Winter in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is a true bucketlist experience. This adventure focuses on a unique 2-night stay in historic Sundance Lodge, which is only accessible by ski or snowshoe for a short time each season. The cozy lodge is fully-serviced and provides delicious meals each day, meaning we need only carry in our personal belongings for our stay. Your exploration of this quiet corner just outside of Banff National Park is made even more enjoyable with expert local guiding, rich and abundant meals, and lodging that matches the character of the trip. In the town of Banff, enjoy an afternoon soak at the Upper Hot Springs or ride the gondola to Sulphur Mountain.
Snowshoeing is winter's equivalent to hiking - Anyone who is in good physical condition can do it, but the adjusted way of walking to accommodate a bigger footprint can take a little getting used to and will leave you a little more tired at the end of the day. Our walks are relatively flat with distances ranging from 5 to 10km, but you will be outside in winter conditions for up to 6 or 7 hours per day, which accounts for the 'moderate' aspect. While at Sundance Lodge, you may opt out of the day's walk, however there is no option to opt out of the walk in and out of the lodge. No previous snowshoeing experience required.
We will provide transportation from Calgary airport to your hotel in Lake Louise. We meet this evening to go over plans and options for the following days, look at maps of the area and check to see that you are properly outfitted. Overnight Lake Louise
On our travels today we’ll cross the continental Divide and visit Emerald Lake in British Columbia. There is an excellent snowshoe trail and xc ski trail around the lake and we’ll have options to enjoy either activity followed by lunch inside historic Emerald Lake Lodge. After lunch we’ll return to Lake Louise where we can snowshoe across the lake, or go ice skating or take a sleigh ride to the end of the lake and back.
Today is the big day! We shoulder our packs, strap on our snowshoes, and take the quiet, snow-packed, forest trail 10km to rustic back country Sundance Lodge. We are rewarded for our efforts upon arrival where we'll discover a charming lodge nestled in the forest next to a bend in Brewster Creek. An afternoon 'tea' spread of hot drinks and baked goods will be waiting for us, followed by a well-deserved dinner. Settle into our cozy accommodations and enjoy the calm and beauty of our remote surroundings - Our home for the next 2 nights.
Breakfast is whole and hearty after which you’ll have a great selection of lunch fixings to make your own lunch with. The snowshoeing today is casual and we’ll likely head out along the historic trail towards Allenby Pass following Brewster Creek. An early return to the lodge greets us with tea, coffee, and snacks and the comfortable couches inside the lodge.
One more delicious breakfast and then it's time to pack up and say goodbye to our backcountry wonderland with our final snowshoe out to our vehicle. This afternoon, we arrive in the popular town of Banff where we have the option of free time in town or to take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for views out over Banff and surrounding peaks. A visit to Banff Upper Hot Springs for a soak in thermal waters before our final farewell dinner is almost mandatory. Overnight Banff.
*Optional Sulphur Mtn descent - 5.5km/655m elevation loss
After breakfast, the group is transferred to Calgary where services end.
Per Person, Twin Share