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.
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).
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).
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).
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).