Canadian Prairies National Parks

When we think of the Canadian Prairies we think of flat fields of wheat swaying in the breeze. There is actually so much more to this area that we can miss if we do not take the time to stop and look. Saskatchewan and Manitoba are home to some of the largest deposits of dinosaur bones, wildlife and rare vegetation in Canada. Rent an RV and take a trip through the Canadian Prairies.

Grasslands National Park is located in south western Saskatchewan right on the US boarder. This National Park is a great place for kids of all ages. The badlands in the east block of the park are home to the richest source of dinosaur fossils in Canada. There are many events throughout the year that will allow you to accompany paleontologists to a real dig site as you scour the landscape for bones. A great way to spend the day is to take your rental RV on the Ecotour Scenic Drive. This drive is about an 80 km round trip, with lots of stops for hiking and stops with information panels that talk about the stunning landscape, rich history and active conservation of the area. Keep your eyes open as there is so much wildlife to be seen, such as bison, prairie dogs, lizards and ferrets.

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Prince Albert National Park is located 450 km north of Regina and covers one million acres of land and encompasses 1500 lakes and streams. This year round destination offers hiking, boating, swimming, and golf in the summer and in the winter you can cross country ski, ice skate and snow shoe. The northern section of the park is home to moose, wolves and caribou while white elk, deer and badgers inhabit the southern part of the park. There is even a herd of bison that roam the south western corner of the park feeding off of the fescue grass in this area. Beaver Glen and Red Deer campgrounds are close to the city of Waskesui, have full hook ups for your rental RV and are clean and well kept.

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Wapusk National park is located 1400 kilometres north of Winnipeg and is only accessible by plane or VIA Rail train, so it is not a trip you will take in your RV rental but this astonishing park is still worth mentioning. This park lies at the transition from boreal forest to the arctic tundra and protects one of the worlds largest polar bear maternity denning areas. Along with polar bears be on the watch for arctic foxes, arctic hares, wolves, caribou and wolverines.

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Riding Mountain National Park is located 250 kilometre north west of Winnipeg Manitoba. The area of the park captures three distinct ecosystems, the grasslands, the mixed wood forests and the eastern deciduous forests. With all this distinct untouched wilderness it is the perfect location to spend a few days with your RV rental. Onanole RV Resort has great reviews and is located right in the park with easy access to Clear Lake. Riding Mountain National Park and Clear Lake are a year round RV camping destination. In the summer enjoy hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing and water activities. In the winter you can cross country ski, snowshoe, skate and go ice fishing.

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Rent an RV for a few days or a few weeks and spend some time in the great ourdoors of the Canadian Prairies National Parks.

Vancouver to Texada Island (via Sunshine Coast) Road Trip

Vancouver to Texada Island (via Sunshine Coast) Road Trip

Day 1:

Leaving from Vancouver take Highway 1 W to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Take the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale ferry. The ferry ride is approximately 40 minutes long and you only pay one way. While on board you will sail through some of the most scenic waters, passing by Bowen Island, Gambier Island, and Keats Island. You may get the chance to see some incredible wildlife such as seals, otters, or even whales.

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Arriving on the Sunshine Coast, follow the Sunshine Coast Highway for approximately twenty minutes until you arrive in Roberts Creek. Here make a stop at Roberts Creek Beach. You will see a giant mandala painted on the cement. Each year the locals paint over the old mandala and everyone gets to fill in their own section. This small beach has an incredible white sand that reaches as far as the tide goes out. Cool off in some of the clearest waters in B.C. then get back in your RV and continuing driving towards Davis Bay for lunch.

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Across from the pier in Davis Bay is the Wobbly Canoe, a restaurant with a first class view of the bay from any table. Refuel with locally sourced food at this local favourite.

After lunch continue on to Bayside Campground and RV Park. Settle in for the rest of the day and enjoy the beach volleyball court, nearby hiking trails, a game of horseshoes, or explore the bay with a kayak or paddleboard rental.

Day 2:

After packing up camp head to Wheatberries Bakery to grab a quick breakfast or lunch such as muffins, cinnamon buns, soap, sandwiches, or burritos.

Continue along the Sunshine Coast Highway for approximately 50 minutes until you see a sign for Dan Bosch Park. This is the parking lot for Ruby Lake which is another beautiful spot for a relaxing swim. Be sure to bring floaties, kayaks, or paddle boards because this is a large lake with lots of islands to explore.

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From Ruby Lake it is just a short drive to the Earls Cove ferry terminal. The ferry is free going to Saltery Bay and takes about 50 minutes. Be sure to take in the stunning views as you sail through Jarvis Inlet.

