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Canadian Rockies Family Walking & Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Banff & Yoho's Soaring Peaks & Emerald Lakes

From $3,298 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$820 for sgl. occ.)

Think back to the staggering sight of Plain of Six Glaciers. The thunder of Takakkaw Falls. Remember the meadows alive with wildflowers. The impossible blues of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. In those brief seconds before you go back to real life, you'll realize your Canadian Rockies experience never really ends.

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Alberta

Banff

Canadian Rockies Walking Tour Map

Highlights

  • Hike scenic trails in three Canadian national parks with dramatic vistas, beautiful waterways and lush landscapes
  • Walk through evergreen forests and flowering pastures to behold sensational glaciers and towering mountain peaks
  • Admire mountain reflections on Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, then hike to famous Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse
  • Look for mountain goats, pikas and marmots—perhaps come face-to-face with one of them!
Alberta

Banff

Canadian Rockies Walking Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Travel from Banff to Kootenay, crossing a vast wildfire burn area where hardy pink fireweed and yellow columbine herald signs of new growth | Venture into a hanging valley for a view of stunning 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 sublime views of pristine glaciers and soaring peaks.

Day 3 Walk through evergreen forests and blooming meadows to sensational views of the Daly Glacier and Yoho Valley | 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 aptly named Emerald Lake.

Day 4 Climb to one of Banff National Park's most stunning alpine pastures, alive with wildflowers and wildlife | Soak up views of the glistening Crowfoot Glacier and beautiful Helen Lake | Come evening, relax at our elegant hotel.

Days 5-6 Admire the jewel-like colors of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake | Switchbacks lead to breathtaking Larch Valley and views of Wenkchemna Peak | Commune with mountain goats, pikas and Clark's nutcrackers | Hike the classic route from world-renowned Lake Louise to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse.

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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2018 July

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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.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$820 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Hotels*

Cathedral Mountain Lodge
Cathedral Mountain Lodge

Yoho National Park (2 nights)

Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake Lodge

Yoho National Park (1 night)

Post Hotel
Post Hotel & Spa

Lake Louise (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Canadian Rockies

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Cathedral Mountain Lodge

Cathedral Mountain Lodge

Yoho National Park (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

Emerald Lake Lodge

Yoho National Park (1 night)
* Casual Hotel

A secluded turn-of-the-century lodge, built of hand-hewn timber and featuring simple cabins nestled in the woods above a spectacular tree-rimmed glacial lake.

Post Hotel

Post Hotel & Spa

Lake Louise (2 nights)

This European-style mountain chalet, set on the Pipestone and Bow Rivers, is the epitome of old-world elegance. Travel + Leisure World's Best. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 5 1100
2 4 700 5 1700
3 6 1100 6 1600 8 1600
4 4 1000 7 1400 8 1800
5 4 1300 6 1800
6 7 1200
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes rugged mountain trails and well-maintained paths, with some rocky sections and steep descents. 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.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Canadian Rockies

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Canadian Rockies live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Canadian Rockies you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Canadian Rockies trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Canadian Rockies trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Our Neighbours Well

Backroads first headed up to Canada in 1980, when an older Trudeau was prime minister, and we've been exploring its spectacular landscapes ever since. Our leaders are Canadian and many are proud to make their homes in Canadian Rockies—where we offer more trips than any other active travel company and have spent many more years finding the best ones.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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