Sleigh Ride Trivia

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Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride (tours p 56) through the Bow River val­ley near Banff town (with barn visit and camp­fire) or around Lake Louise where Vic­to­ria Glacier looms. Im­press your guide with lo­cal knowl­edge: a Na­tive term for ‘white rump’. In Lake Louise, the grand Fair­mont Chateau be­gan in 1890 as a 50-guest log cabin built by Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way man­ager Cor­nelius Van Horne. Back then, sleighs were used for daily trans­porta­tion. –Afton Aikens

On clear nights, dark skies pro­vide Lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Paul Zizka rec­om­mends Lake Min­newanka near Banff (Map 3, 2I) and Bow Lake north of Lake Louise (Hwy 93N; Map 1, 6K) as prime road­side spots. Down­load the Star Tracker Mo­bile Sky Map app to help iden­tify con­stel­la­tions; track north­ern light fore­casts on au­ro­rawatch.com. –Ash­ley Ma­teri find respite from the cold in­side the new warm­ing hut elk (com­monly seen in Banff) are also called ‘wapiti’,

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