Upon arrival continue along the Sunshine Coast Highway until you get to Powell River. Be sure to fill up on gas and any essentials before you leave because there is no gas station on Texada Island. There is a small grocery store and a convenience store if you need to resupply while you are on the island but don’t expect too much.

Proceed to the last ferry from Powell River to Texada Island (Westview to Blubber Bay). The crossing time is 35-40 minutes and you will pay the ferry fee in this direction. Head to Shelter Point Regional Park Campground to set up camp. This spacious campground has both beachfront sites and forested sites, either way you can’t go wrong. Enjoy the sunset over the beautiful coast line and see seals, oysters, and crabs. Flush toilets, showers, and a small concession are available here.

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Day 3/4:

Spend your time on the island enjoying the relaxed pace of the locals. Enjoy nature by beach combing, taking a swim in the ocean, or walking through coastal old growth forest. The Dr. Kay Garner Nature Trail is located at the intersection of Gillies Bay Rd. and Shelter Point Rd.

If you are lucky enough to be there on a Sunday then stop by the local farmers market located at the Gillies Bay Ball Park from 12-2:30. You will find canned goods such as salsas and jams, local art, fresh produce, and friendly faces.

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Explore the islands history and learn about the early 1800’s pioneer settlements at the Texada Heritage Society Museum in Blubber Bay.

Try to time your stay for the Texada Blues & Roots Festival that celebrates local performers from within 100 km. Or possibly go to the much larger Diversity Festival where a diverse audience of all ages are drawn together at the Shingle Beach Forest Service Site to listen to artists, composers, and bands from all over the continent.

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If you want to enjoy more of the local art then go on the Texada Island Studio Tour. The artists work with everything from stain glass, jewellery, sculptures, photography, and more. Artists will be there to answer any questions about their work and share their passions.

Day 5:

Pack up camp and head back to the ferry to Powell River (Blubber Bay-Westview). Drive to Saltery Bay and take the next ferry to Earls Cove (you will pay the ferry fee travelling in this direction). Continue back along the Sunshine Coast Highway stopping at any point to enjoy one of the inviting lakes along the way.

Arrive back in Roberts Creek for dinner time and grab a table at the Gumboot Restaurant. Tables are available both inside and outside where there is a grassy area for children to play. Service is fast and friendly and the BCCLT burger and the Thai noodle salad are not to be missed.

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Spend your last night at the Roberts Creek Provincial Park Campground. Your site will be in the middle of a towering cedar, hemlock, and douglas firs and the cobblestone beach is great for seeing sea creatures such as sea stars, mussels, clams, and crabs.

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Day 6:

Return to Vancouver on the Langdale to Horseshoe Bay ferry. 

*ferry schedules are not guaranteed, so be sure to plan accordingly.

BC and Alberta National Parks You Must Visit

This year Canada celebrated its 150th birthday. While this is young compared to many other countries, Canada still has a majestic beauty and a rich history that makes Canada the perfect place for your next RV rental journey. Deciding on which piece of Canada you want to visit will be the problem, with almost 10 million square kilometre, Canada will be a country you will want to keep coming back to as every corner of the country offers a beautiful and totally different experience. There are 40 national parks and over 1000 provincial parks, this with just be a taste of the great Canadian experience. British Columbia and Albert hold some of Canada’s most famous national parks, so why not start on the west coast and work your way east.

Parks Canada offers a Discover Pass, for $136 (2018) you can buy unlimited entries into all the National Parks for a year for a family of up to seven people. Camping fees are extra and reservations are a good idea. You can either camp in the national parks or many of the parks are close enough to small cities and towns that you can stay in private campgrounds that have more amenities for your motorhome rental.

Pacific Rim National Park is located 5 hours north of Victoria British Columbia and is situated on the Pacific Ocean. This is the perfect park if you are looking to see humpback or killers whales. There are many hiking trails that follow along the ocean or that take you deep into the BC rainforest.

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Mount Revelstoke National Park offers a paved drive up the mountain to a parking lot where the shuttle will take you to the Meadow in the Sky Parkway. Here you can stroll through a field of Indian paintbrush, heather, arctic lupin and dozen of other wildflowers. Or take a hike right from downtown to the old ski jump that was popular in the 1920’s. Here you can actually stand right where the ski jumpers used to stand overlooking the jump.

