Calgary Skyline at dawn
13 Days: Canadian wilderness and scenic beauty
Canadian Rockies consists of wide mountain ranges and protected forest that goes upto 20,000 square kms. Therefore, we have about 5 major national parks like Yoho, Jasper, Kootney, Banff and Waterton.
Must say that there are very few pristine places like Alberta Rockies to hike and camp overnight. You will be experiencing – the pristine blue lakes, lush mountains, water gushing through deep canyons and the snow capped beauties.
Why travel to Alberta?
Year 2017 marks 150th anniversary of Confederation. Year long celebrations has been marked and seems like the world wanted to celebrate along us as well.
- Vogue magazine has marked us as one of the best place to travel alone.
- Free national park entries nationally
- Banff National park has been voted by National Geographic as one of the Best World destinations for 2017.
- Hiking and camping through the stunning Alberta Rockies
- Uncrowded campgrounds
- Visiting major national parks of Yoho, Jasper, Banff and Waterton national parks.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping, Discovery, Guided Tours, History, Jungle, Trekking, Wildlife
Activity Level Extreme
We have combined some jaw-dropping scenic beauties in this hiking / camping tour package. They are usually on the top list for travelers around the world.
This is not only a hikers route but also a photographers dream. Its a scenic paradise with spectacular colors of nature. Summer is the best time to visit as the snow melts into deep blue lakes creating a beautiful backdrop to your pictures. Wildlife can be seen all year long.
Few journeys in life leave you spellbound and make you feel grateful for witnessing such wonders. This is a “must visit” and “must go” tour if you are in Alberta.
This is a relatively demanding trekking tour package. Good fitness is required or should have prior experiences in hiking. There will be a full day hike consisting of 7 to 8 hours and half day walks with upto 4 hours or less. Maximum altitude is of 2611 m. All of the hiking routes are on well trailed, marked and used paths by most hikers. No walks will be extremely difficult, but there will be steep trails and slopes.
- All accommodation
- 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 10 dinners
- All transport and listed activities
- Experienced tour guide
- Travel insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request)
- Arrival & departure transfers (available on request)
- Optional activities
Calgary: Be Part of the Energy
Calgary has been famously know for its Wild West roots with the local festival called ”Stampede”. This festival was started by four wealthy ranchers as a small agricultural show in 1912.It is now known as the ”greatest outdoor show on earth”.
Welcome meeting for those of you not on the group flight at 6.00pm in the hotel lobby, here you will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. If booking flight inclusive you will receive notes off the tour leader at a later stage due to a late arrival.
Lake Agnes Hike and Lake Louise Camping
The next day we will be depart to your first destination, Lake Louise. This will be a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from Calgary. Along the route, you will see big farms, horse and maybe some wild deer.
Once you reach Lake Louise, it will be your base for the next 3 days. We enjoy the panoramic view of the lake and castle. Most of the area around the hotel are in the Banff National Park and been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Then we start our hike on the trodden trail beside the coloured lake for views of Victoria Glacier.
Half the way through the trail becomes more quieter. As we walk deep into the forest reaching the top we can see spectacular views of Lake Louise from above.
Then we 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.
Hike in Banff NP, Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass
The next day we take a short transfer to Moraine Lake. It’s a neighbouring lake to Lake Louise. This marvellous jewel is situated in the scenic Valley of the Ten Peaks. This is one of Banff’s premier hiking trails and is usually busy in all seasons.
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 bear, 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.
Yoho NP, Iceline trail with Views of Takakkaw Falls.
Next day we cross the Continental Divide north along the Kicking Horse River towards Yoho National Park.
Yoho, meaning ’magnificent’ 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.
It’s a photographer’s dream with several hiking opportunities delivering pristine alpine landscapes including stunning mountains, lakes and waterfalls. You’re bound to be impressed by its unsurpassed beauty.
Columbia Icefields Parkway to Jasper N.P
Next day you will be witnessing one of the Canadian treasures – the Icefields Parkway. Enroute you will see more than 100 glaciers, waterfalls, and turquoise lakes.
This is the most rewarding destination featuring ’must see’ sights, including Bow Summit, Bow and Peyto Lakes as well as the Crowfoot Glacier.
Don’t worry! There will be plenty of stops at well-located pause points. With such an interesting backdrop, we will be experiencing two main spots – Sunwapta Falls and Columbia Icefield Parkway.
Watch for wildlife such as deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. By evening, we will be setting up camp for you to camp out under the stars!
This will be your comfortable home for the next 3 days.
Hike in Jasper NP, Cavell Meadows at the foot of Angel Glacier
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canadian Rockies. Most interesting part is that it is the second largest Dark Sky Reserve. So for all those avid stargazers, this is your lucky chances to enjoy this tranquility and charm.
Next day morning, we will take the Cavell Meadows trail starting at the foot of the Angel Glacier. After climbing up, you will find out more about the ever changing environment of this stunning park!
For a more relaxing time in wildlands of Jasper, you can take the Maligne Lake road through the stunning valley to Maligne Lake. Enjoy an alpine hike, and snap a photo of world-famous Spirit Island.
Maligne Canyon and Bald Hill Mountain
Today early morning we will be exploring another section of the park – Maligne Canyon and Bald Hills. Walk along the canyon with spectacular views of gushing water, deep canyons and bridges.
Continue along Maligne Lake Road, keep your eyes open for Bald Eagles and Black Bear. From the lake, hike to the top of Bald Hill Mountain for an open view of Maligne Lake and the surrounding peaks.
• Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$15-$75
• Miette hot springs in Jasper CAD$7
Banff NP, optional Hot Springs or Canoe Rental on Bow River
We return to Banff for a two night stay. We will 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.
• Athabasca Glacier snow coach tour CAD$100
Kananaskis Provincial Park ; hike through thick forest to Burstall Pass
As we get closer to City of Calgary, we will come across Kananaskis Park. 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.
Cross into Waterton N.P.; hike to Bertha Lake.
Today we will be crossing into the cowboy country continuing to Waterton national parks. This park was locally known 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. This habitat will be little diverse than the ones in the north.
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 on this trail. Tonight you set up camp for three nights near Waterton Lakes National Park
Hike in Waterton N.P., Bertha Lake.
Get ready for a full 2 days of hike. Ahead of you lies some of the best treks in this national park.
Lineham Ridge Hike is a thing of beauty from the start. Explore the red clay soil formations of Rowe Creek. Watch 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.
Trek in Waterton N.P., Carthew Summit.
Second day trekking in Waterton National Park.
Visit 'Head Smashed in' Buffalo Jump and return to Calgary; End.
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.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel in Calgary 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.