Easygoing Walking Tour Canadian Rockies
Dolce Tempo Journey from Banff to Yoho National Park
Ask any visitor to the Canadian Rockies for their top highlight and you’re bound to get endlessly varied answers. For some, it’s the plentiful wildlife in the hills and meadows. For others, it’s the milky-blue shades of the picturesque lakes. For many, it’s the majestic peaks covered in glaciers and icefields. On one thing, everyone can agree: it’s one of the most overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes on the planet.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Stroll alongside some of the most gorgeous lakes in all of North America. Watch the sunset over towering snowcapped peaks and visit thundering waterfalls. Experience the very best of this mighty and world-famous mountain range.
Escape the crowds to walk less-visited trails encircled by fields of wildflowers. Connect with locals and artisans in one of the smallest towns in the Canadian Rockies.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Relax and unwind at historic lodges in the heart of western Canada’s most famous national parks. Spot wildlife from your cabin porch and savor the famed dining experience of the Post Hotel.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Kick off your adventure as you travel from Banff to Kootenay, passing vast fields of pink fireweed and yellow columbine wildflowers | Take a scenic walk alongside babbling Stanley Creek | Relax and curl up with a good book in your private log cabin tucked in the trees by the wild and picturesque Kicking Horse River | Or stroll to an abandoned locomotive used to build the spiral tunnels through Kicking Horse Pass.
The "romantic accommodations are in charmingly rustic and comfortable log cabins tucked among trees along the glacier-fed Kicking Horse River," reports Andrew Harper.
Observe the thundering cascades of Takakkaw Falls, Canada’s second-highest waterfall | Marvel at the flora found on the western slopes of the Continental Divide: hemlock, cedars and horsetails | Be awed by the vibrant blue colors of Crowfoot Glacier | Take in views of Bow Lake, one of the most photogenic lakes in all of the Canadian Rockies | Catch a glimpse of mighty Bow Glacier Falls, flowing from the Wapta Icefield | Enjoy a delectable dinner at the Post Hotel, recognized as one of the best hotel dining experiences in North America.
This European-style mountain 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)
Admire the greenish-blue hues and stunning mountain backdrops of World Heritage Lake Louise | Commune with mountain goats, pikas and Clark’s nutcrackers | Mix it up and take a canoe out on Moraine Lake | Ascend a gentle path to a series of alpine lakes | From Moraine Lake, hike to an open meadow with outstanding alpine scenery surrounding Consolation Lake—jaw-dropping views of Bident Mountain, Mount Quadra and the stunning Panorama Ridge.
This luxurious rustic lodge is set on the shore of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park and offers easy access to scenic hiking trails.
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Our easygoing daily routes typically include 2-3 hours of walking per day, approximately 2-7 miles. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.
The terrain on this trip includes well-maintained mountain trails, with some rugged and rocky sections. Most activities on this trip take place at elevations of 4,000–6,800 feet, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. Some sections of trails have ascending sections with switchbacks and others have steeper ascents.
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The accommodations on this trip are Premiere Hotels. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's cooler mountain climate, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.
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