Trip Overview

Experience a week of active outdoor sports in the Canadian Rockies, hiking, horseback riding, biking, and rafting in the wilds of Alberta, Canada, in Summer 2020. Discover Canada’s rivers and roadways, glaciers and caves, ending each exhilarating day sharing good food and laughter with AdventureWomen friends.

Canada’s Kananaskis Country, lying just west of Calgary, Alberta, is raw wilderness where bald eagles, lynx, black and brown bears, moose, and bighorn sheep are common neighbors, while the pure mountain air and stunning views create a feast for the senses! It’s the perfect environment for women like you who prefer a summer that’s active, outdoors, and maybe even challenges your comfort zone.

Over a delicious welcome dinner in Kananaskis Village, meet and get to know your fellow travelers and begin imagining the week ahead. Choose from two options for your first two days. On day one, ride on horseback through alpine fields for a feeling of freedom among overwhelming beauty. Biking is another, more tranquil option that allows you to absorb every stunning view and maybe spy some local wildlife. Bikers and horseback riders then regroup for a beautiful waterfall hike together at the close of the day.

The next day’s options are biking or spelunking, and both are amazing! Cyclists will ride a 15-mile route for views of magnificent peaks and sapphire lakes. Spelunkers will learn to abseil down into the Rat’s Nest Caves! While there, explore The Grotto, known for its crystal clear pool and incredible stalactites and stalagmites. (Remember “T” for top: stalactites form from the ceiling and “G” for ground as stalagmites form from the ground!)

Drive along the spectacular Columbia Icefields Parkway, 144 miles of “Ooo and Ahh,” passing glaciers hanging off mountains and some of the highest peaks in North America to reach Athabasca Glacier. On a true glacier hike, explore this starkly beautiful and pristine world in the Canadian Rockies as you negotiate the crevasses and cracks with your experienced guide.

Experience the jubilation of paddling a raft together on the jade-green and aptly named Kicking Horse River. You’ll relax on a few stretches of calm and then hoot with glee through fourteen sets of heart-pumping and joyous Class II to IV rapids, including “Roller Coaster” and “Shotgun.” Go, AdventureWomen!

Adventure Women do love to hike so, to cap off your Canadian Rockies adventure in Alberta, choose one of two spectacular hikes up to the sparkling Minnestimma Lakes. View the glaciated Ten Peaks Mountains on an optional hike to the summit of Sentinel Pass. Over a wonderful farewell dinner, you’ll probably feel like you each packed a whole summer of excitement into seven days in Canada. How fun to share this active alpine experience with other Adventure Women!

Get active with other Adventure Women in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies this summer. Experience an incredible sense of freedom, challenges, new skills, friendships, and joy!

Need more incentive? Read our guest reviews from our 2017 Canadian Rockies trip with AdventureWomen!

Or listen to these Adventure Women send you some inspiration:

And here’s what fun they had rafting!

Main Attractions

  • Do it ALL outdoors: hiking, biking, horseback riding, rafting, spelunking, glacier hiking and more!
  • Explore Alberta, Canada,'s natural treasures from the Columbia Icefield to the Grotto to Minnestimma Lakes
  • River raft on Kicking Horse River and learn rafting commands with your paddling team from "back paddle" to "right turn"
  • Spot Canadian wildlife including bald eagles, lynx, black and brown bears, moose, and bighorn sheep

What You'll See and Do

  • Bicycling
  • Cave Tour
  • Glacier Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Springs
  • National Parks
  • Photography
  • UNESCO Site
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wildlife Viewing

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Canmore
Meet at 3:00pm at the Calgary International Airport for your group transfer to the beautiful Kananaskis Valley and the Coast Canmore Hotel, your accommodations for the next two nights.

