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.
- 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
June to September
Hiking, Nature and Wildlife
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.