Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus

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Dates: Jun-Aug - see all dates

Total Days: 8

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014

REI member: $2,199

Non-member: $2,499

2015

REI member: $2,399

Non-member: $2,799

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $350

Limited number of single rooms/tents available.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 21–28 Sold out
  • Jun 28 – Jul 5 Sold out
  • Jul 5–12 Sold out
  • Jul 12–19 Sold out
  • Jul 19–26 Sold out
  • Aug 2–9 Sold out
  • Aug 9–16
  • Aug 16–23
  • Aug 23–30

2015

  • Jun 20–27
  • Jun 27 – Jul 4
  • Jul 4–11
  • Jul 11–18
  • Jul 18–25
  • Jul 25 – Aug 1
  • Aug 1–8
  • Aug 8–15
  • Aug 15–22
  • Aug 22–29

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Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Canoeing

Accommodations:

Hotel, 2 nights; Camping, 5 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Hike in the amazing mountain scenery of the Canadian Rockies
  • Explore the famous destinations of Lake Louise, Banff, and Jasper
  • Raft Kicking Horse Canyon, canoe Emerald Lake, and hike to stunning glaciers
  • Follow expert guides and spend five nights at a beautiful basecamp

Nature has taken eons to shape the Canadian Rockies, and our active adventure explores the best of this dramatic setting. At the renowned nature destinations of Lake Louise, Banff, Yoho, and Jasper veteran guides map out the most exciting and scenic routes for hiking, whitewater rafting, and canoeing.

From our basecamp near Lake Louise, hiking trails take us into grand valleys, alongside turquoise lakes, and up onto ridgelines with amazing vistas of jagged peaks. Our pace quickens in Yoho with a heart-pounding whitewater raft trip through Kicking Horse Canyon. Then it's a hike onto the immense Columbia ice fields, the highlight of Jasper National Park. A final hike to the stunning panorama surrounding Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park wraps up this week of exploring some of the best mountain scenery in the world.

As our head guide says, "This is what I would show my friends if they had a week in the Rockies!" Join us for a memorable hiking vacation.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Calgary for an orientation to our hiking adventure.
  • Day 2 - Visit Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and hike to Bow Falls or to Sherbrooke Lake.
  • Day 3 - Hike to lovely Eiffel Lake surrounded by alpine meadows.
  • Day 4 - Hike to a teahouse above Lake Louise; raft the Kicking Horse River!
  • Day 5 - Head to Jasper; hike to Athabasca Glacier and Parker Ridge or Wilcox Pass.
  • Day 6 - Visit Takakkaw Falls, hike the Iceline Trail, and canoe on Emerald Lake.
  • Day 7 - In Kootenay National Park, hike a trail to Stanley Glacier.
  • Day 8 - Depart Calgary any time today, awed by nature!

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Calgary for an orientation to our hiking adventure.

    Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada by 4:00 p.m. and take a hotel complimentary shuttle from the airport to our lodging. We meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. for a group dinner and orientation with your guide and fellow travelers. Dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Visit Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and hike to Bow Falls or to Sherbrooke Lake.

    We drive to the heart of Canada's hiking capital and set up our camp for the next five nights at the Lake Louise (5,052') campground. Then we head north along the scenic Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic mountain roads, to the legendary Num-Ti-Jah Lodge built by mountain man Jimmy Simpson in the heart of the Rockies. After a visit to the historic lodge, we may hike to Bow Glacier Falls, a lovely hike along the shores of sparkling Bow Lake to the impressive 500' falls or to Sherbrooke Lake with views across Kicking Horse Canyon to Cathedral Crags. Upon our return to camp, everyone pitches in the assist the guides in preparing a delicious campfire dinner. All meals included.

    Hiking: 4-5 miles; Elevation gain: 300-500'.

  • Day 3 - Hike to lovely Eiffel Lake surrounded by alpine meadows.

    At turquoise Moraine Lake, we take in the famed view of the Valley of Ten Peaks (each peak over 10,000'). From here, we hike through Larch Valley, its meadowlands filled with dense stands of alpine larch and panoramic views over the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Continuing on to lovely Eiffel Lake, the towering Rocky Mountains surround us. Alternately, we may hike the Helen Lake Trail through some of the most beautiful alpine meadows in all of Banff Park. All meals included.

