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Canadian Rockies

 

This summer we will travel to the Canadian Rockies to hike for three weeks during the month of July. The Canadian Rockies are considered the crown jewel hiking destination of North America. People come from all over the world to hike some of the greatest hiking trails on the planet...so...I hope you can join us for what we hope to be a hiking trip of a lifetime. Below you will find a general description and tentative hiking schedule. Very Important note: This hike will be limited to no more than 20 people with preference given to those who attended the initial information meeting and people I have traveled or hiked with before. This trip is for experienced hikers "only"....which includes hikers who have a resume of hiking at high altitudes, multiple days at a time, long distance, inclement weather conditions, and experience hiking in snow and ice. If you have not hiked with our group before or joined us on a previous week long hiking trips you will be asked to provide a brief  recent hiking history. Signing up for this trip is not a guarantee you will be able to go because the event organizer of this trip has and will use discretion on who can go and that decision will be based on hiking exprience and safety concerns for the group at large. Also, this trip is for adults only. This is not a family camping/hiking trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Description of the Trip

Here is a “general” description of the trip for everyone’s consideration. We will leave around the 4th of July. At this point the departure date posted is tentative and subject to change by a few days here or there. A finalized departure date will be posted at a later time once I assess the probability of the trip and the trip will last around three weeks. Our first stop will be in Banff which will take a couple of days to get to by car. Banff is located about an hour and a half from Calgary Alberta. Once we arrive in Banff we will hike and do a bit of sightseeing for five or six days. After our stay in Banff we will camp somewhere near Lake Louise/Yoho National Park area for a couple of days before heading to camp for another few days near Columbia Ice field. After hiking for a couple of days near the Columbia Icefield we will stay in the Jasper area for five or six days. While in the Jasper area we may spend a night camping in the Mount Robson area while we hike the “world famous” trail to Berg Lake/Mount Robson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canadian Rockies Itinerary

Here is a “tentative” itinerary of the potential hikes, campgrounds, and sightseeing opportunities of our trip.

BanffArea

Campgrounds

Tunnel Mountain Campground

Johnston Canyon Campground

Tentative Hiking Schedule

1.* Cory Pass-Mount Edith Loop hike: 8 mile hike

2. Johnson Canyon/Ink Pots: 8 miles

3.* Stanley Glacier: 5 Miles or more

4. Healy Pass/Egypt Lake: 15 Miles

5. Sunshine Village/Rock Isle Lake/Citadel Pass: 12 Miles

6. C-Level Cirque: 5 Miles

7.* Floe Lake and the “Rockwall”/Kootenay National Park: 13-16 Miles

8. Wonder Lake/Pass/Mt. Assiniboine: 16 Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sightseeing Opportunities

1. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

2. Cave and Basin National Historic Site

3. Banff Upper Hot Springs

4. Whyte Museum of the Rockies

5. Vermillion Lakes

6. Town of Banff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Louise/Yoho National Park

Campgrounds

Lake Louise Campground

Kicking Horse Campground/Yoho NP

Tentative Hiking Schedule

1. Plain of the Six Glaciers and Teahouse: 7 Miles

2. Larch Valley to Sentinel Pass: 7 Miles

3. Moraine Lake/Valley of the Ten Peaks to Wenkchemna Pass: 12 Miles

4. Lake O’Hara/ Lake Oesa/Opabin Plateau Loop Circuit: 10 Miles… This trip involves a four and a half mile bike ride to the trail head.

5. Emerald and Hamilton Lake and Falls: 7 Miles

6. Iceline Summit/Yoho Valley/Whaleback loop: 10-12 Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sightseeing Opportunities

