Arrival in Banff. First settled in 1888, this historic resort town has been a magnet for visitors for it's mountainous surroundings, hot springs, and vibrant town center. Our Area Manager will meet you on your arrival and give you some suggestions on what to see and do here. If time allows on your arrival day, we suggest an easy hike to Johnson Lake. 3 km; no elevation gain
Awake to the splendour of mountain life. Choose between a easy hike along forest and meadow trail along the Bow River and up to the Hoodoos viewpoint. Another option will be the Spray River loop, along a tributary of the Bow River. Late afternoon, we'll transfer you to Lake Louise. The gem of Canada's oldest National Park, the turquoise blue lake against the lofty mountain peaks makes this a stunning scene. Soak up the natural splendour, take a canoe onto the lake, enjoy an additional short walk into the mountains.
You have a number of choices today to explore the staggeringly beautiful scenery of Lake Louise. Step out of your lodge and begin with a hike to the highest teahouse in Canada, hidden in a picturesque alpine valley. Take in the Plain of Six Glaciers and the Beehive formations. (18km - elevation 384m or easier option 7 km).
Start the day in Yoho National Park at Takakkaw Falls, third highest falls in Canada. Embark on a thrilling hike on one of the 5 best hikes in the Rockies. Enjoy the rugged, rocky trail along the breath-taking glaciers before descending onto the enchanted tree-lined path passing hidden lakes and glacier-fed rivers. Return to Cathedral Mountain chalets in Field for a quiet evening of relaxation. (Iceline 18km - elevation 652m - or easier option twin fall 20km - elevation 300m).
With a very short taxi transfer, begin your hike to the luxurious Emerald Lake Lodge. Feel the exhilaration as you reach Yoho Pass. Be enthralled by your first glimpse of Emerald Lake as it glistens in the afternoon sun. Stop for a picnic on the tree lined shores of secluded Yoho Lake while soaking in the natural wonder and inspiring beauty of the area. The spectacular President's Range with waterfalls cascading down the rocks merit a stop. (8km - elevation 407 m or easier option 12 km - elevation 100m).
Explore the beautiful trails around Emerald Lake. Hike to Emerald Basin in the President's Range, which ends in a rocky amphitheatre of hanging glaciers and avalanche paths. Maybe choose the less travelled route to Hamilton Lake, a classic alpine lake. Or perhaps take time to enjoy the wonderful surroundings of Emerald Lake by renting a canoe, relaxing in the hot tub or lingering on the outdoor terrace. (12km elevation 900m or easier option 9.5km - elevation 280m).
Transfer from Emerald Lake to Moraine Lake, where a naturalist will lead a hike into Larch Valley or you can choose to hike Sentinel Pass for views over Paradise Valley. Depending on weather, and you fitness, you can walk down to Paradise Creek, or return from Sentinel Pass back to Moraine Lake, and the luxury of Moraine Lake Lodge. The Classic trip will have include a hike into legendary Skoki Lodge, a rustic backcountry lodge that is a local favourite. (5.2 km - elevation gain 360 m or 10.2 km - elevation gain 720 m)
Take a final stroll around Moraine Lake before your transfer arrives to return you to Lake Louise, and you can continue onward to your next adventure.