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The Rocky Mountain Parks Hike & Canoe Tour
Departs Calgary: (Tour Code: TWTTF) Jun 07, 14, 21, 28 Jul 05, 12, 19, 26 Aug 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
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07 Jun - 30 Aug, 2020
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Get active and close to nature on this 14-day trekking tour through the Rocky Mountains. Spend a week exploring the hiking trails of Canada’s most famous National Parks, then take a glorious 5-day wilderness canoe adventure. An ideal combination of sightseeing, physical challenge and immersing yourself in nature.
Itinerary at a Glance
Easy to moderate mountain hikes with light day pack, no experience necessary for the canoeing. Your guide has the required qualifications and licenses and accompanies the group on all hikes.
Day 1 Calgary
Transfer from Calgary airport to your hotel. You meet your guide and fellow travelers during dinner in the hotel.
Day 2 Calgary to Banff National Park
Through the ranch country you reach Banff National Park. In the forested campground (showers) you pitch your tent for the next two nights. This afternoon you go for the first hike along one of the many mountain trails. Dinner on the campground by the fire. Walking time 2 – 3 hours.
Day 3 Banff National Park
A full day hike into the mountains. Your guide knows the best destinations for the time of the year. Hike 7.5 km with 725m gain to a hidden lake and another 2 km into the pass at 2470m. Afterwards you might want to relax in the warm sulphur pool or browse through the stores and boutiques in Banff. Walking time 5 – 7 hours.
Day 4 Banff National Park to Lake Louise
Take the Trans-Canada Highway up the valley of the Bow River to famous Lake Louise. The guide suggests 3.5 km (2 mi) path with 400 m (1325 ft) gain to the historic tea house by an alpine lake. Here a network of easy to demanding trails is tempting you to go further and higher. For example, the 15km (9.3mi) circuit into the Plain of Six Glaciers or a 2.5 km (1.6 mi) climb with 515 m (1705 ft) gain to a summit with exceptional views of nearby peaks and distant landscapes. Camp for today and tomorrow (showers) near the alpine village of Lake Louise. Hiking time 3 - 5 hours.
Day 5 Yoho National Park
The Kicking Horse River, rushing west out of the mountains, is perfect for white water rafting. Take the opportunity for 5 hrs of thrills and lots of action in 8-person rubber rafts. But Yoho Park is also famous for its most outstanding network of trails to snow fields, waterfalls, fossil beds and other wonders in the high alpine. Let the guide take you on an 18km loop with 880m gain through two passes alpine meadows and birds eye views of turquoise coloured Emerald Lake. The Natural Bridge, Takakkaw Falls, and Spiral Tunnel are otehr attractions of Yoho Park. Walking time 6 hrs.
Day 6 Yoho National Park to Jasper National Park
There are countless photo opportunities along the Icefields Parkway, with famous names like Peyto Lake and Bow Summit. You might see wapiti, bighorn sheep and bears right by the side of the road. You get the best view of Saskatchewan Glacier after a steep, 2.5 km ascent of a windswept ridge. Spend the next three days at a campground near Jasper. Walking time 2 hours.
Day 7 Jasper National Park
Side trip to Maligne Lake: follow your guide on an 8 km circuit through flower covered alpine meadows to an elevation of 2160 m or climb up to the peak at 2789m. Trail rides or a boat cruise can be arranged as options. How about renting a mountain bike to explore the surroundings? Walking time 2 to 6 hours.
Day 8 Jasper National Park
The Athabasca Falls and a walk into its canyon count among the attractions of this park. Trails at the Columbia Icefields start already near tree line which makes hiking in this area most rewarding. The guide recommends the 8 km hike with 335 m gain through a pass at 2375 m. Walking time 2-3 hours.
Day 9 Canoe Training
Walk along Maligne Canyon, the river roaring through the narrow gorge up to 50m below you followed by a short drive to a lake in the foothills where you prepare for your river tour. Learn basic paddle strokes and safety precautions for your 2-person canoes and receive tips regarding personal equipment, work sharing of the crews and wilderness conduct. No experience necessary. The selected river stretches are not dangerous, but the current, numerous rapids and gravel bars demand constant vigilance so that even experienced canoeists find their challenges in this wilderness setting. Your safety and comfort are your guide’s main concern.
Days 10 - 12 On The River
You store the luggage you do not require for your canoe trip and begin your river adventure today. For the next 3 nights you pitch your tent on sandy islands or comfortable spots along the shore. Your progress depends on the water level. The Athabasca River, fed by glaciers and clear forest streams, runs high and fast in the early season, then clear, blue and slow later in the summer. In the densely forested, uninhabited valleys you have excellent opportunities to spot wild geese, beavers, eagles, elk, bear, and moose. Five or six hours daily are spent on the river, sometimes leisurely drifting downstream. There is time for swimming, fishing, exploring and campfires under the northern lights.
Day 13 Jasper National Park to Edmonton
Jasper National Park to Edmonton. One more day on the Athabasca and after 160 km you reach the end of the canoe trip. The bus is loaded for the return to Edmonton. Your tour ends when you reach the hotel at approx. 6.30pm for the last night.
Day 14. Transfer to the Edmonton airport
No-charge transportation from Edmonton to Calgary is available for most of the tours tomorrow (Sunday). Arrival in Calgary at 3.30pm.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation (twin) with breakfasts
- 11 nights accommodation in spacious tents (2 persons/tent)
- All transfers, transportation in passenger van
- Meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 14 plus cooking and eating utensils
- Camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
- Hard-foam mattress
- National Park and Camping fees
- 5 days with 2-person open Canadian canoes, paddles, life vest, canoe bag
- Welcome gift
- Services of bilingual licensed guide who accompanies the group on the day hikes (English or German).
- Personal equipment
- Alcoholic beverages
- Sleeping bag
- Bike rental
- White water rafting