13 days departing CALGARY from

Style: Walking
Destination: Canada
Tour Code: PRW

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Trip Overview

Few places in the world offer such pristine scenery and diverse hiking 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 and spot the bountiful wildlife that call this area home including bears, eagles, deer and moose. Nothing will inspire you more than a trip through the Canadian Rockies.

Included Highlights
  • Trek through the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies with a series of named hiking trails
  • Drive the breathtaking Icefields Parkway
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Visit UNESCO site 'Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump'
  • Sweeping views of Moraine Lake
  • Forested walks through alpine covered valleys
  • Views of Saskatchewan Glacier
  • Three nights in the Lake Louise area
  • Walk to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park
  • Three nights in Jasper National Park
  • Visit Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
  • Hiking in Waterton National Park
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 11 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) and 1 hotel night. For your own tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners
Guided: Two professional tour guides to allow greater support
Group size: Maximum 12
Age range: 16+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Mountain biking - Jasper CAD$8-$75
  • Aerial gondola/tramway - Banff CAD$60
  • White water rafting - Kicking Horse River CAD$95-$170
  • Sulphur Mountain hot springs - Banff CAD$8

Day 1: 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.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Lake Louise

Drive the Trans-Canada Highway to your first destination, Lake Louise: your base for the next three nights. 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. 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.

Trail name: Lake Agnes Trail
Duration: 5 hours
Mileage: 9.07 miles / 14.6 kms
Altitude gain: 385 meters
Maximum altitude: 2120 meters

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Banff National Park

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.

Trail name: Sentinel Pass
Duration: 5-6 hours
Mileage: 9.94 miles / 16 kms
Altitude gain: 725 meters
Maximum altitude: 2611 meters

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4: Yoho National Park

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.

Trail name: Iceline Trail
Duration: 5 hours
Mileage: 13 miles / 21 kms
Altitude gain: 695 meters
Maximum altitude: 2073 meters

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: Jasper National Park

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 Bears and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep are abundance. Tonight, you'll set up camp underneath the watchful gaze of Jasper's rugged peaks, your home for the next three nights.

Trail name: Parker Ridge
Duration: 2-3 hours
Mileage: 3.23 miles / 5.2 kms
Altitude gain: 275 meters
Maximum altitude: 2270 meters

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6: Jasper National Park

Jasper is much quieter than some other national parks, making it easier to leave the crowds behind. Take the trail to Cavell Meadows at the foot of Angel Glacier for a true wilderness feel. 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 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.

Trail name: Cavell Meadows
Duration: 4 hours
Mileage: 5.5 miles / 8-10 kms
Altitude gain: 400 meters
Maximum altitude: 2288 meters

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7: Jasper National Park

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.

Trail name: Bald Hills
Duration: 5 hours
Mileage: 6.4 miles / 10.4 kms
Altitude gain: 500 meters
Maximum altitude: 2320 meters

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8: Banff National Park

Return to Banff for a two-night stay, and 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.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 9: 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.

Trail name: Burstall Pass
Duration: 5-6 hours
Mileage: 9.32 miles / 15 kms
Altitude gain: 470 meters
Maximum altitude: 2380 meters

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 10: Waterton Lakes National Park

Over the summit of Highwood Pass you'll cross into cowboy country, continuing to Waterton Lakes 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 workout. Tonight, you set up camp for three nights near Waterton Lakes National Park.

Trail name: Bertha Lake
Duration: 4.5 hours
Mileage: 6.71 miles / 10.8 kms
Altitude gain: 472 meters
Maximum altitude: 1767 meters

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 11-12: Waterton Lakes National Park

Get your boots at the ready, you've got two whole days 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.

Day 11
Trail name: Lineham Ridge
Duration: 6 hours
Mileage: 10.68 miles / 17.2 kms
Altitude gain: 950 meters
Maximum altitude: 2560 meters

Day 12
Trail name: Carthew Summit
Duration: 6 hours
Mileage: 13 miles / 21 kms
Altitude gain: 651 meters
Maximum altitude: 2311 meters

Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x1) included

Day 13: Waterton - Calgary

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.
Meals: Breakfast included

If you wish to extend your stay please reserve additional accommodation with reservations. If you are flying tonight please do not book a flight before 21:00 hrs.

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Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own tent for every night of the tour. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Ramada Downtown Calgary


The hotel is an easy walking distance to local attractions and entertainment and complete with a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool.

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Travelodge Airport Calgary


This hotel offers an indoor heated pool, fitness centre, free Wi-Fi in all rooms and cable TV. Free airport shuttle service is also available.

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