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Man sitting in alpine looking at Mount Assiniboine
The Best of Banff National Park
Traverse Banff National Park and see alpine lakes, far reaching meadows, mountain passes, and a GONDOLA ride! What else could one desire? Spend four days hiking 45km through the most spectacular terrain in Alberta! With the long days we will have lots of time to explore and appreciate the scenery around us.
Strap on your backpack, leave the city behind, and breathe the mountain air!
Dates & Price
Adventure Dates for 2019:
Adventure Rates: C$1070 + applicable taxes
Information Package will be given upon registration
We value small groups - limited to 6 adventurists
This is a co-ed trip
Day 0 – Meet the group at Stonewaters, Canmore at 7 pm. We will make sure everyone has everything they need, introduce the group, laugh lots, and distribute the group gear.
Day 1 – We'll wake up full of energy and carpool to the trailhead. We'll start off saving our legs and watch the world pass us by in the gondola. Once at the top of Sunshine Ski Hill we'll board the Standish chair taking it to a view point. This will kick off our adventure! What a start! WOW! We will hike through massive alpine meadows from Sunshine Ski Hill to Porcupine Campground - 12.5km, 100m elevation gain, 400m elevation loss
Day 2 – Today we will weave our way around boulders and through fields full of rocks. This area really does look like it is from Mars. We will finish with amazing views of Mt Assiniboine as we gaze over Magog Lake. Oh, and did I mention CAKE??? I bet I just grabbed your attention! At the end of the day enjoy three different types of cake at Assiniboine Lodge. Porcupine Campground to Magog Campground - 14.9km, 400m elevation gain
Day 3 – Leaving early we'll have a short climb and then enjoy letting gravity do the work. Looking behind us we'll breathe in the spectacular views of Magog Lake and Mt Assiniboine. We really can't do this place justice. It is too beautiful! Magog Campground to McBride Campground - 12.9km, 200m elevation gain, 500m elevation loss
Day 4 - Time for celebration! We are almost back to the cars! We'll sing Christmas songs to keep ourselves entertained and make our way to Mt Shark where our cars will be waiting for us! Wahoo!!! What a trip! McBride Campground to Mt Shark - 14.1km, 200m elevation loss
Backcountry skills learning
Wilderness pass for each night
Tents for camping
Amazingly delicious food from the evening of day 1 to lunch on the last day
An ACMG guide
An on trail physiotherapist
All group cooking gear
Participants must provide:
Accommodations the night before getting on the trail
Transportation to Canmore
Breakfast and Lunch of day 1 and supper on the last day
Personal Gear (Can be arranged for an additional fee)
This trip is designed for those with an intermediate fitness level. Being self sufficient for 4 days will create a heavy pack. You should have the ability to carry ~35 lbs for up to 5 hours over 500 m elevation gain.
If you have the fitness level, minimal experience is needed with backpacking; let me teach you!
The wide open spaces found in wild places have always left Jenna feeling full of energy. From a young age she appreciated the feeling of moving her body and the satisfaction that came from self propelled activities. Always in search of an adventure she can be found anywhere but indoors!
Currently, she resides in Canmore, AB, balancing guiding and working as a physiotherapist. Hiking and backpacking fill her summer months and snowshoeing takes over in the winter. The majority of her work consists of private guiding, however hiking and backpacking trips are also provided to help you prepare to tackle the trail on your own.
ACMG Hiking Guide
Certified by the Interpretative Guide Association
Advanced Wilderness First Aid with CPR
Bachelor of Kinesiology in Exercise and Health Physiology