Self-proclaimed as one of North America's tallest indoor climbing gyms, The Crux Climbing & Bouldering challenges participants of all ages and proficiency levels with 72-foot walls peppered with colour-coded holds and routes. Internationally and nationally certified staff members strap patrons into all necessary rental gear before releasing them to explore more than 12,000 square feet of climbing space. The Crux Climbing & Bouldering's courses?ranging in difficulty from introduction to advanced?instill climbers with the strength and skills to rappel down an 80-foot tower, manoeuvre through a 3,000-square-foot bouldering area, and ascend up multi-pitch routes with their mouths.
Atop the craggy, tree-dappled slopes and peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary Climbing Centre?s local guides?each certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides?teach adventurers of all levels to scale rock using professional top-rope, belaying, and lead techniques. Each possesses an in-depth knowledge of the World Heritage site, enabling them to provide basic instruction on a range of outdoor paths during day trips, or teach climbers intermediate skills. As they climb, instructors may choose to lead visitors to the tops of high peaks to take in panoramic views of the range, or to the mirrored surface of glacial lakes to check their hair for bald-eagle nests. They also conduct outdoor birthday parties to introduce new climbers to the sport.
Majestic pine trees sway in front of a mountain backdrop. Paddles break the river current. The experienced wilderness guides with Discover Banff Tours grant visitors modern methods for exploring the pristine natural landscapes in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In the winter, they lead groups on ice walks across frozen waterfalls and grottoes, helm dogsled and horse-drawn sleigh rides on wooded trails, and ski down Mt. Norquay?home of the first ski resort in the Canadian Rockies. Later in the year, guides lead grizzly-bear-watching tours and evening wildlife safaris on warm summer nights, and take adventurers whitewater rafting down Bow and Kananaskis Rivers. Year-round, they showcase the park?s rugged landscape on bus tours, and views of Mt. Norquay and the surrounding terrain via one of the two new available climbing routes or the famed chairlift. Staffers limit outdoors excursions to small groups, giving visitors one-on-one instruction while quickly checking that none in their party are bears in disguise.
At sunset, a group of ATVs tours the rolling foothills around the Rocky Mountains. They speed down dirt paths and past towering evergreen trees until they finally reach a particularly scenic spot, where forests stretch to the horizon and mountain peaks kiss the sky. The sun drops lower and spills its warm rays across the mountains, setting them alight with red and orange hues. These twilight ATV tours are just one of the ways Awesome All Season Adventures lets people experience the great outdoors.
The company?s ziplines accelerate adventures to speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour across forests and over Kicking Horse River, with starting platforms that tower up to 40 metres high. And in winter?when a thick blanket of snow covers the Rockies?the guides trade in their ATVs and ziplines for snowmobiles and snowball cannons. Kicking up powder in their wake, these powerful vehicles snake across winter terrain to let groups see waterfalls frozen with ice and mighty evergreens caked in snow.