looking for fun things to do in banff, ab?

Most people visiting the Rockies think of Banff first because of the area's reputation as Canada's foremost National Park. However, Canmore, just five minutes away from the borders of the park and only twenty minutes from Banff, has many beautiful sights and attractions. A glance at any list of fun things to do near Banff, AB, will convince guests at our luxurious Clique Resorts that they have made a wise decision to locate in Canmore to take advantage of the many possibilities in this remarkable area.

No matter which season you visit, and regardless of your tastes and budget, you are guaranteed to find an activity or attraction in Canmore that you'll love. Exceptional galleries, superb mountain biking, hiking and walking tours, trail systems, live music and drama, festivals, breathtaking mountain golf, fishing, caving, and mountaineering await your presence.

canmore nordic centre

This Provincial Park was developed for the 1988 Olympics. It features spectacularly groomed cross-country ski trails ranging from quiet forest routes to challenging, world-class biathlon trails. Night skiing is along a 6.5 km illuminated track.

In summer, their single track mountain biking trails for rookies or experts make Canmore one of the top centres in North America. The 70 kilometres (38 miles) of mapped trails give cyclists and hikers a chance to view wildlife
such as deer, bears and cougars, as well as some astounding scenery. Aside from biking, visitors looking for fun things to do near Banff, AB can participate in an 18-hole disc golf course or four orienteering courses.

alpine ski destinations

Nearby massive ski areas are so well known throughout the world, they hardly need more mention here. Visitors looking for fun things to do near Banff, AB will eagerly seek out one or more of the three major sites:

Sunshine Village boasts the longest ski season in Canada and the world's fastest 8-passenger gondola.

Lake Louise Ski Area is Canada's single largest ski area, offering 18 square kilometres (11 square miles) and 11 lifts including a gondola from which you might see a glacier or a wild grizzly bear in its natural habitat.

Ski Norquay is only 25 minutes from Canmore enabling you to get in more skiing, sooner each day. Although some ski teams may find the terrain steep, it is quite family-friendly. Norquay is the only local hill offering hourly rates, so you pay only for the time you ski.

lake minnewanka boat tours

Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in Banff National Park and one of the most picturesque, is also the only lake that allows powerboats. Guides in three glass-enclosed tour boats entertain their visitors as they interpret the area's history, geology, flora and fauna. The company also offers charter fishing and boat rentals for those inquiring about fun things to do near Banff AB.

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dog sled tours

Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours are considered one of the top ten winter activities in Canada. A relationship based on respect, acceptance and family values exists between dogs and handlers. The company's attitudes, experience, and expertise in their touring, racing, and conservation endeavours make their sled dog tours unique for all.

Howling Dog Tours operating out of Canmore, promises romantic, thrill seeking adventures in a tranquil setting. Summer Kennel Tours allow you to
interact with 190 Alaskan, Siberian and Seppala Huskies, as well as meet Iditarod and Yukon Quest race veteran dogs. When trying to enjoy fun things to do near Banff AB, watch up to twelve dogs run on the largest North American Dog Treadmill….forty feet long, and humanely designed to protect the dogs.

Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions besides offering summer and winter kennel tours, provides Ski-Joring clinics which combine dog sledding with skiing. Their packages range from two hour to multi-day trips, and give you the options of relaxing in the warmth of your sled, or becoming a real musher on the back.
Award winning oh canada eh? Dinner show

oh canada eh? dinner show

For a fun night out in a homey atmosphere, choose a quality, award-winning professional production by Cornerstone Theatre & Restaurant Rave reviews and nightly sold out houses testify to the popularity of this premiere attraction for arts in the Bow Valley. Look also for other productions by this entertaining group such as Broadway smash hits, and enjoy acting and food described by visitors as "absolutely outstanding".

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canmore museum & geoscience centre

This small, in-town museum was awarded a Recognized Museum designation from the Alberta Museums Association for its high standards. Artifacts dating back to its conception more than a century ago highlight the town's history, geological past, and prosperity. The museum is a convenient place to learn about the vital role of the area's coal.

rat's nest cave

Fulfill a lifelong dream of immersing yourself in a wild, undeveloped cave under Grotto Mountain. Year-round qualified guides assure your safety as you climb through a natural cave without interior lighting, handrails, or walkways. Expect to experience twisting passages of stalactites, stalagmites, animal bones and fossils.

spectacular mountain golf courses

Golfers from around the world gravitate to the Canmore area when seeking out fun things to do near Banff, AB. Silver Tip Golf Course, Kananaskis, Mount Kidd, Steward Creek, Banff Springs and the Canmore Golf and Country Club are bound to capture your imagination. As you play through ever-changing mountain terrain, you'll pass through or by forests, streams, rivers, lakes, a population of elk, and even abandoned mine shafts.

Banff Gondola - www.explorerockies.com/banff-gondola
Banff Upper Hot Springs - http://www.pleiadesmassage.com/banff/
The Banff Centre - www.banffcentre.ca/
Grotto Canyon - http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Grotto-Canyon-near-Canmore-AB-5288

We know you will enjoy all the fun things to do near Banff, AB, and especially the ones near your Clique Resort lodging in Canmore!