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Mount Assiniboine Hiking Tour - Camping Trips

 

Overview

Hotel description:

7 days | 6 nights

Walk among flower-speckled meadows and turquoise lakes. Hike up through golden larches and along the ridges above. Take in the views from a sun-baked summit! Reachable only by hiking 27 kilometres or by flying in by helicopter (we'll take the helicopter please!) the limited access guarantees semi-seclusion in Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park, famous for its meadows and easy hiking peaks lying below Canada's Matterhorn. This relaxed hiking tour is for those interested in experiencing days of walking in this beautiful sub-alpine region along with the simplicity of life that comes with camping in the meadows. There are not many areas where it is possible to do this and yet avoid carrying the heavier backpack usually required to visit such a place.

Age requirement: Children under the age of 15 are not permitted on the tour.

Location

Canmore, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Calgary (if flight and hotel option is chosen)
  • 6 nights of accommodation (3 nights at Canmore hotel and 3 nights in tent)
  • Round-trip scheduled transfers from Calgary airport to Canmore hotel
  • Round-trip helicopter ride to Mount Assiniboine
  • Banff Sightseeing Tour including Banff Gondola
  • Spacious 2-person tent, camping gear, comfortable sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils
  • 10 meals, as per itinerary
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Earn & Redeem Aeroplan® Miles

Itinerary


Day 1         Welcome to Canmore
Upon arrival at Calgary International Airport transfer to Canmore and your hotel for the next two nights.

Day 2        Explore Banff Sightseeing with Banff Gondola

Learn about culture, geology and wildlife while exploring the spectacular sights of the renowned mountain town of Banff. This sightseeing tour includes all the must-see spots and is highlighted with a visit to the Banff Gondola for a 360 degree view of six mountain ranges.

Day 3        Canmore - Mount Assiniboine
At 8.30 a.m., meet at the Canmore heliport. The tour guide will go over the trip details and check to see that you are properly outfitted before packing and getting ready for a 12.30pm flight.

20 kilometres and an 8 minute helicopter flight leaves you in a world away, in a land of lush meadows, turquoise lakes, snow covered glaciers and rocky peaks. Fly from Spray Lakes in Kananaskis Country, to British Columbia's Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, landing right beside the historic Lodge. Carry your gear to the campground, a level 1.5 km away. After settling in and taking a bit of a break, head out for the remainder of the day to explore a bit and get a feel for the area. Enjoy the view and peacefulness of Lake Magog with some tea from the Lodge.

Hiking time: 2 hours, 3-6 km
Meal(s): Lunch and dinner

Day 4        Og Pass and Windy Ridge
One of the great day hike in the Park is to reach Og pass and continue on Windy Ridge. As you gain altitude, the feeling of having the world under your feet grows. This trail will challenge your cardio, but have time to take it at the group's rhythm. And the effort is constantly being rewarded as every step brings in an even more wonderful scenery.

Hiking time: 5-6 hours, 17km
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5        Nub Peak
Have you ever wondered what spot the most famous shots of Mt Assiniboine were taken from? Let your amateur photo skills go free and capture this impressive 3,618m peak in all its glory from Nub Peak, the photographers' first choice for framing ‘the Matterhorn of the Rockies'. Trek along some of the pristine glacier-fed lakes of the area before heading back to camp.

Hiking time: 6 hours, 14 km
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6        Wonder Pass - Canmore
After an early morning breakfast, leave your gear at the Lodge and head towards Wonder Pass to get a view at Marvel Lake in the valley below. This makes a perfect final day walk and you will have time to breathe in nature before departure.

Tip: Guests often meet up in Canmore for a last dinner together in one of the restaurants (not included and at your leisure)

Hiking time: 3 hours, 8 km
Meal(s): Breakfast and lunch

Day 7        Return home

Transfer back to Calgary airport for your return flight home.

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Standard Room

Guests will stay in the following accommodations throughout the Guided Tour.
  • Canmore: Grande Rockie Resort (or similar)
  • Mount Assiniboine region: Spacious 2-person tent

Occupancy: Maximum 2 persons (children under the age of 15 are not permitted on the tour)

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates:
July 5, 17
August 9, 16

Not included in package
  • Sleeping bag (rental available for $30 total)
  • Personal equipment and light day pack
  • Optional service of tea & cakes at Mount Assiniboine Lodge at the end of each day
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Tour guide and driver gratuities
  • Personal expenses and insurance

Helicopter Baggage Limit
There is a strict weight limit of 25 lbs. Other gear must be stored at the hotel in Canmore for your return.

Shuttle Transfers
Schedule valid from May 1 - October 31, 2019.

Pickup times are subject to change. Please be ready for your transfer 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

Calgary Airport to Canmore Hotel
Daily departure times: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.

Canmore Hotel to Calgary Airport
Daily departure times: 8:25 a.m., 9:25 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 2:25 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 5:40 p.m., and 7:55 p.m.

Age requirement: Children under the age of 15 are not permitted on the tour.