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Brush with Nature in the Canadian Rockies
Spend four days enjoying activities including hiking, river rafting on the Kootenay River and mountain biking with fully certified and experienced guides. During the interpretive tours you will
learn about the history of the First Nations people.
Day 1 - Arrive at CrossRiver Wilderness Centre by 5:00 p.m. After preliminary introductions, a hot evening meal will be served in the main lodge. After dinner, discuss more
about the coming multi-sport adventures, and then the evening is yours to relax at the Wilderness Centre.
Day 2 - After an early breakfast, pack some small day packs and prepare to head out on a full-day hiking out-trip. Once at the trailhead (approximately a 45 minute drive), you
will have an on-location safety talk, and begin the journey. The trail takes you through dense forest and scree slopes before arriving at a large subalpine meadow, with colourful wildflowers
everywhere. Continue hiking to a picturesque high subalpine lake. At the large lake, you can spend some time exploring around the area, whether walking around the lake itself; hiking up to the
adjacent ridgeline; or even moving further up above the treeline onto a snowpatch, or scree slope. We will start making our way back down to the trailhead by 3:00 p.m., arriving back at CrossRiver
for dinner. The night is again yours to relax at the Wilderness Centre, whether alone with a book, around the campfire, or in the outdoor wood-fired hot tub. Walking distance: 7-8 km, one way;
elevation gain: 700m.
Day 3 - After an early breakfast, you will spend today on a full-day river rafting trip on the Kootenay River. Depending on time of year, the waters may range from Class 2 to
3+, with some short sections of low Class 4 rapids in June. The surrounding cliffs, characteristic waterfalls, and good stories along the way make this trip a fun and unique way to enjoy the
mountains. You will aim to be back at CrossRiver by 5:00 p.m., just in time to wash up before dinner.
Day 4 - Make the most of your final day with one last half-day hike. After reaching the trailhead, begin a steep, though short, ascent up to a high alpine mountain ridge—well
above treeline (if your legs are still recovering from previous days, a gentler half-day hike is also possible instead). The hike is, but steady, as it is a very unique experience to be able to reach
this high on only a half-day hike. Pass through thinning forest and then large low alpine meadows at treeline, with carpets of wildflowers, before reaching the ridgeline with 360˚ views of mountain
peaks. Head back down to the trailhead by 12:00 p.m., and arrive back at CrossRiver for an early-afternoon lunch. After lunch you will depart. Walking distance: 3-4 km, one way; elevation gain:
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Price includes certified guides; all meals; all extra activity costs that may arise while on hikes; group gear and supplies; PFDs; wet/rain gear for the river; all taxes; all
necessary permits; three nights Wilderness Centre accommodation, based on double occupancy; and river and trailhead transportation.
Cross River Wilderness Centre
Cross River Wilderness Centre is a family run eco-centre is located in the Rockies between Kootenay National Park, Assiniboine Provincial Park, Height of the Rockies Provincial Park and Banff
National Park. The centre has accommodation in teepees and heritage cabins with activities including hiking, backpacking, rafting and canoeing adventures; environmental and experiential education
programmes; inter-cultural sharing experiences with First Nations people.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Windows on the wild