Camp Highlights

  • See the larches turn the valley golden
  • Stay at the luxurious Shadow Lake Lodge with on site chef and personal cabins
  • Explore the area with just a day bag then come relax at the Lodge
  • Maximize your time with ACMG hiking guides and low guiding ratios 

Dates & price

  •  September 12th - 16th, 2022
  • $1,895 + Tax / Person

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 Please email our adventure coordinator at [email protected] to see what configurations are available and to book. We have room for 3 groups of 2. In order to keep the costs as low as possible we do need an even number of participants.

A Step (or 5) Above Glamping...

Shadow Lake Lodge is nestled near the towering grandeur of Mt Ball. It's easily accessible with the trail head not far from the Town of Banff and the hike is a fairly gradual 14km hike in on an old fire road. Private cabins and gourmet meals provide a relaxing and comfortable base for the guided day hikes that we will take you on in this camp. All meals withe exception of lunch on the first day are provided by the experienced kitchen team and professional chef. The lodge is equipped with a full commercial kitchen.

The lodge is the perfect base camp as it sets you up for many hikes that take you quickly into the alpine and to come amazing view points. The ratio for this camp is 6 participants to one guide.

Trails include Gibbon Pass, Pharaoh Creek to Egypt Lakes, Whistling Pass and more.

Camp Objectives

Hike, hike and hike! ACMG hiking guide, Alison Cardinal, scoped out the area last year during our very season up at Shadow Lake. She knows the best lookouts to take photos and all the best trails, including some classic like Gibbon Pass, Whistling Pass and Pharaoh Creek to Egypt Lakes.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Day 1: Meet your group at the Red Earth Creek Parking Lot at 8:00 AM (MST) and walk the 13km road in. On the road watch out for Terry the Grouse. Unload at the cabins then walk 1km to go check out Shadow Lake.
  • Days 2, 3 and 4 (general itinerary):
  • 0700: Breakfast (rotating kitchen schedule to allow for social distancing) and pack lunches.
  • 0830: Hikes Depart!
  • 1630: Head back to the cabins for tea and a snack.     
  • 1800: Dinner (rotating kitchen schedule to allow for social distancing).
  • 1930: Free time to journal, read, share stories or play a card game.
  • Day 5: Pack up and head back down the road.
Is this Camp For Me?

Introductory

This camp is designed for anyone who wants to hike in the mountains. You don’t need previous hiking experience but you should be prepared to walk 4-7 hours with a light day bag and walk the 14km trail in with all your gear for the camp. See gear list for things to pack. Some trails will be rocky and uneven but no climbing is necessary.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

We are very excited to share the meals prepared in the onsite commercial kitchen by our professional chef at the lodge. Breakfast, lunch, tea + goodies and Dinner will be served each day. On top of that there is an extensive wine and beer list to quench the post-hike thirst (subject to additional cost).

Accommodation

You will be staying in your private cabin at Shadow Lake Lodge. For more details on the Lodge visit their website.

Guiding

Our maximum 6:1 guiding ratio will give you the best possible chance of success. 
The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!

Rentals

If you don't have everything on the gear list and aren't ready to invest in your own, there are many awesome local businesses that rent out all of the equipment you will need.  Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.

  • Coming from the Bow Valley? Check out GearUp in Canmore. ACC members get 10% off all gear rentals!
  • Coming from Calgary? We recommend renting your gear from MEC, the University of Calgary Outdoors Center, or the Norseman.
  • Coming from the Revelstoke? Give Revelstoke Powder Rentals a try.

Your Guides

ALISON CARDINAL

Alison moved to Canmore from Northern Ireland. She's spent a lot of time hill walking in rainy Scotland, as well as climbing and skiing in Chamonix, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees and Kenya. She is a fully certified ACMG hiking and ski guide and we are lucky to have her as an active trip leader with the Rocky Mountain Section and guide on National ski and trekking trips.


Adventure Map

MORE INFORMATION

   Email us
  403 678 3200 ext. 213


Course Documents

Gear List

Before registering, please review our Waivers and Liability page:

Trip Waivers and Liability Page


Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy  
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


INCLUDED WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 5 days professional guiding at max 6:1 ratios by certified ACMG Hiking Guide 
  • Accommodation in Private Cabin at Shadow Lake Lodge
  • All meals made by a professional on site chef
  • All group gear

PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE

  • Transportation to and from Red Earth Creek parking lot
  • Lunch on day 1 and dinner on day 5
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • National Park vehicle pass

ORGANIZING FANTASTIC ACC ADVENTURES FOR OVER 100 YEARS

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community