Wild beauty & rugged adventure in Canada’s Rockies
Uncover the natural splendour of Canada’s wildest province, as you hike, canoe and canyon your way through the Rockies
Wild beauty & rugged adventure in Canada’s Rockies
Paddle down glacial rivers into the wilderness, alongside local wildlife
Ascend Athabasca Glacier to absorb uninterrupted landscape views
Swim, climb and abseil your way through the Rocky Mountain
Trek through the snow-capped mountains and waterfalls of Yoho National Park
About your trip
Snow-capped peaks, pristine rivers and untouched pine forests: welcome to the Canadian Rockies.
Breathtaking. It’s a word that’s thrown around a lot, but come face-to-face with the Rockies, and we think you’ll agree. We’re talking about sparkling rivers flowing from glacial melts, majestic mountainscapes, rocky trails leading into uncharted wilderness.
On this 10-day trip, you’ll hike up Athabasca Glacier, canyon through rugged gorges, kayak down glacial rivers and recharge in wild hot springs. Looking for a robust breath of fresh air? We invite you to discover the Canadian Rockies.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- ATOL protected
- Private airport transfers
Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 Craft beer & cuisine in Calgary
Welcome to Calgary, the gateway to the Rockies. Touch down at Calgary Airport, where a transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel in the city. Meet your guide and fellow travellers at reception, then you’re off into town for dinner. For your first night in Canada, we’ve picked one of the best spots in town: the Canadian Craft Beer Market, home to the country’s largest selection of draft beers and a long menu featuring tacos, sliders and burgers. Bon appetit.
Day 02 BLACKFOOT LEGEND IN BUFFALO JUMP
After breakfast, you’re off to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. This UNESCO World Heritage Site forms an essential part of indigenous culture; its ‘buffalo jump’ was the cliff top where the local Blackfoot tribe encouraged buffalo to run to their death, before using the carcasses for food, clothing and tools. You’ll learn all about the history of the Blackfoot people, followed by a quick lunch. Then, it’s back on the road for a two-hour drive through a truly stirring landscape. Watch as snow-capped peaks and glacial lakes unfold into view, as we take you onwards to your new hotel in Fernie. Once you check in, head out to the Fernie Brewing Co to sample the brewery’s best beers, with some free time to explore Fernie’s quaint streets. Dinner is yours to arrange, then why not enjoy an indulgent soak in the hot tub back at your hotel?
Day 03 Kayaking & wildlife spotting on the Elk River
Today is all about embracing the great Canadian tradition of kayaking. Spend the morning paddling down sparkling glacial rivers, keeping an eye out for local wildlife as you go. Your final route will depend on the weather conditions on the day (as well as your group’s fitness levels) but you’ll certainly be delving into quiet corners of wilderness, with stunning mountain views and abundant fauna to be savoured. You may even spot local residents such as turtles, crawfish and water fowl. After lunch, the afternoon is yours to explore Fernie’s town centre. Alternatively, enjoy a wild swim in a glacial lake, take off for a quiet alpine hike or explore some local mountain bike trails.
Day 04 Wild bathing in Lussier Hot Springs
Take it easy today with a relaxing trip to Lussier Hot Springs. Two hours north of Fernie, and surrounded by the rugged Rockies, these steaming natural pools are truly located in the heart of the wilderness. Absorb breathtaking landscape views as you relax and unwind, with kingfishers, herons and golden eagles soaring overhead. It’s then back on the road, as we drive you onwards to Golden. This beautiful mountain town is nestled in the Colombia River Valley, surrounded by six national parks. The rest of the evening is yours to settle in with your fellow travellers.
Day 05 WATERFALL HIKING IN YOHO NATIONAL PARK
First thing this morning, you’re off into Yoho National Park. Settle into a long hike, as you immerse yourself in a landscape of waterfalls, glacial lakes, forest trails and soaring mountain peaks. Hike to Takakkaw Falls (providing the weather is in our favour), a mighty 302-metre-high waterfall which casts beautiful rainbows under the right conditions. Then, it’s onto Natural Bridge, where the Red River’s current has carved a natural bridge into the rocks above, allowing you to cross the thundering aquamarine river. More serene but equally breathtaking, Emerald Lake awaits you next, the largest lake in Yoho and the final stop on your hike. Back in Golden, get some dinner with your fellow travellers and relax in your hotel hot tub, or enjoy a night of post-hike celebrations in Golden.
