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Banff to Yoho Walking & Hiking Tour

Plain of Six Glaciers to Emerald Lake

The scale of nature's beauty here is beyond imagination. It's a place where you come face to face with a glacier, witness thundering waterfalls and walk to the turquoise waters of Lake Louise and Sherbrooke Lake. Where you encounter dazzling snowcapped peaks and abundant wildlife. Find yourself in the middle of it all on this Canadian Rockies journey in Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $3,199 pp dbl occ
($700 for sgl occ)

Alberta

Start/End Banff

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Hike through three Canadian national parks packed with lush landscapes, magnificent vistas and stunning lakes
  • Walk through alpine trails and wildflower-laden meadows to witness towering peaks and sparkling glaciers and waterfalls
  • Admire the World Heritage site of Lake Louise and hike to famous Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse for views of Mount Victoria
  • Look for hoaray marmots, pikas and mountain goats as you trek through moss-draped forests of spruce, fir and cedar
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual & Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Travel from Banff through the Bow Valley to Kootenay National Park | View 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, waterfalls and sheer limestone cliffs | Follow a high alpine trail into flower-filled meadows | Trek into Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, named for its towering pyramid-shaped peak | Take in vistas from Quartz Ridge—a wild and remote place few get to visit | Panoramic views of towering mountains, turquoise lakes and picturesque islets await on our climb to Monarch Viewpoint.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff, Canada
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Banff
| *Premiere Hotel

A timbered lodge on the gentle slopes of Tunnel Mountain with fieldstone fireplaces in each cozy guest room.
 

Day 3

Hike the classic route from world-renowned Lake Louise to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse | Keep an eye out for the mountain goats, pikas and hoary marmots that make their homes in the boulder fields and savor spectacular views of Lake Louise unfolding behind you | Put up your feet at our rustic mountain lodge.

Num ti Jah Lodge, Banff, Canada
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
Bow Lake
| Casual Hotel

This rustic and simple mountain retreat offers an atmosphere of secluded tranquility on the banks of Bow Lake.

Days 4-6

Walk through blooming meadows and evergreen forests to stunning views of Daly Glacier and Yoho Valley | Stand in awe before Canada's second-highest waterfall, Takakkaw Falls | Hike along the shore of pristine Emerald Lake | Soak in an outdoor hot tub at our lodge perched on Emerald Lake’s shore | Crossing through forest and shrubbery, discover beautiful Emerald Basin—a natural amphitheater set within the rugged cliffs of the President Range | For your final adventure, hike through subalpine forests carpeted with buttercups to Sherbrooke Lake, the largest backcountry glacial lake in Yoho National Park.

Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park, Canada
Emerald Lake Lodge
Yoho National Park
| 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.

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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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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 7 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 700 ft. gain

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.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 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

Straight talk

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.

Accommodations

This trip includes the historic Emerald Lake Lodge and Num-Ti-Jah-Lodge, where guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen these properties because of their proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic views. Please note that the guest rooms are not typically equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning, and Num-Ti-Jah Lodge does not have in-room phones. Emerald Lake Lodge and Num-Ti-Jah Lodge have limited Wi-Fi and are outside of cell phone range. Also, while Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a Premiere Hotel and offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that it is also not equipped with air-conditioning and guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

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