Hike through the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Rockies
Few places in the world offer such pristine and diverse walking options as the Canadian Rockies. Virgin forests, shimmering blue lakes, ancient glaciers, deep canyons and rushing rivers weave their way across the landscape whilst wildlife abounds. It's a paradise for photographers, wildlife and outdoors enthusiasts but, most of all, it's a haven for walkers. Hike along an extensive network of trails in some of the best national parks in the world as you keep your eyes peeled for species such as bear, eagles, deer and moose. Nothing will inspire you more than an epic walking holiday deep into the Canadian Rockies.
11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners included. On this tour the majority of your meals are included whilst camping. Your tour guide will coordinate local shopping and assist the group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners. Occasionally, you will eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for these meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from CAD$6-$12, lunches from CAD$8-$15 and dinners from CAD$13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately CAD$5 per glass and beer CAD$4 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group meals in Canadian restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of Canada certain food types can be limited.
Welcome to Calgary, gateway to the Canadian Rockies, where you can take time before the tour begins to explore this cosmopolitan city with its skyscrapers and booming oil industry. Calgary has historically been famous for its `Wild West' roots but in recent years has become a dynamic and exciting city. It oozes Western culture, a feature that earned it the nickname 'Cowtown' - evident in the Calgary Stampede. Join your tour guide and fellow travellers for a welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby. *Accommodation: Hotel Clique (or similar)*
Today we go west in the heart of the Rockies, onto Lake Louise, our base for the next three nights. Upon arrival, take in the epic panorama of the Chateau Lake Louise and warm up those hiking boots with a walk on the Lake Agnes Trail beside the emerald coloured lake for views of Victoria Glacier. Hike through old-growth forest before reaching spectacular views of Lake Louise from above and then continue along the trail until you reach Lake Agnes and a rustic teahouse, providing much needed refreshment before the descent back down to our campsite near Lake Louise. *Trail name:* Lake Agnes Trail *Maximum altitude:* 2120 metres *Participatory Camping*
Take a short transfer to Moraine Lake, neighbour to Lake Louise and situated in the scenic Valley of the Ten Peaks. Hike along the Larch Valley before climbing to Sentinel Pass for magnificent views of Banff National Park backcountry. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including elk, porcupine and bears, which are often sighted on the trail. From here you can either hike back or start your descent along the Paradise Valley to end this loop trail. This is one of Banff's premier hiking trails, so we are likely to see a few fellow hikers on the trail too. *Trail name:* Sentinel Pass *Maximum altitude:* 2611 metres *Participatory Camping*
Cross the Continental Divide north along the Kicking Horse River towards Yoho National Park. Yoho means 'wonder' in the Cree Indian language, and is home to some beautiful alpine scenery, which is best explored on foot. The trail today delivers striking views of Takakkaw Falls, Daly Glacier and Yoho River. Overshadowed by the neighbouring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho National Park is the hidden treasure of the Canadian National Parks System. If you don’t fancy seeing the trail through the entire 21kms, you can hike a section of the trail and join an optional rafting excursion in the afternoon, on the glacier fed Kicking Horse River. Optional activities: Whitewater rafting CA$120-$173 *Trail name:* Iceline Trail *Maximum altitude:* 2073 metres *Participatory Camping*
Our journey continues over to Jasper National Park - keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as Black bears and Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep which are in abundance. On the way we stop to hike the Parker Ridge trail with the chance to see the Saskatchewan Glacier. The trail climbs quickly until it gets above the treeline. The trail does not actually reach the summit of Parker Ridge, but it comes within about 60 vertical meters of it and the views are simply incredible. Tonight, we set up camp underneath the watchful gaze of Jasper's rugged peaks, our home for the next three nights. On our way along Icefield's Parkway there is the opportunity for a hike on Athabasca Glacier (please let your guide know on day one if you’re interested as this activity is prone to selling out). Optional Activities: Guided glacier walk CA$100 (CA$60 for under 17s) *Trail name:* Parker Ridge *Maximum altitude:* 2270 metres *Participatory Camping*
Jasper is much quieter than some other national parks, making it easier to leave the crowds behind. We take the trail to Cavell Meadows at the foot of Angel Glacier for a true wilderness feel. After climbing up, we'll reach the alpine terrain with great chance to watch caribous! This is a great way to find out more about the ever-changing environment of this stunning national park. *Trail name:* Cavell Meadows *Maximum altitude:* 2288 metres *Participatory Camping*
Today we hike the Sulphur Skyline trail which has some of the most breathtaking panoramas that Jasper has to offer. The five mile trek to the mountain peak overlooks a phenomenally rugged section of the Canadian Rockies. Of course, a great way to finish the day is with a soak in Miette Hot Springs to ease those aching muscles, which is why we’ve included this for you (don’t forget your swimwear). Optional Activities: * Mountain biking CA$20 per hour * SkyTram cable car CA$50 *Trail name:* Sulphur Skyline Trail *Maximum altitude:* 2000 metres *Participatory Camping*
We take a short helicopter flight today to the area of Landslide Lake where we'll be dropped in the alpine, far away from other hikers, for a wilderness trek like no other! We set up our camp here for the next three nights in an area of wilderness devoid of other travellers, facilities, picnic tables or the modernities of everyday life. It is important to be aware that you will not be staying in a campsite, this is the Canadian wilderness and your guide will set up tents where it’s best; there is no pre-determined camping spot. You will not have access to showers or modern toilets during your three night stay, and each day your guide will hoist food into the trees and away from bears. After arrival and having set up your camp, your guide will take you on a hike around the Landslide Lake area. *Please note:* We ask that customers take no more cargo than 20 pounds each (including carry-on) for these 3 nights and that it is packed in a soft small gym bag. If you wish to leave luggage behind, this can be stored inside the trailer, which is left parked at the helicopter company. *Wild Camping*
