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Prepare For Your Trip

The Canadian Rockies is a place of wonder to explore. But it’s important that you are properly prepared in order for you to get the best experience available. Get the latest tips on how to prepare for your adventure here.

  • Trail Etiquette

    Remember to be respectful of fellow hikers and the surrounding area by following a few simple guidelines:

    • Please stay on the trail! Walking off the trail results in the trampling of fragile vegetation and can create erosion problems.
    • Do not remove, deface or disturb any natural or historical objects such as flowers, trees, rocks, fossils, dropped antlers. It is an illegal offense to do so in a National Park.
    • Leave No Trace! Take all garbage back to the trailhead with you. Pick up any garbage left by persons less considerate than yourself.
    • Report trail problems to staff at park information centers.
    • Do not enter a trail or area marked with a closed sign.
  • Wildlife Watching Etiquette

    Seeing wildlife is a very exciting experience and our National Parks provide a setting for encountering the various species within their natural habitat. There are certain areas around the Canadian Rocky Mountains that are known to be frequented by particular animals; however, it comes down to luck and being in the right place at the right time. Whether you are on a hike, a scenic drive or within a township, it is important to remember that these are wild animals that can be dangerous and basic guidelines need to be followed when viewing and photographing.

    • Never approach, touch or follow wild animals. Keep safe
    • Keep a safe distance from large animals.
    • Do not feed the wildlife!! (this includes birds and rodents)
    • Do not leave your vehicle when watching bears or other large wildlife.
    • Avoid activities that cause stress in animals such as chasing, yelling, throwing objects.
    • Be sure to move slowly, avoid making eye contact and be quiet.
    • Avoid surprising wildlife; do not try to sneak up or startle an animal.
    • Limit the time of your stay.
  • Bear Spray

    Carry bear spray with you at all times on the trail and know how to use it. Bear spray can be purchased from any outdoor store. The Front Desk also has some that you can borrow for your hikes. If you are unsure on how to properly use bear spray, a Front Desk Agent would be more than happy to assist in explaining.

    The Canadian Rocky Mountains are home to two kinds of bears; the Grizzly Bear and the Black Bear. Bears generally prefer to avoid people; however, you can run into a bear anywhere; be it in town, on a busy trail or deep in the backcountry. Should you stop to observe the bear; remain a respectful distance, stay inside your vehicle for safety, and never feed a bear.

  • Weather Disclaimer!

    The weather in the mountains can change rapidly no matter what time of the year you visit. Please be prepared!

  • What to Pack

    The weather in the Canadian Rockies can be quite variable, which makes preparing and packing for your adventures a bit of a challenge. Since we are located at a high elevation, we can experience colder temperatures, even in the summer months. We have seen it snow, rain and be completely sunny out all in one day! If you intend on hiking while here, there are a few things to wear and pack along to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable adventure.

    • Good Hiking Boots
    • An effective layering system
    • Base Layers: The layers right next to your skin. Wool is the most idea fabric for this as it is fast drying, light and will stay warm even when you get wet. It is advisable that you avoid cotton.
    • Mid Layers: To be worn on top of your base layer, a thicker sweater of sorts.
    • Shell Jacket – That is waterproof and windproof -Gloves and Toque (woolly hat) -Bear spray (available to borrow from Front Desk) -Water and Snacks

“Emily took care of us from the start of the process and recommended hikes and times there would be less crowds. Her emails were full of information and you could tell from her emails she was passionate about the Lodge and the area.”

Toronto, Canada

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