WALKING THE WORLD®
THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
BANFF & JASPER NATIONAL PARKS
Prepare to find yourself surrounded by the best Mother Nature has to offer: soaring eagles, wild rivers, sprawling glaciers, spectacular peaks, and unforgettable valleys. Our adventure begins in Calgary. From there we’re off to discover a wilderness paradise. We’ll explore this untamed land of magnificent mountains, alpine forests, emerald lakes, and meadows bursting with wildflowers. Experience firsthand the warm hospitality and rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
DEPOSIT : To reserve your space, a $400 deposit per person is required. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the trip departure date. If applying within 60 days of the trip departure, full payment is required.
Banff National Park lies on the eastern slope of the Rockies, just west of Calgary in Alberta. Banff contains more trails than any other mountain park in Canada and, like Jasper, offers wildlife viewing as good as any you’ll find. Lake Louise, a prominent feature of the Banff area, was originally called Ho-run-num-nay by the Stoney Indians. Meaning “Lake of Little Fishes,” Lake Louise is better known today for its unparalleled alpine beauty.
Jasper National Park is Canada’s largest mountain park, and it contains some of North America’s finest alpine scenery and wildlife. Sharing a common boundary to the south with Banff, Jasper offers the observant hiker cascading waterfalls, endless meadows, stunning vistas, knife-edge ridges, and a backcountry experience found in few other places.
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Day 1 : Arrive Calgary, Alberta. Please plan to arrive by 1:00 p.m. at the Calgary airport so we can make it to our evening dinner, group orientation, and accommodation in Canmore, Alberta. D = Dinner provided
Day 2: If you’ve never been to this part of the world, today will delight you. We begin our adventure with a drive north along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We will do a short hike towards Wilcox Pass. The trail begins in a stand of 400-year-old spruce and climbs to a broad alpine valley carpeted with wildflowers, cut by a tumbling stream, and surrounded by majestic snow-clad peaks. Bighorn sheep are regularly seen on this beautiful trail. L,D
Day 3 : Bald Hills and Maligne Lake. 6.5 miles/1,500 feet elevation gain. One of Canada’s famous female explorers described this area as follows: “There burst upon us that which, all in our little company agreed, was the finest view any of us had ever beheld in the Rockies…” Our hike takes us to an imposing ridgetop covered with wildflowers and offering exceptional views of Maligne Lake, Leah and Samson Peaks, the Queen Elizabeth Range, and Mounts Unwin and Charlton. Mountain caribou often inhabit this area. B,L
Day : Wabasso Lakes to Valley of Five Lakes. 6.5 miles/200 feet elevation gain. Our trail begins just outside the town of Jasper. Starting in a valley forested with Lodgepole pine, we’ll wind our way across a small stream and to a low ridge with excellent views of the Athabasca Valley and Mount Edith Cavell. From the ridge we’ll dip into the Valley of the Five Lakes. The five small lakes, jade green in color, provide an excellent setting for our lunch. B,L
Day 5: Sulphur Skyline Trail. 5.0 miles/2,300 feet elevation gain. Today’s hike is one of the finest in the Jasper area, with views of sawtoothed mountain ranges and several remote wilderness valleys. Our views will include the Fiddle River drainage, Utopia Mountain, and the jagged summits of the Ashlar Ridge. Although today’s hike is short, the first section is fairly steep. We’ll take our time, so everyone will arrive at the summit of Sulphur Ridge with plenty of energy to enjoy the views. Our local guide will talk with us about the area’s geology, the habitats of the Disaster Point bighorn sheep, and the fur trade routes. B,L
Day 6: Today we head to Lake Louise. Along the way we will stop at Athabasca Falls. Have your cameras ready; these falls are overwhelming! Our next stop is at the Parker Ridge trailhead. Be prepared to walk on an ancient coral reef and realize the wonder of nature to find such a thing at the top of the Rockies. We will lunch and be afforded a new view that displays marvelously the immensity of the glaciers in this part of the world. B,L,D
Day 7: Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass. 6.0 miles/2,360 feet. Set above famed Moraine Lake, Larch Valley offers thick stands of alpine larch, mountain meadows, and a panoramic backdrop of the Ten Peaks. The Larch Valley meadows are dotted by many small pools originally named the Minnestimma Lakes, or ‘sleeping water,’ by S.E.S. Allen, an early explorer. B,L
Day 8: Helen Lake Trail. Prepare yourself for a lush meadow colored by western anemones, globe flowers, red paintbrush, and yellow violets. This area is important in the history of the Canadian Railway and has interesting deposits of the Burgess shale. A sumptuous farewell dinner in Banff highlights our last evening together. B, L, D
Day 9: To Calgary airport for flights home any time after 12:00 noon.
WHAT WE PROVIDE:
- Walking The World Guide and Local Guide
- 8 nights lodging (double occupancy)
- 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 4 dinners
- All admission fees to scheduled stops
- All ground transportation while on tour
- Unique and original Journal of your trip
- Walking The World T-Shirt
- Good fun, humor, and companionship