Jasper National Park

Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walks Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Canada
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
PRW
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

13 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

Few places in the world offer such pristine and diverse walking 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 as you keep your eyes peeled for species such as bear, eagles, deer and moose. Nothing will inspire you more than an epic walking holiday deep into the Canadian Rockies.

At a Glance

  • 11 nights participatory camping, plus 1 night hotel
  • 9 walks of varying lengths and difficulty
  • Good fitness required
  • Altitude maximum 2689m, average 2200m

Trip Highlights

  • Hike through the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies on a series of named hiking trails
  • Enjoy a three night heli-hike experience within the Canadian wilderness area of Landslide Lake
  • Drive the breath-taking Icefields Parkway
  • Forested walks through alpine covered valleys and wildlife viewing opportunities 
  • Views of Saskatchewan Glacier and Moraine Lake 
  • Three nights in the Lake Louise area and three nights in Jasper National Park 
  • Walk to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park

Is This Trip for You?

This tour has been graded 4: Moderate / Challenging 

This walking tour has been designed for active adults and offers a well-paced 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 moderate/challenging 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 2200m 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 Canadian 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. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

Your tour guides will take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your tour, they will drive the van taking you from A to B and make sure everything runs smoothly. Your guides are there to make sure you get the most out of your tour; organising activities, providing information and answering any questions you may have as well as sorting out any queries or problems you may encounter. If you have any particular interests or things you would like to do on your tour, then please let your tour guides know at the beginning of the tour and they will do their best to help you.

Please note that Canadian Law regulates the total number of hours your tour guides are available to work. Our trips are designed to make the most of your time in Canada, but please understand that there will be certain times each day that your tour guides will need to be off duty from work. Due to these restrictions, particularly after the longer driving days, your tour guides may not be able to join you for some of the daily activities or may need to tend to other work duties.

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.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
12

Itinerary

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Land Only

Start City:
Calgary
End City:
Calgary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Calgary

    Welcome to Calgary, gateway to the Canadian Rockies, where you can take time before the tour begins to explore this cosmopolitan city with its skyscrapers and 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. Join your tour guide and fellow travellers for a welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby.

    Accommodation: Ramada Downtown Calgary (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Lake Louise; Lake Agnes Trail

    Today we go west in the heart of the Rockies, onto Lake Louise, our base for the next three nights. Upon arrival, take in the epic panorama of the Chateau Lake Louise and warm up those hiking boots with a walk on the Lake Agnes Trail beside the emerald-coloured lake for views of Victoria Glacier. 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 descent back down to our campsite near Lake Louise.

    Trail name: Lake Agnes Trail
    Maximum altitude: 2120 metres

    Lake Agnes Trail: 435m elevation gain/loss

    Walk Profile: approx. 14.6km / 5hrs walking

    Accommodation: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 14.6 km / 9.07 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    385
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 3

    Second day at Lake Louise; climb to 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 bears, 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 we are likely to see a few fellow hikers on the trail too.

    Trail name: Sentinel Pass
    Maximum altitude: 2611 metres

    Sentinel Pass Trail: 792m elevation gain/loss

    Walk Profile: approx. 16km / 5-6hrs walking

    Accommodation: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 16 km / 9.94 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    725
    Activity (hours):
    5-6
  • Day 4

    Yoho National Park; Iceline Trail

    Cross the Continental Divide north along the Kicking Horse River towards Yoho National Park. Yoho means 'wonder' in the Cree Indian language, and is home to some beautiful alpine scenery, which is best explored on foot. The 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. If you don’t fancy seeing the trail through the entire 21kms, you can hike a section of the trail and join an optional rafting excursion in the afternoon, on the glacier fed Kicking Horse River. 

    Optional activities:

    Whitewater rafting CA$120-$173

    Trail name: Iceline Trail
    Maximum altitude: 2073 metres

    Iceline Trail: 1053 elevation gain/loss

    Walk Profile: approx. 15km / 7hrs walking

    Accommodation: Lake Louise Campground (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9.32 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    695
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 5

    Jasper National Park; hike the Parker Ridge Trail

    Our journey continues over to Jasper National Park - keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as Black bears and Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep which are in abundance. On the way we stop to hike the Parker Ridge trail with the chance to see the Saskatchewan Glacier. The trail climbs quickly until it gets above the treeline. The trail does not actually reach the summit of Parker Ridge, but it comes within about 60 vertical meters of it and the views are simply incredible. Tonight, we set up camp underneath the watchful gaze of Jasper's rugged peaks, our home for the next three nights. On our way along Icefield's Parkway there is the opportunity for a hike on Athabasca Glacier (please let your guide know on day one if you’re interested as this activity is prone to selling out). 

