Banff

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Banff-Lake Louise makes a splendid hub for exploring Canada’s Rockies, with easy access up to Jasper National Park, the delightfully deserted Marmot Basin Ski Area (better done as an overnight) and B.C.’s Kootenay National Park. Scenic adventure rules the day, whether you drive or hike, bike, horseback ride or snowshoe the mighty Continental Divide.

Day Trips from Banff

Columbia Icefield

The drive north from Banff up the Icefields Parkway is legendarily scenic, passing soaring ridges and rollercoaster-esque mountain passes. Once here, explore the glaciers of the largest icefield south of Alaska.

110 miles north of Banff, AB, www.columbiaicefield.com
Tags: family | hiking | smart splurge | day trip | walk | road trips | world heritage site

Jasper National Park

The Rockies' largest national park is another wilderness wonderland with sensational hiking, rafting and mountain biking. In winter, Marmot Basin offers acres of superb bowl and glade skiing/boarding.

178 miles north of Banff, AB, 780-852-6176, www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/jasper, www.skimarmot.com
Tags: family | hiking | snowmobiling | moderate | skiing | day trip | adventure | walk | cross-country skiing | road trips | world heritage site | climbing

Kananaskis Country

This year-round mountain playground encompasses several provincial parks, eco-reserves and ski-areas, including Nakiska for down-hill skiing and Canmore for cross-country skiing.

17 miles southeast of Banff, Five Visitors Centres, AB, 780-422-1362, tprc/alberta/ca/parks/kananaskis/flashindex.asp
Tags: family | golf | hiking | snowmobiling | eco-friendly | mountain biking | skiing | day trip | cross-country skiing | road trips | climbing

Kootenay National Park

Straddling the border with British Columbia, Kootenay is a heli-skiing/hiking mecca. It's also noted for its hot springs and the colorful mineral deposits on its mountains.

83 miles southwest of Banff, Visitor Center; Radium Hot Springs, AB, 250-347-9505, www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/kootenay
Tags: family | hiking | snowmobiling | skiing | day trip | adventure | walk | cross-country skiing | road trips | world heritage site | climbing

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