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  • PaulaDDuck
    Toronto, Canada191 contributions
    It had snowed overnight, so the surrounding trees and some of the trail were snow covered, so it was handy to have proper hiking boots and poles. It is a steady upward climb. As we neared the top, the wind and snow increased; however, we were lucky that shortly thereafter, the wind dropped, the snow stopped and a glimmer of sun appeared on the Saskatchewan glacier, the valley, the waterfall and surrounding peaks. Soon the wind and snow picked up again. It took us about 2 hours round trip including stopping for pictures. Well worth the effort!
    Written 21 September 2021
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  • Pinkdresses
    Edmonton, Canada164 contributions
    Please be prepared with bear spray and bells. We heard a bear on the beginning of our hike and luckily were close by to other groups who also wore bells and visible spray. Better to be over-prepared than risk it! There have been sightings over the last few weeks as per All Trails as well.

    Not a path for simply running shoes but we did see it.

    Blizzard at the top of Cirque peak (beyond Helen lake). You should definitely continue on to get a beautiful view of Helen Lake.
    Written 10 August 2020
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  • Stephanie F
    2 contributions
    Had a great time rafting, even though it was cold and rainy—the guides had us all laughing and enjoying the entire experience, and after awhile no one noticed the weather because we were all bundled up in fleeces and wetsuits. By the end my teen girls jumped in the freezing water on a dare and now have a memory they’ll never forget. We warmed up with hot chocolate at the end with the whole group and made a lot of new friends. Thanks to Taedhg for keeping us in the raft and telling the best stories along the way.
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Gayle P
    15 contributions
    Our guides visited with each group on the bus so we could plan our day. They marked our schedule on the itinerary so we would know when to get back on the bus, and everything worked out perfectly. We were able to visit the most popular places and not worry about parking. We were very happy with this tour.
    Written 18 September 2019
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  • Laura M
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL62 contributions
    We had plans to take an e-bike trip, but my husband had a medical emergency and we had to cancel a few hours before. Chris helped us out tremendously! Highly recommend this group, just for their customer service!
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • Khristie M
    Woodbridge, Canada1 contribution
    Hydra provided us with an amazing experience! We we a little late due to traffic yet they provided a calm response and no worries. Dave E delivered on an excellent adventure and laughter abounded, yet I must add at my expense!! Note: sit right at the front for the best ride and do t be afraid to get cold and wet with glacial waters hitting your face! Dave E…enjoy that extra burger!

    Cheers,
    Khris and Lauren
    Thornhill, ON
    Written 1 August 2021
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  • M D
    2 contributions
    My friends & I did the Ridge walk via Ferrata which is approximately 4 hrs. It was most of our first time climbing and we had an amazing time. Our guide, Paul, was great! He was very welcoming, knowledgeable and patient. He ensured that we all felt safe during the whole experience. He was able to lead our group very well and provided assistance to those who were struggling a little. The ski lift takes you approximately 1700m high which is the starting point for the ridge walk which is 2300m . We crossed small bridges, climbed steep cliffs and the walk has plenty of rest stops for you to drink water and enjoy the view. It was a thrilling yet safe adventure and anyone with average fitness level can complete it. The company provides hiking shoes, pants and jackets if needed as it gets very windy and chilly at the top. Overall, it was a great experience with incredible views. I would definitely go again!
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • Kim
    3 contributions
    Very accommodating and professional. We came here on vacation and did not regret it. Best massage I’ve ever had!
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • Lyvia J
    1 contribution
    Awesome steep ice clinic today with Kris. Great knowledge and teaching/instruction from him. Learned so much and had lots of fun. Definitely would recommend him and his company for any courses. Would love to book in with them again for further learning in the future.
    Written 19 January 2022
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  • Ruben
    Altona, Canada4 contributions
    We went on the Paradise Mine Tour and did not regret it. We started off at the base at 4000ft and went up to approximately 8000ft. They have very good trails; some smooth ones, but also some challenging and rocky ones. It was my first July snow encounter. Very good machine selection. Our great guide Jose did an amazing job guiding us through the mountains, but also explaining and telling us about the history of the mine. Thank You Jose and Toby Creek Team!!
    Written 20 July 2020
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  • Cindy4030
    Canada72 contributions
    I had a great time and learned so much on Kristin's night photography workshop in the Banff area. Kristin did a great job adjusting the itinerary to deal with smoky conditions caused by forest fires in B.C. She's an excellent teacher and provided plenty of individual instruction for each of us. I hadn't fully understood the technique for shooting the night sky until this workshop. Kristin also provided tons of useful photography tips on any questions we had, "cheat sheets" to use after the workshop, and detailed suggestions on other great photography locations in the area. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level!
    Written 20 September 2018
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