Head west from Calgary and the landscape changes abruptly from flat prairie to lofty peaks. Glaciers wrap themselves around the five-digit summits like white frosting and rivers slide down the mountainsides into lakes that dazzle with their cobalt blue coloring. Waterfalls form deep pools under the shade of towering aspens, firs, and fragrant pines, a dense forest worthy of the large mammals that reside here — grizzlies, elk, and mountain sheep to name a few. Welcome to the Canadian Rockies and the oldest national park in Canada, Banff. Austin Adventures does an exemplary job of steering families on hikes and bike rides far away from the masses on their 6-day trips in the Canadian Rockies. You’ll rock climb on Mt. Yamnuska, go on a glacial walk on the massive Athabasca Glacier, and hike near the shores of Moraine Lake.
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