Walk along the Bow River and take in spectacular views of Mt Norquay and Cascade Mountain.
Beautiful sunrise along the Trans-Canada Highway.
Banff was the first national park established in Canada, and the third established in the world behind Yellowstone National Park in the United States and Royal National Park in Australia.
Banff National Park is one of four national parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay) that, together with three British Columbia provincial parks (Mount Assiniboine, Mount Robson and Hamber), make up the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.
Lake Minnewanka is a glacial lake located in the eastern area of Banff National Park.The largest lake in the park is man-made. When it was dammed, the water level rose and drowned the tiny resort village of Minnewanka Landing.
More than 3 million visitors travel to Banff National Park every year.
Locally known as Surprise Corner, this is the spot where most of the famous pictures have been taken of the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Canada's "Castle in the Rockies" has been providing legendary hospitality to its guests for more than 125 years.
Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta.
It is difficult to imagine a more idyllic setting than the Fairmont Banff Springs to celebrate the holidays. As soon as you arrive at the ‘Castle in the Rockies’ you'll be greeted by lavishly decorated Christmas trees and festive music.
The Fairmont Banff Springs annual candy castle.
A snowman greets visitors within the compounds of the Fairmont Banff Springs.
A gorgeous bear sculpture stands guard outside the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Fairmont Banff Springs ice sculpture.
Canadian souvenirs for sale inside the Fairmont Banff Springs.
Flanked on all sides by the Rockies, Banff offers an irresistible combination of perfect powder, luxury lodges, fine dining and lively nightlife.
Banff Avenue is the main street in town. Spend an afternoon exploring the many shops, restaurants and art galleries.
High Rollers is a retro themed bowling alley and beer hall located in the lower level of Clock Tower Mall, along Banff Avenue.
Stubble Jumper Saskatoon Berry Blonde Ale. Back by popular demand, this blonde ale is brewed with real Saskatoon berries to infuse the beer with hints of tartness and a refreshing finish.
Travel to Kootenay National Park and admire the dramatic colors of Marble Canyon. See how the pounding and frozen waters of Tokumn Creek have eroded a 40 meter deep limestone gorge. Snowshoe through the forest left standing from the 2003 Kootenay fire. And search for hare, lynx and wolf tracks while exploring how the landscape is changing and animals are adapting.
Snowshoeing scenery in Canada's Rocky Mountains.
When life gives you snow, go snowshoeing!
Snowshoes are winter's invitation to peaceful rambling.
Maple taffy treat made in the snow!
Banff National Park is rated as one of the top places in the world to ski, but if you don’t like sliding down frozen slopes at super sonic speeds it’s still a great winter destination. You will be hard pressed to find a more scenic winter landscape and don’t worry there are plenty of non-skiing activities to keep you entertained.
Embrace winter in Lake Louise and enjoy everything winter wonderland has to offer!
Rent a pair of skates and glide along Lake Louise, one of the world’s most scenic outdoor rinks.
Enjoy a traditional horse drawn sleigh ride in the beautiful scenery of Lake Louise. It’s always a popular activity with adults and especially young children.
Hugging the edge of a frozen lake, the trail traces a path beneath vast glaciers and craggy peaks. The seemingly tireless horses maintain a steady rhythm and the sleigh glides on, swiftly and silently while you sit cozy under a warm blanket. The sound of jingling sleigh bells and the sights of the magical snowy landscape make you feel like you are a character in your very own fairytale.
The only dogsledding tour operator in Banff National Park. For a treasured lifetime memory, come mushing with Kingmik Dog Sled Tours happy and hard working Alaskan Huskies.
It’s the quintessential Canadian adventure, dog sledding in the Rocky Mountains of the Canadian North.
"Batman" - My favorite dog!
Traveling by the power of dogs is a remarkable experience. Originally used as a means of transport by the Inuit people of the Canadian Arctic and the early settlers of Banff, dogsledding has since been adopted as a recreational activity well suited to the snowy slopes of the Canadian Rockies.
This unique experience can be tranquil at some times, and exhilarating and delightfully chaotic at others.
There’s nothing more exhilarating than being pulled by an energetic pack of dogs through a beautiful winter landscape.
"Batman" looking back at me.
The relentless energy of the dogs is contagious - with their excited barks and howls echoing across the serene mountain valleys.
Dogsledding is a must do activity for any traveller, but especially so for dog lovers or those wanting to experience a classically Canadian activity.
Explore the Great Divide trail by venturing to the border of British Columbia and Alberta with your team of intrepid huskies.Here's a souvenir card listing the names of my dog pack and musher.
Not only are the dogs incredible, but so too are the highly trained mushers. Ask your guide about the history, techniques, and subtleties of dogsledding – they are extremely knowledgeable and the close relationships between musher and dogs are especially engaging.
Scenic view as I begin my journey into Grotto Canyon. The narrow-walled creek bed snakes its way towards a fork in the road; heading right will take you to a sparkling waterfall, continuing straight will lead you to hoodoos and a cave.
Incredible scenery! A significant portion of the movie, The Revenant, was filmed within Kananaskis Country, in Alberta.
An ancient native pictograph. The symbols have many possible meanings and origins and you will learn more about First Nation history in the Bow Valley.
Walk on a frozen creek into Grotto Canyon, past unusual rock formations, ancient Native rock art, and icefalls.
The Revenant was shot entirely using natural light by cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, which requires that the setting and light conditions look exactly the same from scene to scene — an incredibly difficult task for a film that takes place entirely outdoors.
Enjoying a maple cream cookie with Discover Banff Tours.
Grotto Canyon was one of the great highlights from my trip.
This popular ice walk will lead you past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper icefalls.
The Johnston Canyon ice walk traverses a series of steel catwalks that give spectacular views of the Johnston Canyon below.
Ice climbers can be seen at the Upper Falls.
Walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view of the lower falls.
The lower falls.
My first winter vacation included breathtaking scenery of Banff National Park.
The sun begins to set inside Johnston Canyon.
Sunset at Johnston Canyon.
Located 626 feet above the downtown core, the Calgary Tower offers the best view in the city and is a must see on any visitor's itinerary.
Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with numerous skyscrapers, owes its rapid growth to its status as the centre of Canada’s oil industry. However, it’s still steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede, its massive July rodeo and festival that grew out of the farming exhibitions once presented here.
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to conferring Canada's highest sporting honour on athletes and organizers that make us proud to be Canadian. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Museum at WinSport's Canada Olympic Park is the home to Canada's Highest Sporting Honour, celebrating a community of Hall of Famers, 665 to date, that inspire Canadians in sport and life. New Hall of Famers are inducted annually and their stories are shared through curated exhibits, immersive experiences and digital storytelling.
Peace Bridge is a pedestrian bridge, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, that accommodates both pedestrians and cyclists crossing the Bow River.
Calgary's iconic Peace Bridge opened to the public on March 24, 2012.
HMS (His Majesty's Ship) Victory, English, c. 1765 (model built in 1930s).
The Victory was classified as a first rate ship of the line, carrying over 100 guns and about 900 crewmen. In battle, these ships would come close together and fire their rows of cannon until one of them surrendered or withdrew. Sailors were also trained to board and capture enemy ships.
Discover the rich, western history of Alberta through photography at the Glenbow Museum.
Calgary Zoo themed baggage claim at Calgary International Airport.
Royal Tyrrell Museum themed baggage claim at Calgary International Airport.