The Canadian Rockies
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
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 1-5: Banff National Park
Arrive in Calgary and transfer to the Banff National Park, our base for three days walking amidst spectacular Rockies' scenery.
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.
The following day we take a shuttle bus high above the tree line (7,300ft), to Banff’s famous Sunshine Meadows, a walker’s paradise.
We also 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.
Days 5-8: Jasper National Park
On our transfer to Jasper National Park 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.
Our walks explore the Maligne Valley with its waterfalls and famous lake, and the high alpine valley of Mount Edith Cavell. The Jasper tramway on Whistlers Mountain gives options of a ridge walk or a gentle stroll through alpine meadows.
Days 9-11: Lake Louise
Today we journey to Lake Louise. Hiking in the Sunwapta pass area affords us views en route of the big peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
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. 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.
Days 12-14: Kananaskis Country
We move on to the pristine wilderness of Kananaskis; quieter than its National Park neighbours, ‘K’ country is the Rockies' hidden gem. 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.
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
Ending in Calgary, there’s time for some sightseeing or souvenir shopping before a late afternoon flight home.
A full passport is required.
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.
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.
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.
The local currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
Tips are included on this holiday.
For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.
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.
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. 2017 will be the 10th year that Ward has been co-leading our Canadian Rockies holiday.
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
|7 Jul 2017||
CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|7 Jul 2017||CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies||14||£3,649.00||Book Now|
|4 Aug 2017||
CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|4 Aug 2017||CDWHW - The Canadian Rockies||14||£3,649.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Single room: £990
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person