You'll return to the enormity of the Canadian Rockies for the rest of your life. In the stories you'll tell friends. In the spare minutes when you think back to the staggering sight of Plain of Six Glaciers. And the thundering cascades of Takakkaw Falls. You'll think of conquering the mountain pass to secluded Emerald Lake Lodge. Meadows alive with a kaleidoscope of wildflowers. The impossible blues of Moraine Lake. And in those brief seconds before you go back to real life, you'll realize your Canadian Rockies hiking adventure never really ended.
Day 1 World-class hiking in three phenomenal Canadian national parks In Kootenay, cross a vast wildfire burn area, discovering new-growth forest with pink fireweed juxtaposed against yellow columbine Venture into a hanging valley for a view of Stanley Glacier.
Day 2 A forest trail carpeted with buttercups and bunchberry takes you to milky blue Sherbrooke Lake, the largest backcountry glacial lake in Yoho National Park Climb to Paget Lookout for staggering views of pristine glaciers, soaring peaks and emerald lakes.
Day 3 Walk through evergreen forests and blooming meadows to sensational Wapta Icefield and Yoho Glacier Standing in awe before Canada's second-highest waterfall, it all makes sense—Takakkaw is Cree for "it is magnificent" Walk along the shore of Emerald Lake.
Day 4 The elegant Post Hotel, blending old-world charm with modern sophistication Climb to one of Banff National Park's most stunning alpine pastures, alive with wildflowers and whistles of wildlife Hunting great photo ops? Take aim at Crowfoot Glacier and Helen Lake.
Days 5-6 The jewel-like colors of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Switchbacks lead to breathtaking Larch Valley and marvelous views of the Wenkchemna Peaks Savor the Post Hotel's exquisite cuisine—and perhaps some pampering at the spa! Commune with mountain goats, pikas and hoary marmots Hike the classic route from world-renowned Lake Louise to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse.
- Extraordinary hiking in three phenomenal national parks
- Walk through evergreen forests and flowering pastures to behold sensational glaciers
- The jewel-like colors of Moraine Lake and Lake Louise
- Commune with mountain goats, pikas and hoary marmots
- A trio of iconic hotels with world-class cuisine to match
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.
Emerald Lake Lodge (1 night): A secluded turn-of-the century lodge, built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, on the shore of a spectacular tree-rimmed glacial lake.
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)
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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2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/28-7/3 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/5-10 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/12-17 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/19-24 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/26-31 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/2-7 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/9-14 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/16-21 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/23-28 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/30-9/4 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/6-11 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/13-18 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $840 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 $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
Exceeded my expectation many times! Great trekking, beautiful views, excellent guides and fantastic food!- League City, TX
Backroads has once again convinced me that this is the only way to experience the world and get more than I expected! Fantastic is an understatement!! Looking forward to our next trip already.- New London, WI
This was our fourth trip with Backroads and just when you think your last trip could not be surpassed, it was. This trip exceeded all my expectations and the guides were outstanding.- Herndon, VA
A vacation is a gift you give yourself; after four trips with you, I feel Backroads instinctively seems to know, and the excellent leaders come to know even more so, what this gift means to you personally; all of you at Backroads have made it feel to me, as if these trips offer a grand unwrapping of this gift and even a more meaningful surprise package every day to be opened and shared.- Herndon, VA
This was my first Backroads trip and it was spectacular! I had heard wonderful things about Backroads so I knew it would be great, but this was far better than I had anticipated. The attention to every detail made everything very special.- Annandale, VA
We have been on trips with other organizations, but the leaders on those trips paled by comparison.- Los Gatos, CA