Hotel-based hiking tour in Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise | CA-YM702

Hike the scenic backcountry trails of the Canadian Rockies without sacrificing the comforts of home


The Canadian Rockies surrounding Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise contain a lifetime of walking and hiking opportunities. Eight National and Provincial Mountain Parks are within easy driving distance.


  • Canmore, Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Jasper National Park
  • Yoho National Park
  • Banff National Park
  • Kootenay National Park
  • Kananaskis country

The scenery is classically magnificent -  steely grey limestone peaks are clothed in forests, waterfalls, craggy cliffs and, not far west of Canmore, glaciers. The forest cover of the valley floors is broken by frequent lakes and beaver ponds. Towards treeline the forest thins, alpine larches appear as forests give way to alpine meadows.

From late May to mid-August the forest and especially the meadows are lit in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow and white. By late August wildflower color is replaced by the reds and golds of Fall. September is in some ways the most spectacular month as the alpine larches turn the treeline into a blazing line of gold and incandescent aspens that speckle the valley floors.

Your guides live and play in these mountains and they really enjoy showing them to you. The first two days hiking are based in Canmore before you move to Banff and Lake Louise based hiking days. Your guides look forward to introducing you to the great hiking there is in the Canadian Rockies. This is a hotel based trip so you carry light day packs and sleep in a comfortable bed each night.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability Jun - Sept
Duration 7 days
Departs From Canmore, AB
Difficulty Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 9
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No
Region Alberta


2 286
Per Adult
    • Flexible Cancellation up to 24 hours
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    • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
    • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2022):
Flexible dates for private groups

What's Included

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  • Local transfers from Canmore
  • National Park entry fees
  • Accommodation in the hotels
  • All breakfasts

Suggested Clothing

  • Rain gear
  • Fleece or wool underclothes
  • Hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Running shoes
  • Shorts
  • Wool socks
  • Warm pants
  • A full clothing list will be supplied upon booking
  • We suggest layers of light, easily carried clothing that allow for fast and easy adjustment to best suit fast changing temperature conditions
  • We discourage cotton clothing as it causes rapid heat loss when wet

Suggested Items

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Lip balm
  • Trekking poles

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group hiking on a mountain trail

Guide Information: Your guides are licensed by Parks Canada and Alberta Provincial parks to conduct hiking tours in both National and Provincial Mountain Parks of the Canadian Rockies. Your guides are experienced professional hiking guides with certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and from the Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association. They are chosen for their enthusiasm and interest in sharing their knowledge of these mountains.


This is an easy to moderate difficulty tour. It involves hiking for up to 5 hours per day, with distances ranges from 8 to 16 km, elevation gains of up to 600 m (c. 1965 ft.) Participants will be carrying a day pack containing spare clothing, your camera, lunch and something to drink each day. Hikes will be chosen to best suit the group. Larger groups may split to walk different trails.  This program is designed for fit walkers. Any training you can do before you arrive will enhance your experience. No previous mountain hiking experience required.

Accommodations: You will be staying 6 nights in comfortable hotels in Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise.  Rooms will be shared on a double occupancy basis (no single supplement applies unless you wish to guarantee a single for yourself).

Meals & Dining: All breakfasts are included as are hiking lunches and trail snacks. Dinners are not included so you can explore the many dining options. There are many easily accessible restaurants nearby or in your hotel.

Everyone arrives in Canmore and we meet that evening at 7:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel for a welcome session. We'll go over plans and options for the following days, look at maps of the area and check to see that you are properly outfitted.

hikers near canmore lake in banff

Your guide will meet you at the hotel after breakfast and you'll head out on your first hike which will be in one of the many parks covering Kananaskis country. We like to keep plans flexible and choose a hike that's not too hard and appropriate for the current weather in order to allow everyone to acclimatize to our higher elevation and dry air.

hikers high in the mountains in canmore

After breakfast, we drive north towards Lake Louise stopping to hike in Kootenay National Park (50 km from Canmore) on the way. Paget Lookout and the Stanley Glacier are two excellent choices. After hiking we complete our drive north another 25km to Lake Louise with its gem of a lake surrounded by enormous peaks and their hanging glaciers.

road near icefields parkway in canada at autumn

There is a bit of driving today (2 hours each way) but it is one of the most scenic drives in the world -  The 'Icefields Parkway'! We follow it up valleys overhung by glaciers, past lakes and Icefields then over alpine passes and meadows to reach the world-famous Columbia Icefields. With the Columbia Icefields and stunning Mt. Athabasca as our backdrop, we hike up Wilcox Meadows. Return to Lake Louise for the night while we take in the stunning mountain scenery.

group of hikers resting in canada

Head a little west over the "Kicking Horse Pass' into Yoho National Park (10 km). Hike either to Yoho Lake or, if feeling fit, we will hike the Iceline Trail. Return to Banff (80 km) for the last two nights.

A final day of hiking in Banff National Park, perhaps to Healy Meadows, Sunshine or Larch Valley. Enjoy a final night on the town in Banff to celebrate our adventures walking in the Canadian Rockies.

Guests finish with coffee and breakfast and then head off for further adventures.

Mt. Yamnuska, 25 km east of Canmore in the Yamnuska Natural Park, 12 km of walking, 500m - 800m elevation gain. Yamnuska overlooks the lower Bow Valley and the montane forests of the Rockies' foothills with the prairies in the far distance. Best in early summer when the area blooms with a paintbrush, fireweed, fleabane, tiger lilies and orchids or in September when the aspens are turning yellow and alpine shrubs red.

Stanley Glacier, 30 km west of Banff in Kootenay National Park, 8 km of walking,365 m elevation gain. Hike into a beautiful hanging valley above Vermilion Pass. Mt. Stanley and the Stanley Glacier above. A profusion of wildflowers from beginning to end.

Wilcox Pass, at the Columbia Icefields 160 km northwest of Banff. A wonderful walk in alpine meadows with Mt. Athabasca and the Columbia Icefields as a backdrop.

Healy Meadows, in Banff National Park 15 km west of Banff. Hike through mature forest to reach extensive alpine meadows with great views.

Sunshine Meadows, 30km west of Canmore in Banff National Park, access by shuttle bus to extensive walking trails on alpine meadows. Wildflower heaven.

Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass, 80km west of Canmore in Banff National Park above Moraine Lake, 12 km walking, 720 m elevation gain. Famous for alpine meadows, Fall colors and alpine scenery both

Yoho Lake, in Yoho National Park 100 km west of Canmore. A beautiful lake nestled in the forest just below Yoho Pass. Great views of the famous Takkakaw Falls and Yoho Valley.

The Iceline, in Yoho National Park 100 km west of Canmore, is a hiking tour de force. Hike adjacent to glaciers and high above the valley, magnificent view of Takkakaw Falls.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
  • A 35% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.

You have 24 hours from when you make your booking to change or cancel with no charge to you (provided your booking does not depart within 15 days). If canceling your program up to 8 weeks before the program start, $105 will be withheld. Higher amounts are withheld if canceling Semesters or Expeditions (details on request). Between 8 and 6 weeks before the program start, the deposit is forfeited. Cancellation less than 6 weeks before the program start and during the program results in loss of the entire amount paid. We will gladly accept a substitute guest should you not be able to attend provided they meet the prerequisites for the program. Cancellations must be received in writing (letter, fax or email).

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