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Best of National Parks Dayhiking Weekends

These series take some of the best hikes the local National Parks within the Rockies have to offer and spread them over two days, while staying at a high-quality hostel within each park to make the approach to the hikes easier and more enjoyable! We’ll meet on the Friday and drive out to the hostel as a group, then get up each morning and experience a day hike in the Park, returning home on the Sunday.  Trips include bookings and costs of hostels, daily guided hikes with an experienced guide, and all permits and fees. 

Each location is unique and specifically chosen to be memorable and beyond what is offered in the Introductory Day Hiking series.  These hikes get right into the heart of the Rockies - literally!  See the sights that few tourists ever get the chance to see, and experience the mountains from beyond the comfort of your vehicle by embarking on a weekend of beauty, grandeur and exercise!

The hikes in each series are usually the first choice - weather, wildlife or other factors may change the location to nearby similar hikes.  Also, 
many hikers like to car pool to the parks to be more environmentally conscious.  We encourage hikers to find their own rides to and from the hostels/hikes, but this may not always be feasible nor environmentally conscious to have 12 people driving themselves nearly 300 - 400 kilometres by themselves! As such, we offer limited spaces with the guide at a flat cost of $30 per person for the weekend to cover gas costs, and we encourage hikers that team up with other people joining the hike to reimburse drivers for their gas as well.  

The guide for the hikes will notify all people attending the hike through email aprox. 2 weeks prior to the Friday that we leave.  In addition, a brief meeting may be required before each series to answer any last-minute questions, discuss changes of plans, location, weather considerations, etc. If the meeting is unnecessary,  the guide will contact each member either through email or phone and relay any last-minute information. Hikes run rain, snow or shine, so be prepared for anything!

Cost (Including hostel fees, permits - excluding food and gratuities): $245 per person per series 

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 Trip & Course Code Dates and Times Hostel Day 1 Hike Day 2 Hike
 *Series 1 - Best of Jasper
 Fri. July 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Sat - Sun July 6, 7
Mount Edith Cavell Hostel Verdant Pass Wilcox Pass / Parker's Ridge
 *Series 2 - Best of Yoho
 Fri. July 19 - 5:30 p.m.
Sat - Sun July 20, 21
Lake Louise Alpine Centre Lake Ohara areaIceline Trail
 *Series 3 - Best of Banff
 Fri. Aug. 16 - 5:30 p.m.
Sat - Sun Aug. 17, 18 
Lake Louise Alpine Centre Helen Lake/Cirque Sentinel Pass / Paradise Valley Loop

In order to sign up for a series (and AFTER MARCH 18), please register  in person at the Red Deer Recreation Centre, Collicutt Centre, or GH Dawe Centre, by phone at 403-309-8555 or online at Have the course code ready when you book. You do not need to register for the lecture - it is included. For trip ratings, click here.  For a list of items to bring on the hikes, click here. And last but not least, to view our waiver, click here.