
  • Get off the beaten path in Kananaskis Country

Trip Summary

The Canadian Rockies surrounding Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise contain a lifetime of walking and hiking opportunities. Eight National and Provincial Mountain Parks are within easy driving distance. The scenery is classically magnificent - steely grey limestone peaks are clothed in forests, waterfalls, craggy cliffs and, not far west of Canmore, glaciers! The forest cover of the valley floors is broken by frequent lakes and beaver ponds. Towards treeline the forest thins, alpine larches appear as forests give way to alpine meadows. From late May to mid August the forest and especially the meadows are lit in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow and white. By late August wildflower color is replaced by the reds and golds of Fall. September is in some ways the most spectacular month as the alpine larches turn the treeline into a blazing line of gold and incandescent aspens that speckle the valley floors.

Suitability

Although graded 'introductory level hiking', this trip is designed for fit walkers. We will stay as a group while hiking each day - Expect a slow and steady pace. Most of the days involve hiking for up to 5 hours, but there are options for longer hikes on some days depending on the fitness of the group. Daily distances can range from 8km to 18km+. Elevation gains of up to 750m for some hikes.

Any training you can do before you arrive will enhance your experience. The more fit you are the more great hiking you can enjoy!

2018 Itinerary

Make your own way to the group hotel in Canmore. A welcome meeting will take place this evening at the hotel. Exact time and location to be advised with your final documents. We'll go over plans and options for the following days, look at maps of the area and check to see that you are properly outfitted.

Meals:  Nil

Your guide will meet you at the hotel after breakfast and you'll head out on your first hike which will be in one of the many parks covering Kananaskis country. We like to keep plans flexible and choose a hike that's not too hard and appropriate for the current weather in order to allow everyone to acclimatize to our higher elevation and dry air. Please note: All breakfasts are included as are hiking lunches and trail snacks. Dinners are not included so you can explore the many dining options. There are many easily accessible restaurants nearby or in your hotel. Example hike: Mt. Yamnuska (12km, +/-800m)

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast we drive north towards Lake Louise stopping to hike in Kootenay National Park (50 km from Canmore) on the way. Stanley Glacier is an excellent choice, or possibly Paget Lookout in Yoho National Park. After hiking we complete our drive north another 25km to Lake Louise with its gem of a lake surrounded by enormous peaks and their hanging glaciers. Stanley Glacier (8km, +/- 365m) Paget Lookout (7.2km, +/-520m)

Meals:  B,L

There is a bit of driving today (up to 2 hours each way) but it is one of the most scenic drives in the world - The 'Icefields Parkway'! We follow it up valleys overhung by glaciers, past lakes and Icefields then over alpine passes and meadows to reach the world-famous Columbia Icefields. Options include a hike up Wilcox Meadows (11.2km, +/-355m) just inside the border of Jasper National Park or a stunning hike just south of the border at Helen Lake in Banff NP (12km, +/-420m). Return to Lake Louise for the night while we take in the stunning mountain scenery.

Meals:  B,L

Head a little west over the "Kicking Horse Pass' into Yoho National Park (10 km). Hike either to Yoho Lake or, if feeling fit, we will hike the Iceline Trail. Return to Banff (80 km) for the last two nights. Yoho Lake: 10.5km, +/-300m Iceline Trail: 21.5km, +/-700m

Meals:  B,L

A final day of hiking in Banff National Park, perhaps to Healy Meadows, Sunshine or Larch Valley. Enjoy a final night on the town in Banff to celebrate our adventures walking in the Canadian Rockies. Healy Meadows: 9km, +/-655m Larch Valley/Sentinel Pass: 14km, +/-720m Cory Pass Loop: 13km, +/-915m

Meals:  B,L

Once we finish with coffee and breakfast the tour concludes; everyone heads off on their further adventures.

Meals:  B

2019 Itinerary

We will meet you at the airport in Calgary and transfer you to Kananaskis. A welcome meeting will take place this evening. Exact time and location to be advised with your final documents. We'll go over plans and options for the following days, look at maps of the area and check to see that you are properly outfitted.

Meals:  Nil

Your guide will meet you at the hotel after breakfast and you'll head out on your first hike which will be in one of the parks in Kananaskis country. Our choice to break the ice is Prairie View Lookout Trail. This trail, located in the Front Ranges, will allow you to see the incredible difference there is looking east towards Calgary and the Prairies or looking west towards the incredible Canadian Rockies. Hike: Approx 13 km, 3-4hrs, +/-420m

Meals:  B,L

Our drive to Banff will be done through the scenic Spray Lakes road. About half-way through, we will stop for our day hike, Chester Lake or Burstall Pass. Your guide will make the best decision depending on the group's ability and to let everyone get acclimatized to our higher elevation and air. We spend the next two nights at a comfortable lodge in Banff. Hike: Approx 10-15km, 3-5hrs, +/-350-450m Drive: Approx 2.5hr

Meals:  B,L

We head into Kootenay National Park where we hike the Stanley Glacier Trail. You'll walk through a remarkable valley of Fire and Ice: Fire being the remains of a 1968 wildfire almost regrown now, and Ice being the Stanley Glacier overhanging the cliffs at the head of the valley. Return to lodge for overnight. Hike: Approx 13km, 4-5hr, +/-600m

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast we drive to world famous Lake Louise. Here we will have a choice of hikes including a walk to the Lake Agnes Teahouse or to the Plain of Six Glaciers. We can even do a full circuit to include both incredible trails. We spend the next two nights at a comfortable inn in the village of Lake Louise. Hike: Up to 18km, 6-8hrs, +/-400m Drive: Approx 1hr

Meals:  B,L

For our final day of hiking, we'll choose between either Moraine Lake and Sentinel Pass or the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park. It's a difficult choice to make as both trails are considered in the list of top hiking trails of the Canadian Rockies. Tonight we are rewarded with a farewell dinner as we sit together and recall the week of spectacular hiking. Hike: Approx 12-20km, 6-8hrs, +/-750m

Meals:  B,L,D

Breakfast at Lake Louise and complimentary shuttle to Calgary included this morning.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • professional guides
  • accommodation in comfortable and central hotels and lodges
  • private transportation
  • national park entry fees and sightseeing as indicated
  • return transfers from Calgary (2019 and beyond)

What's Not Included

  • international flights
  • items of a personal nature (i.e. phone calls, tips, etc)
  • travel insurance (compulsary)
  • applicable taxes

Reviews

Trip was well planned and implemented and flexible according to group needs. Location was stunning and hiking was cathartic and breathtaking. Very easy and stress free way to travel on an activevacation even if you are unfamiliar with all the nuances of the area.

T. French, California, USA


The walk in the Canadian Rockis was inspiring, refreshing and challenging. Would I do it again? You bet!

Joanne Wilkinson, Sun Valley, NSW


Most memorable: the hiking

Kirsten Kirkman, North Ringwood, VIC


Lisa was a first-class guide in every respect.

M. Ferraro, Amersham, UK, 13 Aug 2017

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Province/Territory:Alberta
Starting Point:Canmore
Activities:Guided Hiking
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:CRH
Prices From:USD$2390
2019 Single Supplement:USD$580 
Single Supplement:USD$670 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes