Canadian Rockies Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 14 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2
from £5,499pp with flights

Snowy peaks, crystal clear lakes and stunning mountain hikes; from the moment you start exploring the Canadian Rockies you’ll be in awe. Visiting four national parks, including the beautiful Banff and Jasper National Parks, the breathtaking Canadian Rockies scenery is a sight to behold. The glistening waters of Lake Minnewanka, the picturesque flower-filled meadows and majestic peaks at Mount Edith Cavell and the pristine natural beauty of Kananaskis - or K-Country - are ready to be explored.

Holiday Highlights

  • Marvel at spectacular alpine scenery, snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lakes
  • Enjoy unforgettable high and low level walks with two choices most days
  • Explore Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks and Kananaskis Country
  • Visit Lake Louise and Calgary
  • Discover magnificent alpine flowers, incredible wildlife, canyons and thundering waterfalls

What’s included

  • 14 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full Board with en-suite accommodation - 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 evening meals
  • A full programme of guided walks led by expert local leaders
  • Sightseeing and park entrance fees
  • Travel by coach or minibus
  • Tips

Trip Notes

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We arrive in Calgary, meet our local leader and transfer to our accommodation in Banff, our base for three days, where we’ll enjoy walking amidst spectacular Rockies scenery. Our accommodation in this popular resort town is well situated for walks to the stunning Lake Minnewanka and in the Bow Valley Parkway for wildlife watching. 

Aspen Lodge, Banff - Canadian Rockies

Welcoming Aspen Lodge offers spacious, comfortable rooms and the chance of a soak in one of the two outdoor hot tubs at the end of the day. Located on Banff Avenue it’s just a 3 minute walk to the city centre.


Our first day begins with a tour of the Cave and Basin National Historic site, birthplace of Canada’s National Park system. We continue to the picturesque Cascade ponds for a group picnic. This afternoon we enjoy short walks around the Johnston Lake area and the old town site of Bankhead, a thriving coal mine community from the turn of the century. Walk possibilities: Johnston Lake – 2½ miles (4km) with minimal ascent; Bankhead – 1½ miles (2½km) with minimal ascent. 

Aspen Lodge, Banff - Canadian Rockies

Welcoming Aspen Lodge offers spacious, comfortable rooms and the chance of a soak in one of the two outdoor hot tubs at the end of the day. Located on Banff Avenue it’s just a 3 minute walk to the city centre.


We’ll spend time exploring Banff on an historical town tour, including visits to local museums before we enjoy lunch, either alongside the Bow River or o n top of Tunnel Mountain, depending on your choice of walk. Our walk choices today include the Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain via the Banff Center for the Arts. The Bow Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Banff and is a comfortable walk from the town and our accommodation. Tunnel Mountain is Banff’s satellite peak, and a short one-hour walk to its summit provides a central vantage point for us to enjoy great views over the famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and the Bow Valley. Walk possibilities: Bow Falls – 2 miles (3km) round trip with no ascent; Tunnel Mountain – 3 miles (5km) with 800 feet (250m) of ascent. 

Aspen Lodge, Banff - Canadian Rockies

Welcoming Aspen Lodge offers spacious, comfortable rooms and the chance of a soak in one of the two outdoor hot tubs at the end of the day. Located on Banff Avenue it’s just a 3 minute walk to the city centre.


Today we travel along Highway 1A or Bow Valley Parkway, the original Trans-Canada highway, to enjoy fantastic walks in an area renowned for its flora and fauna. Our trail into the Johnston Canyon and Inkpots passes by many picturesque waterfalls while our visit to neighbouring Kootenay National Park gives us a glimpse into turn of the century life, prior to park incorporation. Kootenay National Park was created in 1920 and lies on the western side of the Continental Divide in British Columbia. Walk possibilities: Johnston Canyon second waterfall - 3 miles (5km)with 450 feet (140m) of ascent; Inkpots - 7 miles (11km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent; Marble Canyon - 1 mile (1½km) with 200 feet (60m) of ascent; Stanley Glacier - 6 miles (9½km) with 1,200 feet (370m) of ascent. On our final night in Banff, we can visit the Vermillion Lakes after dinner. Providing a great opportunity not only for photographing Banff’s signature peak, Mount Rundle, but for observing waterfowl, raptors and other wildlife, including bears, elk, deer and wolves, this will be a great way to end your time in Banff. 

Aspen Lodge, Banff - Canadian Rockies

Welcoming Aspen Lodge offers spacious, comfortable rooms and the chance of a soak in one of the two outdoor hot tubs at the end of the day. Located on Banff Avenue it’s just a 3 minute walk to the city centre.


