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Hiking and canoeing in the national parks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains


Travel to and explore three of Canada's most famous National Parks on this multi-sport hiking and canoeing tour. Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks offer you an amazing adventure vacation.  This fun-filled camping tour of the parks combine whitewater rafting and hiking with a four day canoe tour down the Athabasca River.  No past experience is necessary and your guides will teach you all you need to know for an enjoyable and safe adventure.

Active and close to nature in awe-inspiring landscapes during this hiking and camping tour in the famous parks of the Canadian Rockies. A week of exploring your guide’s favourite hiking trails is followed by a glorious 5-day wilderness canoe trip down untamed rivers. An ideal combination of sightseeing, physical challenges and a genuine nature experience.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Multi-Sport Tours - Summer
SEASON

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are all residents of western Canada and their experience and leadership will provide you with a worry-free vacation.  

RESTRICTIONS

These are guided soft adventure tour with easy to moderate hikes with light day pack. No experience necessary for the canoe trip. Beginners are welcome but participants should be in good physical condition.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, day pack.

Many tour departures include a German and/or French speaking guide.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips begin in Calgary and end in Edmonton, Alberta. No-charge transportation from Edmonton to CALGARY on the next day is available for most of these tours.

WEATHER

Average summer temperatures range between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Southern Rocky Mountains
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Van transportation, camping gear, park fees, camping fees, tent, sleeping pad, canoes and equipment, canoe bags, welcome gift.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Clothing to suit a variety of weather conditions, rain gear, hiking boots, sneakers, warm jacket, sweater, shorts, hat, bathing suit, towel.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, sunscreen, fishing gear, sunglasses, flashlight, pocketknife.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent campsites along the way. Campsite are served by the national parks and some include shower facilities. 

Price includes one night hotel in Calgary and one night hotel in Edmonton.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals up until arrival in Edmonton are included.

14 day tour, available June - September
$2790.00 / per person - CAD
2019 dates: June 2-15, June 9-22, June 16-29, June 23-July 6, June 30-July 13, July 7-20, July 14-27, July 21-Aug 3, Jul 28-Aug 10, Aug 4-17, Aug 11-24, Aug 18-31, Aug 25-Sep 7, Sep 1-14, 2019. Based on double occupancy. Single room and tent is $330.
PAYMENT INFORMATION


A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 45 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
In case of cancellation of the travel agreement we are entitled to a cancellation fee. The cancellation should be in writing, forwarded to us or the travel agent. From the date of receipt the cancellation fee is calculated as follows: 31 or more days before start of tour:full refund less credit card- PayPal- or bank charges 21st -30th day before start of tour: full refund less 20% 14th -20th day before start of tour: full refund less 40% 8th -13th day before start of tour: full refund less 60% 1st -7th day before start of tour: no refund unless you find replacement.

14 day tour, available June - September

Day 1

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
Transfer from the Calgary airport to your hotel. You meet your guide and fellow travellers during dinner in the hotel.

Day 2

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Through ranch country in the foothills you reach Banff National Park. In the generously laid out, forested campground (showers) you pitch your tent for the next two nights. This afternoon you go for the first hike, perhaps following the shore of Lake Minnewanka or one if the many mountain trails. Dinner on the campground by the fire. Walking time 2 – 3 hours.

Day 3

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
A full day hike into the mountains. Your guide knows the best destinations for the time of the year, even the lesser known. For example 7.5 km with 725 m gain (4.7 mi, 2415 ft) to a hidden lake and perhaps another 2 km into the pass at 2470 m (8225 ft). After the workout you might want to relax in the warm sulphur pool or browse through the stores and boutiques in the little town of Banff. Walking time 5 – 7 hours.

Day 4

YOHO NATIONAL PARK
You take the Transcanada Highway up the valley of the Bow River to famous Lake Louise in picture postcard scenery. One of the choices here is a 7.5 km trek with 600 m gain (4.6 mi, 1998 ft) to a lookout at 2300 m (7660 ft). with a view across the famous lake. If you still have stamina you can continue for another 2 km to the summit. Driving through Kicking Horse Pass you enter Yoho Park at the western flank of the Rockies. Here you set up camp (showers) for the next two nights. Walking time 3 – 5 hours.

Day 5

YOHO N. PARK
The Kicking Horse River, rushing west out of the mountains, is perfect for white water rafting. Take the opportunity for 5 hours of thrills and lots of action in 8-person rubber rafts. But Yoho Park is also famous for its most outstanding network of trails to snow fields, waterfalls, fossil beds and other wonders in the high alpine. Let the guide take you on an 18 km (11 mi) loop with 880 m (2930 ft) gain through two passes alpine meadows and birds eye views of turquoise colored Emerald Lake. Walking time 6 hours.

Day 6

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
There are countless photo opportunities along the Icefields Parkway on your way into the heart of the Rockies, famous names like Peyto Lake and Bow Summit. In these 17000 sqkm (6538 sqmi) parks you probably see wapiti, bighorn sheep and sometimes bears right by the side of the road. The best view of Saskatchewan Glacier is gained after a steep, 2.5 km ascent of a windswept ridge. Three days on a campground near the little mountain town of Jasper. Walking time 2 hours.

Day 7

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
A side trip to Maligne Lake. Here you may follow your guide on an 8 km (5 mile) circuit through flower covered alpine meadows to an elevation of 2160 m (7190 ft). It is possible to reach the peak at 2789 m (9290 ft). Trail rides or a boat cruise can be arranged as options. How about renting a mountain bike to explore the surroundings? Walking time 2 to 6 hours.

Day 8

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
The Athabasca Falls and a walk into it’s canyon count among the attractions of this park. Trails at the Columbia Icefields start almost at tree line which makes hiking in this area most rewarding. The guide recommends an 11 km loop with 335 m gain (6.8 mi, 1115 ft) through a pass at 2375 m (7908 ft). Walking time 3 hours.

Day 9

CANOE TRAINING
You walk along Maligne Canyon, the river roaring through the narrow gorge, up to 50 m (165 ft) below you. Now a short drive to a pretty lake in the foothills where you prepare for the river adventure.  In 2- person open Canadian canoes you learn the basic paddle strokes and safety precautions. You receive tips regarding personal equipment, work sharing of the crews and conduct in the wilderness. No experience is necessary. The selected river stretches are not dangerous, even for the beginner, but the current, numerous rapids, and gravel bars demand constant vigilance. Experienced canoeists find plenty of challenge in this wilderness setting. Safety and the comfort of the participants are the main concerns of the guides.

Day 10

Days 10-12: ON THE RIVER
Not needed luggage may stay in safe keeping. Now you start the canoe adventure: For the next 3 nights you pitch your tent on sandy islands or comfortable spots along the shore. Your progress depends on the water level. The Athabasca River, fed by glaciers and clear forest streams, runs high and fast in the early season, clear, blue and lazy later into the summer. In the densely forested, uninhabited valleys you have excellent opportunities to spot wild geese, beavers, eagles, elk, bear, and moose. Five or six hours daily are spent on the river, sometimes leisurely drifting downstream, but always with an eye out for rapids and obstacles. There is time for swimming, fishing, exploring and campfires under the northern lights.

Day 13

EDMONTON
One more day on the Athabasca and after 160 km (100 mi) you reach the end of the canoe trip. The bus is loaded for the return to Edmonton. Your tour ends when you reach the hotel at app. 17:30 for the last night.

Day 14

Transfer to the EDMONTON airport. No-charge transportation from Edmonton to CALGARY is available for most of these tours tomorrow (Sunday). We gladly reserve an additional night for you in the Hotel in Edmonton.  Arrival in Calgary app. 15:30.