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The Athabasca Glacier offers an up close and personal visit to a small portion of the Columbia Icefields. A major attraction is Brewster Tour's, "Glaciers in Motion," a nine and a half-hour interpretive tour of the glacier from within the comfort of a "Snocoach," a customized tour bus equipped with huge all-terrain tires that drives up onto the glacier itself. The company recently added the Columbia Icefield Scenic Walk, which gives intrepid tourists a chance to get up close and personal with the retreating glacier, as well as hear about its rich history. Checkout the company website for more information about tour schedule.
This ski resort has been offering downhill thrills since 1926 in one of Canada's prettiest locations: Banff National Park. Mount Norquay reaches 2,133 m (6,998 ft) in elevation, which means that it boasts gentle beginner slopes, exciting expert runs and everything in between. There is also a fully maintained snowboard park for those who love to grind. Mount Norquay is a true family resort that provides rentals and lessons to skiers of all ages and abilities. For after-ski activities, march your tired legs into one of Canada's best ski lodges for a stiff apres-ski libation.
Here's a truly Canadian experience! Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours offers sled dog tours led by competent guides and, of course, teams of hardy husky dogs on rides in the Rocky Mountains. There are a variety of tours available, ranging from two-hour excursions to two-day expeditions. For extra adventure, combine your sled tour with ice fishing or igloo building fun. And for the ultimate boast to your friends back home, learn to drive the sled yourself under the tutelage of your experienced guide. Call ahead for tour information, or check out their website.
Descend into a cave under Grotto Mountain for a unique subterranean adventure. Experienced guides lead two and six-hour expeditions that bring visitors face to face with fossils, calcite formations, and glacial deposits. The two-hour tour is a relatively easy introduction to the amazing underground cavern system. The six-hour Adventure Tour is more exciting; visitors squeeze through tight passageways and rappel into the subterranean abyss. Experienced guides ensure that everyone is safe, and all equipment is provided.