April 15, 2016
By Afton Aikens
I never win anything, so it was a bit of a shock when I won a tour for two at a networking event that happened to be on my birthday.
The event was at the Canmore Cave Tours office. I had written about their tours before in Where Canadian Rockies and knew they had a great reputation, but frankly I wasn’t fond of the idea of crawling around in a cave. Ironically enough, a few minutes before I won the tour I’d been talking to the owner about my apprehension. He chuckled when my name was drawn.
Although I was uneasy about the tour, in my mind since I’d won there was no way I wouldn’t go—it was a reason to challenge myself, and I’m happy I did.
“Everything is awesome when you’re down in a cave!” (Diana sang this little motivational song to help us out)
Jan. 18. 2016
By Afton Aikens, Ashley Materi & Olivia Grecu
Visiting Banff or Canmore this winter? Whether you’re the do-it-yourself or take-a-tour type, the Canadian Rockies offer something for everyone. Get outside and explore!
1. Cross-Country Skiing
Banff cross-country skiers can ride Roam Public Transit to the Spray River Loop (by the Fairmont Banff Springs) or Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court loops (search our Banff shopping listings for gear rental shops). Downhill skiers can also ditch the car and take the bus to the resorts.
On Rappell by Canmore Caverns
Traversing a headlamp-lit subterranean world of twisting corridors, hanging stalactites and a crystal pool with Canmore Caverns is a year-round adventure often overlooked by Banff and area visitors. Participants slither through the 15-metre Laundry Chute, rappel 18-metres down a rock face and learn about the cave’s geology from knowledgeable guides.—Ashley Wong