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What’s included

  • A local leader
  • International flights economy class (flight inclusive option)
  • Single, timed group airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Good standard hotel or chalet accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and activities as specified
  • Entry fees and permits for national parks and native sites
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • A free Water-to-Go bottle

Gentle Walking Canadian Rockies

Walking & Trekking

Canada | Walking & Trekking

Gentle Walking Canadian Rockies
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  13 days from the UK  
Walks on: 10 days

Flight inclusive from £3,985,
Land only from £2,750

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The best walks through the awe-inspiring scenery of Banff and Jasper National Parks with comfortable accommodation throughout.

Highlights

  • Walk on every day of this holiday through stunning mountain scenery to the best viewpoints
  • Hike in Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks
  • Drive along the Icefield Parkway – one of the world’s most scenic highways
  • Stay in comfortable hotels or chalets between Banff, Jasper and Kananaskis

Reviews          

A wonderful walking holiday, in one of the beautiful regions in the world. Some spectacular views and amazing wildlife. If you are looking for a trek without crowds, this is the one for you.
Mr W, Essex

Having a fantastic guide in Claude Deschamps who cleverly tweaked our walking itinerary when we found ourselves in the middle if the coldest September weather in Alberta for 60 years! We enjoyed the snow which only enhanced the beauty of our surroundings.
Mr C, Surrey

Mountain Kingdoms have provided the opportunity for us to explore mountainous area of the world which we could not have done without their support.
Mr W, Gloucestershire

From the moment we departed Calgary and joined the Trans Canada Highway, I knew that I was in for an extraordinary scenic treat. Beautiful emerald lakes, towering mountain peaks and the excitement of being on the lookout for roaming wildlife, all added to an unforgettable adventure. I didn’t want to leave.
Kerry Robins, Mountain Kingdoms

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The stunningly beautiful Canadian Rockies encompass the Canadian section of the North American Rocky Mountains, an impressive system of numerous mountain ranges that run from the Canadian Prairies to the Pacific Coast. Mount Robson, at 3,954 m/12,972ft, is the highest mountain. Five national parks are located within the Canadian Rockies and were together declared a single UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for the exceptional mountain landscapes found here. On this superb walking holiday you will explore three of the most breathtaking parks - Banff, Jasper, and Yoho, which offer the very best scenic and truly natural experience.

Your adventure begins in Calgary, the Canadian province of Alberta, on the confluence of the Bow River and Elbow River. Calgary has numerous skyscrapers, however it is steeped in western culture and well-known for its cowboy traditions, in particular the famous Calgary Stampede. From here you venture north, settling for three nights at a time, in three stunning locations.

You will start your grand adventure with three nights in Kananaskis enjoying some of the best landscapes in the Rockies.  You will then drive on to Jasper with a stop off to visit the Athabasca Glacier on the way. From your base in Jasper you will explore delightful meadows, captivating glaciers and spectacular waterfalls and hike in pristine areas of outstanding beauty with walks to Edith Cavell Meadows and a visit to the powerful Athabasca Falls, plus you will enjoy the breathtaking panoramas over the Maligne Lake.

From Jasper you drive to Banff. In Banff you enjoy more remarkable panoramic views and fabulous mountains. You will walk the Parker Ridge, walk to Laughing Falls in Yoho National Park and drive to Lake Louise for the walk to Agnes Lake. Finally you will drive to Lake Minnewanka for a last lake shore hike or hike Tunnel Mountain in Banff before returning to Calgary for your flight home. 

All in all a veritable feast of spectacular mountain scenery and fabulous walking.

 


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  13 days from the UK  
Walks on: 10 days

Max. Altitude: 2,255m/7,938ft, Parker Ridge, Day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Calgary

Accommodation types: Hotels, Cabins

Meal arrangements: 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 3 Dinners. Your guide will prepare 2 dinners and your lunches during your holiday. The lunches will be taken with you on the trail.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1
Fly to Calgary and transfer to hotel.
2-4
Drive to Kananaskis. Walk Ptarmigan Cirque, Chester Lake Trail, Grotto Canyon and/or Grassis Lakes.
5
Drive to Jasper with walk to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier.
6
Edith Cavell Meadow Trail and visit Athabasca Falls.
7
Maligne Lake and walk Bald Hills.
8
Drive to Banff. Walk Parker Ridge.
9
Drive Yoho National Park. Walk Laughing Falls.
10
Drive to Lake Louise. Walk to Lake Agnes.
11
Drive to Lake Minnewanka for lake shore hike or Tunnel Mountain Banff. Drive to Calgary.
12-13
Transfer to airport and fly home.
Leader: Local leader, Canada
Local leader, Canada

Our walking and trekking holidays in Canada are led by experienced, friendly and knowledgeable, English-speaking local guides. They have extensive knowledge of their surroundings and bring an in-depth aspect to your adventure. Our local guides are members of professional organisations including the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, they are Wilderness First Responders accredited by the National Outdoor Leadership School, and are members of Leave No Trace Canada.