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Kootney National Park is one of seven continuous national parks in the Rocky Mountains. Here you will find the natural contrast of cold mountain rivers with the steamy hot water of natural hot springs. Radium Hot Springs is one of the largest developed hot springs but if you get lucky you many stumble into one of the not so well known undeveloped springs. The picture below is Lussier Hot Springs, the hot pools sit right beside the icy cold flowing river.

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Jasper National Parkin Alberta is home to Mount Robson, the highest Mountain in the Canadian Rockies. If wildlife is on your list of things to see this park may just give you that. It is very common to see Big Horn Sheep and Elk standing right on the side of the road.

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Banff National Park, just an hours drive from Calgary Alberta, is one of Canada’s most famous national parks. Summer or winter Banff has local galleries, museums, upscale shopping and amazing world class restaurants. In the winter take in unparalleled downhill skiing and in the summer visit the championship golf course. The sights from the gondola can be taken in year rounds as can a visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. And whether you are staying at the Banff Springs Hotel or not the hotel is spectacular to see.

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Traveling around the west of Canada has spectacular sights year round. Rent an RV from Vancouver British Columbia or Calgary Alberta and let your RV rental vacation begin.

Beautiful British Columbia

British Columbia is the western most province is Canada and is nestled in between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Known for its old growth forest, mountainous terrain and friendly people, BC is a top tourist destination known world wide.

Vancouver is a great place to start your Canadian RV rental holiday, with so many great things to do and places to visit you could make this your only stop on this great adventure. There are 5 RV rental pick up locations available in the Vancouver area so you are sure to find the perfect RV rental at the perfect price.

No visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park.  Visit the beach where you can look out at the tanker ship as they wait to unload cargo at the port of Vancouver, swim, paddle board, kayak, or just lay on the beach and take in the sun. You can rent a bike and bike the paved path that goes all the way around Stanley Park. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, play Pitch and Putt, play a game of tennis, stroll through the gardens, visit the totem pole display, take a ride on the miniature railway, or take a ride in a horse drawn carriage. There are lots of great places to eat in the park so you can spend the whole day here.

Welcome to Kelowna, it’s wine country. Kelowna has over 40 wineries in the area, a wine tour is a great way to spend the day if your RV rental vacation does not include the kids. You can leave your RV rental parked as there are many shuttled wine tours around Kelowna. If you are traveling with kids a must stop is Kangaroo Creek Farm. Located just outside of Kelowna, Kangaroo Creeks unique program allows children (and adults) to hold baby kangaroos, wallaby’s and sugar gliders. There are many other animals here so plan on spending a few hours. Kelowna is situated on Lake Okanagan, home to many great water activities, but keep your eyes open as many people have reported seeing the famous Ogopogo in these waters.

All aboard for Revelstoke. This little railroad town is home to Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a downhill ski hill known world wide to have one the best verticals in North America. In summer Revelstoke has many mountain biking and hiking trails. Lamplighter Campground and RV Park is located a 20 minute walk from downtown making it easy to leave your RV rental and take in the free nightly music at the plaza any night of the week all summer long. The Revelstoke Dam and the Railway museum will give you interesting glimpses into Revelstoke’s past through the self guided tours. On your way out of town be sure to stop at Giant Cedars. This short walk (about 20 minutes) takes you on a boardwalk path with interpretive signs through this old growth forest.

Next stop is Radium Hot Springs. Radium is known world wide for the odourless mineral pools and is surrounded by Sinclair Canyon. The canyon is home to many big horn sheep, so sit and relax in the pools and keep an eye out for the sheep on the rocky ledges above. From relaxing pools to the high excitement of whitewater rafting, ziplining through the trees, hiking or mountain biking Radium Hot Springs is a great look into Beautiful British Columbia.

Cranbrook is located in a wide valley right between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcells. Mount Baker RV Park and Willow Creek Campground are located right in Cranbrook making it easy to access the city’s amenities while you are staying in the area. Go back in time and experience how the Ktunaxa Natives lived thousands of years ago with the Speaking Earth weekend package, you will even get to sleep in a teepee.

Nelson BC is known as the Queen City of the Kootenays. With over 350 heritage buildings in the city, most within walking distance, a walking tour will be an evening well spent. This eclectic little community has some of the best unique shopping around. From artists showcasing their designs, handmade clothing, locally made hats, there will be the perfect Canadian gift for everyone on your list.

Osoyoos BC boasts having the warmest lake in Canada. From canoeing, jet skiis, paddle boarding and swimming, Osoyoos is the best place to spend a day on the lake. If you get lucky you may be in town for one of the annual street dances. This family event  includes free draws and prizes. Take a walk down Irrigation Canal Walkway. This 5 km round trip walk takes you on an abandoned part of the canal and shows you the difference water can make on a landscape, from the natural sage and antelope brush on one side to the contrasting orchards on the other.

