- By kevin
- On Apr 17, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
What about the world's best places to visit in Canada? Thanks to its location in the heart of the Canadian Rockies near the southeastern border of Banff National Park – Canada's first national park – taking trips here will decrease not only your flight time from the U.S. but also your expenses (although only marginally). And you can book the tour to Banff from Calgary on the Globerouter.com website with deals now.
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Although it is the smallest of Banff's three ski areas, Mount Norquay is also the closest – it's about 5 miles northwest of Banff Town. Beyond its convenient location, the resort is also considered the area's best skiing locale for families because it offers daycare for children and ski and snowboard instruction for ages 3 and older. Mount Norquay is also home to the "North American," one of the steepest slopes on the continent; the ride to the summit offers a spectacular aerial view of Banff Town. You can get your adrenaline pumping with some of Mount Norquay's night skiing (available select days from December through March), or you can head off on one of the area's trails for a cross-country hike. Complete an adventure-filled day with a hearty meal at the Cascade Lodge.
Though recent visitors agreed that Lake Louise and Sunshine Village offer more terrain, reviewers loved the convenience of Mount Norquay's location. They also described the views as "out of this world."
The slopes generally open at 9 a.m. and close around 4 p.m. Day passes cost CA$74 (about $60) for adults, CA$56 (approximately $43) for teens between the ages of 13 and 17 and CA$29 (about $22) for kids between 6 and 12. Children younger than 5 can enter for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. If you purchased a SkiBig3 Season Pass, you'll enjoy unlimited skiing and riding at Sunshine Village, as well as Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mount Norquay. As with the other two ski resorts in Banff, there is a free shuttle bus that provides round-trip transportation from Banff Town to the mountain. Meanwhile, lift tickets in the summer cost CA$35 (around $28) for adults and CA$24 (or around $19) for kids ages 6 to 15.
Whitewater Rafting & Float Trips
When you're not admiring Banff's stunning scenery from a hiking trail or in the comfort of your car, get out on one of its rivers. Whether you're craving the excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure or just want to peacefully glide through the water, you'll find Banff tour operators satisfy a variety of interests.
For a scenic, guided tour of the Bow River and the Hoodoos, consider Rocky Mountain Raft Tours. During these float tours, which can span one to nearly three hours, you'll be seated in a raft as a guide paddles you calmly through the river. Not only is this a great tour for seniors and families with young children, but it's also ideal for anyone who isn't interested in getting wet (even your shoes are safe thanks to the rafts' elevated floorboards). Prices range from CA$55 (about $43) to CA$90 (approximately $70) for adults, depending on the tour. These tours are also the closest to Banff since they take place on the Bow River.
Looking for something a little wilder? Recent travelers recommended Chinook Rafting and Hydra Rafting. These tours, which take travelers through the waters of Kicking Horse River, Kananaskis River and Horseshoe Canyon (located 40 minutes west of Lake Louise and 1 hour and 15 minutes from Banff), are definitely not for the faint-hearted (you'll be wearing helmets and expected to paddle through the rapids). But travelers who opted for these adrenaline-pumping tours loved it. Tour lengths and prices vary by company and the rafting experience you choose, but you can expect to pay about CA$55 (about $43) to CA$169 (around $131). Some operators also provide transportation to and from their launch sites.