Social Program Activity Options

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM 

Option A: Banff Gondola

Discover sweeping scenes of six mountain ranges, the Bow Valley and the charming town of Banff from the Sulphur Mountain summit. Once you're at the top, begin your adventure by strolling the boardwalk to the Cosmic Ray Station and Sanson's Peak and learn about Canada's first national park.

Option B: OpenTop Tour of Banff

Climb on board the new custom vehicles to explore the people, places and moments that have made Banff into what it is today. The vintage-inspired coaches have the look and feel of the 1930s—including a fully-open roof and a guide in period costume, plus they come with modern comforts like USB charging ports for your phone.

You can expect rich characters, fascinating stories, gorgeous views and photo opportunities at every turn. It’s the perfect way to start your exploration of Banff.

Option C: Johnston Canyon Tour

Carved steeply into the limestone bedrock by thousands of years of water erosion, the dramatic Johnston Canyon is a breathtaking natural attraction in Banff National Park. Overhanging canyon walls, waterfalls, the deep pools of Johnston Creek, and lush forest are sure to leave a memorable impression. 

Tour options will be available at varying difficulty levels, including an easy/moderate hike which is 2.2km with an elevation of 65 metres, as well as a moderate/intermediate hike which is 5.4km with an elevation of 135 metres. You will be provided with ice cleats that will be attached to your boots, and hiking poles for extra stability will be provided if needed.

Option D: Banff Upper Hot Springs (OR add-on to Option A or Option B)

The water in the Banff Upper Hot Springs is heated geothermally, bubbling up to the surface from three kilometres (1.8 miles) into the earth’s crust. The water that reaches the surface has not seen daylight for hundreds of years. It began as precipitation (rain and snow) which very slowly seeped through the sedimentary rock layers, getting hotter and absorbing dissolved minerals as it descended. The water then flows up to the surface along the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault, a large fracture in the mountain where rock layers have slid on top of each other.