    Optional Activities:

    Guided glacier walk CA$100 (CA$60 for under 17s)

    Trail name: Parker Ridge
    Maximum altitude: 2270 metres

    Parker ridge Trail: 269m elevation gain/loss

    Walk Profile: approx. 5.2km / 2-3hrs walking

    Accommodation: Whistler Campground (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 5.2 km / 3.23 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    275
    Activity (hours):
    2-3
  • Day 6

    Jasper National Park; Cavell Meadows

    Jasper is much quieter than some other national parks, making it easier to leave the crowds behind. We take the trail to Cavell Meadows at the foot of Angel Glacier for a true wilderness feel. After climbing up, we'll 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.

    Trail name: Cavell Meadows
    Maximum altitude: 2288 metres

    Cavell Meadows Trail: 500m elevation gain/loss

    Walk Profile: approx. 9km / 4hrs walking

    Accommodation: Whistler Campground (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5.5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    400
    Activity (hours):
    4
  • Day 7

    Jasper National Park; Sulphur Skyline Trail

    Today we hike the Sulphur Skyline trail which has some of the most breath-taking panoramas that Jasper has to offer. The five mile trek to the mountain peak overlooks a phenomenally rugged section of the Canadian Rockies. Of course, a great way to finish the day is with a soak in Miette Hot Springs to ease those aching muscles, which is why we’ve included this for you (don’t forget your swimwear). 

    Optional Activities: 

    Mountain biking CA$20 per hour

    SkyTram cable car CA$50

    Trail name: Sulphur Skyline Trail
    Maximum altitude: 2000 metres

    Sulphure Skyline Trail: 650m elevation gain/loss

    Walk Profile: approx. 8km / 4hrs walking

    Accommodation: Whistler Campground (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 8 km / 5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    615
    Activity (hours):
    4
  • Day 8

    Icefields Parkway to Landslide Lake

    We take a short helicopter flight today to the area of Landslide Lake where we'll be dropped in the alpine, far away from other hikers, for a wilderness trek like no other! We set up our camp here for the next three nights in an area of wilderness devoid of other travellers, facilities, picnic tables or the modernities of everyday life. It is important to be aware that you will not be staying in a campsite, this is the Canadian wilderness, and your guide will set up tents where it’s best; there is no pre-determined camping spot. You will not have access to showers or modern toilets during your three-night stay, and each day your guide will hoist food into the trees and away from bears. After arrival and having set up your camp, your guide will take you on a hike around the Landslide Lake area.

    Please note: We ask that customers take no more cargo than 20 pounds each (including carry-on) for these 3 nights and that it is packed in a soft small gym bag. If you wish to leave luggage behind, this can be stored inside the trailer, which is left parked at the helicopter company.

    Land slide lake: elevation gain/loss from 300 to 800m / day

    Accommodation: Wilderness Campground

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Days 9-10

    Landslide Lake

    We have many options for the next two days ranging from steady walks through alpine meadows to strenuous treks to surrounding ridges. The tour guides will suggest hiking choices such as the 'Lake of the Fall' hike or hike along an unnamed pass. All hikes offer a truly unforgettable experience in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies, but it is important to remember that there are no designated trails - you’re in the complete wilderness here where there aren't any 'official trails'. We will be walking on public land, but this area is ungoverned by a national park. Your guides will make decisions based on the capabilities of the group. They carry bear spray which will be on hand in the rare event that it is required.

    Land slide lake: elevation gain/loss from 300 to 800m / day

    Accommodation: Wilderness Campground

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 11

    Heli-flight; Banff National Park

    We depart the Landslide Lake area this morning on a spectacular helicopter flight out of the wilderness, to Cline River. Our journey continues by road towards Banff National Park. Banff is our base for the next two nights, giving us the opportunity to discover even more wonderful hiking trails. This afternoon we'll discover Minnewanka Lake, a large glacier lake of 5 kilometres, for an easy hike by the rocky shore. Alternatively you can simply relax by the water, 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.

    Lake Minnewanka Trail:  NA minimal elevation gain/loss

    Accommodation: Tunnel Mountain (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 12

    Banff National Park; Cory Pass

    Today's walk is a 14-km loop trail. This is a strenuous workout up 981m to the Cory Pass, behind Mt. Edith, past Mt. Louis and through the Edith Pass on the way back to the trailhead. From the Fireside Picnic area, we follow the trail 1km to the Cory pass junction, and then climb most of the 915m over the remaining 4.5 km, eventually reaching above the tree line. There are several points to take photos and catch your breath along the way. Once through the Cory pass you will follow a rough trail for about 3.5 km through scree fields and across avalanche paths until you rejoin the main hiking trail at Edith Pass. Descend along the drainage through the forest between Mt. Norquay and Mt. Edith until you loop past the Cory Pass junction again and then to the trailhead. This is a really good hike and a favourite of the local climbing community.

