Active Things To Do in Banff

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  • Banff National Park is a giant, natural playground with an endless supply of activities to keep even the most adventurous go-getter happy. Being active in Banff is a treat. It's a must, if you travel so far to get here. In Banff National Park, you can hike, bike, ski, scuba-dive, whitewater raft, go spelunking, and horseback ride. It's all available for the person who asks.

    The Canadian Rockies Rafting and Adventure Centre hosts adventure tours all throughout the Canadian mountains. The office is based out of Canmore, but most of its tours are in the Banff area. This company offers just about everything you could possibly want to try in Banff: ziplines, high ropes courses, rafting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, dog sledding, etc.

    Sunshine Village Ski Resort is the closest major ski hill the town of Banff. Only a short 15 minute drive from town, followed by a 20 minute gondola ride, will take you to one of Alberta's best ski hills. This hill has an unbelievably long season, from November to May, and it gets a lot of snowfall. In fact, it has the most natural snow in Alberta. Sunshine is also famous for its quad-lifts, which really keep the lines moving smoothly.

    There are a limited number of mountain biking trails in the National Park, but Healy Creek (from Sunshine Road to Cave & Basin) and Goat Creek (from Spray Lake Roads to the Banff Springs Hotel) are two of the areas most well traveled. Neither provides spectacular mountain vistas, but they are both a nice challenge and take you through forests and over creeks.

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    Canadian Rockies Rafting and Adventure Centre

    701 Bow Valley Trail

    The leader in Canadian Rockies adventures... read more

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    Lake Louise

    Famous lake with dog sled rides, hikes, and cross-country trails... read more

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    Sunshine Village Ski Resort

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    119 Banff Avenue

    All Natural Snow, 15 minutes from Banff... read more

    Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake

    Recreation area for hiking, biking, fishing, and scuba... read more

    Lake Louise Ski Resort

    Box 5, 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise

    Goat Creek

    Spray Lakes Road

    A bike trail connecting Banff and Canmore... read more

    Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting

    White Water Rafting... read more

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    Moraine Lake

    P.O. Box 70

    Perfect for hiking, photography, and being awe-struck... read more

    Sally Borden Fitness & Recreation

    107 Tunnel Mountain Drive

    Gymnasium and fitness facility at the Banff Centre... read more

    Johnston Canyon Icewalk

    Winter hiking in a personalized tour... read more
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