Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walks

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Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
Natural Wonders
Min age:
16
Group size:
1–12

Walk in the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Rockies

Few places in the world offer such pristine and diverse hiking options as the Canadian Rockies. 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 bear, eagles, deer and moose. Nothing can fully prepare you for your epic journey deep into the Canadian Rockies.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Rockies
  • Visit Icefields Parkway, Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise
  • Walk amid dramatic mountain and glacial scenery

Key information

  • 11 nights participatory camping, plus 1 night standard hotel
  • 9 walks of varying lengths and difficulty
  • Good fitness required
  • Altitude maximum 2611m, average 2000m

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 9 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Optional activities
Trip Notes

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Pace:

Moderate/Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 214.6km/9.1miles
Day 316.0km/9.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.4miles
Day 55.2km/3.3miles
Day 610.0km/6.3miles
Day 710.4km/6.5miles
Day 915.0km/9.4miles
Day 1010.8km/6.8miles
Day 1117.2km/10.8miles
Day 1216.0km/10.0miles

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Itinerary

Calgary
to
Calgary
  • Day 1

    Start Calgary.

    Welcome to Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with skyscrapers and a 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.Welcome to Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with skyscrapers and a 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. Welcome meeting for those of you not on the group flight at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby, here you will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. If booking flight inclusive you will receive notes off the tour leader at a later stage due to a late arrival.

    Optional Activities:
    • Calgary Tower CAD$18
    • Canada Olympic Park CAD$12+ depending on the number of activities
    • Western saloon evening CAD$10

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Drive to Lake Louise; hike at Lake Agnes; camping at Lake Louise.

    Drive the Trans-Canada Highway to your first destination, Lake Louise, your base for the next three nights. Take in the epic panorama at the prestigious Chateau Lake Louise and warm up those hiking boots with a walk on the trail beside the emerald coloured lake for views of Victoria Glacier. Leaving the tourists behind, 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 decent back down to your campsite near Lake Louise.

    Name of Hike: Lake Agnes Duration: 5hrs Distance: 14.6km Altitude Gain/Loss: 385m elevation gain Max altitude: 2120m

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Trek in Banff N.P.; Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass.

    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 bear, 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 except to see a few fellow hikers on the trail too.

    Name of Hike: Sentinel Pass Duration: 5-6hrs Distance: 16km Altitude Gain/Loss: 725m elevation gain Max altitude: 2611m

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    To Yoho N.P.; Iceline Trail with views of Takakkaw Falls.

    Cross the Continental Divide north along the Kicking Horse River towards Yoho National Park. Yoho, meaning 'magnificent' 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 neighbouring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho National Park is the hidden treasure of the Canadian National Parks System. It's a photographer's dream with several hiking opportunities delivering pristine alpine landscapes including stunning mountains, lakes and waterfalls. You're bound to be impressed by its unsurpassed beauty.

    Name of Hike: Iceline Trail Duration: 5hrs Distance: 15km Altitude Gain/Loss: 695m elevation gain Max altitude: 2073m

    Optional Activities:
    • Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River CAD$130-$170 (you will not have time to hike and white water raft)

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Drive the spectacular Columbia Icefields Parkway to Jasper N.P.; short walk at Parker Ridge.

    Enjoy the views of one of the world's finest drives; the Icefields Parkway featuring 'must see' sights, including Bow Summit, Bow and Peyto Lakes as well as the Crowfoot Glacier. Thankfully there are plenty of well-located pause points and you'll find the frozen swathes of the Colombia Icefield Parkway and the thundering cascades of Sunwapta Falls provide two of many incredible backdrops on offer. There may be time for a walk at Parker Ridge and the chance to see Saskatchewan Glacier. Once you arrive in Jasper, keep your eyes peeled as wildlife such as Black Bear and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep are abundance. Tonight you'll set up camp underneath the watchful gaze of Jasper's rugged peaks, your home for the next three nights.