On our transfer to Jasper National Park we are greeted by numerous glaciated peaks, cascading waterfalls and impressive mountain vistas along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Jasper National Park is part of a protected area of nearly 23,000km2 , the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. During our stay here, we may spot black bear, grizzly bear, elk, moose, beaver, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black tail deer, chipmunks and ground squirrels. En route to Jasper we’ll enjoy a guided walk to Wilcox Pass, overlooking the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier. With good weather we’ll enjoy spectacular views of seven of the highest peaks in the Rockies from the flower-filled pass. For lower level walkers not wanting the elevation involved in the Wilcox Pass walk, enjoy a guided walk to Boundary Lake where you’ll enjoy views of the original ascent route up the mountain. Walk possibilities: Wilcox Pass – 5 miles (8km) with 1,100 feet (335m) of ascent; Boundary Lake – 3 miles (5km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent. 

Becker's Chalets, Jasper - Canadian Rockies

Accommodation is in cosy, modern log cabins with a wonderful location on the Athabasca River, and offers an excellent restaurant and plenty of places to unwind and savour the Rocky Mountain views.


The Maligne Valley, its famous lake and the high alpine valley of Mount Edith Cavell will be our destinations for the first two days of our stay here. Walk possibilities: Path of the Glacier trail - 1 mile (1½km), with 100 feet (30m) of ascent; Edith Cavell Meadows - 5 miles (8km), with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent; Valley of Five Lakes to Old Fort Point - 8 miles (13km) with 450 feet (140m) of ascent; Bald Hills - 7 miles (11km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent, with the option to go further if suitable. The Whistling Marmot, which can be found on the mountains above the treeline, ptarmigan, ground squirrels and pika are all inhabitants of the area and are often seen too in the high country above Maligne Lake and Edith Cavell. This area is also popular for classic linear walking through the aspen forests of the Athabasca. On our final day here, we’ll enjoy excursions to Lake Country with walk choices around Jasper, including Pyramid Lake, Patricia Lake, Lake Annette and Lake Edith. Walk possibilities: Pyramid and Patricia Lake circuit – 3 miles (5 km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent; Lake Annette and Lake Edith circuit – 3 miles (5km) with no ascent. 

Becker's Chalets, Jasper - Canadian Rockies

Accommodation is in cosy, modern log cabins with a wonderful location on the Athabasca River, and offers an excellent restaurant and plenty of places to unwind and savour the Rocky Mountain views.


Today we journey to Lake Louise, a perfect aquamarine pool surrounded by mountains and glaciers, renowned for its natural beauty. Hiking in the Sunwapta pass area affords us views en route of the big peaks of the Canadian Rockies. We’ll have some fabulous photo opportunities too - Peyto Lake and Bow Lake are favourites. Walk possibilities: Parkers Ridge – 2½ miles (4km) with 800 feet (250m) of ascent; Tangle Ridge – 4 to 6 miles (6 to 10km) with 3,300 feet (1,000m) of ascent. 

Johnston Canyon Resort

Johnston Canyon Resort has been family owned and operated since 1926 and is ideally located at the trail-head of historic Johnston Canyon. It's in an ideal location to explore the spectacular sites in the area.

The bungalows feature a queen bed, wood burning fireplace, coffee maker, hair dryer, bath, bath robes, large flatscreen TV to watch Blu-ray or DVDs, hide-a-bed, sound system, bar fridge, individual patio.


Yoho National Park Perhaps the most spectacular of all the parks is Yoho, in British Columbia: ‘Yoho’ is a native Cree word meaning ‘awesome’. Here we visit the Takkakaw falls, the second largest waterfall in the country, and the Spiral tunnels as well as enjoying some memorable walks. Yoho is a hill walker’s paradise, attracting mountain enthusiasts from all over the world. Alpine wildflowers encountered here in the sub-alpine zone will rival anything else we’ll see during the holiday. Walk possibilities: Emerald Basin – 6½ miles (10½km) with 750 feet (230m) of ascent; Yoho pass - 11 miles (17½km) with 2,150 feet (650m) of ascent; Iceline - 11 miles (17½km) with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent. 

Johnston Canyon Resort

Johnston Canyon Resort has been family owned and operated since 1926 and is ideally located at the trail-head of historic Johnston Canyon. It's in an ideal location to explore the spectacular sites in the area.

The bungalows feature a queen bed, wood burning fireplace, coffee maker, hair dryer, bath, bath robes, large flatscreen TV to watch Blu-ray or DVDs, hide-a-bed, sound system, bar fridge, individual patio.


