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“A must-do in Lake Louise”

Great Divide Nature Interpretation
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Great Divide Nature Interpretation provides informative guided hiking and snowshoeing in the Lake Louise and Banff area. Nadine Fletcher and Joel Hagen have over 20 years experience and are certified “Master” interpretive guides. In summer, full day and half day private trips. In winter, half day group and private trips.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed July 14, 2013

This was one of the best experiences during our trip through AB and BC: educational, entertaining, a great hike and above all a lot of fun for the whole family. Our 2 boys (10 & 11) loved it. A great day (cloudy at first, then sunny) starting and ending at Lake Moraine, with a hike to Conciliation Lake, guided by Joel, who really went out of his way to make the hike very educational, interactive and fun. In so far that days later, the boys are still talking continuously about the animals, birds, trees and items they saw, heard and even tasted.
If you are in Lake Louise, we can definitely recommend this experience, for families with kids.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Daidalos66
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This hike was the highlight of the trip for my wife and me during our visit to the Banff area. We found Nadine/Joel through Trip Advisor and contacted them for the details. Joel responded immediately with a detailed email with answers to every question I could imagine.

We did a whole day hike to "The Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse and Viewpoint", a 6-7 hour 8-mile hike. Nadine was our guide who was just awesome. She had all the details about the geology of the area, the animals in the area, the history of the area and much more. We just did not feel the time go by.

Moreover, we started with a pleasant weather starting at Lake Louise around 9:15 AM and by the time we reached the Teahouse on top around noon we experience rain and hail. Enjoyed it sitting at the Teahouse sipping our hot soup, PB&J and coffee. Along the way we stopped a multiple locations with Nadine explaining the details about the area all the while pacing our hike to keep a steady heart rate.

This time we did not plan our trip properly and we were not equipped well to do the hike. Again, Nadine and Joel came to our rescue. They had extra rain jackets, rain pants and mittens for us to use. We chose not to use hiking poles. Without the rain jackets, rain pants and the mittens, our trip would have been miserable. So, plan on bringing them if you're planning to hike.

Things to bring:
1. Caps/Hats (preferably water proof) and Winter Hat
2. Layers of clothing with a rain jacket
3. Rain pants (preferably with zippers on the size to wear them without removing your shoes)
4. Mittens
5. Water and snacks
6. Lunch (if you prefer not to purchase food at the Teahouse)
7. Good hiking boots with good grip (avoid sandals and slip-ons shoes)
8. Sunscreen
9. Umbrella and/or Poncho

Excellent picture trail for photographers. I had a heavy professional camera. I'd recommend a lighter camera with wide angle and zoom cameras. All-in-one lenses like 18-200 or 18-270 are perfect. If you're a serious photographer, I'd recommend a tripod as well along with circular polarizer filter for your lens.

Again, I'd highly recommend not just this trail but the experience with Nadine/Joel.


Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Ravi G
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

What an superb day spent with our guide Nadine on the trail up to Twin Falls. The Canadian Rockies never cease to amaze. Incredible vistas draped with gorgeous waterfalls right up to the end of the trail where we had lunch and cooled off with the natural a/c of Twin Falls. Nadine's innate knowledge of the natural surroundings made this hike a true adventure into the wild. Her impersonation of a mushroom complete with hyphae, greening of the lichen, and hilarious demonstration the Shrew(ahem), all combined to make a truly great day! This was our 2nd booking with Great Divide Day Hikes. What an excellent way to spend Canada Day! Highly recommended.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Douglas66
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Joel led my wife and I on a 1/2 day hike of the Plain of Six Glaciers at Lake Louise. His insights into the geological attributes of the mountains and glaciers as well as his knowledge of the local flora and fauna made the trip incredibly interesting and informative. I recommend Great Divide to anyone who wants to learn more about this beautiful area of the Canadian Rockies.

Date of experience: June 2013
1  Thank bob s
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Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Had a lovely morning hike with Nadine from Lake Louise up the trial towards the Six Glaciers Tea House. Nadine arranged an easy meet at the visitor centre and after a quick discussion we transferred to the main car park to start our hike. And what a fun, informative and enjoyable hike it proved to be. There seemed to be no end to the objects pulled from Marine's pack to illustrate what she was talking about, and on a very wide range of subjects relavant to the nature, history, geology (etc) of the area - and what a fun way to learn she made it. At the end of our time, we chose to extend our walk to go onto the Teahouse itself while Nadine returned on her own to meet her next clients and well worth it was to do that. Although mid June, we really needed good boots, poles, hats, gloves and multiple layers (and a snack & water) - there was still sizeable mounds of snow to clamber over in places and temperature was only just above 0C by the time we got to the Teahouse. It was great to have the personal attention of a very well informed Naturalist, who took every care to tailor the hike to our interests and limitations.

Date of experience: June 2013
2  Thank Wavepower
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