    Name of Hike: Parker Ridge Duration: 2-3hrs Distance: 5.2km Altitude Gain/Loss: 275m elevation gain Max altitude: 2270m

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Trek in Jasper N.P.; Cavell Meadows at the foot of Angel Glacier.

    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. For a more relaxing time in wildlands of Jasper, head down to the lakeshore of Maligne Lake and admire the Spirit Island one of the most photographed scenes on the planet.

    Name of Hike: Cavell Meadows Duration: 4hrs Distance: 8-10km Altitude Gain/Loss: 400m elevation gain Max altitude: 2288m

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk along Maligne Canyon and up Bald Hill Mountain.

    Today we explore another section of the park: Maligne Canyon and the spiky Bald Hills. Walk along Maligne Canyon with several bridges and waterfalls. Continue along Maligne Lake Road, keep your eyes open for Bald Eagles and Black Bear. From the lake, hike to the top of Bald Hill Mountain for an open view of Maligne Lake and the surrounding peaks.

    Name of Hike: Bald Hills Duration: 5hrs Distance: 10.4km Altitude Gain/Loss: 500m elevation gain Max altitude: 2320m

    Optional Activities:
    • Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$15-$75
    • Miette hot springs in Jasper CAD$7

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    To Banff N.P.; optional hot springs or canoe rental on Bow River.

    Return to Banff for a two night stay, and explore more of the thrilling hiking trails by foot, stopping along the Icefield Parkway on your way to discover yet more superb sights and viewpoints. 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.

    Optional Activities:
    • Athabasca Glacier snow coach tour CAD$100

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    To Kananaskis Provincial Park; hike through thick forest to Burstall Pass.

    This incredibly stunning area of Canada is home to over 50 provincial parks and recreation areas, just waiting for you to explore. Hike to Burstall Pass in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and pass through thick forest before arriving at a beautiful hanging valley. A final push over the last bluff reveals unbelievable views in all directions including the horn of Mount Assiniboine.

    Name of Hike: Burstall Pass Duration: 5-6hrs Distance: 15km Altitude Gain/Loss: 470m elevation gain Max altitude: 2380m

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Cross into Waterton N.P.; hike to Bertha Lake.

    Over the summit of Highwood Pass you'll cross into cowboy country continuing to Waterton Lakes National Park, known locally as 'the land where the prairie meets the mountains'. Waterton Lakes delivers red canyons, deep blue lakes, caves and coves formerly used by whisky smugglers. Wildlife is plentiful here and there are some incredible guided hikes on offer, which will allow ample opportunity to view native wildlife in its natural habitat. Hike to Bertha Falls and then walk further along the trail to Bertha Lakes. This is a moderate hike but the views are superb and your camera will definitely get a work out on this trail. Tonight you set up camp for three nights near Waterton Lakes National Park.

    Name of Hike: Bertha Lake Duration: 4.5hrs Distance: 10.8km Altitude Gain/Loss: 472m elevation gain Max altitude: 1767m

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Trek in Waterton N.P.; Bertha Lake.

    Get your boots at the ready, you've got two whole days of hiking ahead of you and the trails we recommend offer some of the best hikes in Waterton National Park. Lineham Ridge Hike is a thing of beauty from the start. Admire the brilliant red argillite of Rowe Creek and keep a close eye out for Grizzly Bear who could pop out of the forest at any moment. This is a superb trail that provides some of the best views around, to the south you can even see the equally stunning Glacier National Park. The next trail on offer is the Carthew-Alderson Trail, which will take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Canadian Rockies. Walk through misty old forests and pass deep blue lakes and rugged mountain peaks. Visit the Buffalo Refuge before heading back to your campground for the evening.

    Name of Hike: Lineham Ridge Duration: 6hrs Distance: 17.2km Altitude Gain/Loss: 950m elevation gain Max altitude: 2560m

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Trek in Waterton N.P.; Carthew Summit.

    Second day trekking in Waterton National Park.