    Hiking: 7-11 miles; Elevation gain: 1,300-1,800'.

  • Day 4 - Hike to a teahouse above Lake Louise; raft the Kicking Horse River!

    After a hearty breakfast, we spend the morning hiking or wildlife watching depending on the inclination of the group. A favorite option is a hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House above Lake Louise; the trail begins in an old-growth forest of spruce and fir before leading to an open view of the magical blue of glacier-fed Lake Louise and the surrounding peaks. Once at the tea house we enjoy the vistas with the option to refuel on over 100 varieties of loose leaf tea and freshly baked goods. In the afternoon a bus ride takes us through Yoho National Park into British Columbia for rock-and-roll rafting on the Kicking Horse River. This exhilarating trip allows us to raft the best section of the frolicking class III-IV whitewater rapids. We return to camp for dinner. All meals included.

    Hiking: Options to 7 miles; Elevation gain: to 1,300'; Terrain: Moderate. Rafting: 3 hours.

  • Day 5 - Head to Jasper; hike to Athabasca Glacier and Parker Ridge or Wilcox Pass.

    We hike in Jasper National Park today. The first stop is to view Peyto Lake from a platform hanging on a cliff high above. Depending upon the time of year, the hue of the lake runs from dark blue to opaque turquoise to gorgeous jade green. The road then takes us onto the Columbia Icefield, the geo-hydrographic center of North America. Meltwaters from the Icefield and its glacial tongues feed 3 different oceans. We walk up to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. Everything you've ever wanted to know about glaciers – this is the place to learn! Then we continue hiking up to either Parker Ridge for a spectacular view of the Saskatchewan Glacier from above or, for a true wilderness experience, a hike up to Wilcox Pass. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on your own in the Lake Louise area.

    Hiking: Parker Ridge 5 miles; Elevation gain: 1000'; Wilcox Pass 5 miles; Elevation gain: 1,200'.

  • Day 6 - Visit Takakkaw Falls, hike the Iceline Trail, and canoe on Emerald Lake.

    We cross the Continental Divide at Kicking Horse Pass into Yoho Park and take a short hike to Takakkaw Falls (1,000'), the highest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies. From here we continue along the gorgeous Iceline Trail toward Emerald Glacier. This trail is amazing each step of the way. We may hike over Yoho Pass to Emerald Lake. Typically there's time after our hike to enjoy relaxing on the shores or paddling a canoe on Emerald Lake, a true Rocky Mountain gem surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Presidents Range and Burgess Shale. An alternate hike is through Paradise Valley. All meals included.

    Hiking: 7-12 miles; Elevation gain: 1,300-2,000'; Canoeing is flat water and easy

  • Day 7 - In Kootenay National Park, hike a trail to Stanley Glacier.

    After breaking camp we head south into Kootenay National Park for a hike to Stanley Glacier. The trail encompasses a myriad of nature's work: remnants of a forest fire, a hanging valley, and a prominent landscape of peaks including Stanley Peak (10,348'), Storm Mountain (10,371'), Mt. Whymper (9,334') and Boom Mountain (9,055'). At the end of the maintained trail we are rewarded with an overlook of the spectacular bowl with caves in the sheer cliffs of Stanley Peak and the hanging Stanley Glacier in the distance. These stunning views are a worthy finish to a great week of hiking! We will stop briefly in Banff before continuing to Calgary to check in to our hotel and say our farewells. Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own.

    Hiking: 5 miles; Elevation gain/loss 1,200'; Terrain: easy to moderate.

  • Day 8 - Depart Calgary any time today, awed by nature!

    Flights from Calgary can be booked for any time today. A complimentary hotel shuttle bus will take you to the Calgary airport. Breakfast at the hotel included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions. Your guides have extensive knowledge of the Rockies and will choose alternate trails or activities as conditions dictate.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate the trip.

Price Includes

Double-occupancy accommodations; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; all camping equipment except sleeping bags; all vehicle transfers as noted in the daily itinerary; guide leadership; park entrance fees.

