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The majestic wildlife and Rocky Mountain landscapes will make you rediscover your wanderlust.

Exceptional alpine scenery and deep valleys filled with ancient forests, moss-draped old-growth cedars, or mountain meadows strewn with lichen-covered boulders await in Banff and Yoho National Parks. Nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Calgary lie native pastures on expansive ranches. Wildlife and breathtaking views are par for the course on this Rockies walking tour. Moose outnumber people some mornings at your wilderness lodge, and “traffic jam” just means families of bighorn sheep crossing the road. Walk along the shores of the brilliantly colored Lake Louise and Emerald Lake. North American nature doesn’t get any grander.

Highlights

  • Discover Alberta’s ranchlands in the foothills of the Rockies.
  • Enjoy a tour and tasting at Fallentimber Meadery.
  • Join a local guide along Ghost River in an exploration of plant medicine through an Indigenous lens.
  • Gaze upon the striking blue-green waters of Emerald Lake.
  • Hike along the shores of the famed Lake Louise and rise early for a sunrise walk at the nearby Moraine Lake.

Positive Impact

Country Walkers is proud to support the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative with a donation on behalf of each guest on this tour. Stretching some 2,000 miles, the Yellowstone to Yukon region is enormously diverse and inhabited with wildlife, nature, and millions of people. The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is the only organization dedicated to securing the ecological health of this entire region. Through their big-picture perspective they focus on local issues that have continental-scale implications. Since 1993 they have worked with over 300 partners including businesses and government and non-profit organizations on dozens of on-the-ground initiatives.

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A maximum of 18 fun-loving fellow travelers to share the journey
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Gracious accommodations that are a clean, comfortable home away from home
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Itinerary

Sat, Jun 29 to Sat, Jul 6 - 2024

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Your vacation is about to begin! Enjoy your flight and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

A Country Walkers representative will greet you at the airport to start your first day in Calgary off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park; 2-4 miles, easy. Fallentimber Meadery; 1 mile, easy

After you enjoy an included breakfast, your guides will meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of your Calgary hotel. Please be dressed for walking.

Once you arrive at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park enjoy a first walk on some of the many trails in the park led by a guide from the park foundation. During your walk you’ll learn about the history, wildlife, and flora of this park. After an abundant picnic prepared by your guides, drive to Fallentimber Meadery for a tour and tasting. Upon arrival, take a tranquil stroll though the aspen grove, admiring the many beehives and hardworking bees as you go. Afterwards, regroup in the production facility to learn about honey, mead and the importance of bees to Alberta’s economy.

Continue on to your home for the next two nights, a secluded and charming inn nestled along the Ghost River. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner in the property’s dining room. The chef greets you to present the lovingly prepared dishes for tonight’s meal.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mount Yamnuska; 2–4 miles, moderate, 1,200-ft. elevation gain/loss. Indigenous Medicine Walk; 2 miles, easy

Satisfied from a hearty breakfast, set out on a hike to Mount Yamnuska. Translating to “wall of stone” in Stoney Nakoda, Mount Yamnuska towers at 7,349 feet above the Alberta prairie. At the request of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, in 1961 the mountain was officially renamed to Mount John Laurie in honor of John Lee Laurie, a political activist and founder of the Indian Association of Alberta. While hiking towards the summit through birch forests and wildflower meadows, keep your eyes out for mountain goats, which can sometimes be seen scampering on the rocky mountain face. Along the way, stop to enjoy a packed picnic lunch in this picturesque Canadian wilderness.

This afternoon, head back to Ghost River and meet a local guide for an exploration of plant medicine from an Indigenous lens. After, sit back and relax at the hotel, or take a stroll with your guides down to the river for a late afternoon dip before enjoying another dinner at The Crossing. Either way, you’ll be basking in the peace and serenity of the Alberta Foothills.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Grassi Lakes Trail; 2 miles, easy to moderate. Lake Louise; 1-2 miles, easy with steep sections

Savor another full breakfast at The Crossing. Shuttle through Kananaskis Country to your first hike of the day at the scenic Grassi Lakes before continuing towards the quaint village of Canmore.

A former coal mining center, Canmore is now an enchanting mountain town. Lunch on your own at one of the many eateries including Crazyweed Kitchen or the Grizzly Paw Pub. Enjoy free time to visit the Canmore Museum and learn about the cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies or spend your time perusing for gifts at Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s flagship store, Stonewater’s for home goods or Art Country Canada Rocky Mountain Gallery. Or, stop by Canmore Brewing’s tasting room for a flight of the local artisanal beer.

Depart Canmore and make your way towards Lake Louise via the magnificent Bow Valley Parkway. This stunning wilderness corridor is celebrated for its preservation of Banff’s scenic heritage. This route is popular with local wildlife, and you may see elk, deer, bald eagles, bear, and fox along the drive. Upon arrival to Lake Louise, embark on a short hike with your guides along the Fairview lookout trail. The glacier-fed lake was named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and is popular with hikers, paddlers and in the winter – cross country skiers.