Gentle Walking Canadian Rockies Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Calgary. Group transfer to hotel.

    Fly from London to Calgary. On arrival you will be greeted at the airport by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure, for you to recover from your flight and to enjoy downtown Calgary.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ramada Hotel Or Similar, Calgary
  2. Day 2 - Drive to Kananaskis - 150km, 1¾ hours. Walk Ptarmigan Cirque. 2-2½ hours, 210m ascent/210m descent.

    Today you will drive to Kananaskis. Kananaskis is an area which offers some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Rockies but is quieter than some of the main national parks which you will visit later, being more popular with locals and not so much on the main tourist circuit.

    Today your first walk will be the Ptarmigan Circuit. As with most trails in this region, the climb starts in spruce-fir forest. Several switchbacks lead you to an area lined with larch trees before the trail branches off into a loop. You emerge in a wide open meadow, a fine example of a recently de-glaciated valley in the Rockies. Most of the landscape looks like desert, yet, if you look closely, you will find it remarkable. The bedrock reveals fossilized remains of an ancient seabed, complex lichen colonies cover rocks and boulders, and gullies and avalanche debris offer forms of shelter for small birds and rodents. The fauna and flora of this harsh habitat rely on survival strategies and biological adaptations to survive - you are lucky visitors who get to catch a glimpse at its most pleasant time of the year!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mount Kidd Manor Or Similar, Kananaskis
  3. Day 3 - Drive to trail head - 100km, 1½ hours, and walk Chester Lake Trail - 9.6 km, 3-4 hours, 310m ascent/310m descent.

    Today you will enjoy a short and pretty hike to Chester Lake in Spray Valley Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country. The trail to this beautiful tarn is justifiably popular and meanders through spruce-fir forests and three meadows leading to the emerald waters of Chester Lake. The meadows near the lake are flushed with wildflowers in early summer, and wild berries which makes for good bear spotting opportunities. There are great views of the mountains that surround the lake: Bustall Pass, Mt. Chester, 3,054m, Mt. Smith Dorrien, 3,151m, Mt. Robertson, 3,177m, and Mt. Sir Douglas, 3,411m. The trail forks at the lakeshore. As you continue through groves of spruce, larch and subalpine firs, you enjoy a string of viewpoints to admire the lake from different angles. You hear the roar of a small stream and the calls of songbirds.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mount Kidd Manor Or Similar, Kananaskis
  4. Day 4 - Grotto Canyon and/or Grassi Lakes hikes. Spend time in Canmore.

    Today you have a couple of options for good hikes. It might also be possible to do both if the group is feeling energetic, or you could do one in the morning and in the afternoon spend time in Canmore Village by the river, in one of the many cool cafes or microbreweries in town. Your guide will discuss the options with you to be sure you get the most out of your stay here,

    Option One: Grotto Canyon Drive to Grotto Canyon Trailhead - 100 km/1¼ hours. Walk Grotto Canyon - 5km/2½ hours. 150m ascent/15m descent.
    This beautiful, narrow-walled creek bed provides the route for a satisfying and accessible hike, and is lots of fun. As you ascend the canyon the limestone walls get steeper and narrower, leading eventually to a beautiful cascade, spilling down over the rock face and glistening in the summer sun. Just before the falls, if you look at eye level to the left, you should be able to see the remains of ancient wall paintings, dating back between 500 and 1300 years ago. These are Hopi pictographs, produced by visitors from a native American tribe based in what is now Arizona. 150m ascent/ 15m descent

    Option Two: Grassi Lakes Drive to Grassi lakes trailhead - 120km, 1¾ hours. Grassi Lakes Walk - 4 km/2 hours.
    This short picturesque trail is much enjoyed by families and is one of Canmore's most popular hikes. There are two routes, an easier one, which takes you up a gentle incline to the spectacular turquoise lake, or a more challenging wooded trail that passes by a waterfall and offers beautiful views of Canmore and Bow Valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mount Kidd Manor Or Similar, Kananaskis
  5. Day 5 - Drive to Jasper 370km, 4-5 hours. En route walk to the Athabasca Glacier – 1 hour round trip.

    Today you drive along the spectacular Icefield Parkway Highway to Jasper - enjoying impressive views along the way. Jaw-dropping scenery surrounds you for the duration of this unforgettable drive. The landscape is peppered with more than 100 ancient glaciers, majestic waterfalls falling from dramatic rock spires and turquoise emerald lakes.

