Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walks

Start: Calgary Finish: Calgary

Visiting: Calgary, Lake Louise, Lake Agnes Trail, Sentinel Pass, Yoho National Park Of Canada, Jasper National Park, Parker Ridge Trail, Cavell Street, Sulphur Skyline Trail, Icefields Parkway, Landslide Lake, Banff National Park, Cory Pass, Cascade Amphitheatre Trail, Rocky Mountains, , Canadian Rockies


Duration: 12 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate / Challenging

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 12

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3824

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconWalk to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park
  • iconThree nights in the Lake Louise area and three nights in Jasper National Park 
  • iconHike through the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies on a series of named hiking trails
  • iconViews of Saskatchewan Glacier and Moraine Lake 
  • iconForested walks through alpine covered valleys and wildlife viewing opportunities 
  • iconDrive the breathtaking Icefields Parkway
  • iconEnjoy a three night heli-hike experience within the Canadian wilderness area of Landslide Lake

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icon Day 1 : Start Calgary

Location: Calgary

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramada Downtown Calgary (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

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.

icon Day 2 : Lake Louise; Lake Agnes Trail

Location: Lake Louise, Lake Agnes Trail

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

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 *Lake Agnes Trail*: 435m elevation gain/loss

icon Day 3 : Second day at Lake Louise; climb to Sentinel Pass

Location: Lake Louise, Sentinel Pass

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 *Sentinel Pass Trail*: 792m elevation gain/loss

icon Day 4 : Yoho National Park; Iceline Trail

Location: Yoho National Park Of Canada

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

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 *Iceline Trail*: 1053 elevation gain/loss

icon Day 5 : Jasper National Park; hike the Parker Ridge Trail

Location: Jasper National Park, Parker Ridge Trail

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Whistler Campground (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 *Parker ridge **Trail*: 269m elevation gain/loss

icon Day 6 : Jasper National Park; Cavell Meadows

Location: Jasper National Park, Cavell Street

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Whistler Campground (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 *Cavell Meadows Trail*: 500m elevation gain/loss

icon Day 7 : Jasper National Park; Sulphur Skyline Trail

Location: Jasper National Park, Sulphur Skyline Trail

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Whistler Campground (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 *Sulphure Skyline Trail*: 650m elevation gain/loss

icon Day 8 : Icefields Parkway to Landslide Lake

Location: Icefields Parkway, Landslide Lake

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Wilderness Campground

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. *Land slide lake*: elevation gain/loss from 300 to 800m / day

icon Day 9 -10 : Landslide Lake

Location: Landslide Lake

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Wilderness Campground

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. *Land slide lake*: elevation gain/loss from 300 to 800m / day

icon Day 11 : Heli-flight; Banff National Park

Location: Banff National Park

Accommodation: Tunnel Mountain (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. *Lake Minnewanka Trail*:  NA minimal elevation gain/loss

icon Day 12 : Banff National Park; Cory Pass

Location: Banff National Park, Cory Pass

Accommodation: Tunnel Mountain (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 *Cory Pass Trail*: 1168m elevation gain/loss

icon Day 13 : Hike the Cascade Amphitheatre Trail and return to Calgary; tour ends. 

Location: Cascade Amphitheatre Trail, Calgary

Meals: Breakfast

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

What's Included

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    We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

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    All transport and listed activities

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    Tour leader throughout

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    All accommodation

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    11 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 9 dinners

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Optional activities

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    Flights

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    Arrival & departure transfers

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.

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Memorable trip to the Canadian Rockies
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 ....more 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!; ....less
Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walks
Generally a nice holiday, in spectacular scenery. The food was varied and very plentiful (although having 10 females in the party of 12, plus 2 male guides might have had ....more Generally a nice holiday, in spectacular scenery.

The food was varied and very plentiful (although having 10 females in the party of 12, plus 2 male guides might have had a bearing on this).

Assorted dietary restrictions were catered for.

The sites were fine, with the exception of the "last" one near Waterton Park (Waterton Springs Campground) which, in all honesty, was unacceptable for a holiday costing in excess of £3,000 for 11 days camping.

We had a 1km walk to get hot water for anything, the toilet facilities near our tents were basic and only just about acceptable (if you ignore the lack of hot water) and the sinks for washing up in were disgusting.

They had a large number (40-50) of RVs on site, all situated next to the office and all facilities.

We were put as far away from there as was possible on the site (presumably so that a "noisy" group wouldn't disturb their main source of income - the RVs).

There may have been another 5-6 people in tents while we were there.

We were unfortunate in that, due to fires, Waterton Park was closed the day after we arrived and then totally evacuated, so I cannot comment on the walks there.

This was a shame as I had visited there for 2 days last year and really loved it - there is what looked to be a reasonable site in Waterton Park itself, beautifully situated next to the village, although I can't comment on its facilities as I was in a hotel.

In fact, returning there was a major factor in me choosing to go on this holiday.

On the plus side, we only stayed at the poor site for one night.

The tour company arranged a new site, well away from the fires (a 500km drive in fact), in a much nicer site, at very short notice.

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Excellent trip
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, ....more 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.

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Rockies and Wilderness Walk
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 ....more We had a fabulous time.

All weather's were experienced.

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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.

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HIKING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
A fantastic trip, thanks to all involved. The Rockies are all they say in the brochure - and more. A fantastic trip, thanks to all involved.

The Rockies are all they say in the brochure - and more.

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Canadian Rockies
A great 12 days hiking. Only downside was poor visibility due to forest fires in US for the first week - something completely outside Exodus's control. A great 12 days hiking.

Only downside was poor visibility due to forest fires in US for the first week - something completely outside Exodus's control.

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HIKING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
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 ....more 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.

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HIKING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
This was an awesome trip, it exceeded all my expectations and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with a love for the outdoors, gorgeous scenery and challenging hikes.  This ....more This was an awesome trip, it exceeded all my expectations and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with a love for the outdoors, gorgeous scenery and challenging hikes.

  This is a hiking trip, it’s full on and for the most part you will be busy – hiking!  There are a couple of opportunities to spend time in Jasper and Banff, catch up with laundry or do some souvenir shopping,  but for me it was all about the Rockies and enjoying panoramas that no photograph could ever do justice! All the hikes are perfectly doable if you have a good level of fitness and a real desire to get to the top! You’re in the Rockies, the elevation gain is going to be tough, but all the pain will be forgotten the second you get to the top – every hike has a prize of the most spectacular views!; ....less
Varied trip showing off the best of the Rockies
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 ....more 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.

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Fantastic trip
Lovely holiday in the Rockies, varied walks, great guides who cooked 3 course meals every night on a 3 ring gas burner. Bus time kept to a minimum but we ....more Lovely holiday in the Rockies, varied walks, great guides who cooked 3 course meals every night on a 3 ring gas burner.

Bus time kept to a minimum but we covered a lot of ground.

Just remember, you are in the mountains and the weather can be variable, the averages given in the trip notes can be deceiving!; ....less

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