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Hiking the Canadian Rockies

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Join this 8-day hiking adventure from the beautiful Canadian Rockies of snow-capped peaks and glittering lakes. Hiking through the breathtaking vistas of Jasper National Park, Banff, and Yoho National Park is a workout for both your body and your camera. Experience Lake Louise's stunning sceneries and the Icefields Parkway's iconic scenery on a wildlife safari at Maligne Lake. Throw in an expert local leader and a group of like-minded travelers and, you’re on track for an unforgettable adventure.
Banff - Icefields ParkwayPeyto Lake, Banff National Park, AlbertaJasper National ParkCanadian RockiesYoho Takakkaw River FallsJasper National ParkJasper - Maligne CanyonJasper National ParkYoho Emerald LakeBritish Columbia Rocky Mountains
Highlights
  • Uncover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Canadian Rockies on foot.
  • Explore Banff National Park and unwind in the Banff upper hot springs.
  • Hike through Yoho National Park to see the Kicking Horse River's natural bridge.
  • Discover the glaciers and peaks of the Columbia Icefield, including Athabasca glacier.
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Day 1: Calgary, Alberta | Banff National Park

  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to the Canadian Rockies! Your adventure begins in Calgary with a welcome meeting at 7.30 am. Be briefed on the activities ahead and meet your local leader and fellow travelers before time to hit the road along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic and spectacular stretches of road in the world. Arrive at the beautiful Bow Lake and set out on the first of many incredible walks. This 5.6-mile circuit will lead you around the reflective waters of the lake, skimming a gorge with water rushing below, through to an outwash plain where you can see the wild Bow Falls. Be soak in epic views with every step; Crowfoot Mountain, Bow Crow Peak, Mt Gordon, and many other peaks provide the backdrop for your walk. After an exciting first day, retire to your remote and picturesque campground within Banff National Park.

Included Activities:
    • Bow Glacier Falls Hike
    • BBQ dinner surrounded by Rockies peaks

    Day 2: Banff National Park

    • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
    Make the drive this morning to Lake Louise. Here you’ll experience natural beauty at its very best – dazzling peaks dusted with snow are juxtaposed against the pristine glittering lake, creating an image that looks too perfect to be real. There are many hiking options here spanning various lengths and levels of difficulty – speak to your leader for more information on which hike is best for you. If you choose a shorter option, the Lake Louise Fairmont Hotel sits right on the shores of the lake and serves as a perfect spot to take in the scenery with some poutine or a cocktail in hand. Late afternoon will bring another chance to visit hot springs and afterwards, re-group with your fellow travellers for dinner.

    Included Activities:
        • Jasper Hot Springs visit
        • Lake Louise & Moraine Lake full day hike

        Day 3: Icefields Parkway

        • Hotels
        • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
        Rise bright and early for another day full of adventure. After a scenic ride along Icefield Parkway, arrive at the beautiful Bow Lake and set out on yet another of many truly incredible walks. This 5.6-mile circuit will lead you around the reflective waters of the lake, skimming a gorge with water rushing below, through to an outwash plain where you can see the wild Bow Falls. You’ll also soak in epic views with every step; Crowfoot Mountain, Bow Crow Peak, Mt Gordon and many other peaks provide the backdrop for your walk. After an exciting day, retire to your remote and picturesque campground and special BBQ dinner under the stars.

        Included Activities:
              • BBQ dinner surrounded by Rockies peaks
              • Bow Glacier Falls Hike

              Day 4: Jasper National Park

              • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
              Put your best foot forward this morning and set out on the Willcox Pass Hike, expected to take around three to four hours. Trek past a small wetland, take in views of the Sunwapta Pass, and climb above the treeline to a set of Canada’s famous red chairs, inviting visitors to sit back and take a moment to soak up the view. You’ll also be able to see the glaciers and peaks of the Columbia Icefield, including the awe-inspiring Athabasca Glacier. Then, drive on to Peyto Lake, made famous by its icy glacial waters, and take a short hike up to a viewpoint where you can admire the lake in its vibrant glory. Carry on to Yoho National Park and visit its natural bridge, spanning the powerful Kicking Horse River.

              Included Activities:
                      • Valley of Five Lakes Hike
                      • Icefield Parkway stops & Athabasca Glacier

                      Day 5: Jasper National Park

                      • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
                      This morning you will travel to Maligne Lake – famed for its bright blue waters, there are few more beautiful spots in the country. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way – moose, deer, grizzlies and black bears have all been spotted along this stretch of road. There are two gentle hiking options available in the area, or you may prefer to rent a canoe or kayak to see the lake’s beauty from a different perspective. Your leader will be on hand to make suggestions on the best way to enjoy a morning here. Stop for lunch and take some time to soak up the amazing scenery, then spend the afternoon in Jasper town, with a laidback vibe and a picture-perfect mountain backdrop. You may like to hire a bike and explore the area on two wheels, sit back and relax in one of the town’s cosy pubs or take the Jasper SkyTram up The Whistlers mountain, from where you can take a short walk with jaw-dropping views of Jasper National Park.

                      Included Activities:
                                • Jasper townsite visit
                                • Maligne Lake walk

                                Day 6: Yoho National Park

                                • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
                                Put your best foot forward this morning and set out on the Willcox Pass Hike, expected to take around three to four hours. Trek past a small wetland, take in views of the Sunwapta Pass and climb above the treeline to a set of Canada’s famous red chairs, inviting visitors to sit back and take a moment to soak up the view. You’ll also be able to see the glaciers and peaks of the Columbia Icefield, including the awe-inspiring Athabasca glacier. Then, drive on to Peyto Lake, made famous by its icy glacial waters, and take a short hike up to a viewpoint where you can admire the lake in its vibrant glory. Carry on to Yoho National Park and visit its natural bridge, spanning the powerful Kicking Horse River.

                                Included Activities:
                                            • Natural Bridge walk
                                            • Wilcox Pass walk
                                            • Peyto viewpoint

                                            Day 7: Yoho National Park

                                            • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
                                            Begin your day with a visit to Emerald Lake within Yoho National Park. True to its name, the cool green waters are truly a sight to behold. Then it’s time to get your heartrate up on the Iceline Trail within the park, following a splendid circuit past soaring mountains decorated with glaciers, dramatic valleys and peaceful meadows. Depending on the interests of the group, there is an 8.6 mile or 13 mile option, both serving up unforgettable scenery. After your hike, give your legs a rest as you make a short and gentle walk to the Takakkaw Falls, where you’ll soon find out why the name translates to ‘wonderful’ in the First Nations Cree language. At a cloud-piercing height of 373m, this is the second tallest waterfall in Canada, and surely the most spectacular to look at.

                                            Included Activities:
                                            • Emerald Lake to Iceline Trail & Takakkaw Falls hike

                                            Day 8: Banff National Park | Calgary | Return Home

                                            • 1 Breakfast
                                            Start the day with a short hike at Tunnel Mountain, a final chance to walk among the Rockies’s unbeatable scenery. Afterwards, begin the journey back to Calgary (approximately 1.5 hours), stopping along the way in the cosy mountain town of Canmore. Take some time so reminisce about all you’ve achieved and discovered over the course of your adventure during lunch (at your own expense). Return to Calgary, where on arrival (approximately 4pm) your adventure will come to an end.

                                            Included Activities:
                                                          • Canmore townsite visit

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                                                          • 7 Nights Accommodations
                                                          • 8 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
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