Explorer Tips

Whether you're an expert mountain explorer or taking out-of-towners on their first trip to the Rockies, locals do things differently. Below are some local gems to help you get the most out of your mountain adventures this summer and indulge your inner explorer!

Check back often throughout the summer as we add more expert tips to help you explore the best of the Rockies.
Swim in an Alpine Lake

Swim in an Alpine Lake

Step off the beaten path and into the warm waters (by Canadian Rockies standards) of Johnson Lake! Beat the summer heat and jump in for a cooling swim, some stand up paddle boarding or even canoeing! This alpine lake also offers an easy stroll around the lake with scenic views of Cascade Mountain or a relaxing place for a picnic.  

Johnson Lake is located on the scenic Lake Minnewanka Loop. To get here, follow the Lake Minnewanka Road from the Trans-Canada Highway.
A Little Mountain Culture

A Little Mountain Culture

Catch a concert, play or exhibition at the Banff Centre. This cultural hub hosts a wide variety of events all summer long, so make sure you see what's playing when you're in town! 

Over 8,000 artists, leaders and researchers across Canada and around the world join in programs at The Banff Centre annually. Situated on Sleeping Buffalo Mountain in the town of Banff, the Banff Centre prides itself in connecting people from around the world in celebrating creativity, performance and ideas through its events, arts and programs.
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Go Canyoneering

Go Canyoneering

Johnston's Canyon is an easy hike that winds through towering canyon walls and thundering waterfalls. The popular hike is traversed through easy canyon-clinging catwalks and staircases.

Many hikers will complete the 2.7km option that takes visitors past the rushing Lower Falls to the roaring Upper Falls. Few people will venture an extra 3km to the Ink Pots and witness seven cold mineral springs in the open meadows beside Johnston Canyon Creek. 

To avoid the summer crowds, hike in the early morning or evening. The trail can be accessed from the parking lot located on the Bow Valley Parkway.
Fly a Kite at Old Fort Point

Fly a Kite at Old Fort Point

Hike an hour or two to the top of Old Fort Point for a spectacular place to fly a kite with your kids or just take in the view! This popular short trail (4km loop) will challenge your small-summit abilities and boasts stunning panoramic views overlooking the Athabasca River, Jasper Park Lodge, Lac Beauvert and surrounding valley.

From this trailhead, hikers can also choose to detour to adjoining trails: Maligne River or The Valley of the Five Lakes.

To get here from the town of Jasper, turn southeast off Connaught Drive on Hazel Avenue. Cross the railway to Highway 16. Cross the highway to the next intersection and turn left at the prominent sign to Old Fort Point.