1. Takakkaw Falls

2. Burgess Shale

3. Fairmont Chateau/Lake Louise

4. Samson Mall/Lake Louise

Takakkaw Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia Icefield

Campgrounds

Wilcox Creek

Columbia Icefield Campground

Tentative Hiking Schedule

1. Wilcox Pass: 5 Miles

2. Nigel Pass: 9 Miles

3. Columbia Icefield: 2 Miles

4. Helen Lake/Dolomite Pass: 10 Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasper National Park

Campgrounds

Whistler’s Campground

Tentative Hiking Schedule

1. Mount Edith Cavell/Meadows Loop: 5 Miles

2. Maligne Canyon: 5 Miles

3. Opal or Bald Hills: 5-6 Miles

4. Watchtower Basin/Shovel Pass: 12-16 Miles

5. Mount Robson/Berg Lake: 16-24 Miles…This hike includes an eight mile round trip mountain bike ride.

6. Tonquin Valley/Ramparts: 18-20 Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sightseeing Opportunities

1. Maligne Lake Boat Tours

2. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

3. Jasper Tramway

4. Miette Hot Springs

5. Downtown Jasper

6. Edith and Annette Lakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic  Requirements for the trip

1. Must have a spirit of adventure, exploration, and curiosity and be willing to be flexible and able to wing it at times…because…during a three week trip we will no doubt face unexpected challenges, like weather for example, which are out of our control and thus we will need to be able to adapt and accept potential changes and limitations.

2. Willingness to put the safety of the group ahead of one’s personal interests or ambition. While I don’t consider myself a micro-manager, “on this trip”, I do expect us all to stay together, for the most part, and be in communication at all times. The Canadian Rockies is a wilderness area which I suspect is unfamiliar to most of us and the home of “massive” glaciers, lingering summer snow fields and potentially dangerous Grizzly Bears.

3. One “must” be in a average to above average hiking shape. This is a hiking trip, first and foremost, and everyone needs to be able to keep up with the group or at least accept one’s limitations and be willing to turn back on their own or perhaps skip a hike here or there. The majority of the hikes should be accessible to most in good shape but there are a number of potential hikes in the 14 to 20 mile range which will be a challenge even for anyone in great shape.

4. You need a passport by the time of the trip.

5. Bear Spray and bell.

6. Rain gear…coats, gaiters, and yak traks…and…a tent that can stand up to potential rain off and on for a couple of days.

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers, and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking Club from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.  YOU are responcible for YOU.

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  • Myna S.

    What a BLAST!! This was by far THE BEST hike I have been on! Some many handicap accessible things to do!

    1 · August 4, 2014

    • Gina

      Hi Myna, I could sense (thru the photos) that this was truly a trip of a lifetime! Please know, that I was living vicariously thru all of you, and appreciate what you've accomplished.

      1 · August 4, 2014

  • Pam B.

    Did anyone fish? Beautiful lakes!

    July 21, 2014

    • Tony S.

      No Pam, but we have lots of pictures!

      1 · July 22, 2014

  • Pam B.

    Looks like a great trip. Beautiful!!

    July 13, 2014

  • XR A.

    Great pictures Bill !

    July 11, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Thanks Al...sorry you weren't able to join us....

      July 13, 2014

    • XR A.

      Me too Bill. It's hard getting around with a busted heel but I hope to be hiking soon..

      July 13, 2014

  • Gina

    I always enjoy your photos, Bill! Thanks so much for sharing them :-)

    July 12, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Gina...My pleasure. Wish you and Shawn were here to enjoy the incredible hikes with us...

      July 13, 2014

  • Tom A.

    I'm going to cancel meeting you in Jasper. I'm very envious when I see your photos. Just don't have the money to do this. I'll just keep it local. Hope the rain isn't too serious. Its in your WU forecast

    July 13, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Another thing Stephanie brought up to me is that credit cards outside the US usually have micro-chips. Ours only have magnetic strips. If you plan to use your debit/credit cards you should know all your pin numbers, especially credit cards since they are not needed in the US.

    1 · June 27, 2014

    • Pam B.

      I just got back from China- also notify the credit card co of your travel plans so they don't shut it off.

      1 · July 1, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Thanks Pam. I almost forgot, lots of details to think about!

      1 · July 1, 2014

  • Myna S.

    Just wondering if anyone has made a "close encounter contact" about what food we can bring in to Canada?

    June 30, 2014

  • Pam B.

    Have fun!! Looks like a great trip!!

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Has anyone purchased tickets for the music festival yet?

    June 13, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Myna and I are going to take our chances when we get there. We will have accessible and weather questions. We will be arriving Friday and are definitely interested if all works out.

      1 · June 28, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Me too!

