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Canadian Rockies Hiking Holiday

Destination: Banff and Yoho National Parks, Canada

The Canadian Rockies offer some of the most varied and scenic hiking anywhere in the world. This vast area features amazing mountain formations, ice capped peaks, glacially-fed aquamarine lakes, and sparkling glaciers. Alpine meadows carpeted in bright wildflowers add color to an already stunning landscape, and forests of spruce, alpine fir, and larch add their sweet scent to the clean air. Hiking opportunities are practically unlimited so we've chosen the best of the best for our active exploration of this fabled land. Maximum group size: 12;

Highlights

  • Being surrounded by stunning mountain scenery that is jaw droppingly beautiful
  • Hiking well marked trails to glaciers, over passes, past waterfalls, and through forests of spruce, fir, and larch
  • Walking in alpine meadows carpeted in an array of brightly colored wildflowers
  • Visiting the town of Banff home of the Lake Louise Chateau
  • Enjoying the camaraderie that staying in hostels makes possible

Departures and Prices

July 20 to July 28, 2019
$2375.00 - FULL
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July 18 to July 26, 2020
$2395.00 - Available
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Inclusions

  • 1 - 2 experienced AGC guides based on group size
  • Eight nights lodging in hostels and hotels
  • All meals from dinner Saturday through breakfast the following Sunday with the exception of two lunches. We will go out to restaurants for a few meals and cook in the hostels for most other meals.
  • Round-trip transportation from Calgary to the Parks
  • Park entry fees

Not included: Travel to and from Calgary, two lunches, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities and travel insurance

Details

This trip is designed for women who enjoy hiking in the mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. We will be hiking 8 - 11 miles a day in hilly terrain with significant ascents and descents. One descent is especially steep and rocky. Previous hiking experience is extremely useful, as is having a sense of adventure, a desire to spend time in the mountains, and a good level of physical fitness. A rating of 4 requires aerobic conditioning for at least 40-50 minutes 4-5 times a week. Additional endurance exercise (e.g. going for a 2-hour hike once a week) and/or strength training is appropriate.  Rating: 1 2 3 [4] 5.

On this trip we enjoy hiking on some of the most spectacular trails in the Canadian Rockies. The trails are well maintained; some are fairly smooth. Others may be quite rocky, steep (both up and down) and contain scree. There will also be time to explore the town of Banff one afternoon.

While in the Parks, we will stay at Fireweed hostel in Field, which we will have to ourselves. At Fireweed there are 4 bedrooms with 2 bunkbeds to a room. There are 4 people to a room. Each bedroom has mountain views, solid pine bunk beds, and warm cork flooring. Shared bathrooms and showers are located adjacent to bedrooms. Fireweed Hostel in Field BC and Yoho National Park. (250) 343-6999
At the beginning and end of the trip we'll spend the night at a hotel near the Calgary airport with a free airport shuttle.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
Arrive in Calgary anytime on Saturday, in time to meet at our hotel at 5pm. We will meet in the lobby of our hotel for introductions and then go out together for a welcome dinner where we will continue getting to know each other and talk about our upcoming hiking adventure.
DAY 2
This morning we load into the vans and head for Lake Louise. We will visit the world famous Chateau Lake Louise, located in one of the most beautiful settings you will ever see (pictures of it are gorgeous and don't begin to do it justice). After visiting the Chateau we take a short uphill hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House above the actual Lake, the perfect introduction to this amazing land. Our lodging tonight and for the next two nights is the Lake Louise Alpine Hostel, an international hotspot and always buzzing with activity (4.5 miles)
DAY 3
The Plain of Six Glaciers is an accurate name! Actually the forefront of the Lower Victoria glacier, six glaciers are visible from it. Passing through some of the most interesting glaciated scenery in Banff National Park, our trail rises from Lake Louise to a spectacular viewpoint at the base of Mount Victoria. The teahouse at the end of the trail was built in 1924 by Swiss guides who were employed by the railway to bring tourism to the area. The baked goods served there provide an extra reward for our hiking endeavors. 8.2 miles round trip. Overnight Lake Louise Alpine Hostel
DAY 4
Larch Valley/Sentinel Pass/Paradise Valley Loop. 11 miles. Of the major trails in the mountain parks, Sentinel Pass at 8,566 feet is the highest. Sandwiched between two peaks, this barren pass offers us a glimpse into the world of mountaineers. Starting in the Valley of the Ten Peaks we walk above Moraine Lake to the beautiful Larch Valley and onto Sentinel Pass. After lunch at the pass with its outstanding vistas in all directions, we descend to Paradise Valley for a gradual walk out to the road. This hike feels long by the end but is so absolutely stunning that it is well worth tired feet. 11 miles round trip. Overnight Lake Louise Alpine Hostel
DAY 5
Today we'll see the Rockies from a different perspective - that of a glacier, one of the geologic forms that is responsible for carving out the Rockies. On our guided glacier walk on the Athabasca Glacier in the Jasper area, we'll learn how to put on and walk in crampons, which make walking on ice safe and enjoyable. And we'll stop often to learn about glaciers- how they're made, what moulin's (glacier mills) are, what a crevasse is, how moraine's are made, and much more. After our full day, we'll move over to the lovely Fireweed Hostel in Field, BC.
DAY 6
Today is full of options! We will visit Emerald Lake where you can rent canoes (canoe rental is additional) and/or enjoy the walk around the lake. If you want a longer hike we will pick one of the many that leave from Emerald Lake. We will be back to the lake around lunch in time to enjoy the lake before returning to the hostel. You may be interested in learning more about the Burgess Shale in the area and attending a geology talk at the visitors center. Of course, relaxing at the hostel and exploring the quaint village of Field is also an excellent option. Overnight Fireweed Hostel
DAY 7
This morning we head for Takkakaw Falls, one of the most beautiful and dramatic falls in the Rockies as it plunges 850 feet over a rocky cliff. "Takakkaw", loosely translated from Cree, means something like "it is magnificent". The Iceline trail is too!! Our hike for the day offers simply spectacular overviews of the Yoho Valley. Scratched from glacial rubble, the trail follows a sensational line, contouring the edge of Emerald Glacier for 2 miles. Panoramic vistas of the Yoho valley (Yoho is from a Cree expression meaning awe and wonder) are our reward for venturing into this rocky domain. Hiking 10 miles. Overnight Fireweed Hostel
DAY 8
After a leisurely morning, we drive back to the city of Banff. Along the way we will stop for a three mile hike along tumbling waters in the deep cleft of Johnson Canyon. This asphalt-covered path is one of the most popular in the Park and no wonder - its gentle grade up to spectacular waterfalls is outstanding. Once in town there are a number of possible things to do, including a visit to the famous cave and basin hot springs, a ride up the Sulphur mountain gondola, or a visit to the Whyte Museum. There will also be time to shop for last minute souvenirs. We will head back to Calgary for dinner and our final farewells. Overnight Calgary
DAY 9
We will be staying at a hotel that has a shuttle to the airport and you are free to depart anytime for home. But Calgary is also an interesting town in its own right and you might want to spend time visiting it before heading home.

