Bindlestiff Tours

Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walk

  • Jasper National Park - Spirit Island
  • Canadian Rockies Walking Tour Otter
  • Canadian Rockies Walking Holiday Tributary

Few places in the world offer such pristine scenery and diverse hiking options as the Canadian Rockies.

Tour Description:

Virgin forests, shimmering blue lakes, ancient glaciers, deep canyons, and rushing rivers weave their way across the landscape whilst wildlife abounds. It’s a paradise for photographers, wildlife and outdoors enthusiasts, but, most of all, it’s a haven for walkers. Hike along an extensive network of trails in some of the best national parks in the world and spot the bountiful wildlife that call this area home including bears, eagles, deer, and moose. Nothing will inspire you more than a trip through the Canadian Rockies.

Important Information:

The minimum age requirement to join this tour is 16 years old. Children 16- 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
This tour offers guaranteed departures!
This walking tour is designed for active adults and offers well-paced mix of walks to cater to those with a reasonable degree of fitness.
Maximum group size is 12 guests
This tour offers 8 x camping nights with facilities, 3 x rustic camping nights and 1 hotel night

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From $2799 twin share tent

From $3109 Solo tent


 

Highlights

  • Trek through the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies with a series of named hiking trails
  • Enjoy a three night heli-hike experience within the Canadian wilderness area of Landslide Lake
  • Drive the breathtaking Icefield Parkway
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Sweeping views of Moraine Lake
  • Forested walks through alpine covered valleys
  • Views of Saskatchewan Glacier
  • Three nights in the Lake Louise area
  • Walk to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park
  • Three nights in Jasper National Park

