This is an active trip into the spectacular Rocky Mountains, with a primary emphasis on hiking/walking. We’ll witness the spectacular landscapes of the region from views that many tourists never get. We include all the bucket list attractions, including Manning, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Wells Gray Parks but also get you beyond the main highways and the tourist throngs. We travel the scenic routes of the British Columbia interior and include some active adventures on the journey between the coast and the mighty Canadian Rockies. Although the trip focusses on hiking/walking, it also includes a lot of diversity and allows for plenty of options. Note: you’ll need to be fit and an avid hiker to enjoy this trip.
Duration: 15 days/14 nights
Departure City: Vancouver Ending City: Vancouver
Accommodations: camping (8 nights) hotels (5 nights) houseboat (1 night)
Transportation: minibus, houseboat, canoe
Leaders: Tour leader, Bus driver/ass’t leader
Included meals: 12 breakfast, 2 lunches, 10 dinners
Included Activities: Hikes, wine tours, houseboat adventure, hot springs soak, excursions to Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls, Moraine Lake, Mt. Edith Cavell, and Maligne Lake, glacier tour, canoe trip, all park fees, breakfasts and dinners when camping and on the houseboat
Day 1: Meet your tour leader and fellow adventurers at the joining hotel to get your tour orientation. Then enjoy dinner at one of Vancouver’s many renowned restaurants.
Day 2: We travel for about two hours to the Chilliwack River area, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Fraser Valley. We’ll hike either Elk Mountain or Lindemann Lake, both great warm-ups for the tougher hikes to follow. We then drive to Manning Park, where we set up camp for tonight.
Day 3: Today we hike the Three Brothers high alpine trail, treated to challenges, picturesque landscapes and jaw-dropping views, then on to Penticton for tonight.
Day 4: In the morning we travel past luxuriant lakes of the Okanagan and on to the Shuswap, where we board the Remote Escape houseboat for an afternoon and overnight excursion. Tonight we sleep in the houseboat’s berths on the gentle waters of the lake.
Day 5: Re-boarding our minibus, we travel through three mountain ranges draped spectacular scenery. We stop frequently for great photos, take a short hike along the way, and eventually arrive at our Rocky Mountains campsite.
Day 6: Today is spent at Lake Louise, hiking around, beyond, and above this majestic lake, and loading up our cameras with amazing photos.
Day 7: Our tour includes a trip to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. After enjoying the photogenic landscape, we hike the Sentinel Pass trail. This is the most challenging hike on the trip.
Day 8: Today we transition to Banff, the true heart of the Canadian Rockies. We’ll take the short Johnston Canyon hike to several picturesque waterfalls, arriving in Banff for an afternoon of optional activities that may include a hike up Tunnel Mountain. For the two nights in Banff we are back in a hotel.
Day 9: Tons of optional activities await us in Banff. Active adventures include hiking, cycling, white-water paddle rafting or the Via Ferrata; more passive activity options include the gondola ride, soaking in the hot springs, visiting museums, or simply strolling the resort town.
Day 10: Today we travel the incomparable Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s great day trips. Numerous stops amid stunning scenery and an exhilarating glacier excursion along the way. Tonight we end up in Jasper, the largest of the Rocky Mountain National Parks, where we camp for three nights.
Day 11: Today is a full day to explore the Jasper area. We include at least two significant hikes, such as the Mt. Edith Cavell Meadows and the Old Fort Trail.
Day 12: A second day in the Jasper area allows us to hike the Maligne Canyon or the Bald Hills, cruise to Spirit Island, or cycle the valley. Or several of these options.
Day 13: We travel to Wells Grey Provincial Park, via Mt Robson, the highest massif in the Canadian Rockies. At Wells Grey we board canoes for an included overnight canoe trip across Clearwater Lake, where we’ll get deep into the BC wilderness.
Day 14: We enjoy the peaceful waters of Clearwater Lake before re-boarding our minibus for the trip down the Coquihalla to a Guest Ranch, where we relax in a private resort lodge, and may enjoy an optional horseback trail ride.
Day 15: We travel first through the majestic Coquihalla area of BC, then back through the Fraser Valley to Vancouver, ending our experience shortly after noon.
Tour Add-on Packages (Optional Excursion Add-ons)
How to add optional tour packages
Some of our tours have optional add-on packages which secure those activities for you in advance, and may be less expensive and less hassle than booking them individually while on your trip. You can add these packages after check out or any time before your trip.
Add-on 1: TBA:
Add-on 3: Single Supplement
Our trip prices are based on two people sharing rooms and tents. Single travellers will be paired up with others of the same gender for room assignments. Subject to availability, travellers may upgrade to single rooms and tents by adding a single supplement to their tour. The single supplement for this trip is CAD$649