This journey ends with the round trip back to Vancouver. This 2000 km trip can be done in just a few days or a few weeks. There is so many amazing things to see in this area of the country. Just start your planning by making a reservation for an RV rental from one of our Vancouver RV rental locations by clicking on the quote program and from there you can customize your RV rental vacation to be just perfect for you and your family.

 

How big is Canada?

Canada is one of those countries that fascinates. From one side to the other, people are accommodating and incredibly nice but the views and life styles differ from coast to coast. With sky high mountain vibes in the west, flat land parries in the middle, big city living mideast through to ocean and a cottage feel in the east. Although that certainly doesn’t describe everyone, with the vast cultures and beliefs, Canada is the best place to experience exactly what you’re looking for. With eight distinct forest regions, including boreal forest on the Canadian Shield.

There is also over 2,000,000 lakes! Which is more than any other country and also contains much of the world’s fresh water. So if you like to swim, Canada offers a host of options including 563 lakes greater than 100 km2 (39 sq mi). If you’re looking for a colder water dip, head to the Rocky Mountains and the Coast Mountains for fresh-water glaciers.

The cross Canada road trip is on many bucket lists. And the question that is asked most? “I can drive across the country in 4-5 days right?” The answer – maybe. If you want to drive nonstop without really checking out any of the sights. Canada covers 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area. Canada also has the longest coastline in the world, with a total length of 243,042 kilometres (151,019 mi); additionally, its border with the United States is the world’s longest land border, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi).

Our recommendation, take 14 days. This allows for a couple of days in each province on average.

Cross Country Trip
If you’re wondering what to do, where to go, what to see, check out our blog post on a dream cross Canada trip.

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A Luxury Trip to Toronto

Travelling to a big City can be glamorous and Toronto is no exception. What better City in Canada can you go, get all dressed up and hit any type of entertainment you are in the mood for? If you’re on a road trip and Toronto is on your list of places to go, why not check out our luxury RV’s, travel in style and stop at a few of these must see places that will add a bit of extra luxury to your RV trip.

Royal Alexandra Theatre
The Royal Alexandra is a wonderful adventure for a stop over on your luxury RV trip. The theatre coupled with it’s architecture is a night worth going out on the town for.

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TIFF Bell Lightbox
If you’re looking for something a bit more fun, the TIFF Bell Lightbox has a host of exhibits sure to delight. If you’re hungry, there’s a great little cafe right next door with delicious food to hold you over to continue your RV road trip journey.

Tiff Bell Lightbox
Music
The music in Toronto is endless. From the Horseshoe Tavern to the Rivoli, whatever music you’re looking for you can find.

Toronto Music

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Road Trip: Calgary to Edmonton

Alberta has two great booming cities and between them runs the Queen Elizabeth II highway (QEII) with many opportunities for exploring. There are a few must see stops along the way.

Drumheller
Take in the badlands, ghost towns, abandoned coal mines, and The Royal Turrell Museum of Paleontology. The Tyrannosaurus Rex in the museum is worth the trip in itself.

Innisfail
Continue the tour with a stop in Innisfail to check out Alberta’s Icelandic heritage. The Discovery Wildlife Park which serves as a sanctuary for orphaned animals is also a great stop.

The Rockies
When you’re heading North from Red Deer and want to take the scenic route, turn west towards the Canadian Rockies, joining Banff to Jasper by the Ice Fields Parkway.

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Alberta’s History
Head to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum is Wetaskiwin for the history of Alberta’s cars, trucks, airplanes and farm equipment. Maskwacis is the centre of four First Nations bands Ermineskin Cree, Louis Bull Tribe, Montana Samson Cree nation.

Outside the Oil Industry
Leduc is an intricate 35km walkway and beautiful city centre lake  just outside the industrial centre of Alberta’s oil industry.

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Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is an event not to be missed. The annual rodeo, exhibition and festival are held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Wondering how to conquer the massive grounds? Here are some must see and do tips and tricks. Before you go explore the Stampede with this interactive map from Canadian Geographic.

Watch the Stampede Parade
The parade boasts over 150 entries with 30 marching bands, 40 floats and 750 horses and kicks off the Greatest Outdoor Show.

Give axe-throwing a try
Give your inner lumberjack a chance to break through. The Stampede’s Adventure Park is a fun place to get down and dirty. Between paintball, climbing walls and axe throwing, what’s not to love?

Who’s top dog?
The Dog Bowl is a blast to watch. The stunts are out of this world!

