Banff Lodge-based Tour

Calgary, Alberta
5.0 (5 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Hike in 3 National Parks
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Banff Lodging
  • Small Group Adventure Tour
  • Waterfalls, Glaciers & Alpine Lakes
  • High Mountain Passes with BIG Views
  • All-inclusive Package & Expert Guides


Picture yourself hiking in a small group of like-minded travelers to the top of a towering mountain pass with spectacular views down onto a creased and fractured glacier. The mountains are vast, snow-covered and jagged in all directions. The sky is a sharp, mesmerizing blue. The air is pure with subtle scents of pine, aspen, spruce, and a variety of grasses and wildflowers. You take off your backpack and snap some photos. Your guide lays down a picnic blanket and delicious lunch spread; you sit and know this is one meal you’ll never forget. This is the Canadian Rockies!

Our Banff Lodge-based Tour shows you the very best hikes and features of Banff, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks, three of the major parks that comprise the Canadian Rockies. You’ll see waterfalls, stunning mountain lakes, high mountain passes, glaciers, wildlife and more!

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6 Days


Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-12 Guests
Trip Length: 6 Days
Distance: 24MI / 39KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip features a variety of hikes, some strenuous and some more moderate. All of the hiking is with light day packs on good trails.
Hiking Distances:

Up to 8 mi
Backpack Weight:

10-15 lbs

Moderately Rugged
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2,000 ft
Heights Exposure:


Physical requirements:

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-15 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • River and creek crossings
  • Possibly hiking on areas with snow


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Canadian Rockies hiking tour a solitude 3. You can expect to have hours of solitude at a time while hiking.


For this Canadian Rockies trek you will need to fly into Calgary International Airport on Day 1, no later than 2 P.M. We will pick you up at the airport between 11 A.M. and 2 P.M. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour.

Flights to and from Calgary International Airport are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Calgary from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Phoenix, Denver, Portland, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Minneapolis. The duration of nonstop flights is 2-5 hours.

Your flight on the final day of the trip can depart any time after 12 P.M.

We require a minimum of 4 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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On this Canadian Rockies hiking adventure, a Wildland representative will pick you up from Calgary International Airport (YYC) between 11am and 2pm on Day 1. (We can also pick you up in downtown Calgary for an additional $20 per person transportation fee.) We will then drive approximately 1.5 hours to the village of Banff, where we will check into our accommodation for the next 5 nights!

Around 5pm, we will have our orientation meeting and your guide will cover introductions, a thorough briefing of our trip, hand out group and personal gear and answer any last-minute questions we may have. Dinner tonight is in the town of Banff and is only a short walk from our hotel. Tomorrow we hit the trail!


  • Shuttle: 90 minutes each way
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.2 miles (8.4 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 510 feet (155 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Accommodations: Banff Centre Hotel

After our first breakfast together, we will enjoy a scenic, 90 minute drive along the famous highway 93 to our first hike.  Our hike begins along the banks of the turquoise colored Bow Lake.  The views are instantly impressive! This trail is a great introduction to the joys of hiking in the Canadian Rockies.  As we hike we will enjoy views of lakes, glaciers and towering peaks.  After reaching the other side of Bow Lake we will hike through a gorge carved out by a glacial-fed stream.  Continuing to climb until, we will reach our destination and lunch spot at the 410-foot, tiered, cascading Bow Glacier Falls.  After enjoying your first gourmet trail lunch prepared by your guide, we will take snap photos and eventually hike back the way we came, soaking up views in the opposite direction.  Our dinner tonight will be prepared by your guide and will be an outside BBQ with plenty of options for all diets.

Hiker standing at water's edge with mountain in distance


  • Shuttle: 90 minutes each way
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles (8 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 492 feet (150 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Accommodations: Banff Centre Hotel

This morning, after a hearty breakfast, we will embark on a drive to beautiful Yoho National Park. Our driving journey today is our longest, but also the most scenic of our trip! Today’s hike leads to viewpoints of four waterfalls! The first two – Angel’s Staircase and Point Lace Falls – are small, intimate cascades. We will pass these, snap some pictures and continue hiking until we reach Laughing Falls: an impressive single plume with thunderous volume. Our guide will prepare lunch as we enjoy the breathtaking ambiance of the area. After lunch we will hike back to the trailhead, taking in views of Takakkaw Falls, meaning ‘magnificent’ in the Cree language, along the way. Takakkaw Falls plunges roughly 1,200 ft to the valley floor making it one of the highest in Canada.

Once back at our accommodations we will have some free time to freshen up before dinner.