Not Included

Air transportation to/from Calgary; 2 dinners; sleeping bag; optional guide gratuities; insurance of any kind; passport fees or immunizations; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages or laundry fees.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Novice campers are welcome. Trip members need to be in good physical condition. You should feel comfortable hiking up to 12 miles with an elevation gains and losses of up to 2,000' over uneven dirt and rocky trails. Rafting and canoeing are suitable for beginners. Rafting is on a glacier-fed river, on class II-IV whitewater. All rafting gear is supplied. Your guides will always take the lead while in camp, however all trip members are expected to pitch-in and help with camp chores such as cooking, dishes clean-up, setting up tents and breaking down camp when departing.

Weather

Alberta has a temperate climate. It is generally dry and sunny but often cooler at night in the mountains. The average summer temperatures are in the 70s during the day, and nights cool off typically to the 50s but possibly as low as the 30s (especially in June and late August). You should be prepared for all types of conditions, including hot and sunny days or cool to cold, rainy weather. Brief thundershowers in the afternoon are not uncommon; good raingear is essential to your comfort.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Weather

Alberta has a temperate climate. It is generally dry and sunny but often cooler at night in the mountains. Big mountains create their own weather, and brief thundershowers in the afternoon are not uncommon. The average summer temperatures are in the 70s during the day, and nights cool off typically to the 50s but possibly as low as the 30s. You should be prepared for all types of conditions, including hot and sunny days or cool to cold, rainy weather.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Water filter (while hiking)
  • Wetsuit and booties (rafting day)
  • REI self-inflating mattresses
  • Trip leader first-aid kit
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag. Sturdy medium or large sized, able to hold sleeping bag and clothing
  • Daypack raincover
  • Daypack, 2000-2500 cu. in. to carry your camera, water bottles, lunch, rain gear
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Camping Gear
  • Sleeping bag rated to 20° F (or 0° F if you are a cold sleeper). A lightweight, compressible bag of down or synthetic material is best
City Clothing
  • A few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and to wear in towns
  • Comfortable shoes
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts, synthetic
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks and liner socks
  • Swimsuit (rafting day)
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket, lightweight, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
  • Warm insulating jacket or down vest
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Wool or fleece gloves, lightweight
Footwear
  • Sturdy hiking boots, water-resistant, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread
  • Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals
Travel Accessories
  • Two one-quart water bottle(s) or hydration system
  • Flashlight or headlamp, and spare batteries/bulb
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Towel (showering)
  • Personal first-aid kit, small
  • Insect repellent
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet clothes
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory, spare battery, charger
  • Small binoculars
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Games and toys, Frisbee, cards, etc.
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Paddling gloves
  • Travel pillow
  • Hiking staff or trekking poles
  • Favorite energy snacks and drinks (especially if you have special dietary requirements)

Things to Consider

  • Pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing (including hiking boots), and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Your clothing and gear will be stored in your tent so it is best to pack into a frameless duffel bag. Use different sizes/colors of stuff sacks to differentiate contents.
  • Wind chill can be a significant factor on this trip. Daytime air temperatures are not very cold, but when combined with the stress that altitude puts on your body, you can be robbed of body heat quickly. Wind and rain gear are both very important. A warm insulating jacket or down vest is important to bring in addition to other layers as night will be chilly in the mountains.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in and bring moleskin, Second Skin® or Blister Block® for foot treatment. Thin liner socks made of silk or synthetic fibers worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Plenty of trail snacks are provided each day but you are welcome to bring your favorite snacks or drink mixes.
  • A good quick-drying travel towel option is the REI MultiTowel or similar. See www.rei.com for details.

 

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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4.8

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  • Food (38)
  • Group camaraderie (36)
  • Well organized itinerary (33)
  • Activity level (32)

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Go hike the Canadian Rockies!

    By DBTaylor

    from Virginia

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    • Activity Level
    • Exceeded Expectations
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    • Guides
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience

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        Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

        Take advantage of the opportunity to learn everything you can about the area from Chris and Jeannie. I've visited a lot of places and taken a lot of vacations, but I'll remember this trip to the Canadian Rockies for years, and years, and years to come. I loved every minute of it!

