This was our first trip to the Canadian Rockies and we didn’t know what to expect for hiking conditions. We had 3 days to hike in the Lake Louise area, and we wanted to make the most of the experience. We emailed Great Divide Nature Interpretation and told them a little about us (in our mid-fifties) and provided an overview of our prior hiking experience (mostly New England). Joel and Nadine suggested 3 hikes that complemented our skills and provided a good diversity in elevation, plants and wildlife.
Nadine guided our hike to “Bow Summit Lookout”. A fresh dusting of snow on this high elevation hike provided a great opportunity for identifying animal tracks. Joel guided our hikes to the “The Big Beehive”, which includes amazing views of Lake Louise, and “Stanley Glacier Valley” which provides an excellent example of a forest regenerating after a fire. We hiked “The Big Beehive” on September 25th and the larch trees were in their full fall glory, glistening gold in the sun.
My expectation was we were just hiring a guide to lead us on the different trails so we would not have to worry about where we were going. What we got was so much more. Hiking with Nadine and Joel is just plain fun and educational. They educate you about the plants, the wildlife, and the history in such an entertaining way, with a backpack full of visual aids and props that makes the hikes fun and memorable. We highly recommend hiking with Great Divide Nature Interpretation and will hike with them again the next time we travel to Lake Louise.