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Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

1. Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. You'll take the scenic drive to Grotto Canyon in Canmore, a local's secret. On arrival at the Grotto Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking.  From here, you'll start the moderate 2.1 kilometer hike along the frozen creek bed through the narrow canyon to the spectacular icefalls. Walk directly on the ice and on the creek bed floor for a unique view of the canyon.  Your guide will point out the stunted pine forest and hidden ancient native pictographs, which were likely created by Hopi visitors from the Arizona region. Learn more about First Nation history in the Bow Valley. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookie snack before hiking back.

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Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

2. Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

Embark on an exciting rafting trip through class 3-4 rapids and with big waves meaning you will get soaked and have lots of fun. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife sightings and enjoy the stunning outdoor beauty of the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River. Start your rafting adventure with an optional pick-up in Banff or Canmore and enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, be transported in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Bow River. Here, your guides will go through safety instructions and paddle techniques ready for your time on the river. Then it's time to jump aboard to start your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river and learn from your guide as they lead the group through different paddling techniques. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles soaring above and deer strolling along the river banks. Then, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that will get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide's instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater through the shale cliffs. At the midway point, stop for an optional cliff jump into the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River. Depending on your adventure level you can choose from a medium or a big cliff jump, or simply enjoy watching the others take the plunge. After the thrill of cliff jumping, continue rafting until you reach the endpoint. Return to the river base for high fives, snacks, and optional return transport. This tour operates from mid May to early September, with transport available from late May onwards on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

3. Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at Rotary Friendship Park. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead (vehicle required).  Explore the narrow-walled creek bed which twists and turns for many kilometers. Reach a fork in the creek bed as the smooth limestone walls get steeper and steeper. Head right to see a glistening waterfall.  Discover ancient, indigenous pictographs hidden in the cave walls and learn about the history that has almost been lost in time. The tour is offered in the summer and winter.  In the winter, ice cleats and hiking poles are supplied. Exploring the canyon in the winter is a very unique and rewarding experience. Go deep into the canyon with your ice cleats allowing you to go into more unexplored areas.

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Calgary to Lake Louise: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

4. Calgary to Lake Louise: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Follow your audio tour guide along the Trans-Canada Highway 1, one of the most exciting drives in Alberta. Start anywhere along the route between Calgary and Lake Louise. Starting points also include Sunshine Ski Resort & Nakiska. The tour experience is the same in any direction. Learn about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. Hear about Kananaskis Country and other sights at your own pace. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Entertaining audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map, and no data is used during the tour. Enjoy a fun audio tour with information and trivia to keep the whole family laughing and engaged along the way. Each point of interest along the way has a multiple-choice trivia question about the sights. Keep score and learn plenty of interesting facts along the route.

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Canmore: Kananaskis Country Snowshoe Tour

5. Canmore: Kananaskis Country Snowshoe Tour

This tour will begin as you meet your guide at the Canmore Visitor Centre. It will be at this location that you will complete your orientation and sign your waiver and medical forms before convoying for approximately 45 minutes to the trailhead. Getting to the trailhead includes driving maintained compact gravel roads covered in snow, and winter tires are recommended. Once having arrived at the trailhead, you will hike for 3.5 kilometers and ascend 984 feet. Your moderately-difficult tour will eventually end at a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by cliffs from the towering and picturesque Mount Chester. Following this summit, you will return back to the trailhead. From there you will drive back to the tour orientation point.

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Canmore: Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Walking Tour

6. Canmore: Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Walking Tour

Join your professional guides and naturalists on an adventure into the hidden world of wildlife. They will show you trees that have been scarred by climbing bears, active nests of eagles and ospreys, and fields frequented by elk and wolves. While you can't be guaranteed you'll see animals, you greatly increase your chances by teaming up with an expert. The fun of this tour is its compelling mix of possibility mixed with hands-on experiences. Learn the current trends in wildlife research. What have we learned over the past decade? How are we finding ways to better coexist with the local wildlife population? Hands-on kits provided include an impressive collection of artifacts to add an additional level of excitement. An Intimate Wildlife Experience, Alberta is one of the only places in North America where prairie, boreal forest, and mountain ecosystems meet. As a result, Alberta is home to an abundance and variety of wildlife. More than 400 bird, 90 mammal, 18 reptile and amphibian, 50 fish, and 1800 wild flowering species can be found here.

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Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

7. Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

Discover the picturesque Canmore with a guided walking tour. Meet your guide at Rotary Friendship Park and learn about the local secrets and hidden gems.  Hike on a scenic trail that is great for families. The easy to moderate hike takes you up a continued incline to the spectacular turquoise lakes. Pass by a waterfall and take in breathtaking views along the way.  Explore the lakes with your local guide and see ancient pictographs hidden in the rocks. Enjoy a unique experience and feel a deep connection by exploring an ancient world of wilderness and wildlife.

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Canmore: 1.5-Hour Historical Town Walking Tour

8. Canmore: 1.5-Hour Historical Town Walking Tour

Enjoy this immersive experience into the history of western Canada. Let your fun and friendly guide take you on a journey through time and reveal the stories behind the scenery. Go back into the history and mystery of the first peoples of the Rockies. Explore a history written in rock! This tour will provide you with a story of mystery and intrigue that was shared by the early explorers, pioneers, and cowboys that called the Rockies home. Rated as a leisurely walk suitable for the whole family! A truly authentic local experience presented by professional guides and local historians.

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Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

9. Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

Explore off the beaten path and get away from the crowds. Get amazing bird's-eye views of the Rockies as you hike to the mountain tops and stop at the 360-degree lookouts. The tour starts in the morning with a two-hour hike to the first viewpoint where you'll stop for lunch and snacks. After a short break for lunch, the tour continues higher into the alpine and mountain tops to another beautiful 360-degree lookout. Experience walking amongst the mountain peaks for 15 to 20 minutes until returning back down. Enjoy this unique experience with a fully trained and certified local guide. You will be provided with hiking poles on your arrival.

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From Canmore: Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration in Winter

10. From Canmore: Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration in Winter

Upon arrival at the meeting point, complete orientation, waivers, and medical forms before making your way to the trailhead. Hike a short distance before entering the canyon. Enjoy the spectacular natural scenery of the Canadian Rockies with your local guide. Explore this icy canyon with ice walking crampons underfoot. Discover pictographs, icefalls, and a variety of interesting rock formations on a 3-4 hour hike.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 35 reviews

I went with my partner, 3 kids (youngest 15) and my dad and his wife. My dad is 74! We all had a great time! Our guide, Gabriel was amazing and so great with my dad and his wife. He made the ride so much more enjoyable! I could tell all the staff and guides were an amazing group. High energy and lots of fun! I would do this again in a heartbeat!

Our guide was super informative and his relaxed demeanour was very enjoyable and appreciated. He knew his stuff and you could feel his passion for Grotto Mountain and it’s history.

Our guide Jacob was excellent. He made sure we got to the summit safely and shared a variety of informations with us. We would recommend this hike!

Super friendly and fun staff and an excelent experience overall

We had a great time, and the guide was very informative