Basecamp to Adventure

High energy, heart racing, blood pumping –
Adventure right at Calgary’s doorstep.

Calgary has a backyard that is second to none. For Calgarians and visitors alike, adventure lies just beyond the city limits in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. These majestic natural wonders provide a stunning backdrop for the city skyline – an effortless transition from downtown rooftop patio to a remote mountaintop.

Surrounded by Banff National Park, Kananaskis Provincial Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, Calgary is one of the most adventure accessible cities in the province. With its close proximity, Calgary allows for a variety of family-friendly day trips during any season. You may find yourself exploring Johnstons Canyon in Banff, mountain biking Moose Mountain in Bragg Creek or hiking your way up Ha Ling Peak in Canmore – the options are endless! Just know that wherever your inner wild child takes you, you can be certain this prairie playground is your basecamp to adventure.


Cyclists are challenged to try the Legacy Trail, starting at the Bow Valley Parkway and spanning 22.3km through the mountains to the town of Banff. Whether you enjoy training for a cycling race or just spending the day with your family. This moderate cycling trail caters to all skill levels – providing you with a scenic roadway to Banff, where you can walk the streets of Banff Avenue and reward yourself with a locally brewed beverage from the Banff Brewing Co.


Hikers and trail runners can hit the trails in Kananaskis just 45 minutes from the city. These mountain routes vary from easy to intermediate; for those real adventure junkies, there is always Mount Yamnuska and Mount Allen.

Climbers can test their skills at the Grassi Lakes outdoor climbing area in Canmore. The initial 4km hike into the lakes is relatively gradual and has both a hard and easy route for you to chose. The lake area provides climbers with a variety of routes graded to challenge beginners and experts alike, but be sure to bring a helmet for safety. Enjoy an impromptu lunch on the rocks and soak in the view of two emerald lakes nestled in the mountain valley.


Canoers and kayakers have a bevy of river and lake options with upper and lower Kananaskis lakes in Peter Lougheed Provincial park, Lake Minnewanka in Banff and Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. These are all destinations you won’t want to miss.

Find everything you need for your outdoor pursuit at the University of Calgary Outdoor Center, Mountain Equipment Co-op or Sports Rent. These outdoor advocates can set you up with the necessary gear to make any activity enjoyable and memorable.

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