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7 Activities & Adventures To Add To Your Bow Valley Bucket List This Spring

We know it’s not spring yet, but it’s never too early to start planning! Here are some bucket list-worthy activities to add to your Bow Valley spring itinerary.
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There’s no better way to pass the time than to dream about the future. We think it’s the perfect time to start getting our spring bucket lists together. The Bow Valley is an incredible place no matter the season, but springtime is something extra special. Here’s the thing, though, we can’t precisely guarantee when spring will–you know–spring. When May rolls around, you don’t know if you’re getting sunshine or snowstorms. You might get a bit of both. So, you’re springtime bucket list needs to be versatile when it comes to weather adaptability.

We’ve rounded up a list of unbeatable spring activities and adventures in the Bow Valley. Add them to your bucket list, check the weather forecast, and enjoy!

Spring Skiing

The Banff area is famous for its spring skiing. While the delayed summer weather may bum some folks out, skiers enjoy extraordinary conditions along with the more balmy weather. There are plenty of options for ski hills in the area, so choose the one that strikes your fancy and grab a day pass or book a lesson if you’re new to the sport. Don’t forget to enjoy a beer to celebrate a fantastic day. Even better if you can enjoy it in a hot tub.

Canmore Cave Tours

We are so lucky to call this place home. If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure in the Bow Valley, you must check out Canmore Cave Tours. These tours are offered year-round, rain or shine. You will explore under Grotto Mountain and into the wild Rat’s Nest Cave. You will not believe how awe-inspiring this place is. If you’re ready to crawl, climb, and wiggle your way through a cave that is literally “in” the Rocky Mountains, you know who to call.

Bike The Legacy Trail

If there’s one thing you can count on from Bow Valley folks, it’s hopping those bikes as soon as the snow melts. If you’re eager to get on your bike, you might as well go big with a ride from Canmore to Banff or the other way around. The Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail is approximately 26 km, connecting the two mountain towns. You can expect to take around two or three hours round trip. If you’d like some assistance, you can consider renting an e-bike to make the ride a bit less physical and a lot more fun.

Hunt for Wildflowers

One of the most magical things about spring is brand-new blooms. In the Bow Valley, we’re blessed to have an array of wildflowers that blossom each spring. You can take countless hikes known for fantastic wildflower viewing, so be sure to do your research to find the best of the best. Nothing says “spring” like flowers. Find them all!

Gallery Hop

As we said, the weather isn’t predictable in the Rockies. Therefore, having a roster of indoor activities on your bucket list is a good idea. If you’re feeling artsy, you’re in luck. Canmore and Banff are home to many incredible galleries featuring amazingly talented local artists. Pick a few galleries and take yourself on a self-led Bow Valley art tour. We’re willing to bet you won’t come home empty-handed.

Enjoy Market Season

Another thing we get to welcome back with spring is market season! Both Canmore and Banff have great weekly markets where you’ll find everything from fresh produce to art and apparel. If you’d like to support local artists, artisans, and business owners, this is the perfect opportunity. Whether you’re just popping in for lunch or shopping the afternoon away, you’re sure to find nothing but unique items.

Banff Upper Hot Springs

If you find yourself on a chilly spring day, make the most of it with a dip in the Banff Hot Springs. The natural hot pool has an amazing view of the Town of Banff below, and it’s the perfect place to relax and warm up between adventures.

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