- By kevin
- On Mar 27, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
The Canadian Rockies should be in your travel list, by experiencing this grandiose natural Canadian playground. Vancouver to Banff vacation package, tips about the day tour from Vancouver, activities & things to do in Banff as below. Something that affects a vacation experience is the number of daylight hours.
In the summer there are between 14 and 16 hours of daylight. In the autumn that drops down to about 10 hours of daylight per day. On the winter solstice, there are just under 8 hours of daylight. Then in March daylight increases to around 12 hours.
The long summer days have their advantages. The many hours of sunlight make it easier to keep going and see more. On the other hand, the reduced daylight hours of the fall make it easier to be up in time to photograph sunrises. Also, since animals are more active at dawn and dusk, in the fall you have a better chance of being out and about at the same time as the wildlife.
Activities & Things to do:
Hiking & Camping – While Cory Pass Loop and Harvey Pass are among the most strenuous day hiking trails, Bourgeau Lake, Healy Pass, and Spray River Loop reward beginners with expansive views. Summer activities include picnicking, boating, fishing, rock climbing, and overnight horseback-riding tours.
Skiing & Snowboarding – During six months of winter, thick ‘Champagne Powder’ cover the Canadian Rockies and “those boots made only for skiing” come out. Lake Louise Ski Resort, Mount Norquay, and Sunshine Village are three major ski resorts that support snow sports and events in the park. Winter activities include dog-sledding, snow tubing, ice skating, heli-skiing, and cross-country skiing as well as snowmobile tours, ice walks, dogsled tours, and sleigh rides.
Banff Gondola – Operated in summers, an eight-minute gondola ride takes visitors to the top of Sulphur Mountain that offers exhilarating views of Alberta. It is only five minutes away from the Banff town. Once reaching the top, pose for a picture with your favorite backdrop. Later in the evening, have dinner overlooking the twinkling lights of the town below. For similar experiences, Lake Louise Gondola and Kicking Horse Sightseeing Gondola are also worth trying.
Banff Upper Hot Springs – Located on the Mountain Avenue in Banff town at a height of 1,585 meters, these steamy mineral-rich pools are equipped with modern amenities, spa, and cafe. Rejuvenate yourself and ease your sore muscles by taking a dip in the natural hot springs.
Wildlife – The park has at least 56 mammal and around 260 bird species. While deer, elk, and caribou are most common, moose and mountain goats are more elusive. Sightings of black bears, grizzly bears, coyotes, and cougars are rare but feel free to try your luck. Early mornings and late afternoons are ideal for wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and photography.