Canadian Rockies hiking holiday
Minimum age 16.
Description of Canadian Rockies hiking holiday
This two week Canadian Rockies hiking holiday is all about getting out into those big, beautiful landscapes that Canada is famous for, hiking, camping, wildlife watching and then doing it all again the next day. It’s a big country, so as well as having nine walks of varying levels, although all of a moderate to challenging level (these are the Rockies after all), we also take private vehicle transfers from one beautiful spot to another.
Most of the beauty spots where we walk are protected national parks, the most famous being Banff and Jasper, both in Alberta and both boasting mountain marvels with glaciers, gorgeous lakes such as Lake Louise, endless valleys to hike in and peaks to conquer. Yoho National Park is not as well known, but given that its name means 'magnificent' in the Cree Indian language, this is a good way to sum up its stunning Takakkaw Falls, Daly Glacier and Yoho River.
Waterton NP is another of the lesser known parks, and yet there is never anything ‘less’ about Canada, as you will discover on this hiking holiday. Described as the land where the prairie meets the mountains, it is hiking heaven as we journey through red canyons dotted with caves one minute and glistening sapphire lakes the next.
Walking for nine days between 5-16km per day, although we are in the Rockies, we do follow low altitude paths, on average at 2000m with a maximum of 2689m and there will be some steep ascents. We camp along the way and so travellers are asked to be willing to erect and dismantle their own tents, help with meals and clearing up. But being out in the wilds really is the best way to enjoy hiking in Canada’s great wild spaces of the Rockies.
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1 Reviews of Canadian Rockies hiking holiday
Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019 by Catherine Mclaren
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Camping in the back country
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
It is quite likely to be colder than you expect!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We had 3 nights in the back country which was leave no trace. We had the chance to support local shops, cafes etc where possible.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size. The maximum group size on this trip is restricted to 12 clients which reduces further the environmental impacts of visiting remote areas.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this.
PeopleLeaders & local suppliers
We have an excellent long-term relationship with the local operator who employ and train all leaders. We provide refresher training with a focus on Responsible Tourism, so our local leaders can educate our clients locally on helping to preserve the way of life in their area.
When hiking we stick to marked trails to reduce our impact on the local environment and we camp in the designated grounds regulated by each National Park. At campgrounds (and throughout the trip) we employ a ‘leave no trace’ policy in regard to litter - everything taken into the park is taken out to preserve the local environment. We recycle wherever possible on the trip and all leaders are trained in responsible tourism to enable them to follow best practice and enforce our ‘leave no trace’ policy. Local shuttle services are used for transportation within the parks.
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