The Canadian Rockies

  • 6-day expedition in Canada's Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks
  • Discover mountain meadows, alpine lakes, hanging glaciers, and wildlife

Expedition Details

 

Embark on an unforgettable adventure amid the snowcapped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. In Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, explore a stunning wilderness of hanging glaciers, rushing rivers, and jewel-toned lakes. Hike in blooming alpine meadows surrounded by glacier-carved mountains, and search for elk, bighorn sheep, bears, and more. Feel the thunderous spray of waterfalls and watch the sun set over Lake Louise. Along the famed Icefields Parkway, encounter an abundance of geological wonders, including the largest ice cap in the Canadian Rockies.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the natural wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, spotting elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, bears, and more.
  • Hike amid a pristine wilderness of soaring peaks, hanging glaciers, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear lakes.
  • Encounter the Columbia Icefield, the largest ice cap in the Canadian Rockies, as well as Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada.
  • Trace the spectacular shoreline of Lake Louise, ringed by mountains, and float on the turquoise waters of Bow River.

Itinerary - 6 Days

Day 1 — Banff, Canada

Meet the group in Banff, located in the heart of Canada’s first national park, and home to some of the world’s most dramatic mountain scenery. In the company of a local bear expert, take a walk through the natural habitat of grizzly and black bears and learn firsthand about the diverse wildlife of the Canadian Rockies. Tonight, gather for a welcome reception at our hotel, followed by dinner at its renowned restaurant.
The Post Hotel (L,D)

Day 2 — Lake Louise

Spectacular scenery awaits at Banff’s most famous lake, Lake Louise. Learn about native flora and fauna from our expert while hiking among alpine meadows and glacial lakes set against snowy peaks. Continue your exploration this afternoon at Moraine Lake, set in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, and take in the incredible surrounding views. Or you may choose to relax at the hotel with a spa treatment or afternoon tea.
The Post Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Yoho National Park

This morning, enjoy the alpenglow as the sun rises above jagged peaks. Venture into Yoho National Park and visit Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada. Later, hike around stunning Emerald Lake before settling into our hotel overlooking the Kicking Horse River.
Emerald Lake Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Columbia Icefield/Jasper National Park

This morning, travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway, where the dramatic alpine landscape unfolds with rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls, glaciers, and lakes. Continue to Columbia Icefield, the largest ice cap in the Canadian Rockies, and the Athabasca Glacier, which is some 10,000 years old. Walk on the ancient glacier and experience up-close its power and fragility.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B,L)

Day 5 — Jasper National Park

Spend the day exploring Jasper’s geological marvels. Discover the sheer limestone walls of Maligne Canyon, carved by the fast-flowing river below, and the mirrored waters of Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies and the second largest in the world. Float down the Athabasca River while a local guide interprets the fascinating geological and human history of the area.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Jasper National Park/Banff

Walk along the Cavell Meadows loop and discover an iceberg-filled pond formed by the retreating Angel Glacier. Continue onto the moraine for a dramatic view of Mount Edith Cavell. Later, return to Banff where our expedition ends.
(B,L)

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Dates

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What To Expect

This expedition is designed to accommodate guests at different activity levels. Choose hiking options ranging from easy one- to three-mile walks to moderate hikes of four miles or more.