Trip Routes

Like the Matterhorn that represents The Swiss Alps, Mount Assiniboine represents the Canadian Rockies. Assiniboine is nicknamed “The Matterhorn of the Rockies” and is so popular that we called over 2000 times on opening day to reserve our team a spot in these gorgeous cabins at the base of these majestic views. With Plenty to see on the way in and out, and weeks worth of hiking when you arrive… the only challenge with planning our itinerary is choosing a route!

We have listed the difficulties and our plan accommodates for entry level to rugged hikers. Diabetes will undoubtedly play a part in our treks and we have lead over 2200km of hikes with type 1 groups on top of our own personal experience as guides living with T1D. You can bet we’ll have the understanding and will be happy to support anyone with diabetes to adjust their plan and learn together in this beautiful environment.

Hiking Route

Hike In Day 1

Mount Shark to McBride’s Camp.

13km (44km drive from Canmore to trail head). Hike the smooth trails over powerful rivers, through tranquil forests and arrive at McBride’s Campground.

Difficulty – Easy Trail
Distance – Long

July 29

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Relax at home.

Hike In Day 2

McBrides Campground to O’brien Meadows

8km on the great divide trail with a breathtaking walk through a valley rarely seen by humans and littered with streams and waterfalls. This days hike ends with a steep trail for 600 meters up to Assiniboine pass where you are rewarded with incredible views of your last 2 days journey. A short walk to a secluded camp ground for a nights rest.

Difficulty – Easy/Hard
Distance – Medium

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Relax at home.

July 1st

Hiking the Meadows

What better way to enjoy Canada Day with a natural burst of colour in the wild alpine flowers and meadows of Assiniboine Valley that will out do most any fireworks display. Today’s focus is to get settled in our cabins and head out into a place where there are more ground squirrels than humans at any time. We’ll stroll through rolling meadows, over streams, along the shores of Magog and Og lakes that perfectly reflect these glacier capped mountains… Then return to our cabins for a gourmet meal, games and another version of a firework explosion when you see the magnitude of stars in the sky…

Difficulty – Relaxed and Easy

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July 1st

Catch a flight into the mountains! Gain an aerial perspective of the Assiniboine as you take off on route to your accommodations. Your friendly ICD hiking team will be there ready to meet you when you land. Don’t forget your camera!

July 2nd

Niblet and the Nub Peak

The most famous of all the viewpoints is the Niblet. It’s also made its way onto the big screen in the thriller starring Anthony Hopkins “The Edge”. It’s incredible and worth the effort for any hiker. This portion of the hike will take 2 hour round trip and feels like the top… although you may spend that much time just taking photos.

Difficulty – Moderate, challenging terrain beyond Niblet

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July 2nd

Niblet and the Nub Peak

The most famous of all the viewpoints is the Niblet. It’s also made its way onto the big screen in the thriller starring Anthony Hopkins “The Edge”. It’s incredible and worth the effort for any hiker. This portion of the hike will take 2 hour round trip and feels like the top… although you may spend that much time just taking photos.

Difficulty – Moderate, challenging terrain beyond Niblet

July 2nd

Carrying on to the Nub Peak

Here we will split the group to allow the sensible to take in the view and descend to the lake for some relaxation and those who hunger for more to burn every last carb on their way to Nub Peak. The adventure follows a hidden trail that is not for the faint of heart and adds approximately 2-3 hours of hiking. All our hikers should get a look at some marmots in addition to the beautiful glacier capped vistas from these lookouts.

Difficulty – Challenging

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July 2nd

Carrying on to the Nub Peak

Here we will split the group to allow the sensible to take in the view and descend to the lake for some relaxation and those who hunger for more to burn every last carb on their way to Nub Peak. The adventure follows a hidden trail that is not for the faint of heart and adds approximately 2-3 hours of hiking. All our hikers should get a look at some marmots in addition to the beautiful glacier capped vistas from these lookouts.

