The great outdoors is what makes Banff National Park famous. The beauty of the Rocky Mountains is over-powering. There's something almost godly about the mountains. They have an ability to humble you, to set you in a proper relationship with creation. Yet, there is no end to the adventure and exploration of the area. Many people have spent a lifetime venturing out into the mountains, climbing the peaks, and taking in all the grandeur of the parkland.
Some of those people who spend their lives adventuring in the Rockies are Warner Guiding &Outfitting and Brewster Adventures. These modern cowboys make a living by taking tourists into the back-country on horseback, tenting out under the stars, cooking in the back of the cover wagon, and telling stories of their experiences. A trip by horseback is something most people, even those who come to Banff, never try.
Whitewater rafting in Kananaskis and the Kicking Horse River, although neither is technically in Banff National Park, is an adrenalin rush. The power of mountain rivers is over-whelming. But, the experience of entering the churning waters and living to tell about it is worth it!
Skiing in Banff is one of its main draws. Sunshine Village and Lake Louise are both world-class ski resorts. They both have relatively long seasons, although Sunshine is the longest (November to May!). They have good snow, lots of terrain, and a lot of lifts, making for lots of time skiing and not as much time waiting. .
Hiking in Banff is somewhat limited due to the protective mandate of the National Parks system, but Johnston Canyon is a local favorite. Going all the way to the Ink Pots is a must.
132 Banff Avenue
Holidays on horseback, sleigh ride, trail rides, and carriages... read more
P.O. Box 70
Perfect for hiking, photography, and being awe-struck... read more
119 Banff Avenue
All Natural Snow, 15 minutes from Banff... read more
Famous lake with dog sled rides, hikes, and cross-country trails... read more
Johnston Canyon Lodge
Unbeatable mountain scenery along an easy-to-hike trail... read more
Recreation area for hiking, biking, fishing, and scuba... read more
PO Box 370
Trail rides, sleigh rides, and back-country-by-horseback... read more
Box 5, 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise