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Canadian Rockies: Our most recommended tours and activities

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

1. Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

Begin your unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. Meet your guide, who will take you to the Athabasca Glacier. At the scheduled time, board your Ice Explorer, a huge vehicle specifically designed for glacial travel, and set off on an exciting ride. During your ride, hear stories and facts about the Columbia Icefield and the glaciers around you. Once on the Glacier, hop off the vehicle to walk on the extremely thick, 25,000-year-old ice and drink cold, pure water from the glacier itself. This is an experience you will never forget. Then, take a short ride to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk. Heighten your senses by walking on a platform where only glass separates you from a 918-foot (279-meter) drop. Marvel at the spectacular views of the mountains, glaciers, and the Sunwapta River with its waterfalls.

Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

2. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Get an entry ticket to Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this experience. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to get to the skywalk. Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal-clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

Banff: Lake Minnewanka Cruise

3. Banff: Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Admire views of the Canadian Rockies as you cruise on the largest lake in Banff National Park. Meet your guide and captain on the boat dock at Lake Minnewanka and begin your 1-hour adventure. Glide through the crystal clear water of this glacier lake and soak up the views of the mountains and blue sky above you. Keep an eye out for wildlife on the lakeshore, including big-horned sheep, deer, mountain goats, and even the occasional bear. During your cruise, interpretive guides will share interesting facts and stories about the wildlife and vegetation that inhabit the Canadian Rockies. Learn about the culture of the indigenous people who used to call the area home and hear a lot of entertaining legends of the area.

Jasper: Private Helicopter Tour in the Rocky Mountains

4. Jasper: Private Helicopter Tour in the Rocky Mountains

Meet your local pilot and private helicopter at the Jasper Hinton Airport. From here discuss your preferred tour route, with consideration given to current weather conditions, allotted time and your comfort level. All passengers will be given a thorough safety briefing and plenty of time for photos with the helicopter. Passengers will then board the aircraft and lift off to enjoy spectacular scenery. Headsets will be provided to every passenger to communicate with their pilot- ask questions and learn a little bit about the area. Your pilots live and play here and can't wait to share some favourite spots with you. 20 minute tour- Get into the mountains quickly in our Long Ranger helicopter that takes up to 6 people. A quick zip along a mountain ridge and soar above beautiful local lakes. Perfect for those who are unsure of heights or motion sickness. 30 minute tour- You can choose between a flight along Folding Mountain ridges and then into the alpine peaks towards Miette Hotsprings. Journey north out over Brule lake towards Solomon peak that taunts us from the airport. Or chose to fly in the main valley and take in Jasper Lake and townsite from an incredible angle with the Rocky mountains all around you. 60 minute tour- Our helicopter travels quite fast and can reach many hidden gems and secret spots in one hour. It's best to discuss your route with your local pilot! It doesn't matter the route -amazing scenery and plenty incredible photo opportunities are guaranteed! 2 hour tour- A customized tour just for you and your group. Includes one remote landing. Many pristine lakes or even mountain tops to land at for an incredibly full experience.

Canadian Rockies: Scenic Helicopter Tour

5. Canadian Rockies: Scenic Helicopter Tour

Choose between a 20-minute, 30-minute, or 55-minute tour over the Canadian Rockies with a professional pilot. The day starts at the helicopter base surrounded by mountain views. Go through a thorough safety briefing with the flight crew before learning about the controls and getting kitted out with a professional headset. Feel the excitement build as the crew readies for takeoff. Once in the air, the itinerary will vary depending on the option selected. Either way, breathtaking sights are guaranteed. 20-Minute Tour Deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, take in an incredible view of Abraham Lake - its incredible blue color and unique bubble patterns are truly a sight to see. After a glimpse of the lake, continue the flight around the Canadian Rockies. 30-Minute Tour The most popular of the 3 flights, this adventure covers crevasses, glaciers, and waterfalls over the beautiful Wilson Icefield. Soar at a cool 100mph, 9000ft (2900m) over Cline Pass. Admire the impressive fierceness of the mountains while flying alongside them. 55-Minute Tour The “Complete Columbia Icefields Tour” is just that – a complete, full, 55 minutes of gorgeous scenery and ancient ice. See the iconic Columbia Icefield the way it was intended, an awe-mazing trip highlight to remember for years to come. Marvel at incredible panoramas of waterfalls, emerald-green lakes, and mountain ridges. Pass over 6 different glaciers surrounded by frozen lakes and waterfalls. Many mountains reveal themselves along the trip, including Purple Mountain, Mount Cline, Resolute Mountain, Mount Harlan, Minster Mountain, and more. This trip is sure to leave anyone speechless. All the trips end with one last 360-degree view of the Canadian Rockies and Abraham Lake before landing softly back at the heliport.

