The main call of the Canadian Rockies, naturally, are the area's spectacular natural landscape. Thousands of miles of ski, hiking, and biking trails traverse the mountainsides and their surroundings, and lakes and rivers offer even more activity choices.
A fun way to start out any trip and get a lay of the land is to take the Banff Gondola up to the top of the mountain - there's a birds-eye-view of the entire area from the peak, and a boardwalk at the top in the summer months.
Banff and skiing are probably the first thing that come to mind when you consider a trip to the Rockies. Around Banff there are 4 ski hills, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Mt. Norquay, and Nakiska. There's also Marmot Basin, in Jasper, and Castle Mountain in Waterton. All are top-class, with large numbers of runs with varying length and intensity.
To explore the same terrain on foot, there are hiking trails to follow in the warmer months and snowshoeing trails in winter. Tour groups are around that provide guided trail hikes, including information about the Rockies ecosystem. Or get on a trail bike for some rugged exploration and a great workout.
In the national parks there are also a number of different lakes and rives. Fishing is allowed in some, as is boating. A number of kayak and canoe rental places offer opportunities to get out on the water.
The area is also known as one of the premiere global destinations for ice climbing. If you're a beginner and are looking to get out and climb, there are plenty of outfitters that offer training and equipment rental. Or take a tamer route and just hike along one of the pre-determined trails that wind along part of the Icefields -- you still get to experience a glacier up close and personal.
301 Northstar Blvd
Just minutes by car from the Bavarian-style village of Kimberley, Kimberley Alpine Resort features 80 runs for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers, a rail park, a high speed quad and four other lifts. Its night skiing, kids activities, cross country ski opportunities and varied programs bring the skiers back season after season... read more
Panorama Mountain Village is steps away from one of North America's longest vertical descents. Ride the mountain, jump through the biggest and best terrain park in the Rockies and end your day soaking in the largest slope side hot pools in Canada. Panorama is located on the Kootenay Rockies Powder Highway, close to Banff and just over a three hour drive from Calgary International Airport. See web cams, photos, the snow report and everything else you need to plan your vacation getaway... read more
1500 Kicking Horse Trail, PO Box 839,
PO Box 40, 301 North Star Blvd
2950 Camozzi Road
Revelstoke Mountain Resort's deep powder and legendary runs draw expert skiers and snowboarders from all over British Columbia... read more
7777 Mission Road
A high-quality resort course for a reasonable price... read more
400 315th Avenue
Box 37; Arrow Lake
Soak in Hacyon Hot Springs' relaxing mineral baths while taking in the spectacular vista of the Arrow Lakes... read more
1 Harrwood Dr
(PO Box 159)
1500 Kicking Horse Trail
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a downhill skier's dream, with 120 runs and more than 85 inbound chutes... read more
112 1 Street East
Skiing in the BC Rockies isn't complete without heliskiing the Monashee or Selkirk Mountains... read more
719 Track St. W
Across from downtown on Victoria Rd
Mount Robson Provincial Park
One of the best trails in the Canadian Rockies...
5339 Fernie Ski Hill Road
Five spacious bowls, 112 trails and seemingly unlimited terrain... read more
679 Westsyde Rd
Some riders will tell you that snowmobiling doesn't get any better than around Revelstoke BC, where the powder is deep,the winter is long and the vistas can take your breath away... read more
1870 Upper Donald Rd
24km (15 miles) north of Golden