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Calgary
Welcome to Calgary, the gateway to the Canadian Rockies, where you can take time before the tour begins to explore this cosmopolitan city with its skyscrapers and booming oil industry. Calgary has historically been famous for its ‘Wild West’ roots but in recent years has become a dynamic and exciting city. It oozes Western culture, a feature that earned it the nickname ‘Cowtown’ – evident in the Calgary Stampede. Join your tour guide and fellow travelers for a welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby.
Included: Hotel
Optional Activities: Calgary Tower CAD $18 | Canada Olympic Park CAD $12+ depending on the number of activities (20 minutes by car or 1 hour using public transport) | Western saloon evening CAD$10
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 2 – Lake Louise
Today we go west in the heart of the Rockies, onto Lake Louise, your base for the next three nights. Upon arrival, take in the epic panorama of the Chateau Lake Louise and warm up those hiking boots with a walk on the Lake Agnes beside the emerald-colored lake for views of Victoria Glacier. Hike through old-growth forest before reaching spectacular views of Lake Louise from above and then continue along the trail until you reach Lake Agnes and a rustic teahouse, providing much-needed refreshment before the descent back down to your campsite near Lake Louise.
Included: Camping
Optional Activities: Aerial gondola/tramway – Banff CAD $62
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Day 3 – Lake Louise
Take a short transfer to Moraine Lake, neighbour to Lake Louise and situated in the scenic Valley of the Ten Peaks. Hike along the Larch Valley before climbing to Sentinel Pass for magnificent views of Banff National Park backcountry. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including elk, porcupine and bears, which are often sighted on the trail. From here you can either hike back or start your descent along the Paradise Valley to end this loop trail. This is one of Banff’s premier hiking trails, so do expect to see a few fellow hikers on the trail too.
Included: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 4 – Yoho National Park
Cross the Continental Divide north along the Kicking Horse River towards Yoho National Park. Yoho, meaning ‘wonder’ in the Cree Indian language, is home to some beautiful alpine scenery, which is best explored on foot. Your trail today delivers striking views of Takakkaw Falls, Daly Glacier, and Yoho River. Overshadowed by the neighboring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho National Park is the hidden treasure of the Canadian National Parks System. If you don’t fancy seeing the trail through the entire 21kms, you can hike a section of the trail and join an optional rafting excursion in the afternoon, on the glacier-fed Kicking Horse River.
Included: Camping
Optional Activities: Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River CAD $100-$170 (you will not have time to hike and white-water raft)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 5 – Jasper National Park
Today you journey over to Jasper National Park so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as Black Bears and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep which are in abundance. On your way, you will hike the Parker Ridge trail with the chance to see Saskatchewan Glacier. The trail climbs quickly until it gets above the treeline. The trail does not actually reach the summit of Parker Ridge, but it comes within about 60 vertical meters of it and the views are simply incredible. Tonight, you’ll set up camp underneath the watchful gaze of Jasper’s rugged peaks, your home for the next three nights. En route, along the Icefield Parkway, you’ll have the opportunity for a hike on Athabasca Glacier (please let your guide know on day one if you’re interested as this activity is prone to selling out).
Included: Camping
Optional Activities: Mountain biking in Jasper CAD $15-$75 | Miette hot springs in Jasper CAD $7
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6 – Jasper National Park
Jasper is much quieter than some other national parks, making it easier to leave the crowds behind. Take the trail to Cavell Meadows at the foot of Angel Glacier for a true wilderness feel. After climbing up, you reach the alpine terrain with great chance to watch caribous! This is a great way to find out more about the ever-changing environment of this stunning national park.
Included: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 7 – Jasper National Park
Today you hike the Sulphur Skyline trail which has some of the most breath-taking panoramas that Jasper has to offer. You hike the five mile trek to the mountain peak overlooking a phenomenally rugged section of the Canadian Rockies. Of course, a great way to finish the day is with a soak in Miette Hot Springs to ease those aching muscles, which is why we’ve included this for you (don’t forget your swim wear).
Included: Camping
Optional Activities: Miette hot springs CA$7 | Mountain biking CA$15-$75 | SkyTram cable car CA$45
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 8 – Icefields Parkway – Landslide Lake
Today you take a short helicopter flight to Landslide Lake where you are dropped in the alpine, far away from other hikers, to trek through wilderness. You’ll set up our camp here for the next three nights at a wilderness camp devoid of other travellers, facilities, picnic tables or the modernity’s of everyday life. It is important to be aware that you will not be staying in a campsite, this is the Canadian wilderness and your guide will set up tent where it’s best; there is no determined camping spot. You will not have access to showers or modern toilets during your three night stay, and each day your guide will hoist food into the trees and away from bears. After arrival and having set up your camp, your guide will take you on a hike around the Landslide Lake area.
Please note: We ask that customers take no more cargo than 20 pounds each (including carry-on) for 3 nights and that it is packed in a soft small gym bag. If you wish to leave luggage behind, this can be stored inside the trailer, which is left parked at the helicopter company.
Included: Wild camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 9-10 – Landslide Lake
You have many options for the next two days ranging from steady walks through alpine meadows to strenuous treks to surrounding ridges. Your tour guides will suggest hiking choices such as Lake of the Fall hike or an unnamed pass hike (amongst others). All hikes offer a truly experience in the wilderness of the Rockies, but it is important to remember that there are no designated trails, you’re in the wilderness and there are no ‘official trails’. It is public land and ungoverned by a national park. Your guides will make decisions based on the capabilities of the group. Bear spray on hand in the rare event it is required.
Included: Wild Camping
Optional Activities: One day fishing permit CA $30 | Seven day fishing permit CA$60 (Plus CA8.50 wildlife identification
number (for both options))
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 11 – Banff National Park
This morning you fly out in a spectacular helicopter flight to reach Cline River before heading to Banff National Park by road. You’ll be based out of Banff for a two nights stay and be able to explore more thrilling hiking trails by foot. In the afternoon, you will discover Minnewanka Lake, a large glacier lake of 5 kilometers, for an easy hike by the rocky shore or simply relax by the water. Visit the Banff area, relax on Banff Upper Hot Springs or rent a canoe and paddle along the Bow River for a little watery adventure.
Included: Camping
Optional Activities: Sulphur Mountain hot springs CAD $8
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 12 – Banff National Park
This 14-km loop trail is well worth the strenuous workout up 981m to the Cory Pass, behind Mt. Edith, past Mt. Louis and through the Edith Pass on the way back to the trailhead. From the Fireside Picnic area, you follow the trail 1 km to the Cory pass junction. You then climb most of the 915 m over 4.5 km, eventually reaching above the tree line. There are several points to take photos and catch your breath along the way. Once through the Cory pass, you will follow a rough trail for about 3.5 km through scree fields and across avalanche paths until you regain the main hiking trail at Edith Pass. Descend along the drainage through the forest between Mt. Norquay and Mt. Edith until you loop past the Cory Pass junction again and then to the trailhead. This is a nice hike and a favorite of the local climbing community.
Included: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 13 – Kananaskis Country – Calgary
The tour is nearly coming to an end but there is time for one last chance to hit the trails and sample the Canadian Rockies. Today (depending on weather conditions) you will more than likely hike the Cascade Amphitheatre trail. This hike begins at the Mt. Norquay ski area, crosses a bridge over Forty Mile Creek, then traverses through dense forest to the Cascade Amphitheatre. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you emerge into the amphitheater, enclosed by limestone cliffs, as there are commonly wildflowers early season. After this, you make a beeline for Calgary where your tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs.
Included: None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs
Meals: Breakfast included

