For some off the grid fun head out to Banff and the Canadian Rockies for some hiking and sight seeing fun. Locals would recommend visiting Lake O’Hara but plan ahead because the number of visitors at a time is limited. Lake O’Hara offers an escape from fast paced city life with its calm waters and majestic views along the hiking trails in the summer and skiing paths in the winter. The Lake O’Hara Lodge offers a place for a long-term stay but Lake O’Hara offers the option for day trips as well.
Approximately two hours outside Calgary, Canada is Banff National Park. Among the park activities you can enjoy are sightseeing, photography, wildlife watching, walking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, ice tours. I personally recommend photography for those who enjoy taking pictures. View is awesome so you should not miss a shot. More active people would prefer walking or hiking, which are also good ways of spending the time but in a way too exhausting. Banff trails can range anywhere from one to five hours and range in difficulty. For an alternate view Banff also offers some mild family friendly rapids along the Kananaskis River, or take a Gondola Ride and see the Rockies from 2,285 meters high at the top of Sulphur Mountain. Before leaving Banff, Lake Louise is a Canadian Rockies must.
Lake Louise is nicknamed the “Hiking Capital of Canada” for a reason, but the area offers plenty of mountain climbing opportunities in the summer and skiing in the winter. After a full day of hiking, climbing, or skiing stop by the Banff hot springs to relax and decompress. The springs are located at an elevation of 1,585 metres, making the Banff Upper Hot Springs are the highest springs in all of Canada. The hot springs are open until 10 in the evening making it a perfect spot to stay warm while doing some stargazing in the clear night sky.
Locals would recommend visiting Lake O’Hara but plan ahead because the number of visitors at a time is limited!