It's good to feel small. Among these mountains that loom so large. Hike and bike with your family in vast U-shaped valleys. Stare in awe at dramatic waterfalls. Gaze down on fast-flowing rivers and grand lakes in turquoise shades. You may feel dwarfed by this grandeur, but far from insignificant because you're in it and part of it. Small is beautiful here.
1 Sensational views of Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain are yours to admire as you bike to Lake Minnewanka | Options abound today—pedal up to a lookout on Mount Norquay for breathtaking vistas of the Banff townsite, the surrounding Rockies and the expansive Bow Valley, or shop in the picturesque resort town of Banff.
2 Take a morning spin amid towering peaks, virgin forests and the blue-green Bow River | Keep an eye out along the way for wildlife | Hike through Johnston Canyon to a series of stunning waterfalls | Back on your bike, point your wheels toward Lake Louise, where dinner at the Post Hotel adds an elegant flourish to the day.
3 Embark on a classic Rockies trek to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse | As you gaze at the stunning panorama of glaciers and vertical peaks, you may spot mountain goats or hear the thunderclap of ice avalanching from the hanging Victoria Glacier | Join local bear expert and researcher Colleen Campbell for “Bear Biology 101.”
4-6 Raft on the Kicking Horse River—a splashing good time! | Dazzling views of glaciated peaks await at the top of your hike to Sentinel Pass | Walk to beautiful Sherbrooke Lake | From the base of Takakkaw Falls, hike to Yoho Lake, nestled deep in Yoho Pass.