Canadian Rockies Guided Walking Holiday

Wildlife & wilderness hiking adventure in Western Canada

Code: CDWHW

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Wildlife

Level

  • 2
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £4,199.00 - 14 nights

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Holiday overview

We're currently working on the Trip Notes for our 2019 holiday; if you'd like to get an idea of what the itinerary may look like our Canadian Rockies 2018 Trip Notes may be helpful.

From the moment you start exploring the Canadian Rockies you'll be in awe. Visiting four national parks, including the beautiful Banff National Park, the breathtaking Rockies scenery awaits. The glistening waters of Lake Minnewanka, the picturesque flower-filled meadows and majestic peaks at Mount Edith Cavell, and the hidden gem of Kananaskis 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

Price includes

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to lunch on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by expert local leaders
  • Sightseeing and park entrance fees
  • Travel by coach or minibus
  • Tips

In pictures...

Accommodation

Stay in a selection of very comfortable hotels and lodges, set beneath towering peaks and surrounded by pristine wilderness. 

 Aspen-Lodge in Canada

Banff - Aspen Lodge

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.

 None

Jasper - Becker's Chalets

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.

 None

Lake Louise - Baker Creek Lodge

Our base at Lake Louise features rooms decorated with dark woods, where you can enjoy fine dining in a beautiful and secluded natural setting.

 Delta-Lodge in Kananaskis, Canada

Kananaskis - Delta Lodge

Located off the main tourist route in a valley under towering peaks Delta Lodge is an excellent place to end the holiday in style. The resort has a number of eating options, and well appointed modern rooms.


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Canadian Rockies itinerary

We're currently working on the Trip Notes for our 2019 holiday; if you'd like to get an idea of what the itinerary may look like our Canadian Rockies 2018 Trip Notes may be helpful.

Walks follow undulating trails of up to 9 miles (14½km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent. Most days there is also the option of a harder walk of up to 11 miles (18km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent. Easier walks are equivalent to our level 2, and the harder walks are 3-4 on our swingometer.

Day 1-5: Banff National Park

Mountain lake and snow-capped peaks at the Banff National ParkArrive in Calgary and transfer to the Banff National Park, our base for three days walking amidst spectacular Rockies' scenery.

We visit the Cave and Basin National Historic site, and enjoy walks including Johnston Lake, the Bow River and Tunnel Mountain, Banff's satellite peak.

We also travel along the Bow Valley Parkway, the original Trans-Canada highway, to enjoy fantastic walks in the Johnston Canyon and Kootenay National Park, and visit the Vermillion Lakes.

Days 5-8: Jasper National Park

Beautiful mountain lake in the Jsaper National ParkWe transfer to Jasper National Park along the Icefields Parkway amidst glaciated peaks, cascading waterfalls and impressive mountain, with walk options en route to Wilcox Pass overlooking the Columbia Icefield or to Boundary Lake.

Our walks explore the area around Jasper, the sublime Maligne Valley, with its waterfalls and famous lake, and the high alpine valley of Mount Edith Cavell.

Days 9-11: Lake Louise

Stunning Lake LouiseToday we journey to the beautiful Lake Louise, and also the birthplace of mountain walking in North America. Our walks here explore the natural beauty of the area and many offer stunning views of some of the big peaks in the Canadian Rockies.

We also cross briefly into British Columbia and walk in Yoho National Park and visit the famous Chateau Lake Louise.

Days 12-14: Kananaskis Country

Wilderness lake and mountains in the Kananaskis National ParkWe move on to the pristine wilderness of Kananaskis; quieter than its National Park neighbours, ‘K’ country is the Rockies' hidden gem. En route, we visit Canmore to walk in the Bow Valley Provincial Park area.

Watch out for moose, grizzly bear, marmots, mountain goat and Rocky Mountain bighorn. Our walks include the remote flower filled Burstall Pass, our last chance to stand on the spine of North America, or the impressive amphitheatre of the Ptarmigan Cirque.

Days 15-16 Calgary & return flight

We return to Calgary, where there’s some time for sightseeing or souvenir shopping before a late afternoon flight home. 

General Information

Passport
A full passport is required.

