If there is more beautiful hiking terrain on earth, we don’t know it. Protected as National Parks, with stunning peaks, mountain tarns, aqua-marine lakes and a myriad of ideal hiking trails makes this a mecca for walkers and hikers. There are a limited number hotels to stay in (otherwise the region would be overwhelmed), that include one-of-a-kind luxurious lodges that complement their surroundings. Our 7 day itinerary starts from the idyllic & vibrant mountain village of Banff, Alberta. From here, we make our way to the post-card perfect Lake Louise, and then to lesser known, but equally stunning trails in Yoho National Park. You will marvel at water-falls, and high alpine vistas that may leave you breathless.
Welcome to the Canadian Rockies!

Location

Banff

Banff, AB, Canada

Day 1

Lake Louise

Lake Louise, AB, Canada

Day 2+3

Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls, British Columbia, Canada

Day 4

Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park, Field, BC, Canada

Day 5

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake, Columbia-Shuswap A, BC, Canada

Day 6+7

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides
Support vehicle
6 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2022

Jun 24-30
Jul 1-7
Jul 8-14
Jul 15-21
Jul 22-28
Jul 29-Aug 4
Aug 5-11
Aug 12-18
Aug 19-25
Aug 26-Sep 1
Sep 2-8
Sep 9-15

2023

Jun 23-29
Jun 30-Jul 6
Jul 7-13
Jul 14-20
Jul 21-27
Jul 28-Aug 3
Aug 4-10
Aug 11-17
Aug 18-24
Aug 25-31
Sep 1-7
Sep 8-14

Trip can start any day. Custom trips available. Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

4-12 participants

TOTAL DAYS

7 days / 6 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Banff / Lake Louise

ACTIVITY LEVEL

4-6 hours hiking each day. Options to shorten some day hikes

TERRAIN

Fitness and sure-footedness required

COST

Land Cost:
CAD $3,650*
Includes 5B/2L/4D

Single Supplement:
CAD $920*

*Prices before tax. Alberta applies a 5% GST.

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.

Getting to Banff

There is regularly-scheduled air service to Calgary from across North America, with non-stop flights to Calgary from all major Canadian and many US centres. Additionally, non-stop international flights are available from London and Frankfurt. A number of companies offer an airport shuttle service to Banff from the Calgary Airport.


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Day 1

Banff

Arrive to Banff. First settled in 1888, this historic resort town has been a magnet for visitors for its mountainous surroundings, hot springs and vibrant town center. Although our formal meeting time is 7pm for a welcome wine reception, for those who have arrived early, we’ll meet at 2pm and take a leisurely walk around Johnson Lake and or Lake Minnewanka. There will be time to visit Banff prior to our meeting.

Hiking distance: 3km, 40m gain.

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Day 2

Lake Louise

We’ll awake to the splendor of being surrounded by mountain peaks – Cascade, Rundle and others. We will walk a trail from the Hoodoos to Surprise Corner and then along a river-side trail to Bow Falls, followed by lunch at a charming café in Banff. Afterwards, we will transfer towards Lake Louise, first walking a trail to spectacular Johnston Canyon and waterfalls. We’ll stay in Lake Louise at one of the most luxurious and sumptuous lodges in the Rockies – the Post Hotel.

Hiking distance: 10km, 100m gain (morning) and 5km, 130m gain (afternoon option).

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Day 3

Lake Louise

There are many options today, starting from stunning aqua-marine Lake Louise. For a moderate hike, climb up to Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes, where a charming tea-house has been a welcome mountain refuge, serving tea since 1905. There are add-on options to Little Beehive and Big Beehive (spur trails well worth the effort) and a longer, more challenging hike to another tea-house at the Plain of Six glacier, linking these two alpine tea-houses is known as ‘the tea-house challenge’ and the reward is an up-close view of Victoria Glacier. The walk back down the valley to Lake Louise is a stroll you will savor. Enjoy a refreshing drink in Chateau Lake Louise and then we head back to the comforts and luxury of the Post Hotel and dinner in the fine dining room. Does it get any better?

Hiking distance: 12.7km, 540m gain or 19.3 km, 900m gain.

4

Day 4

Yoho National Park

Start the day at Takkakaw Falls, the 3rd highest waterfalls in Canada. Embark on a thrilling hike rated one of the ‘5 best in the Rockies’. After viewing ‘Tak Falls’, choose between a moderate hike up valley to another set of falls, or a longer more challenging hike along the Ice-line trail to the alpine. Either way, you’ll marvel at the scenery in this valley with splendid views of high mountain peaks, lush forest and alpine scenery. Afterwards, we’ll transfer along Yoho Valley Road to Cathedral Mountain Lodge, a lovely lodge with private cabins and luxurious surroundings.

Hiking distance: 9.8km, 140m gain or 17.9 km, 715m gain.

5

Day 5

Yoho National Park

On this day, we will be hiking from Yoho Valley over Yoho Pass, stopping for lunch at secluded Yoho Lake before descending to Emerald Lake, glistening in the afternoon sun. The spectacular President’s Range, with waterfalls cascading down the rocks, merits a stop. Emerald Lake Lodge sits in an idyllic position overlooking the lake.

Hiking distance: 10.9km, 350m gain. Add-on options possible.

6

Day 6

Emerald Lake

Explore the beautiful trails around Emerald Lake. Hike to Emerald Basin, in the President’s Range, which ends in a rocky amphitheater with hanging glaciers, or we may choose to hike to Hamilton Falls and Hamilton Lake, a classic alpine lake. There will be time to enjoy the surroundings of Emerald Lake; take a canoe out paddling or linger on the terrace at our luxurious hotel. We will have a final night reception and toast our week among these majestic peaks, and finish with another memorable meal together.

Hiking distance: 5.2km, 60m gain or 10.8km, 240m or 10.4km, 850m.

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Day 7

Departure Day

We will offer a transfer to Lake Louise, where shuttles depart for Calgary and onward travel. Should you wish a private transfer from Emerald Lake Lodge to Calgary direct, this is an option.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

The main lodge complements its natural setting with square timber, post and beam construction and high open ceilings. The decor boasts old-world craftsmanship and a simple, elegant design.


Post Hotel, Lake Louise

Lake Louise is only a few minutes walk from this rustic inn; after a day of activities, enjoy the rooftop hot tub with a dazzling Victoria Glacier view. The dining room is one of the best in the region.


Cathedral Mountain Lodge, Field

This charming lodge is located in Field, in the heart of Yoho National Park.
Very welcoming rooms, terrific views of the Rockies, hip decor and superb restaurant make this hotel a guest favourite.


Emerald Lake Lodge, Emerald Lake

Originally built in 1902 from hand-hewn timber, this quintessential Rockies inn features massive stone fireplaces, a dining room with a view and quiet reading lounges. Guest rooms are all lake-side and have wood burning fireplaces.