Map of Walk the Canadian Rockies including Canada

Uncover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Canadian Rockies on foot

It doesn’t get more beautiful than the Canadian Rockies – snow-capped peaks, glittering lakes and a tranquil escape from the modern world. Give your legs and camera batteries a workout as you hike through magnificent scenery most can only dream about, from the pure spectacle of Jasper National Park to the rugged beauty of Banff and the showstopping landscapes of Yoho National Park. Search for wildlife at Maligne Lake, explore the famed landscapes of Lake Louise and travel along the iconic Icefields Parkway. Throw in an expert local leader and a group of likeminded travellers and you’re on track for an unforgettable adventure.


Start
Calgary, Canada
Finish
Calgary, Canada
Destination
Canada
Style
Basix
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
SFXR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Set out on some of the world’s most spectacular walks, hiking through the Bow Glacier Falls, Valley of the Five Lakes, Wilcox Pass, Peyto Lake, the Iceline Trail and Tunnel Mountain.

  • Not only will you enjoy the expertise of a local leader, but all hikes will be lead by a certified hiking guide, ensuring your maximum safety and comfort. And with all meals included, fuelling up for your adventures is a breeze.

  • Taking in stunning scenery isn’t just reserved for hikes – at the end of each day you’ll retire to scenic campgrounds serving up truly memorable views.

  • Marvel at the natural wonders of the Rockies during visits to Maligne Lake, Yoho’s natural bridge, Lake Louise, Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake and the phenomenal Icefields Parkway.

  • Enjoy time to discover all that Jasper town and Banff National Park have to offer, with hiking, biking, hot pools and cosy pubs right at your fingertips.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a walking trip with some hikes taking up to six hours over rocky terrain, so a good level of fitness and appropriate walking gear is a must.

  • There are a few early starts on this trip to make the most of each destination, but you won’t be missing your bed once you see the views you’ve woken up for!

  • This is a camping trip where you are expected to get stuck in with setting up tents and helping out with cooking and washing up.

  • This trip starts on Day 1 as early as 7.30am. you may wish to book a pre night stay in Calgary.

  • On the final day you can expect to arrive in Calgary at around 4pm, but we advise not to book any flights out of Calgary until after 7pm to account for any unexpected delays. You may wish to pre-book an additional night in Calgary at the end of the trip.

