Hik­ing and bik­ing

The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Canada -

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.

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