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For hiking enthusiasts, the Canadian Rockies present endless opportunity. Sprawling over 180 thousand square kilometers, the range encompasses five different national parks, all interwoven with a well-developed and well-maintained trail network offering world-class hikes for all skill levels. You’ll find everything here: wildflower walks like Sawback, lavish lakeside circuits like Lake O’Hara, high-exposure ridgeline walks like Castle Mountain, and honestly, anything else your hiking heart desires. Lace up your boots and learn how the Rockies earned their spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Abundance of classic trails for all levels of hikers
Five different national parks at your disposal
The trail network is well thought-out and excellently maintained
We hiked Lake O’Hara with Andrew. He did an amazing job taking us to places we wouldn’t have gone. This was the first time we went on a guided hike and we would definitely do it again. We learned things about the area and hiking. This was my parents’ first time in the Canadian Rockies, and the whole group had a great time! Definitely recommend this experience and Andrew as a guide!
We had an absolutely fabulous experience with Mountain Park, we received a ride from Lake Louise to YYC. Richard was our driver and was such a friendly and knowledgeable guide, we could not have asked for any more. We would highly recommend it!
My family did the ridge line hike with Jeff, and it was the coolest thing we’ve ever done on vacation. 5 isn’t high enough a rating. The views are ridiculous. The hike is a challenge, but manageable. I can’t recommend this enough.
What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
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.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Hiking in the Canadian Rockies can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to Lake Louise or Banff, the towns nearest to the trailheads, most people fly into Calgary International Airport 3 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus or shuttle service.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, which will usually be at the Castle Mountain gas station for the Castle Mountain tour or the Lake O’Hara Parking Area for the Lake O’Hara tour. The guide will then choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.
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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling 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!