Banff: Sightseeing Chairlift Ride High Above Banff

6. Banff: Sightseeing Chairlift Ride High Above Banff

Treat yourself to the best seat in Banff National Park and possibly the whole of Canada. More than just a chairlift ride, this famous scenic journey is your ticket to an unforgettable, open-air experience.  Take in legendary, panoramic views as you glide above the clouds. Cruise over wilderness which teams with life and natural splendor. Revel in the endless, picture-perfect scenery stretching out over the horizon.  Soar to nearly 7,000 feet and then settle in for a high-alpine dining experience at the Cliffhouse Bistro. Keep an eye out for some of the more wild neighbors, among them black and grizzly bears, as well as bighorn sheep, elk, and deer.

Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

7. Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

Get a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting on Class 1-3 rapids starting in Yoho National Park of Canada. Experience moderately-challenging rapids and the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies.  Check-in at the lodge conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1. Be fitted with top-of-the-line gear and transported to the starting point of the rafting experience. Receive a thorough safety briefing before setting off on the river. Embark on a 90-minute downstream journey starting with the "Alarm Clock" rapid, which is sure to wake everyone up. In between the exciting rapids, take in the beautiful scenery surrounding you on all sides. Learn about the wildlife in the area, how the Kicking Horse River got its name, and how the river gets its beautiful blue color. Finish the rafting trip at "Hopi's Hole", which serves as an exciting grande finale. After the rafting, be taken back to the lodge to relax and warm up in the heated changing-rooms. Once back in warm, dry clothes, enjoy freshly baked goodies and seasonal fruit along with a selection of hot and cold beverages. Browse through the gift shop to pick up a souvenir t-shirt or photos from your experience.

Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

8. Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

Get ready for an awe-inspiring experience of the Rocky Mountain with this scenic helicopter flight and hiking tour. See the Rockies from a bird's-eye view. Admire the stunning views of the mountains, lakes, and glaciers from above. Then explore the region’s natural beauty on foot. Choose from a 20, 30, or 55-minute scenic flight. Each option includes incredible panoramas of waterfalls, emerald-green lakes, and mountain ridges. With the 55-minute flight, approach the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Rocky Mountains. After the flight, land at the confluence of the Cline River and Waterfalls Creek. Continue to explore the wild beauty of this region on foot, hiking to the Twin Falls waterfall. Then climb back on board the helicopter and fly back to the heliport, enjoying the fantastic views of Abraham Lake.

Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

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

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at the designated meeting point. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead.  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.

From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour

10. From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour

Join this daily tour to discover Jasper National Park and its wildlife. Take a 3.5-hour scenic drive in a comfortable sightseeing vehicle to explore the park with a knowledgeable driver/guide. Learn the history, geology, and ecology of the area, as you keep a look out for the diverse wildlife that inhabits the region. Be amazed by the beautiful scenery and see the rich diversity of the national park. Your guide is trained to seek out the park’s most iconic creatures, so you can view animals in their natural habitat. Have your camera ready to capture some amazing photos. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in Jasper.

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What people are saying about Canadian Rockies

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It was a great experience. The crew at wild water adventures made everything run smoothly. Simon was an awesome captain that was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. He made the adventure very enjoyable!

It was good all the way through. I loved that the boat was full of replica artifacts and animal prints, etc. I will definitely be doing this again.

The experience was fantastic. The guide and captain made the experience worth the amount I paid.

Great view and great workers that really care about the lake and the history behind the lake

Staff were well trained and professional, great experience overall