ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCES
The Canadian Tourism Commission developed the Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE) Collection to showcase “once in a lifetime” travel experiences found only in Canada. This diverse collection of activities and adventures represents an innovative marketing approach to sell quintessentially Canadian experiences to ever-more discerning travellers.
The current collection of Signature Experiences features 14 adventures and discoveries that take place in Banff & Lake Louise. We invite you to use the collection as inspiration for story ideas and, of course, to try some of them out yourself. They provide a great insight into the magic and wonder of Banff & Lake Louise.
CAVE AND BASIN DISCOVERY TOUR
As the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks, Cave and Basin National Historic Site connects visitors to the essence of Banff National Park through nature, culture and history. The sulphurous hot springs were discovered here in 1883 and soon became a major draw. On the Discovery Tour, visitors dip their hands in steamy thermal waters, take an easy boardwalk stroll over pristine marshlands, and learn about Banff's storied past all in the location that started one of the world’s greatest conservation movements.
SUNSHINE VILLAGE HISTORICAL SNOWSHOE AND FONDUE TOUR
Let Sunshine Village’s local guides take you off the beaten track, deep into the heart of Banff National Park and surrounded by 360 degree panoramic alpine views. Walk along the path Canada’s First Nations people took to trade with neighbouring tribes, and listen to stories of first discovery from European explorers. Put yourself in their (snow)shoes! The experience culminates indoors at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge’s Chimney Corner Lounge and Wine Bar with a traditional Swiss-style cheese fondue.
PLAIN OF THE SIX GLACIERS TEA HOUSE RIDE ON HORSEBACK
Brewster Adventures - Discover the true Canadian Rockies on a trail ride with the legendary Brewster family, a real-life cowboy clan that has been part of Banff’s history for six generations. Witness the majesty of six hanging glaciers whose flow created Lake Louise millions of years ago, and visit the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House.
WAPTA TRAVERSE - HUT TO HUT TREKKING IN THE ROCKIES
Yamnuska Adventures - Hike from hut to hut in the wild and remote glacial terrain of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have a truly authentic experience in nature and discover a wild and remote area without extreme mountaineering.
JOHNSTON CANYON ICEWALK
Discover Banff Tours - Ice is everywhere you look clinging to rocks, cascading over cliffs and frozen like billowing pillows at the bottom of a solid waterfall. Discover Banff Tours will take you and a small group of hikers on an extraordinary adventure to see a remarkable landscape created by water. The Johnston Canyon Icewalk is a hike through a narrow canyon where thundering waterfalls of summer are silenced in the chill of winter.
SOAK UP CANADIAN ROCKIES HOT SPRINGS
Canadian Rockies Hot Springs – Parks Canada - Sink into the soothing, spring-fed hot springs pools in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Watch the mountain mist roll in, feel the heat seep into your tired muscles as you take in snow-capped Mount Rundle in Banff Upper Hot Springs.
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD GLACIER ADVENTURE
Brewster Travel Canada - Everyone who steps out of the massive Brewster Ice Explorer onto the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park has the same experience. They breathe in the cool mountain wind, squint their eyes in the brilliant sunshine reflecting off the snow, spin around to see the vast untouched landscape and say the same first word. “Wow!” It is a spectacular experience tucked deep in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains but one that should be included on any summer adventure to Banff and Jasper National Parks.
HIGH FLYING SUMMER ADVENTURES
Your mind begins to race, your pulse ticks up a few notches, …your body and soul are officially ready to indulge in a CMH High Flying Adventure. These amazing excursions will make any thrill-seeker dizzy with exhilaration. Three-day adventures at the Bobbie Burns may land you securely on the rungs of the Mt. Nimbus Via Ferrata, exploring the immense Conrad Icefield or zip-lining across a river yelling "Wa-hoo"!
RIDE PURE MOUNTAIN MAGIC
Rocky Mountaineer - Ride pure mountain magic on the Rocky Mountaineer, a train that crosses Canada's mountain landscape in style. Whether you're a railway buff, a photographer or just someone who wants to sit back, relax and see the spectacular scenery change around every curve, this rail line is as an engineering marvel.
SOARING SPIRIT HELI-YOGA
Iceﬁeld & Kananaskis Heli-tours - Hop into a helicopter and take off on an exhilarating ride through one of the world’s most pristine mountain landscapes. Strap on a daypack and experience a serene hike through the wilderness with an experienced hiking guide leading the way. At the top of the mountain, breathe in the clearest air imaginable.
MOUNT CHARLES STEWART HELI-HIKE/ALPINE WALK
Alpine Helicopters Ltd./White Mountain Adventures - Alpine Helicopter and White Mountain Adventures have teamed up to provide the ultimate backcountry experience. Fly far above and beyond the pavement, over rivers, waterfalls, treelines and rock to be left in the pristine mountain wilderness of the Rockies. The helicopter slips away leaving your group and hiking guide to explore it all.
HISTORIC RAILWAY HOTELS
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts - Relive Canada’s railway building heritage by experiencing the great castles and buildings that opened up travel across Canada. Discover the unique stories behind eleven of Canada’s Fairmont Hotels and Resorts – each of them an historical and architectural monument – and delve into their illustrious past and present glory.
PAWS IN THE WILDERNESS
Holiday on Horseback - As your horse stands in the shadows of a spruce tree, you and the trail guide examine a paw print in the soft alpine soil. She smiles and says, “That is who we are looking for. We are on the trail of the Cascade Valley wolf pack.” The journey starts in the town of Banff where you are paired with a horse that by the end of the adventure will be your best friend. He will carry you and your gear through valleys of the spectacular Banff National Park, up rugged rocky ridges, through glacial fed creeks and into spectacular untouched meadows.
GHOSTS OF FORTUNE MOUNTAIN
Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours - Immerse yourself in a pioneer mode of transportation of the frosty frontier. It's an overnight excursion on the Ghosts of Fortune Mountain tour with Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours. Discover the skills of mushing your own sled dog team in the Rocky Mountains near Canmore, Alberta. Experience the thrill of commanding your team to run over frozen lakes and drifted mountain trails. See the power of the dogs as they lunge up a hill, leaving you breathless. Then – feel the wind freeze a smile on your face as the team races towards the camp set in the snow far from civilization.
WILLOW STREAM SPA - FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS
Savour a world-class spa experience surrounded by alpine rivers and glacial lakes. Close your eyes, breathe in the pure mountain air. Re-awaken your senses at the Banff Springs Willow Stream spa in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park.