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Canadian Rockies Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

The ideal combination of cozy comfort and spectacular trail running

 

Charming Mountain Lodges | Mindful Running | Glaciers + Mountains | Nordic Spa | Digital Detox

During this 7-day retreat, you’ll venture into the heart of Banff National Park and its neighbor to the east, Kananaskis Country. Drawing from our local knowledge and deep personal connections to this enchanting destination, we’ve designed an itinerary that truly maximizes our scenic rewards and avoids the heavily trafficked tourist hubs.

We’ve teamed up with locally based female professional running guides to design an incredible itinerary that takes you to some of the park’s best trail running trails offering incredible views of glaciers, turquoise lakes and jagged peaks. You will stay in off-the-beaten-track cabins and lodges that capture the charm of the Canadian Mountain West and are nestled deep within forests and meadows so stunning that you won’t even notice the fact that your cell phone is useless. Embrace the digital detox!

We’ve minimized the time we’ll spend driving from place to place in order to maximize your time to truly relax, or as the Nordic people call it, “hygge”. You’ll have opportunities to soak in your private jacuzzi tub, lounge around the campfire next to a mountain stream, snuggle under a wool blanket with a good book next to a wood-burning fireplace or drink wine in a rustic log cabin with a group of amazing women. And we’ll cap the week with an afternoon of Scandinavian-style hydrotherapy at the Nordic Spa, where you can feel your body heal from the week of trail running as you cycle through the warm, hot and cold pools and saunas designed to flush out toxins and speed recovery. You’ll return home invigorated and refreshed despite having run six days in a row!

Start Planning Your Retreat

Canadian Rockies Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

• Two nights at Baker Creek Mountain Lodge
• Three nights at Buffalo Mountain Lodge
• One night at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
• Dedicated Retreat Leader
• Pick up and drop off from Calgary International Airport
• Banff National Park Entry Fee
• Daily breakfasts and full dinners
• Some lunches
• Daily trail runs with professional ACMG-certified guides
• Private van transportation each day to trails
• Mindful Running clinics
• Private yoga class for runners
• Trail snacks/energy food
• Luggage transfer between hotels
• Day pass to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa
• Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag

Deposit: $1500

Balance Payment Deadline: 150 days before retreat begins

Max Group Size: 15 women

Shared Room Package (per person): $TBC
Semi-Private Shared Room Package (per person): $TBC
Private Room Package (per person): $TBC

*Shared room packages have two beds. Solo travelers may choose this option and will be paired with another retreat participant.

If traveling with a friend, you may list your friend as your preferred roommate on your Retreat Participant Intake Form.

You may customize your retreat package with various add-on services.

Read the booking terms and conditions here. 

This retreat is rated Level II. This means it’s suitable for you if:

  • You’re comfortable running/hiking six days in a row for around 2 to 4 hours (including hiking sections, water breaks and photo ops).
  • You are physically able to hike long uphills and steep downhills on rocky terrain.
  • You’re OK with running/hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks and some muddy sections.
  • You’re comfortable on high and exposed, and at times narrow, trails.
  • You’re game for potentially running in the rain or light snow (we provide you with a comprehensive packing list).
  • You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes.

About the Run Distances

The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 35 and 45 miles. Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by  time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners on some days. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail closures, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.

Note that the footing in the alpine trails can be challenging at times, and you will be exposed to heights, rocky, loose rocky trails and narrow mountain trails.

Retreat Itinerary

Day 1   |   Calgary Arrivals and Retreat Opening

We ask that you book your flight to arrive before noon, otherwise arrive the day before. We will rendez-vous at the Calgary International Airport at midday, then meet our driver for the two-hour drive to Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Upon arrival, we will check into our rooms and have some time to freshen up before we convene for the Official Retreat Opening Meet and Greet followed by a short shake-out run, and later, dinner in the village of Lake Louise.
Overnight at Baker Creek Mountain Lodge
Time on Trail: 60 minutes approximately
Meals: D

