Discover the Canadian Rockies by foot and waterways on this amazing 8 day Rocky Mountains hiking holiday in Canada including 5 nights camping.
Embark on an incredible 8 day Rocky Mountains hiking holiday in Canada. Your adventure starts in Calgary Alberta, the gateway to the Rockies, from here we provide a transfer for you to our basecamp in the small village of Lake Louise for an unforgettable five nights of camping.
Lake Louise is world-famous for its lake and scenery, it is also Canada’s hiking capital with over 250km of trails.
Your week will be spent hiking through pristine forests to beautiful lakes with glaciers and jagged peaks towering above but your trip isn’t just hiking, you will also experience this amazing area by water with two water sports!
Enjoy an afternoon of thrilling whitewater rafting on the infamous Kicking Horse River just outside of Yoho National Park. Another day, after a gorgeous morning hike, we slow it down, relax and enjoy paddling canoes on the quiet water of Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park.
Evening’s will be spent at camp enjoying a nice meal with new friends and sharing stories around the campfire with sweet treats.
Your guides are also your hosts for this amazing adventure, their years of experience and knowledge leading tours in this rugged region to guarantee you a memorable adventure through Canada’s Banff and Jasper National Parks.
Itinerary for 8 day Rocky Mountains hiking holiday in Canada
Day 1 (Saturday), Arrive in Calgary for an orientation of our hiking adventure.
Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada by 4:00 p.m Mountain Standard Time and take a hotel complimentary shuttle from the airport to our lodging. We meet in the hotel lobby that evening for a group dinner and orientation with your guides and fellow travelers. Dinner included.
Day 2, Visit Num Ti-Jah lodge and hike to Bow Glacier Falls or to Sherbrooke Lake.
We drive to the heart of Canada's hiking capital and set up our camp for the next five nights at the Lake Louise campground. Then we head north along the scenic Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic mountain roads, to the legendary Num-Ti-Jah Lodge built by mountain man Jimmy Simpson in the heart of the Rockies. After a visit to the historic lodge, we may hike to Bow Glacier Falls, a lovely hike along the shores of sparkling Bow Lake to the impressive 152m/500ft falls, or to Sherbrooke Lake with views across Kicking Horse Canyon to Cathedral Crags. Upon our return to camp, everyone pitches in to assist the guides in preparing a delicious campfire dinner. All meals included.
Hiking: 6-8km/4-5 mi; Elevation gain: 90-152m/300-500ft.
Day 3, Hike to lovely Eiffel Lake surrounded by alpine meadows:
At turquoise Moraine Lake, we take in the famed view of the Valley of Ten Peaks (each peak over 3000m/10,000ft). From here, we hike through Larch Valley, its meadowlands filled with dense stands of alpine larch and panoramic views over the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Continuing on to lovely Eiffel Lake, the towering Rocky Mountains surround us. Alternately, we may hike the Helen Lake Trail through some of the most beautiful alpine meadows in all of Banff Park. All meals included.
Hiking: 11-18km/7-11mi; Elevation gain: 400-550m/1,300-1,800ft.
Day 4, Hike to a teahouse above Lake Louise and raft the Kicking Horse River:
After a hearty breakfast, we spend the morning hiking to the Lake Agnes Tea House above Lake Louise; the trail begins in an old-growth forest of spruce and fir before leading to an open view of the magical blue of glacier-fed Lake Louise and the surrounding peaks. Once at the tea house we enjoy the vistas with the option to refuel on over 100 varieties of loose leaf tea and freshly baked goods. In the afternoon a bus ride takes us through Yoho National Park into British Columbia for rock-and-roll rafting on the Kicking Horse River. This exhilarating trip allows us to raft the best section of the frolicking class III-IV whitewater rapids. We return to camp for dinner. All meals included.
Hiking: Options to 11km/7mi; Elevation gain: to 400m/1,300ft; Terrain: Moderate. Rafting: 3 hours.
Day 5, Head to Jasper; hike to Athabasca Glacier and Parker Ride or Wilcox Pass:
We hike in Jasper National Park today. The first stop is to view Peyto Lake from a platform hanging on a cliff high above. Depending upon the time of year, the hue of the lake runs from dark blue to opaque turquoise to gorgeous jade green. The road then takes us onto the Columbia Icefield, the geo-hydrographic center of North America. Meltwaters from the Icefield and its glacial tongues feed 3 different oceans. We walk up to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. Everything you've ever wanted to know about glaciers – this is the place to learn! Then we continue hiking up to either Parker Ridge for a spectacular view of the Saskatchewan Glacier from above or, for a true wilderness experience, a hike up to Wilcox Pass. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on your own in the Lake Louise area.
Hiking: Parker Ridge 8km/5mi; Elevation gain: 300m/1000ft; Wilcox Pass 8km/5mi; Elevation gain: 370m/1,200ft.
Day 6, Visit Takakkaw Falls; hike the Iceline Trail and canoe on Emerald Lake:
We cross the Continental Divide at Kicking Horse Pass into Yoho Park and take a short hike to Takakkaw Falls (300m/1,000ft), the highest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies. From here we continue along the gorgeous Iceline Trail toward Emerald Glacier—this trail is amazing each step of the way. After our hike, we head to beautiful Emerald Lake, a true Rocky Mountain gem surrounded by the majestic peaks of the President Range and Burgess Shale. Relax on the shore or enjoy a peaceful paddle on the lake by canoe, keeping an eye out for loons and bald eagles. An alternate hike is through Paradise Valley. All meals included.
Hiking: 8-13km/5-8mi; Elevation gain: 400-600m/1,300-2,000ft; Canoeing is flatwater and easy.
Day 7, In Kootenay National Park, hike to Stanley Glacier:
After breaking camp we head south into Kootenay National Park for a hike to Stanley Glacier. The trail encompasses a myriad of nature's work: remnants of a forest fire, a hanging valley, and a prominent landscape of peaks including Stanley Peak (3154m/10,348ft), Storm Mountain (3161m/10,371ft), Mt. Whymper (2845m/9,334ft) and Boom Mountain (2760m/9,055ft). At the end of the maintained trail we are rewarded with an overlook of the spectacular bowl with caves in the sheer cliffs of Stanley Peak and the hanging Stanley Glacier in the distance. These stunning views are a worthy finish to a great week of hiking! We will stop briefly in Banff before continuing to Calgary to check in to our hotel and say our farewells. Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own.
Hiking: 8km/5mi; Elevation gain/loss 360m/1,200ft; Terrain: easy to moderate.
Day 8 (Saturday), Depart Calgary any time today, awed by nature!
Flights from Calgary can be booked for any time today. A complimentary hotel shuttle bus will take you to the Calgary airport. Breakfast at the hotel is included.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary during this 8 day Rocky Mountains hiking holiday in Canada is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions. Your guides have extensive knowledge of the Rockies and will choose alternate trails or activities as conditions dictate.