Canadian Rockies & wilderness walking holiday

“A 13 day small group holiday, hiking and camping along some incredible trails in some of best national parks in world.”

Highlights

Calgary | Lake Louise | Banff National Park | Yoho National Park | Icefields Parkway | Jasper National Park | Kananaskis Country | Waterton Lakes National Park

Description of Canadian Rockies & wilderness walking holiday

This Canadian Rockies walking holiday takes you into some of the most wonderful wilderness areas of no less than four of the country’s national parks: Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Waterton Lakes. This really is spectacular hiking country and on this guided, small group tour we will enjoy at least ten days of walking through some of Canada’s most spectacular landscapes.

This walking odyssey includes highlights such as the trail to Cavell Meadows at the foot of Angel Glacier in Jasper National Park. Or the climb to Sentinel Pass in Banff National Park which gives the most spectacular views over the Of the Valley of Ten Peaks. The hike back from this point is down through the park’s famous Larch Valley.

More paradise-like landscapes await at Yoho National Park, less well known but absolutely wonderful, with the Iceline Trail that give views of Takakkaw Falls, Daly Glacier and the Yoho River. We hike to the summit of Bald Hills which has amazing views of Maligne Lake and surrounding peaks, and we also walk through Yoho's spectacular moraine. Other highlights include the Carthew Summit trail on Alberta's vast prairies, where the open landscapes are particularly special at night for star gazing.

Wildlife lovers will adore these trails, with Canada’s national parks boasting fantastic fauna that includes bear, eagles, deer and moose. Every day is different and the campsites on this holiday are also varied but in locations that will be imprinted on your brain forever.

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Canadian Rockies & wilderness walking holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

This Canadian tour visits some of the lesser visited parks in Canada, often left off the travellers itinerary due to their remoteness. We use locally owned service providers here which helps disperse money spent in Canada to those who may struggle for business during the short summer season. Some of these areas include Kananaskis Provincial Park, Burstall Pass and Waterton Park.

As the focus of this trip is primarily a walking based tour, there is plenty of time to hit the trails and we aim to make a minimal impact on the areas as possible. This includes sticking to the trails and not deviating which upsets the flora and fauna of the area. Not feeding wildlife as they become reliant on tourists, and keeping at a safe and respectful distance from wildlife. We give information as per the ranger guides, on how to behave should you come face to face with local wildlife.

As this is a camping tour we use only government regulated and approved campsites where recycling is of the utmost importance, and all camping and cooking rubbish is disposed on in a thoughtful and responsible manner.

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Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019 by

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


The variety of hikes and different scenery; The delicious vegan meals thanks to the two guides; The helicopter ride to Landslide lake

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


The temperature chart and packing list provided by the tour company were way off. Waterproof boots are a must, especially in the swamp at Landslide lake and so is a down jacket.

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


The guides purchased fresh food locally; we stayed at campgrounds and the guides followed the "Leave no trace" principle

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


I really enjoyed this holiday. The only recommendation would be that staying two nights at Landslide lake would be enough.

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2019 by

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


On top of all the good experience was the amazing landscapes of Rocky Mountains, its blue lakes, white rivers and wonderful waterfalls. Excellent hikes made me challenge myself but it was all worth it!

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


Be prepared for down to earth experience with camping, cooking, cleaning etc. participation in everyday duties but all this in good company with other travelers, and of course to all the weather conditions. If prepared, you will have a great holiday!

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


Indeed. We had all local supplies and activities provided as well as I felt environmental impact as low as possible.

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


Overall it was fantastic experience with a knowledgeable and nice guide with whom I felt safe all times.

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2015 by

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


Hiking the Iceline trail in Yoho National Park. Seeing grizzly and black bears by the roadside.

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


The pace of this holiday is a bit frenetic and there was very little 'down time'. Days started early and every minute was taken up with hiking, cooking for the group (of 16 in our case) and washing up, putting up or taking down tents and
travelling between destinations, but, despite the hard work, it was one of the best holidays I've ever had. Truly fabulous group leaders and amazingly beautiful places.

The hikes are tough and you need to be very fit to enjoy all of them.

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


Not particularly, but our guides were very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about Canada, the destruction of the native peoples and their ways of life and the devastation being caused currently by the rampant oil industry.

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


Truly fabulous.

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