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Get ready to be fired up with these seven inspirational suggestions which are all around two hours drive from downtown. From train spotting along the highest point of the Trans-Canada Highway on the famous Kicking Horse pass, to learning from Indigenous elders how to make a dream catcher, or mountain biking the old fire roads of Yoho National Park there are so many fun ways to enjoy our National Historic Sites and pristine protected National Parks! Where will you go first?

Three road bikers cycle up the Norquay road
Banff National Park
Canada’s historic first National Park.
  • Driving:1.5 hours
An interpreter pours cowboy coffee for two young women at roundup camp
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
A historic ranch dating back to 1882.
  • Driving: 70 minutes
Indigenous women teaching beading and leather crafts to two young adults
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
Historic fur trading post and original highway to the west.
  • Driving: 2 hours
Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway at Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site
Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site
The highest point of the Trans Canada Highway.
  • Driving: 2 hours
A visitor admires the Takakkaw Falls from below
Yoho National Park
Pristine national park with 28 peaks soaring over 3,000 metres.
  • Driving: 2.5 hours
Hikers take in the mountainous views at Numa Pass
Kootenay National Park
Home of icy rivers and steamy hot springs.
  • Driving: 2 hours
A family enjoys the Xplorers activity booklet inside the museum's reading room
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Western Canada’s oldest natural history museum.
  • Driving: 1.5 hours