10 Things To Do In The Canadian Rockies


Visit the Canadian Rockies at least once in your life.

Spanning across the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta are the spectacular and unique Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Out of all the places I’ve visited around the world, the Canadian Rocky Mountains will always hold a special place in my heart. The natural beauty is astounding, the people are so welcoming, and there is adventure around every magnificent corner.

If you’re yet to visit this breathtaking place, I strongly suggest that you pop it on your bucket list ASAP.

I was lucky to visit in the winter time which meant ice-skating, hot chocolate and dogsledding. Don’t fret if you prefer the warmer months though, because the Canadian Rockies are just as alluring in August.

You could honestly spend weeks exploring this impressive part of the world, but if you only have a week then allow this list to act as your guide.

10 Things To Do In The Canadian Rockies


1. Canoeing on Lake Louise

Between June and October (depending on when the lake thaws) you can rent a canoe and glide over the vibrant, turquoise water of the magnificent Lake Louise.

canoes on lake louise

2. Dog Sledding near Banff

Book an exhilarating dogsledding tour and learn how to drive a sled in the winter months. You will meet the most adorable bunch of huskies. We went with a company who treat their dogs like family, which made the experience one I’ll never forget.

10 Things To Do In The Canadian Rockies

3. Stay at a Fairmont Hotel

The Fairmont Hotels offer the best service and luxury you could ever need. They include the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, which is situated right next to Lac Beauvert, the Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise and the Fairmont Banff Springs. Never have I stayed at such all-round fabulous hotels! If you can spare the extra cash, go for the room with the view, waking up to those mountain and lake outlooks is magnificent.

10 Things To Do In The Canadian Rockies

4. Snowshoeing

A popular wintery activity in this region, snowshoeing is a wonderful way to explore the wilderness throughout the chilly season. We didn’t know what to expect, but our guide was absolutely wonderful and even provided us with hot cocoa. We drank it in an igloo that he had created himself! These Canadian’s really are as nice as they’re made out to be in the movies.

10 Things To Do In The Canadian Rockies

5. Skiing/Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding are alternative winter activities for those who love the exhilarating feeling of adventure. There are a few scenic spots throughout the Rockies for these sort of activities, including; Sunshine Village Resort near Banff, at Lake Louise and Mount Norquay (also near Banff).

ski lift at lake louise

6. Hiking

Wherever you decide to stay there is sure to be a beautiful hike not too far away. If you’re hiking during the warmer months, beware of bears and during the winter; watch out for intense weather and falling snow. If you’re not familiar with the area it’s a good idea to organise a local guide to accompany you. They not only know about safety, they’ll also take you on paths that you might have never discovered on your own.

hiking track in banff

7. Banff Upper Hot Springs

Soak away your worries and stress in this incredible hot spring pool, while gazing at the surrounding mountains. A truly unique experience and unlike any other hot spring I’ve ever visited.

10 Things To Do In The Canadian Rockies

8. Helicopter Ride

Experience the Canadian Rockies from high up in the sky. Appreciate the abundance of natural beauty like you’ve never seen before and don’t forget your camera.

10 Things To Do In The Canadian Rockies

9. Maligne Canyon Ice Walk

If exploring frozen waterfalls, ice caves and spectacular ice formations is your thing then you won’t want to miss this unique ice walk that is only available in winter. You and your tour guide will head down into the deepest accessible

10 Things To Do In The Canadian Rockies

10. Photography

Whether you’re a pro or it’s just you and your iPhone, the photos you take on your escape to the Rockies will look brilliant no matter your skill level. The natural beauty of the area is astounding and unique. How awesome would it be to frame one of your own snapshots when you get home?

10 Things To Do In The Canadian Rockies

Have you ever visited this beautiful region? What was your favourite experience? Mine would have to be the dog sledding. Tell me all about your adventures in the comments below.

Until next time,

Siobhan x

For more detailed info, check out our Canadian Rockies Series for a personal and honest account of our experiences in Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff. 

Selected images via Dollar Photo Club.

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