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Undiscovered Canadian Rockies Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s

Wildlife & Wildflowers in Kananaskis Country

From $3,599 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$0 to $-1 for sgl. occ.)

A dramatic destination awaits you and your family in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Find rainbows of wildflowers in secret places of Kananaskis Country. Inhale fresh air on inspiring alpine hikes leading to glacier-fed lakes and sparkling rivers and waterfalls. And watch for resident creatures—after all, it is a place where wildlife can outnumber humans.

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Alberta

Start Calgary / End Banff

Canadian Rockies Family Walking and Hiking Tour Map

Highlights

  • Hike in Kananaskis Country—a locals' mountain playground with swift rivers, lakes, diverse wildlife and towering peaks
  • Travel in a gondola to a lodge high in the Rockies for incomparable access to trails famous for mesmerizing alpine scenery and wildflowers
  • Discover Kananaskis's four wildland provincial parks plus Banff National Park, keeping an eye out for wildlife
  • Relax in a steam cabin at a Nordic spa, in an outdoor hot tub under a star-filled sky and in a pool surrounded by alpine forest
Alberta

Start Calgary / End Banff

Canadian Rockies Family Walking and Hiking Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Make your way from Calgary to beautiful Kananaskis Country and discover the open meadows above Lusk Creek Valley for sweeping views of the Fischer Mountain Range | At our mountain lodge, cool off in the pool or get pampered at the 50,000-square-foot Nordic spa.

Day 2 Climb to emerald-green Rawson Lake on one of the most spectacular hikes in the Canadian Rockies front ranges | Savor the solitude of Highwood Pass and walk into the alpine serenity of beneath Mounts Pocaterra and Tyrwhitt | Spot bighorn sheep, mule deer and maybe even a grizzly bear.

Day 3 Crisscross Galatea creek as you hike in Spray Valley Provincial Park | Find yourself surrounded by spruce, wildflowers, small waterfalls and mountains | Up a forested hiking path, encounter crystal-clear Lillian Lake | Unwind at our aptly name Rimrock Hotel, perched 750 feet above the town of Banff.

Days 4-6 Climb through a colorful burn area peppered with waterfalls and wildflowers in Kootenay National Park | Reach a basic carved by glacial action for a view of stunning Stanley Glacier | Hop on a chairlift to our trailhead at the border between Alberta and British Columbia | Take in vistas of Banff National Park's Mount Bourgeau and Goat's Eye Mountain | Explore wildflower-strewn subalpine meadows and marvel at the pyramid peaks of Mount Assiniboine.

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From $3,599 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$0 to $-1 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels*

Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Alberta, Canada
Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Kananaskis Village (2 nights)

Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff National Park, Canada
Rimrock Resort Hotel

Banff (1 night)

Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff, Canada
Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Banff National Park (2 nights)

* Casual Plus

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Canadian Rockies

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Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Alberta, Canada

Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Kananaskis Village (2 nights)

Set in the heart of Kananaskis Country, this luxurious mountain lodge nestled in the Rockies was originally built in 1986 for the Winter Olympics and at the end of 2017 completed a full renovation including the addition of a 50,000-square-foot Nordic spa. (pool, spa)

Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff National Park, Canada

Rimrock Resort Hotel

Banff (1 night)

A grand contemporary lodge on Sulphur Mountain with awe-inspiring views of Bow Valley and the surrounding Rockies. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff, Canada

Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Banff National Park (2 nights)
* Casual Plus

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Sunshine Mountain Lodge delivers a peaceful and friendly atmosphere with a rustic mountain theme. (spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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 5 700
2 2 700 5 1000
3 7 1600
4 5 1100
5 9 1600
6 4 400
 

Note: The hiking terrain on this trip is on well-maintained trails with rocks and roots, and with several moderate to significant climbs. Some of our hikes start at 7,500 feet above sea level; the high altitude and terrain of the Canadian Rockies can make hiking challenging, but you're sure to finish each day with a great sense of accomplishment.

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, 4 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

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.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Canadian Rockies—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

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.

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.

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Canadian Rockies designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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.

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 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.

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 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.  

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, 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.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

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