High Trails of the Canadian Rockies
The stunning peaks, glaciers and high passes of the Canadian Rockies are best appreciated on foot. This adventure packs in the highlights of the area's best parks, including an exhilarating heli-hike at the base of Mt Assiniboine, the "Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Waterton Lakes National Park with its red rock canyons and deep blue lakes is the perfect backdrop for our first hike. We make our way north through Kananaskis country to the town of Banff. For the next 2 days, we enjoy alpine hikes in Banff National Park, across scenic mountain passes, surrounded by alpine lakes and meadows. Back on the road, along the famous Columbia Icefields Parkway, we stop and hike to Wilcox Pass for sweeping views of the Columbia Icefield. In Lake Louise, we choose from a treasure trove of great hikes with awesome views over Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Finally we helicopter into the base of Mt Assiniboine, and undertake a unique heli hike into a remote area where we camp for 2 nights and spend the days enjoying high alpine hikes (up to 2635m) with panoramic views stretching from dramatic Mt Assiniboine to Kootenay National Park.
|DAY 1||Join Calgary|
|DAY 2||To Waterton Lakes NP via Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump|
|DAYS 3/4||Hiking in Waterton Lakes NP|
|DAY 5||To Banff NP|
|DAYS 6/7||Hiking in Banff NP|
|DAY 8||Drive the Columbia Icefields Parkway to Jasper NP|
|DAY 9||Columbia Icefield hike|
|DAY 10||Lake Louise hike|
|DAY 11||Hiking in Yoho National Park|
|DAYS 12/14||Helicopter to Mt Assiniboine, hiking, return to Canmore|
|DAY 15||Shuttle bus to Calgary, where trip concludes|
Wonderful landscapes, the wildlife and wildflowers; excellent guide, food, equipment and organisation & the helicopter ride was most memorable.