Photo courtesy of Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka
Water, water everywhere
The Canadian Rockies offers countless opportunities for amphibious adventures. You can paddle a kayak down the Bow River—one of Alberta's most important waterways—float quietly on an impossibly blue mountain lake, go on a driving tour of Vermilion Lakes, or do a water landing in a float plane. Sailing on Lake Minnewanka is a unique mountain experience, but the classic adventure is to rent a red canoe and spend an hour or two paddling around Lake Louise, a 45-minute drive from Banff. Look up at the majestic mountains, down into the cold water, or over to the shore where tourists are watching you from outside the iconic Chateau Lake Louise.