Province/Territory: Alberta

Fondue with a view

  • 10 people (max) in your hiking group
  • 200 km of mountain trails around Lake Louise
  • 510m (1680 ft) elevation gain to Little Beehive mountain

Calling all honeymooners and choco-holics!

Atop a historic fire lookout site, you will breathe in the exquisite aroma of melting chocolate while gazing out at some of the most expansive views in this UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park. Reach out and dip a cherry into our top-secret fondue recipe made with award-winning Belgian chocolate from Calgary-based Bernard Callebaut. Bring it to your lips and smile. Scenery and sweet tastes will not be your only rewards on this full day private hike. As always, our trips are packed with stories about wildlife, flowers and natural processes like the forest fires that led to the creation of the fire lookout system. Hear tales of early Swiss mountain guides who came here over a century ago, and whose culture still imbues the area. Watch for the backpack of goodies that brings the trail to life as you wind your way up the mountain.

Available to small groups of 2 to 12 people. Participants will need a vehicle to get to the trailhead. This customized experience requires that you dress for the weather, have sturdy footwear, you are prepared to hike at least 6 kilometers (4 miles), and of course, you have a love of Belgian chocolate! Trips are tailored to both seasoned and novice hikers with a range of moderate to difficult routes. Offered between June and September, advanced booking is required.

Why you should visit
  • Choose a Fondue with a View hike to reach lookouts with wall-to-wall mountain views and a tasty chocolate fondue reward at the top.
  • Travel with award-winning former Parks Canada guides who impart fascinating facts, offering "the story behind the scenery" with humour and fun.
  • Get guides with loads of local knowledge and wilderness first aid training.
  • Hire a guide for private day trips or join regular themed group hikes, whether you're interested in birding, wild flowers, grizzly bears or glaciers.
  • Head up the same trails in winter on snowshoes and track snowshoe hares, pine martens, even lynx. Enjoy other outdoor pursuits around Banff.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices.
  • Visit during summer hiking and winter showshoe seasons.
  • Great Divide guides also do scheduled interpretive shows in summer at selected local hotels.
  • Snowshoe trips include snowshoes, poles, overboots (as necessary), dark cocoa hot chocolate or herbal tea and homemade power bars.
  • Guides do not provide transportation to the trailhead, but it's possible to start directly from most Lake Louise hotels.
When to go
  • Hiking season runs from the beginning of June through to the end of September.
  • Snowshoeing season runs from the end of December through to the end of March.
Need to know
  • Dress in layers and plan to bring food, water and sunscreen in both summer and winter.
  • Wear comfortable walking/hiking footwear.
  • Don’t forget to pack a winter hat and mittens—it can get a little nippy in the mountains even in the middle of July.
  • The hike will take six to eight hours to complete.
Getting Here
  • Lake Louise is a scenic 2-hour drive from Calgary, a 45-minute drive from Banff and a 1-hour drive from Canmore.
  • A car is the best way to explore the area in summer and car rentals are easily arranged, though skiers often opt for bus transfers.
  • There is a daily scheduled commercial bus service between downtown Calgary and Lake Louise, including pick-ups from major hotels, and shuttle bus service with Airporter and Brewster from the Calgary Airport to Banff and/or Lake Louise.
  • Parking for cars and RVs available at trail heads.