This is a very active program with daily hikes on mountain trails with varied terrain. Three levels of hiking options available. Mellow (3-4 miles; 150-850 ft elevation); Moderate: (5-6 miles; 1000-1700 ft elevation); Motivated: (7-9 miles; 1200-2400 ft elevation). In addition to the distances it is important to consider the amount of elevation gained and lost, the varied terrain, and starting elevation of hikes, ranging between 4,200-7,200 ft. Coach transfers to trailheads are 45 - 90 minutes.
Deluxe continental buffet-style breakfast with hot/cold options at Inn from 6:30 - 7:45 am.
During your scenic drive to the trailhead, your knowledgeable guides will present information about the history of Banff National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the harsh alpine environment of Sunshine Meadows and the influence of the pine beetle in mountain environments. Full day of interpretive hiking at Sunshine Meadows in Banff National Park. Learn about the ecology of the Sunshine Meadows area, one of the premiere hiking areas in the Rockies. The meadows are famous for the summer wildflowers, magnificent lakes, and monumental mountain peaks. All of our guides travel at what we call "guides pace" which is a easy-going but steady pace, with occasional breaks along the trail. The pace also reflects the relative speeds of the participants in the group, and won't go faster than the slowest person. We try to keep it at a pace where folks are able to have conversations while they're walking. That speed will vary from group to group, and from Moderate to Motivated.
Hearty home-made trail lunch from the Summit Café includes sandwich, fruit, dessert & drink.
Continuation of morning hiking options at Sunshine Meadows. Discuss the human impact on the park's delicate alpine environment. Learn what measures are being undertaken to balance human encroachment with park conservation.
Private buffet-style dinner at a local restaurant in Canmore; tea/coffee, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Free evening to explore the town of Canmore