7 epic activities you can do in the Rockies

Exploring the Rocky Mountains is one of the most exhilarating adventures you’ll ever have; there’s nothing quite like being completely surrounded by beautiful mountains, dazzling lakes and picturesque mountain towns. And if nature isn’t enough for you, there are some truly epic outdoor activities to get stuck into, such as zip-lining, sky-diving and walking 918 feet above a canyon… bring it on!

Fly down the mountain on a zip line

If you’re visiting Banff or Lake Louise, be sure to add an exciting zip-lining tour to your itinerary. Soar through this adventurous course, which finishes on an epic 500m long line crossing the splendid Kicking Horse River.

Fly down the mountain on a zip line

Experience the Rockies from above

The Rocky Mountains may look good when you’re standing on the ground, but imagine descending onto one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world from above. The adrenaline rush of jumping out of a plane is second to none, but you’ll be completely awestruck by the beauty of your surroundings as you parachute back to earth.

Experience the Rockies from above

Drive the magnificent Icefields Parkway

This breath-taking driving route is one of Canada’s national treasures, taking you through the heart of the Rockies, across a vast wilderness of mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and sweeping valleys. The ideal route for any fly-drive holiday to Canada!

Drive the magnificent Icefields Parkway

Walk above a canyon

While driving the Icefields Parkway be sure to stop off at Jasper’s newest attraction, the Glacier Skywalk. Walk out onto the glass walkway suspended 918 feet above the canyon and admire some of the best views in the whole of the Rockies.

Walk above a canyon

Explore the Rockies on foot

Get your hiking boots on and walk some of the best trails in Canada. Climb to the top of Mount Ida and enjoy panoramic views from the summit, or hike to Emerald Lake that takes you deep into the Tyndall Gorge. You’ll want to remember your camera to capture these spectacular views.

Explore the Rockies on foot

Relax in the local Hot Springs

After all that adventuring you’ll need somewhere to relax. Journey to the Radium Hot Springs just outside of Kootenay in BC; also known as the warm side of the Rockies, this is one of the area’s best mountain getaways, boasting Hot Spring pools amongst stunning alpine scenery. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

Relax in the local Hot Springs

Stay the night in authentic ranch

To finish it all off, why not book a room in an authentic mountain ranch and hunker down for a cosy night next to a log-burning fire. After a good night’s sleep you can wake to experience the magic of a Canadian sunrise by horseback before starting all over again…

Stay the night in authentic ranch

Kathryn Munro is Managing Director at Canadian Affair.

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Comments (3)

  1. solomon says:

    This is true definition of adventure. Flying down the mountain would appeal to the group that is interested in things like Bungee jumping. Not for the faint hearted

  2. Heather says:

    Great list! There is SO much to do in the Rockies no matter what you’re into Adrenaline? Skydiving. Relaxing? Hot springs. The best thing about the mountain is definitely the scenery, which makes you feel small and kind of puts your life into perspective. A meaningful vacation for sure!

  3. Heather says:

    Wonderful piece! But it’s worth distinguishing in the headline that those are the Canadian Rockies bc at first I thought my home state of Colorado might be included. We have several of those activities but very distinct differences. Just some input from a Coloradan! :-)

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