We first hiked with Joel and Nadine more than 10 years ago. They were highly recommended by our hotel (the very particular Post Hotel) and they opened a new world to us. As we wrote in their comment book so many years ago, having their perspective as we walked the trails was like seeing nature in color for the first time. As former Parks Canada staff members they have excellent knowledge of the area (and beyond to Jasper and other areas), excellent relationships with current Parks Canada staff which means they have all the latest info on where to go (or not go), and a passion for nature's cathedral that encompasses Banff, Yoho and Kooteney parks.
They are patient with the flood of questions and able to answer seemingly all of them, humorous, extremely safety conscious and creative in their approach. You will think you were on a hike, but you really were in school all day - and loving every minute of it. No trail detail is too small to escape their notice. I remember when Nadine noticed the odor of a pine marten which had apparently justcrossed the trail but was hidden. Had she not pointed it out, we would have lost that lovely appreciation of sharing the landscape with such creatures.
Every time we go to Lake Louise we ask Great Divide to show us yet another aspect of this astonishing piece of the world. We would highly recommend any hike we have taken which is most of them and a few stand out: 1.) any hike in Lake O'Hara including Obapin Plateau and Lake MacArthur, 2.) the Emerald Triangle (more than 13 miles and skirting the edge of the Burgess Shale Fields - not part of the hike because of restricted access), 3.) Iceline Trail/Yoho Valley - try to be coming down the trail in mid to later afternoon when the sun is behind you and you can see the rainbows on Tekakkaw Falls. We have done group hikes and private hikes and were happy either way.
We have yet to take a snowshoe hike with Great Divide but it is high on our list. No matter your hiking ability or knowledge of any of the natural sciences, Joel and Nadine will expand your appreciation of the world around you.
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