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Walking in the Rockies tour

Walking in the Rockies

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Columbia Icefield Parkway - travel along one of the most scenic routes in the world
  • Kananaskis Country - Hike the Lookout Trail and explore the Kananaskis Valley
  • Kootenay National Park - Trek the scenic Stanley Glacier Trail and hike to the Kindersley-Sinclair summit
  • Jasper National Park - Trekking on the Sulphur Skyline and Bald Hill trails
  • Lake Louise - Visit one of Canada's most photographed settings and hike the Mount Fairview Trail
  • Banff National Park - Enjoy the World Heritage landscapes of Canada's oldest national park

Short Description

Enjoy hiking in some of the most beautiful scenery on earth - the spectacular and rugged Rocky Mountains. Visit stunning national parks, including Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper discovering unspoilt views of jagged mountain peaks, glaciers and waterfalls as we explore on foot. The trip concludes is Banff, the oldest national park and one of the country's most spectacular wilderness areas.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
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End City Calgary Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join trip Calgary

Description

Arrive Calgary and check-in at hotel. Home to the world renowned Calgary Stampede, this most dynamic of cities is a rich fusion of modern architecture and traditional heritage, where the pioneering history of the Canadian west is woven into everyday life. You may have some free time today to explore the city and soak up the friendly ambience of this spectacularly located community. Filled with museums, shops and cafes, the centre of the city is a great place to just wander and take in its majestic setting against the backdrop of those ever present mountains.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Drive to Banff; hike Kananaskis Lookout Trail

Description

To the west of Calgary lie the stunning landscapes of Kananaskis Country, Alberta's breathtaking mountain playground. Driving out of the city we head along the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) towards the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. This landscape is home to bears, elk, moose and mountain lion and we plan to hike out along the Kananaskis Lookout Trail later this morning, a four hour, 12 kilometre trail that takes us through the forest and up to a fire lookout point that offers us some spectacular panoramas across the park.

Included Meals : Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Hiking in the Kananaskis Valley. Optional scenic helicopter flight

Description

Today we continue our exploration of the mountain landscapes of the beautiful Kananaskis Valley, making our way through the forests and willow flats of the Burstall Pass Trail. The 15 kilometre trail climbs steeply, heading towards a patchwork of alpine meadows and the Burstall Pass, a five hour hike that takes us up to a viewpoint that, on a clear day, offers views out towards Mount Sir Donald to the south, Mount Birdwood to the north and the peaks of Mount Galatea, The Fortress and Mount Chester. There is also an option today to take a scenic helicopter flight across this spectacular vista.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Hiking on the Edith and Cory Pass Trail

Description

We continue hiking in the Banff region today with a route that takes us on the Cory and Edith passes. An often overlooked gem in the area, just 5 minutes from Banff's town centre, this route offers heart pounding ascents (around 900m gain), well worn swtich backs, dense forest and stunning alpine views. This 15km loop trail take us up to the Cory Pass - considered by many to be the most spectacular hike along the Bow Valley Parkway - around Mt Edith and past Mt Louis; easily noted by the towering grey slabs of limestone that form its east face; before returning back to the trailhead on the Edith Pass.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Morning drive to Kootenay N.P. Hike the Stanley Glacier Trail

Description

Our next destination is Kootenay National Park, one of four protected reserves that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. On arrival we take a hike along the scenic Stanley Glacier Trail, a moderate nine kilometre trail that follows a series of switchbacks through a huge burn area that is covered in wildflowers and lodgepole pine, before crossing the creek and meandering our way towards the open expanse of the Stanley basin. After the obvious evidence of fire presented to us on the lower part of the trail, this later section offers us the contrasting views of the Stanley Glacier and its meltwater run-offs. After our hike we make our way to our campsite for a two-night stay.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Hike the Kindersley Pass-Sinclair Creek Trail. Optional visit to Radium Hot Spring

Description

Continuing our exploration of Kootenay National Park this morning, we begin our hike on the Kindersley Pass Trail, heading up towards the Kindersley-Sinclair summit, where we join the Sinclair Creek Trail. In total we will be walking for some 16.5 kilometres today, gaining over 1055 metres during our 6-7 hour hike. Passing through forests of Douglas fir, the trail is dappled with wild roses, blue clematis and yellow columbine, and as we reach the 2395 metre Kindersley-Sinclair Pass we will hopefully be rewarded with some spectacular views of Mounts Sinclair and Kindersley, as well as the Devil's Tooth. Later we have the option to pay a visit to the Radium Hot Spring, Canada's largest hot springs pool.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Optional visit to the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge or rafting on the Kicking Horse river; drive Lake Louise walk round the lake

Description

This morning we drive to Golden where we have an opportunity to pay a visit to the remarkable Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge (optional). Set up in 2003 this important centre for conservation and research is the largest protected grizzly bear refuge on earth and affords a unique opportunity to witness a grizzly interacting much as it would in the wild. A scenic gondola ride takes us up to the Interpretative Centre, where we can learn more about the life of these magnificent bears from one of the centre's resident naturalists. Another option for today is to take a rafting trip down the Kicking Horse River. From here we continue on to Lake Louise, home to one of the most photographed glacial lakes in Canada. On arrival we will take a walk around this beautiful body of water, perhaps with time to stop for a drink at the historic and imposing Chateau Lake Louise.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Transfer to Yoho National Park, hike the Iceline Trail and visit Takkakkaw falls