    Name of Hike: Carthew Summit Duration: 6hrs Distance: 16km Altitude Gain/Loss: 651m elevation gain Max altitude: 2311m

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Visit 'Head Smashed in' Buffalo Jump and return to Calgary; End.

    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 'Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump', one of the world's oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jumps. Here you'll find a museum dedicated to the First Nations People, before making a beeline for Calgary where your tour ends.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel in Calgary at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book your post-tour accommodation if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Canada

The Government of Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for some international travellers flying into Canada. Citizens from countries other than the US who do not require a visa to enter Canada are required to obtain an eTA before entering the country. Eligible travellers will need to go online to apply for their eTA.

To apply for your eTA you will need your passport, credit or debit card and an email address. At the time of publication there was a CAD$7 fee to process your eTA. Your eTA will be valid for a period of five years, or until your passport expires. We recommend you carry a print out of your eTA approval when you travel. Please visit www.canada.ca/eTA to apply.

If you have not applied for and received authorisation via an eTA prior to travel you may be denied boarding, experience a delayed processing or be denied admission at the Canadian point of entry. However, neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visafree on the eTA, guarantees admission to Canada. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the point of entry.

Vaccinations

Canada

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners included.

On this tour the majority of your meals are included whilst camping. Your tour guide will coordinate local shopping and assist the group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners.

Occasionally, you will eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for these meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from CAD$6-$12, lunches from CAD$8-$15 and dinners from CAD$13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately CAD$5 per glass and beer CAD$4 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group meals in Canadian restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of Canada certain food types can be limited.

Weather

Summers in the Rockies are generally warm and sunny. Average daytime temperatures are 18ºC in June and the first half of September, 22ºC in July/August. Max temperatures can often be 5 degrees higher. Night temperatures will be cool in July and August; cold in June and from early September and can go down to near freezing point. Temperatures will vary depending on altitude. June gives long hours of daylight. The weather in the Rockies can be unpredictable and you should be prepared for sudden thunderstorms, strong winds or even snow. Although summers are fairly dry, the odd rainy day can be expected. September can bring early snow on the peaks. Residual snow at higher elevations may linger until mid July. Walking on hard packed snow is sometimes required.

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This walking tour has been designed for active adults and offers a wellpaced mix of walks to suit those with a decent amount of fitness. You do not need to be marathon fit but it is important you have read the day by day itinerary and noted the duration, elevation and length for each named hike. It does occur from time to time that the advertised hike is not available or needs to be altered due to adverse weather conditions. Should this happen we will do our best to provide an alternative trail of a similar standard. For the more adventurous there are often additional hikes which can be added onto existing trails, but should you struggle on the advertised trails there may also be shorter and more moderate hikes which your tour guides will recommend. You will be accompanied by two tour guides on this walking tour and they will either guide separate hikes or offer support on circular trails. Only one tour guide can walk with the group on point to point hiking trails.

This is a relatively demanding trekking holiday and you will need to be fit if you want to undertake all of the planned walks. A full day hike will last between 6 and 8 hours and half day walks will be 4 hours or less. The walks are at an average of 2000m with a maximum of 2689m. Details of the length of each walk and altitude gain are specified in the itinerary. Almost all of the walking is on well-marked trails. None of the walks are technically difficult, but some are on steep trails, over large stones and/or scree slopes.

Please note: both the weather conditions and presence of wild animals can be unpredictable in the Rockies. Either of these may force the guide to change a planned hike for the day. It is important to use common sense when walking in the wilderness and to follow the advice of the guide at all times concerning wildlife and weather conditions.

As this tour is primarily a walking tour, there are only a few opportunities for optional activities during your tour. If you opt for these it can at times mean you’ll need to decide between hiking or enjoying an activity. Your tour guides will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices which were correct at the time of publication. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

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Accommodation

Participatory Camping

We use national and state park campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds. Most will have flush toilets and hot showers. Some campgrounds may charge an additional fee of CAD$1-$3 for showers. You will sleep in high quality, tents which single travellers share with one other passenger of the same sex.
Our camping equipment also includes field kitchens, inflatable sleeping mats, food storage, camp lanterns and chairs. Most campsites have a quiet time from 22:00 hrs to 07:00 hrs. Please respect your fellow campers who are there to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of camping.