We have many options for the next two days ranging from steady walks through alpine meadows to strenuous treks to surrounding ridges. The tour guides will suggest hiking choices such as the 'Lake of the Fall' hike or hike along an unnamed pass. All hikes offer a truly unforgettable experience in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies, but it is important to remember that there are no designated trails - you’re in the complete wilderness here where there aren't any 'official trails'. We will be walking on public land but this area is ungoverned by a national park. Your guides will make decisions based on the capabilities of the group. They carry bear spray which will be on hand in the rare event that it is required. *Wild Camping*
We depart the Landslide Lake area this morning on a spectacular helicopter flight out of the wilderness, to Cline River. Our journey continues by road towards Banff National Park. Banff is our base for the next two nights, giving us the opportunity to discover even more wonderful hiking trails. This afternoon we'll discover Minnewanka Lake, a large glacier lake of 5 kilometres, for an easy hike by the rocky shore. Alternatively you can simply relax by the water, visit the Banff area, relax on Banff Upper Hot Springs or rent a canoe and paddle along the Bow River for a little watery adventure. *Participatory Camping*
Today's walk is a 14-km loop trail. This is a strenuous workout up 981m to the Cory Pass, behind Mt. Edith, past Mt. Louis and through the Edith Pass on the way back to the trailhead. From the Fireside Picnic area, we follow the trail 1km to the Cory pass junction, and then climb most of the 915m over the remaining 4.5 km, eventually reaching above the tree line. There are several points to take photos and catch your breath along the way. Once through the Cory pass you will follow a rough trail for about 3.5 km through scree fields and across avalanche paths until you rejoin the main hiking trail at Edith Pass. Descend along the drainage through the forest between Mt. Norquay and Mt. Edith until you loop past the Cory Pass junction again and then to the trailhead. This is a really good hike and a favourite of the local climbing community. *Trail name:* Cory Pass *Maximum altitude:* 2324 metres *Participatory Camping*
Our tour is nearly coming to an end but there is time for one last chance to hit the trails! Today depends on the weather conditions, but we will more than likely hike the Cascade Amphitheatre trail. This hike begins at the Mt. Norquay ski area, crosses a bridge over Forty Mile Creek, then traverses through dense forest to the Cascade Amphitheatre. As you emerge into the amphitheatre, enclosed by limestone cliffs, there are usually wildflowers (in the early season). After this we'll return to Calgary where the tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book your post-tour accommodation if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs. *Name of Hike:* Cascade Amphitheatre *Max Altitude:* 2195 metres
* All accommodation * 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 9 dinners * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * We can include flights from the UK. Please contact us for a quote.
The Rockies are magnificent and this trip includes the famous areas around Banff and Jasper but also takes you into the mountains away from the crowds. The group was a mixture of ages but we were all quite experienced walkers. There is little flat so although the distances aren't great the ascents are strenuous but you get into the heart of the mountains. The camping was very well organised and the food was excellent.
The scenery is stunning - not dissimilar to parts of the Alps, but a lot more of it. Our guides (Mac and MP) were both very good - knowledgeable, informative and nothing was too much trouble - and were obviously very passionate about the Rockies. Mac is a great cook, and managed to produce food you really wouldn't expect when camping - pizza and homemade granola to name two highlights.
Really fantastic trip! I got to experience the totally breathtaking Canadian Rockies with a lovely group of people, and led by knowledgeable and passionate guides. The hiking is brilliant, and this trip allows you to walk on the less touristy trails and really get a taste for the wilderness. The itinerary is really well thought-out, meaning you get to walk in a few of the national parks to get a fuller and more varied sense of the landscape, and also the longer hikes are perfectly spread out with easier walking in-between. The guides worked really hard and were incredibly considerate of the group's preferences. The meals were varied and delicious, and nothing beats sitting by a campfire after a long day of hiking. Such a memorable way to see the Rockies, and definitely served to convince me that I'm going back!
Excellent organization, a lot of fun and beautiful places. Perfect evenings with excellent grill food from best guide I ever had. Great people all over the world!
Superb trip - described as challenging and it was! But well worth it for fabulous scenery and wildlife.
We had a fabulous time. All weather's were experienced....snow, rain, heat and smoke. Our Great American Adventure guides (Audrey and Simon) were a terrific double act with a tremendous sense of fun. The food was exceptional and rapidly geared to the groups requirements.
A fantastic holiday enabling you to see the Rockies in a way that you would not experience if travelling on your own. Though this is a challlenging set of hikes it's perfectly doable for anyone who walks in areas like the Lake District.
Fantastic trip, scenery and walks were so much better than I imagined. Some great wildlife encounters as well. The four regions we camped in were quite different from each other so you got a great overview of the Rockies.
A great holiday and adventure unforgettable
The Canadian Rockies far exceded my expectations which were already high after reading earlier trip reviews and my friends visits to the area. We covered a great deal of ground whilst there both in the mini bus and on foot with varied terrain, and fantastic views each and every day, we were blessed with sunshine and high temperatures during the day but it was cold at night but the camp fire was very cosy.
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