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Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

1. Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

Climb aboard this iconic 4-person gondola cabin with large windows and relax. During the 8-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, take in the views of the town of Banff, Bow Valley, and six different mountain ranges. While on the mountain's peak, be amazed by 360-degree views. Explore the interactive Above Banff Interpretative Center to learn about the early explorers, wildlife, and local area. Hike across the Sulphur Mountain boardwalk to explore the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site. Then stop at the coffee shops, restaurants, and gift shops.

Banff: Lake Minnewanka Cruise

2. 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 National Park: Maligne Lake Cruise With Guide

3. Jasper National Park: Maligne Lake Cruise With Guide

Sit back and relax onboard a comfortable and unforgettable 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) cruise along Maligne Lake. Take in the views of the surrounding peaks of the Canadian Rockies, alpine glaciers, and azure water of the lake. Watch out for wildlife and learn from your guide about the early explorers and indigenous people of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit the tiny but very famous Spirit Island, which is only accessible by boat, and enjoy a short nature trail before returning to Home Bay.

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

4. 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

5. 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.

Jasper: Roundtrip Jasper SkyTram Ticket

6. Jasper: Roundtrip Jasper SkyTram Ticket

Travel just 4 miles (7 kilometers) southwest of Jasper to the end of Whistlers Road to arrive at Jasper SkyTram. Time your visit for an early morning or evening flight to avoid crowds and take advantage of the best light for photos. After you exchange your voucher at the reservations window for a ticket, climb aboard the enclosed tram car for a 7.5-minute ride to the upper station. Your tram ride will ascend to an elevation of 7,425 feet (2,263 meters). A guide will accompany you on your trip, sharing insights about the area, history, and wealth of wildlife. Once at the top, take a stroll on the accessible boardwalk for breathtaking views of Jasper National Park, the town of Jasper, turquoise-colored lakes, mountain ranges, and the Athabasca River Valley. Try hiking Whistlers Summit Trail to reach the top of Whistlers Mountain at 8,081 feet (2,463 meters) for a 360° view of six mountain ranges, including Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Before you leave for your trip down the mountain, enjoy a coffee and light snack at the top of the Canadian Rockies. Visit the gift shops at the upper or lower stations to purchase a souvenir that will always remind you of this trip.

Lake Louise: Open-Top Bus Shuttle to Moraine & Lake Louise

7. Lake Louise: Open-Top Bus Shuttle to Moraine & Lake Louise

Breathe in the fresh mountain air and embark on an exciting tour to beautiful Lake Louise and Moraine Lake from a meeting point at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Take time for yourself once at the lake. Ride the open-top bus back to the meeting point. Snap photos, take in panoramic views, and learn about the area from a local host, ready with fascinating stories and to answer any questions. Once there, marvel at the Canadian Rockies and the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks. Many stunning hiking trails are accessed right from the drop-off area. Explore at your own pace and then head back on the bus.

Jasper National Park: Evening or Morning Wildlife Search

8. Jasper National Park: Evening or Morning Wildlife Search

Discover the beauty of the Jasper National Park on this guided wildlife watching tour from Jasper aboard a spacious coach. Enjoy stunning natural landscapes while looking for creatures in their native habitats.  Benefit from pickup at your hotel or guesthouse in Jasper and travel by comfortable coach down into the valley. Look out of the large windows to get stunning views of the mountains and surrounding wilderness. Travel on paved roads, searching for the many species of animals found in the Jasper National Park. Your guide selects the route based on seasonal wildlife movements, giving you the best chances of finding animals in their natural habitat.  Encounter amazing creatures at the time of day when they are most active. Take stunning photos from inside the minibus or during occasional short walks, at the discretion of your guide. Get valuable insights into the challenges of managing and protecting wildlife within the national park. Ask your guide any questions you may have about the animals that you spot. Return to your hotel in Jasper at the end of your tour. 

Banff National Park: 1-Hour Spray River Horseback Ride

9. Banff National Park: 1-Hour Spray River Horseback Ride

Embark on a horseback riding adventure as you breathe in the pine-spiced mountain air. Approach the Bow Falls and enjoy spectacular views. Pass by the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course known as one of the most immaculately manicured courses in Canada. Continue along the edge of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course and cross through the waters once more. A partial climb up Sulphur Mountain brings you through a wooded residential area and back to the corrals. Enjoy a unique experience and cross the Spray River. On hotter days, your horse may even decide to cool itself off by splashing water onto its belly. Have an experience unlike anything else.

Banff: Mount Norquay 2.5 or 4-Hour Guided Via Ferrata Climb

10. Banff: Mount Norquay 2.5 or 4-Hour Guided Via Ferrata Climb

Join this fun alpine climbing tour that's perfect for all abilities, including those with no previous experience. Experience the thrill of climbing a via ferrata with an expert guide and delight in bird’s-eye views of Banff National Park.  Choose between a 2.5-hour Explorer Route or a 4-hour Ridgewalker Route. Upon arrival to Mount Norquay, located just 10 minutes from Banff, check in and meet your guide. Get equipped with a harness, lanyards, and helmet, then ride the sightseeing chairlift to where your adventure begins.  After an equipment check and training is complete, take a short 5-minute walk to your first via ferrata buttress to climb. The 2.5-hour Explorer Route is a great choice for those who are slightly limited on time or looking for an introduction to via ferrata. Spend some time with your guide and get introduced to the equipment before heading up a few pitches and crossing the suspension bridge.  You will reach 2,235 meters (7,332 feet) above sea level. The tour lasts 2-2.5 hours, covers 1 kilometer (3,280 feet), and involves an elevation gain of 145 meters (475 feet). Select the 4-hour Ridgewalker Route to get a greater feel for heights and experience the via ferrata in full.  Get comfortable with the equipment on a practice wall, then continue on the Norquay cliffs, climbing the memorial, sunrise and vista buttresses — and, of course, traversing the suspension bridge. The route heads up to the Ridgewalker Summit, 2,300 meters (7,545 feet) above sea level. At the top, enjoy incredible views and snap some photos before descending back to the starting point.  The tour lasts 3.5-4 hours, covers 1.4 kilometers (4,593 feet), and involves an elevation gain of 260 meters (853 feet).

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What people are saying about Alberta

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We went on the earliest possible cruise out to Spirit Island. The cruise was amazing, spectacular views and if you go early like we did the mist over the water is beautiful. The staff are very very knowledgable and helpful. We had Jordan as our captain and she was brilliant, we even had a problem with one of the engines which meant our journey back was much slower than usual, but she kept us informed. Our guide for the tour was Claire, she was outstanding. I can’t give her enough praise, she was polite and courteous. Always willing to help and her knowledge was fantastic. Couldn’t advise going on this cruise anymore.

September was the perfect time to do this. Great weather, clear enough skies to see the peak of Mt. Robson, and no long lines or wait times.

Beautiful lake. Cruise was really enjoyable with interesting commentary from our guide. Perfect day for it too.

Great value for money! Beautiful scenery, great narration and over all a great trip!

Bon our guide was great, knowledgeable. And it was an informative, fun adventure!