Signature Hikes

Activity Details

Adult Price: $95.00 (Adult: 12 and up)

Departure Information: Banff - daily, 8:30am Lake Louise - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 9:15am Season dates - June 1st to October 9th, 2017 (trail conditions dependent)

Duration: Up to 7 hours, with 4 - 6 hours on trail

Where to meet: Hotel pick up and drop off provided

Your Tour Includes: Certified Hiking Guide, hotel pick up and drop off, use of hiking poles, use of binoculars, hearty packed lunch with choice of sandwich, fruit, brownie, juice, and our famous maple cookies!

Four incredible signature hikes in the Banff and Lake Louise areas.
Ranging from easy to moderate, some are well known and some local secrets.
Enjoy an alpine picnic lunch while absorbing the spectacular scenery and fresh mountain air.

With hundreds of hiking trails available how do you know what to do? Come with us!

We have selected what we consider the best of the best when it comes to getting out there and spending time in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer, to the brilliant golden of the larch trees in the fall, hiking in the rockies should not be missed.

Our Interpretive Guides priority is having a safe, fun and informative tour that connects you more to where you are visiting. We hike in small groups which is recommended for safety to reduce wildlife encounters. Hiking time is between four and six hours. You  must have sturdy footwear and we recommend dressing in layers to adapt to constant weather changes.

 

Hiking Schedule

Kootenay National Park Trails Sunday
Larch Valley Monday & Saturday
Stanley Glacier Tuesday & Thursday
Plain of Six Glaciers Wednesday & Friday

 

 

Early and late season itinerary changes may apply during 1st - 30th June, please see early season itinerary.

 

Hike to Kootenay National Park Trails - Sunday

Travel to three short hiking trails within Kootenay National Park such as Vista Lake, Marble Canyon, Numa Falls, Paint Pots, and Fireweed Loops. Enjoy connecting with nature with a variety of different views of the National Park. This trip is ideal for families and first time hikers!

  • Rated: Easy
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Return Distance: 8km (4.5 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 150m (492ft)
  • Departs: 08:30 from Banff

 

Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers - Wednesday and Friday

Your hike starts by hiking along the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. The trail turns into single track and the immensity of the the valley and its peaks becomes even more apparent. Near to your final destination is the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House where cakes and tea are served all day long - be sure to bring some cash!  Just past the teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise.  If time and group ability allows you may be able to hike further to view historic Abbot Pass.

Rated: Moderate

Hiking time: 5 hours

Distance: 10.6km (6.6 miles)

Elevation gain: 340m (1100 feet)

Departs: 8:30 from Banff, 9:15 from Lake Louise

 

 

 

Hike to Stanley Glacier - Tuesday and Thursday

Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice. The trail switchbacks moderatly for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. You then follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock and may even find some fossils! Eat your lunch directly beneath the ancient ice of Stanley Glacier before you head back down.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Return Distance: 8.4km (5.25miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 395m (1285ft)
  • Departs: 08:30 from Banff

 

Hike to Larch Valley - Monday and Saturday

Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take with a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinal Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3543m/11,625ft) will complete your experience. 

Rated:: Moderate

Hiking time: 4 -5 hours

Distance:  9.0km (5.6 miles)

Elevation gain: 535m (1500ft)

Departs: 8:30 from Banff, 9:15 from Lake Louise

 

Sandwich choices are:

  1. Rockies Club Wrap: chicken, bacon,tomato,lettuce,egg & mayonnaise
  2. Roast Beef: Monetary Jack Cheese with horseradish mayonnaise on a soft bun
  3. Vegetarian Wrap : lettuce, arugula, roasted red pepper, red onions, cucumbers, with pesto aioli
  4. Green Salad with chicken breast  (gluten free option)

Also includes apple cranberry juice, salted potato chips, and a brownie.

 

Remember to bring:

  • Warm clothing, and plenty of layers, including hats, gloves and a rain jacket.
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
  • Snacks and water (to supplement lunch if required)

 


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