One cannot help but be beckoned by the grand mountains, blue-green lakes and endless outdoor possibilities when traveling to Banff. It offers some of the country's finest in outdoor recreation, and it's well-known for skiing. However, there are also many other things to try in any season.
Take a Hike
One of the best and least expensive ways to experience the Canadian Rockies in Banff is on foot. There are dozens of hikes to choose from in the area. Hiking in Banff means you will have the privilege of walking through alpine wildflowers while observing snow-capped peaks in the distance. Snow is still deep on many ridge lines until June. There are more than 10 trails easily accessible right from Banff. Visit the Parks Canada Banff Information Center for current updates and conditions of trails before heading out. It is located at 224 Banff Avenue in Banff, and it can be reached at 403-762-1550.
There are plenty of rivers that flow through and near Banff. For those desiring an energetic day full of speed, white water and extreme excitement river rafting may be a good fit. Discover Banff Tours offers trips on the Bow River, Kicking Horse River and the Kananaskis River for those 12 years of age or older. Tours vary in duration from two hours to eight hours. Some tours such as the two-hour morning Horseshoe Canyon Rafting trip also offer the opportunity for cliff jumping. Prices include transportation for the trips. Tours run from mid May to mid September. Call 1-877-565-9372 to inquire or reserve or visit the office in the Sundance Mall located at 215 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Take a Ride
Take a Dog sledding tour or a horse drawn sleigh ride during the winter months in Banff. Howling Dog Tours offers stunning adventure sled tours through the magical winter scenery of Banff National Park, Canada. The Canadian Rockies will provide a backdrop you will never forget, and the dogs will provide a rush you will soon want to repeat. Anyone age two or older can participate in one of the trips offered by Howling Dog Tours.
Howling Dog Tours
P.O. Box 8055
Toll Free (N. America): (877) 364-7533
Phone: (403) 678-9588
Fax: (403) 609-2266
Article Written By Naomi Judd
Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.