Alberta’s majestic wildlife and Rocky Mountain landscapes are well worth whistling over.

Somewhere near the Continental Divide, a marmot greets you with a whistle. This is what wildlife looks like 7,000 feet above sea level in Banff’s Sunshine Meadows. Waves of mountains stretch to the horizon, and infinite green meadows blaze with fireweed and purple fleabane. By the cobalt waters of Rock Isle Lake, you pause to absorb it all. Wildlife and breathtaking views are par for the course on this Banff walking tour in the Canadian Rockies. Moose outnumber people some mornings at your Kananaskis lodge, and “traffic jam” just means families of bighorn sheep crossing the road at Lake Minnewanka. North American nature doesn’t get any grander.

Highlights

  • Gaze upon the glassy waters of Lake Minnewanka.
  • Marvel at the vibrant display of wildflowers from a gondola over Sunshine Meadows, surrounded by soaring, snowcapped mountain peaks.
  • Take in magnificent scenery in Banff National Park, pausing to appreciate the enduring beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
  • Learn about Banff’s pioneers and artists on a guided historical tour.
  • Engage in farm-to-table dining experiences with traditional, fine cuisine.
  • Explore pristine Spray Valley Provincial Park in Kananaskis, as you hike the scenic Chester Lake Trail for gorgeous alpine lake views.
  • Stretch out by the warm fireplace with your group members at the end of each fulfilling day.
  • Spot local wildlife amid sweeping landscapes in what is sure to make a jaw-dropping photograph.
  • Unwind with afternoon tea on your last two days, featuring daily baked goods, fresh fruit, local meats, and refined cheeses at your lodge nestled high in an alpine valley.
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Itinerary

Sat, Jul 3 to Fri, Jul 9 - 2021

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Depart from home for Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Upon your arrival at Calgary International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to your city center hotel approximately 30 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m., in which case you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information including recommendations on what to see and do in Calgary during your stay.

Accommodation: Hotel Arts, Calgary

Lake Minnewanka; 4–6 miles, easy

Breakfast is included at your hotel. You will have the morning to visit a few sites in Calgary, perhaps strolling the cobbled streets of Stephen Avenue, lined with historical buildings and shops. Your guide(s) meet you at 12:00 p.m. in the lobby of your Calgary hotel. Please be dressed for walking and plan to eat lunch before meeting your group.

If your arrival at the Calgary hotel is scheduled for later than 12:00 p.m. or if you are delayed, you must travel at your own expense to our Banff hotel. Banff Airporter (banffairporter.com) and Brewster Banff Airport Express (brewster.ca/transportation/brewster-banff-airport-express) offer shuttles between Calgary International Airport and Banff. Costs are approximately $65 CAD per person one-way. Please contact the Moose Hotel and Suites to advise of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your Country Walkers guide(s). Please note that if you miss the Country Walkers’ transfer from Calgary, you will miss the first walk in Banff. Once you arrive in Banff, check into your room. Meet your guide(s) as soon as they return from the walk with the rest of the group (around 5:00 p.m.).

Once you arrive in Banff with your guide(s) enjoy a first walk at Lake Minnewanka. As you follow its pathways along the glassy-surfaced lake, marvel at your first up-close views of Banff National Park, a stunning canvas of spruce and fir trees and rugged peaks skirted by pine-green forest.

Tonight, gather for a welcome reception followed by dinner in Banff.

Accommodation: Moose Hotel & Suites, Banff
Included Meals: Dinner

Banff walking tour; 2 miles, easy. Lake Louise; 2.5-4 miles, easy to moderate

Satisfied from a hearty breakfast, head out for a historical walking tour of Banff followed by free time to visit the Whyte Museum and learn about the cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies or browse the shops in town.

After lunch on your own in Banff, transfer to Lake Louise for a casual stroll along the lake. If time allows, ascend along the trail toward Plain of Six Glaciers. Transfer back to your hotel to relax.

Tonight, your guides will provide recommendations for dinner on your own.

Accommodation: Moose Hotel & Suites, Banff
Included Meals: Breakfast

Sunshine Meadows Monarch Viewpoint; 3 miles, easy or Sunshine Meadows Standish & Rock Isle Viewpoints; 4.5 miles, easy to moderate.

Awake to the cool mountain air and another full breakfast. Shuttle 20 minutes to Sunshine Village, a ski resort that straddles the Continental Divide and the border between Alberta and British Columbia. Here, you will ascend the summit by gondola and chairlift, admiring sweeping views. At the top, take time to marvel at Banff’s magnificent Sunshine Meadows, a vast natural garden set in an enormous valley surrounded by breathtaking peaks. Take in its riot of colorful wildflowers, rolling green slopes and glistening lakes. During your visit to the summit, learn about the vegetation and ecosystem of this fascinating world above the tree line from your guides. You will have an opportunity to hike one of the ridgeline trails, a thrilling preview of more magnificent landscapes to follow throughout your walking vacation. Enjoy a boxed lunch on top of the world, with stunning views of the pyramidal Mount Assiniboine. Nicknamed the “Matterhorn of the Rockies” for its resemblance to the Swiss peak, it is the highest mountain in the southern range of the Canadian Rockies.

Transfer to Mount Engadine Lodge (1 ½ hours driving time), your home for the next three nights. Upon arrival, check in and unwind before joining your group for dinner at the lodge.

Please note: For guests on our June departures, you will hike to Stanley Glacier instead of Sunshine Meadows as the gondola and shuttle bus service to Sunshine Meadows does not operate in June. Located in Kootenay National Park, this easy half-day outing runs from the Vermillion River to a rockbound hanging valley containing Stanley Glacier. The hike is especially rewarding in the early summer when wildflowers blanket the trailside, and numerous waterfalls and avalanches tumble off Stanley Peak’s northeast face.

Accommodation: Mount Engadine Lodge, Kananaskis Country
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chester Lake; 6 miles, 1,391-ft. elevation gain, easy with some moderate sections or Karst Spring; 6 miles, 990-ft. elevation gain, easy with some moderate sections

After breakfast, you hike the Chester Lake Trail, one of the most scenic hikes in Spray Valley Provincial Park, in Kananaskis Country. The wide and easy-to-follow trail meanders through forests and stunning alpine meadows surrounded by towering peaks.

While it’s a bit steep at points and there are a few switchbacks, the trail eventually opens into a scenic mountain valley. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the trail before returning to the lodge for afternoon tea featuring daily baked goods, fresh fruit, local meats, refined cheeses, freshly brewed coffee from Canmore’s Mountain Blends Coffee Roasters, and your choice of Canadian tea blends from Banff Tea Co. Maybe catch a nap before rejoining your group for another relaxing dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Mount Engadine Lodge, Kananaskis Country
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rummel Lake; 2-8 miles, 1,247-ft. elevation gain, easy to moderate

This morning, walk from the lodge to Rummel Lake. On your gentle ascent, you’ll follow a trail through larch forests, passing gurgling Rummel Creek and several waterfalls before arriving at turquoise Rummel Lake. Admire dramatic views of Mount Galatea as you pause for your savory boxed lunch before returning to the lodge for one last afternoon gathering and tea. Tonight, you dine at the lodge. During our special farewell dinner, savor locally sourced food served family-style accompanied by wines from British Columbia.

Accommodation: Mount Engadine Lodge, Kananaskis Country
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an early breakfast at Mount Engadine Lodge and bid farewell to your hosts. Then, shuttle to Calgary International Airport (YYC) at 7:30 a.m. (2 ¼ hours travel time); you’ll arrive by 9:45 a.m. for your return flight. We recommend a flight out of Calgary no earlier than 12:00 p.m.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sun, Jul 4 to Fri, Jul 9 - 2021

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Lake Minnewanka; 4–6 miles, easy

Your guide(s) meet you at 12:00 p.m. in the lobby of your designated meeting point hotel in Calgary. Your
guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking and plan to eat lunch before meeting your group.

