Canadian Rockies Walking & Hiking Tour Banff & Yoho’s Soaring Peaks & Emerald Lakes

Mountain Goats, Canadian Rockies

Think back to the staggering sight of Plain of Six Glaciers. The thunder of Takakkaw Falls. Remember the meadows alive with wildflowers. The iridescent blue-green hues of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. In those brief seconds before you go back to real life, you’ll realize your Canadian Rockies experience never really ends.

Canadian Rockies Walking Tour Map

Start/End Banff

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

  • Hike scenic trails in three Canadian national parks with dramatic vistas, beautiful lakes and lush landscapes
  • Walk through evergreen forests and flowering meadows to sensational glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and towering peaks
  • Admire mountain reflections on Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, then hike to famous Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse
  • Look for mountain goats, pikas and marmots—perhaps come face-to-face with one of them!


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
DAYS 1-2

Travel from Banff to Kootenay, crossing a vast wildfire burn area where hardy pink fireweed and yellow columbine herald signs of new growth | Venture into a hanging valley for a view of stunning Stanley Glacier | A forest trail carpeted with buttercups and bunchberry takes you to milky blue Sherbrooke Lake, the largest backcountry glacial lake in Yoho National Park | Climb to Paget Lookout for sublime views of pristine glaciers and soaring peaks.

Cathedral Mountain Lodge
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
Yoho National Park

|Premiere Hotel

The “romantic accommodations are in charmingly rustic and comfortable log cabins tucked among trees along the glacier-fed Kicking Horse River,” reports Andrew Harper.


Walk through evergreen forests and blooming meadows to sensational views of the Daly Glacier and Yoho Valley | Standing in awe before Canada’s second-highest waterfall, it all makes sense—Takakkaw is Cree for “it is magnificent” | Walk along the shore of aptly named Emerald Lake.

Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park, Canada
Emerald Lake Lodge
Yoho National Park

|*Casual Hotel

A secluded turn-of-the-century lodge, built of hand-hewn timber and featuring simple cabins nestled in the woods above a spectacular tree-rimmed glacial lake.

DAYS 4-6

Ascend to one of Banff National Park’s most stunning alpine pastures, alive with wildflowers and wildlife | Soak up views of the glistening Crowfoot Glacier and beautiful Helen Lake | Come evening, relax at our elegant hotel | Admire the jewel-like colors of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake | Switchbacks lead to breathtaking Larch Valley and views of Wenkchemna Peak | Commune with mountain goats, pikas and Clark’s nutcrackers | Hike the classic route from world-renowned Lake Louise to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse.

Post Hotel, Lake Louise, Banff NP, Canada
Post Hotel & Spa
Lake Louise

|Premiere Hotel

This European-style mountain chalet, set on the Pipestone and Bow Rivers, is the epitome of old-world elegance. A Relais & Châteaux member. Travel + Leisure World’s Best. (pool, spa)


We want to make sure you’re on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.


This trip includes the historic Emerald Lake Lodge, where guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We’ve chosen this property because of its proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic setting. Please note that the guest rooms are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning. Also, while Cathedral Mountain Lodge and the Post Hotel & Spa are Premiere Hotels and offer outstanding service and amenities, please note they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region’s cooler mountain climate, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.


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