Day trip

Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

4.6 / 5

31 reviews

Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours
Day trip

Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours

From US$ 91.82 per person

Enjoy a small group guided hike along your choice of 4 iconic trails in the Canadian Rockies. Experience the raw beauty of turquoise lakes, soaring mountain peaks, waterfalls, and glaciers as you admire the incredible scenery.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Take spectacular guided hike in Banff National Park and its surroundings
  • See the beautiful Consolation Lakes, Larch Valley, Stanley Glacier, or the Plain of Six Glaciers
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies
Full description
After being picked up you up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide, get ready for a day of exploring the backcountry of Banff National Park on foot. Your guide will give you an introduction to Banff National Park and today's hike as you head towards the trailhead. Choose between 4 hiking routes representing the best trails in Banff: Sundays & Thursdays - Hike to Stanley Glacier; Mondays & Saturdays - Hike to Larch Valley; Tuesdays - Hike to Consolation Lakes; Wednesdays & Fridays - Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers. Hike to Stanley Glacier Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. Follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock where you may even find some fossils. Be treated to views of Stanley Glacier creeping down the side of Mt. Stanley towards the valley bottom. Rated: Moderate; Hiking time: 3-4 hours; Return distance: 8.4kms (5.25 miles); elevation gain: 395m (1,285 ft). Hike to Larch Valley Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take with a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well-maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinal Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3,543 m/11,625 ft) will complete your experience. Please note that this hike does not continue to the top of Sentinel Pass. Rated: Moderate; hiking time: 4-5 hours; distance: 9.0kms (5.6 miles); elevation gain: 535m (1,500 ft). Hike to Consolation Lakes This trail begins in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at stunning Moraine Lake. The drive alone to this location is worth it in itself. We’ll spend our time hiking leisurely to Consolation Lakes, and upon our return explore around Moraine Lake, including a trip to the top of the Rockpile. Due to bear restrictions, this is a great trip to do in a guided group. Rated: Easy; Hiking Time: 3-4 hours; return distance: 5.8kms (3.6 miles); elevation gain: 255m (837 ft). Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Your hike starts by the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. Just past the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise, with cakes and tea served at the teahouse (optional). Rated: moderate; hiking time: 5 hours; distance: 10.6kms (6.6 miles); elevation Gain: 340m (1,100 feet)
  • A certified guide
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Picnic lunch
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
  • Snacks at the teahouse
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years

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Meeting point

Please wait at the public bus parking lot located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 7:42am.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Hiking pants
  • Daypack
  • Breathable clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • The minimum age is 13 years, and all children aged between 13 and 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and have a parent or guardian sign their waiver
  • Children aged 16 – 17 years old may go on the hike without an adult, but a parent must meet the guide in the morning to sign a waiver
  • All adults must sign a waiver
  • Early and late season itinerary changes may apply, subject to trail conditions
  • Due to weather and trail restrictions, the location of any of hikes may be changed for the customer safety
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants to operate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 31 reviews

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Our guide was really informative. However, unless you are an experienced hiker and in great shape I would not recommend this hike. We were neither. We practically ran in between photo stops the whole way up. And for us, we rushed back. We were not prepared to take such a hike at this fast pace. Views were great though as was the lunch. We got back to Banff just before 3:30 after a late start.

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March 23, 2023

The hike was nice, with beautiful landscapes. The only remark I would make is about the timing, maybe just one pick-up point in town would have allowed more time up on the mountains. Indeed I would have liked to stay a bit longer at our destination and/or a few breaks on the way back, to enjoy the views.

March 23, 2023

We had a wonderful time with Anik. This was our first tour and day in Canada, she really set the bar high. The hike was perfect, and the views were spectacular. The lunch that was provided was just delish and more than enough for the day! Highly recommend this tour and Anik!

March 23, 2023

Product ID: 226519