Hiking in the Canadian Rockies
Comfort hiking in the majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Canadian Rockies Hiking Adventure
CANMORE, LAKE LOUISE, ICEFIELDS PARKWAY, BANFF
7 Days June to September

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.

Tour Highlights
  • Hike some of the most scenic trails in Banff National Park
  • Explore Canmore and the natural playground that surrounds it
  • Enjoy scenic day hikes along the world‑famous Columbia Icefields Parkway
  • Challenge yourself on Yoho National Park’s Iceline Trail
  • Take in the views at scenic Lake Louise and its surrounding peaks and glaciers

Tour Information
  • WHEN
    :

    June to September

  • WHERE
    :

    Canada

  • WHAT
    :

    Hiking, Nature and Wildlife

Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a nonprofit registered charity. When completed, the trail will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometers from the Atlantic to the Pacific linking 1000 communities across Canada. The Trans Canada Trail is scheduled to see full completion in 2017, as a celebration project for Canada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. For a project of this scope and magnitude to succeed, it must have the support of volunteers from hundreds of local Trail organisations. As part of your Great Canadian Trails tour package, we have included a $100 donation to support the project.

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 acclimatise 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 (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. With the Columbia Icefields and stunning Mt. Athabasca as our backdrop we hike up Wilcox Meadows (11.2km, +/- 355m). 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

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions

    Price per person is $2,895 joining in Canmore, Alberta.

    2018 Dates:

    23 Jun – 29 Jun
    07 Jul  – 13 Jul
    28 Jul – 03 Aug
    25 Aug – 31 Aug
    15 Sep – 21 Sep

    Includes:

    • 6 breakfasts and 5 lunches
    • Professional guides
    • Accommodation in comfortable and central hotels and lodges
    • Private internal transportation

    This trip involves hiking for up to 5 hours per day where daily distances can range from 8km to up to 16km. Elevation gains of up to 600m for some hikes. Participants will be carrying a day pack containing spare clothing, camera, lunch and something to drink each day. Hikes will be chosen to best suit the group.

    This program is designed for fit walkers. Any training you can do before you arrive will enhance your experience. No previous mountain hiking experience required.

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