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14 Fantastic Day Trips From Calgary in Winter

I've put together 13 suggestions for winter day trips from Calgary with the hope that some of these recommendations are completely new to you. I think there should be something for everyone on this list no matter what your age or fitness level. If you break up your winter routine and get outside - even on the coldest of days, I can pretty well guarantee you'll feel amazing for having done something. Spending time outdoors…

The Tunnel Mountain Hike in Banff National Park

It took me six years of living in Calgary to do the Tunnel Mountain hike in Banff. Now that I've done it I wonder why it took so long. This short must-do hike delivers a workout if you go fast enough, panoramic views of Banff and the valley including the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel from above and red chair moments on the summit. And you can do it in spring, summer, fall or winter.  The…

Summer Alternatives to Banff National Park

I love visiting Banff National Park but in the height of the summer I tend to avoid the town of Banff and any of the mainstream sites and hiking trails. Fortunately there are excellent summer alternatives to Banff National Park during the peak summer period. If you're like me and a little crowd adverse try some of the following equally awesome experiences. Kootenay National Park If you're driving to Kootenay National Park from Calgary you'll…

13 Incredible Things to Do in Banff in Winter

There are an incredible number of things to do in Banff in winter. I personally think it's a better time to visit than in the summer. The crowds are gone. Hotels are generally far less expensive and it's way easier to score a restaurant reservation. No matter what the temperature is outside (even if its -25°C), you can slip into Banff Hot Springs at the end of the day to warm up and relax.  Getting…

Canada’s Most Scenic Drive: Banff to Jasper, Alberta

The drive between from Calgary all the way through to Jasper, Alberta is a treat. Once you're about 20 minutes west of Calgary you get into big sky country and from there it just gets better and better. Highlights include the area around Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Bow Lake and the Columbia Icefields. I personally think the drive between Banff and Jasper is the most scenic drive in Canada - though there is some close competition -…

What’s the Better Place to Visit in Summer – Banff or Jasper?

Updated January 2020 One of the questions I get asked a lot via email is what's the better place to visit - Banff or Jasper? So far the question has related to a summer or fall visit only. The bottom line for an answer - though it's wishy-washy, is that one town isn't better than the other UNLESS time is of the essence and you happen to be starting in Calgary. Under these circumstances, Banff would…

What is the Best Winter Bike Ride in Banff

Are you wondering what the best winter bike ride is in Banff? Perhaps not - especially if you think bike riding is best done when there isn't any snow. But it's the snow that makes winter fat tire biking so much fun. Yesterday John and I picked up two fat tire bikes from Soul Ski and Bike in downtown Banff (conveniently located two doors down from Wild Flour Bakery).  Bow River to Sundance Canyon We didn't…

5 Great Bike Rides in the Banff Area

There is excellent mountain and road biking in and around the town of Banff. In just a few hours you can get a good taste of the area and hit some of the iconic spots - without getting caught up in traffic. Mountain biking seems to be growing - partially as there has been some trail building in the last few years in the Tunnel Mountain area. But if you're not into mountain biking, there…

A Stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park

I've just returned from a two night stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park. My sister-in-law joined me for a girls getaway and the only thing we both had to say when we left yesterday, was that our visit was way too short. Although I'd heard of the lodge before, it wasn't until we actually had to find the place that I appreciated its location. You'll find it on Tunnel Mountain Road, about…

Beautiful Scenery On The Spray River Loop In Banff National Park

Hiking the Spray River Loop Trail, Banff National Park

The Spray River loop trail is ideal for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and cycling, depending on the conditions and the season. With a trailhead within a few hundred feet of the Banff Springs Hotel, it's a super accessible trail for visitors to the area or for day-trippers from Calgary. We fell into the day-trippers category. Six of us headed up to Banff for some exercise - followed by a soak in the nearby Banff…

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