My husband and I arranged to spend 3 days hiking with Dave Honeyman of Canadian Rockies Alpine. He is a certified hiking guide with the Canadian National Parks and lives in Banff. We both agreed it was the highlight of our 8 day vacation. We hiked 12 miles each day - around Lake Louise and the Bee Hive, Emerald Lake, Takkakaw and Laughing Falls and up above the trees to Helen Lake where the wildflowers were at peak color. Not only was the scenery incredibly beautiful, but Dave shared the history of the railroads and the settling of Canada, information about the National Parks in Canada, flora, fauna, animals, and the challenges of managing the forests, rising tourism and their impact on the wildlife. We were fascinated by all of it - so much so that we are trying to plan another trip next year with this group.
Being from San Antonio, Texas - almost at sea level- Dave was very considerate of our adjustment to the altitude and our ability and planned the 3 days of hiking so that we wouldn't be completely sore and worn out. We bought sandwiches for lunch and each day, Dave planned the hikes to arrive at a lunch spot with a spectacular view. He also planned the hikes to avoid weather and crowds. Best advice is to start early! We had most hikes all to ourselves!
Along the way to the trailhead, we would stop to view another waterfall or other historical site. After 3 days of hiking, before we left for Jasper, he circled the highlights to see or do along the way.
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