*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on this trip in answer to the question "Did this trip meet your expectations?". We take reviews very seriously and often tweak itineraries based on feedback. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

Glacier hike Long hikes with beautiful views Interaction with participants Great guides (and food)

Canadian Rockies Hiking Holiday 7/21/2018-7/29/2018


It was a level 4 trip but I enjoyed the variety of activities, the home cooked meals, staying in Hostels. It felt more like a family than a group of strangers in the end by the nature of the lodging and cooked meals.

Canadian Rockies Hiking Holiday 7/21/2018-7/29/2018


The hikes were great, challenging, but great. Group was fun (my favorite group of all my AGC trips). Food was fantastic. Guides were awesome as usual. Loved all the different activities that we did and had the option to do.

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Sentinal Pass and Iceline Trail

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Hiking on the glacier, completing the boulder field, experiencing all the different types of terrain and beautiful glacial lakes were highlights. Also pushing myself to do the 10 miler on the 'free choice day' - was rewarded many times over for that choice.

Canadian Rockies Hiking Holiday 7/21/2018-7/29/2018


The guides, hostels, food, location, new friends

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The leaders were exceptional. They worked so hard for us. Loved hiking on the Athabasca Glacier and Sentinal Pass hike

Canadian Rockies Hiking Holiday 7/21/2018-7/29/2018


i showed up without any expectations, and was more than thrilled with everything. I love how well planned out the trips are, even taking into consideration the length of hikes to adjust longer days with shorter.

Canadian Rockies Hiking Holiday 7/21/2018-7/29/2018


Nice clean accommodations, great selection of hikes with alternatives for more strenuous hikes on some days, fantastic meals throughout

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Every day was a new adventure!

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  1. Where do we eat?

    The guides will be cooking breakfasts in the hostel. At breakfast the guides will put out 'fixings' for lunch and you will pack your own lunch and snacks. You will go out for dinner one night and other nights relax in the hostel while the guides prepare delicious meals.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. We cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free diet and we cannot provide a kitchen guaranteed to be free of cross-contamination. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.
  3. I'll be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?

    You only need to pay a single supplement if you want to guarantee you have your own room at the hotel at the beginning and end of the trip. At other times you will be sharing a room with others. Typically, there will be 2 bunk-beds per room for a total of 4 people. There are shared bathrooms and showers down the hall.
  4. What is the terrain like and what is the highest elevation?

    The terrain varies from hike to hike. Generally, you will be hiking along well-marked trails which may contain rocks and routes. On one hike you will be hiking down a steep scree field. Scree are loose stones that will cover the side of the mountain. The Canadian Rockies are generally not has high as the American Rockies. The highest you will be is Sentinel Pass at 8,566 ft.
  5. Should I be concerned about grizzly bears?

    There are bears in the parks. When appropriate your guides will be carrying bear spray and practice safe hiking. (staying in groups) Your guides will brief you on what to do if you see a bear. That all being said, for better or worse, we have never seen a grizzly or any other bear while hiking in Canada.
  6. I am afraid of heights?

    Some of this depends on your level of fear. There is one hike that has an option to hike along a moraine. The moraine has exposure on both sides and would not be a good choice. On another hike there is a steep down hike in the open area but we have found that once people make that first step its OK after that.
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