Activities After River Rafting

Golf, tours and poker

The Canadian Rockies are the ultimate destination for all seasons. In the summer, its rivers – Kicking Horse River, Kananaskis River, Elbow River, and Red Deer River – are the ideal rafting locations, and during winter the mountains are the perfect spots for recreation such as snowmobiling, dog sledding, skiing, ice climbing, mountaineering, ice walking and sleigh riding. There’s never a dull moment when you’re around this area, especially in Banff, which boasts of national parks that inspire nature appreciation for those who are getting tired of city life. Since white water rafting is the most famous activity when you head out to the Rockies, you shouldn’t miss it for anything. However, don’t think that it’s the only worthwhile summer activity—here are the other things you can do after river rafting:

Golf
What makes golfing in Banff extraordinary is the fact that the golf courses aren’t merely patches of grass with holes—imagine golfing with scenic mountains as backdrop, and it makes all the difference. Whereas other golfing areas have a few trees to give them an environmental-friendly vibe, Banff is the complete package when it comes to golf courses: pine trees, wildflowers, ponds, even animals walking about. It’s almost as if you’re surrounded by the National Geographic wildlife while you play golf. A word of caution, though: animals that you encounter while golfing should be treated with respect. Tourists may freely interact with them as they please, but it’s imperative that the animals do not feel threatened nor abused in any way.

Tours
Banff offers a lot of different tours, depending on your preference. If you’re looking for an exhilarating rush, try the zipline tours which will make you fly through cliffs, rivers, and forests of the national park. There are short and low zips for beginners, and long and high zips for risk-takers. If you’re keen on exploring the wilderness, an ATV tour can be arranged for you. This tour will take you to the coolest spots in the park, including an old 20th century silver mine as well as the Wapta Falls. Should you want a bird’s eye view of the wonderful Banff countryside, you may opt for a helicopter tour to marvel at Cline Glacier, Columbia Icefield, or Wilson Glacier. Just don’t forget to bring your cameras, because you’d want to capture every breathtaking view.

Poker
The stigma of the universal card game is not lost in Banff. As a matter of fact, locals have organized a poker night every Monday at nearby pubs for endless rounds of Texas Hold’em. This is also a great way to meet new people and fellow travelers. Those who are used to the excitement of PartyPoker’s World Poker Tour usually head out to the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino in Kananaskis for high stakes poker action. Poker tournaments are held every Thursday and Saturday, with a free shuttle service to and from Banff to take you there. A poker win is the perfect way to cap off your Banff holiday.