        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
        • Why did you choose this trip?:
        • I love to visit beautiful places and experience new things, and who couldn't use a little adventure in life? My sis said she was going to take the trip...and I figured...hey, you only live once so let's go.
        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
        • Seeing the beauty of the area and all of its hiking treasures. The guides taught us so much about each and every area we visited, and I enjoyed learning from them. Chris and Jeannie really went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our group experienced some of the best and most beautiful places in the area. I also enjoyed the group camaraderie. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging.
        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
        • Plan for cool weather and rain. Follow the recommended gear list....and don't forget your tuque!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outstanding trip, I would do it again.

        By Merritt

        from Nashville, TN

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        • Food
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        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Quality Equipment Provided
        • Well Organized Itinerary

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            Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

            I traveled during the last week of June (this was the first Canadian Rockies trip of the 2013 season). There were 9 other travelers on this trip with me. Below is my reivew of the trip.

            1. I highly recommend this trip. It was well worth the money and it was one of the best trips I have taken. I really enjoyed that everything was planned for me, I didn't have to worry about which hikes to do, how to get to the trailheads, researching the trail conditions, what to eat, etc. In sum, I would absolutely do this trip again.
            2. The Guides: The guides (Chris and Jeannie) are outstanding. I cannot say this enough. They are expert guides and they work very hard to this trip a truly great experience for everyone on the trip. They are super knowledgable about the Canadian Rockies; the flora and fauna, the history of the 4 National Parks, and the multitude of hiking trails, and how to tailor the hikes to the skill of the group members. Additionally, they work tirelessly to be sure everyone is enjoying themselves and is comfortable. They absolutely know what they are doing and it shows by how well they run this trip and how well organized they are. On a scale of 1-10, they make this trip an 11 out of a 10.
            3. Hiking: the trails are outstanding. We hiked approximately 45 miles in 6 days. The base camp is at about 5000 feet and most of the hikes are between 5500 and 7500 feet. I would say the hikes are rigorous but not overwhelmingly strenuous. This is an active trip, that is, you should be prepared to hike pretty much all day each day for 6 days in a row. Having said that, I think the trip activity level is accurately rated a 3 out of 5 by REI. I really appreciate that each of the hikes we did was unique and different. This allowed us to experience different aspects of the Rockies.
            4. White Water Rafting: This was a really exciting rafting trip. We rafted the Kicking Horse River. The company we rafted with is Wild Water Adventures, Inc. The rafting was a halfday trip on class 4 rapids. The rafting company provides wetsuits to wear. While rafting, we saw rocky mountain goats and a black bear - I really loved being able to see the Rockies from a another perspective.
            5. Accommodations. You will be camping at a camp ground in the Lake Louise area maintained by the National Parks of Canada. It is a very nice campground and very centrally located to each of the hikes you will be doing. It is very wooded (which is a very nice plus) and super clean. There are several bathrooms located throughout the campground (each with sinks and flush toilets) and there is a larger bathroom with showers. Each of the bathrooms has at least 1 electrical outlet - but they are frequently in use as many folks have some device they want to charge. The tents and sleeping pads which are provided by REI are comfortable. The tents are 2 person tents and the sleeping pads were maybe 2 inches thick once inflated.
            6. Food: the food prepared/provided by the guides was absolutely amazing. I have never eaten this well this while camping. Chris and Jeannie prepared breakfast and dinner, and we each made our own lunches. It was really great to come back to camp after a day of hiking and be served an incredibly delicious and complete meal. Some of the meals we had for breakfast were: blueberry pancakes (w/ fresh blueberries), scrambled eggs and hash browns, bacon, hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, coffee/tea. And some of the dinner meals were: chicken/bean fajitas with guacamole and salsa, grilled salmon on cedar planks with new potatoes and broccoli, vegetarian chili, grilled sausages and veggies burgers. Fresh salads and fruit were also served with each dinner. For lunch, the guides provided the following for us to make our own lunches: a variety of sliced sandwich meats/cheeses, hummus, sliced veggies, peanut butter, almond butter, various breads and wraps, energy/granola bars, fruit, and trail mix. Note: there was no shortage of food - everyone had plenty to eat. Also, the guides will go out of their way to be sure to meet dietary restrictions of each of the travelers.

