5 independent reviews for Hiking in the Rockies, Canada

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review 19 Jul 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking over a snow wall and then sliding down an avalanche slope all in tea shirts with the sun blazing down on us, followed by a sighting of a grizzly bear.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do not take too many clothes!!! There is plenty of time to wash your clothes and dry them in front of your log fire.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We were using power and heating supplied by water, wood and hydro electricity. We purchased gifts for family that had been made by the First Nation people. We placed our rubbish in recycled bins at the centre and when visiting places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The holiday did what we wanted it to do and that was to introduce us to the wilderness of Canada. We had fantastic guides who had great knowledge of the First Nation people, the wild life and the area we were in. In one word it was FANTASTIC. We will be recommending it to our friends and thank you for introducing us to this wonderful company.

review 22 Aug 2010

For two weeks we immersed ourselves in life "un-plugged". No TV, no computers and no blackberry coverage... such a welcome change. Rob, Marilyn and Troy were wonderful hosts, as were the whole team. The location is stunning, nestled in the mountains with a river running through the centre of it. The peace is only broken by the sound of chipmunks berating us humans for invading their territory! The accommodation was very comfortable with hot running water and a wood burning stove in each cabin. The decor of each cabin was individually designed to represent different aspects of life in the Rockies. We loved the fishing and lumberjack cabins! Delicious food was offered at every meal time which in turn offered all guests the chance to come together and chat and compare notes on hikes, rafts and sightings of animals as well as make new friends. If you're a family like us, complete novices in the art of camping and who have never visited this part of Canada in the summer, then this is the perfect place to start. Rob and Troy were our guides on half day hikes, full day hikes, on our day of heli-hiking and on the "boy's day" of mountain biking. Their years of experience in the mountains leads you, the novice, to feel safe in "bear country". Their knowledge of the area is second to none. The trails they hike are well-kept secrets and as such the hidden lakes and valleys you discover with them are awesome. It was a privilege to be in their company and to have access to their most favourite and remote spots. When we weren't hiking or eating or when the boys were throwing themselves down mountains on bikes, lead by Troy, we spent time with Marilyn in their yurt, making dream-catchers and painting river rocks. Hours easily pass by peacefully when you're engulfed in arts and crafts and when your teacher is as qualified as Marilyn. One evening we needed to wear our head lights as the sun set and we fell into darkness in the un-lit yurt, painting and beading! We spent time on the river, fishing with a lovely man called Ron and family rafting (which is a tame version of white water rafting and as such is enjoyed by all age groups!). We camped (with Rob and Marilyn) for 2 nights in a beautiful location by a river and learnt how to filter river water, light fires, chop fire wood, cook smores and weenies over the fire and how to leave your camp ground perfectly clean. We learnt the names of trees, flowers and birds and how to make decent coffee over a camp stove! We hiked into the most beautiful and remote lake which remains the highlight of our trip. We swam in a different lake and sat in natural hot springs in a river too! We took a couple of days to explore the area around and found Radium Hot Springs - a complex with 2 swimming pools, one hot, one cool with a diving board. We all enjoyed that. There are plenty of little towns to visit and Fort Steele, a reproduction mining town was interesting from a historical point of view. We all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and recommend it to families and couples alike. Well done and many thanks.

review 20 Jul 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Stunning scenery; wildlife; Elder's ceremony

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The lodges are fairly luxurious; they are comfy, clean and lovingly decorated. The walks are easy to moderately paced - the guides are flexible according to individual needs. Be prepared not to have phone or internet access while you're there. Take a camera - so much wonderful wildlife and breathtaking views.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Absolutely. The Patenaudes are dedicated to sustainable living, and their Wilderness Centre is testimony to that. Their interest in the land and the history of the land is integral to everything they do. The site extends to an Elders' lodge where guests might have the opportunity to attend a ceremony or sweatlodge.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I enjoyed every moment, every story the guides told, every view we climbed to. The Patenaudes are wonderful and knowledgeable hosts, and yet they remain relaxed and easy around their guests. Guests are viewed as part of the family when they are there, but at the same time you have as much space as you want. The holiday was fantastic. The only reason I haven't rated it higher is that I would have liked more challenging trekking, otherwise it surpassed every expectation.

review 5 Jul 2009

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The day hike to Lake Assiniboine.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Spend more time!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic!

review 3 Aug 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Gosh I do not know where to begin for this question as it was all so memorable. As I say to people when they ask me "how was your holiday" I answer with....it was not a holiday it was an experience. It was all so memorable from sleeping out in a thunder & lightning storm, swimming in an alpine lake, reaching amazing view points, bumping into a grizzly bear, bathing in natural hot springs, hiking a glacier, white water rafting, participating in a native sweat lodge....gosh I think we done it all! And the accommodation was over and beyond what we expected the food that we got served up was the best that we eat any where in Canada, and we tried the fully range of priced restaurants.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Coming from Ireland we were a bit naive to the size and distances in Canada. So I would advise anyone who is planning on staying here for a while to definitely hire a car so that they can travel to the other amazing spots in the area

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes I do! Firstly there door is open to any native elders and people who wish to come along and share there knowledge with the people who are visiting. They are also all about informing and educating you in the natural surroundings you have entered into and about the ways of the first nations on the land. And as for minimizing the environmental impact, well the lodges are run from solar and hydro power, their setting has been left very natural which favours tracks rather then paved paths.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was not a holiday....It was an experience!!!

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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