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Canmore: Unleash the Musher 2-Hour Dog Sled Tour

1. Canmore: Unleash the Musher 2-Hour Dog Sled Tour

Explore Spray Valley Provincial Park by dogsled on a family-friendly tour. Perfect for any comfort level, experience how to harness and hook up the team of Alaskan, Siberian, and Seppala Husky dogs. Relax in the sled and admire the view of towering mountains and tree-lined pathways. Meet your guide and get introduced to the friendly sled dogs that will pull you through the northern wilderness. Learn about this traditional winter sport, the dogs, and how to properly hook them up to the sled. Stop and enjoy photo stops and lookout points in the park with peaceful rivers and icy snowbanks. Once the loop is complete, reward the dogs with a cookie and warm up with a hot drink and a small snack.

Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

2. Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

Embark on an exciting rafting trip through class 3-4 rapids and with big waves meaning you will get soaked and have lots of fun. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife sightings and enjoy the stunning outdoor beauty of the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River. Start your rafting adventure with an optional pick-up in Banff or Canmore and enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, be transported in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Bow River. Here, your guides will go through safety instructions and paddle techniques ready for your time on the river. Then it's time to jump aboard to start your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river and learn from your guide as they lead the group through different paddling techniques. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles soaring above and deer strolling along the river banks. Then, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that will get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide's instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater through the shale cliffs. At the midway point, stop for an optional cliff jump into the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River. Depending on your adventure level you can choose from a medium or a big cliff jump, or simply enjoy watching the others take the plunge. After the thrill of cliff jumping, continue rafting until you reach the endpoint. Return to the river base for high fives, snacks, and optional return transport. This tour operates from mid May to early September, with transport available from late May onwards on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Canmore: Cave Explorer Tour

3. Canmore: Cave Explorer Tour

Enjoy a great activity for families, large groups, and team building on this half-day cave exploration with an expert guide. Partake in a truly unforgettable day as you marvel at the inside of ancient cave formations. Start your day by meeting your guide at the local partner's address. Sign your waiver and collect your caving equipment before setting off in a convoy for a 10 minute drive to the tour destination. When you arrive, pack up your caving gear and enjoy a 30 minute hike up a picturesque mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the trail, your guide will share with you some of the incredible history of the Bow Valley. Discuss how caves are formed, the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some local fossils, and much more. Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of bears or cougars. Inside the cave you’ll get to climb, crawl, wiggle, and slide your way through water-worn passages. Your route through the cave will include "the Box”, the Five Way Chamber, the Grand Gallery and finally, the Grotto. This beautiful room is the lowest point on the tour, but also one of the highlights with its crystal clear pool and walls covered in stalactites and stalagmites.

Winter Wilderness and Wildlife - Nature Walk

4. Winter Wilderness and Wildlife - Nature Walk

Join your professional guides and naturalists on an adventure into the hidden world of wildlife. They will show you trees that have been scarred by climbing bears, active nests of eagles and ospreys, and fields frequented by elk and wolves. While you can't be guaranteed you'll see animals, you greatly increase your chances by teaming up with an expert. The fun of this tour is its compelling mix of possibility mixed with hands-on experiences. Learn the current trends in wildlife research. What have we learned over the past decade? How are we finding ways to better coexist with the local wildlife population? Hands-on kits provided include an impressive collection of artifacts to add an additional level of excitement. An Intimate Wildlife Experience, Alberta is one of the only places in North America where prairie, boreal forest, and mountain ecosystems meet. As a result, Alberta is home to an abundance and variety of wildlife. More than 400 bird, 90 mammal, 18 reptile and amphibian, 50 fish, and 1800 wild flowering species can be found here.

Banff: Guided Ice Climbing Experience for Beginners

5. Banff: Guided Ice Climbing Experience for Beginners

Get an introduction to the sport of ice climbing with a beginner's ice climbing experience in Banff. Learn everything you need to know from qualified guides before climbing up a frozen waterfall. Meet your guide and head out to your climbing spot for the day. The location of your climb will vary but always takes place within the surrounding countryside and includes sites like the Canmore Junk Yards, Johnston Canyon, and Haffner Creek. Once there, begin with a safety briefing and listen as your guide teaches you about site safety and awareness. Learn how to walk with crampons and how to belay top rope and lead climbers. You'll also discover great tips on swinging the tools and learn about body positioning and movement skills. As the day progresses and time allows, your guide may introduce you to steeper ice techniques, front point techniques, placing ice screws, building anchors and v-thread, as well as mock leads and repelling. Spend a fun day outdoors enjoying the winter environment and getting active, and leave your experience having learned a new set of skills.

Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

6. Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. You'll take the scenic drive to Grotto Canyon in Canmore, a local's secret. On arrival at the Grotto Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking.  From here, you'll start the moderate 2.1 kilometer hike along the frozen creek bed through the narrow canyon to the spectacular icefalls. Walk directly on the ice and on the creek bed floor for a unique view of the canyon.  Your guide will point out the stunted pine forest and hidden ancient native pictographs, which were likely created by Hopi visitors from the Arizona region. Learn more about First Nation history in the Bow Valley. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookie snack before hiking back.

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What people are saying about Canmore

Superb activity, discovery, exploration, physical and mental challenge. Extraordinary guide, patient, calm and safe. Attention, activity that requires good physical condition, you must not be claustrophobic or have major heart, back or joint problems. Wearing waterproof clothing under the wetsuit provided is recommended for me. We did it at the end of the trip, which had allowed us to be in better shape because our other excursions were with a lot of walking and cycling. I highly recommend this activity.

Chris was our guide and he was great! Told us so much information about the rapids and the mountains near by. He was nice and was good company. Highly recommend.

It was so much fun!! We got super wet but it was super fun!! I highly recommend it. All the staff was so nice and welcoming and really enjoy their job!

Water level was too high in Horseshoe Canyon, but the alternate route down the Kananaskis was great too!

absolutely amazing! Adam was a great guide for our trip and was really fun!