By Naomi Witherick
To get to the top, hitch a ride on a sightseeing lift. In minutes you’re whisked from the valley floor to heights of up to 2,400 m/7,874 ft where peaks stretch as far as the eye can see.
But gondolas and chairlifts give way to more than awesome views. While all five rides in Banff and Jasper national parks promise perfect mountaintop moments, each offers differences.
New Height, Historic Site
Hike or ride up Sulphur Mountain to look down on the Town of Banff. Photo by Brewster/Pursuit
Activities you’ll cross off your bucket list with ease
May 25, 2016
By Afton Aikens with notes from Where writers
In the Canadian Rockies we take our cues from the mountains—we go big. We also get creative. Our tour operators offer activities that allow everyone to explore our wild alpine playground. We’ll get you to the summit; you choose whether you want to ride, fly or climb.
By Where Staff
Biking with a Bonus
The family friendly 7.5-km combo of the Town Trail, Big Horn Alley and Trail 7 is minutes from Jasper bike rental shops. Follow historic train tracks and the Athabasca River to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Double back for twice the fun or make it a loop. Tip: ride the shores of Lac Beauvert and stop for a hike at Old Fort Point.
At Wild Orchid Salon & Spa, exfoliations and aromatherapy add-ons enhance your massage or pedicure experience. Treatments are customized. “We help each client achieve the results they’re seeking,” says co-owner Heather Johnson.
Super Hero Sensation
Zipline face first 200 feet above terra firma; don’t forget to breathe (and enjoy the Roche Miette mountain view). At Zipline Adventure, adrenaline junkies ask for the cable to be loosened to create a base-jumping sensation, while anxious riders overcome nerves by riding tandem.
The seven-minute Jasper SkyTram ride to the top of Whistlers Mountain offers more than a pretty view. ‘Flight attendants’ tell guests about the history, geography, plants and wildlife of Jasper National Park and answer questions. This personal service is unique to Canadian Rockies sightseeing lifts. The on-board guides also work as tramcar operators.