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • I wanted to hike in the Canadian Rockies and being able to do this with guides who are experts on the area was a huge plus.
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • It is hard to identify one highlight, there are so many things that were highlights on this trip: expert guides, outstanding hiking trails, incredible scenery, delicious food, thrilling whitewater rafting. The Canadian Rockies are super majestic place - I feel that I was able to experience the Rockies in a very up close and personal way thanks to REI Adventures and the trip guides.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • Use the gear/packing guide that REI provides, it contains all the items you will need for this trip. I would recommend bringing a warm sleeping bag, it can get cold at night. I was on this trip during the last week of June and in the evenings I think the temperature dropped to the low 40's. If you forget something or need an extra layer, there is an outdoor clothing/gear shop in Lake Louise.
             
            5.0

            Highly recommend this trip

            By JohnnyAC

            from Kansas

            About Me Casual Adventurer

            Pros

            • Accommodations
            • Exceeded Expectations
            • Food
            • Group Camaraderie
            • Guides
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
            • Quality Equipment Provided

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                Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

                This part of Canada is breathtaking and surreal. Traveling with the knowledgeable and friendly guides are an ideal method of traveling this territory with minimal responsibilities because they take care of all of the day-to-day tasks involved with camping. I highly recommend anyone with an interest in physical engagement with a gorgeous environment to sign up for this trip.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • Sought someone with expertise regarding the Canadian Rockies, a destination we had never been to. Also, REI is a trustworthy and high quality company from my experience.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • The white water rafting expedition was likely the most memorable but every day's adventures were extremely memorable and worthwhile.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Be prepared to do a fair amount, but not overwhelming, amount of activity.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fun Fun Fun in Canada, hey!

                By Hensiano

                from Tacoma, WA.

                About Me Active, Avid Adventurer, Laid Back

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                Pros

                • Accommodations
                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Food
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Nature Is Awesome
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                • Well Organized Itinerary

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

                    This trip was So awesome. Planned very nicely and executed just so. Each hike was amazing! SO Beautiful. I was so amazed at what we got to hike through. How can I chose my favorite hike? I can't. Each hike was so vastly different and gave me different things. The lakes are Crazy odd blue. So beautiful.
                    The group was so great. I loved spending time with each and everyone of my hiking buddies. What was nice about this trip was that everyone took on the hike at a different pace but we were all still together. If you wanted to track on you'd be in the front taking on the trail. But if you wanted to take a little more slower pace to enjoy the hike more or just to take it slow you could do that. I loved that I got to do both and it posed no problem.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • My summer was coming to an end and I needed to do one more fun thing before my vacation was over. This was a great way to spend time exploring nature in Canada. I knew the people I'd be around were going to make the trip. The itinerary dressed the trip up very beautifully and the trip and experience held up to that completely.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • So many positives on this trip. The group dynamic definitely made the trip even more than it was. Both our guides Chris and Jeannie are an awesome team. Both gave something fun and different to the group and experience. And, how can you not love to be surrounded by nature and its wonders and not be in awe. Every hike every single day was so beautiful. My mind was blown each day. So great!!
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • During the entire trip, stay positive and open minded for the group. Follow the list of things to bring in the itinerary. If you are givin the opportunity to hike to the Tea House, Do it! Amazing!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Life changing experience

                    By Greg Doubek

                    from Severna Park, MD

                    About Me Renewingadventurespirit

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                    Pros

                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

                        The weather cooperated, and we felt lucky. Some cool/cold nights and mornings, so be prepared. Canoeing on Lake Moraine and whitewater rafting were great breaks from hiking. Make time to enjoy the Ranger programs at the campsite - fun and informative. Don't just dunk your feet in Bow Lake after a long hike - plunge right in!

