Though horses were faster, early settlers quickly resorted to rafting when they realized it was the best way to elude the native Minotaurs. Learn to outmanoeuvre mythic beasts with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a whitewater-rafting adventure package at Canadian Rockies Adventure Centre in Canmore (up to a $110 value).
Canadian Rockies Adventure Centre guides rafters through the Kananaskis River, exposing adventurers to the multi-faceted splendour of the Canadian Rockies' front range. The half-day Kananaskis River rafting adventure (up to a $75 value) begins as paddlers get picked up in Banff or Canmore by cars or all-terrain rickshaws. Upon reaching the launch point, participants duck into change rooms to don swimwear before professional guides equip them with all the necessary gear. The expedition then shoves off (river-access fee included) into grade II and III whitewater rapids, demanding enough paddling prowess to navigate moderate waves and enough willpower to tune out sirens tempting mariners with brownies wrapped in money. Explorers enjoy beverages throughout the day, as well as scenic landscapes, including jutting boulders and towering evergreens. A photo CD at the end of the trip (a $35 value) chronicles the day's triumphs. In addition to swimwear, buyers should bring fleece outerwear and a towel.
Canadian Rockies Adventure Centre
The owners at Canadian Rockies Adventure Centre have journeyed through the Canadian wilderness for a combined 50 years, and they now put their expertise to work unveiling the secret beauty they've discovered to tour groups. Exploring the Canadian Rockies and the Kananaskis River, they brave rapids and take in sights from roaring ATVs or whispering ziplines. All of their excursions bring guests face to face with natural beauty, wildlife, and hidden corners of the Canadian Rockies.