Sample to fun food
The food… oh the food. The unique concoction’s that people come up with are worth it if you have a daring enough stomach. Check out these insane midway foods.

Find the free fun
If you’re up for pancakes there are free breakfast’s to be had everywhere! Websites and apps have been created so that you can make the most of your pancake indulgences.

A bannock picnic anyone
The Stampede’s Indian Village is a treat. Picnic bags include two drinks, two bannock meals and a blanket. Watching the tipi-raising contest tops off the cake.

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Photo courtesy of: Calgary Stampede

One way road trip: Toronto to Calgary

Driving across Canada is on many people’s bucket list. This shortened version hits all the best stops between East Coast’s Toronto and West Coast’s Calgary. I like to travel in style and rent an RV. Have you checked out some of the luxury RV’s out there? Talk about style! Having to stop and figure out where to stay and check in and out times, the flexibility that an RV offers is the way to go, if you ask me.

Starting Point: Toronto
Toronto is an easy place to pick up an RV making for a great starting point. It also boasts an endless supply of fun and adventure for everyone. From the St. Lawrence Market to Chinatown, the Fashion District to the Entertainment District, and endless music and show choices, how can you go wrong. If you’re lost, downtown is the place to start. The CN Tower, Rogers Centre (The Skydome), all of the Restaurants on King Street West and the shopping on Queen West, you’ll have plenty to do.

Toronto Road Trip: CN Tower
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Next Stop: Lake Superior Provincial Park
The views of the Great Lakes are almost endless and definitely breathtaking. My favourite on route to Sault Ste. Marie is Lake Superior. The lake is cold but photogenic as ever. A great place to stop is the Lake Superior Provincial Park.

One way road trip: Lake Superior
Photo courtesy of: Ontario Parks

Stretch your legs at: Kakabeka Falls
Ontario is a big province, plan on stopping a few times during your drive. As you reach the northern route of Ontario, the roads get twisty with rolling hills. After hitting up Thunder Bay, be sure to check out Kakabeka Falls. There are some great trails that lead to the falls and the Kaministiquia River. It’s a great chance to stretch your legs for the day, have a picnic and even camp.

One way road trip: Kakabeka Falls
Photo courtesy of: Ontario Parks

Finally outside of Ontario: Winnipeg
As the landscape changes from Ontario hills to the flats of Manitoba, this is where the countdown of provinces begins. Winnipeg is a great stopping point. With the Red River and Assiniboine river connecting. There are trails that run along both rivers and at The Forks National Historic Site of Canada you can see the confluence. If you enjoy touring museums, Winnipeg houses the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The building architecture has an impact, however, as you walk through you can’t help but be pulled in many directions of emotion.

One way road trip: Winnipeg
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Crossing the Prairies: Saskatchewan
I’ve never seen beauty like the fields in Saskatchewan. They are endless and peaceful. Saskatchewan and Alberta house the only interprovincial park in Canada: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. There is a great mix of lakes, forests, wildlife and, as the name suggests, hills. The park is a great camp stop for canoeing and kayaking and is not too far off the Trans Canada Highway.

One Way Road Trip: Cypress Hills
Photo courtesy of: Alberta Parks

The Final Stop: Calgary
Before you make your way to Calgary, a great stop is the Dinosaur Provincial Park. The park boasts the world’s richest deposit of dinosaur bones and is a great place to go explore. From there, Calgary is only a hop, skip and jump away where city adventures await.

One way road trip: Calgary
Photo courtesy of: Alberta Parks

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Rocky Mountain RV Destinations

The Rocky Mountains are a sight unlike many. From the towering mountains themselves, to the trees, wildlife and quickly changing weather there’s so much to explore. A few favourite spots in the Rockies that bring and immense sense to those who choose to take the journey include:

Moraine Lake
Exploring the national parks are an adventure of their own, but Moraine Lake has a special quality. The water is incredibly blue and the Rockies that surround are towering. Be sure not to be fooled by the locals’ stories about draining the lake and painting the bottom, it may seem like the lake is impossibly blue but paint isn’t involved.

Moraine Lake

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Icefields Parkway
The drive is one of the most scenic drives that there is. Be sure to enjoy the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefields on the way. There aren’t many experiences like the ice fields out there.

Columbia Icefields

Photo Credit: ourglobaltrek.com

Canmore Cave Tours
For the more adventurous, head into Canmore and go on a cave tour. The caves are in their natural state, so there is no walkways, handrails or built in lighting, making the experience wild and unaltered.

Canmore Caves
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