We’re fortunate to have Alberta’s foothills and Rocky Mountains out our back door. And if you like snow capped mountains, deep river valleys and the outdoor life, look no further than the incredible scenery in southern Alberta.
Fly into Calgary, rent a car and head an hour west along the Transcanada Highway. The mountains slowly rise in the distance until you crest a hill just outside of Canmore, and the mountains are suddenly there.
If you like golf, there are a number of world-class courses on your way. Kananaskis is one of the best. It was closed in 2013 after floods overtook the course. It reopened in 2018 and is a golfer’s dream. Just watch out for the deer, elk, bears and other wildlife who think they own the course!
Whitewater rafting with our friends at Canmore Raft Tours, fishing or simply hiking in Banff or Jasper National Park are all on the to-do list for those who like the great outdoors. If you come in winter, check out of the skiing. Calgary played host to the 1988 Winter Olympics, and the ski venues that dot the mountains pay homage to some of the best powder skiing in the world.
The area around Calgary is a year-round playground, so plan to make this part of the world one of your holiday destinations. For a few ideas for quick day trips from Calgary, check out this book on Amazon, or head over to Indigo books (link on right side of page).
How to get there
As mentioned fly into Calgary. We suggest booking with Airfare Watchdog, Expedia or one of the other booking engines on the right side of the screen. Book a car and hotel or BnB before you leave. We recommend one of our partners. They’ve provided terrific service when we travel.
Pick up the car at the airport and head west towards Canmore and Banff. Check the Travel Alberta website for things to do. There are too many to list here. For something a little different, there’s even a flooded virtually intact town under the waters of Lake Minnewanka that is still available to divers!
We’re also big fans of Uber, so if you’re new to Uber, check out the discount code on the right side of the page under the Uber logo. You’ll get a discount on your trip for signing up. To enter the code, tap the “Payment” menu item within the Uber app, and then “Add Promo/Gift Code.” After submitting, the free credit will appear on your account, and we’ll also get a discount for helping you out.