10 activities you can do in the Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies are a holiday playground. Already famed for being visually stunning, they’re also ideally prepped for adrenaline-rushing outdoor activities and relaxing holiday pursuits. From skiing in the winter to relaxing in hot springs during the summer, holidaymakers will find a wealth of activities while travelling in this striking natural wonder.

1. Snowboarding and Skiing

The Canadian Rockies offer some of the best skiing in Canada with an abundance of ski and snowboarding resorts. Sunshine Village in Banff National Park, Fernie Alpine Resort in British Columbia and Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort in British Columbia are all popular choices

2. Mountain Biking

The Canadian Rockies turn into a mountain biker’s playground during the summer months. Banff National Park has numerous trails available for the adventure traveller.

3. Zip-lining

Admire the beautiful Canadian Rockies while soaring above the ferns. There’s a popular dual zipline course that coasts above the majestic Kicking Horse River at 40 metres in the air.

4. Bungee Jumping

Just outside of Whistler Village stands a towering 160ft bungee jump that holds the record as the highest bungee jump in British Columbia. Guaranteed to increase adrenaline.

5. Kayaking or Canoeing

Between the peaks of the Rocky Mountains lies beautiful pristine lakes waiting for kayakers and canoeists. Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, and Moraine Lake in Banff National Park all have canoe rentals available.

6. Hiking

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the Rocky Mountains are home to some spectacular hiking trails. Signposted hiking trails can be found across the mountain stretch, catering to both beginner and experienced hikers. Guided and group hikes can also be booked.

7. River Rafting

However, it’s not just calm mountain-side lakes that adventurers will find in the Rockies. River rafting adventures can be found in Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise for both beginner and experienced rafters.

8. Partying

The Canadian Rockies offer more than just natural scenery and outdoor pursuits. After an adventurous hike, enjoy a drink in one of the built-up towns of Banff, Whistler Village and Nelson. They all offer an impressive night-time scene ranging from simple pubs to grab a pint, to somewhere with DJs and dancefloors.

9. Relax in hot springs

After all these adrenaline-fuelled activities (and the partying) you might want to relax. Thankfully, you’ll find plenty of natural thermal hot springs in the creaks of the mountains. Some of these are purpose-built pools but if you’re hiking through the Rockies you’re guaranteed to find some secluded natural rock pools for a quick soak.

10. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer

Once you have completed this list, finish off your trip by cruising through the mountains on board the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train. Every year from late April through to early October holidaymakers from around the world hop on board one of its many routes to admire the peaks from the comfort of their SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service.

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