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I am trying to plan my group's 2014 backpacking trip and this year I would like to take our group to Canada.  We are experienced backpackers and generally like doing 5-7 day trips.  I had looked at some hikes around Jasper to Berg Lake/Mt. Robson area, the Wall and Assiniboine.

It looks like the Assiniboine area might work for us, but we need to find some day hikes once we get there.  We would probably hike in and consider taking the helicopter out so I would love to get some ideas on day hikes in the area to keep us busy for a few days.

Probably looking at late August or early September timeframe.  I will also try to snag a spot at Lake O'Hara for a couple of us after our main trip is over.

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Mt. Assinwhat?  Sorry, I had a sophomore moment.
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larrys, you can probably do some dayhikes around there, depending on mileage you are willing to cover in a day.  But check trail conditions and openings before you commit.  The floods last June took out a bunch of trails and roads.  When we were there in July, you couldn't get to Mt. Assiniboine, by any route.  

The Rockwall was gorgeous.  We did that, and took 5 nights to do it--which earned us the envy of many doing it in 4 or even 3 nights.

Berg Lake/Mt. Robson is heavily used (and regulated) but worth it.  Just think of the camps as youth hostels, with a lot of interesting people from all over to chat with.  if you do that trip, plan a layover day and hike to Snowbird Pass.


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There are several day hikes you can do from that area.   If you can get a copy of a book called Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies by the Copelands it will tell you everything you need to know about the trails at 'Boine, as well as Lake O'Hara, Jasper, Banff and a few other areas
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And you need to make bus reservations for Lake O'Hara as it has tightly controlled access.  You can hike the 11 km up the road but that will take up time better spent in the Lake O'Hara area.  

Here's the park's website:

http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/yoho/natcul/ohara/a.aspx
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Thanks to all for your help.
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Love Assiniboine - it is our favorite spot in the Canadian Rockies (so far).

I hate to admit this (especially on a backpacking board), but we took the helicopter in and out.  At the time our daughter was under two and we camped five nights; we didn't think the trip would be possible otherwise.

Anyway, we found enough to keep us busy for that time.  As a family we hiked up Nub Peak, Wonder Pass, and Windy Ridge (and the small unnamed peak there).  My husband additionally did Sunburst Peak, Wonder Peak, and Cautley Peak.  

Our pics and trip notes are here:  http://www.pbase.com/pudgy_groundhog/assiniboine
We've also done the Rockwall, Tonquin Valley, Berg Lake, camped at Lake O'Hara, and various dayhikes.  We also started the Brazeau Loop, but bailed after a snowstorm.  All were great.  Can't go wrong!
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