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Canadian Rockies Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

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"The Canadian Rockies retreat was wonderful! The trails were beautiful and just the right amount of challenge. We had friendly, knowledgeable local guides with us on every run, and the food at a variety of restaurants was plentiful and delicious. And maybe my favorite part was spending the week with amazing, strong, funny, like-minded women. I haven't laughed that much in a long time! I felt fully rejuvenated by the end of the week and am grateful for the connections I made."
--Rachel E.

"I returned from the Canadian Rockies Run Wild Retreats a few days ago. Slowly coming off of the high I experienced there, both emotionally and the altitude, up in the mountains. Our retreat leader was kind, supportive, and fun, our local guides were knowledgeable and encouraging, and the women I ran with, walked with, dined with, talked with were so interesting and humble."
--June T. 

Lower Stress + Find Flow with Mindful Running

Mindful Running is this retreat's defining experience. Your dedicated Retreat Leader will lead you through experiences on and off the trail that are designed to help you discover how to run with more ease and flow. And if you've never run trails before, you'll learn how to adapt your road running technique for this new terrain. And if you're an experienced trail runner, you'll take your running to a whole new level of efficiency and joy. Connect more deeply with nature, yourself and other women through this powerful practice that provides you with skills and insights to maximize the stress-reducing effects of running. 

Travel Mindfully to Truly Unwind

This retreat can be the kind of vacation that truly transforms your state of mind and body, if you're open to it. Our retreats are designed to support you as a whole woman, not just a runner. That means you can expect free time to yourself, away from the group. It means that there are wellness experiences included in your retreat package to support your nervous system reset. This is your chance to heal from the effects of stress and focus on doing the things that energize you, inspire you and feed your soul. 

Who It's For

This retreat is rated Level II. This means it’s suitable for you if:

  • You’re comfortable running/hiking six days in a row for around 2 to 4 hours (including hiking sections, water breaks and photo ops).
  • You are physically able to hike long uphills and steep downhills on rocky terrain.
  • You’re OK with running/hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks and some muddy sections.
  • You’re comfortable on high and exposed, and at times narrow, trails.
  • You’re game for potentially running in the rain or light snow (we provide you with a comprehensive packing list).
  • You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes.

About the Run Distances

The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 35 and 45 miles. Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by  time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail closures, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations. Note that the footing in the alpine trails can be challenging at times, and you will be exposed to heights, rocky, loose rocky trails and narrow mountain trails.


3 Nights at the Royal Canadian Lodge

Featuring deluxe accommodations, amenities and a prime Banff Avenue location close to the downtown core, the Royal Canadian Lodge has everything you are looking for when planning your next visit to Banff. On-site amenities include an indoor mineral pool, hot tub, high-speed wifi, steam room, fitness center and dry cleaning services. 


2 Nights at Mountain House Canmore

Offering a serene and sumptuous atmosphere, it features world-class amenities and top-notch service for discerning travelers seeking a blend of adventure and relaxation. Every corner of the room showcases our signature mountain-chic design, making you feel close to the natural splendor outside. Kick off the morning with a bold cup of coffee from your Nespresso Vertuo machine or grab a chilled drink from the fully-stocked mini-bar as you unwind in the evening. The modern bathroom with a walk-in shower is a sanctuary of refreshment, completing your alpine experience. Rooms have either one or two Queen beds. Wifi available in the rooms.

1 Night at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Discover an extraordinary experience at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Autograph Collection, where you're surrounded by mountainous beauty and modern luxury.  Enjoy over 350 square feet of space and luxurious comfort with two queen size beds, complete with plush pillow top mattresses and decadent duvets. Rooms have either one or two queen beds, Keurig coffee makers, complimentary wifi and in-room mini fridge.



Climate + Weather

Our runs take place generally between 4,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation on well-established trails. All runners–not only those coming from sea level–find it necessary to adjust their running pace to account for the elevation. We have accounted for this slower pace in our allotted run times, giving you plenty of time to run and hike at the speed that suits you best.

July is the warmest month of the year here, with daytime temperatures usually between 50 and 75 degrees. However, since we’re in the mountains, weather can change rapidly, so we’ll want to have lightweight waterproof jackets with us in case of some precipitation or even snow.


Unforgettable Rocky Mountain Cuisine

Throughout the retreat, you’ll enjoy authentic Rocky Mountain cuisine from locally and regionally sourced ingredients, including wild-caught Vancouver Island salmon, AAA-grade Alberta beef, fresh Okanagan-grown fruit and vegetables. Some of the restaurants we'll visit offer Canadian game (bison, elk, caribou, wild boar, venison and pheasant). Lunches will be casual picnic-style sandwiches from local cafes, while some lunches will be on your own. We will provide a limited selection of energy snacks for use on the trail, such as trail mix, energy chews, salty chips and cookies, but if you have specific favorite energy foods you like on the trail, we recommend that you bring those. We can accommodate those who are vegetarian, vegan, diary- or gluten-free. 

Please note that alcoholic drinks are excluded, and snacks and beverages outside of meals and trail runs are not included.

Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Your retreat package includes a visit to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa, which offers a different take on modern well being. Inspired by Scandinavian wellness traditions and the bold ruggedness of its Canadian Rocky surroundings, it is a Canadian-designed alpine sanctuary created for nature-lovers looking to recharge. This alpine sanctuary spans 50,000 square feet of contemporary indoor-outdoor space including five outdoor pools, four steam and sauna cabins and an exfoliation room. The relaxation areas feature heated hammocks, fireside lounges, eight treatment rooms and a wellness bistro.
Add-on +US$38

Transformational Travel Journal

One of the best ways to deepen your experience with mindfulness during and after your retreat is to add the Transformational Travel Journal to your package. This co-branded journal by Run Wild Retreats in partnership with the Transformational Travel Journal provides an intentional space to write, draw, sketch and otherwise creatively express what meaning this travel experience has for you. Filled with thoughtful writing prompts, inspirational quotes and mindfulness-inspired ideas, we highly recommend using this journal to help you enhance your mindful running experience. Price includes shipping.


Banff, Alberta, Canada
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