If your arrival at the Calgary hotel is scheduled for later than 12:00 p.m. or if you are delayed, you must travel at your own expense to our Banff hotel. Banff Airporter (banffairporter.com) and Brewster Banff Airport Express (brewster.ca/transportation/brewster-banff-airport-express) offer shuttles between Calgary International Airport and Banff. Costs are approximately $65 CAD per person one-way. Please contact the Moose Hotel and Suites to advise of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your Country Walkers guide(s). Please note that if you miss the Country Walkers’ transfer from Calgary, you will miss the first walk in Banff. Once you arrive in Banff, check into your room. Meet your guide(s) as soon as they return from the walk with the rest of the group (around 5:00 p.m.).

Once you arrive in Banff with your guide(s) enjoy a first walk at Lake Minnewanka. As you follow its pathways along the glassy-surfaced lake, marvel at your first up-close views of Banff National Park, a stunning canvas of spruce and fir trees and rugged peaks skirted by pine-green forest.

Tonight, gather for a welcome reception followed by dinner in Banff.

Accommodation: Moose Hotel & Suites, Banff
Included Meals: Dinner

Banff walking tour; 2 miles, easy. Lake Louise; 2.5-4 miles, easy to moderate

Satisfied from a hearty breakfast, head out for a historical walking tour of Banff followed by free time to visit the Whyte Museum and learn about the cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies or browse the shops in town.

After lunch on your own in Banff, transfer to Lake Louise for a casual stroll along the lake. If time allows, ascend along the trail toward Plain of Six Glaciers. Transfer back to your hotel to relax.

Tonight, your guides will provide recommendations for dinner on your own.

Accommodation: Moose Hotel & Suites, Banff
Included Meals: Breakfast

Sunshine Meadows Monarch Viewpoint; 3 miles, easy or Sunshine Meadows Standish & Rock Isle Viewpoints; 4.5 miles, easy to moderate.

Awake to the cool mountain air and another full breakfast. Shuttle 20 minutes to Sunshine Village, a ski resort that straddles the Continental Divide and the border between Alberta and British Columbia. Here, you will ascend the summit by gondola and chairlift, admiring sweeping views. At the top, take time to marvel at Banff’s magnificent Sunshine Meadows, a vast natural garden set in an enormous valley surrounded by breathtaking peaks. Take in its riot of colorful wildflowers, rolling green slopes and glistening lakes. During your visit to the summit, learn about the vegetation and ecosystem of this fascinating world above the tree line from your guides. You will have an opportunity to hike one of the ridgeline trails, a thrilling preview of more magnificent landscapes to follow throughout your walking vacation. Enjoy a boxed lunch on top of the world, with stunning views of the pyramidal Mount Assiniboine. Nicknamed the “Matterhorn of the Rockies” for its resemblance to the Swiss peak, it is the highest mountain in the southern range of the Canadian Rockies.

Transfer to Mount Engadine Lodge (1 ½ hours driving time), your home for the next three nights. Upon arrival, check in and unwind before joining your group for dinner at the lodge.

Please note: For guests on our June departures, you will hike to Stanley Glacier instead of Sunshine Meadows as the gondola and shuttle bus service to Sunshine Meadows does not operate in June. Located in Kootenay National Park, this easy half-day outing runs from the Vermillion River to a rockbound hanging valley containing Stanley Glacier. The hike is especially rewarding in the early summer when wildflowers blanket the trailside, and numerous waterfalls and avalanches tumble off Stanley Peak’s northeast face.

Accommodation: Mount Engadine Lodge, Kananaskis Country
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chester Lake; 6 miles, 1,391-ft. elevation gain, easy with some moderate sections or Karst Spring; 6 miles, 990-ft. elevation gain, easy with some moderate sections

After breakfast, you hike the Chester Lake Trail, one of the most scenic hikes in Spray Valley Provincial Park, in Kananaskis Country. The wide and easy-to-follow trail meanders through forests and stunning alpine meadows surrounded by towering peaks.