    En route you'll stop for a gentle hike to the toe of Athabasca Glacier. As you walk past the glacial lake at the snout, the receding of the glacier becomes obvious. The striated bedrocks tell the story of its advance, while stone markers identify the location of the glacier snout in past decades. You marvel at the wall of ice at the far end of the valley interconnected with the extensive Colombia Icefield, a remnant of the last ice age.
    For your first night in Jasper your guide will suggest a local restaurant in Jasper for dinner.

    Breakfasts will be taken in the dining room or at the chalets, and lunch will be taken on the trail.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Becker's Chalets Or Similar, Jasper
  6. Day 6 - Drive to Cavell Meadows - 60 km, 1½ hours. Walk Edith Cavell Meadow trail - (6-7km, 500m ascent/ 500m descent, 4-5 hours. Visit Athabasca Falls.

    The Cavell Meadows hike is a Jasper favourite, displaying colourful floral meadows, dominant glaciers and jagged towering cliffs. Your hike today starts by climbing over a terminal moraine, the furthest advance of the now receded glacier, and works south through the quartzite debris of the glacier forefield. Part of this area was covered by ice less than 50 years ago. Delightful chipmunks, golden mantled ground squirrels, and pikas live in the nooks and crannies of this moraine and add a sense of 'wild' to this wonderful trail. Cottonwood poplar grows from the rocks to the right of the trail and reaching the top of the moraine marks an immediate change to subalpine forest. Your trail switchbacks into the trees. The forest here is an ancient one, dominated by Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. One fir is half a metre thick at the base.

    The first of your viewpoints provides an excellent sight of Angel Glacier and its 40m thick ice cliffs. Soon the trail emerges from the trees to reveal the beautiful Edith Cavell Meadows - amateur botanists are particularly fond of these meadows for their displays of pink, yellow, and white mountain heather which provides the most spectacular setting.

    Retracing your steps, you descend back down the trail and then return to Jasper, stopping at the spectacular Athabasca Falls - known as the most powerful waterfall in the Canadian Rockies, the falls are completed by an exceptional setting of tall alpine forest with the mighty Mt. Kerkeslin in the background.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Becker's Chalets Or Similar, Jasper
  7. Day 7 - Drive to Maligne Lake – 100 km, 2hrs. Walk Bald Hills – 10.4km, 500m ascent / 500m descent, 4-6 hours.

    The Bald Hills hiking trail has some of the most breath taking panoramas that Jasper has to offer. The hike is a moderate climb but very rewarding - you will take lots of breaks to ease the ascent. The trail follows a fire road through a pine forest. Upon reaching the subalpine life zone, views to the North begin to open with the Queen Elizabeth Range visible across the valley, and Little Shovel Pass in the Maligne Range to the North. This sample of mountains encapsulates two different themes in local geology, younger, grey front-range limestone; older colourful main range quartzite underfoot. Passing a small pond as you enter the tree line glades, you may hear a surprising concert of birds: juncos, thrushes and sparrows to name a few. You reach the old fire lookout site, rewarded with magnificent views of Maligne Lake complete with six summits above 3,000m. You hike down at your own pace, reflecting on how this trail was well worth the effort after all!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Becker's Chalets Or Similar, Jasper
  8. Day 8 - Drive to Jasper 370km, 4-5 hours. En route walk to the Athabasca Glacier – 1 hour round trip.

    Today you drive along the spectacular Icefield Parkway Highway to Jasper - enjoying impressive views along the way. Jaw-dropping scenery surrounds you for the duration of this unforgettable drive. The landscape is peppered with more than 100 ancient glaciers, majestic waterfalls falling from dramatic rock spires and turquoise emerald lakes.

    En route you'll stop for a gentle hike to the toe of Athabasca Glacier. As you walk past the glacial lake at the snout, the receding of the glacier becomes obvious. The striated bedrocks tell the story of its advance, while stone markers identify the location of the glacier snout in past decades. You marvel at the wall of ice at the far end of the valley interconnected with the extensive Colombia Icefield, a remnant of the last ice age.
    For your first night in Jasper your guide will suggest a local restaurant in Jasper for dinner.

    Breakfasts will be taken in the dining room or at the chalets, and lunch will be taken on the trail.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Irwin's Mountain Inn Or Similar, Banff
  9. Day 9 - Drive to Yoho National Park - 80km, 1½ hours. Walk to Laughing Falls 7.8km, 3½ hours, 125m ascent/125m descent.

    Today you cross from Alberta into British Columbia. Yoho National Park lies on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Glaciers carved an immense and deep u-shaped valley, later named Yoho by the Cree tribe, leaving the water flowing down its tributary valleys no other choice than to plunge down soaring cliffs. Takakkaw Falls, one of Canada's highest at 254m in one stretch and 384m in total, is simply mesmerising especially on sunny days, when a mist rainbow appears midway up. You depart north and walk across an alluvial plain into the forest. Moose frequent this area. You may opt for a little side trail for a view of Angel's Staircase Falls. The main trail continues up a hill and past a little canyon for good views of Laughing Falls from the north bank of Little Yoho River.

