Most of us are in denial, but summer in B.C. is soon coming to an end. Looking to extend the sunshine in your life? Head over to our neighbouring province, Alberta. During the month of September they typically get 1/3 less rainfall on average than British Columbia. Is that my boarding announcement I’m hearing?
Below are some itinerary suggestions on how you can hike, trek, climb and of course eat your way through Alberta.
Enjoy the alpine landscape with a certified guide, climbing up the cliffs assisted by fixed anchoring system of cables, ladders and a suspension bridge. Choose from the Explorer Route, a two hour excursion for $139 per person or the Ridgewalker Route, a four hour excursion for $169 per person. Open from June to mid-October. summer.banffnorquay.com
Hike through the gorgeous Larch Valley, where the needles of the alpine larch turn a spectacular yellow- gold in September and offers stunning views of the Lake Louise area. The Hike Amongst the Larches package includes accommodation at Lake Louise Inn, breakfast for two and boxed lunches for your hike. 1-403-522-3791
Taste your way through Calgary’s booming farm-to-fork food scene at top-rated restaurants using fresh local produce. Try Charcut’s uniquely Albertan urban-rustic cuisine, using seasonal artisan ingredients to create unpretentious dishes in a sleek Calgary setting, or test out Model Milk featuring locally sourced comfort food and a seriously innovative drink list.
The Glacier Skywalk is an award-wining barrier-free walkway and observation deck located in the heart of Jasper National Park. A 98 foot (30meter) glass floored observation deck located 918 feet (280meters) over the Sunwapta Valley, offers a bird’s eye view of ice-capped mountain peaks, glacier formed valleys and rare wildlife, giving visitors the opportunity to view one of the most unique eco-systems in the world. www.glacierskywalk.ca
Lake Minnewanka, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, is a sight not to be missed while visiting Alberta, and the best way to experience it is on board Banff Lake Cruise.
Banff Lake Cruise provides a unique sightseeing experience lead by experienced staff who guide you through the rugged paradise richly steeped in history, all while taking in the views of one of the most interesting and spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies. Banff Lake Cruise operates from May to October. www.brewster.ca.