How to Spend a Weekend in the Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains are an incredible place to spend some time getting away from the city and we’re lucky that we’re really not so far away in Edmonton. If you’re looking to explore the wilderness, throw caution to the wind and try a new sport, or get a bird’s eye view of some of Canada’s most impressive mountains then you’ve come to the right place. This guide will give you all of the information that you need to plan an adventure-filled weekend in this rugged landscape.

Stay at Stoney Nakoda Resort

You’re going to need a base for your weekend and one of the closest resorts to the Rocky Mountains is the Stoney Nakoda Resort. Not only is the resort close to many of the activities that you’ll be doing, but it also represents great value for money and has endless on-site entertainment for those moments when the weather isn’t ideal. 

The casino is expansive and offers a huge range of table games, as well as slot machines. If you’re a casino beginner then choosing one of the progressive jackpot slots is a good first choice. You get to enjoy the excitement of playing for a large prize, and the mechanics of a slot machine are super easy to understand. Not all of the progressive jackpot slots in Canada are the same. At the Stoney Nakoda Resort, the jackpot slots are what is known as local jackpot slots, meaning that they will only pay out to people playing in that physical casino. When you’re playing online, you’re more likely to find global progressive slots, which can pay out to any player in the world at any time. The kind of slot that you choose is up to you, but the biggest prizes are always found on the progressive kind. Whichever game you choose, it’s a fun way to stay out of the rain whilst you wait for the sun to come back!

Go White Water Rafting


Caption: Crashing down the river is exhilarating

Your first activity is one that can be enjoyed rain or shine, because you’re likely to be getting pretty wet anyway! White water rafting is an exhilarating way to kick off a weekend and there’s a company that operates from just a couple of minutes walk away from your hotel. They’ve been in business for more than 25 years, so they know all of the best locations to experience the thrill of skipping over white water, without the risk of going it alone. You can complete a half day adventure in which you’ll get to experience plenty of white water rafting as well as the option to go cliff jumping at the Horseshoe Canyon. 

If you’re a thrill-seeker then you’ll adore this day out, but this particular trip is also popular with keen birdwatchers. From Horseshoe Canyon you can often see huge birds of prey swooping from the steep canyon walls, bring a waterproof pouch for your phone and you might be able to get some snaps.

Take a Helicopter Tour

If you’re not afraid of blowing the budget a little then there’s maybe nothing more extravagant that you can do than book a helicopter flight over the mountains. Alpine Helicopter run tours from nearby the resort which begin at $200. The most affordable option will pick you up from the hotel, then take you via helicopter over Mount Baldy and the Kananaskis River. Seeing the mountains from a bird’s eye view is a memory that you’ll never forget. Plus, your guide points out several spectacular mountain formations along the way, each named by the Stoney Nakoda nation. 

Climb Cascade Mountain

Finally, some of the best things in life are free, and climbing Cascade Mountain is one of them. This mountain is not an easy climb and will take many hours and some previous climbing experience, but the views from the summit are worth it. You should only attempt the climb during the summertime, as snow in the winter can hide treacherous drops. However, during the warm months, it is completely safe and is considered one of the easiest climbs in the area. The dedicated website offers extensive instructions on exactly which way to follow the route, including places of note to stop and take in the surroundings. 

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