Category: West Coast

Accessible natural beauty

Carved steeply into the limestone bedrock by thousands of years of water erosion, the dramatic Johnston Canyon is a must-visit natural attraction in Banff National Park. Overhanging canyon walls, waterfalls, the deep pools of Johnston Creek, and lush forest are sure to leave a memorable impression. And it can all be experienced via an an easy hike along smooth trails and catwalks, making it ideal for families and people of all fitness levels and ages.

Summer & Fall
During spring, summer, and fall, take a walk up the canyon to view the Lower and Upper Falls. Along the way there are many viewpoints from which you can look over the canyon and down to the deep blue creek below.
The trail to the Lower Falls is fairly flat and smooth, initially through forest and then on catwalks besides Johnston Creek and up into the canyon. Don’t miss the short tunnel through the canyon rock to a viewing platform a couple metres from the falls – just don’t be surprised if you get misted with water.

During the winter months (December to April), Johnston Canyon is a favourite place to go ice walking and ice climbing. The Upper Falls freeze during the winter and make for excellent beginner and advanced ice climbing. Although ice climbing might sound rather daunting, with proper instruction complete beginners can climb simple routes – if you can climb a ladder, you can climb a frozen waterfall! Guided trips and instruction are available from several providers in Banff and Lake Louise.
Ice walking is another great way to experience Johnston Canyon during the winter. Guided tours are a good option – you will be provided with all the gear you need to safely and enjoyably walk up the canyon and the opportunity to learn about its striking features.

If you are looking for a longer hike and some more solitude than the canyon, you could try the trail beyond the Upper Falls to the Ink Pots. The Ink Pots are seven pools of green coloured mineral springs located in an open meadow about 3 kilometres on from the Upper Falls.

There are washrooms at the parking lot, and a gift shop and restaurant open during summer at the Johnston Canyon Resort. The trail to the Lower Falls is stroller and wheelchair accessible – after that there are a few steps

Welcome to Canada’s Castle

Craigdarroch Castle is a National Historic Site built by wealthy coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir. Craigdarroch Castle is a stunning example of Victorian architecture, including exquisite stained-glass windows, woodwork and period antiques. Climb the 87 steps up the grand oak staircase to the Tower for the best views in Victoria. Operated by a non-profit charity, proceeds from admission fund the ongoing restoration of the Castle.
Self-guided tour translations available in: Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Turkish.

An Unparalleled Mountaintop Destination!

Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning bird’s-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges. With breath-taking vistas in every direction, you’ll understand why this is a Canadian Rockies must-see destination.
Your adventure begins with an eight-minute journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. Glide up over the treetops to the crest of a steep-sided Rocky Mountain peak and step out into a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at an elevation of 2,281metres. Stroll along the ridgetop boardwalk where the views get better with every step. Then warm up in the newly transformed, state-of-the-art summit facility. With new restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck, the new Banff Gondola summit heightens every sense.

Several scenic hiking trails lead away from the summit complex. One of the most popular is the self-guided interpretive Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak on which you can follow in the footsteps of Norman Sanson, who walked to the top of the mountain about every week for 30 years to check the weather. At the peak, step back in time and experience the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station – a National Historic Site of Canada. More adventurous hikers will want to try the South East Ridge Trail – a hiking trail that runs along the ridge of the mountain to the south, taking you to Sulphur Mountain’s true summit.

The Junior Explorer Program at the Banff Gondola invites parents and children to dig deeper into the world around us with self-guided activities and adventures.

The new, state-of-the-art Above Banff interpretive centre takes the unbelievable range of adventures in Banff National Park to a higher level. The centre offers everything from observation to hands-on interactive displays that make for a fun, family-friendly experience.

Included in your gondola ticket is admission to the new multi-sensory Above Banff Theatre. Soar over the Canadian Rockies from the perspective of a fierce bird of prey: the bald eagle. Experience the true power of Mother Nature as you witness some of Banff’s ever-changing weather systems.

You can encounter the local wildlife including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Golden-mantled ground squirrels, Hoary marmots, Clark’s nutcracker and the Canada (Gray) jay. But please remember that although these animals are for the most part friendly, they are wild and can be dangerous. Please do not feed or approach the wildlife; admire them from a safe distance and help us keep them safe and wild.

The Banff Gondola is fully accessible to people with limited mobility. The main entrance is equipped with automatic doors with interior and exterior sensors. Each of the gondola cars is capable of taking a wheelchair and passenger to the summit.

  • Fly deep into the pristine and rugged landscape of the Coast Mountains.
  • Fly over knife-sharp peaks, ancient glaciers, hidden lakes and valleys and stunning ice formations.
  • Choose from short scenic flights to more adventurous journeys like Heli-snowmobiling or Ice-cave Explorations.
  • Helicopter tours run year-round and are weather dependent.

  • Stunning 360-degree views of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers and forests.
  • Watch the machinery in action and learn about the record-breaking lift in the PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery.
  • Dine on the rooftop of the world with views of the ski slopes and towering peaks.
  • Ride the special glass-bottom gondola for a bird’s-eye view of the forest.

The Best Grizzly Bear Viewing and Scenery in the Canadian Rockies!

Located in Banff National Park, the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola & Wildlife Interpretive Centre offers a unique opportunity to dine on delicious mountain inspired dishes, ascend to an awe-inspiring viewpoint, and to learn why we are the home of the grizzly bear. Whatever your fitness level, Lake Louise will quickly capture your heart so be sure to bring your camera to save your own special memories of soaring peaks, stunning glaciers, lush carpets of alpine wildflowers fed by clear bubbling springs, and-often-delightful glimpses of wildlife surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of summer.

