Give the Gift of Ad­ven­ture

Some­times it isn’t enough to give your loved ones some­thing that fits un­der the tree. If what you’re look­ing for this hol­i­day sea­son is to give mem­o­ries, not ob­jects, you will def­i­nitely want to check out these ex­pe­ri­ence gifts.

Where Calgary - - YOU ARE HERE: KENSINGTON - BY HANNA DEEVES

SNOWSHOE TOUR

Ex­plore Banff in a whole new way by strap­ping on some snow­shoes and tak­ing a guided tour with Banff Ad­ven­tures around ar­eas such as Sun­shine Vil­lage, Mar­ble Canyon and Lake Louise. En­joy the in­cred­i­ble win­ter scenery of frozen moun­tains and lakes, and stop along the way to warm up with some hot choco­late or dip some maple syrup in the snow. Equip­ment is sup­plied and there are op­tions for ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence level (page 58).

SLEIGH RIDE

Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh! (Two-horse sleighs are also pretty fan­tas­tic.) Moose Moun­tain Horse­back Ad­ven­tures will take you on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a win­ter won­der­land around Bragg Creek, a ham­let giv­ing you a lit­tle small town magic just out­side of Cal­gary. Af­ter your ride, stick around for pond hockey and an open fire by the lake. Bring what­ever snacks you wish to roast. And if you have a big­ger party, opt for one of the wagon rides in­stead (page 58).

DOG SLED­DING

Mush! If be­ing pulled by adorable huskies is more your speed, then you’ll love the Snowy

Owl Sled Dog Tours. See your breath hang in the frosty air as you glide through a ma­jes­tic land­scape of sparkling snow. Sit back and en­joy the ride while one of the in­struc­tors drives for you, or get hands-on and learn how to drive the sled your­self. These lov­able pooches are raised like fam­ily, so your fam­ily will fit right in as well (page 58).

HE­LI­COPTER FLIGHT

Want the ul­ti­mate way to ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of the Rocky Moun­tains? Try a bird’s eye view. Send your loved one on a sky-high ride over Banff with Alpine Heli­copters (page 58), which takes off right at the base of the fa­mous Three Sis­ters peaks and flies over Banff Na­tional Park, show­cas­ing stun­ning vis­tas of craggy peaks, deep forests and glacial lakes. Or, if you want to keep it more lo­cal, go for a ride above Cal­gary and see Canada Olympic Park, McMa­hon Sta­dium, down­town, Stam­pede Park and Her­itage Park from a com­pletely dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive with Moun­tain View Heli­copters (page 58).

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