Description

From our base in Lake Louise we drive out today to Yoho National Park on the British Columbia/Alberta border. The park is home to a seemingly endless spectacle of thundering waterfalls, glacial lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks and deep silent forests, presenting us with some of the most dramatic landscapes anywhere in the country. So inspired were the local tribes by the beauty of this country that they christened the area 'Yoho', meaning 'awe and wonder'. On our walk today we will get to see much of this wonderful landscape when we head out along the Iceline Trail, a dramatic, alpine track that traverses a landscape of rock and ice up to the spectacular Takakkaw Falls. Taken from the Cree word for 'magnificent', the falls are fed by the Daly Glacier and, at 309 metres are the second highest falls in Canada. Today's trek should take us around six or seven hours to complete and is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular hikes in the Rockies.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Drive along the Icefield Parkway and hike the Wilcox Pass; optional Ice walk or Sky Walk

Description

This morning we'll drive along the celebrated Icefields Parkway, a breathtaking spectacle of lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes and humbling glaciers. Our journey takes us into the landscapes of Jasper National Park and up to the Columbia Icefield, site of the most accessible glacier in North America. From here we will hike up to Wilcox Pass, a glacier scoured trail that during the brief summer season is blanketed in wild flowers and anemones. The 11 kilometre round trip will take us around three hours and offers some outstanding views of the Columbia Icefields. There will even be an opportunity today to take an optional ice walk on the glacier.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - In Jasper National Park; hike the Bald Hill Trail

Description

We continue our exploration of Jasper National Park today as we head out to hike the Bald Hills trail. The start of the trailhead is situated at Maligne Lake and, once on the trail, you will be offered some of the finest views of the lake in the region as well as the glaciated peaks to the east. The trail meandres through a protected caribou range and is around 12km round trip, with just under 500m of height gain.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - In Jasper National Park; hike the Sulphur Skyline Trail

Description

Our last hike in Jasper National Park today takes us onto the Sulphur Skyline Trail. The trail is divided into 2 parts. We begin with a short stretch on a paved path which it turns into a well-kept rocky trail and then it's a steady ascent through the woods. We come to an alpine meadow before hiking the last steep part of the trail to the summit. Upon reaching the rocky summit we are rewarded with a stunning view of the entire area. We retrace our steps back down, where we can take a soak in the natural Miette Hot Springs. Todays hike is graded as challenging; the 8km route is steep in place and will take around five hours.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 - Drive to Banff; hike on Parker Ridge. Visit Banff and optional hot springs visit

Description

We transfer this morning to Banff along the last of the Icefield Parkway. Set in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and site of the country's oldest national park, Banff is an expansive wilderness of some 6641 square kilometres, encompassing a stunning landscape of spectacular mountain vistas, alpine meadows and crystal lakes. One of the country's most spectacular wilderness areas, it is home to nearly 60 different species of mammals, including grizzlies, black bears, wolverines, marmots and moose. It can also boast some 280 species of birds including golden eagles, ospreys and white-tailed ptarmigan. Our final day in the Rockies takes us on a shorter, but no less spectacular, trail, Parker Ridge. The trail takes a steady upwards direction (250m of ascent) to get you to the top of the ridge and above the tree line. From the top of the ridge you will get great views of the Saskatchwan Glacier, stretching up the valley that it has carved out over thousands of years. Leaving behind this beautiful region we return to Banff to explore the town and there will also be a chance to pay an optional visit to the Hot Spring.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 - Trip ends Calgary Airport

Description

We drive to Calgary after breakfast this morning. Calgary is one of Canada's most dynamic destinations and today we have an opportunity to explore a little of the city en route to the airport, where our trip ends.

Included Meals : None

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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

There are a number of exciting optional excursions you can do on your trip: Banff - Gondola CAD$ 65; Hot Springs CAD$ 7.30; Canoeing on the Bow River CAD$42 (1hr) CAD$63 (2 hrs); Three Sisters Peaks Helicopter tour CAD$ 129 (15mins); Royal Canadian Helicopter tour CAD$ 259 (25mins); Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter tour CAD$ 314 (30mins) Kananaskis - Helicopter Tour 20 min ride, CAD$198.50, include a 1 hr wilderness stop for CAD$69 + 5% taxes. Kootenay - Radium Hot Springs CAD$6.3 Kicking Horse - Grizzly Bear Reserve CAD$48, Rafting CAD$126 (without barbecue) CAD$139 (with barbecue) Lake Louise - Canoe rental CAD$100 per half hour, CAD$126 per hour Athabasca Glacier - Snowcoach CAN$ 104; Ice walk CAN$ 110 (payable in cash only); Sky walk CAN$ 36 Jasper - Skytram CAN$ 50; Maligne boat tour CAN$ 70; Rafting trip CAN$ 72-103; Miette Hot Spring CAN$ 6.5 All optional excursion costs are subject to change at the discretion of the local supplier.

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

During your two nights at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre you will be sharing a (maximum) four bed dorm. All camping equipment is provided except a sleeping bag. Like many adventures of this type, much of the team spirit and camaraderie is developed through mucking in and helping out with basic camp responsibilities which will include the setting up and taking down of camp and the loading and unloading of the trailer. At some points you may also be asked to help with meal preparation, washing and clearing up. Be prepared for some early starts and some long days - there is an enormous amount to see!

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