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There are plenty of things to do in and around Jasper and Jasper National Park, of course — hiking, skiing and a long list of other outdoor activities. You can even enjoy great cuisine and luxury accommodations at resorts or boutique hotels in town. But a few hours away away down the Trans Canada Highway (or scenic Bow Valley Parkway) — lies another lovely Albertan town: Banff.
Here you will find no end of things to do as well, be it indoors or out. Mention Banff, Alberta or Banff National Park to someone and the first thing they may think of is mountains – it is the Canadian Rockies, after all – and in the winter that means snow and skiing. In the summer, it means trails and downhill mountain biking.
And that’s true, of course. The Canadian Rockies are great places for skiing and mountain biking; there are reasons why the region has been host to two different Winter Olympics as well as world-class mountain bike races
But there is much, more more to see and do in and around Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies; there are activities for everyone all year long, whether your interests lie in outdoor recreation and roughing it with a tent and backpack, or you prefer cultural programs and the arts, and accommodations that lean toward luxury, such as boutique hotels, spas and resorts.
If you ski and hike in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies or elsewhere, you know how important safety can be. Sign up for a wilderness first aid course.
Want a unique Canadian Rockies trip? Try a private guided backcountry skiing, mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hiking, or backpack trip.
The sightseeing around Banff, Canada and elsewhere in Alberta province is literally endless – even if you prefer high-heels to hiking boots.
Gondolas are an option for the whole family to enjoy scenic mountain beauty and Canadian Rockies wildlife. They operate in both Banff and Lake Louise.
Alberta’s Canadian Rockies are crowded: with critters and wildlife. The wilderness offers many chances to see and photograph animals.
Fascinating natural phenomena in Banff, Alberta and Banff National Park can be seen year-round: waterfalls, mysterious hoodoos, and hotsprings.
There are many art galleries in Banff, Alberta, specializing in various artistic media: painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and printmaking among others.
Banff has places to play and traditional recreation facilities available all year long, regardless of the weather, if you’re tired of skiing, hiking and such.
Winter Icewalk Tours
in Jasper, Alberta
Join us on the three-hour Maligne Canyon Icewalk, where you will discover frozen waterfalls and elaborate ice caves!
Whitewater Rafting in Jasper, Alberta
Raft the exciting Sunwapta or the Athabasca River, or try the Fraser River in B.C. Jasper whitewater rafting has never been so appealing.
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Get great deals on lodging in our newly renovated rooms and cabins surrounded by Jasper mountain scenery.
The Johnston Canyon Resort is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies.