10 Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Canadian Rockies That You Shouldn't Miss

May 19, 2022 Vergie Nakamoto

From Alberta’s southwestern border north into British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies are a network of provincial and national parks that collectively make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff and Jasper national parks are connected by the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the world. The towns of Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper are hubs for adventures including hiking, horseback riding, rafting and wildlife viewing. Accommodation ranges from hotels to mountain lodges.
Restaurants in Canadian Rockies

1. Wild Water Adventures

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Wild Water Adventures

OPENING DAY FOR THE 2021 SEASON: SATURDAY, MAY 22nd! Rated on TripAdvisor as the #1 Activity in the Canadian Rockies. Join Wild Water Adventures on the famous KICKING HORSE RIVER and experience the best whitewater in the region! Choose from fun & splashy Class II/III rapids or more challenging (and bigger!) Class IV rapids for an adrenaline-pumping adventure. Guests need only bring a bathing suit and towel; top-quality wetsuits, neoprene booties & gloves, spray jackets, life jackets and helmets are provided. Our RiverBase offers heated change rooms and spacious covered decks for enjoying views of the river and mountains. Daily half-day & full-length trips are offered mid-May through mid-September. No previous rafting experience required. Ideal for the entire family! Combine rafting with Lake Louise gondola. Rafting the Kicking Horse since 1992. Wild Water Adventures adheres to all COVID-19 regulations. BOOK TODAY AND PAY LATER (7 days prior to rafting departure). See you on the river!

2. Wild Blue Yonder White Water Rafting

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Wild Blue Yonder White Water Rafting

Wild Blue Yonder White Water Rafting is located in Grande Cache, Alberta. We are a rafting operator specializing in family and youth-group friendly activities. We also book packages that include activities offered by other operators in our area and local accommodation. Our rafting trips range from half day, full day and 2 day trips. Our trips are on class 1/2, class 2/3 and class 4+ rivers. We operate from the May long weekend to the September long weekend, offering two or more trip start times per day, 7 days a week. RAFTING TRIPS DETAILS: Group Discounts Available. Fun for All: Sulphur River A non-stop party of paddling and jaw-dropping scenery! The Sulphur Canyon plunges 300 feet down then twists and turns all the way to the Sulphur Gates; Grande Cache's top scenic spot. Shoot moderate rapids, dodge boulders and squeeze through the tight spots while team-paddling. Between giggles and shouts, magic happens as your group comes together. Price/person: Adults $80+gst Child (8-11) $60+gst Saturdays add $10 Best of Both: Sulphur & Smoky Rivers There's two kinds of white water: tight & fast or BIG WAVES. Put them together, throw in mountain scenery with a tasty lunch and it's the best of both! The twisty Sulphur Canyon is drop-dead gorgeous and super fun to paddle. After a quick bite and a hot drink, the adventure continues. The title of Top River Rat is up for grabs as teams play some seriously silly water games. Finally, it's the big Smoky Rapids where you can only scream and hold on. After this, you'll know what it is to ride the river. THE RIVER PIRATES! It's Theatre Adventure on water! Let your child (and big kids, too) live out the fantasy: get your pirate gear, name and sign-up for a mad-cap tale of buried treasure, rats and rogue crew members! Sing songs, learn jokes, battle with swords and find the gold! Performed in a hilarious improv style, our crazy captains will have you in stitches and the little ones bedazzled. This unique adventure includes face-painting, bandannas, swords and treasure... and you get to take it all home! Wild One: Sheep Creek There's no room for beginners as we launch immediately into solid class 4 rapids! The river comes at you hard and fast, and it's relentless. You'll never feel more alive as you're being buried in white water and your guide is barking commands. Sheep Creek plays for keeps, but not for long: only available late May to early July. The real craziness is in June, when previous experience & good physical fitness is required. Lower water is usually in July, when previous experience is not required, but a good state of fitness is still recommended. You must be 18+, no exceptions. Two Wild: Sulphur River & Sheep Creek If you want the scary stuff, but don't have the experience, this is your trip. Get into the groove on the Sulphur River, where the twists and turns of the canyon pump up your paddling. Then board the blue bus for the Sheep Creek madness: a super-steep, paddle-your-face off thrill of a lifetime. Good physical fitness required, must be 18+. ID may be required. Includes lunch. Price/person: Adults $150+gst Saturdays add $20 Kakwa River Family: 3-Day The easiest way to take your family on a real backcountry trip. Explore 90km of the mighty Smoky River; one of the last wild rivers in the Arctic watershed. With time to relax and be soothed by the river, there's also exciting moments of paddling, getting soaked during water fights and even surfing your boat on the waves. At night you're pampered with hearty meals and world-class treatment. Laugh and share memories from the day around the fireside, then crawl in your tent and drift off to the soothing sounds of the river. Come morning, there's freshly baked muffins, and the river awaits. The Kakwa River Extreme: 2-Day A classic backcountry adventure with big class 3/4 water, remote wilderness and riverside camping. It's a gentle start and even beginners get time to learn the strokes, but then it all goes crazy! You won't know whether to laugh or scream as we hit the rapids hard, get pounded with water and dig in! A new challenge awaits around every corner and then, wet and happy, it's time to hit the beach. Soon, cozy and warm, you'll dig into freshly-prepared meals and the join in the buzz around the fire. And as the river rumbles on, you'll drift off to dreams of the next big wave... because tomorrow the river awaits. Come join us for a day of fun and adventure on the river this summer!

3. Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists

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Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists

We specialize in guided mountaineering, rock climbing, via ferrata, trail running, ice climbing, backpacking, hiking, and scrambling excursions and instructional courses in Western Canada. Beginner to advanced climbers welcome!

4. Rocky Mountain Canyoning

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Rocky Mountain Canyoning

Experience one of the most thrilling adventures offered in Jasper! Rocky Mountain Canyoning offers exclusive technical canyoning trips in Jasper National Park. Explore a relatively dry canyon or choose a full waterfall immersion experience. Enter a world very few people have had the opportunity to see.

5. Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides

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Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides

Friendly guide service offering ascents of famous Rockies peaks, soaring rock routes, and the world's best ice climbs! Courses & instruction also available for all ability & fitness levels. Individuals, groups, and families can join us for a climbing adventure that will never be forgotten! No experience of any type is necessary to enjoy a fun and safe outing with our guides. Guides are expe

6. Alpine Air Adventures

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Alpine Air Adventures

Alpine Air Adventures is an adventure tourism company offering guided high end skiing, rock climbing, ice climbing and alpine climbing trips. We offer the best Mountain adventures to suit any ability and skill level. Our Playground: The Rocky Mountains in Alberta and British Columbia.

7. Calgary Banff Mountain Bike

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Calgary Banff Mountain Bike

Amazing and fun mountain bike adventures in Beautiful Banff National Park, Alberta Canada. We also offer historic city of Calgary and Bow River tours. Lessons for beginners to some of the most challenging mountain biking in North America. Ride with us for memories that will last a lifetime.

8. Cycling-101

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Cycling-101

Our Mission – Empower cyclists of all levels to maximize their potential through customized professional, safe & fun interactions on and off the bike.

9. Canmore Eagles Hockey Club

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Canmore Eagles Hockey Club

Experience Canadian Hockey in the Rocky Mountains. The Canmore Eagles are part of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and have games in Canmore and Banff from September to March each year. Come out to catch a game and see the fast-paced, high energy play without making a trip into the city!

10. Girth Hitch Guiding

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Girth Hitch Guiding

I'm Tim Taylor, an ACMG Rock Guide with ten years plus experience in the mountains of Alberta. Girth Hitch Guiding (GHG) is a mountain guiding business with a focus on rock guiding, within the mountains of Banff National Park, the David Thompson Corridor, Yoho National Park, and the Bow Valley. Whether you are into rock climbing, need some new skills or want to try climbing a Via Ferrata, we offer a customized and personal approach to mountain guiding.

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