Check-in into your nearby lodge for the next two nights and unwind before rejoining your group for dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Moraine Lake; 2 – 4 miles, easy. Lake Louise; 5 – 9 miles, moderate with challenging options with up to 1,700- ft. elevation gain/loss

A glittering blue jewel encircled by small mountains in stunning Banff National Park, Moraine Lake sets the standard for pristine majesty. You’ll arise early this morning to experience its serenity before the crowds arrive. Enjoy a walk along trails that wind through cool spruce and subalpine fir forest, and past rocky hillsides stippled with vibrant wildflowers. Perhaps you’ll glimpse hoary marmots, Clark’s nutcrackers, or gray jays as you walk.

Afterwards to your lodge for breakfast and time to rest. In the late morning, meet with your guides again to set off on a hike along one of Lake Louise’s famous trails. Depending on weather and other factors, your guides will choose the optimal route for your small group. Perhaps you’ll explore the Plain of Six Glaciers.  Or stroll along a former horse path to Lake Agnes, with its stunning views including the aptly named Mirror Lake. Either route includes a stop for a delicious pastry at one of the famous tea houses built by the Canadian Pacific Railway. For lunch, savor a picnic lunch along the trail.

Return on a mostly downhill trail to Lake Louise, admiring the almost Caribbean blue of its waters. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps return to Lake Louise to rent a canoe, visit the Fairmount Lake Louise for afternoon tea, book a horseback ride, or take a scenic gondola or chairlift ride to the summit of Mount Whitehorn. Your hotel also offers complimentary bike rentals and mini golf.

This evening, meet with your group for dinner together again.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3 miles, easy

This morning, after a hearty mountain breakfast, travel 30 minutes to Emerald Lake. Named for the stunning blue-green hue of the water, Emerald Lake’s color is caused by a glacial silt reflecting from the sun. Set off on an easy walk tracing along the lakeshore, ending at the lodge’s lakeside restaurant where you settle in for lunch with your group.

After lunch, depart for the town of Banff (approximately 1.5 hours driving time). Upon arrival in Banff, check in and unwind before joining your group for a special farewell dinner at one of the town’s most celebrated restaurants (and views!).

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tunnel Mountain; 3 – 4 miles, easy to moderate, 850-ft. elevation gain/loss

After breakfast, join your guides for a final walk in Banff National Park. Departing from your hotel on foot, hike to Tunnel Mountain to earn a breathtaking view of the town and surrounding wilderness. Your tour ends back at the hotel before lunch.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure—perhaps explore the town, rest up in the hotel, or select a local restaurant for lunch and dinner. We provide detailed city information to help you plan your day.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, travel to Calgary International Airport depending on your flight departure time and the shuttle bus schedule.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sun, Jun 30 to Fri, Jul 5 - 2024

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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park; 2-4 miles, easy. Fallentimber Meadery; 1 mile, easy

Your guides meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of your designated meeting point hotel in Calgary. They’ll be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking.

Once you arrive at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park enjoy a first walk on some of the many trails in the park led by a guide from the park foundation. During your walk you’ll learn about the history, wildlife, and flora of this park. After an abundant picnic prepared by your guides, drive to Fallentimber Meadery for a tour and tasting. Upon arrival, take a tranquil stroll though the aspen grove, admiring the many beehives and hardworking bees as you go. Afterwards, regroup in the production facility to learn about honey, mead and the importance of bees to Alberta’s economy.

Continue on to your home for the next two nights, a secluded and charming inn nestled along the Ghost River. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner in the property’s dining room. The chef greets you to present the lovingly prepared dishes for tonight’s meal.

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Mount Yamnuska; 2–4 miles, moderate, 1,200-ft. elevation gain/loss. Indigenous Medicine Walk; 2 miles, easy

Satisfied from a hearty breakfast, set out on a hike to Mount Yamnuska. Translating to “wall of stone” in Stoney Nakoda, Mount Yamnuska towers at 7,349 feet above the Alberta prairie. At the request of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, in 1961 the mountain was officially renamed to Mount John Laurie in honor of John Lee Laurie, a political activist and founder of the Indian Association of Alberta. While hiking towards the summit through birch forests and wildflower meadows, keep your eyes out for mountain goats, which can sometimes be seen scampering on the rocky mountain face. Along the way, stop to enjoy a packed picnic lunch in this picturesque Canadian wilderness.

This afternoon, head back to Ghost River and meet a local guide for an exploration of plant medicine from an Indigenous lens. After, sit back and relax at the hotel, or take a stroll with your guides down to the river for a late afternoon dip before enjoying another dinner at The Crossing. Either way, you’ll be basking in the peace and serenity of the Alberta Foothills.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Grassi Lakes Trail; 2 miles, easy to moderate. Lake Louise; 1-2 miles, easy with steep sections

Savor another full breakfast at The Crossing. Shuttle through Kananaskis Country to your first hike of the day at the scenic Grassi Lakes before continuing towards the quaint village of Canmore.