After settling in to your room, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner before introductions and orientation to hear from your guides about the exciting upcoming adventures for the week.
Dinner

Overnight Coast Canmore Hotel

Day 2

Canmore
Pre-pick one of these activities:

First option: A classic horseback trail ride from the is the perfect way to discover the adventure and serenity of a Canadian tradition on a guided horseback trip. Pristine views, flowered alpine meadows, and abundant wildlife are just a few of the scenic wonders you’ll experience. Ride the ancient trails of the Nakoda people, through pine-scented montane forests with beautiful mountain views. Abundant wildflowers and diverse wildlife call these mountains home, so don’t forget your camera!

Second Option: Go on a beautiful bike ride on a stunning path through the mountains. This is a relatively mellow ride. While long, there are not major ascents or descents.

Lunch will be served along the way.

Take a magical hike to a beautiful waterfall rimmed with cliffs and ferns.

Head back to Canmore to explore or take a relaxing soak in an indoor hot tub.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight Coast Canmore Hotel

Day 3

Canmore
You have already chosen one of these options:

First option: Head to Rat’s Nest Caves to explore an amazing network of underground caverns. With no lights, no handrails, and no walkways here, you’ll get to experience it like the explorers who first discovered it! Your expert guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of caves as you explore the ancient cave formations. Learn about local mountain geology, how the caves were formed, examine fossils up close, and learn the story of prehistoric bones found in the first chamber. Your explorations will take you through ‘the Box’, then on to the Five Way Chamber, the Grand Gallery, and finally the Grotto – a chamber full of stalactites and stalagmites with a crystal clear pool at the bottom of the cave. You will need to crab-walk, fit through small spaces, and have decent upper body strength for this excursion.

Second option: Head out on a bicycle on a 16 mile ride. See mountain peaks in all directions as you work your way up to Lake Minnewanka. The Stoney Nakoda people gave the lake its name, which means “Lake of Spirits.” They respected and feared the lake for its resident spirits. You will gain 380 feet on this loop that brings you right back to Banff for a cold drink.

Enjoy lunch along the way.

The day ends at a cozy chalet, where you can relax in the sauna. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight Coast Canmore Hotel

Day 4

Canmore to Lake Louise
Travel to the dazzling Columbia Icefield, which drapes across the North American Continental Divide and covers 125 square miles. An exciting ice-walking adventure with an expert guide on the Athabasca Glacier offers the chance to peer into mini ice canyons and crevasses while learning the secrets of eons-old glacial formation. Welcome to a world where snow, ice, rock, and sky dominate the land. The Columbia Icefield is the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains – stretching more than 25 kilometers across the Continental Divide. From its melting snows and many glaciers, waters flow across North America to the Atlantic, the Arctic, and the Pacific oceans. Your ice-walk adventure is on the Athabasca Glacier, a 3.5 mile tongue of ice that flows from the icefield, giving you access to this stark alpine world. It is a world few people ever see, let alone experience firsthand. Enjoy lunch on the glacier.

On the drive, take in the awesome views of glacier-formed Peyto Lake and the reflections of mountains in beautiful Bow Lake.

Enjoy dinner as a group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight Castle Mountain Chalets

Day 5

Lake Louise
Head to the Kicking Horse River for whitewater rafting! The Kicking Horse River is renowned as the best of Canadian Rockies whitewater rafting, and the Middle Canyon offers an exceptional stretch of whitewater that is just right for first-time adventurers and more seasoned paddlers too. Once you are fitted with a government-approved life jacket, helmet, wetsuit, booties, gloves, and spray jacket (all clean and dry) your guide will go over safety procedures and paddling techniques you will use on the river.

There are over 14 sets of named rapids such as, “Roller Coaster,” “Hopi Hole,” “Goat,” “Twin Peaks,” “Portage,” and “Shotgun” that are sure to leave you with big smiles. You will not soon forget this excellent river adventure. Go AdventureWomen!

Stop at Lake Louise, whose legendary milky blue color is created by finely sifted glacial rock.

Enjoy time to explore the picturesque and historic resort town of Banff, your home base for the next two nights. If you wish, take an optional soak in the world-famous hot springs (at your own expense).

