Banff Activities & Area Attractions
Going to or from Wild Water Adventures RiverBase, there are plenty of stops, ranging from a few minutes to several hours, that you may want to fit into your agenda as you prepare for the best white water rafting Banff has to offer!
LAKE LOUISE: If you have time, be sure to visit the iconic view of Lake Louise and the famous Chateau Lake Louise (where you’ll also find Wild Water Adventures office kiosk in the lobby). There is an easy walk at the Lake that takes you behind the Canoe Docks and up to a lovely view point. If you have more time, take the walk around the shores of the Lake, or perhaps head up to the Lake Agnes Tea House, where you’ll be rewarded with not only some tasty snacks for purchase and enjoyment at the top, but unbeatable views of the Lake, the Chateau and the surrounding mountains.
Moraine Lake: You may also wish to visit Moraine Lake, another emerald-coloured mountain lake popular with visitors. In the village of Lake Louise, a small assortment of food and retail shops are there for your enjoyment. If you are in the mood for a great breakfast (the”Trailhead” Burrito is our favourite!), lunch or simply a latte, we highly recommend the Trailhead Café. The Bakery just next door offers plenty of tasty and quick options for food from breakfast to late lunch.
Roadside Stops Along The Way
Between Lake Louise and our RiverBase, there are plenty of things worth exploring. The town of Field is fun, funky and eclectic with plenty of B&B’s, and local artisans. If looking for a quick bite, try the General Store for tasty sandwiches and yummy baked goods!
EMERALD LAKE is a 15 minute drive off the TransCanada Highway (TCH) and is well worth the drive. You can canoe on the lake or take a lovely walk around its perimeter. If you are still in the mood for more water activities, rent a canoe and paddle the shores…spectacular!
NATURAL BRIDGE is just off the TCH and on the way to Emerald Lake, you can see where the Kicking Horse River has slowly eroded the softer layers of strata to leave a “bridge” of erosion-resistant rock spanning the river. This area was very popular with Canada’s First Nations peoples as it provided a safe and easy way to cross the cold and mighty waters of the Kicking Horse.
TAKAKKAW FALLS is Canada’s 2nd highest waterfall and is about 15 minutes off of the TCH. You can walk right to the base of the falls, or simply view the falls from the parking area. On the way to the falls, stop at “The Meeting of the Waters” where the Kicking Horse and the Yoho rivers converge. It is very interesting to see the two different coloured rivers meet and slowly merge together.
SPIRAL TUNNELS is located off the TCH between Lake Louise and Field on the Big Hill. A great place to stop if you are a “train spotter”. You’ll see the engineering and design marvel created in 1909 that now has the trains “spiralling” through two tunnels as they head up or down the Big Hill.