July 2021: Canadian Rockies Walking Tour by Yamnuska Mountain Adventures out of Canmore, Alberta.
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Alberta’s Rocky Mountains offer some of the best hiking in the world, from day treks suitable for beginners to demanding multiday hauls. Created by the experts at Yamnuska Canadian Rockies Hiking, this seven-day, easy to moderate trek does not require any previous mountain hiking experience and is ideal for any fit walker.
After meeting in Canmore, the leader will assess the group, conduct a gear check and discuss their goals, before setting off on the first day trek in one of the parks in the local Kananaskis area. The week will start slowly, as it will take time for participants to acclimatize to the higher altitude and drier air of Kananaskis.
Over the coming days, the treks will take place throughout the area in Kootenay National Park, Yoho National Park and Banff National Park, and may include the Stanley Glacier, Kindersley Pass, Sunshine Valley, Wilcox Meadows, the Iceline Trail, Healy Meadows or Larch Valley. Routes will be selected based on weather and the condition of the group.
Treks will generally be around seven to 16 kilometres per day, taking up to five hours. Some hikes will have elevation gains of perhaps 600 metres, but with vehicle support hikers will only be required to carry a day pack containing water, lunch, snacks, cameras and possibly additional clothing. You’ll stay in Lake Louise and Banff, drive the Icefields Parkway, and take in some of Canada’s most spectacular landscapes—towering limestone peaks, waterfalls, soaring cliffs, thick forest, lakes, beaver dams, glaciers and, if in season, vast fields of wildflowers.
The trip includes five days of hiking, all accommodation (in hotels and lodges), all park entry fees, some meals and the leadership of a professional guide. Departures require a minimum of three participants to proceed. Once back in Banff, there are bus connections to Canmore, or Yamnuska can assist with making arrangement for further trekking or sightseeing. Hands down, one of the best ways to experience Canada!
Day 1: Arrive Canmore. Go over plans for tour, ensure you are properly outfitted.
Day 2: Day hike from Canmore. We chose one of the many parks in Kananaskis Country!
Day 3: Travel to Lake Louise, stopping to hike in parks along route. Kootenay National Park (50 km from Canmore), Stanley Glacier, Arnica and Vista Lakes are examples of hikes we may tour. Complete drive to Lake Louise.
Day 4: Hiking at the Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park.
Day 5: Hike in Yoho National Park. Return to Banff (80 km) for the last two nights.
Day 6: Hike in Banff National Park. Perhaps to Healy Meadows, Sunshine or Larch Valley. Enjoy a final night on the town in Banff to celebrate our adventures walking in the Canadian Rockies.
Day 7: Tour finishes in Banff. Guests finish with coffee and breakfast in Banff and then head off for further adventures. (For those guests wishing to return to Canmore, the ROAM bus runs a regular schedule between Banff and Canmore).
YAMNUMSKA MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES
- Phone: 866.678.4164
- SM: @yamnuska.mountain.adventures, YouTube
- Length/Departs: 7 days/June, July, Aug., Sept.; private options available (contact operator)
- Accommodation: Hotels, lodges
- Price: Contact Yamnuska for pricing quote
- Difficulty: Moderate, with altitude to be considered