CAMP DUTIES
An essential part of a camping tour is helping out with the day to day camp duties and everyone will assist with the setting up and packing up of the campsite. Your tour guides will provide guidance on what to do, and typically it will only take 15 minutes to set up or break down the tents and camp kitchen. Before you know it you’ll be enjoying ‘home sweet home’ in the great outdoors.
Your tour guides will also co-ordinate and assist the group with food shopping, preparing meals and cleaning up. Sharing the camp duties is a great way to bond with your fellow travellers and the group camaraderie is all part of the experience.

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  • Reviewed September 2017
    Kevin Grewcock

    Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walks

    Generally a nice holiday, in spectacular scenery. The food was varied and very plentiful (although having 10 females in the party of 12, plus 2 male guides might have had a bearing on this). Assorted dietary restrictions were catered for. The sites were fine, with the exception of the "last" one near Waterton Park (Waterton Springs Campground) which, in all honesty, was unacceptable for a holiday costing in excess of £3,000 for 11 days camping. We had a 1km walk to get hot water for anything, the toilet facilities near our tents were basic and only just about acceptable (if you ignore the lack of hot water) and the sinks for washing up in were disgusting. They had a large number (40-50) of RVs on site, all situated next to the office and all facilities. We were put as far away from there as was possible on the site (presumably so that a "noisy" group wouldn't disturb their main source of income - the RVs). There may have been another 5-6 people in tents while we were there. We were unfortunate in that, due to fires, Waterton Park was closed the day after we arrived and then totally evacuated, so I cannot comment on the walks there. This was a shame as I had visited there for 2 days last year and really loved it - there is what looked to be a reasonable site in Waterton Park itself, beautifully situated next to the village, although I can't comment on its facilities as I was in a hotel. In fact, returning there was a major factor in me choosing to go on this holiday. On the plus side, we only stayed at the poor site for one night. The tour company arranged a new site, well away from the fires (a 500km drive in fact), in a much nicer site, at very short notice.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I didn't find anything "inspirational", but I am generally not one for strong emotions.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    On the whole, good. At times he did almost seem to be showing off how good a "walker" he was - fast and very agile - but not to the point of doing anything dangerous. It did seem to take us a long while to have breakfast and out on the walk at times. Due to a combination of circumstances, the group naturally split into a faster and a slower group. The two guides handled this well, I thought. Even suggesting some alternative, shorter, routes for the slower group (which included me) on some days so that we didn't feel that we were holding up the faster group all the time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    To enjoy this holiday to the full, you don't just need a good level of fitness, a good level of experience of exercise (walking, running) in hilly terrain is almost a must. I run 3/4 times a week, up to an hour at a time, but there are not many hills near me. The first 2 days left me with very achy muscles from the amount of continuous, uphill walking - often steep and often more than an hour at a time. I sat out day 3 to recover. Although I could have done the walk, I may well have then had to rest for more than a day. If you do not travel light, you might want to pay to have a tent to yourself. Although there were 2 men in the group, the other one was with his wife, so I got a tent to myself. I found this a benefit, apart from putting up and taking down the tent. However that was pretty straightforward, even for one person. I took a 4 seasons sleeping bag, but was too hot every night. However, others were cold on some nights. The overnight temperature (Aug 28 to Sept 7) didn't drop below 10°C in my tent. Personally I think that a 3 seasons bag plus a light blanket would be a better recommendation than a 4 seasons bag.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The holiday was rated as 4/10 for fitness levels required. Not sure what a 10 would be (climbing Everest?). Personally, I think 5 would be more appropriate.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Matthew Probert