      June 28, 2014

  • Tony S.

    If you were wondering what you are allowed to take into Canada, go to:
    http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/travellers/what-can-i-bring-into-canada-/eng/1389648337546/1389648516990

    Courtesy of Stephanie Foe.

    June 27, 2014

  • Tom A.

    What date do you foresee being in Jasper NP

    June 25, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Hi Tom, July 18th till the 27th for me and the main group. Scott and Kathleen will be there earlier.

      June 26, 2014

    • Jerry K.

      Tom, I will be there the same time as Tony

      June 26, 2014

  • Myna S.

    Sorry I missed the meeting on the 1st. Been under the weather. Although it has allowed me additional time to check restaurants. Just a heads up......most are needing a 2 week to 1 month reservation notice. Uh Oh! We might have to divide to conquer? Will be sending out list next week in case you want to look ahead. I AM SO EXCITED!!

    June 14, 2014

  • Myna S.

    Since the magic number has gone down, I am throwing my hat in the ring.

    May 30, 2014

  • Glenn G.

    I am thinking of flying to Calgary. Are any one of you planning to fly to Calgary and rent a car?

    May 27, 2014

  • Cheryl

    I also need to need cancel. Unfortunately I am still having issues with my neck. I know you will all have a WONDERFUL, SPECTACULAR time! I can't wait to hear all about it. I hope you have some sort of follow-up meeting so we can not only see pictures, but hear all about the trip too!

    May 26, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Get well soon Cheryl...Thanks for the well wishes and hope you can join us in the near future!

      May 26, 2014

  • XR A.

    I have to cancel my participation in the Canada adventure. Unfortunately I broke my heel so I won't be hiking for some three months.

    May 25, 2014

    • XR A.

      Thanks Cheryl. You take care of that neck.

      May 26, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Al and Cheryl, I am sorry to hear about your health and injury that will prevent you from joining us on this trip. I hope you both heal soon and hope to see you on a hike with us in the near future...Bill

      May 26, 2014

  • Kathleen

    I just booked 6K at Whistler in Jasper for July13-20! Let the fun begin!!

    2 · May 22, 2014

    • Leah C.

      This is going to be an amazing trip!

      May 24, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Hi all.....I have some Banff campsite information to share.

    Scott and I reserved site B51 in Tunnel I campsite from July 6th until July13th then we head to Jasper. There are a few sites left in this loop. Many sites are already booked so I suggest you get together and see if you can get sites in B loop too! The more the merrier! Each site has a limit of 6 persons and 2 tents only.

    Tunnel I is the only 'tent campsite' that is reservable; all others are "RV parking lots" and/or non-reservable.

    You can cancel or make changes up to 3 days of arrival for a small fee, I think $11.

    Hope this helps!

    In Jasper, we will be reserving at Whistler's. I'll let you know where shortly.

    1 · May 21, 2014

    • Kathleen

      I should also mention there is a two car limit at each campsite.

      May 22, 2014

    • Leah C.

      Thanks, Kathleen, for doing the research!

      1 · May 24, 2014

  • Kerry

    Thanks for looking up this info, Tony. Good to know and be prepared for.

    1 · April 8, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Actually, if you have AT&T you can call 611. But be prepared to be on the phone awhile. Another fact, our billing cycle happens to start on the 3rd of every month. If yours is in the middle of the month you might need it 2 months! One month is minimum length for the temporary upgrade.

      April 8, 2014

  • Tony S.

    (cont.): Texting , $.35 each per message over 200.

    Info available at: http://www.att.com/att/global/affordable-world-packages/?calling

    April 8, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Cell phone research for Canada:
    AT&T, by the month, $30 for 80 minutes , $.50/min over; $30 for 120 MB data, $20/MB over; $30 for 200 messages, pictures fall under data usage.
    Therefore $90 minimum extra for the month.
    Still waiting for an email from AT&T giving details.

    April 8, 2014

  • XR A.

    Found this Canada Border Service website that could be useful. Apparently US citizens do not need a passport.
    http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5119-eng.html

    February 5, 2014

  • XR A.

    Should be a fantastic trip

    January 28, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Yes, it should be Al!

      January 28, 2014

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