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5 Outdoor Mountain Activities to try this Winter

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!

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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.

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Water’s Wonders: Canadian Rockies Glaciers, Rivers, Falls and Lakes

Your summer playground

By Afton Aikens

For many visitors—and locals on a staycation—the Canadian Rockies are synonymous with big mountain skiing, hiking to pristine alpine lakes and countless other outdoor pursuits like canoeing and fishing on waterways surrounded by towering peaks.

Photo: Bow Lake, Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Photo: Bow Lake, Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

While we’re far from the coast, much of the lifestyle here revolves around water. We glide on it, we climb its frozen form, and yes, we swim in it (for a short window during summer). We photograph and admire its beauty.

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