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Banff & Yoho Walking & Hiking Tour

Plain of Six Glaciers to Emerald Lake

From $2,999 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$750 for sgl. occ.)

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 Moraine 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 and Yoho National Parks.

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Alberta

Start/End Banff

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Highlights

  • Hike through the magnificent landscapes of three Canadian national parks on trails showcasing rushing rivers and mountain views
  • Behold sensational glaciers and towering peaks as you weave through evergreen forests and flowering meadows on foot
  • Admire sparkling alpine reflections on the blue waters of Moraine Lake and Lake Louise
  • Spy wildlife including pikas, mountain goats and hoary marmots—possibly within arm's reach!
Alberta

Start/End Banff

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Itinerary

Day 1 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.

Days 2-3 Climb up Paradise Valley to Lake Annette, where its aqua waters glimmer under imposing Mount Temple | Take advantage of a late-afternoon photo op at impossibly blue Moraine Lake with breathtaking views of the Wenkchemna Peaks | Hike the classic route from world-renowned Lake Louise to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse | Keep an eye out for mountain goats, pikas and hoary marmots that make their homes in the boulder fields and savor spectacular views of Lake Louise unfolding behind you | If you're up for it, walk to Lake Agnes for an added challenge and more vistas. 

Day 4 Climb to one of Banff National Park's most stunning alpine meadows, alive with wildflowers and wildlife | Soak up views of the glistening Crowfoot Glacier and beautiful Helen Lake | Put up your feet at our rustic mountain lodge.

Days 5-6 Stretch your legs on a walk along the shore of Bow Lake | Climb higher for a closer view of the impressive Bow Glacier Falls | Hike through subalpine forests carpeted with buttercups to Sherbrooke Lake, the largest backcountry glacial lake in Yoho National Park | For your final adventure, take an early morning stroll around exquisite Emerald Lake.

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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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,999 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,499 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,699 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,099 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,099 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,999 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$750 for sgl. occ.)

Casual & Casual Plus Hotels*

Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff, Canada
Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Banff (1 night)

* Premiere Hotel
Baker Creek Mountain Resort, Lake Louise, Canada
Baker Creek Chalet

Lake Louise (2 nights)

* Casual Plus
Num ti Jah Lodge, Banff, Canada
Num-ti-jah Lodge

Bow Lake (1 night)

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

Yoho National Park (1 night)

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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Casual & Casual Plus 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.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff, Canada

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Banff (1 night)
* Premiere Hotel

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

Baker Creek Mountain Resort, Lake Louise, Canada

Baker Creek Chalet

Lake Louise (2 nights)
* Casual Plus

This hidden gem, nestled in a wooded setting beneath the Canadian Rockies, features a great location next to a babbling brook.

Num ti Jah Lodge, Banff, Canada

Num-ti-jah Lodge

Bow Lake (1 night)

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

Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park, Canada

Emerald Lake Lodge

Yoho National Park (1 night)

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.

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 7 800 10 1400
3 7 1200 8 1900
4 4 1000 7 1400 8 1750
5 4 500 6 500
4 700
6 3 150
 

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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

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.

Accommodations

This trip includes the historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and Emerald Lake 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. These lodges have limited Wi-Fi and are outside of cell range.

Why Travel with Backroads in Canadian Rockies

The Best Leaders in Canadian Rockies

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Canadian Rockies, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

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.

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.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

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.  

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.

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.

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'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

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Canadian Rockies that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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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 Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and Emerald Lake 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. These lodges have limited Wi-Fi and are outside of cell range.
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