    Excellent trip

    The scenery is stunning - not dissimilar to parts of the Alps, but a lot more of it. Our guides (Mac and MP) were both very good - knowledgeable, informative and nothing was too much trouble - and were obviously very passionate about the Rockies. Mac is a great cook, and managed to produce food you really wouldn't expect when camping - pizza and homemade granola to name two highlights.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Sentinel Pass walk was a highlight, as was jumping into the lake at Waterton after a long, hot day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take insect repellant (and use it).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip is graded 5 and, in comparison to other Exodus trips, I don't think that's quite right. Four of the day walks are probably 4-5s, but overall the trip is a lot easier than other 5-graded trips I've done.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Georgia Freeman-Mills

    Memorable trip to the Canadian Rockies

    Really fantastic trip! I got to experience the totally breathtaking Canadian Rockies with a lovely group of people, and led by knowledgeable and passionate guides. The hiking is brilliant, and this trip allows you to walk on the less touristy trails and really get a taste for the wilderness. The itinerary is really well thought-out, meaning you get to walk in a few of the national parks to get a fuller and more varied sense of the landscape, and also the longer hikes are perfectly spread out with easier walking in-between. The guides worked really hard and were incredibly considerate of the group's preferences. The meals were varied and delicious, and nothing beats sitting by a campfire after a long day of hiking. Such a memorable way to see the Rockies, and definitely served to convince me that I'm going back!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hiking up to the summit at Lineham Ridge in Waterton Lakes national park towards the end of the hike - the most breathtaking view, and it just our group at the top! We stopped to have lunch at the summit and I was completely lost for words. Definitely one of the most memorable moments of our trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mac was the best leader! You'll be lucky if you have Mac or M.P with you on the trip - they really worked hard to make sure everyone was looked after. Mac cooked us a different delicious breakfast almost every morning, and there was also always a really fantastic vegetarian option for me. He was a passionate guide and always considerate of each person in the group, making sure we all felt comfortable on the hikes. I couldn't fault the guides, they really made the trip!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack insect repellant and sun cream, and make sure you remember a warm jacket for the evenings and early mornings. Plastic bags are also really useful for damp or wet clothing, and for packing the lunch boxes in your backpack. I also wished I had brought some waterproof trousers for when it rained while we were in the middle of a hike, but they're not absolutely essential. The guides do a fantastic job of looking after you, and there are outdoor stores at regular intervals if you need or forget anything.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Mojca Bernik

    Rocky Wilderness Walk

    Excellent organization, a lot of fun and beautiful places. Perfect evenings with excellent grill food from best guide I ever had. Great people all over the world!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    First view of tourqase colour Lake Louise.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Best leader I ever had. Mac, thanks for all joy, lot of information about nature and all the beautiful places we saw!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be positive and just enjoy!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    More that kind of hikes!
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Heather Wall

    Canadian Rockies and Wilderness Walks

    Superb trip - described as challenging and it was! But well worth it for fabulous scenery and wildlife.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Achieving the Crypt Lake walk (not on the itinerary, but offered as a choice instead of Lineham). We were limited in time as only one boat each way across the Lake and the walk included exciting time climbing iron ladder, going through tunnel and precarious ledge walk! Very pleased to have done it - and bought the T-shirt!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb - Mac was a great cook, and full of knowledge about the history, geology and fauna of the area. Not so hot on plants, but we had plenty of reference material to check up with. Also Mac introduced us to CBC Radio programme The Debaters which was excellent for passing the time on some of the longer journeys between camp sites. As a leader, he was very capable and hard working, always ensuring everyone was included and treated fairly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not believe the trip notes regarding shoes - trainers would not be suitable for this terrain, esp when snow on the ground. Walking shoes or boots are better. Take a pair of flip flops or similar, for camp and one of the walks involves a stream crossing. Don't bother to pack a hairdryer. Don't need anything smart for eating out - casual is fine. Pack a pillow of some kind. In June the Lake Louise camp was very cold at night, but the later camps were not so bad. Expect mosquitoes - don't forget your insect repellent. Most people found walking poles very useful. There are sometimes secure lockers for charging items at the camp site - otherwise there were sockets in the shower/toilet blocks, but not secure.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fab holiday for the great outdoors, beautiful scenery, good food (depending on your leader!) and good group size. Participation camping not too onerous - just help with washing up, cooking if needed and putting up and taking down own tent. Teamwork helped to build a good group atmosphere.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    John Eley

