Wedding guest activities in the Canadian Rockies

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Written by Paul Peters posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Wedding guest activities in Banff, Canmore and the Canadian Rockies

Unless you’re doing a Canadian Rockies elopement, chances are you’ve got a number of guests with a little time on their hands, tapping you on the shoulder and wondering what they should with their free time in and around Banff National Park. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, by planning ahead, you can make sure your guests get the most out of their Canadian Rockies trip, and make your wedding more fun at the same time.

With activities like the gondola ride straight out of Banff, your guests will have the time of their lives.

With activities like the gondola ride straight out of Banff, your guests will have the time of their lives.

Bonding experience

Ciara Daykin, wedding planner and owner of Firefly Occasions, suggests the bride and groom plan group activities for guests, “So your guests all feel like they are friends by the time the wedding actually happens.” She notes that guests will want to get out and experience the Canadian Rockies anyway, and by planning group activities, the bride and groom can create a bonding experience for their guests without incurring extra cost. “You don’t have to pay for everything, you just have to have it organized,” she says.

Get organized

Daykin recommends setting up two separate trips that will appeal to a broad range of guests, say whitewater rafting and guided sight seeing. Afterward, she says it’s good to have reservations made at a local restaurant, where your guests can get together and talk about their day over a great meal. “There are phenomenal restaurants in and around Banff,” she notes. “These places know how to cater to a large group.”

Below, you’ll find a list of information to help you and your guests plan their stay in the Canadian Rockies.

Accommodations

Everyone in your wedding party should be able to find the right accommodations, whether they need a castle, a cabin, or are happy to have a hotel room, you’ll find it all listed in our accommodations section.

Activities

If your guests complain that they’re bored on their trip to the Canadian Rockies you’d better check their pulse. There is no shortage of hikes, drives, sights, tours and other activities to keep them busy, entertained, and out of your hair during their stay in the Canadian Rockies.

Restaurants

At some point your guests are going to get hungry during their stay in the Banff and Canmore area, and you may not be able to satisfy them all. Click here to see a listing of restaurants in the Canadian Rockies that are as varied, and awesome, as the peaks that grace the skyline.

Quick clicks

Click any of the links below for fast access to fun in the Canadian Rockies.

Backpacking

Golf

Helicopter Tours

Sight Seeing

Skiing

Rafting

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