Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walk

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.

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  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: PRW/208652
  • Starts: Calgary, Canada
  • Finishes: Calgary, Canada
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Calgary
  • Lake Louise
  • Yoho National Park
  • Jasper National Park
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Banff National Park
  • Kananaskis Country



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.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Calgary Tower CA$18
  • Western saloon evening CA$10


Day 2: Waterton Lakes National Park

Grab you 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.

Meals Included: Lunch and dinner included

Optional Activities:

  • Frank Slide Interpretive Centre CA$13


Day 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. Trail name: Crypt Lake TrailDuration: 6 hours Mileage: 10.7 miles (17.2 kms) Altitude gain: 675 m / 2,214 ft. Maximum altitude: 1980 meters 

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 4: Lake Louise

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 5: Lake Louise

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 PassDuration: 5-6 hours Mileage: 9.94 miles / 16 kms Altitude gain: 725 meters Maximum altitude: 2611 meters 

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Optional Activities:

  • Aerial gondola/tramway CAD$62


Day 6: 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 TrailDuration: 5 hours Mileage: 9.32 miles / 15 kms Altitude gain: 695 meters Maximum altitude: 2073 meters 

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Optional Activities:

  • White water rafting CA$100-$170


Day 7: Jasper National Park

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 8: Jasper National Park

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). Trail name: Sulphur Skyline TrailDuration: 4 hours Mileage: 5 miles / 8 kms Altitude gain: 615 meters Maximum altitude: 2000 meters 

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 9: 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. 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: Bald HillsDuration: 5 hours Mileage: 6.4 miles / 10.4 kms Altitude gain: 500 meters Maximum altitude: 2320 meters 

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Optional Activities:

  • Mountain biking CA$15-$75
  • Miette hot springs CA$7


Day 10: Icefields Parkway - Banff National Park

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Optional Activities:

  • Guided glacier walk CA$90 (CA$60 for under 17s)
  • Sulphur Mountain hot springs CA$9


Day 11: 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. Trail name: Cory PassDuration: 6 hours Mileage: 8.6 miles / 14 kms Altitude gain: 981 meters Maximum altitude: 2324 meters 

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 12: 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 PassDuration: 5-6 hours Mileage: 9.32 miles / 15 kms Altitude gain: 470 meters Maximum altitude: 2380 meters 

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 13: Kananaskis Country - Calgary

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. Trail name: Cascade AmphitheatreDuration: 5 hours Mileage: 8 miles / 13 kms Altitude gain: 871 meters Maximum altitude: 2195 meters 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast included

  • Two professional tour guides to allow greater support
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Accommodation: Camping 11, Hotel: 1
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Tour 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