Skala programs are also about exploring various parts of Canada and Slovakia. If you wish to learn about the natural, historic and cultural jewels of these beautiful countries, we are happy to custom-design a trip for you.
Whether you have been drawn to hike and explore the Canadian Rocky Mountain wilderness by foot, or paddle in colorful Ontario painted by the red Maple leaves, we are happy to provide an adventure of a lifetime.
The Canadian Rockies are home to some of Canada’s best hiking and backpacking. Come and join us for a time of growth, creating memories, and challenging your body and mind while we wonder along the stunning classic trails in the national and provincial parks of Alberta and British Columbia. Whether you are a beginner or experienced hiker, we offer custom designed trips based on your level of ability and interest. Our locally experienced and knowledgeable guides look forward to exploring the Rocky Mountains with you!
The Best of Canadian Wild West Classics:
Kananaskis Country is a great alternative for wilderness enthusiasts with less travelled trails comparing to Banff or Jasper National Parks. It is a great paradise offering wide mountain valleys and peaks, providing adventurers great opportunities to hike, climb, fish or ski. It is located in the Front Ranges of the Canadian Rockies – and is often referred to by locals as the “K-Country”.
K-country also offers great wildlife viewing opportunities, being home to popular birds of prey such as Bald or Golden Eagles, or other wildlife including wolf, grizzly or black bear, moose, elk, deer or sheep.
Come and join us on this adventure crossing mountain passes, seeking solitude along glacier fed lakes and enjoying one of less explored highlights of the Canadian Rockies.
Duration: 5 days
Day 1: Kananaskis Lakes – Three Isle Lake Campground
Meeting in Canmore and discussing the trip logistics. We also check your gear and all the appropriate equipment necessary for the next 5 days. Driving to our trailhead for about 1hour, we can start enjoying the Kananaskis Country from the car, until the start of our destination – Upper Kananaskis Lake. We begin hiking along the Upper Kananaskis Lake, passing a campsite called the Forks, where we can take a break for lunch and enjoy solitude by the river. From here we continue to hike up the Three Isle headwall and set up camp for the night at Three Isle Lake campsite (2175m.). Distance 10.2km. Elevation gain 525m.
Day 2: Meadows and Lakes Exploration
Today we enjoy hiking with no packs, as we hike out of tree line, with scenic views opening up high and wide. Travelling across wide mountain meadows, we enjoy the colourful mountain meadows. The views here are stunning, as we are surrounded by the shadows and solitude of the local mountain giants. After a reflection activity, we return to our Three Isle Lake campsite, and enjoy walking around the lake, or just soak in the solitude of this area. Distance 10km. Elevation gain 600m, loss 600m.
Day 3: Three Isle Lake Campground – Turbine Canyon Campground
Today’s goal is to cross the Continental Divide through South Kananaskis Pass (2306m), which will allow us to reach the province of British Columbia; travel on some rough trails before our big climb to North Kananaskis Pass (2368m). Then we cross back into Alberta, while enjoying the surrounding Maude Lake, wildflower meadows and of course great mountain vistas. Our final destination for today is Turbine Canyon campsite. Turbine Canyon Camp (2200m) is located above the confluence of Maude Brook and the Upper Kananaskis River, and offers great exploration opportunities around a beautiful narrow canyon. Distance 14.2km. Elevation gain 730m, loss 650m.
Day 4: Turbine Canyon Campground- Forks Campground
This morning we can either rest or explore around the canyon if we haven’t yet done so. Then we hike along the forest trails as we descend to the familiar Forks campground in the Upper Kananaskis River valley. Distance 7.8km. Elevation loss 400m.
Day 5: Forks Campground to Kananaskis Lakes Trailhead
Today we return to civilization, even though we probably won’t feel like leaving this area just yet. We hike from Forks Campground along the Upper Kananaskis River valley to the Upper Kananaskis Lake, soaking in the last few hours of the K-country. Distance 7km. Elevation loss 100m.
You will need to bring personal backpacking equipment and clothing. Consider purchasing light weight clothing, and gear that will be both functional and well fitted for you.
We supply group camping and cooking equipment, trip food, bear spray, water purification equipment and an expedition first-aid kit.
Please assure that you bring all your clothing and gear in order to keep comfortable in the field. We will go through your clothing with you prior to the trip.
When travelling in the mountains, it is necessary to know how to adjust for the changing conditions. Bringing clothing that can be layered to achieve comfort is recommended. Please avoid cotton, as it doesn’t dry well in wet conditions, making you to loose heat rapidly.
Items you will need:
- Waterproof Jacket – a midweight synthetic/Gore-Tex jacket
- Insulated Jacket – synthetic or down jacket
- Waterproof Pants – a midweight synthetic/Gore-Tex pants
- Hiking Pants – Preferably windproof and quick drying. Please avoid blue jeans or cotton pants.
- Long underwear – Top and Bottoms – Lightweight synthetic or merino wool
- Socks – Preferably a synthetic / merino wool blend. Bring at least three pairs
- Light Synthetic Shirt/T-shirt
- Light Gloves / Mitts
- Warm hat/toque
- Light Footwear – Crocs or similar, for comfortable use around camp.
- Boots – please make sure they are broken in, comfortable and have a good ankle support. Please waterproof your boots before your trip
- Gaiters – very helpful to keep feet dry and clean. Also keep dirt out of your boots
- Large Backpack -cca 50-70 L, depending on your personal gear. You need your pack to be large enough to carry not only your clothing, sleeping bag and mat, but also your share of group camping gear and food. If you wish to bring an additional day pack for exploring in the area we will be staying in, feel free to do so, however, make sure it’s very light weight and compressible
- Pack Cover – fitting your pack in case of a rain/snow storm. Some people also prefer lining the inside of their pack with a plastic bag to keep everything dry
- Sleeping Bag – a ‘3 season’ bag rated 0ºC to –6ºC is recommended, including the stuff sac with compression straps
- Sleeping Mat – ‘a foam’ material or a “Therm-a-rest” type
- Headlamp – With fresh batteries
- Sunglasses – With 100% UV protection
- Trekking Poles
- Water Bottle / Bladder – 1-2 L
- Personal First Aid Kit including Blister Kit –your guide will carry a larger group first aid kit as well, make sure yours is personal and small
- Personal Toiletries – Keep to a minimum with no scented items.
- Eating Utensils – personal bowl, spoon/fork, a mug, light pocket knife, etc.
- Sun Screen & Lip Balm
- Insect repellent
Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
00421 948 822 235 (SK)