Sunrise at Moraine Lake. Photo via Flickr: Lauri Sten

Kananaskis Grizzly. Photo via Flickr: sethgraham.photos

Classic Banff Hiking Tour

Canada Hiking + Walking Tours

The Best of the Canadian Rockies

  • The Canadian Rockies offer some of the best hiking in the world, with dramatic scenery, varied terrain, and most sought-after sights in the world. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. Skip the resort vacation and the crowded tourist traps. Immerse yourself in unspoiled beauty featuring diverse landscapes, turquoise lakes, rushing rivers and textured mountains. On this tour, you will experience some of Canada's most renowned and cherished National Parks.

    Join the only Banff tour that is planned and operated by a local Canadian Rockies-based company. Drawing from 30+ years of experience guiding in the mountains.

    Highlights:

    • Visit the most famous parks and trails of Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, and Kananaskis
    • Local guides with fantastic knowledge of the region
    • Short drives to trailheads
    • Comfortable lodgings in Kananaskis, Banff and Lake Louise
  • Twin/double: $ 3592 £ 1778 $ 3,045 1983 $ 3667 kr 21916 $ 2,215 Single: $ 4688 £ 2321 $ 3,974 2588 $ 4786 kr 28603 $ 2,890

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Calgary International Airport (YYC)

    Local Travel

    A shuttle will be arranged for you from Calgary or Calgary Airport to Kananaskis and from Lake Louise back to Calgary. Once the final group is confirmed your guide will plan a group shuttle departure that fits most arrivals. If your arrival does not fit this departure, we will arrange a shuttle for you with one of the scheduled services. Return to Calgary will be arranged in the same manner. Driving time from Calgary to Kananaskis is approx. 1 ¼ hours and driving time from Lake Louise to Calgary is approximately 2 ½ hours.

    Climate

    This trip operates during the main months of summer, though snow can linger at high elevations until well into the season. Weather is unpredictable at any time of year, but is generally quite warm in July and August. Daytime highs range from 15-25 C and nighttime temperatures can drop to 5-10 C. Temperatures in June and September can be cooler with nighttime temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing. As with alpine environments throughout the globe, the higher you go, the lower the temperature becomes. Ensuring that you have the correct clothing for an alpine environment is crucial. Please see below for information on clothing and equipment requirements.

    Recommended

    You will need to carry a daypack large enough for spare clothing, your camera, lunch, and something to drink each day.


Skill Level

No previous mountain hiking experience required. However, this program is designed for fit walkers and involves hiking for up to 6 to 7 hours per day, usually with distances of 10-14 kilometers. The final walk may be longer with a possible distance of up to 21 km. Elevation gains will vary from 300 m up to 800 m. (2,800 ft) on the final day. Please see below in Day to Day details for distances each day as well as elevation gain.

Where You’ll Stay

Each of the lodgings have been chosen for their unique character and relatively easy access to other amenities.

What’s Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 6 nights in hotels/lodges 3-star category
  • Private transport in mini-van
  • Professional hiking/interpretive guide
  • National park entry fees and sightseeing as indicated
  • All permits, sightseeing and National Park entrance fees
  • Shuttle to hotel on arrival day and to Calgary airport on final day

What’s Not Included

TourHike + Walk
TypeGuided
Length7 days
From$3045 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23, and September 20, 2020

Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Classic Banff Hiking Tour Map

Day 1: Arrive Calgary, transfer to Kananaskis
Day 2: Hiking in Kananaskis Country
Day 3: Hiking to Chester Lake or Burstall Pass. Don’t forget your camera.
Day 4: "Fire and Ice", Stanley Glacier Trail, Kootenay National Park.
Day 5: Classic day hike at Lake Louise in Banff National Park
Day 6: Sentinel Pass or Iceline Trail. On the Top 3 list of hikes in the Canadian Rockies!
Day 7: Shuttle to Calgary

Day 1:  Arrive in Calgary
Upon your arrival in Calgary, we will arrange transportation for you to Kananaskis. We meet that evening to go over plans and options for the following days, look at maps of the area and check to see that you are properly outfitted.

Accommodation: Mount Kidd Manor, Kananaskis

Day 2:  Walking Prairie View in Kananaskis, 8 mi. (13 km)
Your guide will meet you at the hotel after breakfast and then it is time for your first hike in Kananaskis Country. As a nice warm-up to this spectacular hiking adventure, first on the agenda is the  Prairie View Lookout trail. This trail, located in the Front Ranges, will allow you to see the incredible difference looking east towards Calgary and the Prairies or looking west towards the incredible Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Elevation Gain: 420 m 
Duration: 3-4 hrs

Accommodation:  Mount Kidd Manor, Kananaskis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Kananaskis hike and transfer to Banff, 6 - 9 mi. (10 - 15 km)
Your transfer to Banff will take you on the scenic Spray Lakes road. About half-way, you will stop for the day's hike, Chester Lake or Burstall Pass. Your guide will make the best decision depending on the group’s ability and to let everyone get acclimatized to the higher elevation and dry air.

Elevation Gain: 350-450 m 
Duration: 3-5 hr


Accommodation: Bow view or Banff Park Lodge, Banff
Transfer distance: 125 km,  duration 2.5hr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5:  Fire and Ice, 8 mi. (13 km)
Today’s hike leads into Kootenay National Park and the Stanley Glacier Trail. You’ll walk through a remarkable valley of “Fire and Ice”,  “fire” being the remains of a 1968 wildfire, almost regrown now, and “ice” being the Stanley Glacier overhanging the cliffs at the head of the valley.

Elevation Gain: 600 m 
Duration: 4-5 hr


Accommodation: Bow view or Banff Park Lodge, Banff
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Lake Louise, 11 mi. (18 km)
After a healthy breakfast, you will be transferred directly to the world-famous Lake Louise. Here you will have a choice of hikes available, either a walk to the Lake Agnes Teahouse, or to the Plain of Six Glaciers, or to do a round trip circuit including both. After your hike, you will head towards Lake Louise Village for the evening.

Elevation Gain: 400m
Transfer distance: 6-8 hr

 

Accommodation: Lake Louise Inn, Lake Louise
Transfer distance: 100 km (duration 1 hr)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Final Challenge, 8 mi.+ (12 km +)
For your final day of hiking, you will have a difficult choice to make: either Moraine Lake and Sentinel Pass or the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park. It’s a difficult choice to make because both trails are on the list of top hiking trails of the Canadian Rockies. You will be well rewarded at the end of the day and will enjoy a farewell dinner

Elevation Gain: 750 m+
Duration: 6-8hr

 

Overnight: Lake Louise Inn, Lake Louise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Calgary
Breakfast at Lake Louise Inn with complimentary shuttle to Calgary included in the morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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