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Food

  • 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.

Activities

  • Walking & Trekking
  • Wildlife Walks
  • 1

    Start Calgary.

    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. *Optional Activities: *• Calgary Tower CAD$18 • Canada Olympic Park CAD$12+ depending on the number of activities (20 minutes by car or 1 hour using public transport) • Western saloon evening CAD$10 *Standard Hotel*

  • 2

    Drive to Waterton.

    Grab your hiking boots and head over to Blairmore, in order to hike up Turtle mountain for a stunning view of Canada’s deadliest land slide - Frank slide, which killed 70 people in 1903 when over 90 million tons of rock came tumbling down the mountain. The slide destroyed the Frank Mine surface plant and buried the CPR rail line. The tales of tragedy and survival are documented in the many interactive exhibits and media presentations at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. From here you continue onto Waterton where you spend the next two nights. Upon arrival, the guide will give you an explanation about how the fires affected Western Canada in 2017, what this means for wildlife and how the forest will regenerate itself over the next years. *Optional Activities:* Frank Slide Interpretive Centre CAD$13   *Basic Camping *

  • 3

    Waterton Lakes National Park

    Get your boots ready because you have a wonderful full day hike ahead of you on the Crypt Lake.  This hike is challenging yet rewarding and the scenery is something truly incredible. Your day begins with a short boat ride from Waterton marina to Crypt Landing, where the trail leads you up through mountain forest, before gaining in elevation steadily from there. You’ll pass Twin Falls along the way and empty into a scree field, before transforming into switchbacks – some of which are challenging.  Along the way, you’ll enjoy waterfalls, views of Burnt Rock Falls before the trail works its way through a boulder-filled landscape, through a tunnel carved into the rock, followed by a metal ladder bolted into the mountain which you traverse. With the name like Crypt Lake, the reward is obviously reaching this beautiful body of water. It is common place to spot Mountain Goats and marmots. Crypt Trail isn’t easy, but it’s worth every ounce of effort. *Name of Hike:* Crypt Lake Trail  *Max altitude:* 1980m *Basic Camping*

  • 4

    To Lake Louise; Lake Agnes Trail.

    Today your travel time will be approximately four and a half hours, stopping en route at 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 where you watch a video re-enactment, followed by free time on the viewing platform or the option of a short 1 mile trail. Then it’s onto Lake Louise and your base for the next three nights. Upon arrival, take in the epic panorama at the prestigious 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 your campsite near Lake Louise. *Name of Hike:* Lake Agnes Trail *Max altitude:* 2120m *Basic Camping*

  • 5

    To Moraine Lake, climb to Sentinel Pass.

    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 do expect to see a few fellow hikers on the trail too. *Name of Hike:* Sentinel Pass  *Max altitude:* 2611m *Optional Activities: *Aerial gondola/tramway - Banff CAD$62 *Basic Camping*

  • 6

    Trek in Yolo N.P.; admire the views of Takakkaw Falls.

    Cross the Continental Divide north along the Kicking Horse River towards Yoho National Park. Yoho, meaning 'wonder' 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. 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. *Name of Hike:* Iceline Trail *Max altitude:* 2073m *Optional Activities: *Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River CAD$100-$170 (you will not have time to hike and whitewater raft) *Basic Camping*

  • 7

    Hike the Parker Ridge Trail

    Today you journey over to Jasper National Park so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as Black Bears and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep which are in abundance. Today you will hike the Parker Ridge trail with the chance to see 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, you'll set up camp underneath the watchful gaze of Jasper's rugged peaks, your home for the next three nights. *Name of Hike:* Parker Ridge Trail *Max altitude:* 2288m *Basic Camping*

  • 8

    Jasper N.P.; walk along the Sulphur Skyline Trail.

    Jasper is much quieter than some other national parks, making it easier to leave the crowds behind. Today you hike the Sulphur Skyline Trail which has some of the most breathtaking panoramas that Jasper has to offer. You hike the five mile trek to the mountain peak overlooking 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 swim wear). *Name of Hike: *Sulphur Skyline Trail *Max Altitude:* 2000m *Basic Camping*

  • 9

    Explore Maligne Canyon and Bald Hills.

    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 Bears. From the lake, hike to the top of Bald Hill Mountain for an open view of Maligne Lake and the surrounding peaks. For a more relaxing time in the 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. *Name of Hike:* Bald Hill *Max altitude:* 2320m *Optional Activities: *Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$15-$75, Miette hot springs in Jasper CAD$7 *Basic Camping*

  • 10

    Icefield Parkway - Banff

    You’ll be based out of Banff for a three night stay and be able to explore more thrilling hiking trails by foot. En route you’ll stop at different viewpoints along the Icefield Parkway and 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). 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. *Optional Activities: *Athabasca Glacier walk CAD$90, Sulphur Mountain hot springs CAD$8 *Basic Camping*

  • 11

    To Banff National Park

    This 14-km loop trail is well worth the 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, you follow the trail 1 km to the Cory pass junction. You then climb most of the 915 m over 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 regain 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 nice hike and a favourite of the local climbing community. *Name of Hike:* Cory Pass  *Max altitude:* 2324m *Basic Camping*

  • 12

    Explore Kananaskis Country

    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. *Name of Hike:* Burstall Pass *Max altitude:* 2380m *Basic Camping*

  • 13

    Hike the Cascade Amphitheatre Trail and return to Calgary; End.

    The tour is nearly coming to an end but there is time for one last chance to hit the trails and sample the Canadian Rockies. Today (depending on weather conditions) you 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. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you emerge into the amphitheatre, enclosed by limestone cliffs, as there are commonly wildflowers early season. After this you make a beeline for Calgary where your 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:* 2195m

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