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$83.46 Outdoor Activities

Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productJourney through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. You then follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock and may even find some fossils! You will be treated to views of Stanley Glacier creeping down the side of Mt. Stanley towards the valley bottom.Day of the Week: Sunday & ThursdayRated: ModerateHiking Time: 3-4 hoursReturn Distance: 8.4kms (5.25 miles)Elevation Gain: 395m (1,285 ft)Duration: 5 hoursLocation: Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park, Kootenay Rockies, British ColumbiaThis trail begins in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at stunning Moraine Lake. The drive alone to this location is worth it in itself. We’ll spend our time hiking leisurely along a old growth forest trail to Consolation Lakes, where you’ll see the Fay Glacier stop Mount Babel. Upon our return, explore around Moraine Lake, including a trip to the top of the Rockpile. Due to bear restrictions this is a great trip to do in a guided group.Day of the Week: TuesdaysRated: EasyHiking Time: 3-4 hoursReturn Distance: 5.8kms (3.6 miles)Elevation Gain: 255m (837 ft)Duration: 5 hoursLocation: Consolation Lakes, Banff National Park, AlbertaYour hike starts by hiking along the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. The trail turns into single track and the immensity of the the valley and its peaks becomes even more apparent. Near to your final destination is the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House where cakes and tea are served all day long – be sure to bring some cash! Just past the teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise. If time and group ability allows you may be able to hike further to view historic Abbot Pass.Day of the Week: Wednesday & FridayRated: ModerateHiking time: 5 hoursDistance: 10.6kms (6.6 miles)Elevation Gain: 340m (1,100 feet)Duration: 5 hoursLocation: Plain of Six Glaciers, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, AlbertaTrail restrictions due to bear activity make this hike to Larch Valley the perfect one to take with a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinel Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3,543 m/11,625 ft) will complete your experience. Please note that this hike does not continue to the top of Sentinel Pass.Day of the Week: Monday & SaturdayRated: ModerateHiking time: 4-5 hoursDistance: 9.0kms (5.6 miles)Elevation Gain: 535m (1,500 ft)Duration: 5 hoursLocation: Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta

$60.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Snowshoeing Tour to Marble Canyon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Marble Canyon, Kootenay National Park, Kootenay Rockies, British ColumbiaSee frozen Marble Canyon, before exploring further along the trails in the deeper snow. Your guide will also make a maple taffy treat in the snow.Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Snowshoeing Tour to the Paint Pots

You'll hike on an easy trail along a bridge across the frozen Vermilion River and and along the snowy path winding through a forest of pine trees to the fascinating Paint Pots, which are mineral deposits once used by First Nations people for rock painting. Along the way you will hear stories from your friendly guide of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies.After having a go at the crazy carpet slide down the hill (if you wish!) your guide will share hot chocolate and make a sweet frozen dessert in the snow for you to try - delicious maple taffy. This three-kilometer (1.86 miles) afternoon tour is an excellent trip for beginners as it covers a mainly flat terrain with minimal elevation gain, and also suits anyone wanting a pleasant activity outdoors in the majesty of Kootenay National Park.

$72.34 Outdoor Activities

Wednesday Hike - Stanley Glacier - Moderate

Starting at 8am with pickups at most hotels in Banff, you'll be taken to Kootenay National Park to start the Stanley Glacier Hike as your guide begins interpretation of the local and cultural history of Banff National Park. The hike begins with switchbacks, gaining elevation slowly through an old prescribed burn. Your professional guide will explain the history of prescribed burns and why they are necessary to the ecological system while pointing out the new growth and wildflowers throughout your hike. Crossing the glacial stream, you'll continue to the toe of the glacier where you will stop to enjoy your lunch while viewing the peaks of Stanley Peak, Storm Mtn., Mt. Whymper and Boom Mtn. The hiking time will take approximately 4-5 hours roundtrip, and transfer from Banff will make for a total of 6-7 hours time depending on traffic and the pace of the group. Transportation is provided in our large air conditioned vans with pickup and drop off at your hotel and lunch is included. Transfers are by private air conditioned van or coach, tour includes lunch made at a local bakery with a sandwich, fruit, beverage and cookie.

$79.45 Outdoor Activities

Lake Louise Tour from Banff

Enroute to Lake Louise, you'll make a side-trip into Kootenay National Park for an easy walk along the edge of Marble Canyon, one of the deepest and narrowest canyons in the Rockies. At Lake Louise you can walk along the frozen lake shore, rent some ice skates and skate on the lake, join your guide for a bit of snowshoeing, or take a horse drawn sleigh ride across the lake and back. (not included) Or if you prefer to look at the magnificence of the Victoria Glacier from the comfort of a warm chair, why not enjoy some lunch or tea inside the Chateau Lake Louise. On the way to and from Lake Louise, take in the incredible views of the Rockies, and learn all about Banff's colorful natural and human history from one of Banff's best interpretive guides.

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