Whether you like your day jam-packed with adventure or prefer a slower pace, a day in the Rockies gives you plenty of options.
head west on the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy. 1). You can't miss 'em.
Stops Along the Way
Just an hour west of Calgary on Hwy. 1, you'll find a hub of cultural, artistic, and outdoor events and activities. There are plenty of fabulous places to stay, eat, and explore in this town, and plenty of fabulous mountain views, too. Follow Spray Lakes Road to visit the Canmore Nordic Centre, and learn about the hiking, biking, skiing and other activities nearby. Travel up the road a little and find yourself in the heart of Kananaskis Country.
There's enough to see and do in Banff that it doesn't matter whether you're looking for a hard-core outdoor adventure or something more relaxed – you'll find it here. Visit Bow Falls, explore local museums, or ride a gondola up Sulphur Mountain.
You'll also find plenty of shops and restaurants along Main Street. And don't forget your swimsuit, so you can take a relaxing soak in the Upper Hot Springs, too.
The village of Lake Louise is world-famous for its beauty, and around here we love it for the skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, too.
From the lakeshore, four kilometers (2.5 miles), above the village, you have a breathtaking view of the Victoria Glacier. For the best view of the lake, hike up to Lake Agnes Teahouse (3.5 km). Sample some of the sweets and specialty teas while you're at it – you've earned it!
Visit the Lodge at Lake Louise in the winter and skate on the lake, where you can explore the ice castle and sip hot chocolate with other skaters.
Follow this road between snow-capped mountains to Jasper National Park, and you'll see over 100 glaciers, numerous lakes and countless waterfalls along the way. At Bow Summit you'll find one of the most amazing panoramas in the park.
Don't miss the Weeping Wall, which gets its name from the water seeping through the cracks in the cliff face, which plunges downwards in a series of waterfalls.
The icefields are pretty much that – a gigantic accumulation of snow and ice (the largest south of the Arctic Circle) that feeds eight massive glaciers. Check out the new interpretive centre, which explains how this remnant of the last Ice Age came to be in the first place, and how it's changed over the centuries. Want to see the real thing up close? Tour the Athabasca Glacier in a giant snowcoach, or take a spectacular helicopter tour to see them from high above.
The town of Jasper is another fantastic place to establish a base while you explore the surrounding area. You'll find luxurious accommodation, restaurants, and shops in town, and plenty of opportunity to hike, ski, mountain bike, and more.