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The very remote Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park offers true adventurers a remarkable wilderness experience.


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Kootenay National Park activities

$86.03 Outdoor Activities

Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch

Your full-day hiking tour begins with a convenient pickup. Meet your guide, double-knot your laces and set off into the wilderness with your optional hiking poles in tow. Learn fascinating interpretive facts about the area along the way and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. At the end of your hike, you’ll be dropped off back at your pickup location. Hiking ScheduleSunday - Kootenay National Park TrailsTravel to three short hiking trails within Kootenay National Park such as Vista Lake, Marble Canyon, Numa Falls, Paint Pots, and Fireweed Loops. Enjoy connecting with nature with a variety of different views of the National Park. This trip is ideal for families and first time hikers!Return Distance: 4.5 miles (8km)Elevation Gain: 492 feet (150 meters) Monday and Saturday - Larch ValleyBeginning from the Valley of Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, this scenic trail is not for the faint of heart, as there are sometimes bears in the area. But the brave are rewarded with unforgettable views on the ascent through the Larch Forest, towards Sentinel Pass. Adventurous nature lovers will like this moderate 5-hour climb. Return Distance: 5.6 miles (9 km) Elevation: 1,500 feet (465 meters) Tuesday and Thursday - Stanley GlacierThis trail takes you through the regrowth of the tragic 1960s and 2003 fires, so you can see new life emerging in this once blackened forest. See stunning views of Stanley Glacier sliding down the side of Mt Stanley as well as Peyto Lake. This is a great hike for those seeking a relatively easy 4-hour stroll through beautiful scenery. Return Distance: 5.25 miles (8.4 km) Elevation: 1,285 feet (395 meters) Wednesday and Friday - Plain of Six GlaciersBegin on the shores of picturesque Lake Louise, then rise up a mountain for breathtaking views of the emerald lake from above and surrounding valleys and peaks. Stop at the teahouse for cakes and tea (own expense). People wanting a challenge with rewarding views will dig this moderate 5-hour hike. Return Distance: 6.6 miles (10.6 km) Elevation: 1,110 feet (340 meters) Please Note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from June through to early October. Early and late season itinerary changes may apply.

$62.87 Cultural & Theme Tours

Snowshoeing Tour to Marble Canyon

Your snowshoes crunch on fresh powder as you hike past Marble Canyon's 40-metre deep gorge as you experience this fun version of Canadian winter hiking on an easy, mainly flat terrain. Marble Canyon is located just 45 minutes from Banff in neighbouring Kootenay National Park. Led by your friendly guide, search for snowshoe hare, moose and wolf tracks while exploring how the landscape is changing and animals are adapting. After viewing the canyon and enjoying the freedom of stomping through the snow, 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) morning tour is suitable for all abilities and fitness levels and is perfect for those that have never been snowshoeing before.

$62.87 Outdoor Activities

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.

$74.85 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.

$78 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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