Canadian Rockies Trek 2019
This magnificent trek takes place in some of the most spectacular national parks in the Canadian Rockies. Trekkers will explore the towering mountains, turquoise-blue lakes, gleaming glaciers and enchanted forests of the region, including Banff and Yoho National Parks as well as the vibrant city of Calgary.
Join us for a challenge you’ll never forget and help us care for more people living with a terminal illness.
Day by day, here’s what you and your trekking partners will get up to on your adventure.
Trek grading: Challenging
After all the anticipation, excitement, packing, fundraising, and training, the day is finally upon us when we head to the Canadian Rockies! You'll meet your fellow trekkers at the airport as we board a flight to Calgary. Upon arrival we will be greeeted by the Canadian World Expeditions team and transferred to our accommodation in the beautiful Lake Louise region.
In the evening, we have a welcome meal and get a chance to meet our guides who will give us a full briefing on the challenge ahead. We stay overnight at an Alpine lodge in Lake Louise.
Jasper - 2-4 hours trekking
This morning we set out towards the mighty Columbia Icefield, along one of the most beautiful highways in the world with its glittering glaciers, emerald lakes and dense conifer forests.
In the afternoon we drive to the town of Jasper (approx 3 hours) which is surrounded by impressive peaks in the Athabasca River Valley. Along the way there will be ample opportunities to spot Grizzly and Black bears as well as elk, deer, and Bighorn sheep. Jasper will become our base for the next two nights at the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. We make our way to our campsite where we will enjoy a hearty meal.
Maligne Lake: 5-6 hours trekking
We wake up to picturesque surroundings and start the day with a 5km trek to one of the finest views in the area of the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake at 2,170m. We work our way through the open meadows and climb to 2,600m. The rest of the day is spent exploring the shores of Maligne Lake and driving along the valley road back to Jasper and our camp site.
Parker Ridge and Lake: 4-6 hours trekking
Today's climb follows a series of switch back trails to Parker Ridge, from where we enjoy spectacular views out across the Columbia Icefield and over the Saskatchewan Glacier. After a picnic lunch, we continue south along the Icefields Parkway. Along the way we'll do short walks to either Mistaya Canyon or Panther Falls before arriving at our campground on the banks of the Bow River in Lake Louise village.
Valley of Ten Peaks: 5-6 hours trekking
Our hike begins early today as we make our way to the stunning shore of Moraine Lake. We climb steadily through forest to the beautiful Larch Valley. Ahead of us is the imposing wall beneath Sentinel Pass and faintly seen trail switch backing its way to the top. From pass we can look down into Paradise Valley, and see the rock pinnacles known as the 'sentinels'.
After lunch, we return to Moraine Lake with the awe-inspiring views of Ten Peaks in front of us the entire way. We camp overnight in Lake Louise.
Banff National Park: 5-6 hours trekking
A final day of hiking as we transfer west to Banff National Park for our last full day challenge. We start off at Sunshine Village and follow a trail across the continental divide at a height of 2,300m into the stunning Mount Assiniboine National Park. The 10km route today is a fitting end to our Canadian Rockies Challenge.
Tonight we will spend the last night under the stas and enjoy a celebation meal prepared by our trek staff to mark the end of the challenge in this remarkable area. We camp overnight in Banff.
Banff to Calgary
We leave our campsite in Banff and transfer to Calgary (approx 1.5hrs). Once we have checked into our accommodation, the day is free to explore the town locally known as the 'Gateway to the Rockies'. Tonight we will meet for a farewell dinner in a restaurant and celebreate the last 8 days of our spectacular challenge.
We stay overnight in Calgary.
Our magnificent Canadian Rockies adventure has come to end. We say goodbye to our guides and newfound friends as we transfer to the aiport for our overnight flight back to London.
By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. And when you join us you, we’ll help you have a trek you’ll never forget. You’ll get:
- training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for your big challenge
- lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack. If you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check out these ideas
- access to a local community fundraiser who’ll advise you and help you smash your target
- two Marie Curie representatives who’ll trek the entire way, join you on a training day and organise a post-trek reunion
- we’ll set up a Facebook group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers before the trip starts
- a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors to help with your gear buying.
Our treks are designed to make sure you have a fantastic time, so you don’t have to think about the details, just enjoy. The trek includes:
- return flights
- local transfers
- an experienced trek leader who’s fully trained and knows the route and sites
- a doctor in the unlikely event of injury or sickness
- all meals while trekking.
This challenge is organised through World Expeditions. World Expeditions has been pioneering trips since 1975. Their itineraries give you the best travel experience, designed by people with incredible local knowledge who share a vision of authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible tourism approach.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to sign up online?
Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. The registration form is also available to download and print. If you're not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?
Who can take part?
People over the age of 18 who are looking for a challenge are able to take part. The group size will be approximately 30-40 with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
The event will be tough and exhilarating, but it will be fantastically rewarding and is suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.
How fit do I have to be?
All our trekking challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part - the fitter you are the more you'll enjoy the adventure. We'll walk approximately 12-14 kilometres per day (7-8 hours).
Will I need specialist kit?
We'll send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.
What is not included in the package?
- Registration fee
- Travel insurance
- Recommended vaccinations
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal spending money.
What food and drink will there be?
Breakfast is buffet style and will consist of cereals, porridge, local breads, eggs, pancakes, fruit, and hot drinks. A packed lunch is prepared each day to be eaten on the trail and will usually be sandiwches, fruits, nuts, and veggie snacks such as granola bars and trail mix. Dinner will be varied. Typically there is a vegetarian dish, noodles/pastas/rice/potatoes, and a meat and fish dish. Bottled water will be provided on the trek. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements.
What about vaccinations?
You should confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain. Other vaccines to consider are Diptheria and Tetanus. This is a guideline only and we recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP or local travel clinic.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You'll be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other trekkers and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a doctor and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle to each camp.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,800. A minimum of £1,910* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.
* Based on minimum participant numbers
What will the weather be like?
Summer temperatures are always hot, however, at altitude like in Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks, temperatures can be cold in the morning and night. In the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a cold front could be experienced even in the summer, lowering temperatures significantly. Please be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather.
Passports and visas
Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. British passport holders will require Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. More information will be sent closer to the trek.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through World Expeditions at an additional cost and subject to availability.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of travelling abroad for this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.
What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?
We require the 80% minimum of £3,040 by 5 April 2019. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.
If you have any further questions please call the events team on 0800 716 146 or email email@example.com.