One of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, chosen for its unrivalled natural beauty, Lake Louise and nearby Moraine Lake are the birthplace of mountain walking in North America. Here we’ll experience classic walking on paths built by Swiss guides for turn of the century railway tourists. We also visit the world-famous Chateau Lake Louise, a gemstone in the original Canadian Railway hotel chain. Walk possibilities: Eiffel Lake – 6½ miles (10½km) with 1,250 feet (370m) of ascent; Lake Agnes - 6 miles (9½km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent; Larch Valley (and Sentinel pass) – 5 to 6 miles (8 to 10km) with 1,400 feet (450m) of ascent (or option with 2,400 feet (740m of ascent option);Big Beehive - 6 miles (10km) with 1,800 feet (550m) of ascent. 

Johnston Canyon Resort

Johnston Canyon Resort has been family owned and operated since 1926 and is ideally located at the trail-head of historic Johnston Canyon. It's in an ideal location to explore the spectacular sites in the area.

The bungalows feature a queen bed, wood burning fireplace, coffee maker, hair dryer, bath, bath robes, large flatscreen TV to watch Blu-ray or DVDs, hide-a-bed, sound system, bar fridge, individual patio.


Today we head to the pristine wilderness of Kananaskis – or K-Country – one of the Rockies’ hidden gems. We break up the journey with a visit to Canmore for a walk in the Bow Valley Provincial Park, visiting ancient aboriginal rock paintings and some beautiful tarns. World-class vistas of the Canadian Rockies Front Ranges abound en route to Kananaskis. Walk possibilities: Grassi Lakes – 2½ miles (4km) with 800 feet (250m) of ascent; Heart Creek - 1½ miles (2½km) with 300 feet (100m) of ascent; Hai Ling Peak - 2½ miles (4km) with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent. 

Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Located off the main tourist route in a valley under towering peaks Kananaskis Mountain Lodge is an excellent place to end the holiday in style.


Quieter than its national park neighbours, Kananaskis Provincial Park affords us possible sightings of moose, grizzly bear, hoary marmots and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep en route to trailheads. White tail deer and wapiti (elk) are often seen wandering through the lush aspen forest surrounding our accommodation. Harder hike options include the high and remote flower filled Burstall Pass, high above the treeline. Low-level options include a walk which takes the highest paved road in Canada to the summit of the Highwood pass to enjoy the lovely flower-filled Ptarmigan Cirque. Walk possibilities: Chester Lake - 6 miles (10km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent; Burstall Pass - 9 miles (15km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent; Ptarmigan Cirque - 3 miles (5km) with 750 feet (230m) of ascent; Mount Everest Expedition trail - 1 mile (1½km) with 300 feet (100m) of ascent; Elbow Lake – 3 to 5 miles (5 to 8km) with 400 feet (125m) of ascent.

Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Located off the main tourist route in a valley under towering peaks Kananaskis Mountain Lodge is an excellent place to end the holiday in style.


Our tour concludes with a visit to Calgary where we take a short city walk, leaving some free time before our journey home. Popular venues and locations to explore include the Glenbow Museum and the Eau Claire market. A visit to Calgary’s Chinatown, one of the largest in North America, may also take your fancy. Alternatively, you may enjoy a visit to the Calgary Zoo. We’ll then transfer to Calgary International airport for our return flight to the UK. 


Canadian Rockies Itinerary Map

Aspen Lodge, Banff - Canadian Rockies

Welcoming Aspen Lodge offers spacious, comfortable rooms and the chance of a soak in one of the two outdoor hot tubs at the end of the day. Located on Banff Avenue it’s just a 3 minute walk to the city centre.

Becker's Chalets, Jasper - Canadian Rockies

Accommodation is in cosy, modern log cabins with a wonderful location on the Athabasca River, and offers an excellent restaurant and plenty of places to unwind and savour the Rocky Mountain views.

Johnston Canyon Resort

Johnston Canyon Resort has been family owned and operated since 1926 and is ideally located at the trail-head of historic Johnston Canyon. It's in an ideal location to explore the spectacular sites in the area. The bungalows feature a queen bed, wood burning fireplace, coffee maker, hair dryer, bath, bath robes, large flatscreen TV to watch Blu-ray or DVDs, hide-a-bed, sound system, bar fridge, individual patio.

Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Located off the main tourist route in a valley under towering peaks Kananaskis Mountain Lodge is an excellent place to end the holiday in style.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

    To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

    Optional Equipment

    • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
    • Insect repellent,
    • Sun hat,
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun cream
    • Camera

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All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £1,299
Duration:
14 nights
Type:
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
2

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