June through August
Your tour begins in Calgary, AB, just over 1.5 hours away from Banff
Beginner to advanced
Experience true wilderness while hiking around the Banff area
Have you ever dreamt of hiking amongst the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies in and around Banff, Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefields? This hike guides you along some of the most impressive landscapes and natural wonders in Canada! Let your guide lead the way through mountains, lakes and glaciers that make this location worthy of any bucket list. Explore the best of the Canadian wilderness on this six-day of hiking and make amazing memories that you will cherish forever!
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Group Hiking Week around Banff in the Canadian Rockies
There are so many breathtaking places to discover and enjoy on this six-day guided hiking through the Banff National Park! Let your guide take you on some of the best trails this area has to offer; spend your days making friendships with other hikers in the group, and explore the splendid Canadian landscape! Discover amazing destinations and hike along the most beautiful trails, which take you around mountains, lakes and glaciers. Enjoy nature and learn about the local wildlife and culture of the Canadian Rockies; you will witness for yourself the jaw-dropping beauty of Banff National Park!
Day One: Banff National Park
After meeting with your guides in Calgary, the biggest city of Alberta, travel to Banff National Park with a short introduction hike at Grotto Canyon. This hundred-years old canyon features a waterfall, high walls and ancient hieroglyphs along the steep rock walls and is good for all skill levels. Settle in and explore the small town of Banff uniquely situated within Alberta’s portion of the Rocky Mountains.
Day Two: Cory Pass to Edith Pass Hiking Traverse
Explore Cory Pass to Edith Pass hiking traverse with your friendly and experienced guide, and learn something about the geology and wildlife of this part of Canada. Hike for 15 km (9 miles) and enjoy the stunning landscapes. As you ascend up and over Cory Pass, enjoy the amazing valley of the Gargoyles on the backside. Then, pass under the flanks of Mt. Louis, part of the Sawback Range and travel back to Banff for a warm meal and relaxation.
Day Three: Plain of Six Glaciers - Victoria Glacier - Lake Louise Alpine Center
Visit the plain of Six Glaciers at Lake Louise and hike the 15 km (9 miles) of moderate trail along the lake with stunning glacier views. You will have the opportunity to hike right up to the Victoria glacier, an amazing place surrounded by rock walls and glaciers descending from the high peaks. Spend the night at the Lake Louise Alpine Center and relax with your group.
Day Four: Helen Lake - Rampart Creek Hostel
After a hearty breakfast, leave Lake Louise and head up the Icefields Parkway towards Jasper National Park. Spend your day hiking up to Helen Lake — one of the premier hikes in Banff National Park. That evening you will arrive at the Rampart Creek Hostel and enjoy the relaxed living of life in the Rockies! Experience the culture of the area and relax to get ready for the next day.
Day Five: Jasper National Park - Mt. Wilcox
After a short drive to the North, you will enter Jasper National Park. Enjoy a must-do hike into Wilcox Meadows and reach Mt. Wilcox, proudly rising above it and offering unsurpassed, panoramic views of the high peaks and glaciers of the Columbia Icefields. Enjoy your front row seats to the amazing spectacle of rock and ice before leaving, and spend the evening back at the Rampart Creek Hostel.
Day Six: Short Hikes - Return to Calgary
Head east down the David Thompson Highway, with time for short hikes and return to Calgary. Prepare for your trip back home and enjoy your last moments in this amazing area!
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Things you need to know
Covid measures in Banff National Park
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 Banff area, please refer to the official Alberta 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 you get on this adventure:
- A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, wilderness guide
- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
- Permit and entrance fees
What’s not included:
- Pre-trip and post-trip accommodations
- Food and beverages
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. This adventure is suitable for people of any age, provided you are in very good physical shape. 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.
Most of the area around Banff offers trails for all ability levels. Your guide will choose the most appropriate route depending on your group’s ability. 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)
- Hiking poles
- Warm clothes (layering system)
- Rain gear
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Hiking essentials (sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, blistercare, etc.)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
What can I expect from hiking with a guide?
Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Banff area’s 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?
The standard group size on this Banff hiking tour is eight guests and one guide, but larger groups can be accommodated. Pricing is per person and the tours are not private.
A 20% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The balance of payment is due one month prior to the departure date.
If you’re traveling with a larger party, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
- Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, 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!
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 Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days 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 Banff National Park, most people fly into Calgary International Airport. Once you get to Calgary, you will meet with your guide at a predetermined location.
From there, you will travel with your guides to Banff National Park with a short introduction hike at Grotto Canyon. Once you reach Banff, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the hiking ability of the group.