Hiking Western Canada
Hiking Western Canada is a guided hiking trip through the best hiking areas of the Canadian Rockies and the Coastal Mountains.
The trip starts in Calgary, AB, goes on to Banff National Park, up North to the Lake Louise area, Jasper National Park and from there continues West to the wild Coastal Mountains of BC.
On this trip we'll go on amazing day hikes that will take us up to jaw-dropping views, through vast meadows full of flowers and along beautiful mountain ranges.
If you enjoy hiking and would like to get to know the Western Canadian wilderness, this trip is for you.
The trip is hiking oriented. On most day hikes will be doing 12 - 15 km hikes with 400 - 700 meters elevation gain.
Day 1 | June 14, 2023 | Calgary
Our meeting point for the start of our trip will be at the Calgary International Airport in the afternoon.
From there, we'll go to our hotel near by.
Day 2 | June 15, 2020 | Banff Natin
Today we will go to see the area around Mt Edith Cavell, one of the most beautiful mountains in the Canadian Rockies.
The hike will start with the first of our three view points - a glacial lake with floating ice bergs, which we will get pretty close to.
From there, we'll hike up the forest to meadows in full bloom to a second view point where we'll get greater perspective of the deep valley and the 3,300m high mountain.
Our hike will take us to a third view point up at the ridge with amazing scenery wrapping around us.
Day 3 | July 16, 2020 | Icefield Parkway
Highway 93, the Icefield Parkway, is one of the most famous roads in the world - for good reason. It connects Jasper and Lake Louise, and winds its way past glaciers, epic peaks, deep valleys and green-flushed mountains. Enjoy this spectacular road without worrying about driving: Just sit back, relax and let the mountains move you.
Today's goal is a hike along a ridge to overlook the immense Athabasca Glacier.
From there, we'll continue south to a hidden little magical canyon. This is a short and pretty hike in a narrow canyon, just above the waterfalls.
Our final destination today is Lake Louise.
Day 4 | July 17, 2020 | Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake is maybe the second most famous lake in the Canadian Rockies. Just after Lake Louise.
It's famous for it's amazing turquoise color and lovely mountains, surrounding it like a huge wall.
Instead of going to the crowded view point next to the lake, we'll go on a long yet inspiring hike, ascending eventually to an amazing view point.
This is a difficult but very rewarding day.
We'll spend another night at the Lake Louise Village area.
Day 5 | July 18, 2020 | Yoho National Park
Our last hiking area in the Canadian Rockies will be in the less crowded Yoho National Park.
A short drive on Highway 1 will take us into the wild and beautiful British Columbia and to the start of our hike. Our hike will take us through the forest and into the high alpine with some great vistas of high altitude mountains, glaciers and small alpine lakes.
This hike is truly stunning.
Another short drive will take us down the valley along the Kicking Horse river to Golden, where we'll spend the night.
Day 6 | July 19, 2020 | Glacier National Park
Do not confuse the Canadian Glacier National Park in BC with the American Glacier National Park in Montana.
This uncrowded park offers great hikes through beautiful meadows, vast valleys and big mountains.
our hike will take us up a colorful valley with some great scenery of big mountains and glaciers surrounding the valley.
From there, we'll continue our drive to Salmon Arm where we'll spend the night.
Day 7 | July 20, 2020 | The Okanagan Valley
The Okanagan Valley is a region in BC known for its dry and sunny climate, dry landscapes and long lakes.
Our hike today will be not too far from Kamloops, located in the Northern part of this region.
The hike's vistas will be different from what we encountered in the Canadian Rockies as we are now in a desert-like scenery.
Our hike will be shorter than most days since our final goal of the day will be Williams Lake, a short distance from the amazing Coastal Mountains: a huge, remote and wild mountain range.
Day 8 | July 21, 2020 | Hunlen Falls
The second and wilder half of the trip starts today. A three hour drive will get us to Nimpo Lake, the float plane capital of BC.
At Nimpo Lake, we'll board a small float plane that will take us to Hunlen falls and The Turner Lakes chain.
Hunlen Falls are the third highest falls in Canada. Our hike will take us to 2-3 viewing points. The first, just above the waterfall. This view point will give you a fantastic perspective of the shear 300m fall.
