Jun-Oct
Season
8:30am
Departure Time
7 Hours
Duration
12+
Age
Active
Activity

With hundreds of hiking trails available how do you know which on to choose? Come with us!  Our guides have picked their favourite ‘signature’ trails, and some lessor known ones.  Hike safely in a small group and enjoy an alpine picnic lunch.

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 Trail Schedule

Refer to the Trail Routes for the distance, elevation, hiking time and difficulty rating for each trail.

Sunday Kootenay National Park Trails or Sunshine Meadows
Monday Larch Valley or Sunshine Meadows
Tuesday Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park
Wednesday Plain of Six Glaciers
Thursday Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park
Friday Plain of Six Glaciers or Sunshine Meadows
Saturday Larch Valley or Sunshine Meadows
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Sunshine Meadows Hike (only) - Gondola/Shuttle + Chairlift
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Hiking Schedule

Hike Days of Operation Rating
Sunshine Meadows Sunday, Monday, Friday & Saturday Easy
Kootenay National Park Trails Sunday Easy
Larch Valley Monday & Saturday Moderate
Stanley Glacier Tuesday & Thursday Moderate
Plain of Six Glaciers Wednesday & Friday Moderate



Hike Sunshine Meadows – Sunday, Monday, Friday & Saturday

Ride the Standish quad chairlift to over 2,400 m (7,875 ft) – the highest Gondola / Chairlift access sightseeing elevation in the Banff and Lake Louise area – and experience 360 degree views of the Rocky Mountains that surround you. From there, catch even more breathtaking scenery from the Standish viewpoint platform and take in the view of the three high-alpine lakes; Larynx, Grizzly and Rock Isle.

  • Rated: Easy
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Return Distance: 5-10kms (3-6 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 100-200m (300-700ft)
  • Departs: 08:30am from Banff

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: 8kms (4.5 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 150m (492ft)
  • Departs: 08:30am from Banff

Hike to Larch Valley – Monday & 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: 9.0kms (5.6 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 535m (1500ft)
  • Departs: 8:30am from Banff, 9:15am from Lake Louise

Hike to Stanley Glacier – Tuesday & Thursday

Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice. The trail switchbacks moderately 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: 8.4kms (5.25miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 395m (1285ft)
  • Departs: 08:30am from Banff

Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers – Wednesday & 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: 10.6kms (6.6 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 340m (1100 feet)
  • Departs: 8:30am from Banff, 9:15am from Lake Louise
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Sunshine Meadows Hike (only) - Gondola/Shuttle + Chairlift
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Choose from the following lunch options:

  • Rockies Chicken Club Wrap
  • Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Vegetarian Wrap
  • Green salad with chicken (gluten-free)

Lunches also include fruit, juice, salted potato chips and two bite brownies.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Sunshine Meadows Hike (only) - Gondola/Shuttle + Chairlift
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

All hiking tours start at 8:30am from Banff and run for approximately 7 hours, which includes between 4 to 5 hours of hiking time.
The full day tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a 4 – 5 hour hike with a professional hiking guide. Lunch and hiking poles are provided, and some of the tours will also offer a pickup from Lake Louise.
We pick up from most hotels in Banff, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel. Some of the tours will also offer a pickup in Lake Louise.
Hiking boots or other sturdy footwear is essential, and layers of clothing are recommended including hats, gloves and a rain jacket.
Please bring a backpack to carry lunch, a water bottle, sunscreen, hat and layers of clothing. You may also like to bring snacks and water (to supplement lunch if required).
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Sunshine Meadows Hike (only) - Gondola/Shuttle + Chairlift
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

  • The minimum age is 12 years, and all children aged between 12 and 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.
  • Children aged 16 – 17 years old may go on the hike without an adult, but a parent must meet the guide in the morning to sign a waiver.
  • Early season itinerary changes may apply, please enquire at the time of booking.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Sunshine Meadows Hike (only) - Gondola/Shuttle + Chairlift
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Hiking Lake Louise
Hiking in Banff and Lake Louise
Hiking in Banff and Lake Louise
Hiking Sunshine Meadows
Alpine Wildflowers, Sunshine Meadows