Getting connected

Hike through a dense subalpine forest. Take in views of the Continental Divide and the surrounding peaks and river valleys. On your way to the Paget Fire Lookout, discover diverse species and their surprising connections, from grizzly bears to fungi. Walk among the whitebark and limber pine trees, both species at risk, and take part in research that is helping protect them.

Banff National Park also offers a guided conservation hike to Hidden Lake.

Is this hike right for you? | Cost | Schedule | Reservations | Hike logistics

Paget Lookout hike

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 7 km (4.3 miles) round trip
Elevation Gain: 520 m (1706') gain and loss
Duration: 7.5 hours

Is this hike right for you?

The Paget Lookout hike is difficult and involves a substantial elevation gain of 520 meters (1706') in moderately challenging backcountry terrain. It is equivalent to climbing up and down 122 flights of stairs over 7 kilometers! This hike is not advised for people with recurring knee, back or ankle injuries.


  • Children under 8 are not allowed on the Paget Lookout hike
  • Children and youth up to 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • Parent or guardian of participants 17-19 years of age must sign a waiver at the trailhead
  • No pets
  • No exceptions

We want you to enjoy your day! If you are unsure if this hike is right for you, please call us to discuss at 1-250-343-6783 or email us at


Guided Hike
Online Reservations
Phone Reservations
Adults (17-64 years) $55.00 $11.50 / party $13.50 / party
Youth (8-16 years) $27.50 $11.50 / party $13.50 / party
Senior (65+ years) $46.75 $11.50 / party $13.50 / party

All participants on the Paget Lookout guided hikes require a valid national park pass. Purchase your pass the day before your guided hike; the park gates and visitor centres are not open in the early morning, and our guides do not sell park passes.

Schedule - 2021 Paget Lookout guided hikes

Guided hike schedules will be available early April, 2021. Check back to plan your trip.


Reservations are required and available starting early April 13, 2021. To make a reservation you will require the following information:

  • Date and hike requested
  • Names and ages of participants
  • Emergency contact and medical info
  • MasterCard, Visa or AmEx number

Call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783), or Reserve online!

Hike logistics

Meeting point

Sherbrooke Lake parking lot, Yoho National Park, at 8 am.
Hike ends at the same location.

Westbound directions

Take the Trans-Canada Highway past Lake Louise (in Banff National Park) into British Columbia and past the Lake O’Hara Road. Approximately 100 meters past the Great Divide Lodge on the Trans-Canada Highway, look for the signs for Sherbrooke Lake. Turn right off the highway into the parking area and look for the Parks Canada vehicle to meet your Guide.

Eastbound directions

There is no sign for Sherbrooke Lake from the eastbound lanes as you are not able to turn left off the highway into the Sherbrooke Lake parking lot. Look for the left hand turn lane into the Great Divide Lodge. The lodge is at the top of Kicking Horse Pass and across the highway from a small lake. Turn left into the Great Divide Lodge parking lot. (If you have reached the Lake O’Hara Road, you have gone too far.) Turn around in the parking lot and turn right (westbound) on the Trans-Canada Highway. You will immediately see the signs for the Sherbrooke Lake parking lot approximately 100 meters west of the Great Divide Lodge. Turn right into the parking area and look for the Parks Canada vehicle to meet your Guide.

Note: When travelling east from Vancouver, the time changes from the Pacific Time Zone to the Mountain Time Zone at Glacier National Park’s eastern boundary. All hike times are in Mountain Daylight Time, the same time zone as Calgary, Alberta and Golden, Britsh Columbia.

In 2021, there is construction along the Trans-Canada with potential delays. Please allow yourself extra time to get to the trailhead. For more information, check


Your safety and the safety of our staff is our top priority. Group sizes have been reduced to 6 and there will be no sharing of props and equipment. Risk mitigation measures for Covid-19 will be in place during the hike program.

  • Questions you will be asked by the guide on the morning of your hike
    • Do you have a cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing or any new or worsening symptoms?
    • Have you travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days?
    • Have you had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has traveled anywhere outside Canada in the last 14 days?
    • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days?

    If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you may not participate on the hike and you will receive a full refund.

  • Please remember to adhere to the following protocols during the hike
    • Physical distance with people outside of your household.
    • Good hygiene, e.g. sanitize hands before and after eating/drinking, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching face.
    • You may bring your own masks, if desired.
What to bring

A day of hiking in the Rockies requires preparation. Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains and higher elevations increase your exposure to the sun and stormy weather.  To have a safe and fun time outdoors you will need to bring:

Hikers on a trip to the Burgess Shale
  • Warm layers of clothes (no cotton), rain jacket and rain pants, winter gloves, and a winter toque / hat
  • Hearty lunch and multiple snacks
  • Drinking water, at least 2 litres or ½ gallon per person
  • Sturdy and worn in hiking boots and extra wool socks 
  • Hiking poles (required for the Mount Stephen hike)
  • Sturdy and supportive backpack with a waist belt
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, insect repellent
  • Toilet paper in a plastic bag for disposal, hand sanitizer
  • Reading glasses, if you wear them
  • Blister kit and personal medical supplies (just in case)
  • Sorry, no pets please.
  • Camera!