There are plenty of things to do in and around our Albertan towns of Canmore and Kananaskis, of course — hiking, skiing and a long list of other outdoor activities. You can even find great cuisine and luxury accommodations at resorts or boutique hotels in or near both of these pleaces
But just a short drive along the Trans Canada Highway lies another beautiful Western Canadian town of some renown: Banff.
Here you will find no end of things to do as well, be it indoors or out. Mention Banff, Alberta or Banff National Park to someone and the first thing they may think of is mountains – it is the Canadian Rockies, after all – and in the winter that means snow and skiing. In the summer, it means trails and downhill mountain biking.
And that’s true, of course. The Canadian Rockies are great places for skiing and mountain biking; there are reasons why the region has been host to two different Winter Olympics as well as world-class mountain bike races
But there is much, more more to see and do in and around Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies; there are activities for everyone all year long, whether your interests lie in outdoor recreation and roughing it with a tent and backpack, or you prefer cultural programs and the arts, and accommodations that lean toward luxury, such as boutique hotels, spas and resorts.
There are many art galleries in downtown Banff specializing in various artistic media: painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and printmaking among others.
There are fascinating natural phenomena in Banff, Alberta and Banff National Park that can be seen year-round: waterfalls, mysterious hoodoos, and hotsprings.
The wilderness of Lake Louise, Banff, and the rest of Alberta is crowded with wildlife. Get outside and there are many chances to see and photograph animals.
Gondolas — found in both Banff and Lake Louise — are a great option for the whole family to enjoy scenic mountain beauty and Canadian Rockies wildlife.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs are family friendly, with a kids wading area and spacious changing rooms with heated floors and dedicated family changing rooms.
The sightseeing around Banff National Park and elsewhere in surrounding Alberta, Canada is literally endless – even if you prefer high-heels to hiking boots.
Want your very own Canadian Rockies trip? Try a private guided backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hiking, or backpacking trip.
It’s good to know wilderness first aid. If you ski and hike in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies or elsewhere, you know how important safety can be.
Winter Icewalk Tours
in Jasper, Alberta
Join us on the three-hour Maligne Canyon Icewalk, where you will discover frozen waterfalls and elaborate ice caves!
Whitewater Rafting in Jasper, Alberta
Raft the exciting Sunwapta or the Athabasca River, or try the Fraser River in B.C. Jasper whitewater rafting has never been so appealing.
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Get great deals on lodging in our newly renovated rooms and cabins surrounded by Jasper mountain scenery.
The Johnston Canyon Resort is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies.