Six of the best: adren­a­line ad­ven­tures in Al­berta

Al­berta’s moun­tains, lakes and rivers of­fer plenty of chances to get the blood pump­ing, with chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in both sum­mer and win­ter. Laura Gelder picks out six

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Jet boat through the city

Your clients can ex­pe­ri­ence an un­for­get­table jour­ney on the North Saskatchewan River, start­ing from Ed­mon­ton’s Sir Wil­frid Lau­rier Park or from the town of Devon. The ex­hil­a­rat­ing boat ride zips past is­lands and carves through nar­row chan­nels, with the op­tion to see the city sights or head out to wilder lo­ca­tions for a swim, or to alight on an is­land or se­cluded river bank to learn gold pan­ning tech­niques. black­goldriver­tours.ca

Take the iron road in Norquay

Via Fer­rata is an as­sisted climb­ing ex­pe­ri­ence along four breath­tak­ing routes on the cliffs above Mount Norquay. Ad­ven­tur­ers get to climb lad­ders and cross sus­pen­sion bridges while mar­vel­ling at the sur­round­ing moun­tain vis­tas. Led by a highly ex­pe­ri­enced guide, they wear a har­ness that is al­ways at­tached to the moun­tain’s steel cable path­way. So they are on top of the world but safely at­tached to the rock! banffnorquay.com

Delve into dark caves

Ad­ven­ture-seek­ers will love Can­more Cave Tours. Guests learn the in­cred­i­ble his­tory of the Bow Val­ley and how caves are formed be­fore rap­pelling 18 me­tres down un­der­ground. Once there, guests climb, crawl, wig­gle and slide their way through wa­ter­worn pas­sages to see high­lights like a crys­tal­clear pool, mil­len­nia-old sta­lac­tites and sta­lag­mites, an­cient an­i­mal bones, pic­tographs and fos­sils. can­more­cave­tours.com

Frozen climbs

Us­ing ice axes and cram­pons to climb frozen wa­ter­falls sounds daunt­ing but peo­ple of all ages and ca­pa­bil­i­ties can try it – and be­gin­ner pitches are sim­i­lar to just climb­ing a chilly lad­der! The ice climb­ing sea­son in the Rock­ies runs from No­vem­ber to the end of April (early April for lower el­e­va­tion climbs). Wa­ter­fall Ice Climb­ing Grades range from the easy Grade Two to the ex­pert level Grade Eight. Rock­a­boo Moun­tain Ad­ven­tures in Jasper of­fers a thrilling six-hour ex­pe­ri­ence. rock­a­boo.ca

Take the Crypt Lake Trail

The first steps of this 10.8-mile trail in Water­ton Lakes Na­tional Park are up the side of a gi­ant head­wall cliff. Next, hik­ers get to climb a fixed lad­der and make their way through a nat­u­ral 80-foot-long tun­nel, which fi­nally ends with heady views of a glacial-blue, trout-filled lake. Chains are bolted along a nar­row ledge and the hike takes trekkers from Canada, over the U.S. bor­der and back, with a 2,300-foot el­e­va­tion gain. pc.gc.ca

Bob­sled like a bolt of light­en­ing

Ever watched the Win­ter Olympics and wished you could have a go at the bob­sled, luge or skele­ton? At the former 1988 Olympics lo­ca­tion, now WinS­port Cal­gary, your clients can. For the bob­sled ex­pe­ri­ence an ex­pert pilot slides pas­sen­gers through 10 turns, hit­ting speeds of more than 100km an hour with a force of up to 4 Gs. If your clients dare to go solo, the skele­ton reaches around 80km an hour! The cen­tre is home to lots of top-notch win­ter sports fa­cil­i­ties so sched­ule half a day so they can try ice skat­ing, ski­ing, ski jump­ing or hockey too. wins­port.ca

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