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Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

1. Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

Discover the picturesque Canmore with a guided walking tour. Meet your guide at Rotary Friendship Park and learn about the local secrets and hidden gems.  Hike on a scenic trail that is great for families. The easy to moderate hike takes you up a continued incline to the spectacular turquoise lakes. Pass by a waterfall and take in breathtaking views along the way.  Explore the lakes with your local guide and see ancient pictographs hidden in the rocks. Enjoy a unique experience and feel a deep connection by exploring an ancient world of wilderness and wildlife.

Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

2. Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at the designated meeting point. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead.  Explore the narrow-walled creek bed which twists and turns for many kilometers. Reach a fork in the creek bed as the smooth limestone walls get steeper and steeper. Head right to see a glistening waterfall.  Discover ancient, indigenous pictographs hidden in the cave walls and learn about the history that has almost been lost in time. The tour is offered in the summer and winter.  In the winter, ice cleats and hiking poles are supplied. Exploring the canyon in the winter is a very unique and rewarding experience. Go deep into the canyon with your ice cleats allowing you to go into more unexplored areas.

Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

3. Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. You'll take the scenic drive to Grotto Canyon in Canmore, a local's secret. On arrival at the Grotto Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking.  From here, you'll start the moderate 2.1 kilometer hike along the frozen creek bed through the narrow canyon to the spectacular icefalls. Walk directly on the ice and on the creek bed floor for a unique view of the canyon.  Your guide will point out the stunted pine forest and hidden ancient native pictographs, which were likely created by Hopi visitors from the Arizona region. Learn more about First Nation history in the Bow Valley. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookie snack before hiking back.

Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

4. Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

Explore off the beaten path and get away from the crowds. Get amazing bird's-eye views of the Rockies as you hike to the mountain tops and stop at the 360-degree lookouts. The tour starts in the morning by meeting your guide, who will transfer you to the mountains. Begin a two-hour hike to the first viewpoint where you'll stop for lunch and snacks. After a short break for lunch, the tour continues higher into the alpine and mountain tops to another beautiful 360-degree lookout. Experience walking amongst the mountain peaks for 15 to 20 minutes until returning back down. Enjoy this unique experience with a fully trained and certified local guide. You will be provided with hiking poles on your arrival.

Canmore: Kananaskis Country Snowshoe Tour

5. Canmore: Kananaskis Country Snowshoe Tour

This tour will begin as you meet your guide at the Canmore Visitor Centre. It will be at this location that you will complete your orientation and sign your waiver and medical forms before convoying for approximately 45 minutes to the trailhead. Getting to the trailhead includes driving maintained compact gravel roads covered in snow, and winter tires are recommended. Once having arrived at the trailhead, you will hike for 3.5 kilometers and ascend 984 feet. Your moderately-difficult tour will eventually end at a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by cliffs from the towering and picturesque Mount Chester. Following this summit, you will return back to the trailhead. From there you will drive back to the tour orientation point.

From Canmore: Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration

6. From Canmore: Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration

Upon arrival at the meeting point, complete orientation, waivers, and medical forms before a short drive to the trailhead. Hike a short distance through spruce and pine forest before entering the canyon. Explore this water sculpted canyon in summer, or ice filled canyon in winter with ice walking crampons underfoot. After weaving up through the canyon, viewing pictographs, waterfalls, and a variety of interesting rock formations, enjoy lunch below a cave. Enjoy the spectacular natural history, scenery, flora and fauna of the Canadian Rockies with your local guide on this three to four hour hike.

Kananaskis Country: 1-Day Hike

7. Kananaskis Country: 1-Day Hike

Meet your guide at the Kananaskis Visitor Information Centre and complete a quick orientation session before starting your hike through Kananaskis Country. Your journey through the region will begin with a convoy to the trailhead. Once at the trailhead, you’ll follow one of five hiking trails. As you venture through Kananaskis Country, you’ll have the chance to see stunning views of the Canadian Rockies and learn about bear awareness. Along the way, there will be a rest stop for you to relax and enjoy lunch while marvelling at the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Once you’ve finished lunch, the hike will continue back to the starting point of the trailhead, where the tour will come to an end. This hike is a great opportunity to experience the unique flora, fauna, geography, and geology of Alberta.

Alberta: Guided Half-Day Hike to Ha Ling Peak & Summit

8. Alberta: Guided Half-Day Hike to Ha Ling Peak & Summit

Climb to the summit of Ha Ling Peak on a guided half-day hike in Alberta. Go over a brief safety meeting before heading to the start of the trail. Ascend from the subalpine forest into the alpine region and stop to catch your breath on top of Ha Ling Peak. Arrive at the visitor's center and meet your friendly crew for the day. Take some refreshments as you go over a brief orientation introducing you to the hiking route and safety precautions. Convoy to the start of the trail and begin hiking through the subalpine forest, admiring picturesque sights from viewpoints along the way. Enter into the breathtaking alpine region, where all vegetation disappears, and catch a glimpse of Ha Ling Peak's rocky summit. Enjoy panoramic scenery as you travel over the rocky steps with Bow Valley and Spring Valley below. Reach the summit of Ha Ling Peak and take a break at the top of the world, before retracing your steps back down to earth and the visitor's center.

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What people are saying about Canmore

Our guide was super informative and his relaxed demeanour was very enjoyable and appreciated. He knew his stuff and you could feel his passion for Grotto Mountain and it’s history.

Our guide Jacob was excellent. He made sure we got to the summit safely and shared a variety of informations with us. We would recommend this hike!

Very nice hike, the guide was super nice and communicative. We had the privilege of seeing bears!

Guide was very knowledge and interesting to to talk to.

We had a great time, and the guide was very informative