The Canadian Rockies

Code: CDWHW

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Easy
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From £3,649.00 - 14 nights

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Holiday overview

Trip notes will be available to download early in 2017 

The Canadian Rockies are one of the world’s greatest mountain destinations. Snow-capped peaks tower above amethyst lakes, waterfalls cascade down sheer cliffs, whilst elk and moose roam freely in green alpine valleys.

Our Canadian Rockies holiday takes you to the heart of this beautiful landscape, exploring Banff National Park, stunning Lake Louise, and picturesque Jasper National Park. We have walks options on many of the days, and plenty of time to explore off the beaten track in Kananaskis.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spectacular mountain scenery of snow-capped peaks and crystal clear lakes
  • Unforgettable high and low level walks with a wide choice to suit all tastes
  • Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Calgary, Kootenay and Kananaskis
  • Magnificent alpine flowers, wildlife, canyons, turquoise lakes and thundering waterfalls

Prices include:

  • 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 two expert local leaders
  • Sightseeing and park entrance fees
  • Travel by coach or minibus
  • Tips

Accommodation

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

Welcoming Aspen Lodge (4 nights) 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.

In Jasper, we stay in Becker’s Chalets (4 nights), where 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 Baker Creek Lodge (3 nights) is our base in Lake Louise, and features rooms decorated with dark woods, where you can enjoy fine dining in a beautiful and secluded natural setting.

In Kananaskis village we stay at the Delta Lodge (3 nights), a luxurious 5-star resort located off the main tourist route in a valley under towering peaks. The resort has a number of eating options, and well appointed modern rooms, making it an excellent place to end the holiday in style in the Alberta wilderness.


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

Trip notes will be available to download early in 2017 

Walks follow undulating trails of up to 9 miles (14.5km) and 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent. On some days there is also the option of harder walks of up to 11 miles (17.75km) and 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: arrive in Calgary and transfer to Banff National Park (4nts), our base for three days walking amidst spectacular Rockies' scenery.

Day 2: our first day begins with a tour of the Cave and Basin National Historic site. Following this we enjoy a short walk to the top of Banff’s satellite peak, Tunnel Mountain to enjoy a great view of the famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and the Bow Valley. In the afternoon we will walk around the Johnston Lake area and the old town site of Bankhead.

Day 3: today we take a shuttle bus high above the tree line (7,300ft), to Banff’s famous Sunshine Meadows, a walker’s paradise.

Day 4: we travel along Highway 1A or Bow Valley Parkway, the original Trans-Canada highway, to enjoy fantastic walks in an area renowned for its birdlife. Pass by waterfalls on our trail into the Johnston Canyon and Inkpots and visit the Vermillion Lakes to photograph Banff’s signature peak, Mount Rundle.

Day 5: on our transfer to Jasper National Park (4 nights) we are greeted by numerous glaciated peaks, cascading waterfalls and impressive mountain vistas along the spectacular Icefield Parkway. We explore the Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefield en route.

Days 6 & 7: walks explore the Maligne Valley with its waterfalls and famous lake, and the high alpine valley of Mount Edith Cavell.

Day 8: the Jasper tramway on Whistlers Mountain, gives us the option of a ridge walk or a gentle stroll through alpine meadows.

Day 9: today we journey to Lake Louise (3 nights). Hiking in the Sunwapta pass area affords us views en route of the big peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

Day 10: the most spectacular of all the parks is Yoho, here we visit the Takkakaw falls and the Spiral tunnels as well as enjoying some memorable walks.

Day 11: at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake we experience the classic walks, both high and low level, and a little history too, with a visit to the world famous Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 12: today we move on to the pristine wilderness of Kananaskis (3 nights). We break up the journey, first to enjoy British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park, followed by a visit to Canmore for a walk in the Bow Valley Provincial Park.

Days 13 & 14: quieter than its National Park neighbours, ‘K’ country is the Rockies' hidden gem. 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.

Day 15: ending in Calgary, there’s time for some sightseeing or souvenir shopping before a late afternoon flight home. 

Day 16: return flight to London.

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 16 years and will be leading all our Canadian Rockies departures in 2017.

Reviews

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2 Oct 2016, 7:47 a.m.

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Always well organised, enjoyable holidays

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Terrific holiday, excellent local guides able to adapt itinerary to guests needs & local conditions
29 Sep 2016, 1:40 p.m.

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Great company with very professional staff.

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Fantastic holiday from start to finish.
27 Sep 2016, 6:22 p.m.

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Good communication. Sufficiently informative re. description of holiday and day to day itinerary

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Very well planned and well balanced itinerary covering a wide area enabling one to fully enjoy fully the dramatic beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
26 Sep 2016, 3:41 p.m.

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good holiday let down by poor service from flight bookings

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good holiday but very poor briefings
26 Sep 2016, 8:43 a.m.

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I particularly valued automatically receiving a £200 credit for my holiday when the price was reduced.

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The local walk leaders were very knowledgeable and adept at modifying the walks programme to meet the daily weather conditions.
26 Sep 2016, 2:42 a.m.

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Good range of holidays. Prompt despatch of travel information.

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Good itinerary. Excellent walks.
4 Sep 2016, 9:58 p.m.

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Excellent support from HF staff at the other end of the phone, from booking through to just before travel.

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Excellent leaders who are knowledgeable and patient with the diverse members of the group. Well managed tour and walks. We like the use of two small buses that makes it more flexible than a single big bus for the group.
1 Sep 2016, 3:53 a.m.

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The trip was well organized.

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We did not especially like the accommodations or food in 2 of the 4 choices.
31 Aug 2016, 4:47 p.m.

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Brilliant holiday, well organised and well led by experienced and efficient guides. Accommodation and food very good. Company good. Scenery unbeatable. .
29 Aug 2016, 9:03 p.m.

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I have been on several HF Holidays trips. They are always good.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
16 Jun 2017 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Jun 2017, 6:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Jun 2017, 8:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Calgary International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 30 Jun 2017, 10:12 p.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Jul 2017, 1:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Calgary International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £4,439.00 Book Now
16 Jun 2017 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies 14 £3,649.00 Book Now
7 Jul 2017 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 Jul 2017, 6:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Jul 2017, 8:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Calgary International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 Jul 2017, 10:12 p.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Jul 2017, 1:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Calgary International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £4,549.00 Book Now
7 Jul 2017 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies 14 £3,649.00 Book Now
4 Aug 2017 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 4 Aug 2017, 6:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Aug 2017, 8:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Calgary International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 18 Aug 2017, 10:12 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Aug 2017, 1:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Calgary International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £4,439.00 Book Now
4 Aug 2017 CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies 14 £3,649.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £990
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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