Hiking

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies is one of the best ways to explore the natural landscape and beauty of Banff National Park.  We offer 4 tour locations on set days through out the week.  Each having its own charm and challenges.  Every tour includes hotel pick up and drop off, a hearty packed lunch and use of hiking poles if you need them.  Read on for specific information about the individual locations and our hiking schedule.


Price:

  • Adult, 13 years+: $82.00

Departs:

  • 08:30 daily – Banff
  • 09:00 (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday) – Lake Louise Samson Mall
  • 09:15 daily – (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday) – Chateau Lake Louise

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Where to meet:

  • Hotel pick up and drop off provided

Itinerary and highlights:

Hike to Lake Agnes – Sunday

  • One of the most hiked trails in the Canadian Rockies.
  • This destination offers it all: enjoyable trail and stunning views.
  • Teahouse for refueling before the descent.
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 4 hours
  • Return Distance: 7km (4.5 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 367m (1,204ft)
  • Departs: 08:30 – Banff, 09:00 – Lake Louise Samson Mall, 09:15 – Chateau Lake Louise

Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers – Wednesday and Friday

  • Beginning from the shores of Lake Louise, your hike will ascend steadily on well groomed trails.
  • As you get higher, the color of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear.
  • The trail turns into single track and the immensity of the the valley and its peaks becomes even more apparent.
  • Near to your final destination is the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House where cakes and tea are served all day long – be sure to bring some money!
  • Just passed the teahouse you will be treated to views of six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise.
  • There are many additional options to explore in the area dependent on the ability of the group.
  • Rated: Easy – Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 4 hours
  • Return Distance: 13.6km (6.6miles)
  • Elevation Gain:  340m (1100ft)
  • Departs: 08:30 – Banff, 09:00 – Lake Louise Samson Mall, 09:15 – Chateau Lake Louise

Hike to Stanley Glacier – Tuesday and Thursday

  • Fire is the theme of this hike.
  • Stanley Glacier is situated in Vermilion Pass area, home to two gigantic fires in recent history.
  • The first fire occurred in the late 1960s, the second in 2003.  In each case, large tracts of this valley were reduced to charred ground.
  • The trail to Stanley Glacier will take you straight through the regrowth of the 1960s fire, and the blackened trees of the most recent.
  • The trail climbs easily for a short while.
  • The strength of your group will determine how height you ascend.
  • You will be treated to views of Stanley Glacier creeping down the side of Mt. Stanley towards the valley bottom.
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Return Distance: 8.4km (5.25miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 365m (1285ft)
  • Departs: 08:30 – Banff

Hike to Larch Valley – Monday and Saturday

  • Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this a definite feather in one’s cap.
  • Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up to Larch Valley on a well groomed trail.
  • After reaching the Valley, the trail ambles through a Larch Forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinel Pass.
  • Ascending towards the pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple will complete your experience.
  • Hardy groups may even push towards Sentinal Pass for views of paradise Valley and the Backside of Mt Aberdeen and Mt Hadoo.
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Return Distance: 9.0km (5.6 miles)
  • Elevation Gain:  724m (1500ft)
  • Departs: 08:30 – Banff, 09:00 Lake – Louise Samson Mall, 09:15 – Chateau Lake Louise

Early and late season itinerary changes may apply: Please ask at time of booking

Your Tour Includes:

  • Certified Hiking Guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Use of back pack if required
  • Use of binoculars
  • Hearty packed lunch with choice of sandwich, fruit, snack bars, potato chips, juice, bottled water and our famous maple cookies!

Sandwich choices are:

1) Ham and Cheese on Ciabatta Bread: Chedder Cheese, Mayonnaise, Honey Mustard and Leaf Lettuce.

2) Prime Rib Sandwich on Ciabatta Bread: AAA Prime Rib, Dijon Mustard, Mayonnaise, Swiss Cheese & Leaf Lettuce

3) Vegetarian on Multi-grain Bagel: Lettuce, Arugula, Roasted Red Pepper, Red Onions, with Pesto Aioli

  • Also includes apple, juice, brownie, as well as maple cookies and water.

Remember to bring:

  • Warm clothing, and plenty of layers, including hats, gloves and a rain jacket.
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
  • Snacks and water (to supplement lunch if required)

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