Rocky Mountain Camping Tours
Key information to make sure your tour rocks!
What to bring:
It's true, all you really need is a pair of shoes and a smile but these items will help you make the most of your experience.
2 complete warm layers that are not cotton (think fleece, polyester, merino wool etc, for top and bottom)
Rain jacket (anything wind and waterproof will work. Doesn't need to be worthy of deep sea fishing)
Comfortable walking shoes (don't need to be hiking boots. Anything you are comfy and stable in and don't mind getting wet and maybe dirty)
Bathing suit and towel (for swimming or hot springs along the way)
Small day pack to carry your personal items on hikes
Any medications you need (like epi pens, asthma or heart meds, insulin) Very important!
Suitcase/ duffel bag or back pack for your luggage (we have lots of room, bring whatever works- you won't have to carry it)
Hiking poles if you feel you might need them to protect your knees on rocky paths
Sunscreen, bug spray, sun glasses, lip chap and water bottle are all good ideas
Camera for the epic views
Good Things to Know:
We have 5 usb ports in our vans, so you are able to plug your electronic devices in during the time the van is driving. Some of the bathrooms have power outlets as well, which you can plug in and charge for a while. Don't forget your charger!
The big thing to know is that the Rockies are entirely unpredictable and you can experience every season in a single hour. On a hike it may be hot and dunny, then windy, then suddenly foggy, some rain and as you hike over a ridge there may be snow! This can be beautiful and fun, but also tough for planning.
That being said, 90 percent of the time you can expect amazing weather. We usually experience roughly 5 rainy tour days each summer on our Rockies tours. Expect the temperature to be 25C / 80f during the day and 15C / 60f at night. September trips can be a little colder at night.
Tipping/ Gratuities in Canada
Although it is never expected or required, tipping is customary in Canada for people in the service industry (servers, drivers, guides etc). Here are some basic guidelines:
- 10-20% of bill for servers. (10 for not so great, 15 for average, 20 for exceptional, more if you are trying to impress them. :). )
- Guides: While our guides are paid above industry average, it is no secret that guiding is a lifestyle job. Standard tipping for guides is $5-10 per guest, per day, per guide. This applied to raft guides, kayak guides, horseback guides and your Fresh Adventures guides. Please remember this is never expected and only something nice if you feel like it.
How To Prepare For Your Tour
Our tours are designed so that almost everyone could jump off a plane with a smile and have a great time. That being said, there are a few things you can do to enhance your experience with us. Arriving in reasonable physical condition will ensure that you enjoy the hikes more, spending more time enjoying the view and less time gasping for breath with your head between your legs! (just kidding:)..) Below are some pretty good ideas:
- Go for a few walks, up to 6 km long, with some uphill.
- Climb up 20 flights of stairs
- Balance on 1 foot while you cook or brush your teeth. (I know it's kooky but it helps you balance on uneven trails).
- Stretch, especiaally back and legs.
- But don't worry... you are going to have a great time either way!
Tour Pick up/ Drop Off:
Pick Up: Between 3:30 pm and 4 pm. We can pick you up from any hotel in downtown Calgary. (Airport hotels are not ideal due to traffic but let us know and we will see what we can do). We can also pick up from the downtown Greyhound Station. We are not able to pick up from the Calgary Airport.
If you are flying in on the day of your tour we recommend meeting at the Marriott Downtown Hotel on 9th Ave SW. (Please make sure you are there by 3:30 pm)
You can generally fly in by 2 pm (add time for customs) and a cab from the airport to downtown is roughly 20 minutes
Please be ready 15 minutes before the time we say we will be there. (Traffic is unpredictable so we may be a bit early or late).
Drop Off: 7 Day Tour: You can choose to be dropped off in Banff at any hotel or the bus station, or any hotel in Calgary, as well as the bus station or the airport. Please don't book any flights before 4 pm on the last day of your tour. 6 Day Tour: Ends in Jasper on the morning of day 6. You are able to shuttle to the Edmonton Airport from here, or shuttle back to Banff, Calgary or Calgary Airport. 9 Day Tour: Ends in Banff on late afternoon of day 9. We aim to drop you off anywhere in downtown Banff by 5 pm. From here you can hop on a shuttle to Calgary Downtown or a shuttle to Calgary Airport, arriving by 7:30 pm. 12 Day Tour: Ends in Calgary at 2 pm on day 12. We can drop you off at any hotel, the airport or anywhere else that catches your fancy.
COMPLETE YOUR WAIVER ONLINE!
Before participating in your adventure we need a completed waiver from each member of your group. You can view and sign the waiver by clicking below. Please read the entire waiver and make sure you understand the waiver before signing. If you do not understand the waiver or are not comfortable signing the waiver please contact us and we can help.
Phone: 1 (778) 871-2539 Email: Info@freshadventures.ca