Word of Mouth: Banff

Family-style dining, stunning views, and even a swinger-friendly venue—this Canadian town is more than snow-sports

The Canadian Rockies portion of the Bow River Valley in Alberta, Canada is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Banff, which sits in the heart of this allure, is inside of the Banff National Park—another of Canada’s gems. Banff is encased by mountain peaks; Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay and Cascade Mountain—all you have to do is look up for a …

All-Women Ice-Climbing Camp, BC

Sarah Hueniken leads a team on various multi-pitch routes through Field, in Banff National Park

Sarah Hueniken is one of the strongest ice- and mixed-climbers in the world (regardless of gender) and while she does spend time competing, the majority of her year is dedicated to guiding and teaching the sport. She leads private trips for ice-, rock- and alpine-climbing for beginners and experts alike, from Mount Indefatigable to the Bugaboos and back again. We were most interested, however, in …

Biking in Banff, Canada

Peaceful cross-country trails with stunning vistas

There are many stories of multi-use trails losing ground in the mountain bike category, especially in more popular destinations. So it may come as a surprise that one of the most beautiful and most traveled to towns in the world is actually becoming more mountain bike-friendly. Banff, located on the Western most part of the Alberta providence in Canada, is often a bucket list town. …