This tour offers a rare opportunity for a backpacking adventure into Bylot Island's Sirmilik National Park, one of Canada's newest national parks. Sirmilik National Park offers some of the best hiking in the Arctic. Ice-capped towering mountains, lush tundra valleys, glaciers and unique eroded formations known as "Hoodoos", showcase the incredible variety the island has to offer. Containing fifty different species of birds (of which thirty are known to breed) this island sanctuary is also has more than three hundred species of plants. Most hiking will be over grassy and mossy tundra; some rocky moraine fields and the route chosen will involve several stream and small river crossings.
The expedition is within Sirmilik National Park (the place of glaciers). Established in 2001, the park encompasses over 22,000 sq. km. The park has 3 distinct regions - Oliver Sound, a long narrow fjord bounded by high cliffs and glaciers, an area of river valleys and plateau on Baffin island's Bordon Peninsula and most of Bylot Island, a complex area of mountains, ice fields and glaciers, with a coastal lowland.
The route of the expedition is on Bylot Island 30 km to the north of Pond Inlet. With mountains rising 2,000 meters out of the surrounding waters, the area marks the northern terminus of a Precambrian mountain range that forms the backbone of Baffin Island. Bylot has fascinating eroded rock formations called Hoodoos. Bylot has been a migratory bird sanctuary since 1965 with thousands of birds nesting on the cliffs. The park supports caribou, arctic fox, arctic hare and wolves. When the sea ice melts polar bears retreat to Bylot Island for the short summer. The surrounding seas are a summering area for narwhals and beluga whales. Seals and walrus may be observed. Icebergs may still be seen in the channels in August.
Join this spectacular backpacking journey into Jasper National Park. This tour alternates between the tundra of the alpine meadows and the lush conifer forests of the valleys below. It’s an area abundant in wildlife, don’t be surprised to see mountain caribou grazing on a distant ridge! In the remote headwaters of Jasper National Park's Brazeau River, where Poboktan and Jonas Creeks pass, are huge expanses of alpine meadows that are referred to as the Jasper Highlands.
This hiking journey circumnavigates much of this expanse in a huge triangular route also known as the "Brazeau Loop". The South Branch of the Brazeau River which you will follow for the first two days is a very old trail long used by the indigenous people to be followed later by European trappers and explorers. Now this trail is used by backpackers and wildlife including wolves and the elusive mountain caribou.
The ambiance of this valley plus that of the peaks and meadows above is evocative of all that is wild, remote and beautiful in the northern reaches of the Canadian Rockies in what is one of the most challenging hiking trips in the area.
Hike Banff Highline on this classic Rocky Mountain backpacking trip. This trail travels through signature terrain of the Canadian Rockies. You’ll hike over several high passes, and see Mt. Assiniboine in the distance getting closer day by day. On route you will walk through vast wildflower meadows and stands of larches, and bypass multiple high mountain lakes. This trip’s uniqueness lays in the feeling of traveling a far distance, and every day has something new to offer as far as vistas and ambiance. Once you’re getting tired from carrying a big pack, the opportunity to rest for a day by the foot of spectacular Mt. Assiniboine comes up.
The Banff Highline Trail is a wonderful journey through the Canadian Rockies where you encounter much of the diversity to be found in these beautiful mountains. Day after day you cross spectacular passes interspersed with alpine lakes. Craggy peaks constructed of multi-hued quartzite give way to the massive limestone slabs typical of the Front Ranges.
Different elevations feature a variety of flowers and vegetation from the delicate moss campions of the alpine zone to the flowering shrubs and berries of the forest floor. A daily constant will be Mount Assiniboine's massive pyramid, first seen from Arnica ridge on Day 2 then gradually getting closer until we reach its base three days later.
Your guides have picked the most beautiful and accessible sections of the Continental Divide and hike south through Banff National Park, passing through both British Columbia and Alberta. There is excellent wildlife viewing opportunities throughout this whole trip. We will hike more than 100km of trails.
Experience one of the best backpacking expeditions in the Rockies on this trek into Kootenay National Park. This sublime backpacking tour encapsulates much of the unique ambiance of the southern Canadian Rockies. Representative landscapes are revealed to you along the way as you crest each pass and enter each valley: Primeval forests, flower-strewn meadows, turquoise lakes reflecting rugged peaks and glaciers.
Walking is never boring in this wonderland with unbelievable flowers in July and August to be followed in September by the blazing fall colors of the larches which punctuate and define the alpine meadows.
You and your hiking companions will be another attraction. The relaxed ambiance on the trail and around the campfire will add a whole new dimension to your holiday in the mountains. With its mostly moderate distances and opportunities for ridge hiking, the tour can be a great first time backpacking experience in the Canadian Rockies. Not only is there exquisite scenery but you will also be sharing the trail with like-minded people from around the globe. It all adds up to an active and exhilarating mountain holiday.
Explore the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies on this backpacking expedition to Mount Assiniboine. From Mount Assiniboine, the 'Matterhorn of the Rockies', vast alpine meadows stretch far to the south. Add forested valleys and rocky peaks and you have a world-famous hiking area which we look forward to sharing with you.
This hike is designed specifically for backpackers who want to avoid more difficult itineraries whilst still preserving a true back country experience. From the vast park-like Assiniboine Meadows you drop into the eerie rockscape of the aptly named "Valley of the Rocks". From here you climb to Citadel Pass and back to beautiful meadows which will lead us to the trip's conclusion at Sunshine Village.
Join our guides in July and August when the alpine wildflowers are in full bloom or in September when the whole landscape blazes yellow and orange as the larches change color before winter. If great scenery, healthy exercise and good company sound like a great outdoor holiday then come and join our guides for an unforgettable mountain experience.