Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada is a place where high peaks tower over neighboring valleys, and roaring mountain rivers cascade over granite ledges. From early inhabitants like the native Ahwahneechee, to conservation advocates like naturalist John Muir, Yosemite has always been an inspirational natural wonder. Yosemite played an early role in the idea […]
The Canadian Rockies just feel different from the Rockies on the American side of the border. The Canadian mountains are massive in size, adorned with immense icefields and hanging glaciers. The waters – mountain streams, rivers, and high alpine and lower valley lakes – are a stunning milky turquoise blue you’ll never forget. It’s mountain landscape writ large and you meet it head on in the approach from Calgary, as Alberta’s Front Range shoots up from the prairie.
On this hiking-focused journey, you’ll explore the picturesque lakes of Banff and Yoho National Parks and the untouched subalpine wilderness from your base at a full-service, high-mountain backcountry lodge, accessed by helicopter. The pace is surprisingly relaxed for such an active agenda, with balanced days of hiking, taking in the unique sights and natural beauty, and savoring delicious meals. Perfectly situated mountain lodges welcome you at the end of each exquisite day.
Your naturalist guide leads the way, from Lake Louise to Takakkaw Falls to Moraine Lake and the backcountry, sharing local lore and natural history as you travel on and off the trail. You’ll never lose sight of where you are, in the heart of the Rockies, as you hike glorious trails, learn about glaciers, feel the mist of thundering waterfalls, and immerse yourself in this breathtaking place.