Hike Profile

The Family Adventure was designed following our own steps as a hiking family. We've learned together on the trail, and are ready to share our experience with other parents looking to have a great adventure with their own kids. It's about having the right gear, going to the appropriate locations and making use of patience and imagination for everyone to enjoy the adventure.

Who is it for?

This trip is for any families, from beginners to experienced. It is directed to parents looking to spend quality time with their loved ones in nature. We know being parents is not an easy task and having a guide to take care of logistics is a great help. The adventure will be adjusted to your family profile and can be adapted to any ages.

Where do we go?

The main goal remains: hiking. So, we will choose a location that suits your family profile best. We are, most likely, looking at shorter hikes with big rewards/views and fun features. Our preferred locations are: lakes, waterfalls, meadows.

Average Hike Details: 

Difficulty: Easy (based on distance, elevation gain and terrain)

Distance: 5-10 kms

Elevation gain: low

Duration: up to 6 hours on trail

Reminder

All trips are tailored to your needs and preferences. The details above will vary according to the Family Profile.

Includes

Pre-trip personalized planning

We'll get in touch with you in order to create your profile and start building your experience. We'll discuss objectives, fitness level, personal interest and preferences. 

Professional Hiking Guide

Our Hiking Guide has 12 years exploring the Canadian Rocky Mountains and some other parts of the continent. He is a certified Hiking Guide of the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides). He is also a member of the IGA (Interpretive Guide Association) and an accredited Wilderness First Responder.

Complementary certifications: ACMG Hiking Guide Winter Travel, AST1 (Avalanche Safety Training Level 1)

Your guide speaks 3 languages: French, English and Spanish.

Family Lunch and Snacks

We focus on providing special meals and snacks based on your needs and preferences. We usually provide healthy options that look attractive to all age groups.

Transportation 

Avoid the hassle of trying to find the trailhead by having your guide pick you up and take you there in comfort, all while he shares his knowledge and stories of the area. At the same time, you can really enjoy picturesque scenery without missing any details; not to mention the added bonus that you won't have to drive back at the end of the day, as you might be "a bit" tired!

Itinerary

  • Pick up at your location (Banff or Canmore. Other locations will need to be discussed).

  • Meet and greet.​

  • Guide’s briefing, sign waivers.

  • Interpretative drive.​

  • You are provided with the Family lunch and snacks.

  • Hiking: duration up to 6 hours.

  • Relaxing drive back to your location.

  • Shake hands, end of adventure.

Equipment list for a day hike

Having the right gear is key to safety in the mountains. We have to be ready for the Rockies' unpredictable weather and also to be ready to stay warm in case of emergency.

Footwear
  • Hiking boots: lightweight or moderate-weight. Broken-in.

    • Recommended.​

       -or-

  • Hiking shoes.

    • Less stability and ankle protection when walking on uneven terrain.

Clothing

Layers, layers, layers!

  • Socks​

    • Wearing an appropriate pair of socks can make a big difference on your footwear fit and comfort during the hike.  

    • Good choice: wool hiking socks. ​

    • Extra pair.

  • Base layer: short or long sleeves. 

    • Good choice: merino wool, synthetic materials.​

  • Mid-layer 1: Medium weight (i.e. fleece, wool).

  • Mid-layer 2: Warm jacket (i.e. thick fleece, down jacket)

  • Waterproof Jacket: with hood.

    • Good choice: Gore-Tex or equivalent.

  • Light weight pants or shorts. 

    • Good choice: nylon.

    • No jeans.

  • Gloves or mittens.

    • Good choice: Gore-Tex or equivalent.

  • Sunhat or cap.

  • Hat/Tuque, ear warmers or Buff.

 

Recommended:

  • Waterproof pants or gathers.

    • Good choice: with side zippers, Gore-Tex or equivalent.​​​

Miscellaneous
  • Backpack: large enough to carry spare clothing, lunch and water. (25 - 40L recommended)

  • Water: 2 liters.​

  • Trekking poles: helps reduce impact on knees and back, specially on the way down.

  • Sunglasses with good UV protection

  • Sunscreen

  • Toilet paper
  • Mosquito repellant

 

If you are missing any of the above, contact us to see if we can provide it for you.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that once you have booked a service with us it means that we have reserved time in our schedule exclusively for you.

If you cancel your appointment less than 72 hours before it is scheduled to take place, you will not be refunded.

To avoid a cancellation fee, please provide cancellation notice at least 72 hours prior to your service.

 

You can cancel or reschedule a service by:

emailing us: banffhikingcompany@gmail.com

texting or calling: 1 403-497-6676.