Banff, Alberta, Canada
During the winter, travelers flock to the mountains—Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mt. Norquay all offer world-class skiing. But you can start any of those after spending a half day fat biking the trails around town or ice climbing the frozen waterfalls in Johnston Canyon, 20 minutes from the city. (For prices starting at $165 for a half day, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures will set you up with a guide, harness, ice axe, and everything else you need.) But it’s worth knowing that the summer, Banff is just as active. “This place is a trail runner and hiker’s paradise,” says Daymon Miller, who runs Discover Banff Tours. Thousands of miles of trail start just on the edge of town and splay out into Canada’s oldest national park, and if you’re looking to camp, you’ll find sites anywhere from two to 20 miles down the trail. But Banff’s biggest secret is mountain biking, says Miller. Miles of maintained trails on Tunnel Mountain offer the bridges and berms that elevate trail runs to epic heights, and as of now, it’s mostly only the locals who take advantage.
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