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Canadian Rockies | Canada

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

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Season

Spring through Fall

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Nearest city

Calgary, AB, is around 2 hours away from most trails

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Duration

1 day

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Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Discover the wonders of the most majestic mountains in Canada

The Canadian Rockies, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretch for over 180 thousands square kilometers and encompass five national parks – Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho and Waterton. Picturesque views, number of trails and natural wonders at every turn make this area perfect for hiking for all skill levels. Join your guide on a full day of hiking and discover fantastic vistas of glaciers, waterfalls, valleys and impressive lakes surrounded by peaks and ridges. Learn about the history of the area, explore the signature trails of wilderness and beauty in the Canadian Rockies, and make some memories that will last a lifetime!

Most Popular Itineraries

Lake Louise and Plain of Six Glaciers Group Hiking Tour

$90 per person · Full-day

These symbols of Canadian wilderness and beauty boast stunning views over soaring ridges and impressive glaciers. Join your guide for a day of group hiking and learn about geology, explore Lake Louise or simply marvel at the six glaciers in the area. As you make your way upwards, your views of the Victoria North Glacier will get better and better! If time permits, take a short hike to Lake Agnes and the Lake Agnes Teahouse featuring a waterfall!

Sunshine Meadows Group Hiking Tour

$105 per person · Full-day

This family-friendly natural garden set at an altitude of approximately 2,300 metres is one of the most stunning alpine settings in the Canadian Rockies. Bannf’s Sunshine Meadows offer unique mountain scenery with views of some of the highest peaks in the Rockies. Discover the wildlife, larches, and the colorful wildflowers guaranteeing spectacular scenery during every visit. Join other outdoor enthusiasts in the group and let your guide take you on a day to remember filled with vistas beyond compare!

Sulphur Mountain Highline Group Hiking Tour

$180 per person · Full-day

The subalpine and alpine terrain of Sulphur Mountain and the Sundance Range will leave you breathless! Take a scenic gondola ride to the summit at 2,281 metres, explore Banff’s subalpine forests and limestone slabs, and reach new heights with views over the West of the Sundance Range and Lake Louise. Let your guide take care of your safety, and maximize your day by exploring the best routes with other hikers in your group and discovering the most impressive viewpoints!

Half-Day of Hiking With a Private Guide

From $550 · Half-day

Take an energizing half-day hike around Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise or Kananaskis, and have your experienced guide tell you something about the natural wonders and exciting history of the area. For groups of up to twelve, enjoy your hike in the company of your family and friends, discover a whole new side of Canada and have fun along the way! Customize your adventure according to your interests and skill level, and enjoy the fabulous scenery and wildlife on the best and most rewarding trails of the Rockies!

A Customized Day of Hiking With a Private Guide

From $705 · Full-day

If you want to spend your day hiking some of the other popular trails in the Rockies, we can help you plan out the perfect day tailored to your needs! For groups of up to twelve, visit any of the five national parks and discover the natural wonders they hide. Climb new challenging ascents, enjoy the 360-degree views, explore the wilderness and do it safely with a guide by your side. Learn about the geology and wildlife, and recharge your batteries with your friends and family!

Things you need to know

Covid measures in the Canadian Rockies

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Canadian Rockies, please refer to the Government of Canada website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, wilderness guide
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch for Sunshine Meadows, and Lake Louise and Plain of Six
  • Glaciers
  • Gondola tickets for the Sulphur Mountain Highline
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Transportation from Banff
  • Permits

What’s not included:

  • Accommodation

How fit do I need to be?

The best thing about hiking in the Canadian Rockies is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
  • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
  • Spare clothes for layering
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional (but recommended)

What can I expect from hiking with a guide?

Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience the Canadian Rockies’ beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will customize your day to the desires of your group. Because there is so much to see and do in the Canadian Rockies — and it gets crowded quickly — this is one location where it really pays to have a guide by your side to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For the Half Day of Private Hiking and Full Day of Private Hiking tours, the max client to guide ratio is 12:1, and the price is fixed for a group of up to twelve people. Individual costs will decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with family and friends!

For other adventures listed above, the usual group size ranges between 4 to 8 participants. Pricing is per person and the tours are not private.

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • Everybody over the age of 13 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
  • Children under 13 can join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 13, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal hiking conditions. When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Flexible Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations anytime less than 25 hours in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the Canadian Rockies, most people fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC). From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to four out of five national parks in the area. It takes about two hours to get to the trailheads.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the hiking ability of the group.

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