Visas
From 30 September 2016 British citizens, and those of Australia and New Zealand will need to present an ETA (electronic travel authorisation) to board your flight. The cost is approx £3.50 and covers you for 5 years. You will need to apply in advance. Please see http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp for more information. If you are a dual Canada-UK national, you are recommended to travel with your Canadian passport.

Other nationals should check with their nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.co.uk  www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Canadian medical services are excellent, but can be expensive and in some areas surcharges are imposed for visitors. Medical insurance is therefore essential.

Climate
We travel to Western Canada in the summer months, when you can expect hot and sunny days. With the continental climate, summers in Canada tend to be drier than Britain but in the mountains especially it is advisable to be prepared for changeable weather and some rain.

Money
The local currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.

Leaders

Dave Honeyman

Originally from Eastern Canada, Dave has made the Canadian National Mountain Parks his home base for over 35 years. While employed in Jasper Park in the early 1980's, he climbed, biked and hiked to every corner of the park. He has enjoyed time wandering the north and south boundary trails, ascending the big peaks and further exploring the northern Rockies side valleys.

Winter skiing then took him to the Banff National Park area where summers were spent with quality time getting to know Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Lake Louise, climbing and hiking in the southern Rockies main range.

International trekking and mountaineering expeditions have included visiting regions of the Nepalese Himalaya, the Alps, the American South West and North Wales, in addition to further exploration of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Dave has been leading our HF Holidays' groups for 18 years.

Ward Cameron

Ward Cameron is a naturalist, guide, author, and photographer. He is the author of three books detailing the trails and the nature of western Canada and is the creator of MountainNature.com, the largest online guide to the plants, animals, birds and landforms of the Canadian west.

Over two summers, Ward designed the original course of the TransRockies Challenge, called the toughest mountain bike race in North America. The final course covered in excess of 600 km and climbed 14,000 vertical metres while crossing the continental divide three times.

Ward was a founding member of the Interpretive Guides Association and was named one of its original Master Interpreters. There are only 10 such designations in the Canadian Rockies. Currently he is a guide trainer with the organisation.

Ward looks forward to helping you get the most out of your Canadian Rockies adventure, alongside Dave Honeyman. 2018 will be the 11th year that Ward has been co-leading our Canadian Rockies holiday.

Sam Campeau

Originally from la belle province Quebec, Samuel came to the Rockies over a decade ago in a quest for adventure. Sam loved the mountains so much that he later pursued and attained his ACMG hiking guide and is now able to share his passion with hikers from around the world visiting Canada’s Mountain National Parks. Time off is spent further exploring our vast network of trails. A passionate scrambler his tick list of local peaks climbed continues to grow with each season. Sam has been leading our HF Holidays' groups for 5 years. 

 

Shauna Morey

Shauna grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and has been exploring the National and Provincial Parks since youth. Admiration for wilderness and adventure led her to obtain a degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and employment with various outdoor agencies. She has been an instructor teaching multi-week wilderness expeditions in Joshua Tree, California, the Coast Range, British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. Additionally, she has been a glacier, cave and sea kayak guide, and nordic ski instructor. A love of wild places keeps her exploring and sharing them with others. When she is not out guiding in the wilderness she spends her time rock, ice and alpine climbing!

Shauna may assist either Dave Honeyman, or Ward Cameron, should one of them not be available.

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Dates & Prices

Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
14 Jun 2019 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies - Without Flights 14 £4,199.00 Book Now
5 Jul 2019 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies - Without Flights 14 £4,199.00 Book Now
5 Jul 2019 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 5 Jul 2019, 6:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Jul 2019, 8:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Calgary International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 19 Jul 2019, 10:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Jul 2019, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Calgary International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £4,999.00 Book Now
9 Aug 2019 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies - Without Flights 14 £4,199.00 Book Now
9 Aug 2019 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Aug 2019, 6:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Aug 2019, 8:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Calgary International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 23 Aug 2019, 10:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Aug 2019, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Calgary International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £4,999.00 Book Now
6 Sep 2019 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies - Without Flights 14 £4,199.00 Book Now
6 Sep 2019 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 Sep 2019, 6:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Sep 2019, 8:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Calgary International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Sep 2019, 10:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Sep 2019, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Calgary International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £4,999.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to lunch on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by expert local leaders
  • Sightseeing and park entrance fees
  • Travel by coach or minibus
  • Tips

Other important information

  • Single room: £1,149 (2019)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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