Gustav Flaubert once said, "Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." This quote can be said of many travel experiences: standing by the ocean, in the middle of a desert, or beside a raging river. Mountains in particular, though, have always had the ability to instill in people a sense of grandeur and conquest. Gazing upon the rest of the world from up high reminds us of how big the world truly is in comparison to ourselves.
In recent years, the Canadian Rockies have become a travel destination for those wishing to experience the true vastness of nature. For those of us in the Southern United States, the Rockies may seem to be a long way away, but once you understand what a trip here has to offer, the distance becomes worth it. Not only are the mountains beautiful, but visitors will also find stunning lakes and rich cultural experiences.
Check out these 9 wonderful and unique experiences waiting for you in the Canadian Rockies!
1. Take a gondola ride over Banff National Park
If you’re not too afraid of heights, a gondola ride over Banff is the perfect way to take it all in. At the end of the ride is an observation center and skywalk for even more great views!
2. Explore the caves of Canmore
Rain or shine, a tour of one of Canmore’s many caves is sure to be an interesting endeavor. Whether you’re more of the daring type or prefer to play it safe, there’s an adventure waiting for you.
3. Enjoy dinner from 525 feet up in Calgary
Guests dining at the SKY 360 Restaurant will not only be treated to a great meal but also to stunning 360 degree views of the Calgary, the largest city in Alberta.
4. Take in the culture in Regina, Saskatchewan
Regina is the cultural and commercial center of the province of Saskatchewan. The city is home to numerous parks, museums, and historic sites that are sure to feed your mind.
5. Ride through the Columbia Icefield
The Columbia Icefield is the largest one to be found in the Rocky Mountains. It’s home to several enormous glaciers and magnificent mountains. Take a ride on an Ice Explorer, which are specifically designed for glacier travel.
6. Take it easy in Apgar Village
Located in Glacier National Park, Apgar Village is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and peruse locally owned shops. Book a cottage for the night to truly get away from it all, or simply rent a bike for the day to get a new perspective of the park.
7. Hop on a rafting tour
If you’re craving a bit of adventure, take a whitewater rafting tour through the rivers of Banff National Park. There are leisurely, relaxed tours that meander through calm waters as well as some wilder options that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
8. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel
The Prince of Wales Hotel is a railroad hotel located in Alberta, Canada. Gaze upon Waterton Lake as you enjoy a wide selection of teas and pastries!
9. Take a walk around Moraine Lake
While not the largest body of water in the Rockies, Moraine Lake boasts beautiful blue-green water. There are plenty of hiking trails, giving visitors ample opportunities to take in the view.
At GNT, we truly believe that travel enriches lives, no matter how close or far away from home you are. A trip to the Canadian Rockies is the perfect opportunity to take a step back from it all and really experience life!