 

Included

  • Trek through the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies with a series of named hiking trails
  • Enjoy a three night heli-hike experience within the Canadian wilderness area of Landslide Lake
  • Drive the breathtaking Icefields Parkway
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Sweeping views of Moraine Lake
  • Forested walks through alpine covered valleys
  • Views of Saskatchewan Glacier
  • Three nights in the Lake Louise area
  • Walk to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park
  • Three nights in Jasper National Park
  • Two professional tour guides to allow greater support
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners

Not Included

  • Optional Activities
  • Tour Guide Gratuities

 

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Testimonials

  • There were total 12 of us in this tour. It was an interesting international combination and we fitted in the van perfectly as we are all in average size. Our tour guide Michael is knowledgeable, friendly and always tried to accommodate our request.

    Do not miss out the Antelope Canyon (optional item), It’s one the best spots in this tour.

    The tour was the best as we had good tour guide and a group of good people! all the places are worth-seeing and itinerary is well arranged. Thanks mike and Bindlestiff Tours!

    5star

    A 3-day national park tour that you CANNOT miss!
  • Bindlestiff Tours was the highlight of our trip to the USA. We took a national parks tour to Zion, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. High quality tour with fabulous hotels- And I found all the hot tubs!
    We never went away hungry from the food choices Khriss made which included the surprise “Home made pie”, the chocolate cookies he provided for us during the long drives were very much appreciated.

    Indeed, our group, to a person, said unsolicited that Khriss was the BEST driver/guide they had ever had and valued his shared knowledge, his expertise, his professional, punctual service, his books, and his patience. They especially remembered his contagious smile, Southern wit, love of John Wayne and the West, and his amazing ability to have all our luggage [those big bags our girls always take] in place at the agreed departure time! Yes, we had a great time and are so appreciative of Khriss, who went above and beyond to see to the needs of everyone in our group. I speak for the group in thanking you all for a wonderful and unique SW experience! THANK YOU!

    5star

    Our small group had a very best trip to the SW US!
  • I recently came back from USA and I felt I had to share my experience with everyone.
    After a lot of research in internet about which Company to use to travel from Vegas and see the Grand Canyon and the highlights around there, I am so happy I finally chose Bindlestiff tours.
    My highlight of the trip was of course the helicopter flight over Grand Canyon, which was breathtaking. I would advise anyone to book the 55 mins flight in advance to avoid disappointment, for a bit more money than the 20 mins flight, you will be able to explore the Canyon best.
    Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable , funny but professional and made the whole group bond. We started as 12 strangers and ended the tour as friends .The fact of being a small group made the interaction with each other very easy .
    I felt this trip met my expectations if not exceeded them. This is a great choice if you don’t have a lot of time to drive freely and you want to see the National Parks highlights around Vegas.
    If you are looking and looking and you are not sure which Company you should go for, don’t think anymore. Choose Bindlestiff tours and it won’t disappoint !

    5star

    I cannot recommend this trip and Company enough
  • I spent 3 of my best days in the US on that tour. Perfectly organized and guided by JD Boyle, it gives the opportunity to visit legendary places and really feel the desert. To see the moon rise and the night fall over Monument Valley and the first sun rays above the same rocks the next morning was a dream come true. Thanks JD, thank you Bindlestiff! I hope to travel again with you some day:)

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    National Parks Mini Explorer
  • Last summer I booked a 3 day trip covering Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, Horseshoe bend, Grand Canyon, departing and end at Vegas. After one year, I still think this is the best trip I ever booked from a tour company. I was extremely lucky to have Vern as our guide & lead (also driver), a guy with great personality, also so experienced and professional in organizing everything. We were able to be quite flexible in deciding how long we wanted to stay in each place, which hiking trek to take, etc. I enjoyed every hiking route Vern recommended! I was travelling solo and was a bit concerned if I would be totally comfortable in joining a group tour, but it proved my concern was nonsense. The others in the group were very easy going and we got along well.

    Every park has its own uniqueness and amazing views. I loved every place really. The highlight for me is Monument Valley, apart from the sunrise (we had a great camping spot for watching sunrise!) and the safari tour, the whole place just felt so spiritual (my very personal feeling).

    I never felt rushed or bored during the 3 days. Most of the time I even forgot I was travelling with a tour company, I felt I was just travelling with a group of friends. Arizona and Utah not only have unique nature landscapes but also interesting social and culture characters.

    I would love to highly recommend Bindlestiff to everyone. If I have the chance, I will do another trip with Bindlestiff.

    5star

    Best tour ever, an unforgettable journey