Hiking in Banff and Jasper National Parks

Some of the best-known mountain scenery on earth is concentrated in seven national and provincial parks in the Rockies of western Canada.

Indeed, in much of the world, mention of Canada evokes images of snow-capped peaks, magnificent mountain scenery, clear lakes, waterfalls and wildlife. Visitors can watch bears feeding in their natural habitat, be accosted by friendly mountain goats, soak in thermal hot springs, explore by raft or canoe and go horseback riding surrounded by nature.

The interconnected national parks of Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay account for most of the preserve’s 22,990 square kilometres (8,876 square miles). Adjoining them are three British Columbia provincial parks — Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber.

BANFF became Canada’s first park preserve in 1885 and the birthplace of the national park system in Canada. It was created around the Cave and Basin Hot Springs, found by CPR workers building the transcontinental railway in the early 1880s. In the following half-century, the park was expanded to encompass a wealth of natural wonders: jagged peaks and conifer-clad slopes, silt-laden glacial streams and turquoise lakes and the vast Columbia Icefields. The charming towns of Banff and Lake Louise have all the comforts of the big city. Over 7,500 people call the park home, so you’re as likely to encounter the locals as you are the resident wildlife.

JASPER National Park is the stuff that postcards are made of. Picture yourself on vacation in a mountain getaway surrounded by towering peaks, untouched wilderness and turquoise lakes tucked into alpine valleys. The town of Jasper is an authentic mountain community where the locals welcome you as a long lost friend. Wildlife is abundant, even right in town. Where else will you find a herd of elk napping on the lawn?

Guided tours in the Rocky Mountain National Parks

Rocky Mountain Parks & Canoe Tour, F

Rocky Mountain Parks & Canoe Tour, F

This 2-week CAMPING tour is a genuine Canadian adventure in the awe inspiring landscapes of Banff and Jasper Rocky Mountain National Parks. Day hikes in this alpine paradise are followed by a glorious wilderness canoe trip down an untamed river.
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The Best of Banff, Yoho & Jasper, P7

The Best of Banff, Yoho & Jasper, P7

There is no better way to experience these breathtaking landscapes than by hiking our selection of the most fabulous mountain trails. Your guide knows the best trails, activities and special places for your 7-day CAMPING and hiking vacation.
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Rocky Mountains - Ocean Islands, H

Rocky Mountains - Ocean Islands, H

A 3-week CAMPING tour from the majestic Canadian Rockies to the ancient forests guarding the Pacific coast with great hikes, bear and whale watching, hot springs, a kayak trip with camping on a lonely island and much more.
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Calgary - Vancouver Active Tour, G

Calgary - Vancouver Active Tour, G

A two week CAMPING trip through the famous Rocky Mountain National Parks on the Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Wells Gray Park and varied landscapes of British Columbia. You experience all this not just from the window of a car, but hiking your guideļæ½s favourite trails.
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Hiking in the Canadian Rockies, Hotels, P9

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies, Hotels, P9

Nine days with several rewarding hikes in the Rocky Mountain National Parks of Banff, Yoho and Jasper, with accommodations in good HOTELS and cabins. You visit of course the famous sites but, more important, also some of the hidden gems in this mountain paradise.
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Rockies and Canoe - Hotel and Camping Mix, PK

Rockies and Canoe - Hotel and Camping Mix, PK

Two week outdoor vacation with a mix of HOTEL and CAMPING accommodations. The first week is all luxury and fabulous hikes in the famous Rocky Mountain Parks. Then you rough it on a 5-day fun and exhilarating canoe trip where you camp on islands in the river, cook on the open fire, far from civilization.
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Western Round Trip with Local Flavour, E

Western Round Trip with Local Flavour, E

A 16-day HOTEL tour with many fun and unusual outings and activities. You also visit great places and sights in British Columbia and Alberta: fjords of the Pacific coast, ranches and logging towns, majestic peaks and turquoise lakes of the Rocky Mountains.
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Rocky Mountain Pioneer Family Vacation, J

Rocky Mountain Pioneer Family Vacation, J

A 10-day outdoor adventure for parents and children in the Canadian Rockies with fun activities like biking and rafting, practising your CAMPING skills and time for individual excursions.
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Mountain River Canoe Adventure, K5

Mountain River Canoe Adventure, K5

5-day expertly guided and outfitted canoe tour in two-person canoes down the wide Athabasca River just east of Jasper National Park. There are no towns, no houses along the route, you pick your camping spots on islands in the river.
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What People are Saying
Excellent, we travelled and saw a lot in the week. Really nice experience and fantastic vacation living outdoors and spending a lot of time surrounded by nature. Anna (the guide) is an asset to your organization, extremely good at what she does. I can not fault her professionalism. Any group is lucky to have her as their guide.

Michael, 2016 Tour P7
Sam's entertaining & relaxed demeanor brought out the best in all of us. His knowledge of travel lore and history was interesting & educational. Started identifying wildflowers & he stayed involved using his knowledge & references to enhance the experience.

Joel T 2015, Tour B
Full of a variety of activities - hiking, kayaking, spas, town tours, optional extras - bear tours. The trip is well thought out, follows a good route and concludes with a great finish with the Vargas Island kayak camping stay (I loved this). Very grateful for an amazing holiday - no complaints, just good happy memories for me.

Lyndall G. 2016, Tours H & V7