Hiking and biking
Leave Alberta’s turquoise Lake Louise behind and head off on the two-mile Lake Agnes Trail. Climb to the lookout; savour the view; finish with a cuppa and a wedge of pie at the Lake Agnes Tea House, 7,000ft up. On a bike, ride the 200 miles from Jasper to Banff on the Columbia Icefields Parkway, watching out for bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bears. Hôtel de Glace is North America’s only ice hotel, with wood stoves in some of the suites. Best of all, take a boat tour to see the minimountains of 10,000-year-old ice floating down Iceberg Alley off Newfoundland (April to August). Home on the range Many Alberta cattle ranches welcome guests, who return from rides not to a bunkhouse but to a hot shower, a good meal and a comfy bed. Long before cattle, bison were lords of this landscape, providing food for local tribes. Learn about traditional bison hunting at the graphicallynamed HeadSmashed-In Buffalo Jump, near Fort Macleod. Today, grass-fed beef and bison appear on menus in top restaurants.