Disclaimer:
This is not an official Chasing Sunrise event.
There is no help or guidance provided by Chasing Sunrise Inc. on this trip.
You're totally cool getting to and from The Rockies on your own and sorting out all the details required to do so!

OUR SCHEDULE

We've thrown our schedule below. We'll be sticking to it, so feel free to tag along, copy part of it, or just meet us out in AB at the Rockies for a badass weekend.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

2:30AM - MEET UP - WALMART
3585 Grandview Hwy (map here)

3:00AM- SQUAD ROLL OUT

Drive time: 5 hours, 30 minutes
Slack time: 30 minutes

9:00AM - MEET UP - WELLS GREY PROVINCIAL PARK
Checking out Helmcken Falls Rim Trail
Details here.

2:00PM - SQUAD ROLL OUT

Drive time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Slack time: 30 minutes

Lose an hour due to time travel

7:00PM (MST) - ARRIVE IN JASPER
Meeting at 24/7 Tim Hortons (702 Connaught Dr., Jasper)
Find your own camping. We've put together a list of some spots we like here.
 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Drive time: 1 hours, 20 minutes

8:30AM - MEET UP - MALIGNE CANYON
Meeting up in the Maligne Canyon parking lot.

9:00AM - EXPLORE MALIGNE CANYON
Details here.

12:20PM - SQUAD ROLL OUT – HEADING TO ICEFIELDS PARKWAY

We'll be checking out a bunch of spots throughout the Icefields Parkway.

Some of the key ones we will be hitting are:

  1. COLUMBIA ICEFIELD

    1. Turn R onto Snocoach Rd then IMMEDIATE R onto Glacier Rd to trailhead.

  2. BIG HILL AND BIG BEND

    1. Long uphill loop, there is a service road after the loop to pull off and regroup

  3. BOW SUMMIT LOOKOUT

    1. From Peyto Lake parking lot, it's a 2 hour round trip hike.

7:00PM - MEET UP - LAKE LOUISE
Meeting at Bill Peyto's Cafe (203 Village Rd.)
Quick rendezvous before we head off for camping.
Find your own camping. We've put together a list of some spots we like here.
 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

6:00AM - MEET UP - SUNRISE AT LAKE LOUISE
Park in parking lot.

7:04AM - SUNRISE
Chill at the lake

8:30AM - SQUAD ROLL OUT

Drive time: 45 minutes

9:30AM - MEET UP - EMERALD LAKE
Hang at the lake or take a hike around.
Details here.

Gain an hour due to time travel

2:00PM - SQUAD ROLL OUT
Heading back towards Vancouver.
See yah at home.

1:00AM (PST) - ARRIVE HOME

KEY CONSIDERATIONS

  • Does your car have a Canada Parks pass?
    • If not you can get one from MEC for free.
    • You will need a proper pass for Wells Gray National Park, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise National Park and/or Banff National Park. They can also be purchased on site.
  • Is each passenger/driver/vehicle equipped for all activities planned for the trip?
    • Do you have the necessary gear, safety items, food, and hydration for everything you're doing?
  • Is one person in the vehicle able to stay connected with the rest of the group? (i.e. WhatsApp group, text message, etc.)
    • Does this vehicle have a walkie talkie with another vehicle?
    • Is this vehicle staying in contact with another vehicle for the duration of the trip?
    • Will this vehicle be flying solo at any point of the trip? (i.e. deciding not to attend one of the activities and just meet at the next one)
      • If so, does anyone else in the group (example: Julian, Gordon, Ashley) know about these plans.

CAMPING DETAILS

Sleeping responsibly is key to making this trip rad for you. We've put together a quick round of some things to think about and some camp spots for you to check out.

  • Has you car figured out and secured camping spots in Jasper for Saturday Sept 2nd and in Jasper and Sunday Sept 3rd in Lake Louise/Banff?
  • If backcountry camping, has your car secured backcountry permits?
    • Any backcountry camping must get a permit beforehand by calling 1-877-737-3783 or going to pc.gc.ca/bookjasperbackcountry and it's $10/ person.
  • Has your car made a backup plan if you decided on overflow camping and it's full?

SATURDAY, SEPT 2ND: JASPER

  • Snaring Campground - Overflow Camping - 20 minutes north of Jasper - first come, first serve
  • Wapiti Campground - Overflow Camping - 10 minutes south of Jasper - first come, first serve
  • WalMart – for those sleeping in your car
  • Wildhorse Lake - check for availability - first come, first serve
  • Edson RV Park - tent options up to 5 people for some sites - $40 per night. - 2 hrs from Malign Canyon
  • Watson Creek - check for availability - first come, first serve - 1.5 hrs from Malign Canyon

There are dozens of other campsites around. Do some research and find a spot that works for you.

SUNDAY, SEPT 3RD: LAKE LOUISE

  • Bow Valley Provincial Park - there are a couple of different camping areas in Bow Valley.
  • Spray Lakes West - 1 hr 30min south of Lake Lousie
  • For all "first come first serve" Campsites in the Kananaskis Country, Alberta Parks has a spot on their website to show WEEKEND CAMPING VACANCY. It gets updated Friday/Saturday/Sunday at 11AM & 4PM with how many spots. Please check this out as we exit our activity on Sunday for the best park to go to. Bow Valley Provincial Park seems to be the closest to Lake Louise.

There are dozens of other campsites around. Do some research and find a spot that works for you.

CONTACT

If you have any questions/comments/concerns, you can hit Julian or Ashley up at the numbers below.

Julian DeSchutter
604-307-7816
julian@chasingsunri.se

Ashley Bergson
778-835-3883
ashleyb@chasingsunri.se

Disclaimer: We are not guides/mountain experts and this is NOT a guided adventure.
You are attending at your own risk and with your own prep and knowledge.
Do your own research, understand the route/conditions and make sure you are comfortable on your own, if needed.