    Trail name: Cory Pass
    Maximum altitude: 2324 metres

    Cory Pass Trail: 1168m elevation gain/loss

    Walk Profile: approx. 14km / 6hrs walking

    Accommodation: Tunnel Mountain (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 14 km / 8.6 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    981
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 13

    Hike the Cascade Amphitheatre Trail and return to Calgary; tour ends

    Our tour is nearly coming to an end but there is time for one last chance to hit the trails! Today depends on the weather conditions, but we will more than likely hike the Cascade Amphitheatre trail. This hike begins at the Mt. Norquay ski area, crosses a bridge over Forty Mile Creek, then traverses through dense forest to the Cascade Amphitheatre. As you emerge into the amphitheatre, enclosed by limestone cliffs, there are usually wildflowers (in the early season). After this we'll return to Calgary where the tour ends 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.

    Name of Hike: Cascade Amphitheatre

    Walk Profile: approx. 13km / 5hrs walking

    Max Altitude: 2195 metres

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    871
    Activity (hours):
    5

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Camping

This camping tour uses national and state park campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds. These will not always be within the national park boundaries, but we select the best from what is available in each area. Most will have flush toilets and hot showers however some may charge an additional fee of $1-$3 for use of the showers. You sleep in high quality, tents which single travellers share with one other passenger of the same sex. Camping equipment also includes field kitchens, inflatable sleeping pads, food storage and 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.

The accommodation on our tours is based on twin-share, so if you’re travelling on your own, you’ll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space we offer a single supplement where you can have your own tent for an additional fee. Please note that this excludes campsites in Jasper National Park, Banff National Park and the Mclaren Lodge on any Canada and Alaska itineraries.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Accommodation - Pre trip

This tour begins and ends at a gateway hotel, conveniently located in the departure and arrival cities. We offer you the option to book additional hotel nights before or after your tour, however they should be booked prior to departure with our reservations team. See below for joining and end hotel details.

Please note some hotels may take a debit or credit card as a deposit at check in. They may also take an amount to cover incidentals. Funds can be held until check out at which time the amount actually incurred will be charged. Please clarify with the hotel when you check out that all deposits will be refunded as promptly as possible.

Single supplement from £195.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

11 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 8 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$12-$15, lunches from CAD$15-$20 and dinners from CAD$20-$35; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately CAD$15 per glass and beer CAD$7-$10 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.

Transportation

You’ll travel in a private 15-Seater Ford vehicle which is driven by your tour guide. All luggage, equipment and other necessities are stored in a specially designed trailer or storage area to maximise space and comfort in the vehicle. The smaller size of our vehicles allows us to reach more remote destinations not accessible to larger vehicles. All our vehicles are equipped with CD stereo systems (often iPod compatible) and air-conditioning.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

You will need to make your own way to the joining hotel for your tour. 

You are free to arrive at any time on day one of your tour but please ensure you leave plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. During this evening meeting you will meet your tour guides and fellow travellers and spend a few minutes filling out necessary paperwork, so please bring your insurance documents, passport and tour documentation to the meeting.

ARRIVAL COMPLICATIONS

Sometimes the unexpected can happen; your plane may be delayed, or you may even miss it! If you have missed your tour departure, first check with the hotel to see if your tour guide has left you a message. If not, call the relevant emergency number and speak to our staff who will be happy to help you catch up with the group. Please note that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred due to you missing your tour’s departure, so please be on time.

FINISHING POINT

CALGARY - Ramada Downtown Calgary

708 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H2

Your tour will end upon arrival at the above hotel, which will be around 17:00 hrs on the final day. Some tour activities scheduled for the last day may preclude an earlier arrival at the end point hotel, so you should not book a flight that leaves prior to 21:00 hrs. You will be responsible for any transportation costs if you have to arrive for an earlier flight and you must make us aware of this well in advance of your tour departing. If you require accommodation for the last night, it is essential that you book this before your tour departs.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Calgary
Location end:
Calgary

What to Take

Essential Equipment

It is advised that you take a practical selection of clothes for both warm and cool climates to suit the season. Please see the temperature guide showing the highs and lows that can be expected in key locations that your tour visits. However please remember that this is just a guide, and you may encounter a wide variety of temperatures en route due to altitude and unforeseen weather conditions - so it’s best to be prepared!

