Avenue’s 2024 Guide to Summer in the Mountains

This summer, embrace the new and unexpected and make your time in the mountains near Calgary especially memorable.

Photo by John Price, courtesy of Tourism Canmore Kananaskis.

You’ve hiked to the Lake Agnes Tea House in Lake Louise, biked the Banff Legacy Trail and camped in Kananaskis. When you’re not roughing it, you have your favourite hotel where you always stay and restaurant where you always order the same thing. And sure, these experiences are great, but this summer, you’re ready for something new!

That’s where this guide comes in. We highlight activities that you might not have tried before and under-the-radar spots to explore; plus new places to eat and drink and bed down for the night.

So, put a pin in those “but we do it every summer!” plans. Embrace the new and unexpected and make your time in the mountains ultimately memorable.


Toby Creek Adventures Offers a Fresh Spin on Mountain Biking

Dirt dreams: A rider on an advanced trail operated by Toby Creek Adventures. Photo by Margus Riga.

Located in Panorama, B.C., Toby Creek Adventures is the first shuttle-access mountain bike operation in the area.

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Thinking of Trying Outdoor Rock Climbing in the Rockies? This Guiding Company Can Help

Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Cloud Nine Guides offers rock climbing courses and guided tours in the Canmore area.

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Experience the Mountains on Horseback at Thanksgiving Ranch

Photo courtesy of Thanksgiving Ranch.

Located approximately 20 minutes north of Waterton Lakes National Park, Thanksgiving Ranch is a working cattle ranch that officially opened to the public in 2019.

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How to Take a Dip in a Cold Mountain Lake

Here are four tips if you want to give cold-water swimming a try this summer.

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How to Explore the Backcountry Around Crowsnest Pass

View from the route of Uplift Adventures’ Massif backpacking trip. Photo by Troi Crombie Photography.

Less than three hours south of Calgary, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass offers stunning peaks and a storied past without the crowds of places like Banff and the Bow Valley Corridor.

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3 New(ish) Taprooms in the Mountains Near Calgary

Encore Brewing Co. Photo by Dariynn Silver/Reflect Design Co.

Head to one of these relatively new taprooms in Canmore, Cranbrook or Pincher Creek for your next après-hike or bike bevvy.

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This New Canmore Hotel is Opening a Nordic Spa in 2025

The cozy lobby at MTN House Canmore. Photo by Anthony K Do.

Plus, more mountain hotel news, from new places to stay near Calgary to changes in hotel ownership.

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3 Unique Places to Stay in the Mountains Near Calgary

Flint Rock Ranch. Photo courtesy of Paula Worthington PR & Story.

Seeking something beyond a basic room or campsite this summer? Check into these Airstream trailers, glamping domes and safari-style tents.

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This article appears in the May 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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