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.
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)
With degrees in biology and education, Ken Brushett has been introducing visitors to the Canadian Rockies for 15 years. Accredited as a Professional National Parks Interpreter by the Interpretive Guides Association of Banff, Alberta, and with more than 75 guided hiking trips under his belt, Ken knows the region intimately and is delighted to share his knowledge of its wildlife, geology, and history.
Ken will join the following departures:
Jul 20 - 25, 2013 Aug 24 - 29, 2013
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,695. Airfare and trip leader gratuity are not included in the expedition cost. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Calgary is from $700 (subject to change).
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.