    On your way back you will stop at Emerald Lake before returning to your accommodation. Emerald Lake is the largest of Yoho's 61 lakes and ponds, as well as one of the park's premier tourist attractions.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Irwin's Mountain Inn Or Similar, Banff
  10. Day 10 - Drive to Lake Louise - 120 km, 1 hour. Walk to Lake Agnes (back and forth the same way) – 7.6km, 3-4 hours, 433m ascent/ 433m descent.

    Today you drive to the village of Lake Louise. Lake Louise is one of many glacial lakes within Banff National Park and without question the most famous; the emerald colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. Lake Louise is 2km long, has an area of 85ha, and a maximum depth of 70m. Today you will enjoy much outstanding scenery, as you climb to the shores of picturesque Lake Agnes, with views from above the beautiful Lake Louise. The trail climbs gradually through subalpine forest for a mile to a switch-back that overlooks Lake Louise and the delta at its inlet. Views of the impressive quartzite cliffs of Fairview Mountain rise steeply on the opposite side of the lake. This popular trail leads you to Mirror Lake and through larch trees on an avalanche slope on Mount St. Piran. Here numerous flora, ground squirrels and chipmunk can be seen. You continue until reaching Lake Agnes, located at an altitude of 2,135m. Here, a historic tea house adds a sense of time to the beautiful natural surroundings and serves as a welcoming refuge for hikers. There is an option to continue the hike to Little Beehive summit for even greater views.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Irwin's Mountain Inn Or Similar, Banff
  11. Day 11 - Lake Minnewanka or Tunnel Mountain Hike. Drive to Calgary.

    Today you have a couple of options. Discuss with your guide the best option for your group.

    Option One: Lake Minnewenka: Drive to Minnewanka for a last lake shore hike - 2-3 hours. On this walk you may enjoy a beautiful out and back shoreline trail that you can follow for as long or for as little as you want.

    Option Two: Tunnel Mountain in Banff: The trail begins from Tunnel Mountain Drive in Banff. It follows long, nicely graded switchbacks along the side of the mountain through the forest. Some of the switchbacks are steeper than others and some of them level out which provides a chance to catch your breath. There are some glimpses of the views along the way through the trees. The best views can be seen from the top of the mountain at the end of the trail. There are some bare rocks surrounded by forest which are perfect places to sit and admire the views overlooking Banff and the surrounding mountains and valleys.

    After your last walk you will have some free time in Banff before you drive back to Calgary and will have time to walk downtown and enjoy a last farewell dinner with your group.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ramada Hotel Or Similar, Calgary
  12. Day 12 - Group transfer to the airport for flight back to London.

    You may have time for some last minute shopping today before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  13. Day 13 - Arrive London.

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What’s included

  • A local leader
  • International flights economy class (flight inclusive option)
  • Single, timed group airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Good standard hotel or chalet accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and activities as specified
  • Entry fees and permits for national parks and native sites
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • A free Water-to-Go bottle

What’s not included

  • Overseas airport departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Dinners on 7 days
  • Optional activities
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 5 reviews)

Canadian Rockies          

A wonderful walking holiday, in one of the beautiful regions in the world. Some spectacular views and amazing wildlife. If you are looking for a trek without crowds, this is the one for you.

Gentle Walking Canadian Rockies          

Claude worked really hard to give us a good experience of Canada. He organised our accommodation, transport and food really well. He cooked, drove us everywhere, planned our walks. He was always cheerful and pleasant and fun to be with. Claude is very knowledgeable about the area. Because of the weather, he had to organise alternative routes for us to walk and did this without any difficulty. We have travelled with MK before and have always been impressed with the quality of the in-country staff.

Seeing the majestic and unforgetable Canadian Rockies          

Having a fantastic guide in Claude Deschamps who cleverly tweaked our walking itinerary when we found ourselves in the middle if the coldest September weather in Alberta for 60 years! We enjoyed the snow which only enhanced the beauty of our surroundings. We also very much enjoyed the "gin club" and the cosy evening meals in the Pine Bungalows at Jasper cooked by Claude. This bonded our group of 11 really well.

Fantastic choice of walks and outstanding scenery          

MK have provided the opportunity for us to explore mountainous area of the world which we could not have done without their support.

Unforgettable Canadian adventure          

From the moment we departed Calgary and joined the Trans Canada Highway, I knew that I was in for an extraordinary scenic treat. Beautiful emerald lakes, towering mountain peaks and the excitement of being on the lookout for roaming wildlife, all added to an unforgettable adventure. I didn’t want to leave.


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There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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