While it’s a bit steep at points and there are a few switchbacks, the trail eventually opens into a scenic mountain valley. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the trail before returning to the lodge for afternoon tea featuring daily baked goods, fresh fruit, local meats, refined cheeses, freshly brewed coffee from Canmore’s Mountain Blends Coffee Roasters, and your choice of Canadian tea blends from Banff Tea Co. Maybe catch a nap before rejoining your group for another relaxing dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Mount Engadine Lodge, Kananaskis Country
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rummel Lake; 2-8 miles, 1,247-ft. elevation gain, easy to moderate

This morning, walk from the lodge to Rummel Lake. On your gentle ascent, you’ll follow a trail through larch forests, passing gurgling Rummel Creek and several waterfalls before arriving at turquoise Rummel Lake. Admire dramatic views of Mount Galatea as you pause for your savory boxed lunch before returning to the lodge for one last afternoon gathering and tea. Tonight, you dine at the lodge. During our special farewell dinner, savor locally sourced food served family-style accompanied by wines from British Columbia.

Accommodation: Mount Engadine Lodge, Kananaskis Country
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an early breakfast at Mount Engadine Lodge and bid farewell to your hosts. Then, shuttle to Calgary International Airport (YYC) at 7:30 a.m. (2 ¼ hours travel time); you’ll arrive by 9:45 a.m. for your return flight. We recommend a flight out of Calgary no earlier than 12:00 p.m.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Walk the Canadian Rockies - Banff & Yoho National Parks 1
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021

2021 Post-Tour Extension - Calgary

  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 night at Hotel Arts or Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
  • City Information
  • Airport transfer

1 Night From $148
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $148

Once you’ve had an early breakfast at Mount Engadine Lodge, bid farewell to your hosts. At 7:30 a.m. a shuttle will depart for your downtown Calgary hotel, with a drop-off at Calgary International Airport (2 ¼ hours travel time). You’ll arrive at your Calgary city hotel by 11:00 a.m.

After settling in, you can explore this sophisticated city with ease, walking to many of its landmarks and attractions from your hotel. Browse the art collections at the Glenbow Museum, ascend the Calgary Tower for splendid city views, wander among the shops on Stephen Avenue, lined with historical buildings, or explore Prince’s Island Park, a peaceful urban green space in the Bow River. Local favorites include Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, and (just a short stroll away) the Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. From there, continue on the urban pathways along the Bow River to Fort Calgary (a five-kilometer walk). This evening, you will have many options for dinner on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Arts, Calgary
Alternate hotel: Hotel Clique Calgary Airport (for one tour July 4 – 9)
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Calgary International Airport for your flight home.

A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport based upon your departure time. (Transfer time to be communicated by your guides on tour.)

Included Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Flight + Tour Combo
Tour Only
Exceptional mountain accommodations Check Check
All on-tour meals except 2 lunches and 1 dinner Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour (two guides for groups of 8 or more) Check Check
Local wine and/or beer with dinner Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Check Check
Roundtrip airfare Check
One extra night in Calgary Check
Airport car service for arrival and by your guides at departure Check
Pre-tour breakfast Check
Business-class upgrades available Check
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Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

7 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $1,198

Departing From Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Tour Only

6 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $1,098

Sat, Jul 3 - Fri, Jul 9, 2021

$4,148

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Sun, Jul 4 - Fri, Jul 9, 2021

$3,448

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Private Group

Sat, Jul 31 - Fri, Aug 6, 2021

$4,148

Private Group

Sun, Aug 1 - Sat, Aug 7, 2021

$3,448

Sat, Aug 14 - Fri, Aug 20, 2021

$4,148

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Sun, Aug 15 - Fri, Aug 20, 2021

$3,448

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Sat, Aug 28 - Fri, Sep 3, 2021

$4,148

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Sun, Aug 29 - Fri, Sep 3, 2021

$3,448

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Sat, Sep 11 - Fri, Sep 17, 2021

$4,048

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Sun, Sep 12 - Fri, Sep 17, 2021

$3,348

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Sat, Sep 18 - Fri, Sep 24, 2021

$4,048

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Sun, Sep 19 - Fri, Sep 24, 2021

$3,348

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