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33 things to do in the Canadian Rockies this summer

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Kaila Hoar May 04, 2017 12:07 pm 2,341

As Calgarians we are lucky to live so close to the great Rocky Mountains.

Whether you’re into hikes, or just want some great scenery and mountain air there is something for you in the Rockies.

To ensure you experience it all, we’ve created this epic list for you!

1. Stand where the eagles soar at Glacier Skywalk in Jasper

2. Take a ride aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

3. Spend a weekend living the houseboat life on the Shuswap

4. Pay a visit to the Wood Carver’s House in Radium, BC

5. Enjoy a cup of tea atop a mountain after a long hike at Lake Agnes Tea House

6. Try tandem paragliding over the beautiful Columbia Valley

7. Take a drive and see the sight on the Icefields Parkway

8. Enjoy a four course fondue dinner at the Banff Grizzly House

9. Ride the Kicking Horse River on a white water raft with Wet N’ Wild Adventures

10. Dive into a piece of history at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

11. Go skiing on the Blackcomb Glacier – open until mid July!

12. Check out some of the most spectacular hikes North America has to offer; Ha Ling Peak, Mount Rundle, Crypt Lake, Elk Lakes, and Polar Peak to name a few.

13. See the turquoise waters of Moraine Lake and end your day at the Outpost Pub.

14. Bored of hiking mountains? Try cave touring under Grotto Mountain.

15. Dance the night away with Bigfoot at the Dancing Sasquatch in Banff

16. Experience the power and beauty of waterfalls such as Athabasca Falls and Wapta Falls

17. Check out the best Mountain Bike trails the Rockies have to offer; Kicking Horse, Panorama or Fernie

18. Ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain

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19. Heading to Jasper instead? Check out the Jasper Skytram

20. The mountains provide an epic scene for a music festival – check out Shambhala, Wild Mountain Music Festival, and Pemberton Music Festival

21. Take a boat cruise across Lake Minnewanka

22. Try golfing 18 holes with a view at courses such as Fairmont Banff Springs, Silvertip Golf Resort or Greywolf Golf Course

23. Rough it under the stars at one of the many back country campsites

24. Sip on a glass of wine at a beautiful vineyard in interior BC

25. Cliff jump at ‘Paradise’ in Nelson, BC

26. Fish for trout off the banks of a mountain river

27. Rent a canoe or stand-up board and spend the day on Barrier Lake in Kananaskis

28. Conquer a glacier in a massive all-terrain vehicle with Brewster Glacier Adventures

29. Explore BC’s second oldest provincial park that hosts the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies; Mount Robson Provincial Park

30. Spend the day tubing on Lake Okanagan.

31. Follow the trail to see waterfalls of Johnston Canyon and Ink Pots full of fresh water.

32. Soar down a Zipline system that descends down the mountainside.

33. Canoe across Emerald Lake.

We definitely missed a few great items to check off your bucket list – Comment below to add your favourites!

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Kaila Hoar
Halifax-born Calgarian who loves travelling, snowboarding, good food and captivating conversation.

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