From 2088m, the spectacular scenery is yours to explore at will. There are interpretive guided walks for the adventurous, or equally lovely short leisurely walks for those with more modest exercise goals.

Your great day on the mountain includes hearty and healthy meals right here at the resort. Choose from full-service dining to sun-drenched decks, breakfast and lunch menus, and grab-and-go items amongst unparalleled views of the Canadian Rockies.

Wildlife Interpretive Centre
The end of the lift and gondola ride is only the start of the adventure. All lift and gondola visits begin with a pre-ride visitor welcome. This brief presentation will ensure a safe and enjoyable visit while enlightening visitors about our unique surroundings.

Exploring the high country by Horseback!

There is something very special about waking up in the morning, saddling your horse, and exploring the wilderness of Banff National Park from atop of your long-legged steed. By horseback, you travel at a steady rhythm, without being confined to roads or disturbing the tranquility around you. Following trails through vibrant alpine pastures, traversing mountain passes, or fording rushing rivers, horseback riding in Banff and Lake Louise is a strikingly memorable experience.

Explore the mountains and Alberta’s outfitting history with a half- or full-day tour offered by one of the horse ranches around Banff and Lake Louise. Seize the opportunity to experience the stunning scenery from the unique perspective on horseback. Take an introductory tour to become more comfortable on horses and experience what the original outfitters might have felt, or join a longer tour as you are led into the wilds around Banff and Lake Louise. Longer tours may give you the opportunity to circumnavigate a mountain, explore the high country, or ride from Lake Louise to a historic tea house.

If a day of exploring on horseback isn’t enough, take an overnight or multi-day tour. Ride through jaw-dropping scenery during the day, and by night, stay in a backcountry cabin or rustic tent camps like the original cowboys did. Tell stories while sitting around the campfire exchanging adventures with other guests and fall asleep admiring the starry skies. The next morning, after a cup of freshly brewed “cowboy coffee,” you’ll be on your way exploring more spectacular scenery.

“We’ve Got it (M)all”

West Edmonton Mall has evolved in to something truly unique. While it does hold the title of North America’s largest shopping mall, spanning 48 city blocks, it’s obvious to everyone that what makes it special isn’t its size. The real magic lies in what happens inside.

With over 800 tenants offering every type of service and shopping experience conceivable, anything you need can be found under one roof. With many exclusive retailers such as Kate Spade New York, Tiffany & Co., Marc Cain, Michael Kors Mens, Harry Rosen, Rudsak and Stuart Weitzman just to name a few.

An indoor triple-loop rollercoaster and a 12-million litre wave pool in the same building? These record-holding attractions can be found inside WEM’s two larger attractions, World Waterpark and Galaxyland. World Waterpark is an 8-acre tropical oasis with over 21 waterslides and attractions, and Galaxyland is North America’s largest indoor amusement park, featuring 24 different rides. Both are sure to bring out the kid in all of us.
In addition to the two larger parks, West Edmonton Mall is home to eight additional attractions, including: a 28-lane bowling alley, an aquarium with over 100 species of marine life, a mirror maze, a life-size replica of Christopher Colombus’ ship, two mini-golf courses, and a brand-new escape room opening this winter. With so much to explore, there’s always something new to discover.

With over a dozen diverse restaurants, BRBN st. is a great place to catch the game with friends or sit down for dinner with family. After dinner, you can head to RAIN Salon and Spa for a rejuvenating pedicure, or try Cloud 9 Aqua Massage for a new experience.
Fantasyland Hotel is located inside West Edmonton Mall, which means not having to brave the cold to get where you want to be. There are 14 different styles of theme rooms to choose from, including the two newest offerings: Princess Room and Space Room.

What West Edmonton Mall truly excels at is finding ways to innovate where others have stagnated. Whether it’s testing new concept stores, hosting new and exciting events, or adding new attractions, there’s no doubt it has surpassed the conventional definition of a mall. There is truly something fresh to experience for everyone, from day-one fans to first time visitors. So whether it’s to visit a new store or to see if you can still handle the Mindbender like you used to, you owe it to yourself to come in and see what West Edmonton Mall has been up to.

An exhilarating coastal excursion!

Orca Spirit Adventures is Victoria’s premier whale watching company offering carbon neutral tours led by certified marine naturalists whose knowledge and passion for Vancouver Island’s marine wildlife is unequaled in the industry. Come aboard to experience the wild!

Orca Spirit is Gold certified with Green Tourism Canada and continually look for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint and increase green initiatives.

Three hours in length, April through October are the ideal whale watching months. In this peak season, we boast a greater than 95% success rate of spotting whales, including both transient & resident orcas, humpback, minke, & gray whales! Other wildlife you may encounter include Dall’s and harbour porpoises, harbour and elephant seals, otters & marine birds such as cormorants and bald eagles.

Unlucky tour? Join us again using our WHALE GUARANTEE for a complimentary whale watching tour to bring your dreams of seeing these magnificent animals to life.

Jasper – Icefields Parkway Motorcycle Tour

Experience a motorcycle tour in the Rockies. You can feel the fresh mountain air on your face. Smell the trees and flowers in bloom. Look in every direction to see endless unobstructed views of Jasper National Park.
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