Day 06 Glacial lakes & majestic waterfalls
Today, leave Golden behind as you head onto one of Canada’s national treasures, Banff National Park. First stop is Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. From here it’s a drive along the famous Icefields Parkway, a 232 kilometre-stretch of road dotted with breathtaking viewpoints, waterfalls and glacier look-out points. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the road before heading to powerful Athabasca Falls. From there it’s just a short drive to Jasper, your home for the next two nights.
Day 07 Canyoning through the Rockies
This morning, you and your fellow travellers will be up early to go canyoning. This high-octane experience will allow you to explore walled gorges, mountain valleys and waterfalls using pre-fixed safety ropes. Your route will depend on weather conditions, with several canyons to choose from – there’s even a ‘dry’ option (but no less thrilling, that we promise). Kitted out in a wetsuit, you will be dropped off for your adventure, which begins with a hike to the start of the river. You’ll navigate the twists, turns and drops of the river path, using a mix of swimming, jumping, climbing and abseiling. Enjoy a light lunch sourced from a local deli – perfect to keep your energy levels high during this all-day adventure.
Day 08 HIKE THE ATHABASCA GLACIER
After breakfast at the hotel, it’s back on the road down the Icefields Parkway, as we take you to hike the Athabasca Glacier. It’s a three-hour hike onto the glacier itself, on which you’ll learn all about the snowfields and the local ecology along the way. You’ll be climbing up to 2,000 metres above sea level, so even in the summer you can expect it to get cold. Really cold. Bring warm weather gear, and we’ll sort you out with the rest (including ropes, crampons and poles). Back on warmer ground, enjoy a picnic lunch, then it’s a two-and-a-half hour drive to idyllic Banff, where you’ll be staying for two nights, in a town full of boutique shops and excellent restaurants.
Day 09 DISCOVER THE ADVENTURE DELIGHTS OF BANFF
After an action-packed day on Athabasca Glacier, we’ve put aside a day of rest to spend in Banff however you please. There’s plenty to intrigue restless adventurers among you in Banff, including hiking, canoeing, white water rafting, mountain biking and – our favourite – caving through the labyrinthine tunnels and drops at Rat’s Nest Cave (one of which is called The Laundry Shoot). Whatever you choose, the whole team will meet in the evening for a farewell dinner at a fancy local steakhouse (there’ll be vegetarian and vegan options, too).
Day 10 Goodbye, Calgary
It’s an hour-and-a-half drive back to Calgary, with plenty of stirring scenery to enjoy along the way. We’ll drive you to the airport by 12pm, or we can drop you in Calgary city centre. There’s also the option to stay on in Banff if you like – just let us know and we can help you organise the best way to make the most of the mountain lifestyle during your stay.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Pyramid Lake Resort, Jasper
Rustic Alpine retreat on the shores of pyramid lake
This chalet-style hotel sits right by Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park, amid a canvas of pine trees and rolling mountain ridges.
Why we stay here
You can hire canoes and paddle-boats to meander around the lake with, or even a seven-people electric cruiser (if you’re feeling a bit lazy). Don’t miss the outdoor hot tub, where you can gaze onto a horizon of snow-capped peaks.
Banff Aspen Lodge, Banff
Chalet hotel in the centre of Banff
Two outdoor hot tubs and an outdoor fire pit take centre stage at this contemporary lodge hotel lying in the shadow of mountain giants.
Why we stay here
All rooms come with balconies or patios for a prime view onto the rousing backdrop of Banff. Guests rave about the hotel’s homemade granola and fairtrade coffee from the Whitebark Cafe is not to be sniffed at, either.
Red Tree Lodge, Fernie
Classic Canadian lodge in the centre of Fernie
A cosy retreat in the heart of postcard-perfect Fernie with views of the Rocky Mountains.
Why we stay here
Surrounded by peaks and greenery, this laid-back lodge makes the most of its bucolic setting by giving guests free use of bikes. Cycle to the nearby Happy Cow ice-cream parlour before returning for a wallow in the indoor pool and sauna. There’s an old-school movie theatre, too.
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Fly into and out of Calgary International Airport (YYC).
Try to arrive before 6pm in Calgary on Day 1 if you can, but we will pick you up anytime. On Day 10, please book a flight that leaves after 2:30pm.
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Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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