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Visitor's Choice International GuideVisitor's Choice

The International Guide and Visitor's Choice directory website connects all aspects of travel to Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Featuring comprehensive editorial content about local golf courses, wineries, skiing, spas, whale watching, eco-tourism, accommodations, events, dining, shopping and a variety of activities and attractions.

 


Sightseeing

Discover Banff ToursDiscover Banff Tours

Discover Banff Tours provides sightseeing tours and activities in both summer and winter for individuals and groups. Our small group size allows plenty of interaction with our friendly, knowledgeable guides on our tours throughout Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains.


GyPSy GuideGypsy Guide

GyPSy Guide is perfect for the independent traveller, providing scenic drive guides that play automatically with professional tour guide commentary. Over 1500 points of interest throughout the Rockies, with stories of past explorers, suggestions on where to spot wildlife, geology, directions and quirky local tales.


Banff Scooter Company

Banff Scooter Company offers three self guided tours. Imagine riding a scooter and exploring the majestic rockies at your own pace.


Banff Gondola Mountaintop ExperienceBanff Gondola

When you arrive at the upper terminal of the Banff Gondola, you will have the choice of exiting the building and witness the breathtaking views in every direction or going up into the restaurant area where you can sit in comfort and still see the view. Above the restaurant levels is the upper observation deck for the best view yet! The summit complex and the observation decks are completely handicapped accessible.


Toby Creek AdventuresToby Creek Adventures

Toby Creek Adventures offers scenic Snowmobile and ATV tours in the Canadian Rockies. With over 15 years of experience, these winter and summer trips will leave a lasting Canadian impression as you ride up to 8000ft, visiting an old silver mine and waterfall, with the majestic Rocky Mountains in the background. From beginner to experienced, we cater to all abilities and ensure you have a trip of a lifetime!


Golfing

The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course

Located within the Banff townsite, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is renowned for its panoramic beauty, and is a captivating and challenging layout set in the heart of Canada's Rocky Mountains.


Cycling

Banff CycleBanff Bow Cycle

Quality Cervelo Road Bike Rental with, Banff Cycle Banff Cycle is a Full Service, Bike Rental Company or join a ride or tour as well.


Whitewater Rafting

Kicking Horse River

Hydra River GuidesWhitewater rafting is the unparalled summer outdoor activity in the Canadian Rockies. With the historical Kicking Horse River a mere 1 hour and 20 minutes from the famous Banff Township, rafting is the perfect day excursion for visitors seeking some excitement in the Canadian outdoors. Visit Hydra River Guides website for more information.

Backpacking

Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Banff National Park protects an ecosystem unique to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The parks trail system allows you access into the heart of this precious landscape. Careful planning will help you enjoy your trip safely and with minimum impact to this sensitive area. Visit Parks Canada's backpacking page for more information.

 

Climbing/Mountaineering

Climbers coming here for the first time may not be familiar with the type of climbing and the varying rock quality in particular. The Rockies are made up almost entirely of sedimentary rock including limestones and dolomites, shales, and silicas (including quartzite). The characteristics vary widely from the very worst to some fine rock, depending on the formations (the layers) encountered. Visit Parks Canada's climbing and mountaineering page for more information.

 

Horseback Trips

Banff Trail Riders

Trail ride for an hour, for a day or for a week and experience true western heritage on a horseback ride through the breathtaking beauty of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Our cowboys will guide you through a photographers haven to ideal fishing and hiking spots, where you will share a fun-filled wilderness adventure. More details at Banff Trail Riders website.


Winter Activities Around Banff


Downhill Skiing

Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village

100% soft and natural snow makes for superb skiing and riding conditions! Sunshine Village has an excellent variety of terrain from beginner to expert, and the most high speed quad chairs in the Rockies to get you to those runs fast.

 

Lake Louise

Lake Louise - Steep in Tradition

Award Winning. Magazine surveys invariably rate Lake Louise North America's most scenic ski area, and once you've seen it, you'll agree that there's essentially no contest. Life-long Louise skiers still stand and stare, and the beauty of the entire area is really what catapults a ski vacation here into a class of its own.

 

Ski Banff @ NorquaySki Banff@Norquay

For 76 years Banff Mount Norquay has been the ski area for Banff locals. Just minutes from town, Mount Norquay has everything you need for a great day of skiing or riding, no matter what your ability.

 

Kicking Horse Mountain ResortKicking Horse Resort

Find yourself where only eagles and helicopters once flew. This is Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, the Canadian Rockies newest alpine escape. It's a place where winter's bounty rolls out before you and challenges you to take the plunge. Stand atop it all and covet a 4133 foot vertical, highest in the Canadian Rockies. Cut first tracks through wide open bowls, natural chutes, glades and 78 marked runs. Fly through 2600 acres of light, sparkling Champagne Powder. And be certain that any exit you choose will set your passion aflight.

 

Nakiskanakiska

Home of the 1988 Winter Olympic Winter Games Alpine Skiing events, Nakiska offers fantastic skiing and snowboarding on perfectly groomed trails surrounded by the stunning beauty of Kananaskis Country.

 

Panorama Mountain VillagePanorama Mountain Village

Panorama Mountain Village is a summer and winter destination resort located in the Canadian Rockies, two hours southwest of Banff, in British Columbia. Ski and snowboard on almost 3,000 acres ranging from powder bowls, glades, groomed cruisers and terrain parks. Ski-in/ski-out slopeside accommodations and après ski activities make Panorama the perfect winter vacation getaway for you and your family and friends.

 

RK HeliskiRK Hiliski

RK Heliski, celebrating 42 years of fresh powder tracks, offers helicopter assisted backcountry skiing/snowboarding, in the Purcell Mountain Range of British Columbia, Canada. With 1,500 square kilometers of spectacular terrain, 120 landings and more than 900 runs, every day at rk is unique. Whether you are a first time Intermediate or an experienced Advanced to Expert skier/boarder, you will love rk’s vast virgin slopes surrounded by scenic glaciers and untracked deep powder runs in the glades. Packages range from Single day powder adventures to customized Multiday trips suited to meet your needs and budget. Return transfer from Banff available daily.

 

Dogsledding

Howling Dog ToursHowling Dog Tours

Experience the thrill of dog mushing hands-on with Howling Dog Tours. Learn to harness and handle the dogs, relax as a passenger, or drive your dog sled team with the help of a guide. Enjoy many photo opportunities and the only traditional Canadian way to see the Rocky Mountains in the winter.

 

Snowy Owl Sled Dog ToursSnowy Owl Sled Dog Tours

The Snowy Owl experience! Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours, the famous forerunners in sled dog touring and racing in the Bow Valley, created the first dog sledding tours over a quarter of a century ago. With over 28 years of experience and expertise in touring, racing and conservation; we are extremely proud of our Canadian and Albertan roots and look forward to sharing our exceptional experiences with you.

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