Summer Activities of the Canadian Rockies
The Canadian Rockies is a place where the saying “so many activities, so little time,” fits perfectly. The slopes, valleys and waterways in this part of the world tempt with some of the best and justifiably renowned adventures in the world. Long days allow ample time to explore and experience and warm weather tends to bring the wildlife out of hiding.
Banff National Park has 1,500 kilometres of hiking trails, more than any other mountain park in the world, Jasper has another 1,000 kilometres. There are plenty more outstanding trails to be found in Yoho and Kootenay national parks, along with the nearby B.C. provincial parks, too. Trails lead to spectacular lakes, glaciers and summits ranging from short walks to day trips. Summer designated multiuse and are shared by bikers, hikers, and horseback riders.
Summer is the time to breathe that mountain air. The Icefields Parkway, renowned as one of the most spectacular drives in the world, has abundant roadside picnic areas so that you can, as Parks Canada puts it, “stop and pick up your jaw once in a while.”
Get a wide view of the splendour out on a golf course. Water adventures include river rafting, pleasure boating, and fishing. Cast your line from a raft, or fly fish in the rivers, catch rainbow trout from a belly boat in a mountain tarn, or go trolling in Lake Minnewanka. Rent a canoe and go for a tranquil paddle on a lake.
Horseback riding is an integral part of the heritage of the Canadian Rockies. Horseback excursions include local rides, overnight excursions and adventure expeditions. The region is a focal point for cycling, and thousands of people come to the Rockies every year to challenge themselves cycling the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper. It is one of the most spectacular rides to be found anywhere.
Canmore is adventure headquarters for a myriad of summer activities, and the town is gaining world notice for its exceptional rock climbing. There are no fewer than eight crags within a 30-minute drive of town, ranging from bouldering to day-long multi-pitch climbs, and something to challenge any level of climber.
Golden sits at the confluence of two Heritage Rivers-the Kicking Horse and the Columbia. Take a wetland wildlife safari, raft the mighty Kicking Horse, hop on a jet boat tour, canoe or kayak.
Around Golden, ride one of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort's 12 trails, or try the Moonraker system near town. An extremely popular route is the Golden Triangle, one of the most spectacular and strenuous bicycling circuits in Canada. The Columbia valley here is famous for hang-gliding and para-gliding and Mount 7 is one of the world's best spots for flying on the thermals. Book a tandem flight and let an experienced guide take you on the ride of your life.
Jasper is renowned for the selection of outdoor activities that are available. One can golf, swim, paddle, fish, bike or take a hike or horseback ride at any one of a multitude of trails. There is white water rafting and mountain climbing or you can take a variety of tours by bus, boat or by car to some of the most incredible scenery in the Canadian Rockies.