Canmore
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Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

1. Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. You'll take the scenic drive to Grotto Canyon in Canmore, a local's secret. On arrival at the Grotto Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking.  From here, you'll start the moderate 2.1 kilometer hike along the frozen creek bed through the narrow canyon to the spectacular icefalls. Walk directly on the ice and on the creek bed floor for a unique view of the canyon.  Your guide will point out the stunted pine forest and hidden ancient native pictographs, which were likely created by Hopi visitors from the Arizona region. Learn more about First Nation history in the Bow Valley. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookie snack before hiking back.

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Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

2. Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

Embark on an exciting rafting trip through class 3-4 rapids and with big waves meaning you will get soaked and have lots of fun. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife sightings and enjoy the stunning outdoor beauty of the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River. Start your rafting adventure with an optional pick-up in Banff or Canmore and enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, be transported in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Bow River. Here, your guides will go through safety instructions and paddle techniques ready for your time on the river. Then it's time to jump aboard to start your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river and learn from your guide as they lead the group through different paddling techniques. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles soaring above and deer strolling along the river banks. Then, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that will get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide's instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater through the shale cliffs. At the midway point, stop for an optional cliff jump into the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River. Depending on your adventure level you can choose from a medium or a big cliff jump, or simply enjoy watching the others take the plunge. After the thrill of cliff jumping, continue rafting until you reach the endpoint. Return to the river base for high fives, snacks, and optional return transport. This tour operates from mid May to early September, with transport available from late May onwards on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

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

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at Rotary Friendship Park. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead (vehicle required).  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.

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Canmore: Kananaskis Country Snowshoe Tour

4. Canmore: Kananaskis Country Snowshoe Tour

This tour will begin as you meet your guide at the Canmore Visitor Centre. It will be at this location that you will complete your orientation and sign your waiver and medical forms before convoying for approximately 45 minutes to the trailhead. Getting to the trailhead includes driving maintained compact gravel roads covered in snow, and winter tires are recommended. Once having arrived at the trailhead, you will hike for 3.5 kilometers and ascend 984 feet. Your moderately-difficult tour will eventually end at a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by cliffs from the towering and picturesque Mount Chester. Following this summit, you will return back to the trailhead. From there you will drive back to the tour orientation point.

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Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

5. Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

Discover the picturesque Canmore with a guided walking tour. Meet your guide at Rotary Friendship Park and learn about the local secrets and hidden gems.  Hike on a scenic trail that is great for families. The easy to moderate hike takes you up a continued incline to the spectacular turquoise lakes. Pass by a waterfall and take in breathtaking views along the way.  Explore the lakes with your local guide and see ancient pictographs hidden in the rocks. Enjoy a unique experience and feel a deep connection by exploring an ancient world of wilderness and wildlife.

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Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

6. Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

Explore off the beaten path and get away from the crowds. Get amazing bird's-eye views of the Rockies as you hike to the mountain tops and stop at the 360-degree lookouts. The tour starts in the morning with a two-hour hike to the first viewpoint where you'll stop for lunch and snacks. After a short break for lunch, the tour continues higher into the alpine and mountain tops to another beautiful 360-degree lookout. Experience walking amongst the mountain peaks for 15 to 20 minutes until returning back down. Enjoy this unique experience with a fully trained and certified local guide. You will be provided with hiking poles on your arrival.

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From Canmore: Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration in Winter

7. From Canmore: Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration in Winter

Upon arrival at the meeting point, complete orientation, waivers, and medical forms before making your way to the trailhead. Hike a short distance before entering the canyon. Enjoy the spectacular natural scenery of the Canadian Rockies with your local guide. Explore this icy canyon with ice walking crampons underfoot. Discover pictographs, icefalls, and a variety of interesting rock formations on a 3-4 hour hike.

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Kananaskis Country: 1-Day Hike

8. Kananaskis Country: 1-Day Hike

Meet your guide at the Kananaskis Visitor Information Centre and complete a quick orientation session before starting your hike through Kananaskis Country. Your journey through the region will begin with a convoy to the trailhead. Once at the trailhead, you’ll follow one of five hiking trails. As you venture through Kananaskis Country, you’ll have the chance to see stunning views of the Canadian Rockies and learn about bear awareness. Along the way, there will be a rest stop for you to relax and enjoy lunch at the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Once you’ve finished lunch, the hike will continue before looping back to the starting point of the trailhead, where the tour will come to an end. This hike is a great opportunity to experience the unique flora, geography, and geology of Alberta.

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What people are saying about Canmore

I went with my partner, 3 kids (youngest 15) and my dad and his wife. My dad is 74! We all had a great time! Our guide, Gabriel was amazing and so great with my dad and his wife. He made the ride so much more enjoyable! I could tell all the staff and guides were an amazing group. High energy and lots of fun! I would do this again in a heartbeat!

Our guide was super informative and his relaxed demeanour was very enjoyable and appreciated. He knew his stuff and you could feel his passion for Grotto Mountain and it’s history.

Our guide Jacob was excellent. He made sure we got to the summit safely and shared a variety of informations with us. We would recommend this hike!

Super friendly and fun staff and an excelent experience overall

We had a great time, and the guide was very informative