Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure

Calgary, AB, Canada

KS
Karina Safari
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Jan 20 - 26, 2023
Group size: 10 - 12
Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure
Calgary, AB, Canada

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
37 reviews

$NaN
Jan 20 - 26, 2023
Group size: 10 - 12

About this trip

Join our team in CANADIAN ROCKIES, a true frosty winter wonderland, to experience a UNIQUE NATURAL PHENOMENON - millions of bubbles of methane on ideally smooth icy lakes surface that create incredible surrealistic patterns! Surrounded by rocky snowy peaks and glaciers the whole landscape looks like a magical piece of art! 🎨🏔❄️ 

Bonus of this trip ☝🏾- a memorable photography of the most wow-moments captured by talented crew photographer Alex Mironyuk


🔥 Trip Highlights: 


☃️ 3 days in Nordegg region to experience a unique Abraham lake with its millions of frozen bubbles natural phenomenon and beautiful snowy trails

☃️ 2 days of snowshoe adventure in BANFF, Jasper and Yoho National Parks to see surrealistically impressive frozen waterfalls, canyons and rivers, surrounded by dramatic peaks

☃️ Drive along the epic Icefield Highway

☃️ Comfortable lodging, with opportunity to relax in spa & sauna after the frosty hiking day 

☃️ Professional photography

☃️ Great company of fun and adventurous people like you and tons of happy memories!

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✈️  Trip start/end: Calgary, Canada

🥾 Average daily hiking distance:  ~ 5-8 miles of snowy trails dialy, moderate elevation gain 1500+ feet 

😫 Level of difficulty:  Intermediate (no special climbing skills required)

🏔 Participant's  Physical fitness:  Intermediate,. Previous hiking experience preferred

🏡  Accommodation:  Comfortable hotels & lodges (2 people sharing rooms w/private bathroom)

🚙  Transport: AWD Premium SUV's 7-seaters

🍭  Kids:  16+ (assisted by parent, previous hiking experience is must)


Disclaimer:

☝🏾 The itinerary below is a draft plan. The final day-by-day logistics will be confirmed approximately 7 days before departure depending on weather and road conditions. All alternative trails and activities will be offered by Organizer according to safety reasons and weather conditions

☝🏾 In case of unfavorable weather conditions Organizer will change the initially booked accommodation for alternative options that will be available on our dates of travel according to new logistics

Packing list

- A backpack for carrying all your gear, extra clothing, food, camera, water etc

- Flashlight (preferably a headlamp) with a set of spare batteries

- Winter down-jacket and pants for arctic cold weather

- Thermal underwear

- Arctic mask (balaclava).

- Ski goggles (in case of strong wind)

- Insulated winter boots

- Micro-spikes that will help you stay on your feet when walking both on flat ice and icy slopes. Please don't buy cheap "made in china" items cost $10 - they fail apart in the first hours of use. Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System should work for you or similar

- Snowshoes chosen according to your weight. The best snowshoe option is the ASCENT SERIES from MSR (can be found online )

- Hiking poles (if you use them), they make your life easier not only for ascents and descents, but also in deep snow

- Warm winter gloves. The best: The Heat Company (Austria) or similar 

- Hand & toe warmers (inserts for gloves and shoes, can be purchased on Amazon or REI)

- Lip balm

Travel Cancellation Policy

In if the Trip departure is canceled by Organizer, the amount paid by Participant will be fully refundable;

If the trip is cancelled by Participant due to any reason, the following penalties will be applied: 

- Cancellation 60 o more days before departure - fully refundable

- Cancellation 59 to 45 calendar days before departure - up to 50% of the trip cost, including registration deposit 

- Cancellation 44 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable

Travel cancellation insurance policy is very recommended  for this Trip

Weather

The ideal winter weather conditions in Canada is air temperature -20 ° C to -10 ° C with very strong winter cold winds. You should stock up on good sturdy winter clothing and shoes and thermal underwear.

Canada travel entry requirements:

The Canada border will be reopening to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the US) for discretionary travel as of August 9, 2021.

No self-isolation is required. All restrictions has been lifted however masks are still required on public transit.

To be eligible for entry to Canada you should be:

- Fully vaccinated at time of travel (having your 2nd vaccine done at least 2 weeks before arrival).

- Show no symptoms of Covid-19 on the day of entry

How meals will be organized


On the day of arrival we will have time to do grocery shopping to buy trail snacks and meal items you might need along the trip. Grocery stores will be available in Nordegg and Banff towns as well.

Hotels rooms are always equipped with mini-fridges to keep your groceries.


Breakfasts:

Available in hotels at additional cost


Lunches:

Take your own trail snack. You can purchase it in advance. In addition, we would suggest taking your own dry snacks from home such as trail mix, energy bars, chocolate etc.

If itinerary and time allows, we stop by for lunch at the local cafeterias or breweries as well.


Dinners:

We make an advanced group table reservations in the restaurants upon our own dining experience and availability of dining options in the region.


Wi-Fe and Cellphone reception

Cellphone reception is very limited or non-existent in the national parks

Wi-fi and cellphone reception is available in hotels and towns

What’s included

  • Lodging
    Comfortable hotels and lodges twin rooms w/private bathroom: 2 nights in Calgary (arrival & departure), 2 nights in Nordegg, 2 nights in Banff town
  • Transportation
    Premium class SUV 7 seater
  • Professional assistance
    2 Team Leaders : Karina Safari & Alex Mironyuk
  • Admissions & Parking
  • All arrangements
  • Photography
    Alex Mironyuk
  • Airfare
    to/from Calgary
  • Meals
    breakfast at hotel, trail snack, dinner at the restaurants
  • Optionals
    Gear rentals (if any), optional activities etc
  • Airport transfers
    On arrival & departure day participants should use a free hotel shuttle service or taxi service

Itinerary

Day 1. Jan 20 (Fri)
Arrival in Calgary, Alberta province

Arrival in the afternoon. Meet in Calgary, located near the airport.  After a short introductory briefing, we will go to our first dinner together, where we can get to know each other a little better.

Stay at hotel in Calgary

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
37 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

Amazing experience! Very well organized, awesome group of people. Lifetime memories are guaranteed!
By Andriy G for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mt (Memorial day 2022) on 06 Jun, 2022
LZ
The best part of any trip is to meet new people and get to know everyone in a group. You can't find a better place to do this then gorgeous Hawaii. The food was diverse and delicious, abundance of fruit will surprise anyone. Accomodations were comfortable and spacious. I can't wait for the next adventure to meet new and old friends
By Larysa Z for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 12 Nov, 2021
OK
Another amazing trip with Safarika! My husband and I came back home rested, energized, and with new wonderful friends. Collecting our vacation time for another adventures with Safarika. Looking forward for new travels with beginner and medium level hikes.
By Olga K for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 09 Nov, 2021
Thank you very much Karina and Alex for fantastic views, great company and delicious food!
By Victoria M for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 14 Oct, 2021
It's my second trip with Karina. As the previous time everything was well organized: accommodations, transportation, permits, passes, dining.. All we have to care about - is to have fun! What I like the most about trips with Karina is a balance between challenging and interesting hikes - if you have to push yourself to get somewhere - be sure you'll be rewarded. Several trip highlights: - One of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Rocky Mountain NP - Sunrise hike with spectacular views over the park. Each picture taken there worth National Geographics cover - Variety of restaurants reserved ahead of time - And of course people!
By Valerii T for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 12 Oct, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
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I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019