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14 Days 13 Nights
Group size: 2-12
Be Active
1 Small Group
From $2,326pp

Venture Insight

Active and close to nature in awe -inspiring landscapes during this hiking and camping tour in Canada’s most famous national parks. A week of exploring your guide’s favourite hiking trails is followed by a glorious 5-day wilderness canoe adventure down untamed rivers.

Difficulty: Gentle to Not So Gentle


Maligne Lake

Taking a side trip to Maligne Lake for an 8km circular hike, it is a photographer’s dream with its azure-blue coloured water.

Athabasca Falls

Marvel at the deep canyon from various lookouts caused by the flowing water of the Athabasca River, feeling the spray as it thunders to the canyon below. There is an interpretive trail which explains the science of how the canyon was formed and the colour of the water.

Canoe Training | Wilderness Camping

No experience is necessary as you learn the basics of canoeing in a 2-person open Canadian canoe, the spend days drifting downstream on the Athabasca River and at night, pitch your tent on the sandy shore and enjoy a camp fire under the northern lights.

Itinerary

day 1

Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and make your own way to your hotel.
day 2

Calgary to Banff National Park

Transfer through ranch country to Banff National Park to your campground for the next two nights, then commence your first hike. 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 to a hidden lake and perhaps another 2 km into the pass at 2470m. After the workout you can 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

Banff National Park to Lake Louise

Hike to the historic tea hour at Lake Louise in picture postcard scenery. From here there are a network of other easy to demanding trails – tempting you go further and higher. Camp for today and tomorrow near the alpine village of Lake Louise. Walking time 3-5 hours.
day 5

Yoho National Park to Lake Louise

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. 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 loop through two passes alpine meadows and bird’s eye views of turquoise coloured 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. 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 circuit through flower covered alpine meadows. Trail rides or a boat cruise can be arranged as options. How about renting a mountain bike to explore the surroundings? Walking time 2- 6 hours.
day 8

Jasper National Park

The Athabasca Falls and a walk into its 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 and provide a great view of Athabasca Glacier. Walking time 3 hours.
day 9

Canoe Training

You walk along Maligne Canyon, the river roaring through the narrow gorge. Now a short drive to a pretty lake in the foothills where you prepare for the river tour. In 2-person open Canadian canoes you learn the basic paddle strokes and safety precautions. No experience is necessary, the selected river stretches can be mastered by beginners.
day 10-12

On the River

For the next 3 nights, you pitch your tent on sandy islands or comfortable spots along the shore. 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. There is time for swimming, fishing, exploring and campfires under the northern lights.
day 13

Edmonton

One more day on the Athabasca and after 160km you reach the end of the canoe trip then transfer to Edmonton.
day 14

Edmonton

Transfer to the airport where your tour ends.
day 1

Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and make your own way to your hotel.
day 2

Calgary to Banff National Park

Transfer through ranch country to Banff National Park to your campground for the next two nights, then commence your first hike. 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 to a hidden lake and perhaps another 2 km into the pass at 2470m. After the workout you can 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

Banff National Park to Lake Louise

Hike to the historic tea hour at Lake Louise in picture postcard scenery. From here there are a network of other easy to demanding trails – tempting you go further and higher. Camp for today and tomorrow near the alpine village of Lake Louise. Walking time 3-5 hours.
day 5

Yoho National Park to Lake Louise

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. 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 loop through two passes alpine meadows and bird’s eye views of turquoise coloured 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. 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 circuit through flower covered alpine meadows. Trail rides or a boat cruise can be arranged as options. How about renting a mountain bike to explore the surroundings? Walking time 2- 6 hours.
day 8

Jasper National Park

The Athabasca Falls and a walk into its 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 and provide a great view of Athabasca Glacier. Walking time 3 hours.
day 9

Canoe Training

You walk along Maligne Canyon, the river roaring through the narrow gorge. Now a short drive to a pretty lake in the foothills where you prepare for the river tour. In 2-person open Canadian canoes you learn the basic paddle strokes and safety precautions. No experience is necessary, the selected river stretches can be mastered by beginners.
day 10-12

On the River

For the next 3 nights, you pitch your tent on sandy islands or comfortable spots along the shore. 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. There is time for swimming, fishing, exploring and campfires under the northern lights.
day 13

Edmonton

One more day on the Athabasca and after 160km you reach the end of the canoe trip then transfer to Edmonton.
day 14

Edmonton

Transfer to the airport where your tour ends.

Includes

2 nights' hotel accommodation, 11 nights ina 2-person tent, transfers, camping meals as specified by travel agent, camping equipment (except sleeping bag), National Park + camping fees, 2-person canoes + bilingual guide. Need to know: This is a camping + hiking tour staying in a 2-person tent. Easy trails are organised for the first day, then a mix of more challenging and easier hikes. They are mountain hikes so will involve walking uphill. Hiking difficulty can vary from day to day and alternative experiences can be organised instead of the hikes. No experience necessary for the kayak journey.

We have experiences for everyone - from the active traveller wanting to hike and canoe in the Canadian Rockies, discovering the best on offer in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, or combining a cruise with luxury rail and accommodation.

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