Raging waterfall on rocky cliffs


  • Shuttle: 45 minutes each way
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.1 miles (11.4 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1863 feet (568 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodations: Banff Centre Hotel

Today after breakfast, we’ll head off together to the Kootenay National Park and the Stanley Glacier Trail. Our hike crosses the Vermillion River on a small bridge, then takes us through an area that was heavily affected by a forest fire in 1968. Here the ecology of new growth and the remnants of past fire damage illustrate the fascinating juxtaposition of fire destruction and rejuvenation. We will climb higher into the valley with cascading waterfalls and a beautiful alpine meadow. With views of the Stanley Glacier making it all worth it, we enjoy a lunch prepared by your guide before heading back down. Off in the distance our view is dominated by the towering Mount Whymper.

Once back at our vehicle we will head to the popular and picturesque Lake Louise for to soak up some of the most famous views in the Canadian Rockies. Eventually we will head back to our accommodation and shower before another outstanding dinner out on the town in Banff!

Shallow pool with deeper water and mountains in distance


  • Shuttle: 60 minutes each way
  • Hiking Mileage: 7 miles (11.3 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1237 feet (377 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Accommodations: Banff Centre Hotel

This morning starts with another delicious breakfast at our hotel, then it’s off to the mountains again. Our hike today starts out following a broad valley floor. This out and back hike, although mostly in the forest, will give you a great taste of Paradise Valley. Our destination? Lake Annette!!! This lake is nestled at the foot of Mount Temple, the highest mountain in the Lake Louise area. After enjoying a picnic lunch near the lake shore you’ll have the option of heading back to the trailhead, or if you’re feeling energetic, you can continue less than a mile past the lake to a stunning viewpoint. Here we’ll emerge from the trees for views of the entire, splendid valley!

Our hike will take us back to the trailhead and subsequently back to Banff, where you will have free time to freshen up before dinner. For our final night we have a very special treat in store!  After days of hiking, give your legs a break and take the easy way to the top of a mountain in a gondola!  The 10-minute ride ascends to 7,500 feet and brings you to the most elevated dining experience in Banff, the Sky Bistro.  Here, we’ll enjoy a three-course meal crafted from fresh, local ingredients, and enjoy our final evening together, looking down on the mountains we’ve been exploring. What a week it has been!

Important Note: The Sky Bistro is occasionally closed for private events; in this case we will go to the Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen after our gondola ride.

Snow-capped rocky mountains


This morning after breakfast, we will deliver you back to Calgary International Airport for your flight back home. Please schedule your departure flights for any time after noon. We hope you have had a great time and thanks for choosing Wildland!

Itinerary Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Dates & Booking


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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour (double accommodations or single supplement).
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast the final morning
  • Professional, certified Wildland Canadian Rockies hiking and tour guides
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!


  • Transportation to Calgary
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Gratuity for guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. Canadian Dollar recommended or USD is acceptable.)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.


This Canadian Rockies hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. For the most part we’ll be enjoying in-town meals for dinner and some breakfasts and carefully-selected restaurants and lodges, and lunches are prepared on the trail by your guides.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.


We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.


When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics


Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!


We will meet you at Calgary International Airport on Day 1 and transport you to the first night’s hotel (included), where we’ll conduct an orientation meeting the first evening (your flight needs to arrive before 2PM). (We can also pick you up in downtown Calgary for an additional $20 transportation fee.) Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.


Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


This trip is led by expert, local Wildland guides. Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.


The weather in the Canadian Rockies is typical of high mountain climates with sunny weather, summer thunderstorms, and radical and abrupt temperature changes. We recommend being prepared for a range of conditions by packing layered, non-cotton clothing, and having high quality waterproof and breathable rain gear (jackets and pants). For a more comprehensive packing list, please refer to the detailed trip packet that you can download from this page and receive when you register.

Month Hi Low Precip
June 66° F 41° F 58.4 mm
July 71° F 45° F 51.1 mm
August 70° F 44° F 51.2 mm
September 60° F 38° F 37.7 mm





Surrounded by pine, spruce and fir forests along with mountain views, this modern hotel provides our guests with a very comfortable lodging experience in a location that puts us right in the action.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (5 reviews)
Tybe B.

High Expectations

2 years ago

My expectations were high based on prior experience. When my luggage was delayed, Shannon went above and beyond lending me a pair of hiking boots (fortunately my size!). Both Nathan and Shannon were very in tune with the group.

Anna J.


2 years ago

AWESOME in the true sense of the word... A real privilege to have the guides share their very special part of the planet with us. Four very different walks, each spectacular in their own way. I am recommending this trip to everyone I know! Really well organised- just put on your hiking shoes and go!

Naveena B.

Wonderful trip, thank you!

2 years ago

Wonderful trip, thank you!

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