Guided conservation hikes
From lakeside views to mountain vistas, Parks Canada guided conservation hikes show how species and their habitats are connected. Get an insider’s look at the cutting-edge work being done by Parks Canada conservation experts to protect species at risk and restore balance in critical habitats in the mountain national parks.
New to hiking?
Conservation hikes are a great way to explore with a trained Parks Canada guide and learn more about the beautiful Canadian Rockies! Small group sizes allow plenty of opportunities to gain hiking tips and tricks or ask questions about the local plants and animals.
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Your safety and the safety of our staff is our top priority. Group sizes have been reduced to 6 and there will be no sharing of props and equipment. Risk mitigation measures for Covid-19 will be in place during the hike program.
Questions you will be asked by the guide on the morning of your hike
- Do you have a cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing or any new or worsening symptoms?
- Have you travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days?
- Have you had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has traveled anywhere outside Canada in the last 14 days?
- Have you been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days?
If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you may not participate on the hike and you will receive a full refund.
Please remember to adhere to the following protocols during the hike
- Physical distance with people outside of your household.
- Good hygiene, e.g. sanitize hands before and after eating/drinking, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching face.
- You may bring your own masks, if desired.
What to bring
A day of hiking in the Rockies requires preparation. Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains and higher elevations increase your exposure to the sun and stormy weather. To have a safe and fun time outdoors you will need to bring:
- Warm layers of clothes (no cotton), rain jacket and rain pants, winter gloves, and a winter toque / hat
- Hearty lunch and multiple snacks
- Drinking water, at least 2 litres or ½ gallon per person
- Sturdy and worn in hiking boots and extra wool socks
- Hiking poles (required for the Mount Stephen hike)
- Sturdy and supportive backpack with a waist belt
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, insect repellent
- Toilet paper in a plastic bag for disposal, hand sanitizer
- Reading glasses, if you wear them
- Blister kit and personal medical supplies (just in case)
- Sorry, no pets please.
Learn more about how we are protecting species, habitats and ecosystems in Yoho National Park.