We often follow routes as there are no marked and few established trails at Talus. Don’t expect a fluffed and buffed trail network or hands in the pocket walking. The hiking is challenging as it involves moving over uneven terrain. Our hiking terrain includes meadows, high plateau walking and, if the conditions permit, ridge walking.
Depending on the groups ability and energy levels, the guided hikes range from 5 kilometers to 20 kilometers. Elevation gain ranges are from 500-3000 feet. The guiding program caters to the average level of the hiker in each group. There are often turn back options for those who want shorter days or aren’t keen on ridge walking.
We typically have 10-14 guests at Talus. All level of hikers are welcome. The guiding program is determined each morning based on weather, conditions and the groups ambitions. There is often a group that goes longer, farther and higher. The other group might have a nap in a meadow after lunch with turn around points for folks who want to stay closer to home. The guiding program caters to the average level of the hiker in each group. Please keep in mind that we prioritize the groups needs and safety over individual aspirations.
Talus does not allow self-guided hiking. We do allow guests to wander within sight of the lodge. Guests must check in with the guiding team prior and carry a radio and bear spray.
A map is not required for your trip to Talus as the hiking is guided. If you wish to be self guided or are curious, here is a link to maps available for purchase. Please note, there are no marked or established trails at Talus. Therefore, there are no trails displayed on the maps below.
Kananaskis Lakes Topo Map 82J11: click here
This map is often not available for purchase in the Bow Valley. If you wish be be self-guided, we recommend purchasing this map well in advance of your trip departure.
Gem Trek Banff/Assiniboine: click here
Easily purchased in the Bow Valley. Due to the scale of this map, the detail of the Talus area on this map is limited. Not recommended for navigation.
Yes and no. Wine and beer is available for purchase at the lodge. Due to space restrictions on the helicopter, please do not bring your own beer and wine. Feel free to bring your own spirits but transfer to a plastic container for the helicopter flight. Payment for wine and beer can be made credit card on your booking file or cash.
The closest weather forecast for the Talus area is the Kootenay National Park Weather Forecast. The overall weather in the mountains can be extremely variable. Come prepared for hiking in the snow. Correct- it can snow in the summer! We recommend bringing layers that will keep you warm and dry and clothing that offers sun and bug protection.
Talus Lodge will not issue refunds for cancellations due to smoke in the area.
Backcountry or regional restriction/closure or evacuation, due to state of emergency or civil authority, that cause trip interruption or cancellation are not covered by insurance and will not be reimbursed or refunded by Talus Lodge operator.
They can pose risks to visitors, disturb wildlife and lead to negative experiences for other visitors. For these reasons, Talus Lodge strictly limits the use of drones.
Single occupancy is available at the same rate as the per person charge in the dormitory style Raven’s Nest. The Raven’s Nest has three single beds and you can expect to get to know your bunkmates. The Raven’s Nest is accessed by steep stairs. If you prefer a private room, the single occupancy rate is posted here.
Lunch is provided on arrival. It is a good idea to bring snacks and water to the Mount Shark Helipad in case of flight delays.
There is no guest access to WiFi. Enjoy being unplugged for your Talus Lodge visit.
Talus Lodge is a helicopter access operation and adverse weather conditions may result in flight delays and/or cancellations. It is possible that clients may be delayed flying in or out of Talus Lodge. Talus Lodge will accommodate guests delayed at Talus Lodge as a result of flight delays or cancellations, however, clients delayed on their flight into Talus Lodge will not be refunded the lost night(s) of accommodation at Talus Lodge. Delayed incoming clients are responsible for their own full expenses (such as meals and accommodation). Talus Lodge recommends not booking commercial flights on your departure day from Talus.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations or delays due to adverse weather conditions. Talus Lodge is not responsible costs incurred due to delayed or cancelled helicopter flights.
Helicopter flights are more often delayed, than cancelled. Since 2001, two helicopter flights days have been cancelled in the summer and three helicopter flight days cancelled in the winter. Talus Lodge recommends not booking commercial flights on your departure day from Talus.
Helicopter flights depart from Canmore Municipal Heliport (located in the Town of Canmore) or Mount Shark Helipad (one hour drive from Canmore). Guests arriving on public transport are priority passengers for the Canmore flight. Depending on logistics and your booking order you may be flying from Canmore Municipal Heliport or Mount Shark Helipad. Guests will be informed of the helicopter staging area one week prior to trip departure.
The facilities cabin is attached to the main lodge building by a ten meter pathway. The facilities cabin has watering can showers, sinks, sauna and the outhouses.
Talus provides the bedding, towels, down duvets and Rocky Mountain Soap Company products (Bodywash, Shampoo and Conditioner). For a gear list, click here
NO. Our solar panels generate power for low wattage items such as camera batteries. Our system is not able to generate the high power required to run hair dryers/curlers.