Besides your essential clothing, here’s a checklist of other items you should take:
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• Warm sweater / fleece
• Sleeping bag (three to four season recommended)
• Casual ‘evening out’ clothes
• Sleeping bag liner
• Pillow (can be purchased locally on day one)
• Hiking shoes / boots
• Thick hiking socks
• Blister packs
• Comfortable day shoes
• Sandals or flip-flops
• Warm hat / gloves
• Swim wear
• Sun hat / sunglasses
• Camera / binoculars
• Small flashlight / head torch
• Sunscreen / insect repellent (20% DEET)
• SD memory cards / Spare camera batteries
• Travel power adaptor
• Toiletries / personal medicine
• Towel
• Walking poles
• Small day pack
• Bear spray or bear bell (can be purchased locally as spray cannot be carried on planes)
• Water bottle x2

Please note airlines have various rules on what can be carried in your luggage - if in doubt check with your airline before travelling.

FOOTWEAR

We recommend walking shoes/boots, as comfortable shoes with good ankle support will make all walking more enjoyable. Please ensure you bring adequate walking socks, blister packs and plasters.

CLOTHES WASHING

You will have the opportunity to wash your clothes whilst you are on tour, and this can often be done at the campsite or in a local town. Ask your guide for local information.

BATTERY CHARGING

Many of our travellers bring mobile phones, music devices and cameras that require frequent battery charging during a tour. When camping it is often difficult to find a safe and secure wall outlet to recharge these devices, therefore we recommend that you bring a car charger. Every vehicle has two outlets for your use, but please bear in mind that twelve people travelling with multiple devices can mean very little charge time per person per day so it may be useful bringing extra batteries.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

One suitcase, soft holdall or rucksack (23kg maximum) per person, plus a sleeping bag. A small daypack and camera can also be carried in the van. Before you travel, please check the baggage allowance with the airline you’re flying with as this may be less than 23kg.

We are unable to offer luggage storage facilities however, some of our pre and post tour hotels will provide this service although there may be a charge. Please contact the hotels directly for further information.

SLEEPING BAGS

You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for this tour, we will provide you with a self-inflating mat to sleep on. If you are travelling on an early or late season tour or a winter tour, you might want to consider bringing a mountain climate (four season) sleeping bag as the weather can be much cooler. For Summer trips it is recommended to bring a 3-season sleeping bag in case of inclement weather. We do not provide pillows on this tour; you may wish to bring your own or pick one up in Calgary on day one.

Practical Information

Passport

Canada

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for the duration of the intended length of stay, if your passport has less than 6 months validity it may take longer to pass through immigration. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Ticks are known to be present in this region and can carry Lyme disease, Tick-Borne Encephalitis and other diseases. Please take care to protect yourself. You can read more about ticks here.

Vaccination

Canada

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Canada's Timezone:
America/Vancouver PST (GMT -08:00)

Electricity

Canada's Electricity:

120 Volts. Plug types A & B; establishments often take two flat parallel pin plugs and/or two flat parallel pins and a round grounding pin plug.

Money

Canada's Currency

The national currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2021) of approximately 1.73 to the GBP, 1.26 to the USD, 1.48 to the EUR, 0.92 to the AUD and 0.88 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATM’s and cash machines are readily available throughout Canada and major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country. All ATMs in Canada charge to withdraw money (from $1-$5). In some off-the-beaten-track destinations ATM’s and cash machines may be limited. Please ensure that your credit or debit cards have international access and a PIN number to access your funds at the start of the tour. It is recommended to advise your bank that you are travelling abroad so they do not block your card as fraud.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend you take at least CAD$30 dollars per day for any meals not included in the tour, drinks, snacks and other incidentals. You should also budget for tipping, as well as for the optional activities that you would like to do. We suggest you bring CAD$150 with you in cash to have with at the beginning of your trip.

Optional excursions are available during this tour:

Calgary:

Calgary Tower CAD$18.

Canada Olympic Park CAD$12+ depending on the number of activities (20 minutes by car or 1 hour using public transport).

Western saloon evening CAD$10.

Banff:

Aerial gondola/tramway CAD$62.

Sulphur Mountain hot springs CAD$8.

Yoho National Park: 

Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River CAD$100-$170

Jasper National Park:

Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$15-$75.

Miette hot springs in Jasper CAD$7.

Landslide Lake:

One day fishing permit CAD$30.

Seven-day fishing permit CAD$60 (plus CAD$8.50 wildlife identification number for both options).

Tipping

Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and expected in Canada to tip local guides, waiters, bar staff, taxi drivers and anyone who provides a service for you. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend on tips for their livelihood.

A 15-17% tip is standard in restaurants is expected and you should also expect to tip $1 per drink in bars, $1-2 per bag for porters as will 10% for taxi drivers. It’s also typical to tip around 10% for local guides who provide optional activities. Please note it can be embarrassing if you are not aware you need to tip and a local expecting a tip confronts you which is why we provide a guideline.

Your tour guides will work long and hard for you during your tour and we recommend a discretionary tip of CAD$5-10 per passenger per day if your guide’s performance meets or exceeds your expectations.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.