The second and third view points will take us further away from the waterfall where we will be able to gain appreciation of how massive it is from a distance.
In the afternoon, we'll take another float plane flight to Nuk Tessli where we'll spend the next few days.
Day 9 | July 22, 2020 | The Mammaries Loop
Nuk Tessli is a remote and wild hiking lodge in the heart of the Coastal Mountains. The only way to get here is with a float plane and this is one of the many reasons this place is so special.
Our hike today is the Mammaries Loop that will take us to the mountains North of Nuk Tessli.
After 1 - 1.5 hours hike through the forest we'll get above tree line and into a series of crazy beautiful meadows full of flowers and mushrooms.
We'll continue our climb to the top of the Mammaries, where we'll get a 360 degrees view of the Monarch Massif, Wilderness Mountain and more.
From there we'll go up the ridge to Bear point where we'll see the many lakes beneath us.
When we get back to the cabins, a warm outdoor hot tub and cold beer will be waiting for us.
Day 10 | July 23, 2020 | Iceberg lake / Jacobson Lake
Today is one of our most exciting days. A day extrusion to Jacobson Lake, a glaciated lake in the heart of the Coastal Mountains.
We'll start the day with a 20 min spectacular float plane flight over the biggest icefield (out of the arctic circle), The Monarch Icefield to Jacobson Lake.
At Jacobson Lake we'll go with two small boats to see the Jacobson glacier flows into the vivid blue lake. We will see the ice wall from up front and enjoy the beautiful cliffs around us.
Then, we'll dock and go on a short hike up to a great view point above two merging glaciers and the down to the glacier itself.
In the afternoon we'll fly back to Nuk Tessli and the warm hot tub.
Day 11 | July 24, 2020 | Canoeing day
Lets mix it up a bit. Nuk Tessli is on the shore of Whitton Lake that connects to Cohen Lake and then to Boundary Lake.
Today's experience will be to canoeing all three lake and enjoying the very beautiful and special scenery of this day.
We'll also have some hiking to do from one lake to another but there is no need to carry the canoes with us since there are canoes and paddles on each lake.
Day 12 | July 25, 2020 | North Pass Lake loop
Our last full hiking day will take us on the North Pass Lake loop.
The day starts with a short boat rode to the trailhead. A 1.5 hour hike will get us above tree line. Our hike will continue to North Pass lake, passing many small lakes along the way. Flowers and mushroom will be all around us.
We'll have a short snack, and continue up the meadow to the North Pass ridge where we'll sit down for lunch at one of the best places possible.
The hike back down will take us along a small creek and through meadows full of flowers.
Day 13 | July 26, 2020 | Back to civilization
Our trip's come to it's end.
After breakfast, we'll go on our last float plane flight of the trip, back to Nimpo Lake. From there, we'll drive for 15 minutes to the Anahim Lake Airport.
From there you'll be able to take the Pacific Coastal scheduled flight to Vancouver.
Dates, cost and administrations
Cost - will be available soon.
Small group - up to 8 guests.
The trip starts at our meeting point in Prince George on July 14, 2020.
The trip ends at the Anahim Lake Airport on July 26, 2020.
Sleeping in hotels or log cabins all days of the trip.
Two guests per room when sleeping in hotels.
2-4 guests per cabin when sleeping at Nuk Tessli. Each cabin has two floors. More info about Nuk Teslli's cabin here.
All breakfast and lunch along the trip.
Dinner only on the Nuk Tessli days - days 8 - 12.
A certified ACMG guide.
Three - five float plane flights (Weather allowing).
15 passenger van for transportation.
Cost does not include
Flights or other transportation to Prince George, BC.
The Pacific Coastal flight from Anahim Lake to Vancouver when on the last day of the trip (We'll be happy to assist you with booking that flight).
Tip to our guides etc.
Payment and cancellation policy
A 25% deposit is required to secure the reservation. $150 CAD of of this payment is non-refundable.
Full payment is due 60 days before the first day of the trip.
Cancellation less then 60 days before the first day of the trip will be forfeit.
Nuk Tessli Wilderness Experience is not responsible for any weather conditions affecting any flights schedules.