- Accom: camping
- Accom: hotel/lodge
- Walking & Trekking
- Guided Group
- All food included whilst camping. We suggest you allow about CAD$60 for meals not included in the itinerary, for example the first hotel night. The food whilst camping is wholesome and North American style: breakfast usually consists of pancakes, toasts, muesli and fruits. Lunch is picnic or buffet style, with sandwiches, pitta bread, sliced meat, cheese and fruit. For snacks there are cookies, healthbars and other nibbles. Dinners tend to consist of soup, salad, barbecued meat, rice and pasta dishes, vegetables and dessert.
Welcome to Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with skyscrapers and a 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. Welcome meeting for those of you not on the group flight at 6.00pm in the hotel lobby, here you will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. If booking flight inclusive you will receive notes off the tour leader at a later stage due to a late arrival.
Drive to Banff N.P.; hike at Lake Agnes; camping at Lake Louise.
Drive the Trans-Canada Highway to your first destination; Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada. Take in the extraordinary panorama at the prestigious Chateau Lake Louise and warm up those hiking boots with a walk on the trail beside the emerald coloured lake for views of Victoria Glacier. Leaving the tourists behind, 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 decent back down to your campsite near Lake Louise.
Trek in Banff N.P.; Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass.
Take a short transfer to get to Moraine Lake, neighbour to Lake Louise and situated in the scenic Valley of the Ten Peaks. Hike along the Larch Valley before you climb to Sentinel Pass for magnificent views of Banff National Park backcountry. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including elk, porcupine and Black and Grizzly Bear, 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 do except to see a few fellow hikers on the trail too.
To Yoho N.P.; Iceline Trail with views of Takakkaw Falls.
Cross the Continental Divide north along the Kicking Horse River towards Yoho National Park. Yoho, meaning 'magnificent' in the Cree Indian language is home to some beautiful alpine scenery, which is best explored on foot. Your 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. It’s a photographer's dream with several hiking opportunities delivering pristine alpine landscapes including stunning mountains, lakes and waterfalls. You're bound to be impressed by its unsurpassed beauty.
Drive the spectacular Columbia Icefields Parkway to Jasper N.P.; short walk at Parker Ridge.
Enjoy the views of one of the world’s finest drives; the Icefields Parkway featuring 'must see' sights, including Bow Summit, Bow and Peyto Lakes as well as the Crowfoot Glacier. Thankfully there are plenty of well-located pause points and you'll find the frozen swathes of the Colombia Icefield Parkway and the thundering cascades of Sunwapta Falls provide two of many incredible backdrops on offer. There may be time for a walk at Parker Ridge and the chance to see Saskatchewan Glacier. Once you arrive in Jasper, keep your eyes peeled as wildlife such as Black Bear and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep are abundance. Tonight you’ll set up camp underneath the watchful gaze of Jasper’s rugged peaks.
Trek in Jasper N.P.; Cavell Meadows at the foot of Angel Glacier.
Jasper is much quieter than Banff making it easier to leave the crowds behind. One hike to really give you that wilderness feel takes you to Cavell Meadows at the foot of Angel Glacier, via flower-strewn meadows and pristine glacial ponds. After climbing up, you 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. For a more relaxing time in wildlands of Jasper, head down to the lakeshore of Maligne Lake and admire the Spirit Island one of the most photographed scenes on the planet.
Walk along Maligne Canyon and up Bald Hill Mountain.
Today we explore another section of the park: Maligne Canyon and the spiky Bald Hills. Walk along Maligne Canyon with several bridges and waterfalls. Continue along Maligne Lake Road, keep your eyes open for Bald Eagles and Black Bear. From the lake, hike to the top of Bald Hill Mountain for an open view of Maligne Lake and the surrounding peaks.
To Banf N.P.; optional hot springs or canoe rental on Bow River.
Return to Banff to explore more of the thrilling hiking trails by foot, stopping along the Icefield Parkway on your way to discover yet more superb sights and viewpoints. 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.
To Kananaskis Provincial Park; hike through thick forest to Burstall Pass.
This incredibly stunning area of Canada is home to over 50 provincial parks and recreation areas, just waiting for you to explore. Hike to Burstall Pass in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and pass through thick forest before arriving at a beautiful hanging valley. A final push over the last bluff reveals unbelievable views in all directions including the horn of Mount Assiniboine.
Cross into Waterton N.P.; hike to Bertha Lake.
Over the summit of Highwood Pass you'll cross into cowboy country continuing to Waterton National Park, known locally as 'the land where the prairie meets the mountains'. Waterton Lakes delivers red canyons, deep blue lakes, caves and coves formerly used by whisky smugglers. Wildlife is plentiful here and there are some incredible guided hikes on offer, which will allow ample opportunity to view native wildlife in its natural habitat. Hike to Bertha Falls and then walk further along the trail to Bertha Lakes. This is a moderate hike but the views are superb and your camera will definitely get a work out on this trail. Tonight you set up camp for three nights near Waterton National Park.
Trek in Waterton N.P.; Bertha Lake.
Get your boots at the ready, you’ve got a whole day of hiking ahead of you and the trails we recommend offer some of the best hikes in Waterton National Park. Lineham Ridge Hike is a thing of beauty from the start. Admire the brilliant red argillite of Rowe Creek and keep a close eye out for Grizzly Bear who could pop out of the forest at any moment. This is a superb trail that provides some of the best views around, to the south you can even see the equally stunning Glacier National Park. The next trail on offer is the Carthew-Alderson Trail, which will take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Canadian Rockies. Walk through misty old forests and pass deep blue lakes and rugged mountain peaks. Visit the Buffalo Refuge before heading back to your campground for the evening.
Trek in Waterton N.P.; Carthew Summit.
Second day trekking in Waterton National Park
Visit Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump and return to Calgary; End.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 'Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump', one of the world's oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jumps. Here you’ll find a museum dedicated to the First Nations People, before making a beeline for Calgary where your tour ends. This tour ends at our gateway hotel in Calgary at approximately 5.00pm. 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 9.00pm.