An Authentic Canadian Rocky Mountain Experience

FAQs

What if I’ve never gone hiking before, can I go backpacking?

Yes you can! There are multiple levels of camping trips available. If you only participate in limited physical exercise during your everyday life, or you’ve never backpacked before, we’d recommend the Jacques Lake (one night) trip. This way you can test out your abilities while you get a feel for your enjoyment of sleeping in the backcountry.

How heavy will my backpack be?

The backpack you’ll be carrying is around 60 liters, and usually weighs about 10kg (22lbs). The weight depends a lot on your personal gear, and how much you bring. As well as on the length of the trip you are on.

We will make sure you are well prepared without excess gear to minimize extra weight. Some people prefer to not carry any weight and to hire a porter for extra fees; this option is available with prior notice.

Can we build campfires?

About half of the backpacking trips allow campfires. On the Skyline Trail and in the Tonquin Valley there are no fires permitted, due to the lack of firewood. Sometimes Parks Canada may also place restrictions on certain trails due to extremely dry weather , but this happens rarely.

What about wild animals? Bears?

Well they’re out there, but your guide will be equipped with a bear spray and the proper knowledge of how to use it. The guides are also used to travelling in the backcountry and have knowledge of how to minimize encounters with wild animals. Food and anything else that smells enticing (even toothpaste) is stored for the evenings away from camp. Cooking and food prep is done away from camp and travelling in groups helps as well.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes you can, but only on certain trips, and you’d need to book a private trip. Contact us directly to do this.

Can kids come?

Our age limit is 10 years old for backpacking. You’ll have to give us an idea of how much hiking you child has done in the past so we can book the proper trip.  It may be possible to do trips with younger children if a private tour is booked

Gratuities

In North America it is culturally acceptable to give your guide or porter a gratuity if you felt that they provided you with good service.

What sort of food will we be eating?

Some examples of some of the meals we have are

Breakfast

Granola, fruit, eggs with hash browns, pancakes, and oatmeal

Lunches

Sandwiches, dried meat and cheeses, crackers, and dried fruit

Suppers include

Stir Fry, Cashew Curry with rice, Pasta or Gnocchi, Pizzas, and Chili,

We do our best to make good filling and energizing food for our backcountry hiking trips.

We provide snacks, soups and hot drinks and the occasional dessert if you are lucky.

Water Treatment

We use MSR ceramic water filters for all of our trips and we boil any water we use for cooking or hot drinks.

What time do we finish the last day?

Usually we are done around 3pm on the final day, this can vary depending on the group, and which hike we are doing. We have been done as early as 2pm or as late as 4pm.

Custom trip and dates
We are open to different trip dates and itineraries; please contact us to discuss these options.

 

An Authentic Canadian Rocky Mountain Experience

We offer guided backpacking, and day hiking tours. We also offer customized adventures!! Send us an email or give us a call and we will begin planning your trip!!