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“Like seeing in color for the first time” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Great Divide Day Hikes

Great Divide Day Hikes
Ranked #2 of 5 Tours in Lake Louise
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Great Divide Nature Interpretation provides informative guided hiking and snowshoeing in the Lake Louise and Banff areas. Nadine Fletcher and Joel Hagen have over 20 years experience and are certified “Master” interpreters. In summer, full day and half day walks/hikes. In winter, half day snowshoeing trips.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
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“Like seeing in color for the first time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2010

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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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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“Highlight of our trip.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2010

My husband and I hiked with Joel at Lake Ohara in September of 2009. We had an awesome time and it was the highlight of our trip to the Canadian Rockies. We had never hiked with a private guide before and it was worth every penny spent. I work as a travel agent and have worked with several private guides in other areas of the world. Joel and Nadine are as proffessional as they come. I will recommend them to my clients.

Joanne of Gateway Travel in Farmington Hills, Michigan

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Guelph Ontario Canada
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“Fascinating and Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2010

A snowshoeing hike with Grizzly Bear natural history was a delightful way to spend an afternoon in the Lake Louise wilderness. Nadine was knowledgeable and shared interesting and quirky little known facts about Grizzlies and other creatures of the mountain ecosystem.
I'd recommend it for anyone wanting to spend a day away from the crowds and get in touch with Alberta's wild side.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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“Highlight of our 3 week tour in Canada”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2010

Although our trip to Canada was nearly 2 years ago, it's our two days hiking with Nadine and Joel that still stand out as probably the biggest highlight of our 3 weeks of touring. Clearly helped by the most stunning of scenery and perfect weather, both Joel and Nadine made a day's hiking fun and highly informative. We hiked with just one other couple with Joel up into the Valley of the 10 Peaks. Joel's knowledge and enthusiasm for the area and it's wildlife made for a fantastic and entertaining day's hiking. The real highlight of our Canadian trip was our day hiking in Lake O'Hara at the end of June. Perfect blue skies, and some of the most stunning and unspoilt scenery I've ever witnessed, yet in parts like walking through private landscaped gardens on the grandest of scales. Numbers allowed into the Lake O'Hara park are restricted daily. We were lucky and got a relatively last minute booking, but this place is simply too stunning to allow to chance - book early! Nadine's guiding was spot on, set a great pace and again we were part of a small group of 6. Her enthusiasm and local knowledge turned an already spectacular day into something that was truly memorable!

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