A former coal mining center, Canmore is now an enchanting mountain town. Lunch on your own at one of the many eateries including Crazyweed Kitchen or the Grizzly Paw Pub. Enjoy free time to visit the Canmore Museum and learn about the cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies or spend your time perusing for gifts at Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s flagship store, Stonewater’s for home goods or Art Country Canada Rocky Mountain Gallery. Or, stop by Canmore Brewing’s tasting room for a flight of the local artisanal beer.

Depart Canmore and make your way towards Lake Louise via the magnificent Bow Valley Parkway. This stunning wilderness corridor is celebrated for its preservation of Banff’s scenic heritage. This route is popular with local wildlife, and you may see elk, deer, bald eagles, bear, and fox along the drive. Upon arrival to Lake Louise, embark on a short hike with your guides along the Fairview lookout trail. The glacier-fed lake was named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and is popular with hikers, paddlers and in the winter – cross country skiers.

Check-in into your nearby lodge for the next two nights and unwind before rejoining your group for dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Moraine Lake; 2 – 4 miles, easy. Lake Louise; 5 – 9 miles, moderate with challenging options with up to 1,700- ft. elevation gain/loss

A glittering blue jewel encircled by small mountains in stunning Banff National Park, Moraine Lake sets the standard for pristine majesty. You’ll arise early this morning to experience its serenity before the crowds arrive. Enjoy a walk along trails that wind through cool spruce and subalpine fir forest, and past rocky hillsides stippled with vibrant wildflowers. Perhaps you’ll glimpse hoary marmots, Clark’s nutcrackers, or gray jays as you walk.

Afterwards to your lodge for breakfast and time to rest. In the late morning, meet with your guides again to set off on a hike along one of Lake Louise’s famous trails. Depending on weather and other factors, your guides will choose the optimal route for your small group. Perhaps you’ll explore the Plain of Six Glaciers.  Or stroll along a former horse path to Lake Agnes, with its stunning views including the aptly named Mirror Lake. Either route includes a stop for a delicious pastry at one of the famous tea houses built by the Canadian Pacific Railway. For lunch, savor a picnic lunch along the trail.

Return on a mostly downhill trail to Lake Louise, admiring the almost Caribbean blue of its waters. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps return to Lake Louise to rent a canoe, visit the Fairmount Lake Louise for afternoon tea, book a horseback ride, or take a scenic gondola or chairlift ride to the summit of Mount Whitehorn. Your hotel also offers complimentary bike rentals and mini golf.

This evening, meet with your group for dinner together again.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3 miles, easy

This morning, after a hearty mountain breakfast, travel 30 minutes to Emerald Lake. Named for the stunning blue-green hue of the water, Emerald Lake’s color is caused by a glacial silt reflecting from the sun. Set off on an easy walk tracing along the lakeshore, ending at the lodge’s lakeside restaurant where you settle in for lunch with your group.

After lunch, depart for the town of Banff (approximately 1.5 hours driving time). Upon arrival in Banff, check in and unwind before joining your group for a special farewell dinner at one of the town’s most celebrated restaurants (and views!).

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tunnel Mountain; 3 – 4 miles, easy to moderate, 850-ft. elevation gain/loss

After breakfast, join your guides for a final walk in Banff National Park. Departing from your hotel on foot, hike to Tunnel Mountain to earn a breathtaking view of the town and surrounding wilderness. Your tour ends back at the hotel before lunch. From here you may make connections for onward travel or continue your explorations independently.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Alberta & British Columbia: Banff, Yoho & the Canadian Rockies 1
Post-Trip
Airplane Air Package Only
2024

2024 Post-Trip Extension - Banff

  • One night in Banff
  • Airport shuttle service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

1 Night From $345
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $295

After breakfast, enjoy another day in Banff. The hotel offers complimentary Banff Roam bus passes to help you explore the town and surrounding area. You may also walk to many of its landmarks and attractions from your hotel. Browse the art collections at the Whyte Museum, ascend Sulphur Mountain in the Banff gondola for splendid views, and walk the paved 500-meter trail to view the Tunnel Mountain Hoodoos. Sip tea at the Fairmont Springs Hotel, soak in the hot springs, or wander among the shops in town. The hotel offers an indoor hot pool, sauna, fitness room, and rental bikes. This evening, you will have many options for dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation is provided to Calgary International Airport depending on your departure time and shuttle bus schedule.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Fox Hotel & Suites

Located in the heart of Banff, The Fox Hotel & Suites offers the comforts of a mountain lodge. Rooms feature one queen or two double beds, Rocky Mountain Soap, and complimentary local calls. As a guest, you will enjoy the use of a complimentary “Roam” bus pass, your ticket to several attractions outside of town. The hotel is not air conditioned but does offer WiFi throughout.
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14 on-tour meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour Check Check
Local wine and/or beer with dinner Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour Check Check
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One extra night in Calgary and one extra night in Banff Check
Airport car service for arrival and departure Check
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The Best. Guides Mac and Martin were a PERFECT TEAM. Our fellow travellers were congenial and helpful. Perfect pace for a slowing-down woman. 80 yrs old Hope to go to Vancouver in Fall 2022

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Wonderful hiking experience! Excellent choice of locations for our hikes and hotels. Very knowledgeable and extremely positive guides. Great group of companion hikers too!

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