Day 2   |  Paradise Valley Run

After breakfast at the hotel, we meet our guides and drive to the Lake Louise area. Today’s out-and-back in Paradise Valley our initial uphill efforts with spectacular alpine views including lakes, glaciers, wildflowers and snow-capped peaks. After our run, we’ll enjoy a photo stop  at the iconic Moraine Lake, followed by lunch on your own in the Lake Louise Village. Then we’ll return to Baker Creek, where we will have a relaxing afternoon, where you can choose your favorite way to hygge: around a campfire next to the river, in the jacuzzi tub, curled up with a book by a wood-burning fire place, a solo stroll through the woods … it’s up to you. Dinner this evening is a casual Canadian cookout dinner at the fire pits by river at Baker Creek.
Overnight Baker Creek Mountain Lodge
Run time: 2 – 3 hours on rooty, rocky trails that are largely uphill for the first half, and mostly downhill on the return trip. 
Meals: B, D

Day 3   |  Alpine Lakes Run

After breakfast, we’ll check out of our cabins and make the short drive to the nearby trailhead, where we will being our alpine lake tour. We’ll savor the solitude and serenity of this lesser-known trail connecting a series of crystal-blue  lakes that are arguably just as stunning as those overrun with tourists. At the run’s end, we’ll have a picnic lunch. Then we check into our rooms at the charming Buffalo Mountain Lodge on the edge of Banff. This evening we’ll enjoy a Sharing Circle followed by dinner in town.
Overnight Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Run time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours (including breaks) on rolling mountain single track that will involve a mix of hiking and running   
Meals: B, L, D

Day 4  |  Bow Falls Trail to Surprise Corner

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll meet our guides for a sightseeing run close to Banff along the sparkling Bow Falls Trail, including a stop at a viewpoint known as “surprise corner” for reasons that will be obvious when you’re there! This afternoon, enjoy some free to explore Banff, have lunch on your own and then meet the group at a local studio for a private yoga class just for us runners! After stretching and soothing your running muscles, we’ll enjoy a great dinner downtown before returning to the lodge for the evening.
Overnight Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Time on trail: 2 to 3 hours (including breaks) on rolling and sometimes rocky singletrack and dirt roads.
Meals: B, D 

Day 5  |  Feeling High on Castle Mountain

We have a short drive to today’s trail, which is a rewarding out-and-back run-hike on the Castle Mountain Lookout Trail. Since yesterday’s run was relatively flat, today’s takes us to higher elevations, where, (weather permitting) we’ll enjoy unparalleled views of Banff National Park. After the run, we’ll have a picnic lunch at Johnson Canyon and enjoy a short recovery hike to a bridge overlooking the canyon. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to relax or do more exploring on your own. This afternoon we’ll have a sharing circle followed by dinner at one of Banff’s trendiest eateries.
Overnight at Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Time on trail: 2 to 3 hours (including breaks) on rocky singletrack trail with some exposure to heights.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 3 Vik black sand beach

Day 6   |   Kananaskis Country

After breakfast, we check out of the lodge and drive to Kananaskis Country, where we’ll run a portion of the famed High Rockies Trail, recently completed in time for Canada’s 150-year birthday celebration. We’ll run a scenic portion of this spectacular long trail that showcases stunning views of Kananaskis Country’s sprawling peaks and expansive blue lakes. At the run’s end, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, then drive about 1 hour to Kananaskis Country. After checking into our rooms at the Kananaskis Resort, we’ll enjoy a short sharing circle and retreat closing followed by dinner. 
Overnight at the Kananaskis Mountain Resort

Time on trail: 2 – 3 hours (including breaks) on technical singletrack.

Day 7   |  Nordic Spa + Farewells

After breakfast, check out of your rooms and store your luggage while you enjoy a mellow morning at the Nordic Spa. Experience the rejuvenating power of hydrotherapy at this modern, Scandinavian-style outdoor spa. Cycle through hot, warm and cold pools, dry sauna, aromatherapy steam baths and end with a DIY full-body exfoliating salt scrub. Early this afternoon, we’ll provide a private transfer to the Calgary International Airport, 1.5-hour drive from the resort (arrival time to be confirmed soon) in time for your late afternoon or evening flights. From the airport, check in for your flight departure, or if you booked additional hotel nights in Calgary, take a shuttle, bus or taxi to your hotel.

No run today.
Meals: B

The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 35 and 45 miles. Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by  time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners on some days. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail closures, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.

Note that the footing in the alpine trails can be challenging at times, and you will be exposed to heights, rocky, loose rocky trails and narrow mountain trails.