Calgary holidays offer a combination of urban attractions and outdoor recreation. Within the city, performing arts venues and restaurants orbit Stephen Avenue Walk while shopping and nightlife defines Uptown 17th Avenue.
Central to the city’s recreational life, the Bow River corridor is also the setting for festivals and major attractions. Several wilderness parks and ski resorts are a short drive away. A one-hour jaunt into the Canadian Rockies puts you among the rugged peaks of Banff National Park, with Lake Louise just a little further. The moon-like badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park and the prehistoric beasts of Drumheller’s Royal Tyrell Museum are also close by.
Feel your eyes pop in awe when you visit Lake Louise. Famous for its iconic turquoise waters, striking mountain backdrop and the Victoria Glacier – see these glorious wonders come summertime, as you wander around the water’s edge and catch scenic views. For a surreal experience, arrive to the lake at dawn or dusk to watch the landscape glow. Canoe across the lake itself, as you gaze up at the snow-capped mountains, or take on the Lake Louise hiking trails. Venture to the Lake Louise Gondola for jaw-dropping sights. Look out for grizzly bears in the wild and get your camera ready to take snapshots of a lifetime.
Discover the beauty of Banff, nestled in the Canadian Rockies. Soak up the mountain town’s charm, visit a brewpub along Banff Avenue and tuck into a dish of gravy-drenched poutine. Summer in Banff will awaken your senses, from walking beneath the larch trees of nearby nature trails to white-water rafting along the Kicking Horse River. Join a guided walking tour in Banff National Park and ride high on the Banff Gondola. Explore Lake Minnewanka, visit Stewart Canyon and feel the fresh mist spray from waterfalls. Watch out for grazing moose, get a glance of a grizzly bear and savour a taste of the wild.
Uncover summer alpine paradise in Jasper. Start your days with a cup of coco, a hearty Rocky Mountain breakfast, then get outdoors and explore. Whether you want to soar the sky on the Jasper Skytram, float along the Athabasca River on a rafting trip, through Jasper National Park, or hike through the almighty Maligne Valley and Canyon – Jasper will take your breath away. Choose to hike across the Cavell Meadows, keep your eyes peeled for caribou and marmots or savour a walk through the Valley of Five Lakes. Ready for more adventure? Join a guide to visit the extraordinary Columbia Icefields and waterfalls.