Explore the Rockies

Explore the Rockies in the safety of a group with an experienced guide. Choose from our many hikes and be introduced to beautiful destinations. Then take an intro backpacking overnight trip and learn the skills to be prepared for longer backcountry adventures.

What sets us apart? 

Qualified and experienced guides. We hire experienced guides that have extensive knowledge of the area that you are travelling in. All guides carry remote communication devices and have wilderness first aid training.

Something for everyone. We offer a wide range of hike locations that vary in difficulty, in addition to interpretive hikes and multi-day hiking series that have a fitness component.


Day hike location, description, and rating

All of our day hikes include an experienced guide and visit a variety of destinations. Choose from below based on skill level and location, then browse our hiking programs. 

Level 1

Up to 9km round-trip on flat or rolling terrain and good trails, with up to 200m of elevation gain at a relaxed pace with frequent breaks. For those with little or no hiking experience.

Bow Valley Loop A perfect early-spring destination, this small trail visits a variety of glacier-carved features and early flowers. 7km, 100m gain.

Dyson Falls This short hike begins at a dramatic section of the Sheep River, and finishes at a meadowringed waterfall. 9km, 160m gain.


Level 2

A 7–10km round trip on rolling terrain and mostly good trails with up to 300m of elevation gain. We hike for 3-4 hours at a relaxed pace with breaks. For those with little hiking experience in fair physical condition.

Karst Spring Visit a clear lake, then hike up to a spring that emerges from rock and flows down in a mossy cascade. 10km, 200m gain.

Foran Grade Ridge This rolling hike ascends to a ridgetop in every shade of green; beautiful in any weather conditions. 7.5km, 250m gain.

Tryst Lake Far off the beaten path, this short but steep trail leads to a small tarn ringed with golden larch trees. 6km, 300m gain.


Level 3

A 9–12km hike on varied terrain with up to 450m of elevation gain. May include some off-trail travel or creek crossings. We hike for 4–5 hours at a moderate pace. For those with some hiking experience in good physical condition.

Rummel Lake Travel through open hillside and mixed forest to a deep blue-green lake surrounded by meadows, larch trees, and tall peaks. 10km, 350m gain.

Yamnuska Valley Loop Tucked under the tall cliff of Mount Yamnuska, this low, rolling trail tours a variety of terrain with lots of spring flowers. 13km, 300m gain.

Grass Pass This route leads up a steady ascent to a broad pass in the Highwood area with many viewpoints. 5km, 425m gain.

Picklejar Lakes This trail leads up and over a small pass to a perfect subalpine valley with multiple lakes to visit. 12km, 475m gain.

Level 4

12–16km of long and/or steep hikes on varied terrain with up to 600m of elevation gain. May include off-trail travel, rocky terrain, bush, or creek crossings. We hike for 5–6 hours at a moderate pace. For those with hiking experience in strong physical condition.

Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit This moderate hike circumnavigates the lake with a combination of flat and rolling terrain for a great diversity of views from each of the different shores. 16km, 300m gain.

Burstall Pass Hike through a variety of terrain including a glacial floodplain and subalpine meadows to reach a vast, rambling pass that’s equally spectacular with summer wildflowers or autumn larch. 15km, 450m gain.

Buller Pass This trail winds through a prescribed burn now regrown in various colours and above the trees entirely to a high mountain pass between two spectacularly scenic valleys. 15km, 600m gain

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Our guided hikes are perfect for beginners or those wanting to be introduced to new trails in beautiful destinations. Learn skills and meet other hikers.



Join us on a group backpacking trip. Hike beautiful Alberta trails and stay in a backcountry campground. Learn skills or get tips from experienced guides.

Trail Reports

Kananaskis Country

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Kananaskis trail reports

Banff National Park

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