In the Canadian Rockies, it's good to feel small. You'll sense it from afar, in the abrupt way the land changes from plains to peaks. But nothing prepares you for the jaw-dropping impact once you're among those mountains that loom so large. Hiking and biking amid vast U-shaped valleys. Looking in awe at dramatic waterfalls. And gazing down on fast-flowing rivers and lakes too intensely turquoise to be real. You may feel dwarfed by all this grandeur, but far from insignificant because you're in it and part of it. Small is beautiful in the Rockies.
Day 1 Sensational views of Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain are yours to admire as you bike to Lake Minnewanka Not ready to stop? Pedal to a lookout on Mount Norquay for breathtaking vistas of the Banff townsite and Bow Valley, or shop in the picturesque resort town of Banff.
Day 2 The European chalet-style Post Hotel, the epitome of old-world elegance There's nothing like a morning spin amid towering peaks, virgin forests and the blue-green Bow River Keep an eye out along the way—wildlife sightings are common at the forest's edge Hike through Johnston Canyon to a series of stunning waterfalls Back on your bike, point your wheels toward Lake Louise, where dinner at the Post Hotel adds an elegant flourish to the day.
Day 3 Mount Victoria, beautifully reflected in the turquoise waters of Lake Louise Embark on a classic Rockies trek to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse Built by Swiss guides in 1924 with the help of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the teahouse is a cozy spot for a lunch break—fancy some chocolate cake? If you can pull your gaze away from the stunning panorama of glaciers and vertical peaks, you may spot mountain goats or marmots in the nearby boulder fields Join local bear expert and researcher Colleen Campbell for "Bear Biology 101."
Days 4-6 Raft on the Kicking Horse River—Class II-IV adrenaline! Dazzling views await at the top of your hike to Sentinel Pass Walk to beautiful Sherbrooke Lake, the largest backcountry body of water in Yoho National Park From the base of Takakkaw Falls, one of Canada's highest cascades, hike to Yoho Lake, nestled deep in Yoho Pass For an invigorating end to your Canadian Rockies adventure, consider a polar bear dip in the lake!
- Epic views of Mount Rundle, Cascade Mountain and Lake Minnewanka
- The European chalet-style Post Hotel, the epitome of old-world elegance
- Mount Victoria, beautifully reflected in the turquoise waters of Lake Louise
- Rafting on the Kicking Horse River—Class II-IV adrenaline!
- The chance to spot deer, moose, elk and black bears
The Rimrock Resort Hotel (1 night): A grand contemporary lodge on Sulphur Mountain with awe-inspiring views of Bow Valley and the surrounding Rockies. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
Post Hotel & Spa (2 nights): This European-style chalet set on the Pipestone and Bow Rivers is the epitome of old-world elegance. A Relais & Châteaux member. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
Cathedral Mountain Lodge (2 nights): The "romantic accommodations are in charmingly rustic and comfortable log cabins tucked among trees along the glacier-fed Kicking Horse River," reports Andrew Harper.
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Other||Interpretive Program with Bear Expert (1 Hour)|
|Rafting||on the Kicking Horse River (2 Hours)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/20-25 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/27-7/2 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/4-9 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/11-16 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/18-23 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/1-6 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/8-13 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/15-20 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/22-27 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/29-9/3 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1130 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
I'm very excited about this addition to our Canadian Rockies lineup, highlighting some of the most incredible scenic wonders of Banff and Yoho National Parks. It offers an unbeatable blend of activities - biking, hiking and river rafting - that let you experience the region's splendor from all perspectives.- Regional Manager, Canada