Itinerary

Welcome to the Canadian Rockies! Your adventure begins in Calgary with a welcome meeting at 7.30am. You’ll be briefed on the activities ahead and meet your local leader and fellow travellers, then it’s time to hit the road along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic and spectacular stretches of road in the world. Arrive at the beautiful Bow Lake and set out on the first of many truly incredible walks. This 5.6-mile circuit will lead you around the reflective waters of the lake, skimming a gorge with water rushing below, through to an outwash plain where you can see the wild Bow Falls. You’ll also soak in epic views with every step; Crowfoot Mountain, Bow Crow Peak, Mt Gordon and many other peaks provide the backdrop for your walk. After an exciting first day, retire to your remote and picturesque campground within Banff National Park.
Accommodation
  • Campground (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bow Glacier Falls Hike
  • BBQ dinner surrounded by Rockies peaks
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Wake up and breathe in the fresh mountain air before returning to the Icefields Parkway. So much more than just a road, the parkway is punctuated with many world-class wonders, and your drive will be broken up with stops at magnificent lakes, waterfalls or glaciers. You’ll then head out on the Valley of the Five Lakes hike through the remarkable landscapes of Jasper National Park. The hike is expected to take around two to three hours, and as the name suggests, you will pass by five beautiful alpine lakes, each displaying different shades of blues and greens caused by varying depths, algae and glacial dust. The evening will be spent in a serene setting in Jasper National Park.
Accommodation
  • Campground (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Valley of Five Lakes Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you will travel to Maligne Lake – famed for its bright blue waters, there are few more beautiful spots in the country. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way – moose, deer, grizzlies and black bears have all been spotted along this stretch of road. There are two gentle hiking options available in the area, or you may prefer to rent a canoe or kayak to see the lake’s beauty from a different perspective. Your leader will be on hand to make suggestions on the best way to enjoy a morning here. Stop for lunch and take some time to soak up the amazing scenery, then spend the afternoon in Jasper town, with a laidback vibe and a picture-perfect mountain backdrop. You may like to hire a bike and explore the area on two wheels, sit back and relax in one of the town’s cosy pubs or take the Jasper SkyTram up The Whistlers mountain, from where you can take a short walk with jaw-dropping views of Jasper National Park.
Accommodation
  • Campground (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jasper townsite visit
  • Maligne Lake walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Put your best foot forward this morning and set out on the Willcox Pass Hike, expected to take around three to four hours. Trek past a small wetland, take in views of the Sunwapta Pass and climb above the treeline to a set of Canada’s famous red chairs, inviting visitors to sit back and take a moment to soak up the view. You’ll also be able to see the glaciers and peaks of the Columbia Icefield, including the awe-inspiring Athabasca glacier. Then, drive on to Peyto Lake, made famous by its icy glacial waters, and take a short hike up to a viewpoint where you can admire the lake in its vibrant glory. Carry on to Yoho National Park and visit its natural bridge, spanning the powerful Kicking Horse River.
Accommodation
  • Campground (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wilcox Pass walk
  • Peyto viewpoint
  • Natural Bridge walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Begin your day with a visit to Emerald Lake within Yoho National Park. True to its name, the cool green waters are truly a sight to behold. Then it’s time to get your heartrate up on the Iceline Trail within the park, following a splendid circuit past soaring mountains decorated with glaciers, dramatic valleys and peaceful meadows. Depending on the interests of the group, there is an 8.6 mile or 13 mile option, both serving up unforgettable scenery. After your hike, give your legs a rest as you make a short and gentle walk to the Takakkaw Falls, where you’ll soon find out why the name translates to ‘wonderful’ in the First Nations Cree language. At a cloud-piercing height of 373m, this is the second tallest waterfall in Canada, and surely the most spectacular to look at.
Accommodation
  • Campground (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Emerald Lake to Iceline Trail & Takakkaw Falls hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Make the drive this morning to Lake Louise. Here you’ll experience natural beauty at its very best – dazzling peaks dusted with snow are juxtaposed against the pristine glittering lake, creating an image that looks too perfect to be real. There are many hiking options here spanning various lengths and levels of difficulty – speak to your leader for more information on which hike is best for you. If you choose a shorter option, the Lake Louise Fairmont Hotel sits right on the shores of the lake and serves as a perfect spot to take in the scenery with some poutine or a cocktail in hand.
Accommodation
  • Campground (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Louise & Moraine Lake full day hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The day is yours to explore all that Banff National Park and town has to offer – your leader will have all the best tips on things to see and do here. You may like to stretch your legs and climb up the scenic Sulphur Mountain, or kick your feet up and ride a gondola to the summit. Why not relax and unwind in the Banff upper hot springs – at a height of 5000ft (1524m), these are Canada’s highest natural springs. Evenings here are just as fun-filled as the days; perhaps head to a local eatery to sample an elk burger, or check out the beverages at the town’s microbrewery – the views here are worth raising a toast to!
Accommodation
  • Campground (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Start the day with a short hike at Tunnel Mountain, a final chance to walk among the Rockies’s unbeatable scenery. Afterwards, begin the journey back to Calgary (approximately 1.5 hours), stopping along the way in the cosy mountain town of Canmore. Take some time so reminisce about all you’ve achieved and discovered over the course of your adventure over a cup of tea or coffee. Return to Calgary, where on arrival your adventure will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Morning hike on Sulphur Mountain
  • Canmore townsite visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Private Van

Accommodation

Camping (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Bow Glacier Falls Hike
  • BBQ dinner surrounded by Rockies peaks
  • Valley of Five Lakes Hike
  • Jasper townsite visit
  • Maligne Lake walk
  • Wilcox Pass walk
  • Peyto viewpoint
  • Natural Bridge walk
  • Emerald Lake to Iceline Trail & Takakkaw Falls hike
  • Lake Louise & Moraine Lake full day hike
  • Morning hike on Sulphur Mountain
  • Canmore townsite visit

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 7.30am on Day 1. Please see Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.

2. FINAL DAY: You are expected to arrive back in Calgary around 4pm and dropped off at the same location as the joining point.
There is no accommodation included on the last day in Calgary, however we can request any additional nights should you need them.

3. A single supplement is available for this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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