Banff Winter Adventures
By Viator, January 2011
Visitors to Banff who want to make a day of it should consider a visit to some of the beautiful mountain lakes that can be found in the area. One could do worse than Lake Louise and the world renowned Moraine Lake. Designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites, these pristine destinations are best explored with the help of one of the many knowledgeable guides in the area who are versed in the region’s history and geology.
Another day trip for the adventurous at heart is whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River. A profusion of organizations offer affordable packages that provide transportation, gear and guidance—and just as often lunch—unlocking the wonders of the class 4+ rapid runs on the Kicking Horse. Just getting there is worth the effort, as the route through Yoho National Park is as scenic as it gets.
The drive to the Columbia Icefield is universally regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain drives in the world. One of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle, the Columbia yields its unique eco system to exploration from late May to early October and requires the use of specially fitted all-terrain vehicles.