Dinner is on your own tonight in one of Banff’s many restaurants.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight Castle Mountain Chalets

Day 6

Lake Louise to Banff
You can choose from either the 6 mile, 1,700 foot elevation gain Larch Valley hike, or the Sentinel Pass hike, which traverses 7 miles with a 2,375 foot elevation gain. Both hikes start in the dreamy Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake and lead through a peaceful larch forest and up to a high alpine meadow filled wtih carpets of alpine wildflowers. Continue to the sparkling waters of Minnestimma Lakes, which reflect the sapphire skies and towering peaks of the ten attendant mountains, an awe-inspiring panorama.

After a picnic lunch, those who are up for it can continue to the summit of majestic Sentinel Pass, where 360-degree panoramas make for impressive “we were here” photos! The views are spectacular.

Paradise Valley and the breathtaking peaks of the Continental Divide unfold to the north, while the glaciated spires of the Ten Peaks fill the horizon to the south. This is one of those mountain destinations that almost defies description.

Gather for a delicious farewell dinner to celebrate the end of this fantastic and fun week in the Canadian Rockies!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Royal Canadian Lodge

Day 7

Banff and Depart
Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home. One group transfer is included; please don’t book any flights departing before noon!
Breakfast

 

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants.

 

 

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Traveling to Canadian Rockies



Arrival/Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive at Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Alberta, Canada on August 2, 2020. The group will meet at 3:00pm at the airport.

Depart: Depart Calgary (YYC) on August 8, 2020, after noon.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to India, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about India.

Money

The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Credit cards are generally accepted and ATMs will be available.

Suggested Gratuities:

  • Guides (2): $15 per day
  • Drivers (2): $8-10 per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen on or before May 4, 2020, in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • All accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional guides throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinking water
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Canada
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Coast Canmore Hotel
The Coast Canmore hotel is set in one of the most beautiful locations in all of Alberta. The mountains are always in sight and gorgeous and serene lakes and reservoirs are never far away. With comfortable and spacious rooms, the hotel has all the amenities to make our stay wonderful, from the pool, hot tub, and fitness center to the restaurant, lounge, and free WIFI. The only thing better than the rooms, the views, and the amenities is the friendly and attentive staff.

Castle Mountains Chalets
Your chalets are the perfect base for your adventures in the Canadian Rockies, and are conveniently halfway between Banff and Lake Louise. Each chalet is fully furnished with all the modern conveniences of home, and the comforts you expect from a hotel.

Royal Canadian Lodge
Nestled in the center of the resort town of Banff, the Royal Canadian Lodge is the perfect base of exploration for the region’s fabled mountains, lakes, and trails. The airy guest rooms are stylishly furnished with sanctuary beds and table and chairs; amenities include a mini fridge, flat-screen TV, coffee/tea-making facilities, bathrobes, and an ensuite bathroom with tub. The Evergreen Restaurant serves inviting meals made from locally sourced ingredients, and The Grotto Spa offers relaxing massages and wraps.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

Weather is always unpredictable in the mountains - dress accordingly. You will want outdoor clothing and gear to be safe and comfortable. Most days you will be comfortable in a t-shirt and shorts, however, even in August, you must be prepared for rain and maybe snow at higher elevations. Layering is key!

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack with rain cover
  • Medium-weight waterproof hiking boots or shoes (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 1 pair sandals
  • Comfortable shoes for evenings
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket to layer under rain shell
  • 3-4 short sleeve shirts (quick-dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts (quick-dry recommended)
  • 2-3 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • Bathing suit
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 4-5 pairs of wool hiking socks
  • 1 wool or fleece hat
  • 1 pair wool or fleece gloves
  • Sleepwear
  • Two 24-32 ounce water bottles

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money, travel insurance number -- write it down or print it out)
  • 2 spare passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag (suggested but optional)
  • Optional travel alarm clock with spare batteries (alternatively, phone or watch works well)
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Optional binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger (optional)
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc. (if applicable)
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners if applicable (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens (suggested but optional)

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686