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I chose the trip due to a window of opportunity that opened before me. I looked at many travel companies and many trips offered in this time frame, and this itinerary just could not be beat.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • The guides were excellent - they live and breathe this trip - they maximized our enjoyment every day. The perfect balance of adventure, down time, physical challenge, and group fun. I learned so much from their outlook and approach to life. Thanks again Chris and Jeannie!
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Book this trip! Great guides, hearty tasty food, upbeat fellow adventurers, and especially the hikes to magical mountain lakes and jagged peaks made this a fantastic experience. Several of our group who were usually at the front of the pack slowed down considerably on the last hike - we didn't want this adventure to end! I was completely satisfied, but will try a "4" next!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Canadian Rockies Hiking is a Must Do!

                        By John

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Pros

                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Quality Equipment Provided
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

                            This is a "must do" trip for any adventure-minded person. The scenery, wildlife spottings, hiking, and especially the guides (Jeannie & Chris) are all first class!

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • Seeing a 700 pound brown grizzly about 100 yards from the trail.
                             
                            5.0

                            Best Trip Ever!

                            By Larry Lanham

                            from Columbus, Ohio

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Spectacular Scenery
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

                                I trained too much for this trip, but coming from sea level, I think it's better to err on the side of caution. I could have hiked greater distances, but the activity level was as described and now I look forward to trying more trips in the Class 4 and 5 range. The variety on this trip was also excellent. The white-water rafting was superb.

                                The group was an ecclective mix of personalities. I enjoyed meeting everyone and they made the trip more interesting.

                                Chris and Jeannie are great guides and hosts. They are not just familiar with the area, but also the local plant and wildlife, as well as the geologic features of the glaciers and mountains. Don't be afraid to ask questions if curious, it's worthwhile.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • The itinerary sounded interesting, the price point was reasonable, and the more research I did on the Canadian Rockies, the more I was convinced that it is a place I wanted to visit.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • The scenery. The air was crisp and refreshing. The location exceeded my expectations, which already were high. The pictures, though beautiful, still can't capture it all.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Avoid overpacking, and be prepared for cooler temperatures in the evening/night, particularly early and late in the summer. It's also cooler at higher elevations. Also don't forget to buy rain gear. Have no fear, however, the rain comes and goes, and even when it was coming down, the hikes were still excellent.

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Awesome Experience

                                By Dprzystasz

                                from Bridgewater, NJ

                                About Me Avid Adventurer

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

                                    I really enjoyed the food on this camping trip, Chris and Jeanine really know how to make good camping food. I also enjoyed the vast knowledge that our guides had about the environment and the wildlife in the area. The group of people I met were great and we all meshed really well. I would recommend this trip to any active person wanting to see the Canadian Rockies. I can say I will always remember this trip, what a great experience.

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I picked this trip because of all the good reviews it got from prior participants and I have always wanted to see and explore the Canadian Rockies.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • The highlight of this trip were our guides Chris and Jeanine, they made this trip by having great knowledge of the area and picking the best scenery to show us. We went on the most amazing hikes, saw many animals, ate great food, and had a great time with the other members of the trip, just had a once in a lifetime experience.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • One of the best trips you could go on.

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Spectacular Trip

                                    By Brendatex2

                                    from Houston, Tx

                                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accommodations
                                    • Activity Level
                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

                                        Spectacular trip! If you like beautiful scenery and the great outdoors, there is no way you will be disappointed with the REI Canadian Rockies adventure. Chris and Jeannie are excellent guides. Both are very knowledgeable and have 60 trips under their belt. The camp site and equipment was excellent and the food was filling, well prepared, and tasty.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • I was awestruck by crystal blue lake waters and would even considering repeating this trip.
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • We hiked about 40 miles. Be in shape and do some hill training if possible.
                                         
                                        5.0

                                        An amazing trip that I will never forget

                                        By alexnew

                                        from London

                                        About Me First-Time Adventurer

                                        Pros

                                        • Food
                                        • Guides
                                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about REI Adventures Canadian Rockies Hiking Plus:

                                            A very well organised trip - guides were great and the activites were brilliant.
                                            Thank you!

                                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Good Value, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts

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