    Canadian Rockies

    A great 12 days hiking. Only downside was poor visibility due to forest fires in US for the first week - something completely outside Exodus's control.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The last major hike from Cameron Lake to Waterton Lakes via Summit Lake & Carthew pass through hail & gale force winds. A close 2nd was the hike up Paradise Valley to Sentinel pass & down to Moraine Lake - an inspired Leader variation. The "advertised " trek would have rather dull.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A great father & son team - Father guide, son driver. Both very knowledgeable about the area, wildlife & Canada in general. The cooking and packed lunches were excellent - everything done with great care. Sebastian's changes to the published itinerary were inspired. The additional walk around Red Rock Canyon on the last day was a great extra.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Come prepared for all four seasons! Participation is key - the more you muck in, the more you'll enjoy it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The optionals would be better listed separately at the end. It could then be made clear that they are in most cases alternatives to a trek not additions.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Jane Durgan

    Rockies and Wilderness Walk

    We had a fabulous time. All weather's were experienced....snow, rain, heat and smoke. Our Great American Adventure guides (Audrey and Simon) were a terrific double act with a tremendous sense of fun. The food was exceptional and rapidly geared to the groups requirements.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hiking through 12" of virgin snow across Cavell Meadows

    What did you think of your group leader?

    They were a really great pair. Always cheerful and lots of fun

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack for all weathers. The nights can be VERY chilly
  • Reviewed October 2013
    Anonymous

    HIKING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

    A fantastic holiday enabling you to see the Rockies in a way that you would not experience if travelling on your own.  Though this is a challlenging set of hikes it's perfectly doable for anyone who walks in areas like the Lake District.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loads of them, fantastic views, great scenery and seeing a grizzly bear up close.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    You will be very lucky if you get Renee and Catherine as your leaders.  Not only are they knowledgeable and relaxed, but also superb cooks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get yourself walking-fit before you go.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A good camera and an appreciation of Canadian beer are extremely useful.
  • Reviewed October 2013
    Anonymous

    HIKING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

    Fantastic trip, scenery and walks were so much better than I imagined. Some great wildlife encounters as well. The four regions we camped in were quite different from each other so you got a great overview of the Rockies.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many highlights. All the walks were great but I really loved Valley of the Ten Peaks/Sentinel Pass, Yoho National Park and Crypt Lake. Loved the Waterton Lakes region, it was so different to the other 3 areas we camped in.Great wildlife sightings, grizzly and black bear, elk, moose, deer, sheep and pika!  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Renee and Catherine were great - fun, friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. They cooked fantastic meals, and Catherines lunches were mouth watering.Renne has so much great knowledge about Canada and was willing to answer the many questions. They were the best guides I have had on any trip I have been on. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Weather is very changeable so make sure you pack clothes for layering. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    All the campsites were very well organised, clean and spacious, there was plenty of room for the group to spread out.A perfect holiday with a variey of hikes that are all different, and you only move campsites 4 times. You get to experience a range of different environments. A great hiking introduction to the Rockies.
  • Reviewed October 2013
    Anonymous

    HIKING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

    A great holiday and adventure unforgettable

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the verity of rock structures

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent leader cook and driver could not wish for better

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just book now

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was surprised out flight seets we're not booked I had three seat changes before the outward flight and 4 of our party could not get a return seat on the booked flight having to be transferred to another airport.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart before 21:00 hrs.

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any delays, cancellations, changes to your flights, or any missed flights. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times.

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