Difficulty – Challenging

July 3rd

Option A – The Hind Hut

This is a mixed day where the hearty adventurers will have a special treat from our experienced Alpine leader Geoff who last year summited Mount Assiniboine and a neighbouring peak in one day. He will lead a group up the back side of Lake Magog and through an intense scramble to the pass between Assiniboine’s peak and Mt Strom’s peak. This hike is not for everyone and will require a skill assessment to manage the technical terrain unlike any on the trails we will hike to any other destination.

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July 3rd

Option A – The Hind Hut

This is a mixed day where the hearty adventurers will have a special treat from our experienced Alpine leader Geoff who last year summited Mount Assiniboine and a neighbouring peak in one day. He will lead a group up the back side of Lake Magog and through an intense scramble to the pass between Assiniboine’s peak and Mt Strom’s peak. This hike is not for everyone and will require a skill assessment to manage the technical terrain unlike any on the trails we will hike to any other destination.

July 3rd

Option B – Relax or Explore

For those who are not akin to the steep climbs and technical skills, there are gorgeous sites to be taken in from camp and a series of lakes with rolling meadows yet to explore! We’ll discuss as a team to ensure the entire group gets the most out of this day and there is no doubt we will get more than we bargain for.

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July 3rd

Option B – Relax or Explore

For those who are not akin to the steep climbs and technical skills, there are gorgeous sites to be taken in from camp and a series of lakes with rolling meadows yet to explore! We’ll discuss as a team to ensure the entire group gets the most out of this day and there is no doubt we will get more than we bargain for.

July 4th

Wonder Pass

Despite having spent a few days in the most beautiful place you have ever been… Wonder pass will inspire you and take your breath away anew. This hike is a gradual climb from our cabins through a beautiful larch forest and several more streams, lakes and waterfalls to add value. Upon arrival at the crest of this pass you will see the most beautiful combination of wildflowers framing a view over Marvel lake with dark evergreen forests surrounding it and capped by several glaciers you see for the first time as you reach the top of the pass. This hike is a round trip 2 hours and will also be done on the way home for our friends who are hiking out to Mount Shark. Our Fly-In friends return to camp.

Difficulty – Easy

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July 4th

Wonder Pass

Despite having spent a few days in the most beautiful place you have ever been… Wonder pass will inspire you and take your breath away anew. This hike is a gradual climb from our cabins through a beautiful larch forest and several more streams, lakes and waterfalls to add value. Upon arrival at the crest of this pass you will see the most beautiful combination of wildflowers framing a view over Marvel lake with dark evergreen forests surrounding it and capped by several glaciers you see for the first time as you reach the top of the pass. This hike is a round trip 2 hours and will also be done on the way home for our friends who are hiking out to Mount Shark. Our Fly-In friends return to camp.

Difficulty – Easy

July 5th

Hike Out Day 1 – Wonder Pass and Marvel Lake to Bryant Cabin

This route out will provide a completely new view for those who hiked out but take us back to the same place. After Wonder Pass, we will take a steep descent on smooth trail with plenty of switch backs down to Marvel Lake. The trail levels out to a long gradual decent running along Marvel lake back towards Bryant Creek and is speckled with waterfalls and creeks flowing through the deep pine forests. This route is 14 km and you’ll be grateful you are going down instead of up!

Difficulty – Moderate

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July 5th

It’s time to descend! The helicopter rotor is warming up to take you down the mountain and back to civilization. Your hiking mates will be there to see you depart. Can you spot your hiking routes?

July 6th

Hike Out Day 2 –  Bryant Cabin to Mount Shark

With the bulk of the work done now the crew will enjoy the smooth descent down along side Bryant Creek. We’ll have a variety of things to look forward to from rock slides and Ptarmigan. If we get too excited and work up a sweat we’ll have a few gorgeous river crossings at Big springs and Bryan Creek as well as the chance to visit a carst river that flows out of the rock!

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July 6th

Wishing you were back in the mountains? It’s time to reflect on your experience and transition back to everyday life. But something’s different! You have a new group of friends and an ICD team that can’t wait to see you again.

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