Rocky Mountains Canada

rocky mountainsMany people have heard of the Rocky Mountains located in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. But for many, this area is a winter destination when everything is coated in bright white snow. Skiing, snowboarding and other snow activities definitely are in abundance here but there are many other activities to engage in. In Alberta, there are two popular areas: Banff and Jasper. Each one is located close to a major center in Alberta, Jasper being four hours from Edmonton and Banff being two hours from Calgary airport.

While you may think of these areas as ski places there are many other activities to do. Whether you visit in the summer or the winter, you can find things to do even if you prefer to stay off the slopes. Why not do some exploring on days you don’t want to ski or instead of? Think about visiting when it isn’t winter instead, you won’t have to bring your bulky winter jacket either!

Hot Springs

No matter what time of year you visit, you can find hot springs. They are ideal for relaxing in after a busy day skiing or hiking, depending on the time of year that you visit. In the winter, it can be quite decadent sitting in these warm pools with the steam rising around you. Just make sure to have a towel or something to wrap up in when you get out as the air can be quite chilly.

Hiking

If you visit in the summer months, there are plenty of hiking trails to keep you busy. From easy climbs to those that will keep you engaged and challenge you for hours, you can find something to interest you. It is possible to go out into the backcountry hiking and camping for a few days, just make sure to follow the rules and register with the ranger cabins.

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Shopping

For many, they have to visit the shops of wherever they visit. You will find plenty to see and buy in these areas are they are strong tourist destinations. Fun souvenirs can be various sparkly stones that are found in the earth, but don’t expect to find something precious and rare unless you are digging in the Earth yourself.

Horse Riding

Is going for a leisurely horseback ride on your list of things that you want to do at some point in your life? Look no further, there are many places you can engage in this activity. Alberta is well known for cowboys so you know you will be in good hands if you want to do this.

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Get Married

Engaged and looking for a destination to elope to? Banff or Jasper may be just the place for you. Whether you want a white winter wedding or a summer wedding with flowers and mountains, you can find both options. If it is just the two of you (you can find some witnesses on the street) or a large group, you can find a place that will accommodate you.

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